In 2001, Dr. John Baillie became the founding medical director of The Wildcat Sanctuary and, in the years since, has led the medical care for literally hundreds of rescued cats, from lions and tigers to cougars and wildcats, and many more. He became the volunteer doctor for these animals, who often arrived from terrible circumstances and in poor health. Over the years, he has volunteered countless hours, and provided services and equipment from Cedar Pet Clinic, oversaw the establishment of an on-site veterinary facility at the Sanctuary, and served as a board member.
Tammy Thies, founder of the Wildcat Sanctuary, said "I cannot express my gratitude enough for Dr. Baillie’s generosity, expertise and years of commitment to our organization and the animals we care for. He has helped mold the Sanctuary into what it is today and will be deeply missed. He spent countless hours on and off-site making sure the cats received the best of care. He accompanied us on rescues to save lives and he was there sharing our tears as we said good-bye to so many special residents. All of his time was donated. He is a person I truly admire and will forever be indebted to."