Located in the beautiful Inland Northwest just north of Spokane, Washington, Cat Tales is a one-of-a- kind, multi facetted wildlife center with three purposes; exotic and wild animal rescue, rehab, and retirement; family learning center with out-of-school educational programs; and job skill training for the highest standards in zookeeping.
Whether you think of us a shelter, a sanctuary, or a zoo, our mission is to provide professional, compassionate care and a secure future for wild/exotic animals in need of a second chance.
Our hard working energetic family of staff, students, interns, and volunteers put their heart, soul and muscles into caring for the wildlife that call Cat Tales home.
We pride ourselves in educating and entertaining generations of our regions families by personalizing and sharing animal stories that inspire.
We are the forever home for small to extra-large felines including servals, bobcats, lynx, pumas – aka cougars, mountain lions – Bengal tigers and Siberian tigers. Also foxes, coyotes, and wolf/wolfdogs, our big black bears and other small mammals like raccoons.
“When you walk through the gates there’s a magic. You can see in their eyes that they’re loved and they’re cared for. If you listen to their stories, you can hear their message. I don’t want these animals to just be found in an encyclopedia. We are all a part of their legacy and can make a difference.”Debbie Wyche – Founder
We have a history of working for change and expanding our operations quickly and strategically to achieve our mission.
Despite setbacks in income and staffing due to Covid, in the past five years we have taken in 28 animals needing a forever home, and graduated 17 full time students, and provided hands on internship experience for over 25 college students in fields of wildlife biology, veterinary, conservation and beyond through our unique program. Over our 30 year history each of those figures add up to hundreds of animals rescued, thousands of community members educated and inspired, countless amazing staff who have moved on to work at and manage some of the best zoos and animal sanctuaries around the country and the world.
Today, our passionate team is putting all hands on deck to make a real difference. Learn more about our mission and vision.