But she's not alone. Each year, countless animals like Jake suffer in backyards and questionable zoos across the country, often being kept illegally or with minimal government oversight. For example, there are more tigers in backyards and roadside zoos across the U.S. then there are in the wild in the entire world. In some ways, Jake's one of the lucky ones because she escaped.
If you'd like to support Jake's future, you can make a donation to Octagon here. To help former exotic pets like Jake, you can also make a donation to the Wild Animal Sanctuary, which provides a home to abused and abandoned animals.
UPDATE: The Dodo spoke with Hawn, who asked that we share a video he made about Jake (relevant part begins at 2:30). He said that he was unhappy with how the Miami New Times portrayed him, and that Jake was treated well in his care. "When I first brought him to the zoological wildlife foundation the FDA inspector said jake was the healthiest and happiest most tame and calm hyena she had ever seen," Hawn said in an email. "The love that has been captured on film that is undeniable present."