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The Wildcat Sanctuary

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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

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Justin8

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary Is Doing Such Important Work With These Animals And Does NOT Allow The Cats To Be Exploited Like Animals In The Zoo. I Love The Enrichment Activity The Provide For Them And The Always Improving Habitat Space. I Love This NON PROFIT It Is My Favorite In Minnesota!

AnimalLover

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary provides excellent care to their rescued cats as well as enrichment to prevent boredom. Although they do not allow visitors, they have a fabulous website and youtube videos where you can really see inside the sanctuary and get to know the cats!

Donor

Rating: 5

The people involved with The Wildcat Sanctuary wonderful and the facility is excellent. I highly recommend either volunteering or making a donation - I've done both and am proud to be a part of a group of people that truly care for the animals. Awesome place!!

Donor

Rating: 5

We met Tammy just as she was moving her Wildcat Sanctuary from GA up to MN a little over 10 years ago. We weren’t familiar with what she was doing at the time, but were very impressed by her giving nature (she was rescuing 2 Siberian Huskies from a rescue group we were volunteering with at the time).

On our first visit with her, we saw the passion and professionalism she exhibited with her organization. Over the years we have witnessed how the Wildcat Sanctuary has expanded and has overcome some major obstacles (emergency rescues, a major site relocation) all without compromising her principals and doing what’s best for the residents at the Wildcat Sanctuary. We feel very fortunate to call her a friend and know there are many very lucky wildcats to call the Wildcat Sanctuary their home.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering since I was a small child and The Wildcat Sanctuary is by far one of the best groups I have ever worked with. The volunteer "staff" is like family to each other and we are all so proud to be associated with this organization. TWS is run with an incredibly high degree of professionalism and humanity; the staff is truly in tune with the animals we care for and it is a joy to be a part of something that makes a difference for the lives of these animals. Not only does TWS assist in rescuing and caring for wildcats of all shapes, sizes and colors, we also educate the public on the captive wildlife crisis and play a role in current and future legislation on this matter. We don't like that there is a need for places such as ours but until the day comes when all wildcats are left to be wild, The Wildcat Sanctuary is truly a slice of kitty heaven here on earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous sanctuary for these amazing animals. I cannot imagine where these precious cats would be without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer on-site at The Wildcat Sanctuary once a month and also occasionally work at a booth during an event off-site. Every dollar and volunteer hour that I have seen offered to TWS has been taken gratefully and used to its fullest advantage to help the cats. I can honestly say that this organization is 100% about putting all of their effort towards providing the best life possible for their residents as well as spreading knowledge to end the captive wildlife crisis.

Chandar

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a wonderful organization. As a donor, I have been pleased to fund new enclosures and help to bring big cats in crisis situations to a far better life at the Sanctuary. I enjoy the beautiful videos taken of the cats at various times throughout the year.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is such a wonderful place. The cats are so lucky to have people like the volunteers, staff and owner to take care of them. They deserve the BEST. They are always in my mind!

Michelle52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the sanctuary for about a year and a half. I always look forward to heading out there. My only regret is that I don't live closer so I could go more often. They do wonderful work providing forever homes for wildcats in need and educating the public about the captive wildlife crisis.

Stephanie M84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at The Wildcat Sanctuary and they are a wonderful organization who is focused on taking amazing care of their resuced cats as well as public education about the captive wildlife crisis. The staff will do anything for their cats and are constantly raising funds to improve cat enclosures. As an intern I was able to make many unique enrichment items that I had never seen given to big cats before but was clearly enjoyed by them. The creative and forward-thinking staff take this charity to the next level.

Larry H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several Wildcat Sanctuary events and the work they do is amazing!!!!!

Barbara45

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing sanctuary with dedicated and compassionate staff. The large, natural enclosures are designed with the animal in mind. Heated dens! How awesome!

Donor

Rating: 5

We need more wonderful people in the world like the volunteers/owners of this great place! They work so hard every day all day to make a great home to these rescued big cats! I encourage everyone to donate to them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for The Wildcat Sanctuary for 6 years and have watched this place grow into a top notch facility. They manage their funds very well and put the needs of the cats first. They are a sanctuary for animals, not a zoo for people. Many of the cats have come from abusive backgrounds and need time to heal. They get excellent veterinary care, good food, spacious enclosures with room to run, perches and heated and cooled enclosures to escape extreme temperatures. What impresses me is the quality of care they are able to give with the limited funds they receive. They work so hard and truly care for these animals. Their role in educating the public about the captive wildlife crisis is so important. I highly recommend this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's a shame that a place like this is needed but thank goodness they are around! These people are truly angles for all of these animals and the many more out there! I have been a monthly donor for 4 years now and I will coontinue to support the wonderful work they do!

tricia2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary takes in abused and neglected big cats and provides them with an environment as close to that in nature as possible. If not for TWS these animals would have no other place to go and would most likely be put down. Caring for such large animals as wild cats is expensive and difficult, and is something that not many sanctuaries can do. TWS does an amazing job of making a success of such a difficult mission. The animals have large spacious enclosures so they can run and play. They receive any medical care required, no matter how expensive. They of course are fed on a daily basis, and we all know how the price of food has skyrocketed in the last few years. TWS deserves all the support we can provide, so it can continue with its difficult, but critically important mission.

macyjacobnathan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TWS is the next best thing for these awesome animals. Since they cannot be returned to the wild, sending them to a sanctuary such as TWS where they can live out their lives in dignity and peace is the best alternative. They are all living in enclosures that duplicate their natural habitats. Are cared for with love and concern. Health needs are meet immediately. Enrichment is provided so the animals do not get bored or stressed. This is an awesome sanctuary.

Dee D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The WildCat Sanctuary: “They will never know freedom, Can they at least know compassion?“ This sanctuary not only provides compassion, but also respect and exemplary care for the cats in their charge. The cats live in spacious natural habitats and receive enrichment, expert medical care and a proper diet. TWS also works to educate the public about the serious issue of privately owned big cats in the United States and why these magnificent cats are deadly animals to have as pets. As a true sanctuary, TWS does not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals. TWS is closed to the public, giving the cats additional privacy. You can clearly see these cats are well taken care of by the dedicated staff of TWS and are happy and healthy.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with the cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary since 2004 and I have been on the board of directors since 2005. This is a truly unique and wonderful organization. Our executive director, Tammy Thies, started this facility with the best intention possible-to provide a home for life for exotic cats that have been abused, neglected or exploited. We do not breed, exhibit or sell these cats that have been through so much. The staff and volunteers that aid the organization help these cats to live out their lives in peace and allow them to be as wild as they can. I feel TWS is an example for all other sanctuaries to emulate!