Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Wildlife Sanctuary

Something different this week. Instead of the regular news update, this week I'm proud to host a guest post from Tammy Quist Thies, director of The Wildcat Sanctuary, a no-kill rescue facility that provides home to a number of wild and big cats. Many of these wild cats have lived a life of neglect or mistreatment and are rescued by this wonderful facility that gives them shelter, care and the love that they deserve. Please take some time to read the following lines by Tammy about the sanctuary...

I’d like to introduce you to The Wildcat Sanctuary, a 501(c) (3) non-profit, located in Sandstone, Minnesota. My name is Tammy Quist Thies and I am the founder and Director of the sanctuary.

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a no-kill rescue facility that provides for the humane rescue and sheltering of unwanted, mistreated, and neglected privately owned wildcats that pose a risk to public safety. We do not buy, breed, trade or sell animals. TWS is committed to public education about the captive wildlife crisis; offering veterinarian training opportunities; and supporting legislative solutions to the public safety issues created by private ownership of wild animals.

At TWS, animals are never bought, sold, bred, traded, or mistreated in anyway. Each resident is given every opportunity to behave naturally in a wonderfully humane environment for life. We provide habitats not cages for the cats complete with pools, perches and temperature controlled buildings. The Sanctuary is the only accredited big cat sanctuary in the Upper Midwest. The vision and need for The Wildcat Sanctuary has garnered endorsements from the Minnesota Zoo and the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Care Program.

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.

Unfortunately, hundreds to thousands of exotic cats are sold to roadside zoos and to individuals as pets. A surprising number of people are buying these wild animals 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, loss of habitat and all other atrocities combined.

Meet Liberty, a cougar rescued from a rural farm. Liberty was no larger than a lynx. She was emaciated and dehydrated. We couldn't get over how small in stature this cougar was. The owner who was a vet technician explained that she had fed only milk to Liberty her first year of life and that Liberty had fractured both of her back legs which had gone untreated. Liberty cannot extend her back legs completely; she has a severe curvature of the spine and pelvis. The tops of her ears were dangling by a small amount of flesh but were about to fall off. She had urine burns on both sides of her tail.

The owner said Liberty wasn't eating or drinking very well. But Liberty ate four times the first night she arrived at TWS and eight additional meals the next day. She continues to love her food and has put on weight each day. Liberty weighed 45 lbs. upon arrival at TWS. This is the size of a six- month-old cougar - Liberty is six years old.

Though Liberty's journey has been rough, she finally has a life that will ring true to her name. She has become such a social cougar and her chirp can be heard constantly. For a small girl, she sure shows Raja her cougar cage mate, who is boss. She has become a favorite at The Wildcat Sanctuary and she reminds us everyday how important our work is.

Our sanctuary relies solely on public donations. Individuals and businesses can get can help support the cats through different sponsorship, donation, and volunteer programs. Our motto is they will never know freedom, but with your help, they can know compassion. Visit Wildcatsanctuary.org today to learn more and to meet all the cats that call The Wildcat Sanctuary home.

Tammy Quist Thies
Director
http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org
PO Box 314
Sandstone, MN 55072
(320) 245-6871



Thank you all for reading about this great facility that is doing so much for abandoned and abused wild felines. Through our interaction, I've felt that many of you fellow bloggers and readers care deeply for the threatened cats and want to make a difference by helping them out. Here is an opportunity to do so. If you find time, kindly do visit the website of The Wildcat Sanctuary and maybe even help out the magnificent cats they are caring for by going here.

I'll be back next week with a regular news post. Until then, have a great time and take care :)

42 comments:

Esz said...

What a brilliant facility! If only I lived in the US I would definitely donate. It surprises me that so many wildcats are kept captive.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

So good to hear from you! Have asked ML to re-post on the program to backup a blog. We hope she will, as there are many new bloggers. So keep an eye on the CB, in case you can't remember the name of the program you were trying to think of.

Mad Bush Farm said...

Hi Omer

Sooo sorry it's taken me forever to visit again. We've all been sick here on the farm and I've missed reading my favourite blogs. This is a fantastic post. I've really enjoyed reading this. I will be reading your previous post as well and catching up on all the cat news.
Also Zion Wildlife Gardens has had a fresh new start. The Park is now open again and new initiatives for the animals there have been instigated by Operator Tim Husband of Zooworks. Fantastic for all concerned.

Love, purrs and hugs to you
from me and Sasquatch who is biting my leg ...again.

Thomma Lyn said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful post, and what excellent work Tammy is doing with the Wildcat Sanctuary to help rescue and care for big cats that were held captive. The story of Liberty deeply touched me -- what a beautiful girl she is, and I'm so glad she was rescued and is well-loved and cared for.

The Ballicai and I send hugs and purrs!

Black Cat said...

Hi Omer!

What a lovely sanctuary! I can't understand how people can buy wild cats. It is so unfair on the poor cats. Poor Liberty, she had such a bad time and to think that her former "owner" is a vet tech makes it even worse. Surely she of all people should have known better!

Thank you so much for the awards. We are very happy to receive them and conCATulations to you for receiving them also!

Hugs from me and headbumps and purrs from Alfie (who has just come and rubbed all round my legs) and Simba, aka The Caramel Cats (thanks to Thomma Lyn for that collective name!) :) xxx

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

So wonderful that there are places like this, truly amazing! TFS!
Thanks also for your nice comment on my Magpie's Nest :) ~*~ Patty

RJ Flamingo said...

What an interesting post about a wonderful facility. I will help spread the word, too!

rkdsign88 said...

This is a great facility. I'm so happy to hear that there are some people still care about other species than themselves.

Jasmim said...

Oh! Thanks for remember of my birthday =)

Jas & Gi

rkdsign88 said...

Oops, continue...
Thanks and you have a wonderful week too :)

Gattina said...

These "humans" should be treated the same way they treated their animals !
I am happy that shelters like this exists !

Lady P said...

Oh - what a lovely post and lovely story.
If I ever have the marvelous luck to come to Hobart or Tasmania, you will certainly be on my "look up" list! May you also have a wonderful week!

Duni said...

That is so amazing, so great! I really respect Tammy and all those people involved who set up the Sanctuary.
Over here we have one facility that takes care of a variety of animals, anything from a mistreated turtle, dogs, cats, birds, donkeys, monkeys and more. It's all done privately.
so nice to know that kindness towards our animal friends still exist.
Thank you for sharing.
Hope you and your fur-family are well :)

Duni

Anya said...

I am glad to read about the wonderful facility :)
Its a great job !!!
Thanks for the interesting post :)
Have a lovely and great week,
purss from Kareltje =^.^=
greetings Anya :)

Forever Foster said...

Hello again!:)

What a truly amazing place. We are in awe of the wonderful people who are giving these gorgeous creatures the chance and ability to live in safety. They sure look healthy and happy there.

NURA said...

salam friend ,,,im sacared of tiger,,hi..hi..

Dora said...

The one (its head) in the 2nd pic looks a bit like bear....

Jena Isle said...

They look so adorable but I know better they are fierce and predatory. Thanks for sharing such awesome pictures and a great post.

jennifer said...

It is wonderful to read about the work that you do. It's a blessing to hear about animals like Liberty who have done so well under your care.

Rachel said...

Thanks for the info. What an awesome organization. My friend, a wildlife biologist, rescued a cougar from a small farm many years ago. The people had DECLAWED him! Education is key and you're doing an awesome job with that.

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

that's a good facility!
and great post you have here.
have a great week ahead! ^_^

Chris said...

It's so wonderful that there is such a facility to care for wild cats. Thanks for the post.

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Pricilla said...

It is just wrong that people should try and "own" wild cats. Just wrong!
I am glad such a facility exists to correct those wrongs.

drollgirl said...

i am so relieved that organizations such as this one exist! thank god! and next time i have a little extra scratch, i will send a donation. :) ROAR!

Poetikat said...

I'm going to put a widget on my blog (even if I have to create it) and direct folks to the site. Thanks for the tip off Snowforest and great guest post from Tammy.

Kat

Tristan and Crikey said...

No-Kill shelters are so important. We support our local No-Kill society. The cats are a lot smaller there, though:)

Tracey said...

What a blessing that there are places like this! Liberty's transformation is awesome!
Tracey

Cleo said...

Obrigada pela visita e comentário. Seguirei teu blog que é uma maravilha.
Abraços.
Cleo

Sandee said...

What a wonderful story about Liberty. I'm so happy she was saved. What a great name as well.

Have a terrific day. :)

Rajesh said...

This is a nice facility for animals away from cruel acts of people.

heidi said...

Wow! I am so happy that Liberty is okay and that such a wonderful place exists to help them. I feel sad she ever had to endure what she did.

Nilz said...

A very very noble project - and must be much needed to provide a caring shelter for wild cats who happened to be the beloved pets once upon a time!
Wonderful post!

katztales said...

Brilliant idea! Wish we had that here but in Malaysia too many people see tiger and think food and $$$. It's very sad.

chubskulit said...

Hello there ! We got back since Sunday but wasn't able to visit blogs till now. They got sick (diarrhea) except me. We actually brought our son to the hospital today because he is fevered (still is till now.).

I would like to thank you all for the wonderful and encouraging words you said and left at my blogs. For the sympathy and prayers, and for those who shared their blessings to the family! May God bless you all for your compassionate hearts!

Suzie said...

As always great pics and a great cause

Anonymous said...

I volunteer for this organization and can't thank you enough for the coverage you've given. We're located in a very rural area, so it's very hard to get the word out about the work we do rescuing these animals who have been so abused. Money is always an issue for us. There just never seems to be enough for all we're called on to do. If you ever have the opportunity to help in any way financially (no amount is too small), please consider helping The Wildcat Sanctuary. You CAN make a difference!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

What a wonderful facility! It is so nice to know there are people and places like this to help rescue our big wild cousins. I can't believe how cruel and stupid humans can be thinking these amazing creatures can be "pets."

Thanks for the nice wishes for our soon to arrive blurpy. We can't wait to meet him.

Nickie Goomba said...

I am so impressed with folks like this who do the good work.

MaoMao said...

The Wildlife Sanktchuary sounds like such a wunnerful place fur the reskued big kitties!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

RennyBA said...

Nice change in post from you as this was great cat news too - good to know they have such nice facilities.

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

just want to say hello and have a blessed weekend.

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