Providing a Safe and Caring Environment for Exotic Animals

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Animal Behaviorism

The pictures below represent some of our success stories in rehabilitating cats that came to the Sanctuary either resentful of humans or aggressive towards humans. They did not trust humans and therefore considered humans as adversaries. With our unique behavioral enrichment program based on affection, love, and respect, you can see how their attitudes have changed.

Our Animal Behaviorist, Louis Dorfman, uses no discipline, treating the cats as respected sentient beings, and their response is very rewarding to both him and all the staff and volunteers of the Sanctuary. We believe this program is the only one of its kind utilizing kindness to rehabilitate wild cats. As everyone knows from their own experiences, no being is affectionate unless it is content and happy. This is particularly true of wild cats; most of whom are solitary in the wild and have no instinctual programming for affection. Therefore these pictures graphically display the results of our program and the cats' attitudes towards their surroundings and humans.
 
"What you are witnessing on the website is the application of our Emotional Enrichment Program, where our Animal Behaviorist analyzes each feline's behavior and determines what techniques would best alleviate its stress and/or agitation. Often this entails unprotected contact in order to give the feline a source of security and/or comfort with a human caretaker. He takes on that role. It is much more than 'going inside' with a feline and takes years of experience and ability. The interns do not participate in this program in an unprotected environment, but those with the motivation and ability may participate from outside the fence in a protected environment."