In 2010, someone dumped Bella the bobcat off at the Tucson Wildlife Center in Arizona after realizing owning a bobcat was illegal. She was four years old at the time. This happens so often. People will buy an exotic animal, thinking it’s a great idea for an unusual “pet.” They don’t bother to check local or state regulations, sometimes believing the breeder that it won’t be a problem.

Since the Tucson Wildlife Center was a rehabilitation center, they couldn’t keep Bella permanently. When they contacted us, we were happy to provide a home for her here at The Wildcat Sanctuary.

Life at the Sanctuary

Bella had severe infections in both ears that caused tissue damage. That’s why both her ears don’t stand up as much as those of other bobcats. But this has never made Bella feel out of place with the other bobcats!

Bella loves to play with paper bags and boxes, along with all her other toys. She’s a very confident girl and likes to “play” with her neighboring bobcats and cougars. She always makes sure to let the caretakers know when it’s lunch time by calling out to them with cute, little mews.

How You Can Help

Even a medium sized bobcat can be expensive to care for. Our sponsorship program helps us support cats like Bella from year to year. Would you consider becoming Bella’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one time donation toward her care would be very helpful. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page. Thank you so much for considering helping this extra special way!