The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Being able to volunteer my time with Carolina Tiger Rescue has been an extremely rewarding experience. The staff and other volunteers provide so much to ensure that these animals get the best environment possible. For me, there is no greater reward than interacting with the animals, as I find this to be therapeutic for me. I hope to continue as a volunteer for many years to come, and wish I had started volunteering sooner.
Carolina Tiger Rescue offers a truly unique, and diverse, volunteer experience. On my tours I like to say "If you have a skill we can use you, and if you don't have a skill, we'll give you one." There is a volunteer position available to all personality types, and physical abilities. In my seven years at CTR, I have met the most fascinating people and formed the unlikeliest of friendships, and I treasure them all. Add to that the opportunity to truly get know the residents, and, WOW, words just become inadequate. I've seen animals arrive near to dying, having been so poorly treated that they have given up, and then watched them blossom and thrive under CTR's expert care. If you want an example of that, check out Aria's story on their website! That's why I am out there, helping to teach people about these animals. That's why CTR is so desperately needed, and why our volunteers are so special.
There are so many ways to volunteer for this sanctuary from being a tour guide to doing animal care to helping promote or raise money for the animals. I love volunteering here because my time is put to good use and greatly appreciated. Plus, the animals are amazing!
Working with these animals is not only food for the soul, but it is one of the best run rescues I have ever worked at. The staff at Carolina Rescue are the best in the business and their love and concern for the welfare of each and every animal at the Sanctuary is without reproach. I really LOVE it here and will stay as long as they will have me.