Penny and Tashara
Penny and Tashara came with their brother Charger from a pseudo-sanctuary that closed in Ohio. Cattle prods and fire extinguishers were used on them regularly to force their cats do what the owners wanted. Additionally, they were paraded around to the public in small containers fairly regularly. Now, these girls enjoy a relaxing and laid back life together. These two LOVE to play and can often be found playing tag, wrestling, and swimming together. When playtime is over, it’s not uncommon to find them snuggled up and grooming each other like the sweet sisters they are.
Charger came to us with his sisters, Penny and Tashara, by way of a pseudo-sanctuary closing in Ohio. Sadly, his life at this sanctuary was in a small, dirty enclosure cramped with other tigers and very little comfort. Cattle prods and fire extinguishers were used on them regularly to force the cats do what the owners wanted. Additionally, they were paraded around to the public in small containers fairly regularly. As a result of this past, Charger does not warm up to people quickly and would prefer to be left to himself than spend time with humans, which is understandable. He is given all the space and respect he deserves here at CedarHill, where we expect nothing from him and never force him into anything.
Cinderella was rescued from Michigan where she was kept in a garage, along with 2 wolves, 2 lions, and a baboon. She and her sister, Snow White, were kept in a 8 x 8 cage and were to be bred with a male tiger. The animals were cramped so close together, that Snow White had half of her tail bitten off by the baboon. Working with the state of Michigan as well as our friends at The Wildcat Sanctuary of Minnesota and the Wild Animal Orphanage of Texas, we transported Snow White and Cinderella to Cedarhill while the rest of the animals went to Wild Animal Orphanage. The first time the two girls touched grass was in their pen here at CedarHill. Snow White unfortunately crossed the rainbow bridge due to an infection in her lungs, but Cinderella spends her days happily running and playing in her large enclosure, interacting with her tiger neighbors through the fence, and enjoying a life of leisure.
Tawnia and Tonka
Tawnia and Tonka came to us from a private owner in Jacksonville, Florida who worked in the enclosure with both cats regularly. After losing his job and no longer being able to keep up with the high costs of feeding and maintaining an enclosure for the cats, we were contacted and we took them in. While the cats were in great physical shape when they came to us, we do not support the decision to purchase these cats nor the owners’ physical contact with the animals. We feel it does a disservice to the animals to get them used to physical contact when it is impossible to safely interact with these animals on a regular basis without serious injury or in some cases death. Since arriving at Cedarhill, Tawnia and Tonka have adapted well! Their relationship never ceases to make us laugh. Even thought Tawnia is much smaller and older than Tonka, she is completely in charge and bosses him around continually! This silly couple has a happy, safe, and relaxed life here at Cedarhill.
Mindy came to us when her owner could no longer care for her due to their age and health reasons. She arrived in the middle of the summer from from Montana, just 8 miles from the Canadian Border! What a shock to her system the Mississippi heat must have been! Mindy safely made it to us after a very long and exhausting journey. Mindy loves spending time “talking” to our staff through the fence and playing in big cardboard boxes like cats do! She is truly a special and sweet girl that we are proud to care for.