The Breeders of Savannah Cat Association want the public to learn about Savannah Cats from honest breeders who are concerned about the health and welfare of every kitten we place in a home.

Our Team

Lorre Smith-Lemire Board member Savannah Cat Association

Lorre Smith-Lemire Tennessee
President

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”

Desiray Salisbury Board member Savannah Cat Association

Desiray Salisbury Arizona
Vice President

“If passion drives you, let reason hold your reigns”

Lorraine Blake Board member Savannah Cat Association

Lorraine Leclair Blake Florida
Secretary

“We are not a team because we work together.  We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other and our SV cats.”

Heather Tarticchio Administrative Manager

Heather Tarticchio
Administrative Manager

“It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not.”

Directors

Marina Psimadi Board member Savannah Cat Association

Marina Psimadi - Greece
Europe

“Yes, Greece is still in Europe.”

Patrick Kelley Board member Savannah Cat Association

Patrick Kelly Phillipines
Asia

“Once you embrace your wild side, everything else will fall into place.”

Advisory Council

Photo of Christine Avalon Board member Savannah Cat Association

Christine Avalon Ontario
Canada

“Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.”

Taking Applications
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Crystal Lowe Board member Savannah Cat Association

Crystal Lowe
Oklahoma

“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.If you love what you are doing, you will be successful”

Donna Pinillos Honorary Lifetime Advisor

Donna Pinillos
Honorary Lifetime Advisor

“What made her strong was despite the million things that hurt her, she spoke of nothing but happiness.”

Our Writers

Lorre Smith-Lemire

Lorre Smith-Lemire has been involved with Serval and Savannah cats since 1995.  A breeder since 1992, the first breed chair for the SV cat breed and TICA Judge for 7 years, she has had abundant training in genetics, health and cat structure.  Lorre wrote the first Savannah book in 2001 and issued a second edition in 2014.  Her love for animals does not stop at cats.  She lives on a farm in Tennessee with her husband, cats, horse, three dogs, not to mention all the squirrels and wild birds she feeds.

Crystal Lowe

Crystal Lowe has loved animals her entire life and enjoys all sorts of them from the mountains region of SE Oklahoma.  It wasn’t until 2014 that the magnificent Savannah breed caught her eye and a passion for breeding Savannahs was born.  Since then she strives to produce beautiful, healthy, and well-socialized Savannahs, with the help of her wonderful husband and their 4 children.  Crystal has also had experience with wildlife and has successfully completed the United States Zoological Keepers course.  She has had training in handling, diets/feeding, emergency vet care, transportation, and emergency protocols of big cats & cubs, bears, and primates..

Stacee Dallas

Stacee was born to a DNR (Fish & Wildlife) game warden. Growing up, she and her father raised and released hundreds of animals including black bear, bobcat, raccoon, owls, swans, fishers, beaver, and many, many whitetail fawns. But she was never allowed to have a cat, as her father had police dogs. The day she left for college, she stopped at the local animal shelter and adopted a cat that was with her for 18 years. She actually encountered the Savannah breed by answering a Craigslist scammer ad. Realizing it was a scam and after 6 months of research, she plugged into the SV breeding world. At first, it was with the goal of offering people a different exotic pet so that they would not purchase lions, tigers, and leopards to live in a tiny cage in their backyard. Now, years later, it is so much more. Now the goal is a well-socialized, healthy, family pet that will not only bring endless years of fun and joy to their adoptive parent, but will help the Savannah breed to be all it can be.

Desiray Salisbury

Desiray Salisbury was born to love animals, starting at the age of 6 she would spend her allowance on buying cat food for her neighborhood strays, take feral baby kittens to the vet and find them homes. Her entire life she has volunteered for animal rescues fostering abandoned litters. Once Desiray laid eyes on
the Savannah breed she knew she had to have one as a pet. Her first one is why she started to breed. Desiray wanted to raise healthy socialized Savannahs for other families to enjoy as much as she has.