Our tigers are available for sponsorship in our Adopt-an-Animal program.
We accepted white tiger Clarence from Ohio in November 2015, after he was surrendered to the Ohio Department of Agriculture by his owner. Since the 2011 Zanesville tragedy, when an owner released all fifty-six of his animals before taking his own life, Ohio has implemented new regulations regarding the private ownership of exotics. Private exotic owners were given one year to meet new safety and care standards, obtain liability insurance, and apply for a permit. Owners who were unable or unwilling to comply within one year were no longer allowed to keep their animals.
Clarence was housed in a very small 20x30-ft. enclosure with three other tigers, one of which attacked him. His owner then moved him to a tiny cage inside a pole barn. Clarence is very cross-eyed, probably due to inbreeding. White tigers have a genetic abnormality that rarely occurs in the wild, but breeders often prefer them due to their popular appeal—in spite of the fact that cubs are often born with horrific deformities such as crossed eyes, cleft palates, and spinal disorders. There is a mortality rate of over 80% in white tiger cubs.
Clarence appeared to be in rough shape when he arrived from Ohio, but he has blossomed at Safe Haven! He is confident and curious—and he loves playing with his Boomerball more than anything!
CARLI and LILY
Carli (left) and Lily (below), were featured in a Reno-Gazette Journal article and video on September 22, 2014.
These beautiful animals were two among many that were confiscated in May 2014 by the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York State, from a facility that had lost its license. This was an urgent rescue, as conditions at the facility had deteriorated rapidly, and the animals apparently had been without food and water for several days.
In addition to Carli and Lily, nine other tigers, three lions, three bears, and two wolves were transported to Big Cat Rescue (Florida), Wild Animal Sanctuary (Colorado), In-Sync Exotics (Texas), the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (Indiana), and the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania. We particularly thank Wild Animal Sanctuary for transporting Carli and Lily to Safe Haven.
Carli and Lily had been together for twelve years, and we are thrilled to be able to keep them together at their forever home at Safe Haven.
CHRISTOPHER and CAROLINE
In November 2013 Safe Haven received two new tigers, Christopher and Caroline. Christopher, age 8 at the time of rescue, is our first white tiger. Caroline is a year older.
Christopher and Caroline were privately owned in Missouri. Their owner was no longer able to care for them and agreed to place them with Safe Haven. Originally they were privately owned by a Missouri breeder, so this is their third and final home.
This rescue was a collaboration between Tigers in America, Big Cat Rescue, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare—with a very special thanks to Turpentine Creek. Transportation was provided by Loving Friends Transport; their Facebook page includes several photos from the journey.
SYBER and GAGE
Syber (left) and Gage (right) arrived at Safe Haven in May 2012, when Syber was 10 and Gage was 13. They previously lived at an Ohio facility that had to "re-home" its animals, all of which have fortunately been placed in accredited sanctuaries.
Gage and Syber had been cagemates in Ohio for many years. It is often a struggle for sanctuaries to take on the care and expense of one additional tiger, let alone two, but we were committed to keeping these long-time friends together.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) were instrumental in the rescue of dozens of the animals from Ohio. Lions, Tigers & Bears in San Diego also assisted with transportation. They accepted a black bear named Sugar Bear, who traveled with Syber and Gage.
After this placement, IFAW inspected and evaluated our facility and honored us with their coveted endorsement. IFAW's blog features the story of Gage and Syber's rescue and their arrival at Safe Haven.
Syber and Gage are pictured together as they explore their enclosure soon after arriving at Safe Haven. Below, Gage enjoys a swim, and Syber samples the water in the pool.
Choi-Hu and Timber were emergency rescues from a private home in the Seattle area. When the couple who owned the tigers had to give up their property, both tigers were in danger of becoming homeless and possibly being euthanized. Safe Haven was the only sanctuary in the area with room to accept them.
Choi-Hu (right), a 12-year-old 400-pound Siberian tiger, was rescued on November 20, 2009. Our staff made a 17-hour non-stop drive each way. Upon arriving at Safe Haven, Choi-Hu remained in the trailer in her lockout overnight. The following morning we took her to Reno, where Dr. Patti McCormack performed blood work, vaccinations, dental work, and spay. Choi-Hu then took up residence in her temporary enclosure. The discovery that she was declawed forced us to reconsider our idea of having her share an enclosure with Tigger, who was our first tiger.
At the time of Choi-Hu's rescue, we had to leave her male companion, Timber, behind—but we promised him that we'd be back! We initiated an urgent fundraising appeal to build a new enclosure for him, and it was ready for him to move in at the beginning of March 2010. Timber was with us for the last two years of his life; we regret that our time together could not have been longer.
Below: Choi-Hu luxuriates in a grooming session.