Taking in animals from all over the United States
Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animal Orphanage was created in 1986 by the Sheperds. They got the idea to open a wild animal orphanage after being asked to care for a cougar named Tabitha. The cougar was initially brought into Pennsylvania illegally and was confiscated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Tabitha never left the Sheperds' care, and the orphanage was born.
Daily Care for the animals is provided by Scott Firestone. Whenever law enforcement and game commission agencies are required to confiscate an exotic feline, Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animal Orphanage is here to help. Zoos can't take in these stray animals, and after being handled by humans, they are not welcome among many of their own species.
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