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.