“The accreditation committee was impressed with every aspect of The Wildcat Sanctuary,” said Patty Finch, Executive Director of GFAS.” They have a depth of training classes for interns, public campaigns, exceptional vet care and housing, oversight and leadership crucial to the long term sustainability of any organization and exceptional animal care and safety protocol. The founder, Tammy Thies and her team are to be commended.” Finch said it is not often that we have no recommendations to make on animal care, but that is certainly true for The Wildcat Sanctuary.
The accreditation means The Wildcat Sanctuary meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the cats, meeting rigorous and peer-reviewed standards for operations, administration, security, and veterinary care established by GFAS, which is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. The accreditation status also provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize The Wildcat Sanctuary as an exceptional sanctuary.
Thies said she was honored by the GFAS findings. “We were honored and thrilled to see the report favorably highlight many aspects of what we do here at TWS, and we were mostly honored by the recognition of the standard of our animal care and safety protocol,” she said. “As a team we keep our mission statement our core values in the forefront of everything we do. Because of this we know every day that we are here to rescue and provide exceptional care for wild cats, and that we will do this to the highest possible standard.” Thies said she was proud of the fact that a renowned tiger conservationist and expert had stated: “If I were to come back as a tiger in captivity, I would want to live out my days at The Wildcat Sanctuary.”
Established in 1999, The Wildcat Sanctuary became a 501(c)3 in 2001. It is a 40-acre sanctuary, owned by the nonprofit, in which more than 100 wildcats are kept in exceptional habitat housing, with access to temperature controlled buildings. The sanctuary has always been active in rescue work for displaced wild cats around the US, as well as traveling to lend leadership in a crisis at other facilities. The Wildcat Sanctuary created the No More Wild Pets© campaign to increase public awareness of the captive wildlife crisis and decrease the number of wild animals being kept as pets. The campaign strives to inspire people to keep the wild in their heart, not their home and advocates for adopting appropriate pets. The Wildcat Sanctuary is also accredited by the American Sanctuary Association.
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and National Anti-Vivisection Society.