Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Open House

My grandmother used to tell me stories of an animal sanctuary nearby that took care of retired show animals.  Well, it turns out that the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has two locations, one in Galt and another in San Andreas, California.  I know she always wanted to visit the place but it was never open to the public during her lifetime.

A lovely soul named Pat Derby started this organization in the ’80s after she saw animals in show business being neglected, abused, or abandoned after filming.  She and her husband ultimately created a sanctuary where they have taken in Elephants, Big cats, Bears, and more.  Pat has since passed away but her mission is being carried on by a large group of wonderful people.

I finally had the opportunity to visit one of the locations for a charitable open house.  We were able to see Brown Bears, Bengal Tigers, and Elephants.  We were able to explore the grounds and meet the trainers and learn more about the non-profit.  It was a very wet day but it was worth being out in the rain to get a taste of what this wonderful organization does.

For more information on PAWS I encourage you to visit their website by clicking here.

The Elephant trainer displaying his method of positive reinforcement training helpful in caring for the animals without use of bull hooks or other pain methods

34 thoughts on “Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Open House

  1. Save the animals! Surely as LITTLE as ‘civilization’ has advanced in several thousand years we can improve our treatment of them. One of the more disgusting things I came across recently was ‘farming tigers in China’. (Google that phrase.) Thank you for sharing this.

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    • Yah, the three tigers came from a roadside circus!? WTH! I didn’t know there was such a thing in this day and age.

      It went over the top for me when they started talking about some people using flame throwers to train the elephants. That’s why this organization exists and I am so happy they are there.

      Thanks for he comment.


  2. This is a lovely post. I am glad to hear there are people working so hard simply to do the right thing in the world. They must not be receiving the financial compensation they deserve, but the spiritual compensation must be enormous. It’s a gorgeous property too. The whole story warms my heart.

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    • Hi there. Thanks for checking on me. I have been busy at work and consequently haven’t been anywhere worthy of blogging about. I went to San Diego for the day but only saw the inside of a conference room. I will be in Paris in a few weeks and ready to enjoy photographing the city. If I gather up the energy I might go somewhere this afternoon and take some photos. And I’m supposed to go to Napa next Friday to photograph some wineries. Spring has sprung up here!

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