Every cat we rescue comes with a story. Cougars Castle and Vista are no different. Their life started tragically at a young age. Because of your generosity, in 2006, TWS was able to be their final home.
We were told they were taken out of the wild by an individual, then seized during a drug raid and held by state authorities before coming to The Wildcat Sanctuary. They arrived with physical issues and stunted growth. Vista, has neurological problems which makes coordination very difficult. But, since coming here so long ago, they’ve thrived at the Sanctuary.
After so many years with us, in 2014, their original rescuer reached out to us and provided more information about their history. What an emotional and touching email to receive. You could feel her love for Castle and Vista through the words she wrote. Castle and Vista owe their lives to this one very caring person and to all of you who have made their lives at The Wildcat Sanctuary possible.
“Vista’s issues are due to Ivermectin toxicity. She went blind and paralyzed in just a matter of hours. The vet did not expect her to last the weekend, but she did. She recovered her eyesight within a few days, but her rear leg coordination never improved. Seeing Vista that sick, still haunts me. I had to separate Castle from her to be able to safely give her fluids and he laid against the cage door for the entire three days.
Thank you for doing what you do and for the updates on Castle & Vista. Their life with people started very tragically and I am always impressed with how far they came in accepting our presence. I would not blame them if they slinked in the shadows, but babies are resilient. ”
Castle watches over his sister and guards her. The incredible bond they share is no surprise, given all they’ve been through in their tumultuous lives. Here, they’re provided with an environment that allows Vista to thrive, despite her disability. She and her brother finally feel safe and secure and are living out their lives – wild at heart.
Castle enjoys sitting atop his perch and surveying the land around his habitat. He is much more elusive at mealtimes than his fiery cougar neighbors, preferring to eat at his own leisure – after all, he is the king of the Castle.
Both Vista, and Castle in the background, relax in the warm summer sun at TWS
Taking in two young cougars like this is always a large financial commitment for our Sanctuary. It means 20+ years of providing healthcare, a nutritious diet, and a habitat customized to their needs. We can certainly use your help if you would consider sponsoring Castle or his sister Vista today? Our sponsors mean so much at The Wildcat Sanctuary!