As a sanctuary, we’re a home for life to all our rescued residents. But at TWS, we take that even one step further. We follow and commit to providing a forever home for all the cats we refer to other reputable facilities and sanctuaries, too. If, for any reason, a sanctuary or facility cannot care for the cats we’ve referred or placed, we’ll do everything we can to provide them a home for life. And that’s the story with Max.

Celebrating a new home, a new birthday, and a new life!

Max faceMax turns 16-years old this month as he arrives at The Wildcat Sanctuary!  He’s a kind-hearted cougar who suffers with arthritis. He’s been receiving the best medical care to keep him pain-free. Because of your support, he’ll now be able to live his golden years at The Wildcat Sanctuary.

In 2011, we received a call from a private owner needing to surrender a cougar due to a divorce. At that time, TWS had just taken in cougar kittens Carlo, Noah and Langley, and we didn’t have habitat space for him. The Lake Superior Zoo had lost their other cougars due to old age and they agreed to accommodate Max. We support zoos that help rescue privately-owned cats, especially when there aren’t enough sanctuaries to take in every cat in need. We’re thankful they used Max’s story to educate people about why wild animals should not be kept as pets.

Watch the video they produced HERE!

Max has spent the last six years at the Lake Superior Zoo. Due to flooding and a new facility plan, the zoo decided to renovate habitats, including where Max was living. When we heard of this, we reached out to the zoo offering a final and forever home for him.

20160307_094733LRMax moved very easily. From the moment he arrived at the Sanctuary, he acted as though he’d lived here his entire life. We’ve never had a cat adapt so quickly to their new life. He explored both his indoor and outdoor areas and met his new neighbors, without missing a beat.

Max reminds us a lot of our cougar Spring who we recently said good-bye to. If Spring melted your heart, Max sure will, too. He also has a gentle and social demeanor, was 4-paw declawed and has arthritis. We’ll make sure to provide Max with everything he needs to enjoy life to the fullest during his golden years.

If you’d like to help by sponsoring Max, you can do that HERE.


Max Gets a New Home

FOX 21 Online

As the Lake Superior Zoo continues to upgrade its facilities, it waved a goodbye paw to a Max outside TWS - no logofamiliar face. The zoo is still finalizing plans on a $15 million renovation, but those new ideas won’t include an old cat. Max the cougar is getting adjusted to 

Cougar moves to Wildcat Sanctuary

Northland’s NewsCenter ‎

Sandstone, MN ( — The Lake Superior Zoo said goodbye to Max the Cougar today. The 16–year old has a new home at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone after spending five years in Duluth. Click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter.

Max makes tracks: Lake Superior Zoo bids adieu to 16-year-old cougar

Duluth News Tribune

New plans for a more compact Lake Superior Zoo have yet to be approved, much less funded, but they’re already beginning to reshape the Duluth attraction’s animal collection. On Monday, zoo officials announced that Max, a 16-year-old cougar that had …

Zoo Cougar Gets a New Home


The Lake Superior Zoo said goodbye to one of its big cats Monday morning – Max the cougar has a new home at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota. Zoo officials said Max’s exhibit was too old and not up to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums …

Lake Superior Zoo Sends Cougar To Sandstone Wildcat Sanctuary


DULUTH, MN (KDAL) – As the Lake Superior Zoo prepares for an accreditation review later this year and makes plans for a 15 million dollar renovation, a cougar has been moved to the Wildcat Sancturary in Sandstone. Max, the cougar, came to the zoo in …Julie Hanan

Lake Superior Zoo Sends Cougar To Sandstone Wildcat Sanctuary


DULUTH, MN (KDAL) – As the Lake Superior Zoo prepares for an accreditation review later this year and makes plans for a 15 million dollar …

Aging to the Max: Cougar will spend golden years at Sanctuary, not Zoo

Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

The Wildcat Sanctuary says Max spent the first decade of his life as a pet and after taking him in, the zoo used his story to educate people on why wild …

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Since Max is near the end of his lifespan — he’s 16 — zoo officials decided to move him to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, where he will live the …