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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.

 

Janet Schaeffer cried when she heard her name. She was moved to be recognized as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. 

The tour guide collected her award at Sunday’s family potluck, where we honored some of our special volunteers. It was at the close of Volunteer Appreciation Week. 

Maryssa Hill, our volunteer coordinator, said she knew when Janet started more than three years ago that she’d be a great fit as a tour guide. 

“She just has one of those really engaging personalities,” Maryssa said. “You can’t help but like her from the beginning. She’s really funny. She’s able to easily adjust to last-minute changes and plans. She just kinda goes with it.” 

Maryssa will always remember Janet’s first tour. Maryssa was set to lead, Janet the tour assistant. But at the last minute, Maryssa told Janet she was going to lead the tour; she didn’t think she was ready. 

“She nailed it, which of course I knew she was going to do,” Maryssa said of her model tour guide, who now carries tour assistants under her wing and lets Carolina Tiger Rescue staff know when a volunteer is ready to leave the nest and lead their own tour. 

Janet was very deserving of the big award! 

Ruth Stalvey, left, presents Janet Schaeffer with the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award 

Ten additional volunteers were recognized at the potluck. 

Carolina Rescue is home to more than 150 active volunteers who work as hard as we do to care for the animals and support our mission of saving and protecting wild cats! 

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! 

Kim Kies, left, won All The Gold Stars presented by keeper Larissa

Ivy Morgan, center, won Sharing The Love, along with Emily Hudek (not pictured) presented by keepers Cara, left, and Larissa

Katie Jones, left, won Leaving On A Jet presented by keeper Cara

Cheryl Miller (not pictured) won Keeping Them Together, and Jan Dye (not pictured) won Knows All The Things presented by Maryssa

Sarah Moyer, left, won No Need To Study presented by keeper Larissa

Allyssa Pollock (not pictured) took home Make All The Enrichment presented by keeper Lauren

Lisa Wallace (not pictured) won Just Keep Scooping presented by Lauren

Logan Everett (not pictured) won Construction Rookie of the Year presented by Tiffany 

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

Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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CARACALS

Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COATIMUNDIS

Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COUGARS

Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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KINKAJOUS

In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LEOPARDS

Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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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Activities
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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.

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!