Helping Cats, Big and Small

Contrary to many little kids’ fantasies, tigers don’t make good pets. That doesn’t stop people from trying, though.

Pittsboro’s Carolina Tiger Rescue offers lifetime sanctuary to more than 70 wildcats — from majestic tigers to more pint-sized ocelots and bobcats — who have been cast off by owners in over their heads.

You can support the not-so-cuddly kitties, helping CTR continue to feed and house them, via two events in February.

An Art for the Animals fundraiser through Feb. 24 kicks off with an opening reception this Saturday. And on Feb. 23, the Black Tie & Tails Ball will bring a night of dinner and dancing to the Washington Duke Inn.

The opener for the monthlong art sale at Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts in Pittsboro opens Feb. 2 from 3-5 p.m. with live music, food and wine.

This year’s Black Tie & Tails Ball, themed The Many Faces of Thailand, offers attendees the opportunity to dress “Thai elegant,” or opt for traditional black tie.

Fine food and drinks, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing round out the event.

Tickets are $125 per person, but advance purchase price of $110 ends today. Volunteer needs for the evening have been met, but those interested can stay tuned for next year’s gala.

Want to learn more about Carolina Tiger Rescue? Read about our visit with the cats.

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