A bi-partisan issue we can all support – Big Cat Public Safety Act

2019 UPDATE – This important amendment was reintroduced February 26, 2019 H.R.1380 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) – To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes.  Sponsor: Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]            … Read more

Big Paws, Big Eyes, Huge Appetites, Enormous Personalities

Searching for the right internship At a very early age, from the first time I laid eyes on them, I felt an instant affinity towards big cats. I was intrigued. I was in love. What made them tick? Why were they so special, so intriguing, so magnificent? Their eyes, the way they move, their language, … Read more

Amazing medical progress for tigers Daisy and Mohan!

What a difference a couple of months can make for two very ill tigers! When we picked up Mohan, he had such difficulty walking. With degenerative joint disease of the knees due to untreated cranial cruciate ligament injuries and with nails grown so long they’d embedded in his front paws, walking was so painful.  Look at … Read more

So, do you think MY cat is a Bengal?

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

Stop cross breeding and inbreeding big cats for profit

At one time, white tigers were indeed rare. The last one captured in the wild was Mohan in India in 1951. He was intentionally inbred with his daughter.  The resulting four white tiger cubs began a long line of inbreeding for profit. Fast forward to today when almost every accredited sanctuary in the U.S. has … Read more

How to create a Facebook fundraiser so your friends can help, too!

Have you heard of this new way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion in your life?  Or a way you’d like to memorialize or honor someone (human or pet)?   Now, it’s really simple to create your very own customized fundraiser on your Facebook page! It’s an amazing way to help support the … Read more

Cub Petting – the sad reality behind this industry

Cub petting is the practice of using baby animals, like tigers, as photo props for paying customers. These operations are deceptive because they prey on people’s affection toward baby animals, and exploit the desire to hold or care for them. This masks a secretive dark side, inherently dependent on animal cruelty for its very existence. … Read more

Behind the scenes – 3 tiger brothers move to new huge habitat!

Can you imagine the joy of finally living ‘wild at heart’ in a huge habitat, instead of a small cage where you spent the first six years of your life? Today, you don’t have to imagine. You can watch the first moments brothers Dimitri, Griffen and Zeke spent checking out their new home, as well … Read more

What this BLIND bengal cat can do is simply amazing!

As far as phone calls go, this one didn’t seem all that strange. Another rescue group had been contacted by a private owner. He was having trouble with his Bengal cat not using the litter box consistently. We get these calls all the time since it’s such a common complaint about hybrid wild cats. He … Read more

The Wildcat Sanctuary’s vision of a future with No More Wild Pets

Whether it’s divorce, relocation, expecting a baby, loss of job, pets that don’t get along, loss of homeowners insurance, change in zoning laws….we hear all the same stories that most rescue organizations and shelters do. The difference is that, if it were a domestic cat we were talking about, at least there might be some … Read more

Evolution of The Wildcat Sanctuary – how the sanctuary began

“If I only make a fraction of the impact that Sampson and the other cats have made on me, then I am very blessed.” Days like this are when I realize how fast time flies and how special each moment is.  Today, I’m spending a few of the last days with Sampson, the caracal.  At … Read more

Ligers – what’s the reality for these big cat hybrids?

We’re seeing more and more instances of ligers being intentionally bred by those who want to exploit wild animals for profit. So, what exactly is a liger? A cross between a female tiger and a male lion, ligers can grow to be around 900 pounds.  Contrast this to a lion weighing about 450 pounds and … Read more

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