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

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Creating Wild Spaces and Fun for the cats!

We have big plans and you can be a special part of creating wild spaces for the wild at heart! Skywalk systems for leopards as well as other climbing cats like bobcats so they can use more vertical space in their habitats. Plan and redesign of Wildcat Pines section of the sanctuary, to be constructed

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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

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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

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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

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Meet white tiger Mohan – walking was painful for him

If Jeremy and Simon are our active adolescents, Callie’s socially silly, and Nikita’s radiantly resilient, that must mean Mohan is magnificently majestic!! We just picked up this big beautiful boy who came with many unanswered questions.  One being his age.  We heard he was 22 years old and also 12 years old.  That’s a significant

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How to create a Facebook fundraiser so your friends can help, too!

Have you heard of this new way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion in your life?  Or a way you’d like to memorialize or honor someone (human or pet)?   Now, it’s really simple to create your very own customized fundraiser on your Facebook page! It’s an amazing way to help support the

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Cub Petting – the sad reality behind this industry

Cub petting is the practice of using baby animals, like tigers, as photo props for paying customers. These operations are deceptive because they prey on people’s affection toward baby animals, and exploit the desire to hold or care for them. This masks a secretive dark side, inherently dependent on animal cruelty for its very existence.

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Priya’s story – a tiger rescued from cub petting

Note: This article is the second in a multi part series explaining cub petting. For the first part, go here. This tigress has had a tough life. Following the rescue of more than 100 big cats, including 75 tigers, from a cub petting operation, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) and Tigers in America (TIA) took over

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Behind the scenes – 3 tiger brothers move to new huge habitat!

Can you imagine the joy of finally living ‘wild at heart’ in a huge habitat, instead of a small cage where you spent the first six years of your life? Today, you don’t have to imagine. You can watch the first moments brothers Dimitri, Griffen and Zeke spent checking out their new home, as well

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What this BLIND bengal cat can do is simply amazing!

As far as phone calls go, this one didn’t seem all that strange. Another rescue group had been contacted by a private owner. He was having trouble with his Bengal cat not using the litter box consistently. We get these calls all the time since it’s such a common complaint about hybrid wild cats. He

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Big News! Two tigers become roommates

Big news for TWS’ biggest tigers! What’s better than introducing two huge tigers to their very own large, natural habitats at the Sanctuary?  Introducing them to each other!!! You can imagine the planning, discussions and strategy that goes into deciding whether or not two big male tigers should be introduced to each other.  But if a

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