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Carnivore Preservation Trust sets date to rescue four tigers

Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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Pittsboro, NC - Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) announced today that they are raising the funds necessary to ship the 4 tigers from the facility in Warrenton, Missouri to CPT on Friday, September 5th, 2008. Wesa-A-Geh-Ya closed following an incident this summer in which a tiger attack cost a 26-year old volunteer part of his leg.

 

CPT agreed to rescue the tigers before the September 16 deadline. Any animals remaining at the facility after that date will be euthanized, according to the Warren County Sheriff. Executive Director Pam Fulk said, “Our new quarantine facility will only house up to 4 big cats at one time, so that led to the decision to take the 2 males and 2 females. The safety of the animals already in CPT’s care is our first priority, and we won’t jeopardize that by bringing in animals without quarantine or by bringing in more than we can care for properly.”

 

Curator of Animals Kathryn Bertok was able to find an animal transport company that can provide additional crates, a semi-truck that can carry 4 big cats, and heavy equipment to load the cats in Missouri for their journey to CPT at a lower cost than originally anticipated. Bertok also learned that it will not be necessary for CPT to send a rescue team to assist in preparing the cats for transport. The rescue is now expected to run approximately $5000.

 

“We are counting on the public to help us raise the money necessary to get these 4 cats to CPT. They have little time to spare. Please help us bring them home!” said Fulk. In addition, it will cost approximately $5,000 per year to care for each of the new tigers. CPT will be raising additional funds to support the tigers for the rest of their lives.

 

Those interested in donating to CPT may do so online by visiting www.cptigers.org and clicking on “Donations”. To ensure the full donation goes to the cats, donors can mail their checks made payable to CPT to 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312. Donors can designate their gift to the “Bring Them Home” campaign for this rescue, or leave their gift undesignated to be used for the care of all of the animals at CPT. Any designated funds not expended for this rescue will be applied to the next CPT rescue.

 

Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) is a nonprofit located in Pittsboro, NC. The 55-acre sanctuary is home to over 75 animals, including tigers, ocelots, binturongs, and more. CPT provides rescue and sanctuary for certain species of carnivores, primarily cats, as well as conservation education to the public.

 

For more information call 919-542-4684 or visit www.cptigers.org.

 
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