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Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Pittsboro, NC - Carolina Tiger Rescue Executive Director Pam Fulk announced this morning that this weekend a team of Carolina Tiger staff will head to Alabama to rescue two tigers from a woman in failing health. For the owner and the family’s privacy details are not being released. The Alabama woman owned more than a dozen animals including tigers, lions, cougars, wolves, and a bear.
Representatives from three other rescue organizations and Carolina Tiger will meet at the property to retrieve the animals for whom homes have been found so far. A veterinarian licensed in Alabama and a representative for Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be there to assist in the rescue. Veterinarian Dr. Angela Lassiter, Assistant Director Kathryn Bertok, one Animal Keeper, and another staff member from the Carolina Tiger Rescue Team will rescue a male tiger and his female companion of undetermined ages. They are believed to be at least 11 years old.
According to Fulk, “I’m sorry to say that we will be leaving behind a couple of tigers that we could have rescued if we had habitats ready for them.” Carolina Tiger kicked off their $84,000 Habitat Campaign In June of 2014 to begin building six more big cat habitats. This campaign includes a 50% match by Tigers in America for donations of $500 of more. “It breaks my heart to leave two more related tigers behind but we can’t take animals when we don’t have homes ready for them.”
Carolina Tiger Rescue will spend about $5,000 to rescue the tigers. Any funds raised above the cost of this rescue will be put toward future rescues. To donate to Carolina Tiger Rescue for this rescue, visit www.CarolinaTigerRescue.org and click on Donations, or mail a check payable to Carolina Tiger Rescue to 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312. Designate your gift to “Bring Them Home” for this rescue, or leave the gift undesignated for the care of all of the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue.
To donate to Carolina Tiger Rescue for the Habitat campaign, for donations of $500 to be matched at 50%, please mail checks to Tigers in America to 250 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014 with Carolina Tiger Rescue noted in the memo line. For more information visit www.TigersinAmerica.org. Send all other checks with “Habitat Campaign” in the memo line to Carolina Tiger Rescue to 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 or visit www.CarolinaTigerRescue.org to donate online.
Carolina Tiger Rescue is a nonprofit organization located in Pittsboro, N.C. The 55-acre sanctuary is home to 52 animals, including tigers, ocelots, binturongs, and more. Carolina Tiger Rescue provides a home for mainly wild cats, as well as conservation education for the public through tours, community presentations and exhibits. For more information, call 919-542-4684 or visit www.CarolinaTigerRescue.org.
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