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April 5, 2013
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April 1, 2010

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 atmo... more

April 5, 2013
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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!!!!!!

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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?

2013

April 1, 2010

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.

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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

January 16, 2012
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January 16, 2012
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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.

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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

January 13, 2012

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1 previous review
June 9, 2011

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... more

January 13, 2012

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.

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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

June 9, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

January 5, 2012
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January 5, 2012
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as a volunteer at Wildcat Haven I have had such an experience that it would be hard to put into words, not only have Mike and Cheryl spent their life savings into making a warm and safe place for these incredible Animals, but they have....are....spending their lives for them! they work 24 hours a day to ensure that the Animals in their care are provided for, not just shelter or food, but that they live in an environment that would be as close as possible to what they would have in the wild....that's why they ask that their sanctuary not be open to the public..it's not a zoo, but a SANCTUARY for these big Cats that have lived in deplorable conditions and in some cases not knowing what snow feels like under their feet. Wildcat haven is a wonderful place i wish everybody could experience.

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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

January 5, 2012
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January 5, 2012
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I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for WCH's annual Sherwood Art in the Park event the past two years. There isn't enough room to share the wonderful work that Cheryl does with these animals. The thing I admire most is these beautiful cats are given a forever home once the come to WCH. And, they couldn't have a better forever home. It takes special people to run a sanctuary like this.

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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?

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?

2011

June 12, 2011

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June 12, 2011

I met Cheryl Tuller who co-founded WildCat Haven when I attended a volunteer meeting in 2005. Cheryl and her husband Mike are the hardest working people I have ever met and have poured their time, money, and hearts into providing a good home for wildcats that are unwanted by the people who bought them thinking they would make a "great pet".

After I found out that WildCat Haven was not open to the public because many of the cats living there had been abused just increased my admiration for the Tullers. It would have been VERY easy for them to buy an accessible piece of property and make lots of money by charging admission to view the cats. Instead they kept it private which makes fundraising much more difficult because you are asking people to donate to something they can't see. However when people understand why WildCat Haven is private they always say that it should be this way.

As a 501C3 nonprofit organization all donation and grant money spending is overseen and approved by a board of directors. I think the world of Mike and Cheryl and all the volunteers at WildCat Haven. They are selfless, work hard, and are dedicated to providing these "thow away" cats the home they always should have had but didn't get the first time around.

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

I have seen the condition of cats when they first arrive at WCH - often underweight, infections, broken bones, and nervous. I then see the results of the care they receive - a normal weight, playing because their bones or injuries are healed, and totally relaxed with toys, boxes, and pools to play in.

Ways to make it better...

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

change absolutely nothing about it.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing - this is the best place I have ever worked for.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Sad that people abuse animals in such awful ways - especially exotic animals that were never meant to be pets

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Proud that I am making a difference in the lives of animals that would have been euthanized otherwise

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 10, 2011
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June 10, 2011
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If a sanctuary's worth was measured by compassion & selflessness, Wildcat Haven would be the wealthiest sanctuary in the country.

Everyone associated with WCH constantly strive to make the residents lives better every day. Whether it's enrichment, nutrition, upgrading of enclosures, or
veterinarian care, everything provided is above and beyond "standard"

In a perfect world, places such as WCH wouldnt be necessary. Until that happens, it's reassuring to know that legitimate sanctuaries such as WCH exist.

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

more ways than I can count.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase donations in effort to purchase larger property. Expand on marketing opportunities.

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

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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.

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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.

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