Rainier is an orphaned female, wild-born cougar who arrived at the sanctuary in January of 2020 when she was just 3 months old. We’d been contacted to see if we could provide a forever home for Rainier and her siblings, as we’ve done for so many orphaned cougars in the past.
It’s so sad when we receive a call saying more orphaned wild kittens need a home. We know we can never replace the life they should’ve had. But, with your help, at least we’re able to give them a second chance to live ‘wild at heart’ here.
Two had been discovered under the deck of a house in Winthrop, Washington. But authorities knew there was a third one, too. We held our breath waiting to hear if they captured that one….and thankfully, they did.
You can read more about their capture in the news HERE.
No rescue is easy, and this one would be no exception. The kittens were turned away at the airline’s cargo area after some confusion over logistics.
Their trip to us had to be delayed while all that could be straightened out. It was an emotional roller coaster, for sure! We were so happy to finally pick them up at night, after their flight arrived.
It was a long day and late night, but so worth it knowing they’re safe now!And they began settling in well right away.
Just like our ‘5 Wild’ family – Donoma, Andre, Langley, Carlo, and Noah…
and our ‘4 Wild’ family – Aspen, Blaze, Snow and Storm….
We know our new ‘3 Wild’ family will have a bright future ahead, too.
Life at the Sanctuary
As with all new intakes, they were sedated in our onsite hospital for medical exams and tests. In addition, they were spayed and neutered.
As for their names, we didn’t have those picked out right away. So, we allowed the public to give us some ideas we might choose from. They’re now known as Quincy, Tacoma and their sister Rainier.
After spending time in our Quarantine section, getting used to this new life and their caretakers, they each began to show their own personalities. Rainier has always been the bravest and most bold.
Now, they’ve all been moved to live together in a huge free-roaming habitat right next to the ‘5 Wild’ family of cougars, as well as brother and sister Castle and Vista. True to her nature, Rainier was the first to go check out the big cougars living next door to her. We’re not sure who’s more intrigued with whom over there!
How You Can Help
THIS is where your donations go, to give orphans like these a second chance. And, of course, this means we’ve made a 20+ year, lifelong commitment for their expensive care.
Since we receive no government or other agency support, we depend on compassionate donors like you to help us give them the life they deserve. Any amount you might donate to help with their care is so appreciated!
Another great way to help is by becoming a sponsor parent. Would you consider that for either of these kittens? We’ll send you photos and updates throughout the year about your little one as he/she grows.
Our sponsorship family is very dear to all of us. It’s easy to become a sponsor parent by clicking the SPONSOR button at the top of this page.
Thank you for advocating for wild cats, just like these, no matter what state you live in. Your voice is so important.