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’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, who was used as a pet for the first bit of his life, was rescued from a facility in Missouri that shut down when a volunteer was attacked by a tiger named Hercules. When the facility closed, it left 22 tigers needing a home. The site was also accused of breeding and selling for profit.
- 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 as their pet and had him until neighbors began complaining.
- Wednesday started her life as pet but 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 was found in a dog crate when her former owners were served an arrest warrant. 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, meaning she’s required to eat meat. She was happy to see a chicken drumstick when we came in to rescue her!
- 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 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 stepped in to rescue him.
- Fenimore, who was used as a pet for the first bit of his life, was rescued from a facility in Missouri that shut down when a volunteer was attacked by a tiger named Hercules. When the facility closed, it left 22 tigers needing a home. The site was also accused of breeding and selling for profit.
- As a pet, Hobie’s former owners kept him in an 8x8 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.
- 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.