Minnesota Wildcat Sanctuary’s Founder Receives Global Award for Sanctuary Excellence
October 16, 2023 – (Washington, DC) The Board of Directors of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) today announced the recipient of the 2023 Carole Noon Award, Tammy Thies of The Wildcat Sanctuary, Minnesota.
“Tammy has been instrumental in the rescue of wild cats in the United States and abroad. GFAS is honored to recognize her work and passion.
For the past 25 years, Thies has led rescue efforts in 5 countries and 34 states. She has provided vital services to the US Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice, US Fish and Wildlife services, as well as state and local agencies.
The GFAS Carole Noon Award is given annually to an individual who embodies and puts into practice the GFAS philosophy of vision, dedication, and excellence in animal care at sanctuaries. Created in 2009, this award memorializes Carole Noon, Ph.D., a courageous and innovative sanctuary pioneer, and champion of chimpanzees.
It honors outstanding contributions to the animal sanctuary field.
“This year’s award recipient truly embodies and puts into practice the GFAS philosophy of vision, dedication, and excellence in animal care,” noted Valerie Taylor, Executive Director of GFAS.
“Part of the GFAS mission is to recognize sanctuaries and rescue centers and raise awareness of their work. The 2023 Award recipient serves as an exemplary model of many important characteristics attributed to true sanctuaries, demonstrating professionalism, collaborative spirit, and leadership, all for the animals – qualities highly regarded by GFAS and the late Dr. Noon.”
Thies shared her thoughts about the accomplishment, saying, “It is an honor to receive this recognition. However, it takes a team. I could not do the work I do without the amazing staff, board and volunteers that give 110% each day to rescues cats out of deplorable conditions and put an end to the captive wildlife crisis.”
The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is the only accredited, non-profit sanctuary in the Midwest. TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. As a true sanctuary, TWS does not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals.
More information can be found at WildcatSanctuary.org