PENNS CREEK – T&D’s Cats of the World opens for their 29th year on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The wildlife sanctuary, located in Penns Creek near Middleburg, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May. Gates close at 5 p.m.
“We (both the two and four legged animals) are excited to start another season where visitors can learn about and appreciate these rescued animals. May is a great time to visit the animals, as the temperatures are usually cooler and the animals are interested in seeing new faces,” said a spokeswoman for T&D’s Cats of the World.
T&D’s Cats of the World is one of the only exotic wildlife rescue organizations in Pennsylvania, according to their Facebook page. Privately owned by the Mattive family, the sanctuary houses more than 200 abused, mistreated or unwanted animals. This includes more than 60 felines (lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bobcats, servals and jungle cats). Other animals housed at T&D’s include bears, foxes, deer, coyote, wolf dogs, raccoons, lemurs and parrots. The animals in need of rescue have come to T&D’s from private individuals, government agencies, zoos and other refuge organizations.
The Mattive family provides care to all of the animals at the sanctuary along with dedicated veterinarians at the onsite medical building. T&D’s is fully licensed by the state and federal governments to house and exhibit wildlife.
T&D’s is mainly funded by donations. Food is a large expense, with carnivores eating more than 12,000 pounds of meat every month. Each lion and tiger needs 30-40 pounds (and sometimes up to 100 pounds) of meat every day.
To help offset costs, T&D’s holds fundraiser events throughout the year. The next fundraising event is the Eat and Feed Fundraiser on Wednesday, May 15 at Rusty Rail Brewing in Mifflinburg. Rusty Rail will donate 10 percent of meal proceeds that day to T&D’s. They also have an annual Scrap Booking and Craft Day Fundraiser, which was held this year on Saturday, April 13.
Summer hours for June through August will be Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays guided tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In September, T&D’s will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. September hours will be guided tours only, which run every half hour. Admission is $10 for persons ages 3 and up and is cash only. Additional information is available at www.tdscats.com.