Animal Care

Big Paws, Big Eyes, Huge Appetites, Enormous Personalities

By | March 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm | No comments

Searching for the right internship At a very early age, from the first time I laid eyes on them, I felt an instant affinity towards big cats. I was intrigued. I was in love. What made them tick? Why were they so special, so intriguing, so magnificent? Their eyes, the way...

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Tiger brothers Dimitri, Zeke and Griffen neutered

By | March 28, 2017 at 10:54 am | No comments

When you’re a vet, you’re used to seeing several patients in one day. But when your patients are three rescued tiger brothers, over 400 lbs. pounds each, you really have a BIG workload! While many people were out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, sanctuary staff and vets...

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Why we are a “no contact” big cat sanctuary.

By | January 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm | No comments

We’re often asked if we pet or interact with our cats. And, if they were previously owned as pets, don’t they miss that interaction? The simple answer is no, we do not have free contact with big cats - for their protection and ours.  But the answer is more complicated...

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Orphaned bobcat kittens create their own special family at The Wildcat Sanctuary

By | October 11, 2016 at 8:14 am | No comments

Imagine you’re walking along a path outdoors, you see two little balls of fur on the dirt path in front of you. They’re meowing. Loudly. No mother is in sight. You’re worried for them and you don’t want to leave them in harm’s way. You scoop them up and bring them...

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How to provide comfort care for an aging big cat

By | January 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm | No comments

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...

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How do you know when a rescued wild cat is happy?

By | January 25, 2015 at 2:39 am | No comments

Most think, if you provide a rescued wild cat with good nutrition, an optimal natural environment, enrichment to challenge his or her senses, and quality veterinary care, they should be happy – right? But, what happens if that’s not always the case? That's why behavioral...

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When do you know if it’s time to let go? Aslan, the king of our sanctuary

By | July 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm | No comments

Aslan the male lion has always been strong and impressive. This past winter, Asha, a mate of Aslan, successfully went through emergency surgery. But, we never expected we would be facing a similar fate with Aslan so soon. It has been a long month for both Aslan and his team of...

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Holiday enrichment for the cats of TWS!

By | November 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm | No comments

Make a holiday wish come true for one of the TWS cats – purchase toys they love for any TWS resident at:  http://www.sanctuarysupplies.com/sanctuary_wishlist.asp?id=1009 When you think of animal care, a few things usually come to mind such as diet preparation, cleaning...

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PEIVDF Performs Dental Care for 4 TWS Residents

By | May 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm | No comments

A team of 10 dentists from The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation performed dental work on four cats this weekend.  This is the third Mission PEIVDF has done at TWS and we couldn't be more grateful for their help.  PEIVDF travels all around the country to...

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Scarlet the Clouded Leopard’s Surgery a Success!

By | May 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm | No comments

For those of you who don't know Scarlet's story, she came to us with a horrible infection on her rear end. This was likely due to incontinence which could be from a genetic malformation.  We have been treating this with antibiotics for months and finally it was cleared up...

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