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ALEXANDER (Black Leopard, Panthera pardus)

Alexander, a male black leopard, was born in April of 1998. He was another sad victim of the exotic pet trade. Purchased as a cub for $2,500 by a family in Texas, he was left chained in the family's backyard. At one point, Houston Animal Control seized him, but later returned Alexander to his owners after they agreed to take him outside city limits. Shortly after the family's move, Alexander scratched a toddler. He was once again confiscated by animal control officers. Because this was his second seizure, Houston city ordinances mandated that he be euthanized.

The Houston SPCA appealed the City's decision and Alexander was released into their care. Houston SPCA contacted us and PAWS became Alexander's permanent home. He arrived March 11, 1999, after spending seven months at the Houston SPCA.

Alexander lived at our original Galt sanctuary until a generous donor stepped forward in 2012 to fund construction of a new habitat for him at ARK 2000. On May 30, 2013, Alexander moved to his new home.

View video of Alexander's move to ARK 2000, here.

Read about Alexander in our June 2013 newsletter, here.




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GEORGETTE (Emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae)

In late December 2016, residents of the California foothill community of Valley Springs began reporting sightings of an emu running loose in their town. On a rainy morning in early January, after more than a week of roaming through local neighborhoods, yards and pastures, Calaveras County Animal Services (CCAS) received word that the big bird had wandered into an enclosed maintenance yard near New Hogan Lake. It took three hours to finally corral and gently herd the bird into a horse trailer.

PAWS agreed to provide a home at our Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge in Herald, California. "Georgette", as she is now called, arrived at the refuge in late January, and now lives with a flock of 10 emus and two Simitar Horned Oryx in a very large enclosed pasture area filled with trees, grass, natural vegetation, covered shelters and a winding creek.




In Memoriam


JACKIE (Coyote, Canis latrans)

Jackie, a female coyote, was born in the wild during March of 2002, and "rescued" by a well-intentioned individual who found her by the side of a road. Surrendered to the California Department of Fish & Game when she was about two months old, she was totally imprinted with humans, making it impossible to return her to the wild.

Had Jackie been given to a state-licensed rehabilitation facility on the day she was taken from the wild, in accordance with strict California laws that protect native species, she would have had a chance to live free. We hope Jackie’s story will encourage folks to leave wild babies alone; chances are the mother is usually nearby — or contact authorities immediately when found.

Jackie lived at our Galt sanctuary until her death on June 2, 2018.




In Memoriam


PAKA (Serval, Felis serval)

Paka succumbed to kidney failure on August 11, 2017, after a brief illness. She was a beloved member of the PAWS family and we will miss her beautiful face and spitfire personality. She was estimated to be 17 years old.



In Memoriam

ROBERT (Bobca, Felis rufus)

July 1996 - September 2017


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MOJO (Muntjac, Muntiacus spp.)

One of the shyest residents at our Galt sanctuary is Mojo, an Indian (or Common) muntjac. Mojo arrived in the summer of 2007, an illegal pet confiscated by a nearby county animal control agency. Mojo was estimated to be about 5 years old when he arrived.


Wild muntjac live in forests and dense vegetation in many parts of Asia where they are hunted for their flesh and skin, and killed as “nuisances” due to their appetite for eating tree bark. Muntjac are sold in the U.S. in the exotic pet trade for $750 - $1500. In the early 18th century, exotic Reeve’s muntjac were released into England for hunting. This invasive population is expanding, and sadly, many are killed every year by hunters, hit by cars, and again as nuisances for their love of eating rosebuds and other flowers.


These dainty deer are only 18-20 inches tall and weigh 15-25 pounds. Muntjac have a delicate digestive system, eating grasses, leaves, and tender shoots in the wild. Our dedicated keepers feed Mojo a balanced mixture of hay, pellets, vegetables, and hand-selected tender, leafy branches. Also known as the “barking deer”, muntjac are constantly alert for predators and emit a loud, piercing bark when they feel threatened. Their constant state of vigilance and special dietary requirements make them difficult to care for properly, and they are illegal to own in most states without a permit.


Mojo spends his days grazing in his grassy enclosure, nibbling on tender willow branches, and lying in the sunny grass or under the shade of his trees. At night, he sleeps in his own cozy, straw-bedded shelter. Skittish and suspicious when he first came to PAWS, now he is friendly and inquisitive and looks forward to visits from the keepers to see what delicious leaves and branches they bring.



In Memoriam


MISHA (Canadian Lynx, Lynx canadensis)

May 2005-March 5, 2018

Misha was one of a brother and sister pair of Canadian lynx that arrived at PAWS in June of 2012. The pair had previously resided at Storybook Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada. Misha lived at our Galt sanctuary until her death in March of 2018.



*PLEASE NOTE: Adoptions are symbolic 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.

Performing Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 849, Galt, CA 95632

209/745-2606 office/sanctuary
209/745-1809 fax

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