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WildCat Haven, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Our Mission The mission of WildCat Haven is threefold:Rescue . . . those wildcats who have suffered the fate of abandonment, abuse or neglect.Nurture . . . our rescues by providing a safe, natural habitat; the best nutritional and medical care possible; and an active, effective conditioning and enrichment program to provide for their physical and psychological well being.Educate . . . to promote awareness, empathy and active concern for the humane treatment of captive-born wildcats through information and advocacy.By continuously working with other sanctuaries, animal welfare agencies and the public, we are able to form strong relationships with individuals and businesses that support, and are invested in, the vision and mission of WildCat Haven.

Geographic areas served: All across the United States

Programs: Provide lifetime sanctuary to captive born wildcats that have been confiscated, surrendered or placed with our facility. Educate the public about exotic pet crisis. Promote ideology of no wild animals as pets.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a photographer focused on animals and wildlife, my introduction to WildCat Haven was several years ago, for a story I was doing for a national magazine. Due to the nature of my work, I've photographed at many places that call themselves sanctuaries, and I've seen it all--the good, and the horribly, abusively bad. WildCat Haven is one of the very few, TRUE sanctuaries: sanctuary defined as a place of refuge and protection. But, WildCat Haven exceeds just 'refuge and protection.' I've had the unique opportunity to be able to spend time getting to know WCH--the place, the cats, and the people--and there is no question that this place exists for no other reason than to give these cats a comfortable place to live out the rest of their lives. Wildcat Haven residents do not have to put up with hoardes of general public gawking and jeering at them. WCH residents are not overcrowded, or crammed into 10x20 stalls of stone and fencing. The cats do not pace back and forth in their enclosures. The residents at WildCat Haven live on grass (not concrete slabs), surrounded by natural forest. Their bellies are full, and they have the best daily care that any captive cat could ask for. Cheryl and Mike Tuller, and Renee (the head keeper) dedicate their lives to these animals. The place is immaculately clean (feces and dirty bedding is nonexistent and water buckets are always full), and enclosures cleaned out daily. The enclosures are larger than required by law. These cats are as happy as a captive cats can get. Owning and running a sanctuary is a selfless job--a job that is a result of the selfish human act of desiring to own and control a wild animal. There are no 'thank you's' in the life of an exotic animal sanctuary, and It takes hundreds and thousands of dollars to keep these places functional. The money raised by WCH, goes straight back into the well being of the cats--larger enclosures, vet care, food. Cheryl Tuller's dream is for each of her cats to have more space. Space takes dollars. Dollars don't grow on trees. So, if you are looking for a place to support, WildCat Haven is one of the very few true havens for captive wildcats-and if you get the unique chance to visit, it will impress you as a sanctuary, and it's residents will steal your heart. Thank you Mike, Cheryl and Renee; for doing the job you do.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Wildcat Haven has spent a number of years raising additional funds to move to another location allowing them to build a larger facility. They were finally able to do so this past year (2015). They are now located in Scotts Mills, Oregon and have rebranded to Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary - still a non-profit 501(c) 3. The previous facility is no longer used. I do not know the status of the ownership of that property. As far as Zillow's pictures and description of the former property - their inaccurate information should reflect badly on Zillow, not the Sanctuary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Wildcat Haven is a vacant and run down property for sale per Zillow.com (31369 SW Heater Rd 97140). There is nothing left there except some empty cages and run down structures.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 LDMelton

Board Member

Rating: 5

WildCat Haven is one of the few accredited sanctuaries in the US. , rescuing abused and neglected big cats. These cats are not on display to the public, but rather live their lives in a beautiful, natural setting with the best food, veterinary care, love and compassion so denied them in the previous lives. Cheryl and Mike Tuller do a wonderful job of caring for these magnificent felines.

Denise29

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wildcat Haven is one of the best facilities in the U.S. for exotic animals in need! Their excellance in animal care, and providing safe haven for these abused, unwanted, other wise displaced exotic cats, exceeds over and above animal care standards. They have the animals best interest at heart, and show dedication, and loving care to all the exotic cat residents at their facility.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've known Mike and Cheryl Tuller since they started WildCat Haven. They are incredible!! They are selfless - they have given their entire lives to this cause. The cats are so healthy and cared for and happy. WildCat Haven has outgrown its acreage and they are preparing to move to nearly 100 acres. They need lots of money to do this and are entirely dependent on donations. Susie

3 Tigerpaws

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WildCat Haven is one of the best sanctuaries in the United States! They are completely dedicated to all the animals, and work very hard to ensure all of them have the life they so deserve! When Tiger Paw Rescue Center in Ohio need a forever home for two of the tigers in their care, WildCat Haven stepped up to help us! They have introduced us to a great group of people that have helped some of the big cats at Tiger Paw Rescue Center, with Vet & Dental Care, a very expensive service...I might add, and provided Nora & Katie with a forever home for the rest of their wild lives! We commend them for all their hard work and dedication, and this organization is well deserving of financial support, with your donations, you can make a difference in the life of a wildcat! Apply for a sponsorship and help, they truely deserve it!

AnimalLover

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic facility, providing excellent care for their cats and enrichment to prevent boredom in captivity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The impressive YouTube video for Wildcat Haven should convince all who see it that this worthwhile organization lovingly gives these rescued cats what they need to thrive safely and naturally in this idyllic facility. Praises to Cheryl Tuller and her devoted staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jeanie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

wish we didn't need places like this, but since we do, this is a very good example of how to give the cats a good life. all you need to do is get online and see how bad it can be for an unwanted cat. i was very impressed with wch.

LesBir

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being involved with WildCat Haven for several years in different capacities--onsite work, events, fundraising, working with the public.  It continues to be an honor to promote the good work being performed by this sanctuary.  And they are a TRUE sanctuary in that they do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit their rescues--and they are NOT open to the public.  The well being of the cats is the first priority.  The rescues receive the best care possible--veterinary care, shelter and food.  Unlike so many sanctuaries and shelters, your donations go directly toward the care of the cats.  WCH has only ONE paid staff--an animal care technician.   I encourage everyone to support the good work of WildCat Haven!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

John Ruskin, the famous English critic, essayist and reformer said "What we think, or what we know. or what we believe in is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." What we do. Walking the talk...and that is what Mike and Cheryl Tuller of Wildcat haven have been doing since I met them 8 years ago. These two speak little and act a lot. Their passion has always been about the cats, and what they can do to help these animals, unable to be released due to their life in captivity, live a healthy, unecumbered and peaceful existence. Every decision I have seen them make, bar none, has had a question in front of it. The question is "what is truly best for the cats?" These people and this sanctuary sets a standard for kindness and unselfishness toward animals that we all can learn from. It's an honor to be affiliated with this sanctuary.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Cheryl and Mike at Wild Cat Haven are THE most dedicated and passionate pair when it comes to loving and caring for these magnificent cats. They have sacrificed everything they have for the love and well being of these animals. They have significantly bettered the lives of all of their residents that wouldn't have a chance otherwise. They always make space for those in need; as well as fight for the rights of these wonderful animals outside their facility. When donations are made, I am 100% confident in the wisdom in which the funds will be used. Every penny donated goes to the betterment of the lives of these cats. This facility has grown leaps and bounds over the years with the help of a fabulous volunteer staff, medical providers, donors and donating contractors. Every time I've visited the facility, the improvements are impressive. Overall, a first class rate facility with first class rate people running the operation.

1 Donna20

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I've known Cheryl for years and she truly cares about the animals not about making a name for herself but about caring for the ones in need. She is there to be a voice for those who can not speak to give a safe home for those who have been uprooted and lost their homes. She does all she can to keep them safe and provide a stable enviorment for the uprooted and abused. She is an honest caring person and the needs of the animals are her main concerns, not just the ones she has taken in but any in need that she can help if possible.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mike and Cheryl Tuller at Wild Cat Haven have always been there to help cats in need. They’ve given their lives for the safety and security of animals that cannot take care of themselves, providing them a home for the rest of their lives.
Wild Cat Haven’s Generous behavior for the well being of the animals include toys to keep the cats entertained, clean spacious habitats on God’s earthen ground, medical care, proper nutrition, trained volunteers, and round the clock protection with love.
Wild cat haven’s monthly E-News Letters provides status on recent changes in the Haven and upcoming celebrations and news.
Financial support through sponsorship of WildCat Haven Adoption, donors, and Successful fund raising events like the WildCat Mas-grr-ade Big Cat Bash and Silent Auctions, and Sherwood Art in the Park Benefits keep Wild Cat Haven funded and moving forward with compassionate care to rescued cats.

Annie D.

Donor

Rating: 5

For the lives they've saved, WCH deserves every accolade they receive. Our entire family, both nuclear and extended, support WCH and will continue to do so!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I helped to move Cheryl, Mike, and the first few rescued cats into the facility when the location was purchased; from day 1 the needs of the cats came first. As WCH’s animal population grew so did the need for full time involvement; Cheryl now dedicates nearly every waking moment to fulfill the mission of rescue, care, and education for the benefit of those amazing animals treated so poorly and unfairly by people. A huge amount of personal sacrifice on the part of the founders is how the sanctuary has become capable of helping so many animals cast-away by their misguided owners or taken by authorities due to abusive neglect. The level of dedication by the sanctuary, its volunteers, and supporters to the animals so lucky to reside at WildCat Haven cannot be surpassed.