February 19, 2021 The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota Offers Guidance and Cold-Weather Protocols to Southern Animal Sanctuaries as They Deal with Unprecedented Freezing Conditions Sandstone, Minnesota – The last few days of bitterly cold weather across America and widespread power outages in southern states have impacted not only people but thousands of animals living in … Read more

Feeding big cats is a big job.     Tonka the tiger is the largest cat at the Sanctuary.  He was a former exhibit cat living in a small, non-compliant enclosure prior to arriving at The Wildcat Sanctuary. Thanks to you, Tonka now has room to roam. His natural enclosure provides tall grasses for stalking, … Read more

As my birthday approaches, I can’t help but look back over the years. Just this past week, our 22-year-old serval Cleo had her geriatric wellness exam. It was emotional for many reasons. Most of all because she was the first cat to begin the sanctuary with me. Luckily, Cleo’s as healthy as any 22-year-old cat … Read more

Our focus has always been on what is doing right for the animals. Our Tiger Amnesty Program allows for surrender of tigers, lions or any wild cat without question. We follow all state and federal requirements. This program ensures wild cats can find safe sanctuary. It allows owners, authorities or entities to place the cat … Read more

November 2021 Animal Care Center Update: The time to move in is almost here!  We are so excited all this new building will bring for us and the cats at the Sanctuary. You can be a Patron Founding member for $3,000 and be invited to the spring 2022 event. You can be a Platinum Founding … Read more

It can be easy to think that, with just a little TLC, you can turn around the life of a rescued resident.  In the best case scenarios, that can happen.  But, more often than not, the cats that come to the Sanctuary have extreme medical conditions, unknown history and, understandably, behavioral issues or fear of … Read more

ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP OF A WILD CAT “If I were to come back as a tiger, I would want to live out my days at The Wildcat Sanctuary.” Dr. Ronald Tilson – Senior Conservation Advisor and World-Renowned Tiger Expert/Researcher   The cats will live at The Wildcat Sanctuary the rest of their lives.  Unlike a dog or cat … Read more

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

At least weekly, I receive an email from someone asking me how to start a sanctuary. Some are good-hearted animal lovers. Many really only want to have exotic animals themselves, but think “framing” it as a sanctuary legitimizes their personal desire. But they really don’t understand running a sanctuary is all-consuming. You often sacrifice family, … Read more

It seems like “sanctuaries” are very much in the news lately.  We keep reading and hearing about them being forced to close down due to so many reasons. Passage of tighter regulations (as in Ohio), financial shortfalls, escapes or injuries by their captive animals, failure to meet minimal USDA standards, and so on.  When substandard … Read more