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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

My husband and I have been watching this sanctuary almost from its beginning and have been so moved by the evidence of the kindness and the ability of these people to take in wildcats that have been damaged by other humans and bring them to health and trustfulness that we have always put them in the top list for our donations, even when we have had very little to give. Tammy Theis' determination to help these cats began this whole beautiful effort and, over the years, many other people have been inspired to help. We expect to keep donating to The Wildcat Sanctuary as long as we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm retired and can't afford to give much, but whatever I can afford I gladly give to help preserve a tiny bit more of the wonderful bio-diversity our beautiful planet holds. These magnificent cats are iconic reminders that humans are not the sole inheritors of the earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

TWS is a wonderful place. because of my friend Susan Timmerman i learned of this organization and the plight of these big cats. Tammy and her crew do amazing things to create an environment as close to the wild as they can. i share the news letter and videos with many friends. i campaign for TWS on my own. i know 2 friends of mine who have donated. maybe there are more. i sent the enrichment videos to my grandchild. this group of people are cats are tops in my book!! i have donated for years and will continue!! fantastic!!

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been supporting the Wildcat Sanctuary for a number of years. Tammy and her staff have created a humane and responsible approach to the serious problem of treating wild cats as pets or, even worse, merchandise. The cats in their care are treated with loving respect, and their needs come first--which is as it should be. We feel honored to be able to support this work!

Bethann B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteer at a sanctuary in FL that has similar goals and beliefs. They don't breed their animals, and the care and love the animals receive is amazing. If these animals have to be in captivity this is so much better than a zoo.

Tammie W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about the Wildcat Sanctuary from a coworker about four years ago. Since that time I have been in awe of the work Tammy, her staff and volunteers are doing. From finding a new home for the sanctuary ( allowing the cats to roam and exist with dignity) to the rescues of those animals in need, the Wildcat Sanctuary exhibits a generosity of spirit that should be embraced and acknowledged.

Olga C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an animal lover and I am particularly fond of big cats, and cats in general. After reading up on what TWS does, I felt compelled to donate to their cause. I think we being the creatures with elevated thought should follow their lead and take better care of the planet's inhabitants- trees, cats, etc. I love reading about how the cats celebrate various holidays and think that the pictures they share of these awesome creatures, helps to bring attention to their need as fellow living creatures. I wish them continued success and hope they are always there to help those felines in need! :)

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is an amazing organization! It is wonderful to know that there is an organization that rescues cats and gives them a good environment in which to thrive, get healthy and live safe, happy lives. I have donated money and items from their 'wishlist' many times over the years and also sponsored a tiger. I was given the opportunity to go up to the facility when Titan and Lilly were brought together for the first time. What an amazing experience and opportunity to see that your donations do make a difference. The tigers were so happy that day. You can't put a price on that. It feelings good to know that you are making a difference in the life of a wild cat. The staff do an excellent job to keep it going. I only wish I could do more. Oh - and I love the vehicle wraps you're doing. I've seen a couple around town.

vickyh

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported the Wildcat Sanctuary for more than 10 years. It all began with a billboard that took my breath away at an airport. And then I met Tammy Theis, the founder and director. I got to see first-hand the care that these animals get. I got to see the sacrifices made for their well-being. I got to see the Wildcat Sanctuary grow over the years. There is no organization I believe in more. I cannot imagine a staff more committed to their work. Residents are given more than just food and shelter. They receive enrichment, caring... compassion. Every animal deserves this. But especially these animals, who are often abused, neglected, rejected. This is why I feel very good about donating to this organization, and why I would (and have) eagerly recommend it to my friends and family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is one of the most amazing places I've ever seen. They make do on a shoestring budget, somehow always making sure that the cats in their care have what they need. The Sanctuary was founded by a woman who has amazing empathy for these creatures, and she has assembled a caring, nurturing, and knowledgeable staff. They work hard to ensure that the cats are not only fed and given medical attention, but that they have the enrichment necessary for a full life. The cats have toys, pools, and caves. This is probably one of the best possible situations for these animals in captivity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

While I do not have experience with Wildcats, I have had years of experience in animal rescue, wildlife, and wolfdog rescue. I know the sacrifices that are required to provide for animals that, through no fault of their own, have been abused, abandoned, or forgotten. The staff, volunteers, and interns work for the good of these cats to provide them with quality care, food, and enrichment to provide them a happy life. I donate whenever I can and, if I lived closer, I would volunteer. The organization communicates to supporters and it is clear, via video, Facebook, etc. that the cats are in the best hands they could be in. You can rest assured that any donations that are made go directly to benefit and care for the animals.