January 20, 2000

January 20, 2010

Passed away
June 10, 2015

Collins’ Story

Collins Bobcat was originally in Tennessee as a private pet.  He was declawed, which is a common practice when wild cats are kept as pets.  After a period of time, Collins was deemed too aggressive and became too much for his owners to handle and was handed over to Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary, where he was housed with a female bobcat.  Collins and his new roommate did not get along and it was quickly decided that he would have to be rehomed yet again.  Genesis contacted Carolina Tiger Rescue and we were able to give Collins his forever home.  When Collins arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue, it was not long before it was realized that his attitude far exceeded his small cat body.  Whereas most small cats will run and hide if they are approached, Collins was quick to react and would often try to attack those who came to close.

Collins’ Passing

On the morning of June 10, 2015, Collins was found lying in his enclosure looking as though he did not feel well.  It was quickly decided that he would be taken to the emergency clinic in Raleigh, where our veterinarian works full time.  Upon arrival in Raleigh, it became clear that Collins was in distress.  He was put under anesthesia and a full work up was done.  The first thing we noticed was that his temperature was very low.  That was our first indication that he was in shock from whatever was ailing him.  He was immediately started on IV fluids and we took blood samples and X-rays.

X-rays showed that his stomach was still full from what he ate on Monday, June 8.  That caused some concern about either a blockage or possibly ileus (the intestines stop moving and food cannot pass).  The bloodwork came back and confirmed our fear that he was in kidney failure.  It is believed that he most likely got dehydrated (either from a partial blockage on his stomach or the rather rapid rise in temperature this spring) and it pushed his kidneys into failure.  The treatment would have been subQ fluids multiple times per week.  Unfortunately, with Collins’ disposition, we would not be able to do fluids without greatly stressing him and putting him and the keepers at risk and we made the very hard decision to proceed with euthanasia.

Anyone who knew Collins would know that he simply wouldn’t have put up with all of that manhandling.  He was a straight shooter and didn’t take any disrespect from anyone.  While he was not fond of your treat stick, he did love to get treats!  As one of the first animals on the tour route, he was happy to welcome visitors.  He was a very talkative guy and is greatly missed.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.