Located in the beautiful coastal area of Central California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco Bishop's Bengals is a small selective cattery that aims to only breed the best of the Bengal Breed.
Founder Karen Waugaman has been raising Bengal cats since 1996.
Specializing in leopard spotted Bengals Karen has brought 20 years of her expertise to the breed insuring her lines and cats compete with the best to Bishops Bengals.
Over the past 5 years Karen has been mentoring her assistant, Tara Warren, to insure that her constant commitment to the excellence of breeding the Bengal Cat carries on and is excited to see its continued growth with Tara and Travis and family taking the helm and carrying on the Bishops Bengals name.
We have always carefully and will continue to select our cats from the top bloodlines available.
Our kittens are loved and socialized and raised with individualized attention in our home.
Bishops Bengals thrives on making sure their kittens are raised with love and tender care. Health and disposition are of utmost importance. Bishops Bengals small and select group of breeding cats rival any in the world.
Tara has always held animals close to her heart and considers her animals family, not pets. Tara’s love for showing and raising animals became apparent as early as 4 years old starting out as a mini member in 4-H and FFA in which she continued to be an active member for 18 years and a leader for 11 years here in San Luis Obispo County. Tara’s passion and love for animals showed through in her dedication and commitment to her projects, gaining her many local, regional and international championship titles throughout her years of showing and livestock judging in 4-H and FFA along with the Open show circuit. Tara raised and showed a wide variety of animals including, rabbits, goats, dogs, sheep, hogs, cattle and horses.
Tara worked as a veterinarian technician and surgical assistant for 11 years, where she was able to pour her want to help animals into her daily routine. Tara also joined family on their 2,000 head hog ranch were she was involved in the care and breeding of show pigs. Through those years Tara was able to gain valuable skills and to this day keeps those skills close and values them greatly to be at her side when managing Bishops Bengals.
Tara’s want to be involved more with animals and agriculture led her to gain her Agricultural Business Degree from California Polytechnic State University, where she not only studied Ag Business, but completed her vet skills curriculum to enable her the choice to go on to Vet school and minored in viticulture. Tara also saw the need to be an advocate for animals in this time and learned the great importance of insuring the proper care and management of all animals and that it is their duty as participates in the Agricultural world to uphold it and others to the highest standard. That includes breeders and Tara would not except anything less than the best for all Bishops Bengals Cats or any animal.
Through the last 5 years Tara has had the honor of being mentored by Karen Waugaman in the breeding and care of Bishops Bengals. Through this time Karen has been gracious enough to guide Tara and hold Tara up to learning the high expectations of breeding quality Bengal Cats and to prioritize the continued care and improvement of the Bengal breed. Tara has made it her mission to insure the continued quality in Karen’s legacy and feels beyond blessed and excited to be able to continue on what Karen has built to be one of the most outstanding collections of top of the line Bengals Cats world wide.
Tara currently resides in San Luis Obispo county with Travis Warren where they have been blessed to combine two of their greatest loves animals and music.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” Confucius
About Founder Karen Waugaman
Animals have always been instilled in the heart of Karen, her love for animals showed through from a very young age, whether it was helping her grandfather during the summer on his cattle ranch or assisting the vet Karen was ready to give her all to anything with four legs. Karen started taking riding lessons at the age of 5, and continued to pursue her passion for horses through high school and college successfully showing hunters and jumpers. Karen then expanded her love for horses again into a full time position in which she managed a horse ranch with over 50 head of stunning Arabian Horses.
With a background in animal health from Cal Poly University Karen led their team doing Artificial insemination, foaling, and routine vet care.
Karen exposing her want to be able to help all that she can in the welfare of animals also worked at an Animal Rescue, working with injured and abandoned wildlife. Baby possums, birds, and even skunks have been successfully raised under Karen's care.
Karen has successfully bred and raised Chameleons, most types of birds, including everything from Gouldian Finches, to many species of the nectar eating Lories from Australia, Persian cats, Schipperke dogs, Whippets, Jack Russell Terriers, and Mini Dachshunds.
All Karen's experience led up to giving her the knowledge to focus in on her biggest love, BENGAL CATS. Where her main goal was producing excellence in her breeding program and kittens, provide a top of the line facility and share her knowledge of the Bengal Cat to her clientele.
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
About Tara Warren