While home, it seems most of America is busy watching the cast of characters on Netflix’s docuseries Tiger King, a series that goes behind-the-scenes, into the underworld of tiger breeders and exotic cat collectors in America.

But, Wildcat Sanctuary doesn’t think it does enough to solve the captive tiger problem the series exposes. The sanctuary is offering a Tiger Amnesty Week (April 14-21) this week for anyone willing to surrender their big cat.


Founder Tammy Thies says, “With so much focus on the human characters in the series, we wanted to do something to help the true victims – the tigers. We have open habitats at our sanctuary that could be helping big cats right now. We want to help get these big cats to our sanctuary, or another big cat sanctuary that has space through the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance network.”

“Our goal isn’t to vilify the owner, but to provide a safe, lifelong home to these leopards, tigers, and lions in need,” Thies explained.

Tiger habitat at The Wildcat Sanctuary

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

How to Take Advantage of This Offer:

  • The sanctuary 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 at WildcatSanctuary.org
  • 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 looking to dump older animals in order to make space for more breeding.


People wishing to surrender a cat should go to WildcatSantuary.org and fill out a surrender form.  Or email the details to [email protected].

The sanctuary asks for serious inquiries only. The amount of “fake tiger calls” right now is taking away from the real work of helping animals in need.


About The Wildcat Sanctuary

The Wildcat Sanctuary is internationally recognized as a home to over 100+ rescued wildcats. They’re not open for public tours and do not buy, breed, trade or sell animals.

The cats live ‘wild at heart’ in large outdoor habitats with access to temperature-controlled buildings and bedrooms.  They receive a proper diet and enrichment by trained staff who hold biology and other related degrees. The cats receive preventative medical care in an onsite hospital by the sanctuary’s excellent veterinary team. The Wildcat Sanctuary is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.


You can take a virtual tour of the sanctuary here:

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