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$100 Annual Adoption*


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.



$100 Annual Adoption*


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 lives at our Galt sanctuary, but we would love to move her to a larger, natural habitat at ARK 2000. The cost of a new habitat would run approximately $50,000.

View video of Jackie, here.


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PAKA (Serval, Felis serval)

Paka is a female Serval (felix serval) — a small African wildcat. Approximately six months old (DOB 7/2000) at the time she arrived at PAWS, Paka was brought to a Santa Clara, CA, animal shelter by individuals who said they had trapped her in a feral cat trap. (She was also reported to have been running along the freeway in the city of San Jose!) As usual, there was no information about her original owners or the animal dealer who must have sold her as a pet.

When she arrived at PAWS, Paka was placed in quarantine and tested for parasites. We found she had been declawed, was severely malnourished and infested with parasites. She would need medication.

Oral medication is often difficult to administer to animals who are traumatized and disoriented, but in Paka's case, medication was easy since she was ravenous for food and swallowed anything we gave her.

After two months of sanctuary, medication and a proper diet, Paka gained weight, settled in and her delightful little personality became evident. She now spends most of her time hiding in the tall grass in her habitat, stalking anything that moves. We would love to see Paka moved to a larger habitat at ARK 2000 when funds become available.


$100 Annual Adoption*

ROBERT (Bobca, Felis rufus)

Robert, born in July of 1996, had been a family pet. His owners had purchased him in Montana where exotic pets are legal. When his owners moved to California — where keeping exotic pets is illegal — they surrendered Robert to the California Department of Fish & Game where he was kept in a holding facility until he was eventually brought to PAWS.

Robert lives in our Galt sanctuary.


$100 Annual Adoption*

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



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MISHA (Canadian Lynx, Lynx canadensis)

Meet Misha, 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.

As part of Storybook Gardens' 2008-2010 business plan, the City Council had approved the reduction of the overall size of the zoo component with the eventual goal of closing the zoo operation all together. The only animals that would remain would be the domestics. Between 2009 and 2011 suitable homes were identified for a number of the animals and more than half of them were transferred to zoos and animal sanctuaries in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.

Throughout the process Storybook staff worked collaboratively with local animal welfare groups to select appropriate new homes. The community group Friends of Captive Animals (FOCA) endorsed Storybook's proposed plan and Zoocheck, an animal welfare organization based in Toronto, was instrumental in the relocation process.

Of the animals remaining in 2012, four harbor seals were sent to the St. Louis Zoo, the birds of prey went to Sandy Pines Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Ontario, two beavers and an otter moved to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary near Rousseau, Ontario, and the two lynx came to PAWS.

Born in May of 2005, Misha lives at our Galt sanctuary.

View video, here.


*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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