You can teach others to love and care for animals, but at the end of the day, it is the inside of a person that will lead them to act on the cause. Tia Torress is a few individuals with her golden heart she rescues about 100 dogs each month and adopting nearly 40 of them.
Tia Torres is the founder of the largest pit bull rescue facility, Villalobos Rescue Center in the United States located in New Orleans, Louisiana which was previously in Agua Dulce, California. She runs the organization with a mission to rescues (pit bulls) and hopes there will come a day when everyone will realize so she would gladly be out of her passion. Tia also has released a memoir, “My Life Among the Underdogs” in 2018 giving out her first-hand experience with the dogs.
Though this animal loving person has shown loving side of Pit Bulls through “Pit Bull and Paroles,” a TV show on Animal Planet. They are considered a dangerous species and banned in some part of the world including the UK. Initially, I did not intend to write this, but I came across a heartwarming story of a father losing his daughter on her fourth birthday which was snapped by Pitbull the very own they raised. As much I feel for dogs, my heart is broken by the fact that father will never see his daughter again. All I mean to say is take proper caution and necessary training before raising a pit bull of own.
In this article, we will bring everything about Tia Torress with details like her age, net worth, family, married life, husband, and kids.
Tia Torress married life and husband. Her Kids.
Tia has been married a couple of times. Her first husband was a cocaine addict and used to beat her under the influence of the substance. She suffered abusive behavior for a couple of years before moving out of the house. She lived on a trailer on her husband’s property for some time.
Once she was rescued from her ex-husband rooster who was attacking her, and she fell on the ground screaming and seeking help. Her dog, a pit bull snapped the roster off her which later died that day. As a tribute, Torres got a Tattoo of the dog on her rightsholder and wears it ever since.
Her love story with now-husband Aren Marcus Jackson came into existence because of her love for the dog. Back in early 80’s Tia was trying to locate the owner of a dog so that she could take the responsibility from him. Using an online tracking site, she found out the person was Aren Marcus Jackson then serving 14 years sentence in California prison for a shootout with Orange County sheriff’s deputies. Throughout she kept in touch. When Aren was released from the Jail in 2006, the two got married on 31st October.
Together the couple gave birth to a daughter Mariah Torres. Mariah is the second time she gave birth to a baby her first child a daughter, Tania Torres is from her late gangbanger ex-boyfriend. She adopted two more children twin Hawaiian brothers Kanani and Keli’i.
Practically Tia’s married life with Aren was short lived. He was arrested again in September of 2007 for the possession of theft property and was sentenced to 15 years in Jail. Tia maintains a good relationship with Aren and time to time visits him.
Her net worth
Tia Torres has an estimated net worth of $300,000. She collects her income mainly through the TV show. Tia is the main cast of Animal Planet’s TV series “Pit Bulls and Parolees.” The show focuses on the interaction between Tia, the dogs, her children and the eponymous parolees who work for her during daily care, training duties, and pit bull rescue missions. Its first season premiered on 30th October 2009 and currently running in its ninth season.
Tia was initially opposed to the idea of getting a show. As she was running low on the donation and had to cover monthly $25,000 expense on dogs, she eventually accepted the proposal. The expenses have significantly increased since then. According to the data released on Villabos Rescue Center official website, the average cost per day to run VRC is $10,000 with approximately $4 million a year.
Tia got her first wolfdog from her estranged brother. Initially, she was running VRC in the rescue of Wolf and Wolf Hybrid however after rescuing her first pit bull, “Tatanka” she moved her focus on this species. An event in the March of 1999 when Tia and the Los Angeles City Animal Services teamed up to create “The Pit Bull Support Group” got VRC into the limelight and after all those years the organization has grown into a largest Pitbull Rescue center in the world. Hats off to the lady.
Getting to known Tia Torres Children
All four of her children are part of the show as they help around in the organization interacting with dogs, taking care and going in the rescue mission. Tania learned the trait of training animals from her mother and works as an assistant animal trainer for the film industry. Her other daughter Mariah is a public speaker and an aspiring fashion designer.
Her two sons Kanani and Keli’i had a rough childhood. This big-hearted woman took them as her own. They involve in her organization tending to the dogs. When not working they indulge in bike riding, making paintings and playing music.
Tia Torres Wiki/Bio
She was born on 11th June 1960 in California, United States of America currently making her 57 years of age.Tia found the love for animals starting with the horses. Her stepmother raised her on a farm whom she calls her one and only mom. There she learned the discipline and strict routine needed to own and take care of the animals successfully.
Torres left home at the age of 17 and took some pets with her including two Arabian horses, an Angora goat, and her Catahoula Leopard Dog – Cougar. She had not an easy going on the road as she had to sleep on the van and even in the horse trailer sometimes. For a while, Tia got into bad company hanging out with the gang in Los Angles, and as the story goes, she escaped being shot several times. Later she joined US Army and worked there six years as Truck Driver.
After the service, she was hired by the City of Los Angeles as a youth gang counselor which indeed led her to work with parolees. She continues to employ them for daycare, rescuing and training of Pit Bulls in her VRC foundation.