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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is an ever-growing large-animal rescue in eastern Sarasota County. Founded in 1987 by Kay Rosaire, the non-profit sanctuary is a permanent home for dozens of exotic animals, offers placement for animals in need, and works to educate the public about animal care and conservation.

Big Cat Habitat is a labor of love, with all income generated by admission going to the feeding and care of the animals. We always need more help.

If you can donate please do, every cent is put back into looking after our animals.

Planned Giving

Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary began back in 1987 when founder Kay Rosaire began taking in big cats in need. Big Cat Habitat then became a non-profit in 2005 and their mission grew to provide homes for big cats and all sorts of exotic and domestic animals in need of a permanent forever home. Big Cat Habitat provides education to the public to foster an appreciation of the animals and the importance of species conservation. Our commitment is for the animal’s lifetime, which for big cats is more than 20 years – double their normal life span in the wild.

Including Big Cat Habitat in your estate planning provides an important legacy that helps us continue in our mission to provide a safe, loving, and permanent home for exotic and domestic animals in need, to educate our visitors on the importance of species preservation, and to keep the Human-Animal bond alive in our community and in the world. It also helps you reduce your tax burden by providing a charitable deduction equal to the value of the bequest at the time of your death and ensures that your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes.

To leave a legacy or learn more about how you can protect our future, please contact Kay Rosaire, Founder & President, at or (941)350-6826.