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How are the cats named at The Wildcat Sanctuary?

By | January 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm | No comments

Most often, the cats we rescue are victims of the exotic animal trade - failed "pets" that didn't work out. They come to us already having been named. But occasionally, we're also called on to take in orphaned wild cats. Our first wish is, of course, that they're able...

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Two orphaned brothers are safe at The Wildcat Sanctuary

By | January 21, 2016 at 10:52 am | No comments

Snow and Storm will be welcoming 2 new friends soon at The Wildcat Sanctuary! Read Snow and Storm's story HERE! They'll be joined by 2 more orphaned cougar kittens whose mother was apparently killed by a Washington property owner on January 4th after she...

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Rescuing wild cats or educating about them – which is more important?

By | January 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm | No comments

If you were asking Nikita, a tiger who fought to survive being used as a photo prop by a notorious criminal, she’d choose rescue. But, if you were to ask a legislator trying to shut down rampant breeding in a state with no exotic laws, he or she would say...

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How to provide comfort care for an aging big cat

By | January 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm | No comments

We often hear from people that we have dream jobs and how lucky we are to get to work with big cats.  We definitely do, and feel blessed each day that your support enables us to care for over 100 wild cats. But our days are much different than most perceive.  It’s not...

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What’s the cost of a hybrid wild cat?

By | January 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm | No comments

The true cost will shock you! Stories about early-generation hybrid wild cats are so often the same - and so disturbing. Yet the general public simply sees the beauty of the cat, the gorgeous markings of the fur and asks, "how much?" They'll pay ridiculous amounts of money to...

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The evolution of The Wildcat Sanctuary – how it all began

By | December 28, 2015 at 9:36 am | No comments

"If I only make a fraction of the impact that Sampson and the other cats have made on me, then I am very blessed."  Tammy Thies, The Wildcat Sanctuary Founder   Days like this are when I realize how fast time flies by and how special each moment is.  Today, I’m...

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Why The Wildcat Sanctuary can’t “set them free”

By | December 20, 2015 at 8:32 pm | No comments

When we share a photo of one of our cats, one of the more frequent comments we receive is “set them free.”   And, oh, how we wish we could. Of course, we realize that every wild cat would rather be free.  No matter how natural the habitat is we provide, it’s still...

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5 reasons why we don’t offer daily tours at The Wildcat Sanctuary

By | December 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm | No comments

Here at The Wildcat Sanctuary, we've made a promise to the cats in our care that they would never be exploited or exhibited for profit again. Before their arrival, so many suffered a great deal of their lives at the hands of unscrupulous exhibitors.  It takes such a long time...

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2 Orphaned Cougar Kittens receive names for the holidays!

By | December 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm | No comments

  A big thank you to all who voted on the holiday themed list of possible names for the 2 orphaned cougar kittens.  The rescued kittens arrived this week and now call The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, MN home. Drumroll please.... Welcome home for the holidays...

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Help us name our 2 new rescued cougar kittens!

By | December 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm | No comments

The Wildcat Sanctuary just welcomed 2 orphaned cougar kittens home for the holidays! And we want your help naming this brother and sister!! Voting closed on Friday, December 11 at 12:00 noon CST. The winning names are Snow and Storm!!! survey software image...

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