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June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

I met Mike and Cheryl Tuller almost 15 years ago, when Cheryl contacted me asking for advice on how to handle living in a house with a teenaged bobcat. Instead of dumping him at my sanctuary, she volunteered, and while she was helping me, she learned what she needed to know to adapt to life with a bobcat. They fenced in their entire back yard and a huge covered porch to create a wonderful living area for him. Most sanctuaries start out as private owners who eventually see the need to rescue unwanted cats, and Wildcat Haven is only different in that they openly admit it as a caution to ther ‘would-be’ private owners.

Before WCH, the Tullers had a large, very nice, home in a new, upscale neighborhood in Tigard. When they sold it to purchase the land to build Wildcat Haven, their living conditions were downgraded considerably in every way, and from that point on, their lives and all the income from both of them working full-time jobs was channeled directly to building the sanctuary and caring for the cats. They are still living in the same house that was on the property, except now it also serves as a quarantine area for new cats, a hospital room for those needing close medical observation and attention, and until recently a food prep area.

Wildcat Haven operated as a USDA licensed facility for a number of years before receiving ASA accreditation, which does not allow buying selling, or breeding. Over the life of a sanctuary, changes must be made to accommodate growth, financing to be able to accept the continuous stream of rescues, and added veterinary costs of an ageing population of animals. While it is sad that this one part of the ASA accreditation requirement limits the ability to rescue some animals, Wildcat Haven has adhered to the policy. Occasionally when a sanctuary accepts a cat, it is discovered that a female is pregnant. This was the case many years ago with one of the servals donated along with several other cats, by a private owner who had to move out of state. Now when new cats are accepted they are taken to the vet for an examination, any treatment necessary, and they are spayed or neutered.

From the beginning, the decision was made to not display the cats to the public. It would have been a much easier and more financially lucrative decision for fundraising to open the facility to the public, if that is what their goal had been, but it was in the cats’ best interest to limit public contact. In fact, every decision along the way has been for the benefit and welfare of the cats. I know there are times when the Tullers couldn’t pay their own personal bills, but their focus was always on the cats, and the cats never went without anything they needed. The cages are all more than adequate in size, exceeding USDA requirements, built securely, kept incredibly clean, and filled with all types of enrichment for the cats. Tree houses, platforms, raised walkways, ramps, hammocks, pools, trees, logs, rocks, and toys are provided. The tiger’s area is huge and the caging, which exceeds both federal and state requirements for construction, is in the planning stages for even more expansion.

Wildcat Haven is a ‘work in progress’. It is ever changing with the needs of the residents. Wildcat Haven has surpassed anything I ever imagined at its humble beginning. It has been built on love, compassion, hard work, self-sacrifice, and a relentless drive to give these cats a safe, secure, comfortable lifetime home. I am so very proud of Mike and Cheryl for what they have done, and for what Wildcat Haven has become to so many cats in need.

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

Regular visits to the facility from its inception.

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

Wildcat Haven is a premier rescue facility and I wouldn't change a thing.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

I am shocked at some of the comments I see here. The Tullers have sacrificed everything for the well being of the wild cats they care for. We have been to the facility one time, as a result of being donors. Otherwise NO ONE visits this sanctuary which is closed to the public and serves only to benefit the wild cat residents. Cheryl and Mike Tuller are wonderful people who who very very hard at providing veterinary care, proper nutrition and psychological/social enrichment for their furry residents. All funds donated to the sanctuary go to the cats. Mike works full time to provide for himself and Cheryl so that the donations can be used on the sanctuary and to pay their ONE salaried employee.

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

I have viewed the pictures of the cats. One need only see the condition they were in when they arrived and compare to the health and well being that shows in their lively activities, glowing health, and filled out bodies.

Ways to make it better...

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

enlarge it so they can take in more cats. Cheryl takes in only the number of cats the Sanctuary can afford to support. There are so many big cats that need a forever home in a sanctuary like this.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

For those who say anything negative about WildCat Haven, or Mike and Cheryl Tuller, take your criticisms elsewhere--they do not belong here. And please educate yourself before making false accusations.

It's public knowledge--because Mike and Cheryl have been honest from the
beginning--they bought ONE bobcat kitten and that was before WCH was ever a thought. They made a mistake, admitted it, fixed the situation, giving BoBo all the love and care they knew he needed and deserved.

Then the Tuller's proceeded to educate themselves about the exotic pet crisis, mentored with another sanctuary to further educate themselves, and for the past 10 years they, as a result of starting WildCat Haven, have sacrificed their lives, worked tirelessly and spent every dime they had to end the suffering of over 60 wildcats. I have never known anyone who works harder or who is more committed to making a difference for animals in need than Mike and Cheryl Tuller.

If you view WCH (and the Tuller's) as anything other than the professional, accredited, committed, hard working sanctuary that it is -- I feel sorry for you.

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

I have been involved with WCH for six years. I have seen nothing but sacrifice and hard work to make a difference for wildcats in need.

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

No changes--just wish I could do more. Please tell your friends about the good work being done at WildCat Haven.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

I don't know is making the negative comments, but clearly you have never been to the facility! First and foremost, tours are not given just because a check is written. I am an animal rights activist and would never support an organization that I didn't truly believe is helping animals. The Tuller's have dedicated their lives to these animals. They feed, care, clean and love these animals more than others I have known. The facility is large and the enclosures are very large....the cats have plenty of room to run, play, hide, etc. I know, I've cleaned out the enclosures and it's a full day job to do just a couple. The Tuller's home is tiny and minimalistic which is a clear indication that funds go directly to the animals. This couple does not vacation and seldom leaves the sanctuary which is what impressed me the most, their sacrifice to be with these rescues day in and day out. This couple and their facility are a blessing to these abused and neglected animals and I truly believe they are angels of mercy.

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

because my husband and I have volunteered our time with them for 5+ years. We started out cleaning enclosures and building housing for the rescues. I try to visit the facility at least once a year but my focus is on fund raising events for the rescues.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them the money to purchase as much property as they want to continue rescuing animals. This sanctuary is truly a wonderful place to work and to witness and GOD BLESS THE TULLERS for the work they do!!

June 9, 2011

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1 previous review
April 1, 2010

You'll never find anyone as devoted as Mike and Cheryl at WildCat Haven. Their lives are the cats, and the cats are their lives. When Cheryl found out about my artwork over the internet, she approac... more

June 9, 2011

Seeing some of the negative comments on here makes me sick to my stomach. I have known the Tullers for five years now, and there is nothing more important to them than the well-being of the cats at their facility. I have been to a number of other facilities, and nobody else comes close to offering the love and devotion that they do towards their rescues.

These negative comments are from people who obviously hold a personal grudge against Mike and Cheryl. It's no secret that they had purchased BoBo in 2001. They readily admit it on their website. Like thousands of other people, they were duped into believing that he would be just like any other house cat. The difference between them and the thousands of other people is that they actually decided to do something about it. Over the past ten years they have devoted their lives to these cats. Yes, they made a mistake in purchasing BoBo ten years ago. But they have taken that one mistake and turned it into saving the lives of dozens upon dozens of cats who desperately needed them.

I volunteer a few times a year at the sanctuary, and I go home every night absolutely exhausted. They do that same work 365 days a year. And, to top it off, Mike holds a full time job just to help make ends meet at home. More than 50 cats who would otherwise be living horrible lives (if they would still be alive at all) are now thriving at WildCat Haven. Please read some of the stories of their rescues on their website. The stories will touch your heart.

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

knowing how devoted they are to their rescues. They have sacrificed their lives to help these amazing animals who had nowhere else to turn.

Ways to make it better...

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

focus energy on promoting the wonderful work they do, rather than on those people who try and bring them down because of their own obvious shortcomings.

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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?

2011

April 1, 2010

You'll never find anyone as devoted as Mike and Cheryl at WildCat Haven. Their lives are the cats, and the cats are their lives. When Cheryl found out about my artwork over the internet, she approached me about possibly putting together a logo for one of their fundraisers. Being a lover of big cats, I was more than happy to help out in whatever way I could. We quickly struck up a friendship, which eventually led to me making a visit to the sanctuary, even though I live more than 1300 miles away. I still do my best to make it up there a couple of times every year to do anything I can to help out in person. And I'm always happy to fulfill any artwork needs they may have. What WildCat Haven does for these rescues is beyond incredible. Each and every volunteer at the sanctuary is devoted to providing a better life for the cats. The energy and enthusiasm that Mike and Cheryl provide is contagious, and the amount of work that gets done both on a daily basis and from year to year is simply amazing. It's hard to believe that I've only known them for a little over three years, because the improvements to the sanctuary over that time have been nothing short of incredible. The background stories of the residents at WildCat Haven may very well break your heart, but the stories of those same cats since their arrival at the sanctuary will warm your heart even more. The fact that WildCat Haven has been able to so completely transform the lives of their residents is only magnified when you consider the tight budget with which they have to work. Unfortunately, the cost of providing the care these cats deserve does not come cheap, and, for every heartwarming story at WildCat Haven, there are many other heartbreaking stories out there. Every single donation, large or small, will help to transform the lives of these cats and help those heartbreaking stories become heartwarming ones.

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

the faces of its many feline residents. Everyone of them has a story to tell.

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

being able to meet and work with such wonderful and devoted people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspirational.

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

perform miracles. Some of the stories behind their residents are already downright miraculous. There are so many more stories that could be told.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 8, 2011

As an accredited sanctuary Director and former American Sanctuary Association Board member I stand behind the work of Wildcat Haven. Their income is a fraction of that of rescues around the country and their 990 and other tax records confirm that donated funds go direclty to the care of the cats.

The Directors of Wildcat Haven live quite modestly and one Director has a full-time job to provide for the Sanctuary.

But please don't take my word for it, please do your own homework with any organiztion you give to. Please review their 990 here and contact Wildcat Haven directly to ask all and any questions you have. I know they will be happy to answer them. If you compare Wildcat Haven to other wild cat rescues, you will see their budget is much smaller and more of their money goes to program costs.

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

Wildcat Haven has stepped up to take in cats other organizations haven't. They are an organization that is and always has been open to learning from others and implementing anything necessary to better the lives of animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would stay focused on the good work they do and mission in front of them and not be side tracked by people throw obstacles their way.

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

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

I'm sick to my stomach reading some of the slander that's being said here. I know how much Mike and Cheryl have sacrificed since making the common error of purchasing one of these animals from a breeder way back when. I've witnessed their dedication first-hand and have personally contributed my sweat and hours to helping construct a new enclosure for some of their residents. Don't try and tell me lies because I'm there; I see what goes on and I see how much effort, time and energy goes into providing the best possible situation for these cats. Nothing is built until the funds for the project are available. Mike alone puts in a full 40+ hours of employment at a "day" job, then spends all his waking hours working on the sanctuary. The guy barely ever sleeps. We're out working 8 hours in the pouring rain if that's what needs to be done because the cats can't go without any of their necessities. The allegations of donations going to line their pockets is not only absurd, it's factually inaccurate and borders on a legal repercussion to the person making such statements. The facility is closed to the public because that's what is best for the cats. They could pimp them out to rake in the dough but that's NOT WHY THEY DO WHAT THEY DO. Whoever is behind these attacks on these people who have given their very existence up to care for these animals is both misinformed and frankly, pathetic.

The Great!

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

seeing abused and neglected animals come in with broken spirits and recovering to enjoy their daily lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to do more to help. I donate both my time and my money and see the constant struggle of caring for these incredible cats.

June 8, 2011
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June 8, 2011
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Horrible Horrible Horrible place. Mike and Cheryl Tuller are benefiting their own personal lifes, and sacrificing that of these innocent animals. They are using these animals to make a better life for themselves. These animals, are their money maker. I've had the opportunity to visit, this facility. They were more into showing off "what they have", then referring to that/or need of the animals. Not OPEN TO THE PUBLIC....show your pocket book, and your in!!

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

Toured the facility, once I opened my pocket book.

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

Don't donate Money, it only goes to the Tuller's, and NOT the animals. Donate what items the animals may need.

June 2, 2011
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June 2, 2011
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Wow Zait. You sound more like someone with a personal vendetta than someone giving a legitimate review (A breeder perhaps? Toes getting stepped on? Don't like the truth coming out about breeders?).

I suggest you get your facts straight before you attempt that kind of character
assasination. Had you truly done any research you would have discovered the two most important facts about Wildcat Haven:

1) WCH is one of only seven such facilities in the entire US that is American Sancuary Association certified. To receive this certification every phase of the operation was scrutinized--living space, vet care, safety, management, financial, etc. ASA knows the only objective of WCH is to provide these abused, confiscated, and discarded cats with a safe, happy and loving home for the rest of their lives. Mission accomplished!!

2) WCH exists because the founders fell prey to the typical breeder line of garbage that a wild animal will make a "great pet". They found out quickly how much of a lie that is. However, instead of contributing to the problem by dumping their bobcat onto someone else, they chose to become a part of the solution. Hence, Wildcat Haven was born.

Those who question the mission of WCH or the dedication of those who operate it truly have no clue about this facility and the labor of love that it is.

The most important point is that the cats ARE happy, healty, and safe-for the rest of their lives. And believe me, considering the fact that most of them came from pretty horrible situations, they are some of the lucky few.

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

I have seen the transformation in these cats as they are healed and nurtured--it is amazing!!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change anything about the attitude or approach this facility takes toward their rescues.

June 2, 2011

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June 2, 2011

We all learn from our mistakes and Wildcat Haven has been nothing but honest. It is why I give to them again and again vs. many other organizations that hide behind their past. I know where my dollars are going and am so impressed with what they do on a small budget.

I also refer others
to the organization as well as animals in need of a safe haven.

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

seeing how they always help animals in need as well as sharing their experience with other rescue groups in the area

Ways to make it better...

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

tell them to focus on the wonderful support they have and not let the nay sayers get the down

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