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SAN DIEGO — After reading about two tigers that were on the verge of being abandoned following a Texas couple’s divorce in 2002, Loraine Wiser was moved to help a California shelter that rescues abused and neglected lions and other big cats.

Wiser, who serves as chief financial officer of CUSO Financial Services LP, has been a volunteer with Lions, Tigers and Bears (www.lionstigersandbears.org) for the past few years. The rescue facility provides a safe haven for abused and unwanted exotic cats. It is estimated that about 10,000 exotic cats are living in captivity in the United States, amassing a $17 billion a year industry, according to the charity organization.

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