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Tia Torres grew up in a broken home in Southern California and experienced a tumultuous childhood. She longed for a family of her own and began to take in neighbourhood dogs and stray cats at an early age. Tia was raised by her stepmother, whom she calls “mom.” The two shared a love of animals and together they struggled to keep the family, which included horses and these “gifts from Mother Nature” as her stepmother called them, united. Times were tough, both financially and physically, and her stepmother raised her and took care of a menagerie of animals all on her own. To this day, Tia equates her strength and discipline solely to the way she was raised. With no father figure in Tia’s life, her mum showed her that if you have the loyalty of an animal companion, you don’t need much else. [+]