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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am impressed with TWS in their ability to put the cats they rescue first and to let us "see" and learn about these animals via their website. It is amazing how the animals are doing and thriving in their habitats TWS provides for each resident, they truely look happy and well taken care of. TWS does a good job of educating the public and is always there, no matter what state, to help another cat in need. Thank you to all at TWS for all you do, you go beyond all expectation when taking care of the residents!

Erin14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud to support an organization as committed and caring as The Wildcat Sanctuary. They know the importance of protecting these cats and are always respectful of the animals they serve. This organization deserves all the credit and good reviews it can get and then some.

Cassandra E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of being able to volunteer a few times there, but the commute was so far from my home that I had to stop. The facility and staff there are amazing and I feel the work they do is so important, as these animals did not choose to be in captivity. All of the animals are so well taken care of and loved, though thouroghly respected as the wild animals they are. I also like that the facility is not open to the public, so the animals are not in a zoo, but more of a forever home, to live the rest of their lives in peace, happiness and dignity.

Millie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization and their mission statement....Give them dignity. The Wildcat Sanctuary saves animals and also educates about the sad realities of people who own and cannot care for these exotic cats. They are abandoned and would not survive if not for the love, kindness and support of the sanctuary. I love donating in honorarium at holidays and believe in what they are doing 100%!

Theodora B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was lucky enough to have the privilege of visiting the Sanctuary with a friend who volunteers there. The Sanctuary is not open to the public, so I felt very lucky to meet the staff and see what they do and how deeply they care for the animals. The facility is populated by healthy animals in spacious enclosures. Although I wish we didn't need places like The Wildcat Sanctuary, I wish that every facility that serves such a need were exactly like theirs.

Janet22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They that take care of the animals, are AMAZING..They can not speak for themselves..Some one has to..The Wildcat Sanctuary is Great in my eyes..They are Angels to the animals..Great Job for a very hard rescue..

Jan_4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Any place that takes in animals is alright in my books, but the Wildcat Santuary is top notch!!