Millhouse Serval

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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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.

Millhouse Serval


September 17, 1996

Arrived on
February 12, 1997

Passed away
December 28, 2017

Millhouse’s Story

Millhouse was born at Hexagon Farm in Buena Vista, California in 1996. He came to live at Carolina Tiger Rescue in 1997 on loan from Opryland as part of our former breeding program. Millhouse was known by many as kind of a cranky old man. He was quick to give a hiss when you came to visit, but bringing a favorite treat might help you become friends. Of course he kept you on your toes about what that favorite treat might be! He always found the best sunny spots to nap in, particularly on those cold but sunny days. Even though his personality may not have always been the warmest, he did hold a special place in many hearts.

Millhouse’s Passing

December 28, 2017

This week we had to say goodbye to one of our oldest residents, Millhouse Serval. Millhouse turned 21 this year and, though we were incredibly impressed with how well he was doing, we knew that we needed to keep a close eye on his health. A few weeks ago, he began to leave food behind. We were concerned about kidney failure but also noticed a sudden swelling on his jaw. We knew we had to anesthetize him for a possible tooth abscess. Sure enough, there was a tooth that had to be removed. Remarkably, he did really well through the whole procedure. Unfortunately his blood work showed end stage kidney failure. We knew the time to let him go would be soon. This week, he showed signs of distress. We decided that euthanasia was the only compassionate decision to make. Being one of the oldest animals here, many of us have known him our entire time at Carolina Tiger. He will be remembered as an old friend.