Big Cats Should NEVER Be Pets; Tree House Humane Society Celebrates 50 Years and New Vet Clinic


U.S. Representative Mike Quigley

Listen HERE to my conversation on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio with Congressman Mike Quigley about the Big Cat Safety Act.

This topic is even more in the news now, following the release of an adolescent tiger in a Houston neighborhood. Quigley agrees, it’s only pure luck that this event wasn’t a tragedy. And  68 cats were confiscated by the U.S. Department of Justice from the from Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe’s Tiger King Park in OK.

Roadside zoos should no longer have big cats. In my view roadside zoos should be outlawed all together

Here’s a crazy trivia question but true: Where are there more tigers than anywhere else on the planet? The answer is Texas.

All six tiger subspecies are endangered or critically endangered. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are about 3,900 tigers in the wild.  According to, there are as many as 5,000 tigers in Texas alone, that not to mention another thousand or so kept in other states. These are not tigers in accredited zoos; these are tigers being kept at roadside zoos (such those seen in The Tiger King Netflix series) or kept as “pets.”

Tree House Humane Society

It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken with anyone on the radio or interviewed anyone for this blog from Tree House Humane Society. Listen HERE to my wide-ranging conversation with Tree House Executive Director Raissa Allaire. Tree House is celebrating 50 years, which itself is incredible and wonderful – saving currently about a thousand cats a year.

We chat about how Tree House received tons of recent national attention lately for their long-standing Cats at Work program, utilizing outdoor community cats to help to control rats. It’s a program that has been replicated by other shelters/cities around the world.

And there’s the new low cost veterinary clinic which offers a variety of service, which Allaire explains.