Bob Barker is giving up to $50,000 to a Minnesota wildcat sanctuary


The man who always reminded us to spay and neuter our pets is giving (up to) a $50,000 matching challenge grant to a Minnesota wildlife sanctuary.

Bob Barker – the former host of "The Price is Right" – and the DJ&T Foundation will match every dollar (up to $50,000) that's donated to The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone by Aug. 31, the organization said Wednesday.

The donations will help the sanctuary build a $136,000 shelter building for its rescued big cats, where the animals will be able to go when there's inclement weather, or to warm up in the winter and cool off in the summer.

The new building will provide 13 rooms for the animals – each will have a safety door to the outside, a kennel front, a hammock or perch, and other amenities, according to the sanctuary's website.

The hope is that Barker's gift will inspire others to donate to the sanctuary, which is home to roughly 100 wildcats it has rescued, including tigers, leopards, cougars and bobcats – many of them were being kept as pets in people's homes.

Barker is known for stopping the exploitation of wild animals, as well as helping to control the overpopulation of household pets, the sanctuary says.

"We’re so honored to receive such a special gift from a person who does so much for animals," Tammy Thies, the director of the sanctuary, said in the release. This is the first donation Barker has made to the organization, WCCO notes.

Click here for information on how to donate.

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