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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN. TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. TWS is funded solely on private donations. The Sanctuary is a home for animals, not a zoo for people and is not open to the public. Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition and exploitation, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals.

Results: TWS provides natural sanctuary to over 125 wild cats. We provide large, free-roaming habitats that offer our residents to live wild at heart. Each animal can escape extreme weather in a temperature controlled den or central animal building. Every individual has the opportunity, often for the first time in their lives, to choose a path to walk and a place to lie down. After living in a small concrete cage in the backyard of a Texas home, Sabrina the tiger, now has a free-roaming habitat with grass under her feet, a pool with a fountain and a safe environment for the rest of her life.

Target demographics: wild, exotic and big cats of the captive wildlife crisis

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: No More Wild Pets Campaign, Sponsor a wild one program, Volunteer, Feed A Feline, Help us build Wild Woodlands

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The people involved with The Wildcat Sanctuary wonderful and the facility is excellent. I highly recommend either volunteering or making a donation - I've done both and am proud to be a part of a group of people that truly care for the animals. Awesome place!!

Donor

Rating: 5

We met Tammy just as she was moving her Wildcat Sanctuary from GA up to MN a little over 10 years ago. We weren’t familiar with what she was doing at the time, but were very impressed by her giving nature (she was rescuing 2 Siberian Huskies from a rescue group we were volunteering with at the time).

On our first visit with her, we saw the passion and professionalism she exhibited with her organization. Over the years we have witnessed how the Wildcat Sanctuary has expanded and has overcome some major obstacles (emergency rescues, a major site relocation) all without compromising her principals and doing what’s best for the residents at the Wildcat Sanctuary. We feel very fortunate to call her a friend and know there are many very lucky wildcats to call the Wildcat Sanctuary their home.


Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous sanctuary for these amazing animals. I cannot imagine where these precious cats would be without them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a wonderful organization. As a donor, I have been pleased to fund new enclosures and help to bring big cats in crisis situations to a far better life at the Sanctuary. I enjoy the beautiful videos taken of the cats at various times throughout the year.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is such a wonderful place. The cats are so lucky to have people like the volunteers, staff and owner to take care of them. They deserve the BEST. They are always in my mind!

Barbara45

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing sanctuary with dedicated and compassionate staff. The large, natural enclosures are designed with the animal in mind. Heated dens! How awesome!

Donor

Rating: 5

We need more wonderful people in the world like the volunteers/owners of this great place! They work so hard every day all day to make a great home to these rescued big cats! I encourage everyone to donate to them!

Donor

Rating: 5

It's a shame that a place like this is needed but thank goodness they are around! These people are truly angles for all of these animals and the many more out there! I have been a monthly donor for 4 years now and I will coontinue to support the wonderful work they do!

tricia2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary takes in abused and neglected big cats and provides them with an environment as close to that in nature as possible. If not for TWS these animals would have no other place to go and would most likely be put down. Caring for such large animals as wild cats is expensive and difficult, and is something that not many sanctuaries can do. TWS does an amazing job of making a success of such a difficult mission. The animals have large spacious enclosures so they can run and play. They receive any medical care required, no matter how expensive. They of course are fed on a daily basis, and we all know how the price of food has skyrocketed in the last few years. TWS deserves all the support we can provide, so it can continue with its difficult, but critically important mission.

Melissa48

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by Wildcat Sanctuary....the tigers, lions, cougars, servals, Lynx and other great cats always look happy & well fed in the videos and photos....I really like the philosophy of those who run Wildcat sanctuary....the problem of captive exotic cats in private hands is serious in the USA and Wildcat Sanctuary is one of the few that truly understands the best way to care for a tiger or lion cub illegally smuggled into this country who may face death or torture at the hands of the ignorant.....We should support Wildcat Sanctuary and perhaps others like it so that the tragedy which took place last fall in Zanesville Ohio never happens again.