Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Carolina Tiger Rescue. Volunteers play a vital role in our organization and perform a number of important jobs. Volunteering with us can be extremely rewarding and a great learning experience.

Below you will find a brief job description of the different individual volunteer opportunities at Carolina Tiger Rescue. The job descriptions will give you more insight into specific duties, age requirements, and the minimum time requirements.  

“When I retired in 2014, I had the good fortune to discover Carolina Tiger Rescue, where I have volunteered several days a week ever since. Carolina Tiger Rescue is an awesome sanctuary, where each animal is so magnificent in its own way! Helping support the well being of our animals, in whatever capacity I can, is just an incredibly enriching and rewarding experience. Every time I volunteer with this great staff I learn something new, learn something challenging, and feel the need to come back for another go!”
-Nancy Wiggins (Carolina Tiger Rescue Volunteer of the Year 2016)

Animal Care 

Animal Care Volunteers assist with daily animal care tasks such as feeding, changing waters, and cleaning enclosures. They also help with routine maintenance in the sanctuary and provide enrichment activities designed to increase the animal’s behavioral choices and draw out their natural behavior and tendencies.

* Twelve-month commitment required.*

Tour Guide

Tour Guide Volunteers conduct educational tours of our animal sanctuary and facilitate community presentations for groups of all ages. They provide guests with information about our history, conservation goals, positions and values, as well as the biology and background of the animals that call our facility home.

*Twelve-month commitment required.*

Seasonal Animal Care – Perfect for Students!

Seasonal Animal Care Volunteers perform the same tasks as our non-seasonal volunteers and join our team with the understanding that they will only be here for 6 months and may not get trained on higher-level responsibilities. All Seasonal Animal Care Volunteers have the option of remaining with Carolina Tiger after their initial 6-month commitment is over. Age requirement and monthly commitment remain the same as the non-seasonal Animal Care position listed above.

Gift Shop

Gift Shop volunteers assist our Gift Shop Manager with tagging and organizing new items, framing Pawcasso masterpieces created by our resident carnivores, and a variety of other important tasks. Gift Shop volunteers also assist with data entry on occasion and help us maintain visitor records. If you want to volunteer with us but don’t want to spend too much time outdoors, this is the role for you.

Construction

Construction Volunteers assist with a variety of construction, maintenance, and grounds keeping tasks such as yard work, building new enclosures, dismantling old structures, mixing and pouring concrete, and vehicle maintenance.  Construction Volunteers also aid in supervising youth and adult volunteer groups from local schools, clubs, and businesses.

If you have any questions about our volunteer opportunities, please click below to email our volunteer coordinator, Maryssa Hill.

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General orientations are on the first Friday and Saturday of each month.

Tour Guide and Animal Care orientations are scheduled for the second Saturday of every month.

New Tour Guide Volunteers and Animal Care Volunteers are required to attend both orientations before they can begin volunteering.

These dates are subject to change due to holidays and other events.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Next General Orientation Dates

(By invitation only)

Friday, July 9
Saturday, July 10

Orientation dates are subject to change. Attendance is by invitation only.

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-4684
(919) 542-4454
info@carolinatigerrescue.org

Wildlife should be in the Wild

Rescue

Education

  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Public Tours

Twilight Tours

Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary. 

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Field Trips

Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips link

Virtual Field Trips

Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching “kids” of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our “Kid for a Day” Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

Our Rescues
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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BOBCATS

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CARACALS

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COATIMUNDIS

Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COUGARS

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KINKAJOUS

In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LEOPARDS

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LIONS

Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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OCELOTS

Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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SERVALS

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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TIGERS

Animals
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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual Volunteering

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Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Big Cat Dinner Club Information

Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!