Carnivore Preservation Trust trying to rescue four tigers
PITTSBORO - The Carnivore Preservation Trust is trying to raise nearly $10,000 to rescue four tigers from a Warrenton, Mo., facility that closed this summer after a tiger attack cost a 26-year-old volunteer part of his leg.
The animal sanctuary in northern Chatham County has agreed to take two males and two females before the Sept. 16 deadline. Any animals at the Missouri facility after that will be euthanized, according to the Warren County sheriff.
"We would love to be able to take the remaining 23 tigers, but our new quarantine facility will only house up to four big cats at one time," said Pam Fulk, executive director of the trust. "The safety of the animals already in [our] 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."
It will cost about $9,400 to bring the tigers to Pittsboro and about $5,000 a year to care for each of the new tigers. The trust will be raising additional money to support the tigers for the rest of their lives.
Those interested in donating should go to www.cptigers.org and click on "Donations." To ensure the full donation goes to the tigers, donors can mail their checks made payable to CPT to 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, 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.