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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Results: Carolina Tiger Rescue provides homes to over 50 animals, many of them rescued from the pet trade. We provide educational tours to over 19,000 adults and kids each year, increasing awareness about the plight of wildcats in captivity and in the wild.

Target demographics: save and protect wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Direct beneficiaries per year: by educating over 19,000 individual about the sanctuary, our animals and conservation.

Geographic areas served: the Greater Triangle Area, specifically Pittsboro, North Carolina. But we have visitors from across the state, country and from many foreign countries.

Programs: Educational Tours, Summr Camps, Internships, Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities, Membership Program

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Elizabeth139

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loved going to visit the tigers! :) I definitely recommend going for a visit and donating to help with the cause!

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geoffhorsfield Hi Elizabeth! The suggestion to have cameras and a live feed is great and something we've discussed as a staff! However, we just don't have the bandwidth or technology to support that right now. Hopefully one day!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Carolina Tiger Rescue does such amazing work with endangered animals who might otherwise be overlooked or euthanized. It's hard work, but so rewarding, and we follow their daily work through social media and donate our charitable contributions to them. We are so proud to have this outstanding sanctuary in our home state of North Carolina.

1 Meghan Phillips S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely love Carolina Tiger Rescue! It's clear how much they care for their animals and everything they do, they do it for the wellbeing of the animals. Enrichment, quality food, roomy enclosures with terrain that the animals love, shelter inside the enclosures, toys and interactive items for the animals, quality medical care, all while supporting a zero-contact environment. They also do a great job in spreading awareness about big cats (dangers of private ownership, negatives of breeding big cats, loss of natural habitat of big cats) and are very involved in their community. Absolutely love having such a compassionate and educational Rescue so close!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here in Animal Care for 18 months while living in Raleigh. The staff are so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The other volunteers made me feel so welcome! At times, I really couldn’t believe that I was actually helping to care for the amazing animals they look after at the sanctuary. I would not hesitate to recommend volunteering here! I only left because I was relocating.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being a volunteer for Carolina Tiger Rescue for 7 years. I am very proud to work with such knowledgeable, caring and compassionate people.

The heart of what they do is education and safety in every way - volunteers and public tours. Helping educate people in understand the impact we have on these animals in the wild and in captivity.

The staff have a true passion for what they do. The care and dedication they give these animals is outstanding. This rescue is accredited by GFAS for a reason, they uphold the high standards required to be part of this federation.

#predatorsnotpets!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Carolina Tiger Rescue, I was floored that such an organization existed so close to home. I always loved animals and dreamed of working with tigers as a kid. I skipped the visit and applied for the internship. I did not have much experience, but they only required hard work and passion. I learned so much about animal welfare and laws around exotic animal ownership. I was blown away every single day by all the knowledge, care, and compassion the staff had. Now I take any opportunity to pop into conversations about exotic animal ownership to give a little extra information. People are always shocked, and I encourage them to visit Carolina Tiger Rescue. There is so much to learn there and so much great work is done each and every day. I volunteered for months after my internship before moving too far to make the trek. But I love to see the animal updates, donate when I can, send folks to the sanctuary, and keep up with how the wonderful keepers are doing. CTR embodies all that a sanctuary should be and slashes the Tiger King stereotype. Definitely one of the best places on earth!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The care and dedication the animals receive at Carolina Tiger Rescue is evident. These animals often come from difficult backgrounds but now, thankfully, do not have a care in the world. They get to bask in the sun and wait for the food truck to arrive. The only way to see the animals is on a guided tour and the guides on the tours I have been on are extremely knowledgeable and clearly enjoy their work. I highly recommend Carolina Tiger Rescue and am thrilled to have an accredited sanctuary so close by.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member for 6yrs, love this place the animals and the people that cre for them. My first visit I was hooked. Started adopting and was trained to treat and feed my animals, I visit to just walk around to all and chat, get chuffles. They have some sad stories of how they came to be there, but now living life in a safe and loved by all. People have to realize they are not pets but wild there is no way to make them a pet! If have a chance visit. you will get educated , as well have a great time.

2 Ellen L W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Tiger Rescue is an extraordinary sanctuary which is home to numerous wildcats including tigers, lions, cougars, servals, caracals, bobcats, kinkajoos, and more. I instantly fell in love with this facility upon my first visit in August 2015. A friend invited me to join her on a public tour and I was just in awe. Life found me going through a number of difficulties at this time and my initial visit here truly excited me for the first time in many years. Carolina Tiger Rescue educates the public through tours and other activities on the plight of these exotic animals. Each one has a story, a background - just like us. The sanctuary is extremely safety-conscious and is located in a quiet, serene setting with spacious enclosures for the animals. What is so great is that there are all kinds of opportunities for an interested individual to get involved. Whether it is a tour (tickets must be reserved in advance), monetary donation, food donation, volunteering, symbolically "adopting" an animal, sponsorship, annual ball, picnics, potluck, or they even have a little gift shop where you can purchase your favorite Tiger item. I just recently began volunteering here. I wish I could do more than I am but maybe in time, my life will allow it. This is a special place and I always feel like I am in my element when I am here.

1 Victoria J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Tiger Rescue is staffed by the most dedicated bunch of people I have ever met. They are truly committed to educating people about the plight of the amazing animals that they care for and improving the lives of these same animals both in captivity and in the wild. The tours are educational and fun and the work to connect the average person to these animals in such a way that the guests feel the desire to help save these animals, too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband took me on a tour in October of '06, and I, basically, never left! :-) I've been a tour guide at Carolina Tiger Rescue since Jan of 2007. First, this is a cause that I believe very passionately in. I believe that it is vitally important to educate people about these amazing animals. Without places like Carolina Tiger Rescue, there would be no home for an increasing number of animals that NEVER should have been under private ownership, to begin with. I treasure the time I get to spend with the animals, getting to know them on a personal level. They have individual stories and personalities that have struck my heart. I have also been able to bring my daughter out, and introduce her to these beautiful creatures. If we don't educate the next generation, these animals won't be around for my grandchildren to admire...

1 Carol65

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited CTR several years ago. I was very impressed with the facility, the tour and the caring staff. This is a true sanctuary where the well-being of the animals comes first. Many road-side sanctuaries are focused on the profit motive, not what's best for the animals. CTR deserves your support. They do wonderful work.

1 Heather G.11

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor and loyal supporter of CTR. They excel at educating the public about the needs of wild animals and they provide walking tours of the sanctuary where you get to see the big cats in person, in a manner that is safe for both the animals and people. CTR is an amazing organization!

1 Jean H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place because the cats are in size appropriate enclosures, are treated like the wild animals they are, i.e., no human contact and they receive the enrichment necessary. This place is better than any zoo I have ever seen!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great rescue of many abused animals. The care they receive is wonderful for a natural way of living.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of best places I have visited and support. This sanctuary is home to big cats and other wildlife in a safe and cared for environment. They are cared for from the minute they are part of the CTR family until their time to move to the heavens is called. Education, care, joy, love and fun are what happens when we experience the Carolina Tiger Rescue

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered this organization around 2016 and drove there from Hampton Roads Virginia with my daughter. We love the place. It educates guests about the harm of cub petting facilities/road side zoos, teaches about GFAS-accredited organization how to find GFAS organizations, and then guides guests on a tour to see the wild cats in a manner that is safe for the animals and the guests and tells the rescue story of each of their animals. This is a favorite place for my daughter and I to visit and we’ve brought friends with us on subsequent visits.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I visited with her girl scout troop. It was a great time learning the stories of each cat and seeing how their lives have changed since moving to the rescue. The tigers were especially fun to watch! We had a fantastic time and plan to visit again, soon! Highly recommend!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great service Carolina Tiger Rescue provides to these Beautiful Animals. They are expertly cared for while maintaining their Wild Nature. Great Providers and Educators.

Beverly C.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Carolina Tiger Rescue completely by accident more than a decade ago, and fell in love with the animals, staff and entire organization! I talk about it so much that most people think I work there. I know the animals are well taken care of and get to live out their lives in a healthy environment. From my first visit, a private tour and brunch, in April 2011 to my most recent visit this past Saturday for the Last Twilight tour of 2021, it's an amazing place that is educational for all ages.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carolina tiger rescue is an amazing organization. Their rescued animals are thoughtfully housed and cared for lovingly. Their tours are educational and help the public understand the cruelty involved with keeping these majestic animals as pets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Carolina Tiger Rescue for almost exactly 5 years. I spent most of that time as an animal care volunteer under the amazing animal keepers, enjoyed several summers as a summer camp counselor as part of the education program, helped out with special events, and was fortunate enough to observe or participate in several veterinary procedures.
In every facet of this organization, I encountered dedicated, hard-working, compassionate, selfless, intelligent, and loveable people - both staff and volunteers alike. This was truly my home away from home while living in North Carolina, and I miss it every day. It is a rare thing to be surrounded by a group of people who not only share values but are also willing to step up to any challenge and work seamlessly together.
The animals who call CTR home have the best life possible in captivity, with all of their physical, emotional, and behavioral needs consistently met and exceeded by the animal care team. These are creatures who were taken from abusive backgrounds and had often never experienced a natural environment or any kind of enrichment in their lives before. Watching them learn, explore their surroundings, and grow was one of the most rewarding experiences I will ever have.
The other critically important service that CTR provides is educating the public through guided tours and summer camps, sharing information about what it means to be an accredited sanctuary, as well as information about each of the animals housed there. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about wild cats and the challenges that each species is facing in the world, while also meeting individual animals (from a safe distance!) and seeing their unique personalities.
As a young veterinarian, CTR has had an immeasurable impact on my professional identity, allowing me to see true animal welfare in action and learn what it means to help animals live their best life. This will forever be the yardstick against which I measure other animal sanctuaries and zoo facilities, understanding how much work and dedication it takes to provide a good life to captive wildlife.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CTR does a great job educating the public about the plight of big cats in the US. With a combination of social media and live tours of their facilities, their passion for their mission is clear.

Natalie R.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love visiting the Tiger Rescue! Learning the stories of the animals and seeing how much the staff and volunteers are invested in creating a space the is comfortable for them gives me so much hope. It is especially rewarding to come back and see the same animals again and again and see how they are doing.

One time, when we were visiting, Saber followed us back and forth along the fence and then he jumped in the water and splashed around. He was so playful and carefree just like he is described on the website.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely LOVE Carolina Tiger Rescue. Started volunteering about a year ago. I have learned so much about the animals here, but most of all a new sense of respect for these animals. Learning each of their stories made me want to contribute to make their lives the best they can be and to educate others on what they can do to help not create situations that cause the need for rescues.

Donor

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is so special—everything is done with the welfare of the animals as top priority. The big cats are never touched by humans unless it is for a veterinary exam, and they are not included in public tours unless it has been determined the animal is social and enjoys the (distant) company of humans. The cats get enrichment to keep them mentally and physical stimulated, and are never caged—they live in large enclosures with natural landscaping. The sanctuary engages the public with school tours, educational programs, and much more. Truly unique!

Donor

Rating: 5

Carolina Tiger Rescue (CTR) saves big cats in need. They have rescued animals that private individuals owned, some have come from road side zoos, circuses or other shows and in many cases the animals were confiscated by the authorities due to mistreatment. Each animal may come to CTR a different way but Carolina Tiger will be their forever home. These animals will be able to live out their lives happy and healthy at this Federally accredited sanctuary. CTR's mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. That mission can only be achieved by educating the public. CTR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. 100% of your donation supports Carolina Tiger Rescue’s mission-based programs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Besides taking tours of Carolina Tiger Rescue with my grandchildren, I am very happy one of my grandchildren was able to attend a summer camp session at Carolina Tiger Rescue. I was very happy with both the experience she had and impressed with the information she learned. She really focused on the importance of habitat conservation and has become a very informed consumer regarding how the extensive use of palm oil is leading to loss of vital habitats for many animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Seeing the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue was one of the most awesome experiences I have had. You never really comprehend how big and majestic a tiger is until you see one close up. Thank you, Carolina Tiger Rescue, for taking such great care of the animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Tiger Rescue is an extraordinary rescue and education organization. I was a guest and I was so impressed with the combination of dedication, professionalism and friendliness. I have continued to be impressed with their dedication to the mission of saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. As I have had the privilege of working with them as a volunteer, they continue to show that same combination of dedication, professionalism and friendliness. They really to welcome you into the CTR family.

Donor

Rating: 5

I didn't know anything about Carolina Tiger Rescue until my daughter was selected for a summer internship before her application to veterinary college. She took our family on a private tour while working there and we were all enthralled! The condition of the animal habitats, the strict adherence to "no contact," their devotion to animal enrichment and the diligent attention to staff and visitor safety were all impressive. As a former resident of Florida, I was too familiar with the other ways carnivores can be kept and exploited, and I have become an annual supporter of this great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carolina Tiger is an inspiring organization. From the volunteer opportunities available to the chance to get to know and understand the amazing animals to the absolute professionalism shown by the organization, they are top notch. They are always working to come up with new and creative ways to completely care for the animals and it shows in the animal's behavior. It is a great pleasure and privilege to be part of Carolina Tiger.

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skingcope 04/20/2020

Thanks Sammy! Our volunteers are one of the reasons we are so successful! Thanks for your ongoing support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Touring the sanctuary and seeing the animals healthy and happy was a magical, life-changing experience. I had never been as close to wild animals before, and knowing that they are not handled by humans and have in fact been rescued from terrible circumstances made my heart feel good. Blessings to all the staff, volunteers and donors who make it possible for these cats and others to live out their lives in as natural a way that is possible for captive creatures. I live in Michigan, but each time I go to North Carolina I will be visiting the sanctuary!

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skingcope 04/20/2020

Thank you so much for your feedback! It is great to hear that we made such a great impression! We look forward to seeing you soon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first time we visited Carolina Rescue we were so impressed and learned so much that we became members that day. Such much dedication, love, and passion...and that's just the cats! lol. Great group of people; great mission!

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skingcope 04/20/2020

Thanks! We really appreciate the support our members provide! Hope to see you soon!

Janet S.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tour guide at Carolina Tiger Rescue for 5 years. I’ve learned so much about the exotic pet trade, wildlife conservation and the majesty of these incredible animals. The people involved; staff, volunteers and guests are supportive and fun to be with. I can’t say enough good things about CTR. Come visit and see for yourself!

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skingcope 04/20/2020

Janet - you are the BEST! Thank you for your dedication, your spirit, and your clever ways of keeping tour participants engaged! We all love you at Carolina Tiger Rescue!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fell in love with CTR the moment I walked through the volunteer gate my first shift. Protecting wild cats in captivity and the wild has always been a passion of mine, and to be lucky enough to have a such an upstanding facility give me the chance to continue my journey through experience and education leaves me forever grateful. Carolina Tiger Rescue is the epitome of a wild cat sanctuary and a true safe haven for so many neglected, abused, and exploited animals. The animals will always come first, they will always have a safe place to lay their heads, and the suffering is over once they walk out into their new homes for the first time. I highly recommend visiting and falling in love yourself.

Donor

Rating: 5

As 'symbolic adoptive' parents of Daxon Serval, we sure miss coming to the sanctuary to visit him during the health crisis (COVID-19), but the staff has been excellent. They keep us up-to-date with news of the cats and have added daily live videos that allow everyone to see what goes on. So glad we can stay in touch this way. Sharing a pic of our guy's birthday enrichment last year, since we weren't able to make it to see him this year. He is not on the tour route due to being a bit nervous, but all of that goes away when the food truck approaches!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We first heard about Carolina Tiger Rescue on the local news years ago, when Elvis was 'dropped off' at the sanctuary. That sparked my first inclination to donate and later, we were able to visit the sanctuary a couple of times. We have since sponsored two servals and go up regularly, making the 2.5 hour trip about every other month to visit the wonderful, majestic cats and funny kinks and coatis. As with others posting here, this sanctuary has been an eye-opener to the unfortunate plights of these animals. Pet trade, including canned hunts, is appalling and no matter how many times we visit, we are struck by how fortunate these particular animals are to be able to live out the remainder of their lives here. Best possible care, delivered with compassion. A natural environment and stimulating enrichment tailored to the animal. Cheer for the volunteers and the staff that work hard in the elements for this organization. Special shout out to their vet, for all of the work she does.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first trip to the rescue was about a year and a half ago. A dear friend and tour guide took me out and I was instantly ready to be involved. Within a month or so of my visit, I signed up to volunteer and adopted one of the Bobcats. With experience in small animal veterinary care, I was impressed with the rescue and the dedication to educate. My favorite part is not only what I have learned, but seeing the impact this rescue makes.

3 Rachel R.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I visited Carolina Tiger Rescue was 4 years ago, I had just moved to North Carolina and I went on a public tour with my dad. Fast forward to the present and I have been a volunteer for two years and adopted one of the cats in January. As a volunteer tour guide I love helping to educate the public about wild cats. One of my favorite moments as an adoptive parent was the first time my adoptee (Beau the cougar) purred at me when I brought him meat. I am so fortunate and blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at this organization since 1994. Over the years, I have seen it develop into a highly professional, well managed nonprofit with a clear mission to save and protect wildcats, and strong core values that oppose exploitation and breeding for profit. The sanctuary provides excellent care for the animals who live there, and visitors receive a great educational experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a great place to see beautiful animals and learn their stories on how they came to Carolina Tiger.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to spend time at the Carolina Tiger Rescue. The work that they do is amazing. On a tour, I have seen the care that they take with the animals. And the environments that the animals live in are large and clean.

I am also impressed with the education that the Carolina Tiger Rescue does — to ensure that people (particularly the next generation) know about the animals and the impact that humans are having on the the animals and their natural habitats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Carolina Tiger Rescue for four years now. I wouldn't work that many hours for free if it weren't a great place to be! CTR believes in giving animals the most natural experience they can have while educating the public on these amazing creatures. They value safety for the animals and people above all else. They always have the animals best interest at heart.

3 ddunn32000

Donor

Rating: 5

My first visit was in 2014 for a Twilight Tour, I fell in love with the animals and all volunteers, people that take care of all the animals. The Lions Roman/Reina/Reba/Sebastian/Tarzan all sound off with their roars back and forth. To hear all the animals stories of how they came there is heart wrenching, so happy they are all living their remaining life at CTR now, that I can be a part of. All ages would benefit doing a tour, finding out the truth of these animals are not to be pet, or used as entertainment, or profit from there abuse. I have been an adoptive parent since Oct 2014, when I adopted Collins, a bobcat. also Mary Stewart/Bandit caracals, and last but not least Hobie a serval. I love visiting all the animals, letting all I know abut CTR and the passion I have for them. They are a great part of my life. I have loved and lost 3 out of 4 and plan to adopt another. So please take a day to come see these adorable wild cats, Open your eyes to the wild you won't be disappointed.

2 lisaspups

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started at Carolina Tiger in 2009 as an Animal Care volunteer. This beautiful sanctuary, the volunteers and staff, and the magnificent animals that inhabit it have done more for me than I could ever do for them. I look forward to my shift every week.

2 Amy_333

Client Served

Rating: 5

The feline residents of the Carolina Tiger Rescue are lucky to have landed in such an oasis of compassion and excellent husbandry. There are a variety of panthera species and each has a comfortable environment that caters to individual needs and preferences, such as grouping friends/family together or allowing solitary species their own space. Each rescued big cat has a sad past and I wish all big cats in the entertainment and pet trade could be rehomed to Carolina Tiger Rescue because there they can live fulfilling, happy lives. I love that it is a no touch/no train facility so the big cats never have to perform or risk injury, they do as they please; they appear happy, playful & relaxed. I went on a tour and learned so much about the natural history, evolution, biology, and behaviors of big cats and am a big big fan!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of CTR in 2003 when my husband and I had a date night at a twilight tour; I've since been a member, a volunteer, and an adoptive parent. The organization provides much-needed education and outreach about biology, ecology, behavior, history, and current issues regarding its inhabitants. As an AZA-accredited facility, the sanctuary works ethically to provide the best lives possible for its residents and to work toward eliminating the need for future rescues and improving the lives of captive exotics nationwide through advocacy and accurate information. I am honored to live near such a stellar nonprofit doing incredibly important work.

1 missroxee

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Learn why wild animals should not be pets!

Carolina Tiger Rescue does that and more!

Carolina Tiger Rescue educates the public through tours, videos and social media.

Carolina Tiger Rescue rescues exotic cats and gives them a forever home!

Carolina Tiger Rescue’s personnel are well educated and very attentive to their cats!

Carolina Tiger Rescue will touch your life!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Anne127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

U all r the best. U all take care of the pets great.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Haley G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Tammie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is AWESOME & how they help wild cats! Keep up the good work!!!!

1 Angela90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited Carolina Tiger Rescue on a tour in 2003. I became a volunteer and adoptive mom of one of the resident tigers there. I have watched Carolina Tiger Rescue grow and increase its scope of education, rescue, and outreach. The staff and volunteers are wonderful, beyond all words! Folks of all ages will take something of value away from a visit, tour, or community presentation. I recommend a tour and involvement in any way possible to anyone. Your heart will be touched, and your mind and spirit will be inspired to join Carolina Tiger Rescue in making our world a better place!

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skingcope 04/20/2020

Thanks! We agree - we really do have a special place at Carolina Tiger Rescue! Just ask any of the animals!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Incredible staff and volunteers doing incredible work. CTR speaks to a crying need in our state and country--a safe and stimulating forever home for the big cats that come to this non-profit from agonizing years at roadside zoos, circus and shows. The tours are informative and great fun, the animals are respected and protected, and visitors are made to feel a welcome and important part of this grand foray into kindness and care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a gem in the heart of Chatham County! They provide an extremely valuable service to the community through education, while at the same time providing an invaluable service to the big cats and wildlife they harbor and care for. This organization has high integrity, and devotion from their group of volunteers, pretty much operating on a shoestring. Visiting CTR is always a highlight and never redundant, no matter the frequency, as each guided tour always lends a new perspective and the animals are always amazing...sometimes the horrific stories of the animal backgrounds and the lax legislation that allowed for it fills me with discouragement for the human race, but then I look at the good good work going on, the dedication / knowledge of the employees and volunteers, and the enriched environment provided for the animals and seeing them thrive builds hope for us all.

1 Ken_35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome place pretty much sums up Carolina Tiger Rescue. They perform a much-needed mission on a very tight budget with a lot of integrity and enthusiasm. The animals there are well cared for and much loved by the staff. I highly recommend a visit to not only see the animals, but learn about their natural habitat and the threats they face when owned by individuals who cannot properly care for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The penalty I was given for a speeding ticket in Orange County required that I complete some time in community service for any non-profit of my choice. A friend suggested I volunteer for Carolina Tiger Rescue. Having been on one of their tours, I knew a little about the place, so I called them up to see if they could use me. Turns out that they have a well-organized program that makes use of those needing to do community service. You walk away with a letter to the judge that includes an accounting of your time and activities.

I spent several Sundays working at CTR, helping out with a bunch of necessary work, including efforts to improve the cats' enclosures. I love the site manager, Dan Munn, and all the good people with whom I shared time while working off my hours. They are exceptionally concerned about visitor safety and treat the animals with the respect that big predators deserve. I like the philosophy they've adopted that the cats in their care are not circus animals, there to entertain visitors (although sometimes the cats can't help but be entertaining). It probably already says this in some way or another on their website, but based on my in-person observation I can affirm that the intent of the organization is to provide humane care for big cats that should never have been in captivity (or treated as domestic pets) and cannot return safely to the wild. Having created the best possible environment they could, to this end, they are also uniquely positioned to educate the public about the realities for big cats in the wild, in forced breeding programs, imprisoned and abused in sideshows, or mistakenly adopted as domestic pets. I hope to help out with this educational effort in my job as a volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful visit at the Carolina Tiger Rescue today. The staff members were friendly and helpful. Greg and Shazir gave a great tour, sharing facts about the animals as well as each animal's story. They answered every question kindly and with respect. It was great to see the animals looking healthy and happy. We will be back!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The animals were fabulous! Very exciting to see these wild animals so close. The staff, however, was extremely rude, inconsiderate and condesending to anyone who would ask questions. Just because the "general public" isn't that knowledgable when it comes to the overall care and conditions the animals arrive from, the guides DO NOT have to be so rude about it.

My family, children and other visitors on the tour were very disappointed in the attitude of the staff at the facility. We will NEVER recommend people visit this place again. It's terribly unfortunate since it does help the animals, but wouldn't give a dime to your people ever again.

Definitely need to make some staff changes or the future of these amazing animals may be in jepordy!

Shame on you ALL!!!

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geoffhorsfield 01/18/2014

Hi rgs1, Thank you for your review and your honesty! I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your experience. If you'd like, you may email me at geoffhorsfield@CarolinaTigerRescue.org. The majority of our tours are led by volunteers and if you could provide me with more information, I'd be able to correct any issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for these animals. they further expand their mission by educating the public about the plight of wild animals living in unsafe and inappropriate conditions.

1 Meg D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Carolina Tiger Rescue and it is just an awesome place. The staff from the director, animal curator, volunteer coordinator and construction crew are so dedicated to making CTR a place of honor and love for these huge cats. They are totally dedicated to each other and the animals, to the point of taking injured vultures to a local rehab if they are caught by one of the cats and just harmed and not killed. I dont have enough kind words to say about this place. They orient volunteers on a daily and weekly basis and are always kind, loving in there interactions with us. No matter how stupid our questions may be. I would recomment a visit by anyone and volunteering or employment also. Great place. Great people and magnificant animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about the Carolina Tiger Preserve many years ago when i went with my two small children on a tour. I did think of volunteering until this past summer. Words are hard to describe how I feel each time I enter the compound. It is amazing and I feel so blessed to have the privilige in assisting in the care of these magnificent animals. The animals show their appreciation for what is done for them by going over and inspecting what has been done in their home. Whether it be cleaning their pools in the summer to fluffing a straw bed in the winter. They go over and play in it and say "thanks I really like this" All of the staff is totally dedicated to the well being of these animals The curator Kathryn who is incredibly funny and upbeat, she cares for the animals, staff and volunteers who help her. She knows us all by name and is always joking making the work fun. The keepers Lauren, Lenore and Ed, who are so caring and giving in everything they do. They love the animals and all who are there to help them. Right down to the Dan the construction manager who doesnt say much but I have been told he has made a tremendous impact at the preserve with the construction of anything the animals need. It is an amazing place and is the highlight of my week, each time I go to volunteer. The food, houses, enrichment is top of the line. It is totally dedicated to give these animals a wonderful place to spend the rest of their lives. Some of which have had it a bit rough. But thanks to Carolina Tiger Preseve they will never have to worry or suffer ever again. God Bless you guys.