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Tia Torres Net Worth – $1 million

What is Tia Torres’ net worth? Is Tia Torres still married? Where is Tia Torres now?


Tia Torres is an American reality TV personality and the owner of the largest pit bull animal shelter in the US.

She gained fame after starring on the Animal Planet television series ”Pit Bulls & Parolees.”


Torres was born on June 11, 1960, in Southern California, USA.

Tia was raised by her stepmother since her mother died when she was very young.

She said in an interview about her childhood:

”I grew up as a cowgirl on a ranch and was raised by my stepmom who was a single mom. She was a cowgirl, too.”

Torres went on to say:

”So animals were a part of my life from the very beginning. In fact, I didn’t know any other part of my life except animals.”

Tia later added:

”I did the typical things kids do; I had strays of every kind of animal you could think of. I started off working with wolf and dog mixes.”

At age 17, Torres left home with numerous animals, including – a Catahoula Leopard Dog- Cougar, an Angora goat, and two Arabian horses.

Later, she enlisted in the US Army and became a truck driver.

After six years of serving in the US Army, Torres decided to leave the army.

Tia was hired as a youth gang counselor by the City of LA.

As a youth gang counselor, she has provided short-term case management services to address the youth’s unique gang intervention.

Tia Torres biography

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In the early ’90s, Torres met a pit bull named Tatanka in an animal shelter. Later, Tia adopted Tatanka.

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Then, she started the Villalobos Rescue Center, which gives shelter to pit bulls in Agua Dulce, California.

It was one of the best rescue centers in California and contained around 150 dogs.

After she was featured in an LA magazine, producers of reality shows have started to contact her. She explained:

”A well-known magazine in Los Angeles heard about my program and wrote an article about the hard yet rewarding work that we did.”

Torres continued:

”It was then that our lives took a very unexpected turn.​Production companies began contacting us about doing a reality show.”

Pit Bulls & Parolees

In 2009, Torres agreed to host Pit Bulls & Parolees due to the fact that she was running low on donations and had to cover over $25,000 in monthly expenses on dogs.

Tia Torres Net Worth

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Pit Bulls & Parolees is a reality TV series that runs on Animal Planet and shows the day-to-day operations at the Villalobos Rescue Center.

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Currently, Villalobos Rescue Center is home to over 250 dogs, and the running costs are more than $45,000 per month.

Torres works alongside her felons on parole and her kids to rescue and rehabilitate dogs with the aim of trying to get the dogs adopted.

She said that the adoption rate at Villalobos Rescue Center has gone up tremendously after Pit Bulls & Parolees was started. She confessed:

”I don’t like to get emotional, but it’s saving us right now. This program is saving us. We are drowning in dogs.”

Moving To Louisiana

In 2011, Villalobos Rescue Center relocated to Greater New Orleans in Louisiana.

She has moved the dog center out of California in order to survive financially.

The entire process took about 12 months.

On January 1, 2012, Tia relocated the last group of 30 dogs to the new shelter in Louisiana.

She said about New Orleans to My New Orleans:

”I remember those many trips to New Orleans and how, in spite of all the devastation, the people there were so incredibly friendly and welcoming.”

Tia continued:

”I particularly remember how pit bull-friendly New Orleans was.”

In another interview, Torres talked about another reason (besides money) she left California:

”People just don’t want, you know, 200 dogs living next door to them either. So it’s a compounded answer. It’s the pit bulls. It’s all the dogs.”

Torres also said:


”And a lot of times, too, you know with the parolees, they don’t want to hear anything about them.”


In 2018, she released a book titled – ”My Life Among the Underdogs: A Memoir.” It details nine amazing dogs that shaped her life.

Tia said about the book:

”Most of the stories in this book are about animals (and a few humans) that needed someone to believe in them and a purpose in order to show their true nobility.”


In 2006, Torres married Aren Marcus Jackson.

The pair were dressed as vampires during their wedding.

The couple began dating each other in the early 1980s.

During their relationship, Jackson was arrested for 11 felonies.

Aren was arrested again in September 2007.

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Tia Torres and Jackson are currently divorced. In 2018, Tia wrote on her Facebook account:

”SURPRISE! I’ve been divorced for years. I’m thinking that maybe now I need my own spin-off now…Date My Dog…if you can get past Lucky….you might have a chance.”


Torres has two daughters named Mariah Torres and Tania Torres.

Tia also adopted twin Hawaiian boys named Keli’i and Kanani.

Kanani Chock with Mariah Torres


Kanani was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in 2020.


Tia has one granddaughter (named Salem) from the marriage of her daughter Tania with her husband, Perry.

She also has two more grandchildren — Luke and and Leilana — from the marriage of her son Kanani and his wife, Mariah Thompson (M2).

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Torres is 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall.


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Tia Torres has a Pit Bull tattooed on her lower back – @Getty

In 2016, Tia broke her leg in two places and dislocated her knee after she has fallen off the back of a couch.

Tia Torres – Net Worth

So, how much is Tia Torres worth?

Torres earns most of her wealth from being the star of the reality series Pit Bulls & Parolees on Animal Planet. In 2022, Animal Planet announced that Pit Bull & Parolees will end with Season 19. The series ended in November 2022.

In addition, Tia made some money from selling her book My Life Among the Underdogs: A Memoir, especially on Amazon, where it has 4.9 out of 5 stars from 861 ratings. The book sold between 220,000 to 440,000 copies on Amazon.

Therefore, reality star Tia Torres has an estimated net worth of $1 million.


Where is Tia Torres now?

Tia Torres is currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been rescuing pit bulls and other animals since she was a child, and continues to do so today at her Villalobos Rescue Center.


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Deborah Sanders

Sunday 13th of November 2022

I LOVE all of you & your show. So sad it's the last season... Can something be figured out so we can continue watching? I have a small rescue and LEARN SO MUCH from your show!!! Oh! And Tia... You are an ANGEL 😇

Claudine Goodine

Friday 15th of October 2021

I thoroughly enjoy the show, the love and dedication is so admirable and heartwarming. I never was keen on pit bulls, probably more of a trust issue. Since watching the show I see them through kinder eyes. Keep up the great work, it’s true there are not bad dogs just bad people


Thursday 1st of July 2021

The ladies and gentleman who work and/or volunteer at villalobos are First Resonders for our four legged (sometimes 3 or 2) friends. Without their help and dedication so many fury lives would be lost. The world is a better place for Tia and her family and crew and the vets and assistants who volunteer time and lessen costs for this very need necessary shelter. I wish i could do what they do. Your whole family blood, adopted, fury friends, parolees have my respect and gratitude. "Many hands make lighter work." Thank you first responders for the fury kor not-so fury) 😊 kind. Peace and love. May you be blessed with true wealth of every kind.

Geffen Okin

Friday 18th of June 2021

Tia, Mariah, Tania, Twins K & K, Earl and Staff,

Thank you, your family, staff thank you for sharing your Dog life & Personal life through Pit Bulls & Parolees!!

I've been watching since you started on Animal Planet & back when you were in California.


Monday 14th of June 2021

Dear Tia I want to know that I love dogs. I love your show and I think the world is a better place because of you. I think the dogs thank you every day for what you do for them. Thank You.