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.


Heather Miller 

Heather is our only out-of-state, animal care volunteer — and in more than a year of volunteering with us, she has NEVER missed hours! She and her family would pack up and drive here, nine hours each way so that she could follow her passion. We are so grateful that she found her way here and can now call herself a Pittsboro resident! Her dedication is unquestioned and her love for the animals shines through in everything she does.

Heather smiles in front of Tasha Tiger. 

About Heather 

  • Volunteer Position: Animal Care

  • Time at Carolina Tiger Rescue: Heather began volunteering in August 2017 and has contributed 200 hours of her time since then.

  • Favorite Animal: “Since I began volunteering there is one animal that has stood out a little more than the others to me. Her name is Tasha and I can always count on her greeting me with her chuffles. She is definitely one of my favorite cats to talk to when I am volunteering. Tasha is a beautiful tiger and she makes it known who she likes and doesn’t like. She has “catatude.”

  • Favorite Memory: “I remember one of my first mornings volunteering. I was walking from the house to prepare to start waters and the lions began to roar. I stopped and just listened for a minute. It made me smile and warmed my heart. I thought, “what a beautiful sound and how cool is my job!” I’m truly blessed. There’s no other sound I would want to wake up to. My other memory is dear to my heart because it was with Toby, the bobcat. I sure do miss that boy! Left side waters will never be the same. He had a little game when filling his water bowls and it took me awhile to catch on. When I did , he made me laugh and brightened my morning. He made it quite clear that he loved to play hide and seek. I would slowly and quietly open the outside gate and walk in. Trying to be as quiet as I could so I could watch his reaction. He would quickly make his way back behind his box thinking I didn’t see him. As I would squat down to empty his water bowl he would peek behind the box. I would just laugh and say “Where’s Toby!” All the sudden he would jump from behind the box, look at me, and then he was done with his game. Usually walking away making his low grumbled growls as he always did. I sure do miss him and will always cherish the memories I have. He was such a handsome guy!



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.

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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Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Keeper Stripes

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!