Prepping for Winter

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.

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.


Winter is fast approaching!  As the cats start to grow their long winter coats, the staff at Carolina Tiger Rescue also preps for the winter.  While it’s easy to see why we need some items others may be less obvious.  Here are the items on out Winter Wish List. 

Indoor Housing

This year we are excited to have purchased amazing new indoor habitats for our more weather sensitive animals.  The items below will be used primary in these habitats to keep everyone clean, happy, and engaged!

Mops will help the keepers keep the floors clean for the kinks!

Speaking of cleaning… we are always sweeping up newspaper and other items from the floor. 

And into the trashcans it goes!  

Eye Hooks:  Used to add hang enrichment items for the animals

Kinks love to have their enrichment hung up high*! 

*not all of our staff and volunteers are that tall

Boots at Carolina Tiger Rescue tend to pick up a bit of mud, so before going into the habitats, we would love to be able to kick off some of the mud. 

And then we are ready for a final quick cleaning before heading indoors!

Lowes Gift Cards are a great way to fill in the missing pieces for enrichment and daily care of the animals. 

Out in the Sanctuary

Winter in the Sanctuary can get a little tough.  Below you will find items that make working in the cold, rainy, muddy, windy weather just a bit more bearable. 

Extension cords are used all over the Sanctuary at different times.  Depending the job, we sometimes use 10ft lengths. 

Other times it’s we need a 25ft length.

And sometimes we need to bring out the big guys!

But even with the extension cords, we are sometimes limited on how many outlets we can use.  This will allow us to hook up more than one cord into an outlet when needed.    

Winter is the time of moving things!  Particularly straw.  During the winter, we straw everyone’s den boxes and the large trash cans help us move it in… and out… of the enclosures. 

The small animal water dishes tend to freeze up fast!  These heated dishes make sure they have access to water all the time. 

Tarps are used for all sorts of task.  They are great for covering up materials or helping haul items around the Sanctuary.  

At times it’s better for us to have smaller or larger tarps.  Both of these sizes come in handy!

As the weather get colder and wetter, sometimes we have to get a little more resourceful and put tire chains on the vehicles to get around the Sanctuary. We need item QG1142 for a 2003 Toyota RAV4. 

Speaking of colder and wetter, waders come in handy when we need to get down and dirty.  We would need men’s size 9. 

All of the work in the Sanctuary is completed using vehicles that have been donated to us.  They haul, tow, and move food, people, mulch, cement, and so much more!  We are always looking for donated trucks and large vehicles (SUVs).  They do not need to be road worthy and we are happy to work with “quirky” vehicles.  If you have a vehicle that you would like to donate, please get in touch with our site team.  

We know that some of these items are not as exciting as others, but they all help us take care of the animals during the long winter months.  The staff and volunteers work diligently to keep everyone safe and warm throughout the winter and we simply couldn’t do it without your support.  

With great thanks from the volunteers, Reina, Santana, Roscoe, Camilla, and the staff of Carolina Tiger Rescue.