Volunteered here for a week over spring break and it was the best experience of my life. The coordinators were very knowledgeable and experienced and allowed 12 students to safely assist with many aspects of the compound. It really felt like we were making a difference and helping these animals. They really educate you on the animals and each of their own histories that brought them to CTR and it really broadens your horizons to the animal entertainment industry. Can't express how much love I have for this organization.
I just made my third visit to Carolina Tiger Rescue and had such a wonderful and AMAZING experience!!! Each time I learned something new, including how much LOVE, HARD WORK AND DEDICATION is given to every resident there. Each cat, and kinkajou, are treated like they are the only one and are very special! Words do not truly express just how wonderful it is at Carolina Tiger Rescue and ALL they do to make sure they are allowed to be what they are, WILD and BEAUTIFUL!!!
About a year ago, I was checking out Tiger Sanctuaries on Google and found out about Carolina Tiger Sanctuary in Pittsboro, North Carolina. I decided to go on one of the Twilight Tours that they offered and on one of their regular tours. Both tours were informative and quite an eye opener to what exotic animals are exposed to here in the United States. My husband and I were impressed with the animals' health. Looking at them, you could tell that they were well cared for. The staff surrounding the animals genuinely loved them. The volunteers were knowledgeable and were happy to answer any questions one might have about the animals and the organization. Since that day, we have been several times and have enjoyed every visit. Each time, we learn something new. Carolina Tiger Rescue is worth every minute you spend there.
I had never heard of CTR until one day I opened an email & saw a tiger eye logo at the bottom. I clicked on it and have been in love ever since. I have visited 7-8 times in the past couple of years. My first trip, I was so astounded by the amount of animals, the different kinds, & the stories of how they came to be at CTR. Some are sad, others kind of funny. But it is a blessing to see/hear them all at CTR. I have my favorite animals and love to see how they change in the seasons & as their neighbors change. It is pure delight to see newcomers, especially kids, react to seeing these endangered animals & hearing about them. I have talked up CTR to anyone and everyone I can. Such a shame none of my co-workers ever heard of CTR as most of them are born & raised in NC. Well they know about it now!!! Below meet Albert the Kinkajou, Aria Tiger, Jericho Cougar, and brother/sister Reina & Roman Lions.
My husband and I have been to this place two times. Our first visit, we were not expecting much, but both walked away extremely impressed. They take excellent care of the animals, and their dedication is very impressive. The numbers may or may not dictate that they spend more than they should on advertising, however, even if they do, I will continue to support this wonderful charity. It costs money to advertise, and without it, they will not get the visitors for tours, and the donations to keep taking care of these animals or have the means to grow and rescue more. If you have not been, seeing is believing. Do yourself a favor and go visit. What humans have done to these poor animals we can give back and contribute to saving a few.
I first came to Carolina Tiger Rescue back when it was the Carnivore Preservation Trust. I was in elementary school, and it was a two - hour drive, but the tour I went on was one of those events that is indelibly stamped on my memory. I came back several times as a volunteer through high school, cutting up fruit for the binturongs or watering the animals on a 100+ degree summer day. The animals consistently amazed me, and there isnt much in my life that did more to magnify my appreciation for endangered or mistreated species. I don't live in NC anymore, but because of my experience at CPT I now volunteer at a local animal shelter. Whenever I move back to North Carolina I look forward to volunteering with CTR again. It is a special place.
I discovered Carolina Tiger many years ago when my daughter volunteered there. She took us on tour and we were blown away by the wonderful service these folks are providing. I don't live in NC (and neither does my daughter anymore), so I don't get to visit often anymore, but I have to say it made a huge impression on me and I continue to keep it on my "donation list". I so enjoy the newsletters and keeping up with the new rescues on the website. A truly soul enriching place to visit.
I've been out to Tiger Rescue several times. The first time was with my Girl Scout Troop. Then later, when we built picnic benches, and again and again over the years. Finally, this year, we've adopted Maggie, after my younger daughter did her Girl Scout Silver Award out there. We love CTR, and it's mission. Love the cats, and it is a wonderful place.