What ever happened to the highly publicized case of Como the white tiger?

The box read “Interstate Meat Dist., Inc.” This morning, I entered my office to find a large cardboard box with the words “Interstate Meat Dist., Inc.” on the side. It stopped me in my tracks.  As I approached, a wave of emotion came over me.  One so strong, it made my heart heavy, made it … Read more

How to provide comfort care for an aging big cat

Titan the Bengal tiger

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 all about … Read more

So you want to start your own sanctuary?

At least weekly, I receive an email from someone asking me how to start a sanctuary. Some are good-hearted animal lovers. Many really only want to have exotic animals themselves, but think “framing” it as a sanctuary legitimizes their personal desire. But they really don’t understand running a sanctuary is all-consuming. You often sacrifice family, … Read more

Big Cat advocates speak out against the killing of Cecil the lion and trophy hunting

The story of Cecil’s death has become front page news, dominated social media, and has resulted in an avalanche of ethical questions about trophy hunting.  How was Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer allowed to kill this iconic lion in Zimbabwe? The Wildcat Sanctuary dealt with over 13,000 comments on its Cecil Facebook post alone and has … Read more

Do new laws mean dozens of exotic animals may be killed?

Tiger awaiting rescue in Texas

Recent headlines read: New law means dozens of exotic animals may be killed Mexico deadline to ban circus animals looms but doubt shrouds creatures’ fate Man forced to remove exotic animals from County property We’re often asked if we support legislation like this.  With a patchwork of laws across the United States ranging from state … Read more

In the heart of a rescue at The Wildcat Sanctuary

A life on display I received a call from a caretaker of a small event center in California.  She explained that servals, caracals, a lynx and tigers were on display at a mansion.  The mansion was used for weddings, events, retreats, tours and even yoga classes.  The cats were all 4-paw declawed, in very small … Read more

Book us for your next event – TWS’ Speakers Bureau

Book TWS’ Founder for your next corporate event Tammy Thies is more than the founder of The Wildcat Sanctuary, she is also an advocate, marketing professional and public speaker. With a marketing and journalism degree from the University of St. Thomas, Thies developed brand and marketing programs for national clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Holiday … Read more

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