Vista the orphaned cougar

Castle and Vista came to us as young cougars from California. Every cat we rescue comes with a story.  Cougars Castle and Vista are no different.  Their life started tragically at a young age. Because of your generosity, in 2006, The Wildcat Sanctuary was able to be their final home.

We were told they were taken out of the wild by an individual, then seized during a drug raid and held by state authorities before coming to The Wildcat Sanctuary.  They arrived with physical issues and stunted growth.  Vista, has neurological problems which makes coordination very difficult.  But, since coming here so long ago, they’ve thrived at the Sanctuary.

After so many years with us, in 2014, their original rescuer reached out to us and provided more information about their history.  What an emotional and touching email to receive.  You could feel her love for Castle and Vista through the words she wrote. Castle and Vista owe their lives to this one very caring person and to all of you who have made their lives at The Wildcat Sanctuary possible.

“Vista’s issues are due to Ivermectin toxicity. She went blind and paralyzed in just a matter of hours. The vet did not expect her to last the weekend, but she did. She recovered her eyesight within a few days, but her rear leg coordination never improved. Seeing Vista that sick, still haunts me. I had to separate Castle from her to be able to safely give her fluids and he laid against the cage door for the entire three days.

Thank you for doing what you do and for the updates on Castle & Vista. Their life with people started very tragically and I am always impressed with how far they came in accepting our presence. I would not blame them if they slinked in the shadows, but babies are resilient. ”

Vista, foreground, and Castle, backgroundVista loves to play with her plastic balls. She also does very well climbing her perches and chasing her brother. Neither she nor her brother notices her disability. Vista is shy by nature, hesitant to approach keepers even at mealtimes, reminding us that these are wild animals and should always be treated as such.

Taking in young cougars means we make a 20+ year commitment for expensive care for them. You can help in such a meaningful way by sponsoring Vista today.  Sponsorships can be paid on a monthly basis or annually. Your support would be greatly appreciated.