PAWS approaches 25th year

PAWS co-founder Pat Derby oversees three sanctuaries for former performing animals.
PAWS co-founder Pat Derby oversees three sanctuaries for former performing animals.

2008-03-06 - Galt, United States , LACEY PETERSON

"I have no Jelly Bellys, I'm so sorry Minn..." Pat Derby said as she nuzzled the 9,500 pound Asian elephant, Minnie. Elephants love Jelly Bellys. That is just one of the million things Pat Derby knows about elephants — things she learned solely from experience. Derby, 65, is the founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which has three sanctuaries — 30 acres in Galt, 100 acres (The Amanda Blake Wildlife Refuge) in Herald, Sacramento County, and 2,300 acres (ARK 2000) in San Andreas.

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