There are numerous animal lovers all around the world, but only some of them have done something to improve the lives of those animals, and Tia Torres is one of them. She runs a pit bull rescue center, named Villalobos Rescue Center, with headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana, the biggest pit bull rescue center in the US. She became extremely popular when she became the subject of the reality show on Animal Planet “Pit Bulls & Parolees” in 2009. Do you want to know more about Tia Torres, from her childhood to most recent career endeavors, and personal life as well? If yes, then stay with us for a while as we are about to bring you closer to one of the most dedicated animal rescuers in the USA, Tia Torres.
Tia Torres Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education
Tia was born on 11 June 1960, in southern Californian, and was raised mostly by her father and step-mother, who was quite harsh towards her. She spoke of her father with love and said that he was always on her side, while her step-mother was the one who sought discipline from Tia. She fell in love with animals in her early childhood, and nurtured her love towards four-legged friends. She started with horses, but soon added dogs, stray cats and other animals into her circle. When it comes to her education, Tia hasn’t disclosed this information to the media.
Gang Member and Army Service
However, Tia’s life changed when she was in her early twenties as she became a part of an unnamed suit-wearing gang, and was involved in a number of dangerous situations, even fleeing from gunfights. Luckily, she managed to leave this part of life behind her, and join the US Army as a truck driver, spending the next six years in the service.
After realizing that with her past experience she could help young people, Tia joined a youth-counseling program in Los Angeles, and it was during these years that she also became aware of the stray dog problems in large cities. She visited a Los Angeles Animal Shelter and during this visit fell in love with a pit bull dog named Tatanka, who didn’t stop playing with Tia’s children. The Torres family adopted the dog and this led to the creation of the Villalobos Rescue Center.
Focused on stray and abused pit bulls, her rescue center grew quickly, and she was forced to expand her business. With over 200 pit bulls, and several other animals, such as wild cats, she was forced to hire people to help her, and chose parolees and supposed gangsters who were under police surveillance.
Rise to Prominence
However, Tia was rapidly exhausting funds needed to keep her rescue shelter running; luckily, she was approached by the Animal Planet Channel which offered to showcase her daily activities in reality TV show, and so help her with funding. Tia accepted the offer and “Pit Bulls & Parolees” premiered on the 30th October 2009, and most recently finished airing its ninth season, with a tenth season scheduled for early 2019. Since the first episode, Tia has become a national star and loved by millions of fans who follow every episode of the highly acclaimed show.
She struggled to make the animal shelter active, but recently has moved to a much larger premises in Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, from her previous location in Agua Dulce, California. She has also spread her shelter operation to other smaller locations throughout the New Orleans area, and has since become the largest pit bull animal shelter.
Tia Torres Net Worth
Though she has gone through some rough times in the past, Tia is now living a better life, dedicated to helping animals, which is her true passion. She struggled to make ends meet in the beginning, but in recent years her net worth has soared as she became a famous television personality. So, have you ever wondered how rich Tia Torres is, as of late 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Torres net worth is as high as $300,000, although a large amount of the money that she earns, Tia donates to philanthropic organizations.
Tia Torres Personal Life, Husband Aren Marcus Jackson, Children, Marriage
When it comes to her personal life, Tia hasn’t been quite open about it, though we have managed to discover some interesting facts about her. Tia has been married to Aren Marcus Jackson since 2006, with whom she has two daughters, Maria and Tania, and the pair have also adopted Hawaiian twins, Kanani and Keli’l. Tia and Aren started their relationship in the ‘80s, but he spent years in prison after being convicted on several charges, including second-degree burglary of a vehicle, grand theft, and others. He was released in 2006 and the two married, but he was soon arrested again on similar offences, and is apparently still behind bars, serving a 15-year sentence.
Tia Torres Internet Fame
Over the years, Tia has become quite popular on social media platforms, especially Facebook and Instagram. Her official Facebook page has over 815,000 followers, with whom she has shared pictures from her rescue shelter, among many other posts. You can find her on Instagram too, on which she has over 84,000 fans, and on which she shares pictures of dogs from the Villalobos Animal Shelter, such as this one cute pit bull puppy.
So, if you aren’t already a fan of Tia Torres, then this is a perfect opportunity for you to become one, just skip over to her official pages.