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CLAIRE (Siberian Tiger)

Claire and her brother and sister Roy and Kim were four months old when they arrived at PAWS. They were born on June 2, 2003, at a now defunct roadside zoo in New Hampshire that constantly bred cubs for photos shoots, other roadside zoos and the exotic pet trade. PAWS was contacted by an animal welfare group asking if we would take the three cubs, and PAWS co-founder, the late Pat Derby, wholeheartedly agreed to provide permanent sanctuary. When the three young tigers arrived at our Galt sanctuary on October 2, 2003, they received a thorough medical exam and were immediately started on a wholesome, nutritious diet. To prevent future breeding, Roy was neutered a few months after arrival. Kim and Claire would later undergo spay surgery.

 

The three cubs moved into a large, grassy enclosure in Galt complete with a custom-built pool. This habitat was their home until March of 2016 when we moved them to a much larger habitat at ARK 2000.

 

Claire is the most cautious of the trio, and was the last one to walk into the transport cage for her big move. Once in, she seemed accepting of the plan and was calm. When we stopped halfway through the road trip to check on her, Claire peeked back at us from a comfortable position on her bed of hay. Claire is never far from her big brother Roy, and can often be seen lying in the tall grass with him. She loves the grass so much that it is sometimes a challenge to encourage her to come in from the habitat to eat. At meal time PAWS' keeper staff call the tigers in so that they can each be fed in their own den box. This allows each tiger to eat at his or her own pace, without competition, and also allows staff time to clean the habitat. When Claire is called, she walks several steps toward us and then plops down in the grass, luxuriously rolling on her back for a few minutes. Then she gets up, walks a little bit, and plops down to roll again!

View video of the three tigers when they lived in Galt, here.

Click here to view a video of Kim, Roy and Claire's move to ARK 2000.


$150 Annual Adoption*

KIM (Siberian Tiger)

Kim and her brother and sister Roy and Claire were four months old when they arrived at PAWS. They were born on June 2, 2003, at a now defunct roadside zoo in New Hampshire that constantly bred cubs for photos shoots, other roadside zoos and the exotic pet trade. PAWS was contacted by an animal welfare group asking if we would take the three cubs, and PAWS co-founder, the late Pat Derby, wholeheartedly agreed to provide permanent sanctuary. When the three young tigers arrived at our Galt sanctuary on October 2, 2003, they received a thorough medical exam and were immediately started on a wholesome, nutritious diet. To prevent future breeding, Roy was neutered a few months after arrival. Kim and Claire would later undergo spay surgery.

 

The three cubs moved into a large, grassy enclosure in Galt complete with a custom-built pool. This habitat was their home until March of 2016 when we moved them to a much larger habitat at ARK 2000.

 

Kim is the smallest but most brave of the three tigers. She is always keen to explore new things, and is usually the first to have a look (and sniff) at anything new. Not surprising, Kim walked confidently into the transport cage in Galt - ready for the adventure ahead! During the trip, she rested calmly on a bed of soft hay. Upon arrival at ARK 2000, she strolled out of the cage and into her new den box and made herself right at home. She seems to be thoroughly enjoying the new sights and smells of her new home, and explores the hillside trees, logs, and grass with great relish.

 

View video of the three tigers when they lived in Galt, here.

Click here to view a video of Kim, Roy and Claire's move to ARK 2000.


$150 Annual Adoption*

NELSON REDFORD (Tiger)

Nelson Redford, born in 1996, was one of two tigers owned by a man in Texas who had been breeding the exotic cats and then selling the cubs. Unfortunately, this "backyard breeding" is still a common occurrence in many states.

When authorities in Texas were finally able to rescue Nelson and his pregnant female companion, both tigers were noted to be in extremely poor physical condition and were literally starving to death. Despite the valiant efforts by a team of veterinarians at the Houston SPCA, the pregnant female died shortly after arriving at their facility. Officials noted that she and her three unborn cubs weighed less than half their normal weight.

The Houston SPCA made arrangements for Nelson's safe travel to PAWS. He arrived at our Galt sanctuary on July 9, 2003. Nelson now lives in a large grassy enclosure complete with a pool and sun deck.


$150 Annual Adoption*

ROY (Siberian Tiger)

Roy and his two sisters, Kim and Claire, were four months old when they arrived at PAWS. They were born on June 2, 2003, at a now defunct roadside zoo in New Hampshire that constantly bred cubs for photos shoots, other roadside zoos and the exotic pet trade. PAWS was contacted by an animal welfare group asking if we would take the three cubs, and PAWS co-founder, the late Pat Derby, wholeheartedly agreed to provide permanent sanctuary. When the three young tigers arrived at our Galt sanctuary on October 2, 2003, they received a thorough medical exam and were immediately started on a wholesome, nutritious diet. To prevent future breeding, Roy was neutered a few months after arrival. Kim and Claire would later undergo spay surgery.

 

The three cubs moved into a large, grassy enclosure in Galt complete with a custom-built pool. This habitat was their home until March of 2016 when we moved them to a much larger habitat at ARK 2000.

 

Now a full-grown adult, Roy is the largest tiger PAWS has ever rescued. He is tall and lanky, and standing on all fours he is almost as tall as some of our keeper staff! We estimate his weight to be well over 600 pounds. Roy is always watchful and observant, never missing anything going on nearby. He enjoys playing as much as sleeping, and can often be seen stretched out in the grass sound asleep with his "little" sisters. Although he was cautious about passing through doorways for the first few days after the big move, he now feels comfortable and confident. His distinctive crossed eyes and mild curvature of the spine are visible evidence that he is the product of inbreeding, and as a consequence he will always have impaired vision and a tendency toward early arthritis.

View video of the three tigers when they lived in Galt, here.

Click here to view a video of Roy, Kim and Claire's move to ARK 2000.

 

 

Zeus
$150 Annual Adoption*

 

 

 

 

Jake
$150 Annual Adoption*

 

 

 

 

Apollo
$150 Annual Adoption*

 

 

 

 

 

The Ohio Trio:

ZEUS, JAKE & APOLLO (Tigers)

 

Thirty-two wild and exotic animals were removed from a failing facility in Ohio — forced to close its doors due to lower-than-expected donations and tougher regulations.

As Ohio was getting ready to implement a new law that prohibited the private ownership of exotic animals, one animal facility near Columbus, found the harsh realities of exotic animal care too much. Faced with having its license revoked by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to unsafe enclosures, the facility chose to find new homes for its animals. In this situation, the owner did the right thing by reaching out for assistance when the financial stress became too much.

In April of 2012, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) was asked to lead a team of wild-animal professionals seeking to find homes and safe and healthy transportation for the 32 orphaned animals. The first order of business was to find willing and appropriate facilities that maintained the necessary standards.

This effort relied on a number of organizations coming together to provide resources and funds. There was a great deal of coordination among facilities.

All animals were required to undergo a veterinary check-up to ensure that they were fit enough for the journey and to protect other animals they would come into contact with. Vets were called in to perform physical exams, including blood work, parasite exams, dental inspections, and other procedures that required tranquilization. While under sedation, the animals were loaded onto trailers that were equipped to keep the animals comfortable and safe during transport.

Three of the tigers, “Zeus,” “Jake” and “Apollo,” came to PAWS. The tiger trio arrived in July, 2012, and now live in our tiger habitat at ARK 2000.

 

PAWS is accredited by GFAS.

 

 

 

PAWS successfully relocates 39 abused TIGERS from Colton, California to spacious habitats at ARK 2000!

In April, 2003, officials executed a search warrant on a "pseudo-sanctuary" operated under the name "Colton Tiger Rescue" in Colton, California. During their search of the owner's residence they discovered 90 dead tiger carcasses, including 58 baby tigers dead in a freezer. Thirteen other cats were found barely alive. The State of California seized control of "Colton Tiger Rescue" where 54 big cats remained. Criminal charges were brought against the owner.

After enormous volunteer support, rehabilitation and a massive fundraising effort to construct 10 acres of habitat at PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary, the rescued Colton tigers (below) were transferred to ARK 2000.

Colton Tiger Rescue Video

 

The Colton Tiger Rescue 10th Anniversary

June 2014 marked a monumental event for PAWS - the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first of 39 tigers to ARK 2000, from the defunct, pseudo-sanctuary called Tiger Rescue in Colton, California. PAWS has been challenged, changed and strengthened as a result of accepting these very needy tigers, and providing them a permanent, safe, and healthy home.

Read our report here >>>

 

"39 Tigers"

A documentary by William Nimmo, founder of "Tigers in America"

Click on the photo below to watch.


 

ADOPT A COLTON TIGER:

 

Alka

 

Artemis

 

Hammer

In Memoriam

 

Couch

 
         

 

Jay Logan

 

Majesty

 

Malabar

Mookie

 
   

 

Pat Jr.

 

Spanky

 

Winston

   

 

COLTON TIGERS, IN MEMORIAM:

Amelia, Boebie, Charlotte, Cherokee, Claude, Erica, Emily, Fluffy, Ginger, Grace, Gus, Hammer, Jesus, Lily, Matahari, Masala, Miss Kitty, McGuire, Patty, Peja, Pele, PK, Quiggle, Ray Charles, Ravi, Rex, Rodney, Sunita, Willie

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*PLEASE NOTE: Adoptions are in name only. The animal does not actually go home with you. Donations made via animal adoption are used for the care, feeding and maintenance of the animals.


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