As a photographer focused on animals and wildlife, my introduction to WildCat Haven was several years ago, for a story I was doing for a national magazine. Due to the nature of my work, I've photographed at many places that call themselves sanctuaries, and I've seen it all--the good, and the horribly, abusively bad. WildCat Haven is one of the very few, TRUE sanctuaries: sanctuary defined as a place of refuge and protection. But, WildCat Haven exceeds just 'refuge and protection.' I've had the unique opportunity to be able to spend time getting to know WCH--the place, the cats, and the people--and there is no question that this place exists for no other reason than to give these cats a comfortable place to live out the rest of their lives. Wildcat Haven residents do not have to put up with hoardes of general public gawking and jeering at them. WCH residents are not overcrowded, or crammed into 10x20 stalls of stone and fencing. The cats do not pace back and forth in their enclosures. The residents at WildCat Haven live on grass (not concrete slabs), surrounded by natural forest. Their bellies are full, and they have the best daily care that any captive cat could ask for. Cheryl and Mike Tuller, and Renee (the head keeper) dedicate their lives to these animals. The place is immaculately clean (feces and dirty bedding is nonexistent and water buckets are always full), and enclosures cleaned out daily. The enclosures are larger than required by law. These cats are as happy as a captive cats can get. Owning and running a sanctuary is a selfless job--a job that is a result of the selfish human act of desiring to own and control a wild animal. There are no 'thank you's' in the life of an exotic animal sanctuary, and It takes hundreds and thousands of dollars to keep these places functional. The money raised by WCH, goes straight back into the well being of the cats--larger enclosures, vet care, food. Cheryl Tuller's dream is for each of her cats to have more space. Space takes dollars. Dollars don't grow on trees. So, if you are looking for a place to support, WildCat Haven is one of the very few true havens for captive wildcats-and if you get the unique chance to visit, it will impress you as a sanctuary, and it's residents will steal your heart. Thank you Mike, Cheryl and Renee; for doing the job you do.
Fantastic facility, providing excellent care for their cats and enrichment to prevent boredom in captivity!
The impressive YouTube video for Wildcat Haven should convince all who see it that this worthwhile organization lovingly gives these rescued cats what they need to thrive safely and naturally in this idyllic facility. Praises to Cheryl Tuller and her devoted staff.
wish we didn't need places like this, but since we do, this is a very good example of how to give the cats a good life. all you need to do is get online and see how bad it can be for an unwanted cat. i was very impressed with wch.
Mike and Cheryl Tuller at Wild Cat Haven have always been there to help cats in need. They’ve given their lives for the safety and security of animals that cannot take care of themselves, providing them a home for the rest of their lives.
Wild Cat Haven’s Generous behavior for the well being of the animals include toys to keep the cats entertained, clean spacious habitats on God’s earthen ground, medical care, proper nutrition, trained volunteers, and round the clock protection with love.
Wild cat haven’s monthly E-News Letters provides status on recent changes in the Haven and upcoming celebrations and news.
Financial support through sponsorship of WildCat Haven Adoption, donors, and Successful fund raising events like the WildCat Mas-grr-ade Big Cat Bash and Silent Auctions, and Sherwood Art in the Park Benefits keep Wild Cat Haven funded and moving forward with compassionate care to rescued cats.
I helped to move Cheryl, Mike, and the first few rescued cats into the facility when the location was purchased; from day 1 the needs of the cats came first. As WCH’s animal population grew so did the need for full time involvement; Cheryl now dedicates nearly every waking moment to fulfill the mission of rescue, care, and education for the benefit of those amazing animals treated so poorly and unfairly by people. A huge amount of personal sacrifice on the part of the founders is how the sanctuary has become capable of helping so many animals cast-away by their misguided owners or taken by authorities due to abusive neglect. The level of dedication by the sanctuary, its volunteers, and supporters to the animals so lucky to reside at WildCat Haven cannot be surpassed.
Most people in the general public don't know what a rescue does. There are back-breaking hours with care, phone calls, e-mails. Always searching for how things can be made better for the residents in your care. Always looking for financing to keep things better. WildCat Haven works with other rescues for their own charges as well as others in the rescue community. As a rescue in another state WildCat Haven has our highest regard. They are COMMITTED. They CARE. That's what it takes to be a rescue.
WildCat Haven provides much needed sanctuary for captive bred exotic cats who, through no fault of their own, were born into existence for the express purpose of entertaining a human then discarded. If not Mike and Cheryl Tuller, then who would take these cats and care for them as the Tullers' have? I have visited the sanctuary and will attest to the amazing care and more than impressive quarters provided for these animals given the growing numbers of cats requiring sanctuary. Wild cats should stay wild. The exotic animal trade has created the need for this sanctuary and WildCat Haven needs and deserves whatever we can send their way.
Wow Zait. You sound more like someone with a personal vendetta than someone giving a legitimate review (A breeder perhaps? Toes getting stepped on? Don't like the truth coming out about breeders?).
I suggest you get your facts straight before you attempt that kind of character assasination. Had you truly done any research you would have discovered the two most important facts about Wildcat Haven:
1) WCH is one of only seven such facilities in the entire US that is American Sancuary Association certified. To receive this certification every phase of the operation was scrutinized--living space, vet care, safety, management, financial, etc. ASA knows the only objective of WCH is to provide these abused, confiscated, and discarded cats with a safe, happy and loving home for the rest of their lives. Mission accomplished!!
2) WCH exists because the founders fell prey to the typical breeder line of garbage that a wild animal will make a "great pet". They found out quickly how much of a lie that is. However, instead of contributing to the problem by dumping their bobcat onto someone else, they chose to become a part of the solution. Hence, Wildcat Haven was born.
Those who question the mission of WCH or the dedication of those who operate it truly have no clue about this facility and the labor of love that it is.
The most important point is that the cats ARE happy, healty, and safe-for the rest of their lives. And believe me, considering the fact that most of them came from pretty horrible situations, they are some of the lucky few.
For someone who has "purchased" animals, and then goes on to say they are a "sanctuary" :S you should be ashamed of yourself. You seem to think you are some voice for the animals, here through out the community. I simply cant help but laugh at you. You are getting your money just l ike anyone else. I have done alot of research on you and your facility...shame on you!!!!
So I thought this was supposed to be an SMALL cat sanctuary? when did cougars and tigers become part of the small cat family.
Doesn't it make sense that the small cats would be terrified?
Who´s interest is being served here?
Also, did this breeder not sell servals to a hybid breeder in Nevada?
Why is she being a hypocrit and critizing cat breeding when she did it herself?
Frankly i must say, this seems like a way to support a personal addiction to cat ownership and present a holier than thou attitude. It is ok for her but no one else! Who died and made her God?
Dragonfly, its obvious you've never been to the sanctuary or you would know that the small cat area is completely separated and hidden from the cougars and tigers. Cheryl & Mike have never made any secret that this started when they purchased a bobcat - Bobo - from a breeder. I am shocked at the nastiness of this post and wonder what your motivation is? I hope that people read the true posts about WildCat Haven and disregard your comments!
Review from Guidestar
My husband and I sponsored a wildcat and had a private tour of WildCat Haven. It was a wonderful place, quiet, secluded, lots of trees and the most noise we heard were the birds chirping. The cats were in huge pens with trees and things to jump on and get under. They all seemed very relaxed, we didn't see any of them pacing. The people there spent over two hours with us, answering questions and telling how the sanctuary started and how they got to where they are today. We will continue to support this place and feel good about how our donations are helping.
WildCat Haven has grown over the years to be a premier wildcat sanctuary. As with most sanctuaries they started out the wrong way, purchasing a wildcat as a pet. Things change and growth comes out of knowledge. They have always been honest about their beginnings, using it as an example of how foolish it is to want to make a wildcat a pet. Now, as an accredited sanctuary they are making a difference in the lives of wildcats who need a safe, lifetime home. Over the years they have (obviously) made some people unhappy by no longer supporting private ownership, but I for one am glad that they learned and now do all they can to support legislation to stop the breeding and selling of exotic cats. They don't have to defend their past record, what they do as a sanctuary is important and much needed.