Cat Tales Wildlife Center

A nonprofit organization

$2,724 raised

68% complete

$4,000 Goal

Making a Difference for Wildlife Rescue 

We are a Big Cat Sanctuary and Wildlife Rescue. We provide a safe, secure home for rescued big cats and other vulnerable wildlife through professional licensed animal care to ensure their health and well-being for their lifetime.  

A Leader in Wildlife Sanctuaries

Cat Tales is dedicated to personalizing and transforming awareness of current human/wildlife relationships, the diversity of native animals in the Pacific Northwest, and the exotic pet trade. 

 We provide second chance and forever homes for: 

  • owner relinquished and/or habituated wildlife
  • older or misfit exotic animals that would be facing early euthanasia
  • enforcement captured wildlife deemed non-releasable

 Our staff and students are professional, safety-oriented zookeepers who dedicate long days to the health and welfare of the animals in their care while unselfishly sharing their time, knowledge, and compassion with all who enter our gates.

Zoological Park | Wildlife Education 

Cat Tales Wildlife Center is also a licensed zoological park and offers important public wildlife education for the community at large as well as schools, church and senior citizen groups, childcare programs, homeschools, and those with disabilities, for the benefit of all wildlife. 

Our Work: 30+ Years - 100+ Cats - and More! 

For 30+ years, Cat Tales in Mead, Washington (just east of Spokane), has rescued more than 100 cats including lions, bobcats, tigers, cougars, servals, caracals, lynx, leopards, clouded leopards, jaguars, and a liger (a hybrid offspring of a male lion and a female tiger). Coyotes, foxes, wolves, and bears have also found forever homes with us. 

Our sanctuary is filled with wildlife that comes to us as orphans from the wild, from people who garnered the animals illegally, or from those who came to realize that a tiger – or other wildlife – just doesn’t domesticate well.

Our collection of family members changes with the seasons 

Along with the big cats, we've cared for small and large exotic pets, farm animals, parrots, reptiles, and of course, puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats. Some animals are not on exhibit to the public but provide hands-on experience for students enrolled in the academy. Most of the non-feline animals arrived as orphans, or unwanted pets, and were taken in as part of the center's rescue program. 

Cat Tales Wildlife Academy: 300+ Graduates + 20 Staff 

Our Wildlife Academy is licensed by the Workforce Trade and Education Board as a vocational trade school specializing in employable Zookeeper skills. Students from across the globe attend a 24- or 48-week program to learn how to manage the feeding and caring of exotic animals. More than 300 students have graduated from our Professional Zookeeper Program taking this knowledge and expertise to such far-flung places as Australia, the UK, Africa, Central America, and Canada – and of course across the USA.  We educate and train some of the most talented and professional zoological staff who find successful jobs throughout the international zoological community.

 We are grateful for a full cadre of 20+ staff who are either students, interns, instructors, or volunteers, all trained and committed to the center. Whether leading tours, answering calls, supporting animal care or leading outreach programs, our staff are a core part of our work. .  

Our Urgent Need 

We depend on donations and funding support to provide food, shelter, medical care, and other resources for the animals. Urgent funding needs arise due to unexpected costs, emergencies, or other factors. Just the day-to-day food costs for the 40+ carnivores we care for has more than tripled in the past year.

Forever care requires a variety of supplies to provide for the animals, including food, bedding, cleaning materials, behavioral enrichment, and medical equipment. These supplies can be costly, and due to unexpected increases in animal populations or medical emergencies the need for extra funds is critical.

New federal regulations regarding animal enclosures require infrastructure upgrades or repairs to ensure the safety and comfort of the animals. Our facility is aging and the animals could benefit from these improvements. 

Our GiveBIG Campaign: Spread the Word! 

Thank you! Our GiveBIG Campaign will help with day-to-day operational costs AND also allow us to focus on much-needed habitat restoration and expansion for the tigers and the wolves, updated fencing, professional signage, and essential veterinary equipment. 

Our History

More than 30 years ago in Mead, Washington (just east of Spokane), founders, Mike and Debbie Wyche opened their doors with four cats in 1991, which was literally out of their home. The tours started and ended in the house. The gift shop was half of the living room, with photos on the walls. Visitors parked on the front lawn and entered the front door to sign in. 

Now, Cat Tales is a woman-owned and operated business by Debbie Wyche and her stepdaughter, Lisa Grey.  

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Cat Tales Wildlife Center

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Youth & Children, Low-Income, Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities


17020 N Newport Hwy
Mead, WA 99021-9539

Service areas

Spokane, WA, US

Coeur d'Alene, ID, US

Pend Oreille County, WA, US

Post Falls, ID, US, 83854

Deer Park, WA, US, 99006



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