So You Want a Pet Tiger? Other Ways of Having a Pet

So you want a pet Tiger? But alas, these wild animals are not really suited to being pets. However, if you really love tigers and still want one as a pet, why not adopt one in responsible way? Find out here how you can.

Many people are drawn to the allure of having an exotic pet. While exotics can be any pet other that cats, dogs, fish, and livestock, many people immediately think of exotic pets as being dangerous animals, tigers, and wolves.

My wife, B. Nelson, and I have written many articles on Pets. Some of these articles have dealt with the area of exotic pets. As such, we both, have received messages from people who would like to get some of the more extreme animals as pets, such as tigers, non-human primates, wolves, and elephants. These animals are typically ones that do not make good pets. However, if a person looks beyond the concept of an animal being a pet, being something that lives with you in your home, it is still possible to provide care for these animals.

Taking a boarder view of pet ownership and friendship can allow a person to have such a pet, in a way that actually benefits the animal. Some people think nothing of having a horse that they leave in the care of another at a boarding stable. Others sponsor a child in a distant land and view that child as their own. Why not have what I will call, in this article, a “distant pet”, by combining those two views and applying them to the adoption of an animal in a distant location. They may not have the ability to curl up on the sofa with you, however you can still show them love in the form of your support. Distant pets are a great alternative for a person who loves animals and wants to care for one, but does not have time, for an actual pet, because of their career or travels. As such adopting a “distant pet” is your best option.

Below are three organizations that allow families, or individuals, to adopt many different species with annual, monthly, or one time donations, to help with the care of the animal, or conservation of their habitat.

Warning!!!...Tiger in training...:O)) by law_keven.

PAWS( Performing Animal Welfare Society)

At Paws website you can adopt a Tiger starting at an annual donation of $150 US. Some of the tigers and other animals at PAWS are retired, or rescued, animals from the entertainment industry. Some of tigers at Paws are ones that have been rescued from people who also wanted a pet tiger and did not realize what they were getting into. Wouldn’t you rather satisfy your desire for a “pet” tiger by adopting one at Paws instead of getting one to to live in your home whom you would probably need to send to a rescue like Paws in the future anyway? The Paws staff is over thirty individuals who have experience caring for these large felines. Paws also has Elephants, Primates, Lions, and other species, that a person can adopt. When you adopt an animal at PAWS you get a biography of the animal and its photograph, along with two guest passes for open houses at one of their facilities, this means you may be able to actually go and visit the animal that you have adopted.

As an added note to the young men out there who think that having a fluffy pet tiger cub will impress the girls, you will impress more of them by having a photograph of one you adopted.

Baby Elephant Drinks by edanley.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

If you have ever dreamed of having a pet Elephant or Rhinoceros, fostering one of them through The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, may be just the ticket for you. It only takes $50.00 US, to begin fostering an orphan Elephant or Rhinoceros. You will get a profile and photo of the animal, your distant pet, maps showing where they were found. You will be sent links to the diary of your pet’s keepers, along with some other interesting items. This charity was formed in memory of Naturalist David Sheldrick, and is overseen by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick. One of the main objectives of the trust is to save orphaned Elephants and Rhinos that are released back into the wild when they are old enough. They are also concerned with the welfare of these animals in captivity.

The World Wildlife Federation

WWF has over one hundred species that can be adopted by a monthly, or annual, donation. These species include everything from the small Emerald Hummingbird, to the not so small Humpback Whale. Hummingbirds as a whole at not a suitable to the casual aviaculturist, and very few people would have the room for a pet Humpback Whale, even if they have the world’s largest bathtub. If you are originally from Michigan, as I am, you may have wanted to get a pet Wolverine to show support for U of M, as it is the school’s mascot. A Wolverine would not make a good pet, as they tend to get a bit cranky when confined. Not to worry you can still say you have a pet Wolverine by adopting one. You can do this with as little as $25.00, which is a lot less than it would cost to build a proper Wolverine enclosure in your backyard.

Let us say you are a person who collects all things to do with Hippos? Why not adopt a real one? Hippo adoption kits, also start at $25.00 and go up to $100.00. You can say that you have a pet Hippo and will have a photograph of your adopted pet to prove it. For those persons who want something to curl up with on the sofa, some of the larger WWF adoption donation packages include a plush toy version of the adopted animal.

Wolverine by scubadive67.
As you can see, by this photograph, a wolverine is not a practical pet. 

Adoptions At Local Zoos and Other Animal Adoption Services

There are many other good places that offer adoption of animals in this way. You can find them through Internet Searches. The above were only three examples and this article is not intended to recommend them over others. If you have a personal favorite you wish to share please mention it in the comments section. Additionally, many zoos have adoption programs, you can find out more by contacting your local zoo. Research which organization is the best fit for you and go with your heart when choosing one of the animals to adopt as your “distant pet”. By extending your view of what the word “pet” means to include adopted “distant pets”, it is possible have as many strange and unusual pets as you can afford, even if you do not personally have the time, knowledge, or means, to actually care for them at your home. Just imagine that the world is your sofa and curl up with an adopted “distant pet”.

Related Links

Adopt a Tiger Through Paws

Adopt an Elephant or Rhino Through The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The World Wildlife Federation’s Adoption List (Over a 100 Species)

Owning an Exotic Pet

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User Comments
  1. Ruby Hawk

    On March 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    You have a wonderful idea for those who can afford an exotic pet. They might even be able to go visit the distant pet from time to time.

  2. Butterfly Dreaming

    On March 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Adopting a distant wild animal is a great idea! Keeping exotic animals at home isn’t very wise. Many of these animals die during transit, are taken out of the wild and imported illegally. This is a great article!

  3. Brenda Nelson

    On March 2, 2010 at 12:17 am

    With so many practical pets needing homes, it is so sad that people want these difficult ones. I think in many cases its people with low self esteem looking for a pet to make them cool. However REAL animal lovers feel it is just cruel to keep certain animals as pets. Good link.
    There are so many habitats that need protecting and often wild animal adoption money goes towards this.

  4. papaleng

    On March 2, 2010 at 1:19 am

    you have stated some novel ideas but I believe it is better for these exotic animals to be left where they will truly enjoy the habitat.

  5. Cutealice

    On March 2, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Very nice post

  6. martie

    On March 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

    This is really a wonderful idea Mark. When I was younger I always wanted a pet seal or a penguin. However, I out grew the idea.

  7. Mark Gordon Brown

    On March 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Martie, WWF has both seals and penguins that can be adopted, with larger donations you even get a plush toy seal or penguin.

  8. nobert soloria bermosa

    On March 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    it’s a cool idea to have an exotic pet but i’ll contend myself with my cats and my dog

  9. BradONeill

    On March 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I had a good friend that used to volunteer at the zoo and he spent hours with his beloved tigers. He took great pride in discussing the animals with other people while he studied them for his thesis. If you are serious about an animal and demonstrate your knowledge and patience to the people at the zoo or animal park you can often get much better access to these creatures than the general public. It may mean doing things others wouldnt want to do but the rewards can be great.

  10. Kate Smedley

    On March 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    That’s an inspired idea, ideal for someone as I don’t have time to look after a pet, thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Darla Beck

    On March 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Your suggestions are great ways of adopting exotic pets. Thanks for sharing this article.

  12. catlord

    On March 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Great idea …always wanted my own elephant. ;-)

  13. standingproud

    On March 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Please leave them be..
    But in saying that may they need help at home just a wee bit, like I have always dreamed of having a large grizzly bear answer my door when a visitor rings on the bell hahaha..
    dreams are free.
    Some good points here :)

  14. MartineP

    On March 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I love tigers and that is why I do not prefer to keep one at home, except for my cats I often call mini-tigers. Great article and interesting idea. By the way: many exotic animals are prohibited in private ownership here in Belgium.

  15. deep blue

    On March 7, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Exotic pets are cool ideas so long as you got the funding and enough space to simulate their habitat. I have done my luck once caring for a retic and Burmese python. I could look forward to operate a mini zoo if I get some big win on the lottery. Nice post, Mark.

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