Amazing Women of the Suncoast: Kay Rosaire

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 6:06 pm | Updated: 9:44 am, Tue Dec 31, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kay Rosaire founded the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary to save exotic animals who would otherwise be put to death.

Kay's father, Derrick, 7th generation circus, came to this country when he was invited to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was later invited to perform at the White House. He trained all the movie animals, like Clarence the Cross eyed Lion.

All her siblings train different animals. They all live on a 30 acre complex east of I-75 and they offer sanctuary to homeless exotic animals. They support the animals through donations and by giving shows.

The Rosaire Family's Animal Extravaganza is their major fundraiser. It starts in mid-January and runs Saturdays and Sundays through February.

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

2 comments:

  • BigCatHabitatFan posted at 10:29 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    BigCatHabitatFan Posts: 1

    Carole,

    You have never heard of Kay Rosaire rescuing a big cat…really?! You really are living in your own world. Perhaps you should channel your twisted obsession with slandering this passionate, remarkable woman towards learning the truth about her work and her impeccable record of providing a safe, clean and loving environment where animals can live out their lives, with care and enrichment. Since 1974, Kay has devoted her life to providing big cats and other exotic animals a safe and permanent home. Her family has always put the animals first. For years, she has dreamed of building a home for her family (she still lives in a trailer on the property), but always along the way, she has chosen to spend her own money on the construction of proper care facilities for the animals, in order to rescue yet another one from an abusive or neglected situation.

    The profound love that thousands of friends and animals from all over the world have for Kay Rosaire is a true testament to her character, integrity, and LOVE that she gives to the world. I have read the twisted smear campaign that you have put out all over the internet, and frankly, I don’t know where you find the time to stalk, write such lengthy garbage-editorials, or make up lies about USDA inspection reports. The public should know about USDA aphis website, as under the Sunshine Law, anyone can access all of the USDA reports by requesting them. I have seen the reports and Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary has, time and again, received the highest inspection ratings possible.

    Kay is too busy tending to the animals in her care to worry about the lies that you put out there. She is an amazing woman knows who she is and the truth about the good that her life’s work represents. She is surrounded by so much love and respect, that your smear campaign hasn’t even registered on her radar to warrant a response. Unfortunately, in our day & age, people believe what they read without taking the time to investigate the facts.
    I wondered what kind of evil person would take such time to build websites with the intent to destroy someone’s reputation, and continually stalk and spread lies about someone who has done so much good. One can only guess that you are trying to deflect attention from your own sordid past.

    To Linda Carson, thank you for your reporting on this Amazing Woman of the Suncoast!

    And to those out there who have ever read the misinformation written by Carole Baskin…..Please, consider the source:

    http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/212996/8/10-News-Investigators-raise-questions-about-Big-Cat-Rescue-transparency

    http://melissaasmith.hubpages.com/hub/thebigcatrescue

    http://www.911animalabuse.org/Big-Cat-Rescue-The-True-Story-of-BCR-Carole-Baskin.php

    http://www.sptimes.com/2007/11/11/Hillsborough/The_big_cat_fight.shtml

    http://markets.financialcontent.com/stocks/news/read/16295642/Millionaire_Husband_of_Carole_Lewis_Baskin_Still_Missing_13_Years_Later

    http://www.felineconservation.org/fcf/rebuttal_to_carole_baskin_campaign_of_hatred.ht

     
  • BigCatRescue posted at 4:11 pm on Wed, Jan 1, 2014.

    BigCatRescue Posts: 1

    I find it annoying that the press never presses the circus family to actually prove where their animals come from. I have never heard of Kay Rosaire rescuing a big cat. On the contrary, she was quoted at a conference saying of tigers, "Poke 'em real hard with a pitchfork to show 'em who's boss." She has been known to cart tigers all over the country for pay to play sessions circus performances, as well as haul them to 3rd world venues in the belly of barges when the U.S. market started drying up. USDA requires that records be kept for 3 years for acquisitions and dispositions and a real reporter would ask to see those.