Pat was the co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society(PAWS). She died on February 15, 2013. Pat’s indomitable spirit and passionate drive continue to guide the organization in everything they do today, from animal care to advocacy. Her PAWS co-founder, Ed Stewart, continues to lead and build the organization, so that wild animals used in entertainment have a true advocate and a place of safety and sanctuary.
Once a famous exotic animal trainer in Hollywood, Pat wrote her tell-all book, “The Lady and Her Tiger”, which exposed the dark side of animal training in the entertainment industry. In her memoir, she described a near-mystical affinity with them: “I was born in love with all elephants. Not for a reason that I know. Not because of any of their individual qualities — wisdom, kindness, power, grace, patience, loyalty — but for what they are altogether. For their entire elephantness.”