Basic Organization Information
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D Animal related
D34 Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge
D Animal related
D50 Zoo, Zoological Society
D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
Provide a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis.
Help create a world where animal sanctuaries are no longer needed.
Who we are
The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN. TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. TWS is funded solely on private donations. The Sanctuary is a rescue organization and is not open to the public. 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. We are also licensed by the USDA and members of the American Zookeepers Association.
TWS has earned a national reputation for excellence in rescuing and housing captive wildcats while providing a unique service to animal control officers, local sheriff departments, humane societies as well as the Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Ms. Tammy Quist Thies
At TWS, we put the animals’ best interests in the forefront, remembering they are the reason why we are here. All of the cats have spacious enclosures with room to run and play. There are provided enrichment such as perches for climbing and toys for stimulation. The cats are fed fresh meat on a daily basis. They are vaccinated annually and provided with on-site veterinary care. But their care is expensive. Each enclosure costs $7,000 - $25,000 to build. A temperature controlled den is $520. TWS’ winter monthly electricity bill is over $1,000. And a tiger eats 15 pounds a meat a day – which adds uwhen we accomplish our goal, the Sanctuary will no longer be needed.
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
Highest Paid Employee data is not available for this organization.
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Other Named Groups
Cougar Cove is a construction project that will house up to 16 rescued cougars. Each habitat will provide 7,000 - 10,000 square feet of space with access to an indoor temperature-controlled building. The enclosures will include platforms for lounging and climbing, hammocks for napping and water features for playing and caves for shade.
We've cleared the grounds and have begun excavating the land but we need further support to begin construction of the buildings and habitats.
Program Long-Term Success:
The long term succes is measured when all 16 habitats are completed and cougars reside in each area.
Program Short-Term Success:
We are building one habitat at a time. The central building is already complete.
Program Success Monitored by:
The Executive Director
Program Success Examples:
Habitat is built. Cave structures are completed.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Provide a safe solution for the public and a humane alternative for the animals.
Provide free-roaming and natural habitats to the animals in our care.
Minimize the number of dangerous wild animals kept as pets through education, legislation and rescue.
Provide a sanctuary in Minnesota that can provide more services to the state and surrounding areas through increased capacity, education center and training opportunities for future larger animal veterinarians.