"39 Tigers" — a documentary by William Nimmo, founder of "Tigers in America."
In April of 2003, government officials executed a search warrant on a "pseudo-sanctuary" operated under the name "Colton Tiger Rescue" in Colton, California. During their search of the owner's residence, they discovered 90 dead tiger carcasses, including 58 baby tigers dead in a freezer. Thirteen other cats were barely alive. The State of California seized control of Colton Tiger Rescue. Criminal charges were brought against the owner.
Homes were found for the healthiest big cats; 39 tigers remained.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) agreed to take the remaining tigers. After enormous volunteer support, rehabilitation and a massive fundraising effort to construct 10 acres of habitat at PAWS' ARK 2000 captive wildlife sanctuary in San Andreas, California, 39 tigers were moved to their new home in what is still considered the largest tiger rescue in US history.
"Tigers in America" was founded by William Nimmo in 2012 to address the issue of captive-bred tigers in the U.S. by providing financial support for tiger rescues and the true sanctuaries that provide a lifetime home for these cats. Key activities include primary vet care, coordination and transport for abused and abandoned tigers, and the construction of permanent enclosures at the best tiger sanctuaries in America. Their motto is “No tiger will suffer or die in this country because he or she cannot afford to see a doctor or get a ride home.” Mr. Nimmo was formerly a Managing Director at Smith Barney and Senior Vice President at Citigroup. He lives in New York City with his wife Kizmin and their three rescued black cats.