An animal enthusiast, Tia Torres found fame for doing what she loves best. Once a young girl from a broken home who was desperately in search of true love, Torres has since metamorphosed into a successful businesswoman and reality TV star. Today, she is renowned for running one of the biggest dog shelters in the country. Like man’s best friend, Tia has seemingly learned some virtues from her pets and has shown remarkable loyalty in her marriage. Find out lesser-known facts about the Pit Bulls & Parolees star.
Who is Tia Torres?
Tia Maria Torres was welcomed into the world on June 11, 1960. Details regarding her birthplace have not been disclosed but she was raised in a broken home in Southern California by her stepmother. Besides the fact that Torres had a troubled childhood, nothing else is known about her biological parents and the circumstances surrounding their marriage.
Tia’s love for animals stemmed from the deep longing to have a loving family while growing up. Thus as a young girl, she found succor in catering for stray animals. Thankfully, her stepmom was also an animal lover and supported her new ‘family recruitment’. Though Tia grew up without a father figure in her life, she credits her stepmother for instilling the required virtues in her.
There is no record of Tia Torres’ educational background and it is uncertain if she had the conventional basic education. With a mindset to dedicate her life to helping vulnerable animals, Torres decided to leave home as a teenager in the company of her new animal family consisting of dogs, goats, and horses, among others.
But thereafter, life for Tia and her pets did not go as expected. On the contrary, it was far from the dream adventure as they mostly struggled to make ends meet. She later joined the US Army where she worked as a truck driver. After her stint with the military, she channeled her focus to also helping troubled people including parolees and worked as a counselor in Los Angeles.
Tia Torres’ passion for animals was reignited again after she encountered and fell head over heels in love with a female pit bull at an animal shelter. She did not hesitate to adopt the adorable canine called Tatanka. It was Tatanka that inspired Tia Torres to eventually establish the Villalobos Rescue Center which is today renowned as the largest pit bull animal shelter in the country. The rescue facility was initially opened in California and became popular in 1999 following a merger with the LA City Animal Services to form The Pit Bull Support Group which provided a range of cognate dog services.
It was during this time that Tia Torres caught the attention of reality TV producers. Although she originally turned down several offers from different production companies, Torres later accepted that of the popular Pit Bulls & Parolee show. Animal Planet fans may recognize her from the 2009 reality television series. It was thereafter that Tia relocated the rescue center to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Family: Husband – Aren Marcus Jackson
Tia Maria Torres is married to her longtime heartthrob Aren Marcus Jackson. There is a dearth of information about their romance from the outset but the couple’s love story dates way back to the early 1980s. Despite long jail sentences, Tia Torres and Aren Jackson’s wild romance has survived over the years. The couple courted for years until Aren was arrested and jailed. A loyal lover, Tia remained with Aren until his release in 2006 and they quickly exchanged marital vows that same year. However, barely a year after, Torres’ husband was arrested again for violating his parole. Even behind bars, love has seemingly conquered for the couple.
Tia Torres is a doting mother of four children. Her biological children are Maria and Tania whom she had with different men while her twin sons Kanani and Keli’l were adopted from Hawaii. Like their mother, Tia Torres’ children have followed in her footsteps. They are not only animal lovers but also became popular TV stars at a young age following their stint on the Pit Bulls & Parolees series.
While Mariah and Tania are in charge of their New Orleans-based family business called Tahyo Tavern which their mom Tia started, the twins are avid motorcyclists and talented artists. However, all of Tia’s four children are involved in and support Tia’s shelter home and all their family businesses in general.
Other Facts About Tia Torres
1. The Pit Bulls and Parolees star has impressive physical features. The red-haired Tia towers at a height of 6 feet 1 inch. However, her weight and other body measurements have not been disclosed.
2. Tia Torres’ exact salary has not been disclosed but she has amassed a decent fortune from her numerous endeavors. She has a net worth that is currently pegged at $300,000.
3. Torres has an active social media life. While she may not be present on all popular social networking platforms, she has a strong fanbase on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.