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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

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Melissa48

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by Wildcat Sanctuary....the tigers, lions, cougars, servals, Lynx and other great cats always look happy & well fed in the videos and photos....I really like the philosophy of those who run Wildcat sanctuary....the problem of captive exotic cats in private hands is serious in the USA and Wildcat Sanctuary is one of the few that truly understands the best way to care for a tiger or lion cub illegally smuggled into this country who may face death or torture at the hands of the ignorant.....We should support Wildcat Sanctuary and perhaps others like it so that the tragedy which took place last fall in Zanesville Ohio never happens again.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been watching this sanctuary almost from its beginning and have been so moved by the evidence of the kindness and the ability of these people to take in wildcats that have been damaged by other humans and bring them to health and trustfulness that we have always put them in the top list for our donations, even when we have had very little to give. Tammy Theis' determination to help these cats began this whole beautiful effort and, over the years, many other people have been inspired to help. We expect to keep donating to The Wildcat Sanctuary as long as we can.

1 Peter11

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm retired and can't afford to give much, but whatever I can afford I gladly give to help preserve a tiny bit more of the wonderful bio-diversity our beautiful planet holds. These magnificent cats are iconic reminders that humans are not the sole inheritors of the earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

TWS is a wonderful place. because of my friend Susan Timmerman i learned of this organization and the plight of these big cats. Tammy and her crew do amazing things to create an environment as close to the wild as they can. i share the news letter and videos with many friends. i campaign for TWS on my own. i know 2 friends of mine who have donated. maybe there are more. i sent the enrichment videos to my grandchild. this group of people are cats are tops in my book!! i have donated for years and will continue!! fantastic!!

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been supporting the Wildcat Sanctuary for a number of years. Tammy and her staff have created a humane and responsible approach to the serious problem of treating wild cats as pets or, even worse, merchandise. The cats in their care are treated with loving respect, and their needs come first--which is as it should be. We feel honored to be able to support this work!

Bethann B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteer at a sanctuary in FL that has similar goals and beliefs. They don't breed their animals, and the care and love the animals receive is amazing. If these animals have to be in captivity this is so much better than a zoo.

Tammie W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about the Wildcat Sanctuary from a coworker about four years ago. Since that time I have been in awe of the work Tammy, her staff and volunteers are doing. From finding a new home for the sanctuary ( allowing the cats to roam and exist with dignity) to the rescues of those animals in need, the Wildcat Sanctuary exhibits a generosity of spirit that should be embraced and acknowledged.

Olga C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an animal lover and I am particularly fond of big cats, and cats in general. After reading up on what TWS does, I felt compelled to donate to their cause. I think we being the creatures with elevated thought should follow their lead and take better care of the planet's inhabitants- trees, cats, etc. I love reading about how the cats celebrate various holidays and think that the pictures they share of these awesome creatures, helps to bring attention to their need as fellow living creatures. I wish them continued success and hope they are always there to help those felines in need! :)

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is an amazing organization! It is wonderful to know that there is an organization that rescues cats and gives them a good environment in which to thrive, get healthy and live safe, happy lives. I have donated money and items from their 'wishlist' many times over the years and also sponsored a tiger. I was given the opportunity to go up to the facility when Titan and Lilly were brought together for the first time. What an amazing experience and opportunity to see that your donations do make a difference. The tigers were so happy that day. You can't put a price on that. It feelings good to know that you are making a difference in the life of a wild cat. The staff do an excellent job to keep it going. I only wish I could do more. Oh - and I love the vehicle wraps you're doing. I've seen a couple around town.

vickyh

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported the Wildcat Sanctuary for more than 10 years. It all began with a billboard that took my breath away at an airport. And then I met Tammy Theis, the founder and director. I got to see first-hand the care that these animals get. I got to see the sacrifices made for their well-being. I got to see the Wildcat Sanctuary grow over the years. There is no organization I believe in more. I cannot imagine a staff more committed to their work. Residents are given more than just food and shelter. They receive enrichment, caring... compassion. Every animal deserves this. But especially these animals, who are often abused, neglected, rejected. This is why I feel very good about donating to this organization, and why I would (and have) eagerly recommend it to my friends and family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is one of the most amazing places I've ever seen. They make do on a shoestring budget, somehow always making sure that the cats in their care have what they need. The Sanctuary was founded by a woman who has amazing empathy for these creatures, and she has assembled a caring, nurturing, and knowledgeable staff. They work hard to ensure that the cats are not only fed and given medical attention, but that they have the enrichment necessary for a full life. The cats have toys, pools, and caves. This is probably one of the best possible situations for these animals in captivity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

While I do not have experience with Wildcats, I have had years of experience in animal rescue, wildlife, and wolfdog rescue. I know the sacrifices that are required to provide for animals that, through no fault of their own, have been abused, abandoned, or forgotten. The staff, volunteers, and interns work for the good of these cats to provide them with quality care, food, and enrichment to provide them a happy life. I donate whenever I can and, if I lived closer, I would volunteer. The organization communicates to supporters and it is clear, via video, Facebook, etc. that the cats are in the best hands they could be in. You can rest assured that any donations that are made go directly to benefit and care for the animals.

BonnieB

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a wonderful and caring facility that does not exploit the animals it cares for. Tammy Theis is not trying to turn a profit by running this sanctuary and she relies solely on donations to save these wonderful creatures. I once sent an email with a question that was very important to me, Tammy personally responded to my message. This is an outstanding organization that puts the welfare of the animals first. I feel very privileged to be able to donate to TWS on a regular basis!

1 Apropos S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a selfless cause with excellent management, prudent use of every dollar and a pure, clear vision of its mission: to ensure that the rescued, wild cats are given the very best opportunity to live the balance of their lives in a safe, private, respectful and enriching environment. TWS believes - is hopeful - that through increasing awareness and education, the senseless capture and exploitation of these wild creatures will someday cease. Man cannot continue to cage, dominate and abuse - simply because we can.

Donor

Rating: 5

In a loving and compassionate manner, the Wildcat Sanctuary cares for those abused by the cruelty of mankind. With adoration and a touch of humor, they bring to light and share with the world the joy an exotic cat can have in a loving and caring environment. They are unwaveringly committed to these beautiful animals and deserve all the recognition possible. We can only hope their efforts will help enlighten the world and bring laws that end the horrible practices that plague these majestic creatures.

Donor

Rating: 5

The people at TWS are so dedicated to making the cats' lives better. They give them large habitats and the right food/nutrition and work hard with the special needs ones to overcome their fears. This NPO is so giving to benefit the cats. They take in cats from other sanctuaries that have gone under from poor management and make the cats healthy and active again. All their monies go to supporting the cats. These guys are fantastic!!

Linda51

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is one of the greatest places I have ever been allowed to visit. It is not open to the public because this is the home to over 100 rescued animals. There are big cats and small cats and in between sizes. They are all cared for by the wonderful volunteers and staff that Tammy has assembled. They take great pride in their work and efforts to give these beautiful animals the respect and care they so deserve. When you see all the amazing things they have done and it is all operated by non profit funds and volunteers it is an amazing sight that so much can be done with so little to help these animals live out their lives in peace and tranquil surroundings. Any amount of donation can help and know it is such a worthy cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wildcat Sanctuary is one place where they *really* get it right. Tammy and staff make every choice and create every habitat based solely on what is right for the beautiful cats they have rescued. The staff works tirelessly to grow the Sanctuary as well. When an animal is in need, and it's an appropriate fit, TWS finds room. My husband and I are prolific charitable donors and we carefully vette each organization we donate to. TWS is beyond reproach and worth every donation of time or money you can give them.

Michele A.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is unfortunate that the need for the Wildcat Sanctuary is present in our modern society. For the cats though, it is fortunate that the WCS does exist and operates at such a high standard. Perhaps someday I will be able to volunteer my time, as this cause is very worth the time and effort of any individual.

Janice W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported The Wildcat Sanctuary from the very beginning. This facility provides the best possible outcome for the beautiful animals who have been abused and neglected. The Sanctuary exists in order to right the terrible wrongs done to these wild cats. It is so heartwarming to see a rescued wildcat lazily sunning itself in its large, grassy enclosure. The hardworking, dedicated staff deserve our donations and support.