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.