The American Sanctuary Association
Animal Rescues and Placements

The following is a summary of animal of rescues and placements
performed by the ASA and its member organizations:

Rescued from Deer Path Animal Haven, Illinois, a roadside 
attraction shut down by the USDA: 2 lions, 1 liger, 2 bears, 3 wolves 
and 2 cougars, all living in filthy tiny cages. These animals were placed 
at several ASA approved sanctuaries: Shambala, Wild Animal Orphanage, 
Black Beauty Ranch, The Exotic Feline Rescue Center and Sarasota in 
Defense of Animals sanctuary.

Rescued in Texas: 1 tiger cub. A Texas veterinarian took possession of 
a tiger cub who had been abandoned with two broken legs. The injury 
was apparently inflicted by the individual who abandoned the cub. Wild 
Animal Orphanage transported the cub to their sanctuary and is currently 
nursing him back to health.

Rescued in Texas: 2 tigers, 1 lion, 6 cougars, 1 bobcat, 1 black leopard, 
1 tiger cub. Tigers of the Valley, an Edinburg , Texas, commercial 
operation, closed due to the owner's poor health and the deteriorating 
condition of the facilities. Wild Animal Orphanage took 6 cougars. 
Exotic Feline Rescue Center took the bobcat, black leopard and tiger cub, 
and Buffalo Roam took the two tigers and the lion. Transportation costs 
were paid by the individual sanctuaries.

Rescued from Salem, Missouri by Missouri Fish and Game 
Department: 1 lion. This was an 8 month-old lion who was confiscated 
in a drug raid. Missouri Fish and Game had no place to keep him and had 
scheduled the lion to be euthanized. Exotic Feline Rescue Center agreed 
to accept the lion for placement in their sanctuary, and ASA provided 
them with the funds needed to transport the lion to their facility in Indiana. 
The lion is now living at Exotic Feline Rescue Center where he will remain 
for the rest of his natural life.

Rescued from New Jersey: 2 cougars and 1 tiger. These animals came 
from the Scotch Plains Zoo that was closed down. The two cougars were 
placed at the Wild Animal Orphanage and the tiger was placed at 
Shambala. Transportation costs were paid by the individual sanctuaries.

Rescued from Texas: 1 bear. The bear was found confused and 
wandering along a highway, most probably a former "pet" who had been 
abandoned. Texas Parks and Wildlife surrendered temporary custody of 
the bear to Black Beauty Ranch which later transferred the animal to Wild 
Animal Orphanage which had more suitable facilities for bears.

Rescued from the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, 
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin: 97 stump tailed 
macaques. These Primates were used in research and were housed at the 
Vilas Park Zoo in Madison. They now Reside at Wild Animal Orphanage. 
ASA representatives also traveled to Tulane University and met with the 
research director in an effort to rescue an additional 154 monkeys that the 
University of Wisconsin had already placed at Tulane. Wild Animal 
Orphanage was willing to accept this group of primates in their sanctuary, 
but Tulane was not receptive to ASA's request and the monkeys remained 
at their research facility.

Rescued from Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, Emory 
University, Atlanta, Georgia: 60 sooty mangabeys and 34 stump tailed 
macaques, surplus animals used in research.They now reside at Wild
Animal Orphanage.

Rescued from New York University Laboratory for Experimental 
Medicine and Surgery: 29 crab-eating macaques, surplus animals used 
in research.  They now reside at Wild Animal Orphanage.

Rescued from the University of Texas Medical School: 14 vervets.  
These were surplus animals used in research and were rescued in a joint 
effort of the Austin Zoo and Wild Animal Orphanage.They now reside at 
Wild Animal Orphanage.

Rescued from Florida: 2 bears.  These bears were at a Roadside Zoo in 
Waldo, FL., that was closed down by the USDA.  ASA transported them 
to Wild Animal Orphanage where they now reside.  Cost for the transportation 
of these bears was paid by the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

Rescued from a roadside zoo and animal dealer in South Carolina: 
1 tiger.  This animal was in very poor physical condition and was located 
at a facility operated by Grady McGee, Leesville, S.C. The tiger was 
rescued by ASA and the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 
Homestead, Florida, where he now resides.  ASA is working with state 
and federal authorities to close this roadside zoo.

Rescued from Colorado: 2 wolves.  These wolves were in the possession 
of a backyard collector who also had 9 other wolves.  The Neighborhood 
Association ordered that the wolves be removed.  To pacify the association, 
the owner initially agreed to remove these two, and apparently this action 
was sufficient to temporarily satisfy the association.  These two wolves 
were transported by the owner to Wild Animal Orphanage where they now 
reside. ASA is continuing to monitor this situation.

Rescued from New York: 2 cougars.  These animals were in the possession 
of an exhibitor who decided to close due to a divorce.  ASA arranged for 
The National Wildlife Animal Orphanage in Pennsylvania to take the animals.

Rescued from Florida: 2 tigers.  These animals were part of the 
Chipperfield Animal Act from England, which was touring the United 
States with the Ringling Brothers Circus.  After one of the Chipperfield 
trainers in England was badly injured by a tiger, they decided to   
discontinue their tiger act. One of their trainers contacted ASA to see if 
we could place these cats since they did not want to return them to 
England. The South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center,Homestead, 
Florida., agreed to accept the tigers for placement in their sanctuary.  
They were transported by the Chipperfields from the Ringling animal 
compound in central Florida and now reside in Homestead.

Rescued from Arkansas: 2 bears, 1 cougar, 1 lion, 1 bobcat.  This case 
involved a backyard collector whose child was severely bitten by a lion.  
The private collector killed the lion and told local law enforcement that he 
would kill all the other animals if they were not immediately placed 
somewhere else. ASA was contacted by law enforcement and the bears 
and cougar were transported to Wild Animal Orphanage where they now 
reside. Cost of this transport was paid by the World Society for the 
Protection of Animals. Black Beauty Ranch picked up and transported 
the lion and the bobcat and is holding them temporarily until they can be 
shipped to Shambala.

Rescued from Florida: 1 skunk and 1 Gopher tortoise.  Working with 
veterinarians in Sanibel Island and Sarasota, Florida, Sarasota In Defense 
of Animals was able to coordinate the rescue of a pet descented skunk 
who was surrendered and abandoned, and scheduled to be euthanized. 
One of the veterinarians contacted ASA for help in finding sanctuary 
placement, and the skunk was accepted at Sarasota In Defense of Animals 
Sanctuary. This veterinarian also had a very large and old gopher tortoise 
that had tested positive for a micro-plasma virus.  The veterinarian was 
unable to keep the tortoise at his sanctuary because it could possibly 
infect other tortoises he had at his facility. Sarasota In Defense of Animals 
agreed to place the animal at their sanctuary.

Rescued from New York University School of Medicine: Six
HIV-infected Chimpanzees. These Chimps were placed at the National
Sanctuary for Retired Research Primates (NSRRP) in San Antonio, Texas.
This is the first time in the history of the United States that
HIV-infected chimps have been retired to a sanctuary. NSRRP is the only
bio-safety level 2 sanctuary in the United States.

Rescued from Palestine, Texas: 5 Cougars that were used for breeding in
the exotic pet trade. These animals were transported to the Wild Animal
Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas by the Houston SPCA with the help of the
Houston Zoo. This rescue was made possible by the combined effort of
Sarasota in Defense of Animals, Wild Animal Orphanage, Houston SPCA and
the Houston Zoo.

Rescued from Florida: 4 Pig-tailed macaques from the University of
Florida (UF). This is the first time ever for UF to have retired
primates to a sanctuary. This rescue was made possible with the combined
effort of Jungle Friends in Florida and the Wild Animal Orphanage in San
Antonio, Texas.

Rescued from Houston, Texas: 2 Tigers found living in a horse trailer
for over 3 1/2 months. Through the efforts of Sarasota in defense of
animals, Florida, these wonderful tigers are now residing at The Wild
Animal Orphanage.