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PAWS 2018 International
Captive Wildlife Conference
Mark your calendar now! PAWS will be presenting the 2018 International Captive Wildlife Conference, Nov. 9-11, at the Pickwick Gardens Conference Center in Burbank, California, with the theme of "Confronting Captivity." This three-day conference will address the confinement and use of wild animals, and features outstanding speakers from the fields of scientific research, conservation, law, and animal protection, care and policy.
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New PAWS Program
Reaches Out to Academia
PAWS has launched an innovative new program for college-level professors and their students, to be conducted at the 2,300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat sanctuary in California. As part of "Wild Animals in Captivity: Exploring the Interface Between Humans and Wildlife", students will learn about the captive wild animals we care for, and explore the empirical and ethical issues surrounding captive and wild animals, and how those issues resonate in the larger world today.
This single day program is designed for those interested in social justice, human-animal studies, animal welfare and behavior, conservation, and the contemporary interface of humans and nature. For more information, please contact PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy Catherine Doyle at email@example.com.
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ARK 2000 March 10th Open House
Tickets Now On Sale
We have a limited number of tickets available for our upcoming ARK 2000 Open House to be held on Saturday, March 10th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for seniors (65 and over) and $35 for children age 12 and under. If you're planning to attend, we advise you to purchase your tickets early. No tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the event and these events do sell out.
Visitors to ARK 2000 open houses will board shuttles to the bear, lion, tiger, leopard and elephant habitats. Once you exit the shuttle you will be walking on grass, dirt, gravel, and sometimes paved surfaces, so please wear comfortable shoes. PAWS management, keepers and volunteers will be on hand to tell you about the animals and answer questions. A gift shop will be available on the day of the event. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.
Two ways to purchase your tickets: Click here to buy online and print your tickets at home; or call 209-745-2606, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST, to charge by phone. Visit our calendar of events page for more information. Ticket sales close on Thursday, March 8th, or earlier if this event sells out.
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TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
PAWS' 2018 "Elephant Grape Stomp:
An Afternoon In TUSKany"*
The 12th annual "Elephant Grape Stomp: An Afternoon In TUSKany" will take place on April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m at ARK 2000 in San Andreas. Tickets for the Grape Stomp are $100 per person and include international vegan cuisine, wine tasting provided by more than a dozen of the California Gold Country's award-winning wineries, a silent auction to benefit the elephants, and shuttle service around the ARK 2000 sanctuary - allowing you to visit the big cats, bears and of course, the elephants.
Click here to purchase tickets.
*Elephants don't really stomp any grapes! This is an adults-only event.
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How You Can Help PAWS Animals
PAWS provides lifetime care to the tigers, bears, elephants, and other animals that call our sanctuaries home. As animals age, their needs change and they may develop arthritis, kidney disease, and other conditions that are readily treatable with proper care. PAWS expert animal care and veterinary staff provide specialized nutritional and medical support, tailored to the individual needs of each animal. Your generous donations make this excellent care possible. Donate
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Elephants Get Arthritis Too:
How PAWS' Veterinarians
Provide Pain Relief
Listen to Dr. Paul Christo's Radio Show
Aches and Gains Featuring PAWS
Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Jackie Gai (above) and Director of Science, Research and Advocacy Catherine Doyle were featured on a very special radio show this month talking about elephants. They appeared on Aches and Gains, an award winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain, hosted by Dr. Paul Christo, one of the world's leading pain specialists. In a two-part program, he focuses on elephants in captivity and the health challenges they face due to unnatural confines. Like humans, elephants experience painful diseases, including foot disease and crippling arthritis. Dr. Christo states: "Living conditions in zoos and circuses lead to pain and suffering often hidden from the public."
In the show, Catherine uncovers what life is like for elephants in zoos and circuses, and what PAWS is doing to improve captive elephants' lives. Dr. Gai shares how she detects pain in elephants, and some surprising methods of treating it. You can listen to Part One of the show here, and Part Two here.
PAWS thanks Dr. Christo for presenting this special program on pain in elephants (animal topics are not usually part of the show). We also thank David Reuben for making this important show happen, and for his ongoing dedication to raising awareness about elephants in captivity.
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Beloved Black Bear Oma
Oma was born on February 12, 1994. She arrived at PAWS in July of 2003 along with three other bears - Sampson, who currently lives at ARK 2000, Cinnamon and Scarface (both deceased) - and a tiger named Nelson (also deceased). The bears and tiger were confiscated by Texas authorities from a situation of terrible abuse and neglect at the hands of a private owner who displayed them in a run-down roadside zoo. The owner of the dilapidated facility was cited for numerous violations and the animals were impounded and temporarily housed at the Houston SPCA until their transport to PAWS could be arranged.
Since the time of her arrival at PAWS, Oma had occasionally struggled with arthritis and bouts of weakness that were likely due to the damaging effects of poor early nutrition and being confined to a small cage with a hard, uncomfortable floor at her previous home. To meet her special needs, PAWS designed a large, comfortable, easy-to-navigate habitat where she enjoyed taking an occasional dip in her pool or her special bath tub and loved resting among the trees on a thick bed of pine needles that was lovingly provided by her caregivers. Throughout her years at PAWS this gentle bear enjoyed being "spoiled" with her favorite foods that included salmon and avocado, as well as a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables such as berries, steamed squash and sweet potatoes.
Oma received special medications and supplements for arthritis (pills hidden in favorite treats), which made her comfortable and allowed her to have a good quality of life for many years. PAWS' veterinarian Dr. Gai developed an especially close bond with Oma, which began when the bear first arrived at PAWS. Oma would often come over to the fence and sit down next to Dr. Gai for a visit. These visits allowed Dr. Gai to have extra close-up looks at her. Oma was equally curious and interactive with all of her caregivers and deeply touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.
Dr. Gai, through a series of digital X-Rays, discovered that arthritis was beginning to affect Oma's spine and then her spinal cord, causing severe mobility problems. After appropriate medical treatment and multiple unsuccessful efforts to help her get up, it was obvious that she was now unable to stand or walk. The difficult but most compassionate decision was made to gently euthanize her to prevent suffering. Oma died on December 26, 2017, surrounded by those who loved her. We will always remember Oma's sweet and gentle spirit, and her love of life despite physical limitations. She will be tremendously missed.
Our sincere thanks and condolences to Oma's many "adoptive parents" whose yearly donations helped provide her special medications and favorite treats.
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PAWS' co-founder, the late Pat Derby, and African elephant 71, walking through the hills at ARK 2000. Pat and Ed rescued 71 in 1986; she was PAWS' founding elephant. 71 died in 2008 - read about
Pat Derby: A Life Dedicated
to Protecting Captive Wildlife
Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, was a champion for captive wild and exotic animals, particularly those used in “entertainment.” Working side by side with her partner, current PAWS’ president and co-founder Ed Stewart, they set a new standard of care for captive wildlife, including establishing the first elephant sanctuary in the U.S. Sadly, Pat lost a long battle with cancer and passed away on February 15, 2013. But her spirit continues to live in PAWS’ rescue, sanctuary, and advocacy work.
Taking Action for Performing Wild Animals
In the 1960s and 70s, Pat was best known for her work as an animal trainer on Hollywood film and television productions, including “Gunsmoke”, “Lassie”, “Daktari”, and “Flipper.” She was the trainer for cougars Chauncey and Christopher, who graced the Lincoln Mercury “Sign of the Cat” ad campaign, and were the most recognized advertising symbols in the country at the time. Behind the scenes, Pat witnessed the pervasive neglect and abuse of performing wild animals and decided to take action. She wrote a tell-all book, The Lady and Her Tiger, exposing the inhumane treatment and calling for better standards of animal care and handling. The book went on to win an American Library Association Award and was a Book of the Month Club selection. With this bold action, Pat became the first to champion the cause of performing wild animals – and later campaigned for those in circuses and other “entertainment” – and inspired modern animal protection organizations to take up this important cause.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society is Born
Pat met Ed Stewart in 1976, and the two spent the next few years promoting The Lady & Her Tiger with television appearances on the “Today Show”, the “Tonight Show”, “The Merv Griffin Show” and other national media outlets. They also toured extensively, educating people about the serious welfare problems suffered by performing animals. In 1984 Pat and Ed established the Performing Animal Welfare Society to formalize their captive wildlife protection work. Their first effort was to create standards for the care of captive wildlife in California, which they achieved that same year with the enactment of Assembly Bill 1620. They also began investigating, protesting and exposing the abuse of wild animals in circuses. In 1986, Pat and Ed established their first sanctuary in Galt, California, to care for abused and abandoned captive wildlife. Today, under Ed’s leadership, PAWS operates three sanctuaries in California for captive wild and exotic animals, including the 2,300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat refuge in San Andreas that is home to elephants, big cats and bears. It is the only accredited sanctuary in the country to house male elephants.
Leadership in Animal Care and Advocacy
Pat remained an outspoken advocate for captive wild animals until the end. As a recognized expert on the care of captive wildlife, she testified twice before Congress on efforts to end the use of elephants in traveling shows. She also served on several state committees to set standards for the care and handling of captive wildlife, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director’s Advisory Committee on the Humane Care and Treatment of Wild Animals, a position now filled by Ed.
Pat’s Legacy for the Animals
Pat’s bravery and vision for a better life for captive wildlife helped lay the groundwork for the profound changes we are seeing today, including the public’s increasing rejection of the use of wild animals in entertainment, whether elephants and tigers in circuses or orcas in marine parks, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to an end. Her battle against the use of cruel elephhant bullhooks has resulted in statewide bans in California and Rhode Island, with PAWS playing an integral role in their passage.
Pat remains an inspiration to everyone at PAWS and to the greater animal protection community. Her determination and fighting spirit continue to drive PAWS’ efforts to create a more just and humane world for captive wild animals, each and every day.
Through our public awareness campaigns, more and more actively concerned individuals are becoming aware of the problems inherent in the breeding of wildlife in captivity and the use of animals in entertainment. Learn More »
The "Colorado Eight" Tigers:
One Year After Rescue
In early December 2016 PAWS received word that more than 100 animals were in need of immediate placement in new homes after a roadside zoo in Colorado ceased doing business. Several reputable sanctuaries throughout the U.S. stepped up to provide lifetime care for the animals from this rescue, with PAWS accepting eight tigers. Preparations to accommodate the tigers at PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary began immediately and included the construction of new enclosures. The first four tigers arrived at PAWS on New Year's Eve 2016, with the remaining tigers arriving on February 10, 2017.
The "Colorado Eight" had been part of an intensive breeding program similar to a puppy mill, with little regard for the animals' health or welfare. The facility made money by offering the public the opportunity to handle tiger and bear cubs for a fee. To ensure a steady supply of cubs for photo and "play" sessions, these "pay-to-play" operations constantly breed the animals, producing litter after litter. Cubs are forcibly removed from their mothers soon after birth to make them more manageable. Young and vulnerable cubs are passed from person to person, often roughly handled during play sessions, and may be physically harmed.
Cubs who are removed from their mothers at birth miss out on important antibodies that they should be receiving from mother's milk, and as a result their weakened immune systems leave them completely vulnerable to deadly infections. Cubs that manage to survive this horrifying start to their lives quickly grow too big to be handled, and are immediately put into the breeding population to create even more cubs or sold to private owners or other roadside zoos. This hellish, self-perpetuating cycle is found wherever tiger and bear cubs are subjected to public handling. Despite grandiose and deceptive claims, these irresponsible captive breeding programs have no conservation value, and none of the bears or tigers produced will ever be released into the wild.
As PAWS welcomed these new tigers into sanctuary a year ago, we celebrated their symbolic rebirth into a new life where they are treated with respect, and where their dignity and individual needs are honored. Former, and sometimes derogatory, names were changed to reflect their new lives. During their daily interactions with these tigers, PAWS' expert caregivers have gotten to know each one's personality and preferences. Our veterinarians check on them regularly and tailor treatment plans to each cat's needs. All eight tigers have settled in well, and enjoy exploring large, grassy habitats as well as napping in the sun while listening to the peaceful sounds of nature at ARK 2000.
Meet the "Colorado Eight" tigers
Marin, a 19-year-old female, is described by tiger supervisor Renae as "spunky" and "talkative." She enjoys lounging in the tall, green grass of her very own habitat, as well as bouts of play with her large red ball (right) that was provided by a generous Amazon Wish List donor. Marin has a beautiful face and a richly-colored coat, and greets caregivers with unique, friendly vocalizations. It is heartwarming to see her relaxed and content, far from the chaos and stresses of her previous home. At 19, she is considered elderly, so special considerations have been made to support her health.
Pharaoh (above) is a 14-year-old neutered male. When he arrived at PAWS he was noticeably thin, with a personality best described as volatile and nervous. As Tiger Supervisor Renae got to know him, she worked hard to create situations that made him feel safe. Despite eating large meals, he remained thin and always seemed hungry. PAWS' veterinarians performed a comprehensive physical examination under anesthesia, and discovered that he was not absorbing nutrients normally in his GI tract, which was probably the major reason for his ravenous appetite and near constant agitation. Since that exam, Pharaoh has been receiving special vitamins and other nutritional support and he is now a completely different tiger. He has put on weight and is much calmer and more confident, and he has found a new friend in Renae.
Sawyer is a 10-year-old female. At her former home, she was forced to have multiple litters of cubs which were taken away from her soon after birth. Unspayed female tigers can develop cancer and infections in their reproductive tracts, and hormones produced when they are in estrus can cause fighting and other undesirable behaviors in other tigers nearby. Sawyer underwent an ovariohysterectomy (spay surgery) in November 2017 in the recently opened Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center at ARK 2000. Dr. Margo Mehl, a board-certified veterinary surgeon and PAWS supporter, generously donated her services. While Sawyer was under anesthesia, PAWS' veterinarians collected samples from some unusual areas of skin, and diagnosed a condition which will require treatment. Today, Sawyer is calmer and quite friendly, approaching keepers and vets alike with a cheerful "chuff" and fence rub.
Bigelow (left), Nimmo (above) and Wilhelm are 7-year-old brothers. Bigelow, the largest of the three tigers, had been housed separately at the Colorado facility with a fence dividing him from his two brothers. The three are housed similarly at PAWS (as neighbors) but live in much more spacious and natural surroundings. All three tigers arrived at ARK 2000 intact (not neutered), and male hormones may have caused some of the previous scuffling and fighting reported at the other facility. Nimmo and Wilhelm were neutered by PAWS' veterinary staff in October, and Bigelow will undergo the same surgery soon.
After enough time has passed for hormones to dissipate, it is possible the three brothers may be allowed access to each other, although they seem quite content and relaxed with their current housing. The tigers in this trio are often seen lying on their backs in the grass or under an oak tree, with their fluffy white bellies facing up to the sky - an image that PAWS cofounder, the late Pat Derby, always treasured as a sign of a happy tiger.
Pictured left: Wilhelm.
Morris (above), a neutered 5-year-old male, and Rosemary Arnot (left), a 5-year-old female, share a large habitat at ARK 2000. Morris receives supplements and medications for a limp caused by a malformed shoulder that fortunately does not appear to be painful for him. He is very active and playful. Rosemary Arnot is our smallest tiger, weighing in at a "diminutive" 230 lbs. She arrived unspayed and, like Sawyer and Marin, was used to produce cubs for exploitation. Rosemary is scheduled for spay surgery and dental work soon. Both Morris and Rosemary are energetic and very active, and it is really wonderful to see these young tigers enjoy a large, naturalistic habitat where they can scratch on trees, lounge in the tall grass and playfully chase each other and run for long distances.
PAWS is honored to provide a permanent, loving home for these very deserving tigers who have suffered so much hardship in the past. It was a poignant moment for all of us when they first stepped out of their transport cages and into a new life where their dignity is preserved and their inherent wildness is respected. We are enjoying getting to know their distinct personalities, and are as committed to providing for their unique individual needs as we are for all of the animals who call our sanctuaries home.
We are grateful to you, our supporters, for making our work possible. Your donations will secure a bright future for the "Colorado Eight." Thank you.
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USDA Considering Terrible Plan
to Allow Animal Exploitation Industries
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is conducting in-person "listening sessions" and taking public comment as it considers delegating animal welfare inspection duties to industry trade groups. Zoos, breeders and research facilities would potentially be allowed to self-police, which would be nothing short of disastrous for the animals.
Click here to learn more and find out what you can do to help. Deadline for the public to offer comments is March 14, 2018.
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Since PAWS' founding in 1984, our sanctuaries have been home to many animals rescued from circuses. Camba (above), who came from a circus in Bolivia, today enjoys a large, natural habitat at ARK 2000.
34 Years of PAWS Advocacy
Since 1984, PAWS has been rescuing captive wild animals and providing lifelong sanctuary for them - giving animals in need a safe and more natural life far away from the miseries they once endured in roadside zoos, circuses, backyard menageries, and the exotic "pet" trade. From the start, we knew that we also had to change public perception about the use of wild animals in circuses and other "entertainment," or the suffering would never end.
PAWS was one of the first organizations to document and expose circus cruelty and advocate on behalf of wild animals subjected to unnatural lives defined by deprivation, cruel training, intensive confinement, and constant transport from city to city. In a 2011 article, "The Cruelest Show on Earth", Mother Jones named PAWS co-founder, the late Pat Derby, the circus' "no. 1 antagonist." All the while, PAWS has provided sanctuary for refugees from circuses, such as lioness Camba and elephants Nicholas, Prince and Gypsy who are currently in our care.
After years of hard work by PAWS and many other dedicated organizations and individuals, the tides are really turning! In September 2017, two more major cities banned the use of wild animals in circuses and traveling shows: A unanimous vote made Portland the first city in Maine to pass this legislation, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, prohibited the use of wild and exotic animal acts. Even more places are considering similar action, including Baltimore County and Montgomery County in Maryland.
Santa Fe and Portland follow in the steps of New York City's prohibition on wild animals in circuses earlier last year and a PAWS-led ban on wild animals in entertainment in Los Angeles for which the ordinance is being drafted. The state of Illinois made history by barring the use of elephants in traveling shows. More than 100 U.S. localities now regulate the use of captive wildlife.
Perhaps the most dramatic sign of change was the curtain coming down on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in May of 2017. PAWS is proud of its part in passing bans on cruel bullhooks in Los Angeles and Oakland, California - the first cities to enact bans where large circuses actually performed - that preceded Ringling's remarkable decision to abandon its trademark elephant acts in 2016 and then shut down altogether. In 2016 PAWS teamed up to ban bullhooks statewide in California and Rhode Island, ensuring elephants would never again be forced to perform or give rides under threat of this menacing weapon designed to control elephants through fear and pain.
PAWS has always recognized that the only way to end the suffering of captive wild animals is to address the root problem: their use as entertainment. This includes circuses, "pay to pet" operations that use and abuse big cats and bears, roadside zoos, county fairs and Renaissance faires, the exotic "pet" industry, film productions, or any other place that exploits captive wildlife.
Despite the many great advances for captive wild animals, this is not the time to sit back and relax. There is much more work to be done. All of us at PAWS look forward to tackling the many difficult and often heartbreaking issues together with you. Truly, it is your support and action that make great things happen for the animals!
Take action now!
Support the federal Big Cat Public Safety Act to end the suffering of big cats in cruel "pay-to-pet" operations. Introduced by Congressman Jeff Denham of California, this bill better protects the public and the animals, and it needs your support.
How you can help: Please call your U.S. Representative (click here to locate name and phone number). You don't have to be an expert on the issue. What is important is that your Representative knows a constituent supports the bill.
When you call: Tell the aide who answers the phone that you live in the Representative's district, and give your zip code. Then simply say you are calling to urge the Representative to cosponsor HR 1818, the Big Cat Public Safety Act. (Click here to see if your Representative has already cosponsored the bill.) Always be calm and polite. Because few people call their legislators your call will have much more impact than an email.
Does your favorite late night talk show host feature wild animals? This is not conservation or education! Use social media to comment on the show's Facebook page and Tweet your opposition. Send an email to the show.
Initiate a performing wild animal ban in your city.Contact PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy Catherine Doyle for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you January Amazon
"Wish List" Donors
Melissa Siebke: two 24" heavy plastic balls (one yellow and one red) for the tigers. David M. Barsky: one 10 lb. bag of Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat. Beverly Archer: one package AAA Batteries, 60#. Ethan Ecret: one Probiocin Oral Pet Gel. Kris Cooper: one 10 lb. bag Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat; one 5 lb. bag Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat; one 30 lb. bag of Blue Buffalo. Donna R. Fry: one 5 lb. bag Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat. Cynthia J. Kendall: two 6 ft. Folding Tables. Debra Rocker: two 20 lb. bags of Blue Buffalo; two quarts of Red Cell. Sandra Wilson: one bottle Azodyl, 90#; one 12-pack of Probiocin Oral Gel. Cathleen deOrnelas: four 30 lb. bags of Blue Buffalo. Tori and Gary Lange: one bottle of Emcelle Tocopherol (Vitamin E), 1000 ml. Sharyn and Jon Grant: one bottle of Duralactin, 180#; one 30 lb. bag of Blue Buffalo. Don Martorelli and Kathy Preziosi: three 2-packs of Walkie Talkie Radios. Lyn Castiglione: one 10 lb. bag of Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat. Jill Rivera: one bottle of Azodyl, 90#. MaraLee (Leezer): one 5 lb. bag of Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat. Anonymous Donors: two 5 lb. bags of Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat; two packages of AAA Batteries, 60#; one 5 lb. bag of Missing Link Ultimate Skin and Coat.
View wish list items that are needed, but not included on our Amazon list here.
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