Tara – In Memory


Tara is a female, marbled Snow Bengal, who arrived at the sanctuary in 2007 when she was five years old. As with so many Bengal cats, she was surrendered by her owners because of her destructive behavior in the house and excessive vocalizations.

People buy these cats because of their wildness, yet refuse to tolerate their wild tendencies when they’re in their home. Learn more about hybrids and why we do NOT support breeding them.

Life at the Sanctuary

Tara has become a real love bug and loves to be petted by caretakers and staff. She’ll roll over on her back for her caretakers to rub her belly.   She definitely makes an impression with everyone she meets.

Over the years, Tara’s lived with several different cats here at the sanctuary. She shares the Animal Care Office with caretakers as well as Bengal cat Cooper. They both make sure everyone’s doing their jobs the way they like!

She loves cuddling up for a cat nap on the huge plush tiger toy in the office. After all, she thinks she’s in charge of the big cats, too.

How You Can Help

Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Tara – can be quite expensive. Hybrids usually come to us with special needs, genetic and/or medical issues due to their breeding.

Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider becoming Tara’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one time donation toward her care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.

Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!


In Memory

Tara just turned 20 years old a few days ago. Our hearts are saddened as we said good-bye to her due to congestive heart failure.

The best words to describe Tara are a ‘bundle of joy.’  She lived in the Animal Care office and was the biggest cuddler ever. Her perfectly round belly, soft silky fur, bright blue eyes and adorable disposition will be deeply missed by all.

Tara arrived in 2007 after a dog was welcomed into her owner’s house.  Tara protested by slamming cupboards, refusing to have any door closed that prevented her from being queen of the castle.  The owners reached out to our sanctuary to see if Tara would be happier here.

We sure hope she was, because we know she made TWS a much happier place for us all!

She was a cat who would’ve been adoptable. But, the moment she came to the sanctuary, we knew she was home.  She tolerated all the different cats (and dogs) that passed through the office, though she made sure she was the steadfast cat who remained.

She greeted so many staff, interns and volunteers over the years. She’d sleep through 25 people in her space for lunch or breaks, that’s how comfortable she was.

Tara was like a living soft plush squeaky toy. As you picked her up and hugged her, she’d make a Buddha belly exhale with her signature Siamese-like sound.

She loved to be curled up in a ball, whether it be on a bed, a cat condo, on your lap, or even inside your sweatshirt while you worked at the computer.

She also had chronic eye issues due to the herpes virus she arrived with. But, she was a patient little girl with all the treatment and cleanings she got.

Tara, we’re so thankful you had a long, fulfilling life.  But when you’re loved like you were, we still wish for a few more days.

May you find every soft spot for your daily naps now!

We will love you always.