Carolina Tiger Rescue will reopen its gates to the public beginning on June 5, ending what has become a long two-and-a-half months of partial shutdown due to COVID-19. Following Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase II guidelines, members of the public will be able to purchase tour tickets beginning next week.
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), awarded Accredited status to Carolina Tiger Rescue. Achieving GFAS Accreditation means that Carolina Tiger Rescue meets the criteria of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Accreditation status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards and also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The accreditation status provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Carolina Tiger Rescue as an exceptional sanctuary.
We are excited to be welcoming seven new servals into the family, just in time for the holidays! The servals will be making their way to the sanctuary on Tuesday, just in time to celebrate their first Thanksgiving with the rescue. The cats will be welcomed by Carolina Tiger Rescue staff when they arrive and will be given plenty of time to get acclimated.
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Here’s what you need to know:
- The contact person for marketing and public relations is Communications Director Louise Orr, 919-542-4684 x 3019.
- Carolina Tiger is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm. We are closed only on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- Carolina Tiger does not permit the media to be present during a rescue/receiving new animals. This is one of the most dangerous times for a sanctuary, so only staff members are present. It is also an anxious time for the animals being transferred. They may have just completed a long journey in a cramped space and their whole world has changed within hours.
- New animals are immediately unloaded into quarantine, where they will undergo medical exams and evaluation. Quarantine typically lasts 3 to 4 weeks. It is also during this time that we assess each animal’s behavior and personality to determine whether they will be placed on the tour route or elsewhere in the sanctuary. During this time we do not permit anyone other than staff to visit the new animals.
- We do have a professional photographer on staff, and we take pictures and video during rescues and quarantine. Reporters may request pictures and video during these times and we will be happy to supply them.
- Carolina Tiger has numerous suggestions for story ideas.