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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If tigers are endangered, why are you neutering tigers you rescue?

This is a question we’re often asked when people find out our rescued tigers are neutered or spayed. The misconception is, if tigers are endangered in the wild, shouldn’t you allow captive tigers to breed? Four reasons accredited sanctuaries don’t breed captive tigers: 1. Tigers in the US in captivity have been overbred, inbred, and

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Tigress Pandora has surgery at the University of Minnesota

It’s not every day the vet staff of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center welcomes a 300-pound tiger as a patient. But today’s an important day for tigress Pandora!     Pandora’s story This 13-year-old Bengal tiger was recently rescued and transported cross-country by The Wildcat Sanctuary.  She and three other tigers arrived from

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The Wildcat Sanctuary’s vision of a future with No More Wild Pets

Whether it’s divorce, relocation, expecting a baby, loss of job, pets that don’t get along, loss of homeowners insurance, change in zoning laws….we hear all the same stories that most rescue organizations and shelters do. The difference is that, if it were a domestic cat we were talking about, at least there might be some

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Loving Animals So Much It Hurts Is An Actual Condition

People are finally talking about it. As director of one of the country’s oldest, busiest animal shelters, Alyssa Krieger has seen staff and volunteers come and go— many of them just months after they started at MSPCA-Angell in Massachusetts. And she has a good idea why. Compassion can be a heavy burden. And even the

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