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Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Comments ( 1 )

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!

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've been adoptive parents to two servals over the last few years. Coming to the rescue to spend time with all of these magnificent animals is truly humbling and often thrilling! Being 'stalked' by a cougar is rather exciting to say the least. Knowing their storied past is heartbreaking. Carolina Tiger Rescue does a wonderful job educating people about the species they care for, the individual animals and the ways (big and small) that everyone can do to lessen the need for animal rescues. We go there as often as we can to visit our friends...oh, and the staff too!

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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.

2 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.

1 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.

1 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!

Previous Stories

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!!!!

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!

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.