As of 2015, it is not certain which high school Tia Maria Torres attended. When she was 17, she left her home and moved from place to place with an entourage of pets.
Tia Torres was born and raised in a broken home in Southern California. She experienced a relatively tumultuous childhood, and she wanted to have a family of her own. She began to take in and care for local stray dogs and cats at an early age. She shared a love of animals with her stepmother, who tried to raise her as best as she could despite physical and financial difficulties.