In Memory of Katia

(May 11, 1996 - February 26, 2010)


Katia, the first Siberian lynx to make its home at Chimps Inc., passed away on February 26, 2010.  She was born on May 11, 1996 at a breeding facility in Redmond, Oregon, and was kept as a pet, alongside her son, Alfonz (who currently resides at the sanctuary), in the breeder’s home for several years.  In early 2000, the breeding facility suffered serious financial problems and could no longer take care of the animals.  After a few years of selling and relocating them to other facilities and residences, Katia and Alfie were some of the last remaining.  In 2003, Chimps Inc., which was already home to another big cat at the time, decided to rescue the two Siberian lynx.

Katia and Alfonz’s rescue is a powerful reminder of the serious problems that the exotic pet industry poses for these animals.  While cute and cuddly when they are small, exotic cats quickly grow up to be powerful, dangerous and expensive pets.  As a result, many pet owners resort to inhumane management tactics such as declawing their paws and removing their teeth.  Others sell them to roadside zoos or other facilities where they are exploited for public entertainment.  As with Katia, she arrived at Chimps Inc. with all four of her paws declawed, a painful and unnecessary operation that left her with osteoarthritis and degenerative paw pads, and caused her pain for the rest of her life.

Though we miss her presence, we take comfort in knowing that we helped Katia live out the rest of her life in a safe, spacious and enriching environment.  She was a very special animal and we will never forget her.

Please consider making a donation in Katia’s memory.