Tigers in America When Tigers in America shut down a notorious tiger breeder and cub petting business in Colorado, along with our sanctuary partners Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, we needed to provide new homes for 75 tigers who were living at that facility. We reached out to a number of true sanctuaries asking for their help. Providing a good life for a tiger is a major commitment of time, care and money. A healthy tiger will eat 12-15 pounds of meat daily and requires enough space to be able to run and play as well as interesting things to do. The Colorado tigers were listless and anxious by turns, and living in barren hardpan cages with no shade and substandard diets. Cheryl and Mike Tuller fell in love with two sets of young tiger brothers who had been brought to Colorado when they were 1 to 3 weeks old in order to fuel the cub petting business. Now 3 and 4 years old, the tigers were basically being warehoused in Colorado. We were thrilled when WildCat Ridge volunteered to give them a new beginning. WildCat Ridge built new habitats for these tigers and the tiger boys came alive, running and playing and developing their true personalities. Now with new names, Calvin and Hobbes and Atticus and Scout are playful and rambunctious young tigers who enjoy their new lives every day! See them enjoying WCR and where they came from in Colorado.
Everything about this refuge is first rate, from the people who volunteer/help these magnificent rescues to the the curators, Michael and Cheryl. All I have ever heard from Cheryl anytime there's a rescue to be done or an animal that needs assistance in any way, is "how can we help and what can we do to be a part of the solution?" These people "walk their talk" , which is a common phrase but not a common action. Their reputation, worldwide, is an excellent one and so very well deserved. I have been associated with Wildcat for more than 10 years and each and every year they surpass their commitment to do whatever is in their power to help these and other magnificent creatures who have endured so much...to give them lives they deserve, free from pain, neglect and abuse. I have seen so very much in those 10 years and to sum it up, they honestly earn more and more of my respect as each year passes. They do what's right for the animals, and I've never seen them behave in any manner that wasn't honest, appropriate and loving toward them. They are focused and dedicated to what these animals should all have in the first place...and do everything they can to provide it as much as possible, which is the right to live their lives unhindered from the hand of man (as much a possible at the refuge), to have shelter, food, protection and enjoy exercise in a natural environment...The enclosures are as large as possible on this 80+ acre property, filled with toys, tall grass, tunnels, water pools and little hills and trees to climb as well as other items available for their attention, skill building and enjoyment. Heck, even the food is very specific to each and every animal, measured and carefully prepared, based on their specific needs and requirements. Medicines are available through specialized veterinarians (expensive!!!...there aren't many big cat vets out there and they mostly have to, of course, be those that travel to the sanctuary), with added vitamins and supplements, if needed. WCR being a non-profit and solely relying on donations, could bring in funds if they allowed visitors to come in and view and gawk at (and disturb) the animals, like a zoo, but they don't. They believe, and correctly so, that "it's a refuge for animals, not a zoo for people." These animals have been through more than enough and deserve the peace and quiet that this refuge affords them.
In closing, I am honored to be a part of WCR. They have my respect, admiration and most of all, my appreciation, for not only "getting it"...that all living creatures deserve to live on this earth unhindered, appreciated and respected, but actually taking the time, energy and resources to make that happen. Speaking not as a BOD member or volunteer, but as an animal lover, this place really does deserve to be on everyone's donation list...
I have been "involved" with Wildcat for more than a decade. I am a volunteer and more recently a BOD member, but from my first meeting the curators, Mike and Cheryl Tuller, always an ardent admirer and respecter of what they accomplish for these magnificent rescued animals. With each and every encounter, I am increasingly impressed with their dedication and focus toward the cats. This is a mission, and Mike and Cheryl are among the most honest and hardworking people I have ever met. On that same note, their passion to educate the public and political leaders to the horrors of exotic ownership through fundraisers, letters, mailers, etc., is exemplary. Wildcat Ridge is a TRUE sanctuary/refuge and animal contact is forbidden. This is NOT a zoo for people but a true haven for these animals, and WCR's dedication to house and protect these animals the rest of their lives is unparalleled. Volunteers work tirelessly on the 80+ acre grounds to provide for all the furry residents. Money for all this comes solely through private donations.
Please bear in mind that these cats are all "captive born." Meaning, none of them have been taken out of the wild, but have been bred to be sold or displayed for money or for personal possession. It amazes me, let's take that up a notch in saying it angers me, that there are still a number of states here in the US that allow for exotic animal "ownership". These animals are horrific pets, because they were never meant to be pets in the first place. They have stringent dietary needs and space requirements, etc, and if any of these needs are not met, behavior concerns arise, as one would surmise. WCR has rescued cougars from private homes (overseen by local agencies, etc.), housed tigers/cougars, etc, from shoddy road-side attractions as well as other "pay to play" zoos/exhibitors who closed or were forced to close down with nowhere for these cats to go. WCR has always communicative in trying to help all those who need it...their first question is always to ask "what is the situation and how can we help?" This is truly a first rate sanctuary that follows first rate hearts within.
WCR is fully accredited with numerous rescue-sanctuary organizations/affiliations and is known and highly respected by animal experts throughout the world. Their work to provide a home for these magnificent cats is to me, an honorable thing to do and a plain "right thing" to do.
In closing my review of WCR, I believe all creatures, man and animal, living on this earth seek and deserve to live lives of protection, shelter and sustenance. Often times, man has other ideas of how these animals should live their lives, mostly to man's benefit but to no positive regard to the animal. It takes people like Mike and Cheryl and the staff at Wildcat Ridge to ensure that these cats live out their lives in well deserved dignity, protection and safety. I'm honored to know them, to be a part of WCR and to help further protect those who need assistance and protection from abuse, exploitation or any want.
This is the best and most caring sanctuary ever!!!
My experience with this group remains strictly on Facebook. I am elderly and my husband has Parkinson’s, so we don’t travel much anymore. These people always identify their animals name,so icanwrite something serious or funny or yjr post. If I ever have a question, someone will get back to me and answer my question. They are polite and well trained and the helpers,feeders, cleaners and all who work keep the cat so happy. They always show howto look up a special cats history which is necessary, so you know what the cat has gone through before arriving HOME!!! and The Wildcat Sanctuary is really where the cat s want to come. They have all happy cats now!!!
The most important thing to me about Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary is that it is NOT open to the public! While I would love, love, love, nothing more that to go visit all the cats, it is not about me, it is about them! Keeping it closed to public allows the cats to be themselves and live their lives in loving peacefulness. Education is important, which WCR does, however, caring for the cats is their focus. I truly appreciate that. BUT...being closed to the public also means they are not as much in the public eye (they are fully committed to the beautiful beings in their care, instead of entertaining/monitoring visitors), which means they have to work harder to generate funds/donations. That takes time and resources in and of itself. They are committed to all their charges regardless of cost. All cats (and other species) deserve loving kindness and care, especially if they have been harmed in some way by humans. WCR makes it right for them. They are such a worthy organization. If I could, I would give them 1000+ stars!!!!
WildCat Ridge Sanctuary is to be commended for their work in saving and caring for the rejected, disowned, and otherwise impoverished animals of the country.
I won a trip there in 2016 for an overnight stay and a tour of the sanctuary. The Sanctuary was absolutely beautiful! Cheryl and Mike were the best too! They do wonderful work and are wonderful people!
They are attentive and caring to all their animals 24/7 and they put the extra effort in to keep them happy and healthy!
I absolutely love the people at WildCat Ridge Sanctuary! They are the best. It is amazing what they do for all of the precious animals. It’s so easy to see how relaxed & at home all the animals are! They’re all beautiful & very well taken care of! Cheryl & everyone there give them so much love & such great care! I adore them all!
Cheryl, Mike, Tiffany, Lauren and the team are just amazing animal advocates!! The love, honor and care they give to all their charges is second to none! They do amazing work and I am blessed to have met them and continue to be involved from afar!
While I can’t actively contribute to WCR financially I love following their FB page. Brings to light a lot of information that would otherwise go un-recognized to make these wild cats live a long happy and healthy life. Great job!!
The cats are well taken care of here. The staff does a great job with feeding, creating enrichment, communicating, cleaning up the enclosures and medical care. The cats look and seem to be very happy here!
As a cat sponsor I have had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful sanctuary on multiple occasions. It's so beautiful and well maintained. The cats have impeccable enclosures, and are so well cared for. Highest rating, and great organization.
As a wildlife photographer and animal advocate, I have visited WildCat Ridge Sanctuary several times in the last few years. Walking through the sanctuary, it quickly becomes obvious that the cats are very well taken care of. They are relaxed, have a great amount of space to roam around, and they can hide if they don't want to be seen. Every animal can truly be the unique individual that they are.
First off I can tell you that this is an amazing place for wild exotic cats! The directors and Volunteers Of The Sanctuary are very caring and compassionate people and their heart is with these cats and all the other animals that they provide a wonderful home to! Mike and Cheryl Tuller have dedicated their lives to building a new life for all the Wildcats in their care. They traveled across the country to help two of our cats when we needed help the most! Nora and Katie. Back in 2013 there was a tragic incident where a man let over 50 exotic animals loose, this caused the State of Ohio to impose and exotic animal law on all wild animal owners, it included us and made it impossible for us to financially pay for all the changes they wanted to make to habitats, insurance, licensing, and fees per animal. We did the best we could for our rescues but in the end we were not going to fight the State of Ohio. So we reached out to three of the best sanctuaries in the U.S. One of which was Wildcat Ridge and they drove across the country to pick up Nora an Katie, it broke our hearts but we knew they would be absolutely fine because we trusted in Mike and Cheryl to give them a good life. Nora had been a victim of abuse before we rescued her, she was used as a prop for photo ops for money as a cub, later she was used for breeding because she was a white tiger. When we rescued her I went to see her the day before to figure out our plan to transport her and she was so emaciated I just cried and cried and wanted to take her then but I had to wait one more day! After we got back to our facility we started the rehabilitation process and a year later she was the picture of a healthy happy tiger, but circumstances led us to Wildcat Ridge, and we couldn't be happier for Nora and Katie, and the amazing life that was given to them! This organization works very hard to care for the Wild Ones and I commend them for all their hard work! We will never forget how they stepped up to help us and formost the tigers, and they continue to help wildcats from all kinds of situations! Love you all for your hard work, and compassion for wildlife!
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.
I have been a donor to WildCat Ridge for several years and have been fortunate enough to visit their facility twice. I have always been impressed with the amazing level of care they give their animals, and the devotion of the keepers and volunteers.WildCat Ridge provides excellent habitats, constant enrichment for both the big and small cats, and excellent vet care. They are truly a model sanctuary, and I am proud to be among their supporters.
I have supported WildCat Ridge for several years now, first through sponsorship of a cougar named Caden, now through sponsorship of a bobcat named Bailey Rae. They are a true sanctuary for these wildcats, and provide them with amazing care for their entire lives. They never buy, breed, or sell, and are not open to the public. The cats are always given plenty of enrichment, and lovely enclosures with plenty of shelter for any sort of weather. The keepers are fantastic and truly care for each and every resident.
I first encountered Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary about six years ago. I was immediately impressed with both Cheryl and Mike and their level of dedication to their animals. They had set aside their own needs in favor of the cats and their needs.
I was honored to be able to visit the sanctuary shortly after their move to their permanent location in Scots Mills, Oregon. The cats have enclosures appropriate to their needs and size. The enrichment programs are amazing, the quality of food is top notch, and the staff are dedicated and very will trained. We were able to provide a scale for the veterinary facility on site, and we continue to send small pieces of enrichment.
The level of veterinary care provided for all of the cats is the best. It is such a joy to see these cats thriving after such a horrible start in life.
We had the privilege of visiting WildCat Ridge Sanctuary last May, and it was a fabulous experience for us. The acreage of the Sanctuary is tucked away in a beautiful, quiet spot, and the love there for the cats and nature is very easily felt. All of the cat enclosures are well planned and made interesting for the cats, and the care, food, medical attention, and welfare of the cats is clearly paramount to all of the staff and the many volunteers that keep the Sanctuary running on a daily basis. We will continue to be avid supporters of WildCat Ridge Sanctuary in its key role in making a loving, well-run, and joyous home for all of these beautiful, magnificent cats who have desperately needed a place to live out their lives in harmony and grace. Thank you ALL at the Sanctuary for ALL you do for these cats.
WildCat Ridge Sanctuary is a piece of Heaven on Earth for abused and relocated exotic cats. It is a place for these cats to go and retire in comfort, respect and get the TLC they need and deserve. Amazing Team of true exotic cat Heroes! My story working with WildCat Ridge was when Cheryl and Mike contacted me in Ohio about Tigers that they were going to relocate to their facility. My group, Outreach for Animals, was needed to do the prep work ( medical needs/physicals, preparing travel cages,etc.). As many remember, Ohio had the worse Big Cat incident in the USA's history...The Zanesville Massacre. A notorious private exotic animal owner turned 38 Tigers, Lions, Leopards and Mountain Lions loose on the city of Zanesville, Ohio forcing Police to shoot and kill 36 of them. He actually released 56 animals in all; Bears, Wolves, Primates, etc. At this time in Ohio, we needed all the help we could get to find homes for numerous Big Cats and were not getting many offers for help. WildCat Ridge Sanctuary stepped up and volunteered to help! They set up the move and did the logistics to relocate Nora, a White Tiger, and Katie, an Orange Tiger from Ohio to Oregon. Cheryl and Mike's professionalism and genuine love for these exotic cats were amazing! I have since been invited to come out and see Nora and Katie and watched the growth of WildCat Ridge Sanctuary into one of the premiere Sanctuaries in the World. I have since been invited to be an advisor to their Board of Directors and I consider that an honor. Good people, great place!
I'm one of the fortunate ones who get to volunteer at WildCat Ridge Sanctuary - a TRUE sanctuary that doesn't breed, sell, or buy animals. They are also a strictly no-contact facility. As much as we'd love to give Shirley or Kennewick a big kiss, we understand that while the animals are captive born, they are still wild animals. No physical contact is better for them and us.
I've seen first hand how much everyone loves every single animal that is lucky enough to have found their forever home at WCR. The animals' comfort and needs are always put first as they should be, whether it comes to spacious enclosures with daily enrichment, to vet care, excellent nutritious meals, to respecting every animal's specific needs.
For example, we are always extra quiet when working around the cougars' enclosures because they don't like loud noises. On the other hand, the tigers especially enjoy when we are working around their enclosures and are always happy to see us and watch whatever we are doing - mowing, working on expanding enclosures, (they love power equipment, especially loud noisy stump grinders) etc. Of course we always maintain a safe distance from the enclosures too. One day we were working on expanding tiger Nora's enclosure using jackhammers, tractors, etc. We looked at her in her pavilion where she was safely secured and she was asleep in her den.
As someone who loves to volunteer for animal related non-profits, I have felt the most respected and appreciated at WCR, not only by the Tullers, but also Project Manager Mike and the keepers.
WildCat Ridge Sanctuary is truly a magical and wonderful place. If I ever win the lottery, I'm going to give them a million bucks.
WildCat Ridge Sanctuary is a sanctuary for captive born wildcats that were made by breeders and primarily sold as pets to private owners. When I first volunteered in 2007 I was impressed that the focus of all the volunteers was the well being of the cats (and this was before I was able to meet the cats). The cofounders (Cheryl and Mike Tuller) have worked tirelessly to create a natural habitat and best possible life for these cats. I have personally seen cats arrive that are thin from malnutrition, skittish, and nervous - then after a few weeks I will see them filled out and relaxed. I have always admired that the Tullers made the decision early on not to open the sanctuary to the public. Too many times in zoos I have seen cats pacing and clearly stressed - not at WildCat Ridge. The cats are relaxed and often doing what cats do best - snoozing or playing. If you want to support a true sanctuary where cats are not exploited - this is the place. I have been volunteering for Cheryl Tuller for 10+ years now and can honestly say that its the best non-profit I have worked at.
I have supported WCR for several years with the plan of volunteering for them post retirement. My love of big cats first caught my attention, but when I discovered that WCR is a true sanctuary (not open to the public) for these beautiful cats I knew I wanted to help however I could. Little did I know what a great group of people I was getting involved with. The dedication of Mike and Cheryl Tuller (founders and directors), the keepers, and all of the volunteers is commendable. Helping build an 11,000 sq ft enclosure for 2 tiger brothers was a high point for me. The cats’ welfare is first and foremost. The cats are extremely well cared for and have wonderful habitats and enrichment.
I thoroughly enjoy my time helping out when I can. While it is unfortunate how all of these cats got here, I truly believe they could not be in a better place to live out the remainder of their lives.
There are many reasons why I have been volunteering at WildCat Ridge Sanctuary for several years now, but the main reason is because they are a SANCTUARY. They are not a zoo, they don't breed the wild cats and their sole purpose is to give these animals a quiet safe environment to live out their lives. The owners (Cheryl and Mike) as well as all of the handlers have a great respect and love for these animals and that is what keeps me coming back. It's a privilege to be able to be a part of this fantastic organization.
My wife Adele and I are animal lovers to the core. When we discovered Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary and saw how they care for the big cats that have been injured, abandoned, needing a new home to live out their lives with lots of space, dignity and care, we told ourselves "We are in it all the way". Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary and it's people, volunteers, Vet staff, you name it....they all have one thing in common, "They love and care for the animals". No place better in my opinion. Scott Tom
A truly amazing place! From the first knowledge of Wildcat Ridge, I've been entranced by its good work and caring. The site is a last chance for most of these magnificent animals and that responsibility is taken to heart by all involved. This sanctuary is worthy of your support.
Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary does a wonderful job of caring for captive born Wildcats and hybrid and domestic cats who are not able to live in a home. I have visited their facility on more than one occasion, and was impressed with the cleanliness, and detail of care that are given to their residents. They are financially frugal and responsible . Their facility is run with care, with integrity, and with dedication to the cats they care for.
We have personally supported WildCat Ridge Sanctuary for almost 15 years. They are a "true" sanctuary in that they are not open to the public, and they do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit their rescues. The cats live in large, natural habitats and are fed a natural raw diet.
In addition, I am a board member for Meow Village. There are occasions when we rescue a cat that cannot be adopted (not social) or is not a candidate for a barn type home. In those instances, WildCat Ridge Sanctuary has offered to give the cat a home in one of their wonderful "small cat" habitats. Every cat we have placed with them has flourished--living happy, healthy lives for many years! WildCat Ridge Sanctuary "gets" that we all need to work together to help animals. That's hard to find these days.
We look forward to supporting WildCat Ridge Sanctuary for many more years! Thank you for all you do! Mike and Leslie Birrenkott
Stefanie Kraus 05/09/2018
Thank you Leslie, we love being able to work together helping all the cats big and small ❤️
I have been a supporter of Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary since its inception. I have always been impressed with the dedication of the founders, who recognized a real need to provide sanctuary for wild animals raised as "domestic" pets until they got too big to have around a house or yard! The animals are very well cared for and are never put on public display to raise money. The new facility allows so much more room to roam and to accommodate more animals. I highly recommend this non-profit!
WildCat Ridge is a true sanctuary. This place is only about making the animals’ lives better. I think WCR is the cat’s pajamas! One of the best in the business.
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.
Stefanie Kraus 05/09/2018
Thank you so much! For pictures of the new location, and the beautiful residents of the sanctuary, please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildcatridgesanctuary/
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.
Stefanie Kraus 05/09/2018
The sanctuary used to be located in Sherwood, which is what that address refers to. We moved to Scott Mills many years ago. You can see photos of our beautiful location on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wildcatridgesanctuary/
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!!!!!!
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.
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.
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
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!