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Our focus has always been on what is doing right for the animals. Therefore, we are extending Tiger (and any big cat) Amnesty until our habitats are full.

We have free-roaming, natural and spacious habitats that could be helping a big cat in need right now and we want to help.

The Wildcat Sanctuary announces Tiger Amnesty Week

The sanctuary is offering to take in privately-owned big cats and give them sanctuary

Download Surrender Form HERE

Sandstone, Minnesota (April 13, 2020) –America is watching the cast of characters on the Netflix docuseries Tiger King, a series that goes behind-the-scenes of tiger breeders and collectors in America. But The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS), an accredited big cat facility, doesn’t think it does enough to expose and address the captive tiger problem.

TWS founder Tammy Thies says, “With so much focus on the human characters in the series, we wanted to do something to help the real victims – the tigers.”

“We have spacious, unoccupied habitats at our sanctuary that could be helping big cats right now.” Thies said.

The sanctuary is offering a Tiger Amnesty week (April 14-21) for anyone willing to surrender their big cat. We want to bring these captive big cats to our sanctuary or another accredited sanctuary that has space through the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance network. Our goal isn’t to vilify the owner, but to provide a safe, life-long home to leopards, tigers, and lions in need.

The sanctuary is willing to coordinate safe transport and relocation for those that qualify, at no cost to the owner.

  • TWS will take in cats if the owner agrees not to acquire another exotic cat or a breeder agrees to stop breeding.
  • The legal owner of the animal must contact The Wildcat Sanctuary and fill out a surrender form.
  • The big cat must be located in the United States
  • The Wildcat Sanctuary will try to help all wild cat species, but priority will be given to big cats such as leopards, jaguar, tigers, lions and hybrids of those species that pose a public safety risk.
  • The sanctuary will not accept cats from breeders intending to dump older animals in order to make space for more breeding.

The sanctuary asks for serious inquiries only. The volume of “fake tiger calls,” as a result of the Netflix series, is taking away from the real work of helping animals.

The Wildcat Sanctuary is home to more than 100 wildcats. TWS is not open for public tours and does not buy, breed, trade or sell animals.

The cats live in spacious, free-roaming outdoor habitats with access to temperature-controlled buildings.  They receive a proper diet and enrichment by trained staff with biology and other related degrees and experience. The rescued cats receive preventative medical care from the sanctuary’s veterinary team in an onsite hospital.

You can take a virtual sanctuary tour of the sanctuary at


The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is the only accredited, non-profit sanctuary in the Midwest.  TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis.  Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals. The Wildcat Sanctuary is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

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