When choosing an applied learning project for her Global Citizenship class, Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee student Amanda Tesch wanted to do something in her future career field of veterinary technology. Since she is also interested in big cats, she decided to volunteer at the non-profit Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, MN.
The Wildcat Sanctuary is a no-kill rescue facility. It “provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis.” There are currently over 100 cats at the sanctuary including lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cougars, bobcats, bengals, and servals. In addition to providing a natural environment for the cats, the organization also provides information to the public through presentations to civic group events, issuing press releases, on-line newsletters and animal sponsorship programs.
Before Amanda drove up to Sandstone for her day of service, she had to send in a volunteer application, get hired, and then attend a meeting where she learned about the Wildcat Sanctuary and her future duties. She said it was fun to learn all about the mission of the sanctuary as well as hear stories about the different cats currently living there. When she finally arrived at the sanctuary, she spent most of the day preparing meals for the next day, washing dishes, and helping clean house.
Amanda was extremely happy about her decision to help out at the sanctuary. “ It was a really good non-profit to help for my applied learning project,” she said. She also stated, “I would definitely recommend vet techs volunteer there if they want to eventually work with big cats in a zoo.”