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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

floridapotter

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at a similar wildlife sanctuary, I am always impressed by the care and facilities provided needy wildcats at this sanctuary. Their actions have been life-saving for many of their residents and Tammy is ceaseless in her quest for perfection

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported TWS from afar after learning about their good work from a fellow volunteer at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL. Both of these organizations are unique in their dedication to offering sanctuary, primo care and never breeding or exploiting their creatures. All on a tight budget and with many volunteer hours.

Review from Guidestar

BonnieB

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a wonderful and caring facility that does not exploit the animals it cares for. Tammy Theis is not trying to turn a profit by running this sanctuary and she relies solely on donations to save these wonderful creatures. I once sent an email with a question that was very important to me, Tammy personally responded to my message. This is an outstanding organization that puts the welfare of the animals first. I feel very privileged to be able to donate to TWS on a regular basis!

1 Apropos S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a selfless cause with excellent management, prudent use of every dollar and a pure, clear vision of its mission: to ensure that the rescued, wild cats are given the very best opportunity to live the balance of their lives in a safe, private, respectful and enriching environment. TWS believes - is hopeful - that through increasing awareness and education, the senseless capture and exploitation of these wild creatures will someday cease. Man cannot continue to cage, dominate and abuse - simply because we can.

Donor

Rating: 5

In a loving and compassionate manner, the Wildcat Sanctuary cares for those abused by the cruelty of mankind. With adoration and a touch of humor, they bring to light and share with the world the joy an exotic cat can have in a loving and caring environment. They are unwaveringly committed to these beautiful animals and deserve all the recognition possible. We can only hope their efforts will help enlighten the world and bring laws that end the horrible practices that plague these majestic creatures.

Donor

Rating: 5

The people at TWS are so dedicated to making the cats' lives better. They give them large habitats and the right food/nutrition and work hard with the special needs ones to overcome their fears. This NPO is so giving to benefit the cats. They take in cats from other sanctuaries that have gone under from poor management and make the cats healthy and active again. All their monies go to supporting the cats. These guys are fantastic!!

Linda51

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is one of the greatest places I have ever been allowed to visit. It is not open to the public because this is the home to over 100 rescued animals. There are big cats and small cats and in between sizes. They are all cared for by the wonderful volunteers and staff that Tammy has assembled. They take great pride in their work and efforts to give these beautiful animals the respect and care they so deserve. When you see all the amazing things they have done and it is all operated by non profit funds and volunteers it is an amazing sight that so much can be done with so little to help these animals live out their lives in peace and tranquil surroundings. Any amount of donation can help and know it is such a worthy cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is one place where they *really* get it right. Tammy and staff make every choice and create every habitat based solely on what is right for the beautiful cats they have rescued. The staff works tirelessly to grow the Sanctuary as well. When an animal is in need, and it's an appropriate fit, TWS finds room. My husband and I are prolific charitable donors and we carefully vette each organization we donate to. TWS is beyond reproach and worth every donation of time or money you can give them.

Michele A.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is unfortunate that the need for the Wildcat Sanctuary is present in our modern society. For the cats though, it is fortunate that the WCS does exist and operates at such a high standard. Perhaps someday I will be able to volunteer my time, as this cause is very worth the time and effort of any individual.

Janice W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported The Wildcat Sanctuary from the very beginning. This facility provides the best possible outcome for the beautiful animals who have been abused and neglected. The Sanctuary exists in order to right the terrible wrongs done to these wild cats. It is so heartwarming to see a rescued wildcat lazily sunning itself in its large, grassy enclosure. The hardworking, dedicated staff deserve our donations and support.

Sharon S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Wildcat Sanctuary by my neighbor, who was a volunteer there. I fully support their mission, and believe that they provide a service that is very much needed. As long as people insist on having wild cats as pets, we will continue to need the sanctuary to rescue them once their owners can no longer take care of them. I also support them because they give these beautiful animals a natural surrounding, and give them the compassion they deserve. They did not ask to be abused, I applaud the Wildcat Sanctuary for letting them live their lives in dignity.

Review from Guidestar