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The Wildcat Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Sharon S.


Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Wildcat Sanctuary by my neighbor, who was a volunteer there. I fully support their mission, and believe that they provide a service that is very much needed. As long as people insist on having wild cats as pets, we will continue to need the sanctuary to rescue them once their owners can no longer take care of them. I also support them because they give these beautiful animals a natural surrounding, and give them the compassion they deserve. They did not ask to be abused, I applaud the Wildcat Sanctuary for letting them live their lives in dignity.

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