Shizzy's Wildcat Rescue volunteers build fence

Volunteers build a section of fence during a past workday at the construction site of Shizzy's Wildcat Rescue in Fair Bluff. The nonprofit's co-chair, Rhonda Billeaud, said calls to rescue animals come in frequently, and she hopes to see more volunteers help finish the enclosures. Staff photo by Grant Merritt

Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue is still far from finishing its 56-acre animal refuge in Fair Bluff, said Rhonda Billeaud, co-chair of the nonprofit organization’s board. In the meantime, “We get at least one call a week to rescue a tiger and every three days to rescue a wolf or wolf hybrid.” So the volunteer group is working to complete and open parts of the grounds while continuing to build the remaining areas.

Billeaud said Thursday that the next workday is Saturday, Nov. 19, and she hopes to get "a massive turnout" to put up fencing and install 14 gates.

Rhonda Billeaud at Honey Festival 2022 promoting Shizzy's Wildcat Rescue

At the N.C. Honey Festival in September, Rhonda Billeaud, center, talks with potential supporters and volunteers for Shizzy's Wildcat Rescue. Billeaud is co-chair of the nonprofit that hopes to finish fencing in its Fair Bluff facility soon. Staff photo by Diana Matthews