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What is the Small Exotic Cat Crisis? For the past decade, sanctuaries and animal advocates lobbied hard to pass federal legislation preventing the private ownership and breeding of big cats. Finally, the Big Cat Public Safety Act was approved by Congress in 2022. It prohibits the private possession of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or … Read more

Whenever we share a photo of one of the dozens of hybrid wild cats we’ve rescued, someone always asks the question, “Could my rescue be a Bengal?” Tabby cats and Bengal cats can often look very similar. Without a bill of sale, some sort of registration/pedigree papers from the breeder, or more information from whoever … Read more

This is a question we’re often asked when people find out our rescued tigers are neutered or spayed. The misconception is, if tigers are endangered in the wild, shouldn’t you allow captive tigers to breed? Four reasons accredited sanctuaries don’t breed captive tigers: 1. Tigers in the US in captivity have been overbred, inbred, and … Read more

It’s fairly uncommon to hear of a cat in need months before their arrival.  We first heard of orphaned wild-born cougar Andre in late summer of 2009 when he was being cared for by Critter Care Wildlife in British Columbia. His story was so sad, found alone on a road, we had to try to … Read more

Imagine the terror of watching your mother die, then you being darted, tranquilized, captured, put in a holding cell and later transported by plane to a strange place. The trauma of what these four orphaned cougar kittens endured before arriving at The Wildcat Sanctuary would break anyone’s heart. Though they were orphaned under  tragic circumstances … Read more