Carolina Tiger Rescue
Katie Cannon is the education director of Carolina Tiger Rescue, North Carolina’s only federally accredited wild cat sanctuary. A federally accredited sanctuary means Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501-c3 non-profit; it does not buy, sell, or trade any of its animals or their parts; it does not do any breeding; and it is a no-contact facility. Through their education programming and guided tours, they help visitors understand the downfalls and dangers of private ownership, as well as the realities behind cub petting and other exploitations of wild animals.
Katie became involved with Carolina Tiger Rescue after taking a tour in 2013. She quickly became a volunteer with the organization and in 2015 she left her teaching career to become the education director. Katie has had the incredible opportunity of giving a TedTalk about the plight of tigers in captivity, and has been able to collaborate with other accredited facilities around the country about wild cats and their need for protection in captivity and in the wild.
The mission of the Carolina Tiger Rescue is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. We work toward a day when wild cats are living in their native habitat and are not exploited by humans.