WildCat Haven, Inc.

Rating: 4.69 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 1071 Sherwood OR 97140 USA

Mission: Our Mission The mission of WildCat Haven is threefold:Rescue . . . those wildcats who have suffered the fate of abandonment, abuse or neglect.Nurture . . . our rescues by providing a safe, natural habitat; the best nutritional and medical care possible; and an active, effective conditioning and enrichment program to provide for their physical and psychological well being.Educate . . . to promote awareness, empathy and active concern for the humane treatment of captive-born wildcats through information and advocacy.By continuously working with other sanctuaries, animal welfare agencies and the public, we are able to form strong relationships with individuals and businesses that support, and are invested in, the vision and mission of WildCat Haven.
Geographic areas served: All across the United States

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

6 people found this review helpful

As a photographer focused on animals and wildlife, my introduction to WildCat Haven was several years ago, for a story I was doing for a national magazine. Due to the nature of my work, I've photographed at many places that call themselves sanctuaries, and I've seen it all--the good, and the horribly, abusively bad. WildCat Haven is one of the very few, TRUE sanctuaries: sanctuary defined as a place of refuge and protection. But, WildCat Haven exceeds just 'refuge and protection.' I've had the unique opportunity to be able to spend time getting to know WCH--the place, the cats, and the people--and there is no question that this place exists for no other reason than to give these cats a comfortable place to live out the rest of their lives. Wildcat Haven residents do not have to put up with hoardes of general public gawking and jeering at them. WCH residents are not overcrowded, or crammed into 10x20 stalls of stone and fencing. The cats do not pace back and forth in their enclosures. The residents at WildCat Haven live on grass (not concrete slabs), surrounded by natural forest. Their bellies are full, and they have the best daily care that any captive cat could ask for. Cheryl and Mike Tuller, and Renee (the head keeper) dedicate their lives to these animals. The place is immaculately clean (feces and dirty bedding is nonexistent and water buckets are always full), and enclosures cleaned out daily. The enclosures are larger than required by law. These cats are as happy as a captive cats can get. Owning and running a sanctuary is a selfless job--a job that is a result of the selfish human act of desiring to own and control a wild animal. There are no 'thank you's' in the life of an exotic animal sanctuary, and It takes hundreds and thousands of dollars to keep these places functional. The money raised by WCH, goes straight back into the well being of the cats--larger enclosures, vet care, food. Cheryl Tuller's dream is for each of her cats to have more space. Space takes dollars. Dollars don't grow on trees. So, if you are looking for a place to support, WildCat Haven is one of the very few true havens for captive wildcats-and if you get the unique chance to visit, it will impress you as a sanctuary, and it's residents will steal your heart. Thank you Mike, Cheryl and Renee; for doing the job you do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the animal lives they have saved, when the only other alternative was euthanization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Given the funding (as the first priority is the cats), I would like to see more community education by the sanctuary. Ignorance breeds fear and naysayers (seen here in the other postings). In order to stop exotic animal ownership and the fear of the existence of these places in neighborhood communities, education is key.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

The sanctuary is not open to the general public, which is a unique luxury for the animals. The animals do not have a constant stream of people walking through, yelling and taunting them. These animals are left alone to live as close to as they would have if they were in the wild. The only way this is possible is to have the funds.

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WildCat Haven is a sanctuary for wildcats that were sold by breeders as pets. Many of the cats come from homes where they suffered neglect, abuse, or abandonment. As a volunteer I have seen many cats come in underweight, rough coats, broken bones, and fearful. After good nutrition, vet care, and enrichment its often difficult to recognize that they are the same cat. I have personally witnessed the miracles that happen at WCH all made possible by dedicated volunteers, donors, and staff. Founders - Cheryl Tuller and her husband Mike - are two of the hardest working people I have ever met. They have poured their hearts into making a good home for cats that people just want to throw away. Of all the places I have volunteered for WildCat Haven is hands down the best!!!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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4 people found this review helpful

WildCat Haven provides a lifetime home for wildcats who have been abused, neglected, or nowhere else to go. I love the fact that it is a private sanctuary that does not display the cats in a zoo atmosphere. The director, Cheryl Tuller, is an amazing woman who I admire very much. The volunteers I work with are also top notch - everyone involved with the sanctuary puts the health and welfare of the residents first at all times.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the residents happy, healthy, and enjoying a quality of life they have never had before as well as knowing that my efforts are keeping them that way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand property, enclosures, rescue more cats in need and have a complete on site vet hospital!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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WildCat Haven is one of the few accredited sanctuaries in the US. , rescuing abused and neglected big cats. These cats are not on display to the public, but rather live their lives in a beautiful, natural setting with the best food, veterinary care, love and compassion so denied them in the previous lives. Cheryl and Mike Tuller do a wonderful job of caring for these magnificent felines.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Wildcat Haven is one of the best facilities in the U.S. for exotic animals in need! Their excellance in animal care, and providing safe haven for these abused, unwanted, other wise displaced exotic cats, exceeds over and above animal care standards. They have the animals best interest at heart, and show dedication, and loving care to all the exotic cat residents at their facility.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I've known Mike and Cheryl Tuller since they started WildCat Haven. They are incredible!! They are selfless - they have given their entire lives to this cause. The cats are so healthy and cared for and happy. WildCat Haven has outgrown its acreage and they are preparing to move to nearly 100 acres. They need lots of money to do this and are entirely dependent on donations. Susie

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the cats and how they flourish with the care, security, good, proper food, medical care they receive at WCH.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

WildCat Haven is one of the best sanctuaries in the United States! They are completely dedicated to all the animals, and work very hard to ensure all of them have the life they so deserve! When Tiger Paw Rescue Center in Ohio need a forever home for two of the tigers in their care, WildCat Haven stepped up to help us! They have introduced us to a great group of people that have helped some of the big cats at Tiger Paw Rescue Center, with Vet & Dental Care, a very expensive service...I might add, and provided Nora & Katie with a forever home for the rest of their wild lives! We commend them for all their hard work and dedication, and this organization is well deserving of financial support, with your donations, you can make a difference in the life of a wildcat! Apply for a sponsorship and help, they truely deserve it!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Fantastic facility, providing excellent care for their cats and enrichment to prevent boredom in captivity!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The impressive YouTube video for Wildcat Haven should convince all who see it that this worthwhile organization lovingly gives these rescued cats what they need to thrive safely and naturally in this idyllic facility. Praises to Cheryl Tuller and her devoted staff.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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3 people found this review helpful

2 of the best people I know are Mike and Cheryl. I have always wanted to start a sanctuary for wildlife (especially cats) but have been afraid to fail, not raise enough money, not take care of the animals in the best way and on and on and on. So I have high expectations of any non-profit I get involved with, thus why I choose WCH. The most passionate people with unsurpassed dedication. I have know them for over 10 years and can recall them taking a night off for themselves a couple of times in all of those years. They live modestly and do not have "frills" like most people must have to survive these days. That is why I never laughed so hard when I read the "review" saying they keep the money for themselves....hilarious if it wasn't written out of anger, bitterness, resentment or whatever other problem this person has. If people want to volunteer that is awesome and they can use the help, especially with fundraising. It is a great organization and well deserves praise, appreciation and help. Its a fun group and Mike and Cheryl are kind, fun but mostly dedicated to giving abused, mistreated and unwanted animals a good, well deserved retirement.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been involved with Wildcat Haven for several years now and am very proud to be associated with their organization. As a true sanctuary Wildcat Haven always does what is in the best interest of the cats in their care, which includes not being open to the public which would be stressful for the cats. The cats live in large, comfortable enclosures and are given the best in care. Wildcat Haven is a model for how to do a sanctuary right and always puts the cats first and I am honored to be involved in their organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Wild Cat Haven is a wonderful sanctuary for captive born wildcats. I had the immense pleasure of volunteering at Wild Cat Haven for three years and gladly tip my hat off to the wonderful facility they operate for the cats. Mike and Cheryl dedicate their lives to the cats and at much sacrifice for their own wants and needs.
I am very proud to be associated with Mike and Cheryl and call them friends and they are my heroes for sacrificing so much of themselves for the benefit of the cats.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am now a director of a feline rescue in Salem, Oregon and have a professional relationship with Wild Cat Haven. I have transferred hard to place cats to their facility and they have given support to my rescue through tours they have donated to help us raise money.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make if possible for them to have a larger piece of land to build on! And work in conjunction with them with feral cats from my rescue work.

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