Safety is The Wildcat Sanctuary’s #1 Strategic Anchor

When we hear about accidents or fatalities happening at other facilities, it’s heartbreaking. But it reconfirms why here, at The Wildcat Sanctuary, human safety has always been the #1 Strategic Anchor our sanctuary’s built upon. We realize that, without making safety a priority, it jeopardizes the lives of all the animals we’ve worked so hard … Read more

2018 was a PAWsome year for the cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary

Looking back over the year, it’s amazing what our donors and supporters accomplished for so many! Habitats and Residents  7 lions, 2 servals, 1 bobcat, 1 Eurasian Lynx and 5 hybrids were welcomed to the Sanctuary.  The sanctuary completed our largest international rescue to date, coordinating with four separate zoos from Argentina. This took years … Read more

Two Argentina lion siblings will finally be reunited at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota!

Many times we’re asked, “Well, if zoos and circuses shut down, where will the animals go?” What’s happening in Argentina is an example. As their zoos change from exhibiting wild animals to instead becoming more compassionate eco-parks, it’s meant many of their big cats have needed placement. You’ve already helped lions Salteña, Chupino. Kimba, Sofia … Read more

Big Cats Big World of Rescue Work

It’s hard to believe a small Midwest sanctuary that started out almost 20 years ago would be involved in so many national, and even international, big cat rescues. Sadly, there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t hear about a big cat somewhere in the world in need of rescue.  Because of social … Read more

A bi-partisan issue we can all support – Big Cat Public Safety Act

2019 UPDATE – This important amendment was reintroduced February 26, 2019 H.R.1380 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) – To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes.  Sponsor: Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]            … Read more

Blind, starving stray dog finds help and love at, of all places, The Wildcat Sanctuary!

The phone rang while I was in a staff meeting today.  A good samaritan was trying to catch a stray dog that was in really bad shape.  Would we be able to help? Yes, even though we’re a sanctuary for wild cats, I can’t tell you the number of phone calls I get about all … Read more

Can Facebook Save the Planet?

Shanti Deva, a lioness who was rescued and brought to the Wildcat Sanctuary. This sanctuary is using its 3 million Facebook followers to change the lives of lots of big cats. (Photo: Wildcat Sanctuary) Learn how social media managers are using the Internet to amplify their causes. Nonprofits traditionally have a pretty tough time making … Read more

How one volunteer built one of Facebook’s biggest environmental pages

Griffen was living at a pay-to-play breeding facility before he was rescued. (Photo: Wildcat Sanctuary) Julie Hanan focused her energy on a small animal refuge in Minnesota, and the results have been amazing. Julie Hanan helped out at domestic cat rescues for years before she heard about The Wildcat Sanctuary, a refuge that cares for … Read more

Amazing medical progress for tigers Daisy and Mohan!

What a difference a couple of months can make for two very ill tigers! When we picked up Mohan, he had such difficulty walking. With degenerative joint disease of the knees due to untreated cranial cruciate ligament injuries and with nails grown so long they’d embedded in his front paws, walking was so painful.  Look at … Read more

So, do you think MY cat is a Bengal?

Whenever we share a photo of one of the dozens of hybrid wild cats we’ve rescued, someone always asks the question, “Could my rescue be a Bengal?” Tabby cats and Bengal cats can often look very similar. Without a bill of sale, some sort of registration/pedigree papers from the breeder, or more information from whoever … Read more

Stop cross breeding and inbreeding big cats for profit

At one time, white tigers were indeed rare. The last one captured in the wild was Mohan in India in 1951. He was intentionally inbred with his daughter.  The resulting four white tiger cubs began a long line of inbreeding for profit. Fast forward to today when almost every accredited sanctuary in the U.S. has … Read more

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