Big Cat Rescue & Five Other Tiger Sanctuaries You Can Actually Visit

3. The Wildcat Sanctuary 


“Estimates are there are as many as 10,000 big cats in private ownership today in the United States. Sadly, exotic animals can easily be obtained through internet purchases, local breeders, game farms, or those just trying to dump them. There are more tigers in backyards across the country than in all zoos combined!” And with that, the mission of Wildcat Sanctuary is revealed. This property provides shelter for surrendered, confiscated, and rescued big cats.

North Main Street
Sandstone, MN 55072

4. Lions, Tigers and Bears

Lions Tigers & Bears is a NO KILL, NO BREED, NO CONTACT animal rescue, sanctuary and educational facility located in east San Diego County.

This establishment is situated on 93 acres and is “home to more than 60 rescued animals and 19 species, including lions, tigers, American and Himalayan black bears, grizzly bears, bobcats, mountain lions, leopards, an African serval, llamas, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, a miniature horse, miniature donkey, peacocks, and a macaw. “

24402 Martin Way
Alpine, California 91901
5. Carolina Tiger Rescue

With a focus on education, rescue and advocacy, Carolina Tiger Rescue’s mission is “saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and the wild.” The organization believes the best home for wildlife is in the wild, so there is an added emphasis in their work on helping conserve native habitats. “We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets … we believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.”

1940 Hanks Chapel Road
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312