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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: A sanctuary and rescue facility for big cats, much like an animal shelter for dogs and housecats, except we are a "no kill" facility. Cats entering the facility are given a permanent home. We do not sell, transfer, give away, or use cats for breeding or labor purposes.

Programs: Provided a safe haven to abused and neglected exotic animals, primarily big cats. Provided permanant housing and care, performed rescue operations, and worked with state wildlife agencies. 280 cats have been rescued and housed.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 3

I have been a longtime resident of TN and only recently began to have a passion for the preservation of exotic animals more specifically big cats. I was surprised to learn about this sanctuary not far from Chattanooga and disappointed to read about all the legal disrupt from neighbors. I did provide my first donation regardless of the negative reviews. It has to be expensive to run this facility and it is a job that isn't for the faint of heart. It is doubtful the animals are being used for personal gain as some suggested. It would be easier to rate effectiveness with better information but 3 stars for effort.

13 karmakaze

Donor

Rating: 3

I certainly agree with the goals of this organization--rescuing and providing homes for the big cats that people without expertise, financial means for housing and care, and access to veterinarians have acquired. And that means virtually everyone who buys a big cat. As for the fund raising, I donate to multiple organizations and it seems as if most of them either have the same fund raisers or the fund raisers have similar methods. However, I have some sympathy for the amount of money being spent, although I would rather have to go for the animals. Basically, how many people are aware of these organizations or what they do? It is expensive to get the word out and then to compete with other similar facilities with the same mission of saving animals that should never been in private hands. I will probably continue to donate since the big cats did not contribute to their fate nor did they have choices. I'm also disgusting with the neighbors who bought property when cats were already in the area and now are trying to close down the sanctuary. Too much development! If they didn't want to be anywhere around an animal sanctuary, they should have gone elsewhere. This sounds like a lawsuit for financial gain. Shame on them.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I have watched this organization for several years and am very disappointed in the small amt of the donation that goes to the programs of actually helping the tigers. I will be sending a small donation within the next week (probably $5) and hope that at least $4 goes to helping the tigers at Tiger Haven. I certainly hope that you can find people that will donate their time to help you run this organization more efficiently so that most of donations rec'd will go to helping the tigers. Sincerely, Karen Frauman

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 2

This is a costly undertaking for sure, and I try to support it when I can. But your financial review on charity navigator is terrible. Your fundraising expenses are killing your program expenses, and sending out dollar bills to - what - 30,000 people?? Not a good strategy! Those who are willing to support the cause will do so regardless of the dollar bill. Those who won't, are just taking and pocketing my donated dollars. I will return it this time, but it seems I speak for others here when I say I will discontinue my support if this practice continues.

Review from CharityNavigator

4 Connie20

Donor

Rating: 5

Well, people please stop complaining, we are here to help out... whatever it is we are getting a lot of blessing from GOD by giving donations you have to give within the bottom of your hearth ok!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 2

Today I received $1 bill from this charity! I don't know who raised the stakes from a nickle or a quarter...? but I feel like I'm being played.

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Donor

Rating: 3

This charity is working for a great cause, but I am concerned about the amount of money being spent on fundraising efforts. I am sent some type of desperate-plea fundraising letter at least once a week, and it is off-putting. I wish they would limit those letters to 3 - 4 times a year, and spend the money saved on their operating expenses. Also, I am concerned about a lawsuit that they are fighting. Will my donation be going toward fighting that, or do they have a lawyer working for them pro bono? I wish they would address that topic in one of the frequent letters they send out.

Review from CharityNavigator

5 pattheratlol

Donor

Rating: 3

Mission is needed ! You spend all that money raising money why??? All you need is to give us pics where they live the conditions and you'll get your money!! All I see is sick big cats, where do they rome !!! Show us what the description says!!! i here the state is giving you problems why??? for real why? i have limited funds but my wife and have give in the pass I WANT TO GIVE !!! Give me the reasons with pics of the enclosures,explain why the state is doing this, i know its not your salary which must be the lowest in all these charities. i believe you are for real!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been on the board for a shelter and finding dependable help is difficult. It ends up the animals which are the most important thing get cared for by the people who are hard workers and things like paperwork and fundraising have to be done by paid professionals just because there are not enough hours in the day to do it all. Not the way you would like it but that is just the way it is. Donations are still needed so badly to continue to care for the unfortunate animals. They can't be adopted out like a dog for fear they end up in the same horrible situation so they are to be cared for until they die.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I would hope this organization would want a favorable report and would welcome it to create more donations. In the current years they have had troubles with the state government and residents to stay in business. They have a dedication to many big cats, but to put so much money into raising donations they need to relocate their direction.

Review from CharityNavigator