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. We absolutely can’t do this without your help. Could you look through our wishlist and select a few items to gift our animals? Some of the items are more obvious than others, but all of these items are necessary for keeping the animals in top shape through icy blasts and possible power outages. All Amazon wishlist items get delivered directly to our door, which makes giving easy. Be sure to include you name so we can send you an end-of-year tax receipt.

Indoor Housing for Kinkajou and Coatimundi

Coatimundi and kinkajou are small, rainforest-dwelling members of the raccoon family and cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. We have several of these animals that live in the sanctuary, rescued from facilities that were shut down or were  former pets. With your help, we were able to purchase several winter indoor habitats that are specialized for the animals’ needs. The items below will be used to outfit these habitats and keep everyone clean, happy, and engaged until spring!

The humidifiers keep the humidity levels high for our warm weather animals when the NC winters are cold and dry.

Upright water bottles are no-mess solutions for weather-sensitive indoor animals.

We can never have enough gloves! We use them for exams, for feeding raw meat to animals, and for handling medications.

Fruits, eggs and tuna are on the menu for some of our animals and gift cards help make it happen.

With indoor winter housing, we need storage solutions for supplies and bedding.

Indoor winter housing means indoor messes. Brooms keep things fresh-smelling.

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

These screw eyes are for hanging enrichment and toys in indoor housing.

Out in the Sanctuary

Winter in the sanctuary can get a little tough. Our roads are dirt and gravel and have uneven terrain. When you add in NC winter weather- sudden ice storms, muddy clay paths and lack of electricity in parts of the 67 acre, heavily-wooded forest, everything gets tougher.  Below you will find items that make working in the conditions just a bit more bearable. Safety and preparedness is key, in order to consistently provide superior animal care. 

Flashlights are imperative for late-night work, inspecting den boxes and for emergencies.

Heated water dishes ensure 24/7 water sources, regardless of weather.

These rope clamps are what we use on shift gates. Renovation happens every day, and we need more clamps.

Building enclosures, platforms and denboxes for new animals requires a little help from this tool. Measure twice, cut once!

An air compressor and battery jumper in one, this portable power source gets the job done in the areas of the sanctuary without power.

Lanterns work great for power outages and during storms.

Pipe heating cables keep pipes from freezing in the food prep area.

These wheeled storage bins are perfect for hauling heavy straw and raw animal food.

Power is important, when heating den boxes and water dishes, and splitters make the most of what we have.

Non-Contact AC Voltage Detectors make it easier to check for the presence of live voltage on outlets, wiring, circuit breakers, lighting fixtures and switches.

In case of emergency, this hose allows us to draft water from the pond for animal care.

There are lots of jobs to be done in tight places, like fixing den boxes or building new enclosures on our 67 acres. Battery-powered tools make quick work of these tasks.

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.