Our predators who were former pets


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.


Elvis Serval

  • Elvis’s former owners abandoned him in our driveway in a dog crate. Our staff found the strange delivery, and he was in bad shape. Elvis was muscle-wasted and had scuffs all over his face. He also had scarring on his neck where a collar may have gotten too tight. Elvis at first paced in small circles, indicating he’d been confined for a long time. 

Emerson Tiger

  • Emerson, who was a former pet, was rescued from a facility in Missouri that shut down after a volunteer was attacked by another tiger. When the facility closed, it left 22 tigers needing homes. The site was also accused of breeding and selling for profit.

Toby Bobcat

  • Toby started his life on a fur farm. A couple came in to pick a bobcat for their coat and fell in love with Toby. They took him home and had him until neighbors began complaining. 

Wednesday Kinkajou

  • Wednesday started her life as pet and was surrendered when she kept biting her owners. Her story is an impactful reflection of North Carolina’s lack of laws prohibiting exotic species ownership. These animals are easily-obtainable to people seeking them as pets, only to later realize it was a bad idea. Sometimes, that realization comes at a cost to the animal or human.

Zoey Serval

  • Zoey was found in a dog crate when authorities served her former owners arrest warrants. She was taken to a local vet clinic, where the staff fed her spinach and canned corn. Zoey, like all wild cats, is an obligate carnivore, which means she’s required to eat meat. She was happy to see a raw chicken drumstick when we rescued her!

Talon Bobcat

  • Talon started his life in the hands of a private owner. He was a pet until his owner moved to an area that did not allow exotic species. 

Daxon Serval

  • Daxon lived as a pet the first three years of his life. Then, his former owners realized he truly would not have the best life in their care. Daxon was living in an apartment when we rescued him. 

Fenimore Tiger

  • Fenimore, who started his life as a pet, was rescued from a facility in Missouri that shut down when a volunteer was attacked by another tiger.  When the facility closed, it left 22 tigers in search of a home. The site was also accused of breeding and selling for profit.

Hobie Serval

  •  Hobie’s former owners kept him in a small dog crate. They found that once Hobie started to mature, he became very aggressive toward one of them. Hobie also had a bad habit of ingesting household objects, such as socks, that had to be surgically removed. His family decided they could no longer care for him. 

Savannah Serval

  • Before joining the Carolina Tiger family,  Savannah was declawed on all four paws. This modification is common when wild cats are kept as pets, because people believe it makes them safer. Declawing is detrimental to the cat’s health, often causing arthritis.