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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Ligers – what’s the reality for these big cat hybrids?

We’re seeing more and more instances of ligers being intentionally bred by those who want to exploit wild animals for profit. So, what exactly is a liger? A cross between a female tiger and a male lion, ligers can grow to be around 900 pounds.  Contrast this to a lion weighing about 450 pounds and

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How a Canadian orphaned cougar kitten made it to America

It’s fairly uncommon to hear of a cat in need months before their arrival.  We first heard of orphaned wild-born cougar Andre in late summer of 2009 when he was being cared for by Critter Care Wildlife in British Columbia. His story was so sad, found alone on a road, we had to try to

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

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 than just a yes or

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Wild-born cougars released into new habitat at The Wildcat Sanctuary

Can you ever put a price on a life….on a moment…..on a new experience? Last year, you helped bring wild-born orphan kittens Snow, Storm, Aspen and Blaze home for the holidays. Though they came from two different areas, they’d each lost their mothers tragically. You helped them have a chance to heal emotionally and physically

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Tigers Pandora, Zeke, Dimitri and Griffen are home!

Four Tigers begin their new life at The Wildcat Sanctuary.  Welcome home Griffen, Dimitri, Zeke and Pandora. Born at a private zoo, Griffen and other cubs were torn from their mother when they were just a few days old.  They were put in a small room with large windows on two sides so the public

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7 reasons why black cats love Black Friday!!

Because these 7 gifts give them the ‘wild at heart’ life they love – what could be better than that!! In-Honor  In-Memory Gift Card For $25, we’ll send your chosen recipient a special Wildcat Sanctuary card, noting you’ve made a generous donation to support the wild cats in their honor. This is such a meaningful

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What is CITES and why should animal lovers care?

What does CITES stand for? CITES is a global treaty regulating international trade of threatened and endangered species of wildlife and plants. CITES stands for The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not

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