About Save our Savannahs

Want to submit a photo for ‘Save Our Savannahs’? We are looking for wonderful photos exhibiting the Savannah personality- particularly when interacting with kids, other pets, and other people! Email allearzsavannahs@gmail.com!

The term ‘Save Our Savannahs’ was initially created as a tongue-in-cheek response to the ongoing hybrid bans that keep hitting different parts of the United States, snuck in with the exotic pet bans that are continuously introduced as pending legislation… Unfortunately, after viewing the bigger picture, perhaps the term ‘Save Our Savannahs’ isn’t as tongue in cheek as one might assume… There are a lot of states that do not permit ownership of Savannahs at all levels and there are also some states that do not permit Savannah ownership at all- even at the show level! For example- they are illegal in Georgia and Hawaii and in New York state, only F5s and below are permitted into the state.

Please view this pertinent article about Savannah cat ownership:

These States Today- Your State Tomorrow

As owners of Savannahs- from the first generation down to the F7/F8 generations, we are proud of our cats. While they may share an exotic heritage from the wonderful African Serval- they are not wild cats. They are intelligent, funny, amazing, gorgeous cats- but they do not belong in a cage or behind glass walls. They are an integral part of thousands of families throughout the world and the Savannah popularity continues to grow.

Save Our Savannahs is not a political page. As much as we could easily rant and rave about the current situation, we have decided to limit all political talk to simply keeping readers up-to-date on pending legislation when we hear about it. Instead, we have chosen SoS to stand for itself as a photo and video essay blog. Look at the photos, view the videos and decide for yourself- are Savannahs family pets? Should this breed be banned in any state within this country that prides itself upon our members’ freedom? Or should Savannahs be free to be owned everywhere? Take a moment to look through our photos and our videos- and you decide!

If you would like to meet a Savannah in person, please visit the TICA show calendar and arrange a visit to a TICA show near you!


14 thoughts on “About Save our Savannahs

  1. At best, this Ban the Savannah- trend is misguided, at worst it is animal rights extremism, the same groups that oppose any use of animals and would rather kill humans than keep pets.

  2. I don’t know much about Savannah, so you can make anything you want out of this post. I do know something about “dangerous dog breeds”. I have two chowschows. They share my home with two terriers and four cats. Some years ago, I rented a house with someone who had a pit bull. I had a cat at that time. No problem there. Dog owners are the problem with dogs. As far as cats go, the most dangerous cat I have in the house is my son’s mean Maine coon cat. It has bitten everyone at some time. Why? Because the cat was rescued after Hurricane Katrina and did not get to be properly raised in its litter. It did not learn bite inhibition for its siblings. Cats and dogs require proper rearing. Now I would only own a Savannah if it were a rescue, as are my current pets. As far as the availability of pure bred animals as rescues, over the years, I have had many rescue Siamese cats, a Himalayan, Persian and my two chows. I may have had a Russian Blue. The real problem is that many people do not understand and are not committed to the requirements of keeping a pet.

    • You will find nothing if you try to research any ‘Savanah attacks’- unless they are comments made in jest. Such as comments I tend to make about my Savannah attacking a stuff animal or a piece of sausage off of my plate 🙂 The issue with dangerous dog breeds- you are right- is that there are people owning them who should not own any dogs (or cats or parakeets or…) In regard to Savannah cats, however, they are like any other cat- if they are not properly socialized, they do not turn vicious- they would turn shy and elusive. I’m assuming your Maine Coon doesn’t chase you down and go out of his way to bite you? And there is nothing wrong with owning a rescue 🙂 We did rescue for well over 10 years of every kind of cat under the sun- from ferals to newborns to oldies, but goodies. And we still participate in rescue, but we have concentrated on breed rescue and work with our national Savannah Cat Rescue when it comes to that.

      Thanks for the post, Geo! It was nice meeting you!

  3. I have a 35 pound male F2B. The only thing he’s ever attacked are ears of boiled corn and cucumbers. He loves to chew on corn on the cob and cucumbers! He’s best friends with the domestic cats we have and with our 2-year-old grandson. He shares our home completely, does tricks for treats, never sprays or “messes” anywhere but his litter-box, and is generally a joy to be around. (As far as cats go, he doesn’t shed much, either.) He is very shy around people he doesn’t know, but he warms up pretty quickly. Of course, he’s strictly a house cat. I’m sure that if he ever got outside he’d be overwhelmed and scared, and he might get confused and lost.

    • We absolutely agree- Savannahs are wonderful family pets and great cats. They are not, however, wild beasties that should be banned- anywhere!

  4. We have a baby savannah that loves our 3 dogs 2 chikdren and doz grandchildren he even sleeps on top of the bird cage and the fish tank never hurting them or the children he even sleeps with my 7 year old daughter. He crys when we leave him he sleeps with the dogs ( even the one dog in our house who hates people and bites love the cat and the cat loves him)

  5. My fave posts are the Savannahs with children…such an amazing breed. I’d love to submit some of my own photos as well

  6. hi , I don’t own a savannah but would love to, I live in upstate ny, where only f5 or greater is legal. I would like to own a f2 or f1 , is there any group that is fighting to change the laws in nys. yzbuyz@hotmail.com would love to hear from anyone who can help

    • Unfortunately, at this moment, I don’t think there is a united effort to fight the current laws in NY. However, if you really want an F1/F2, all it takes is one person to light a fire and a movement can be created 🙂

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