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Tia Maria Torres was born on 11 June 1960 in Southern California, USA, and is an animal rescue specialist most famous as the founder and the owner of the animal shelter Villalobos Rescue Center. She is also a reality television personality, known for “Pit Bulls & Parolees” which began airing on the Animal Planet channel in 2009.
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this animal lover has accumulated so far? How rich Tia Maria Torres is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Tia Maria Torres’ net worth as of mid-2017 is $300,000, primarily acquired through her animal charity efforts which have been active since the late 1990s, and TV appearances.
Tia Maria Torres Net Worth $300,000
Tia Maria Torres was raised by her stepmother in a broken home in Southern California. Throughout her quite rough childhood, Tia Maria developed a fierce love for animals. By the age of 17, Tia Maria had already adopted two Arabian horses, a Catahoula Leopard Dog (or Cougar as it is often referred to), an Angora goat as well as numerous cats and dogs. When she moved out, she took all her pet friends with her.
Several years later, Tia Maria Torres joined the US Army, in which she served as a truck driver. After completing her service, she began working as a gang counselor for the City of Los Angeles. In the early 1990s Tia Maria Torres founded Villalobos Rescue Center – in Spanish ‘the house of wolves’ – as in its beginning the center was focused on rescuing wolves and wolf hybrids. Tia’s love for animals reached a new dimension in 1994 when she attended a meeting of the Los Angeles Animal Shelter. Particularly, Tia developed a love for pit bull dogs, and the Villalobos Rescue Center then became focused on rescuing stray pit bulls. Torres’ selfless efforts have saved the lives of numerous lost, abandoned and/or abused animals, and these efforts have provided a moderate basis for Tia Maria’s later net worth.
Nowadays, Villalobos Rescue Center is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, because of the expense and restrictive regulations in California, and on a daily basis it takes care of around 150 dogs with an average adoption rate of five dogs a month. It needs over 2100 lbs of dog food and around $7000 per week to operate correctly. For her outstanding efforts, Tia Maria Torres was named as one of the Most Important People of Los Angeles in 2007.
Due to the center’s high expenses, Tia Maria Torres was eventually forced to enter the reality TV business; in 2008, she was approached by production companies with the idea of making an animal reality show. In 2009 “Pit Bulls & Parolees” began airing on Animal Planet, and eight seasons of the show with over a 100 episodes have now been shown. This particular venture raised the popularity of Tia Maria , and certainly helped spread the love for animals. However, undoubtedly her efforts have also added a sum to the overall wealth of Tia Maria Torres, some would say well deserved.
When it comes to her personal life, Tia Maria Torres was in an unusual relationship from which she now has two daughters, and also adopted twin boys from Hawaii. She first met and dated Aren Marcus Jackson (AJ) in the ’80s, but sometime later he was jailed for numerous felonies. Subsequently, in 2006, after five years of a pen-pal relationship with AJ, they married after his release. This marriage brought the idea of saving not only animal lives but human’s too – Villalobos Rescue Center began employing former convicts, giving them a new chance. However, in 2010 AJ was imprisoned again, for parole violations including further felonies, and is not expected to be released from prison until 2025.
Meantime, back in New Orleans…….