The Black Tie & Tails Ball is an annual gala event benefiting Carolina Tiger Rescue, a nonprofit providing lifelong sanctuary to wildcats rescued from the pet trade and conservation education to the public.


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The Cause

The Black Tie & Tails Ball supports the work of Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, NC. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that rescues wildcats from the pet trade and provides conservation education to the public.

Carolina Tiger Rescue’s mission is important. The trade in exotic pets is so rampant, legislation and enforcement so lax, that there are more tigers in private ownership in the United States than are left in the wild. North Carolina residents are prohibited from owning native wildlife, such as a chipmunk, but can legally own a tiger, regulated only by county or city guidelines.

Tigers like Emerson. Emerson was 1 of 4 tigers that Carolina Tiger rescued from a facility in Missouri where 40 exotic animals were scheduled to be euthanized following a tiger attack in August, 2008. The facility was already under scrutiny by the USDA for allegations of animal abuse.

Emerson endeared himself to staff and volunteers with his tough exterior and pronounced snaggle tooth. Otherwise healthy, staff were struck by the awkward structure of Emerson’s front shoulders, likely caused by inbreeding commonly seen in the pet trade. This condition is expected to impact his health and comfort as he ages.

Emerson’s new life includes a large habitat with areas for privacy, tiger toys, and special training with Keepers to help him adjust to his environment. He finds groups of strangers stressful, so he is currently not on Carolina Tiger's tours. Through Carolina Tiger, Emerson is now assured a caring home for life.

Other tigers share their own stories with the 13,000 plus visitors that tour Carolina Tiger Rescue each year. Visitors interact with the animals from as close as 5 feet from their habitat, an intimate experience designed to engage visitors and galvanize them into action. Guides teach visitors about the threats to wildcats in captivity and in the wild, and how visitors can change those circumstances.

Black Tie & Tails Ball proceeds contribute to the care of Carolina Tiger’s animals and developing programs: educational tours, student workgroups, youth camps, animal internships, conservation research, and volunteer opportunites. Please join us at the Black Tie & Tails Ball to support some very special animals.

To learn more about Carolina Tiger Rescue, visit