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.

Volunteer of the Month

September’s Volunteer of the Month is Kate H. She is a reliable and dedicated animal care volunteer who joined the team in September 2020. She has logged nearly 300 hours since then and is someone the animal keepers can always count on.

While her favorite cat is a clouded leopard, her favorite moment here at Carolina Tiger involved an ocelot named Magoo.

“My favorite CTR memory is probably the day we finished cleaning indoor kinkajou houses and stumbled on a painting session with Magoo Ocelot. He would lay on the canvas and rub and roll until he was covered in paint. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another cat engage so much with painting or be so reluctant to give up their masterpiece.”

Thank you for everything, Kate!

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.*
*Ages 18+ Only*

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.*
*Ages 18+ Only*

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.

*Ages 16+ Only*


Construction Volunteers assist with a variety of construction, maintenance, and groundskeeping 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.

*Ages 18+ Only*

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

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Orientations take place monthly, and dates are subject to change due to holidays and other onsite events.

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

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • 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.

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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.

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.