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The Wildcat Sanctuary

They will never know freedom. Can they at least know compassion?

aka The Wildcat Sanctuary   |   Sandstone, MN   |  wildcatsanctuary.org

Mission

Our Mission Provide a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis. Our Vision Help create a world where animal sanctuaries are no longer needed. Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. Each cat has the opportunity, often for the first time in their lives, to choose a path to walk and a place to lie down. As a true sanctuary, TWS does not breed, buy, sell or exhibit animals. Committed to public education about the captive wildlife crisis, TWS seeks to create a world where animal sanctuaries are no longer needed. The sanctuary is not open to the public in order to assure true peace and tranquility for the cats.

Ruling year info

2002

Exeuctive Director

Ms. Tammy Thies

Main address

PO Box 314

Sandstone, MN 55072 USA

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EIN

22-3857401

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The captive wildlife crisis is no secret. It is in the news almost weekly. In Illinois, a man was mauled to death by two tigers he kept in his backyard. A “pet" leopard attacked a woman in Louisiana. In North Carolina, a 10-year-old boy was killed by his aunt's tiger, which pulled the boy under a fence and into its cage.
Hundreds to thousands of big cats are sold to roadside zoos and to individuals as pets. A surprising number of people are buying these big cats as cubs, without understanding the difficulties involved in caring for and containing them properly as they mature into adults. The results can be tragic for the owner, the public and the animal. The exotic pet trade causes more suffering for big cats than poaching, and loss of habitat combined.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Natural Sanctuary to wild cats in need

Maintain onsite veterinary hospital, free-roaming habitats for over 100 rescued wild cat residents.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Our goal is to inspire need to help end the captive wildlife crisis. Our educational programs include No More Wild Pets, Say No to Cub Petting, The Truth About White Tigers and more.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Accreditations

American Sanctuary Association 2017

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Natural Sanctuary to wild cats in need

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The sanctuary is home to 114 rescued wildcat residents

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Natural Sanctuary to wild cats in need

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The sanctuary provides free-roaming habitats, with pools, perches, caves, trees, tall grass, enrichment and more.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Natural Sanctuary to wild cats in need

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

114 wild cats have a home for life at The Wildcat Sanctuary.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

As much needed legislation is passed and greater control is brought to the largely unregulated practice of importing, breeding, buying, and selling wild animals as pets, there are likely to be confiscated or abandoned exotic animals in increasing numbers. Critical to this will be the provision of accredited and secure facilities like The Wildcat Sanctuary and other wild animal sanctuaries to provide big cat rescue services and appropriate life-long care for all these animals.

TWS provides natural sanctuary to over 100 wild cats. <br/>TWS is committed to serving public welfare through assisting authorities upon request in removing big cats that are owned illegally and pose a public safety risk. We provide skilled services in chemical immobilization of an animal, transport, housing and veterinary services. We also facilitate rescues, and as needed, transportation to a reputable sanctuary out of state.<br/>TWS generates statewide public education and awareness through presentations to civic group events, issuing press releases, on-line newsletters and animal sponsorship programs. We work to educate the general public on the safety issues surrounding the captive wildlife crisis and why wild cats do not make appropriate pets.

Trained and experienced staff in animal husbandry, disaster planning, first-aid, chemical immobilization and transport. TWS has 2.9 million Facebook followers that act as animal advocates world wide. We provide large, free-roaming habitats that offer our residents to live wild at heart. Each animal can escape extreme weather in a temperature controlled den or central animal building. Every individual has the opportunity, often for the first time in their lives, to choose a path to walk and a place to lie down.

Decrease in number of big cats being kept as pets and exploited in cub petting operations and circuses.

Support and passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Supported ban on big cats and elephants in circuses. Educated thousands that wild animals do not make good pets. Provide a safe have to over 100 displaced wild cats.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Wildcat Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 9/30/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gail Plewacki


Board co-chair

Heather Macleod

Melissa Cross

No Affiliation

Dawn Isackson

No Affiliation

Carlo Giacomoni

No Affiliation

Edith Young

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

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