As a sanctuary, we’re a home for life to all our rescued residents. But at TWS, we take that even one step further. We follow and commit to providing a forever home for all the cats we refer to other reputable facilities and sanctuaries, too.
If, for any reason, a sanctuary or facility cannot care for the cats we’ve referred or placed, we’ll do everything we can to provide them a home for life. And that’s the story with Max.
Celebrating a new home, a new birthday, and a new life!
Max turns 16-years-old this month as he arrives at The Wildcat Sanctuary! He’s a kind-hearted cougar who suffers with arthritis. He’s been receiving the best medical care to keep him pain-free. Because of your support, he’ll now be able to live his golden years at The Wildcat Sanctuary.
In 2011, we received a call from a private owner needing to surrender a cougar due to a divorce. At that time, we’d just taken in cougar kittens Carlo, Noah and Langley, and we didn’t have habitat space for him.
The Lake Superior Zoo had lost their other cougars due to old age and they agreed to accommodate Max. We support zoos that help rescue privately-owned cats, especially when there aren’t enough sanctuaries to take in every cat in need. We’re thankful they used Max’s story to educate people about why wild animals should not be kept as pets.
Max has spent the last six years at the Lake Superior Zoo. Due to flooding and a new facility plan, the zoo decided to renovate habitats, including where Max was living. When we heard of this, we reached out to the zoo offering a final and forever home for him.
We’ve never had a cat adapt so quickly to their new life. He explored both his indoor and outdoor areas and met his new neighbors, without missing a beat.
Max reminds us a lot of our cougar Spring who we recently said good-bye to. If Spring melted your heart, Max sure will, too.
He also has a gentle and social demeanor, was 4-paw declawed and has arthritis. We’ll make sure to provide Max with everything he needs to enjoy life to the fullest during his golden years.