WildCat Haven, a Sherwood cat rescue organization, hosts its fourth-annual fundraiser Sept. 25 to provide sanctuary for captive-born wildcats that have suffered abuse and neglect.
The organization houses 52 wildcats, including bobcats, serval, cougar and lynx.
Group volunteer Jan Vales says the problem exists because it is not illegal to breed exotic cats. And while it is illegal to buy them in Oregon, many people go out-of-state – to Washington, Nevada, Texas and elsewhere – to buy the cats as exotic pets, “to be cool. When they find out they’re mean, aggressive and territorial, they say, ‘I didn’t sign up for this,’ ” Vales says.
If they aren’t taken in by a cat sanctuary, the animals are typically euthanized; Vales says 95 percent of exotic-bred cats don’t make it past age two.
The fundraiser, “CATSino Royale Big Cat Bash,” will include food, casino games and a live silent auction. It’s set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Melody Ballroom. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at www.wildcathaven.org or at the door.
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