Villalobos Rescue Center, best known through its hit TV reality series on Animal Planet, “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” announced today that it would stop all animal intakes, effective immediately. Lack of space and financial woes are the cause. The announcement came thins morning on the Villalobos Rescue Center Facebook fan page.
Back in the ‘90’s, Tia Torres opened Villalobos as a rescue/refuge for wolves in California. But in 1999 Villalobos teamed up with Los Angeles Animal Service to start the Pit Bull Support Group and saving Pit Bulls became the focus of the organization.
After almost two decades of operation in Los Angeles County, California, stricter ordinances in the county, and a pull to do more to save Pit Bulls, Villalobos moved its operation to New Orleans, LA. It is there they felt they could do the most good after having assisted in many rescues and seeing the devastation during Hurricane Katrina.
In August of 2012, after a year of planning, Villalobos moved and set up shop in the 9th ward; the heart of New Orleans. They found an old abandoned warehouse, rehabbed it, and opened their doors to the stray, abandoned, sick, abused, and starving Pit Bulls of the Big Easy.
With an average population of 150 dogs and adoption rates at about five per month, Villalobos has found the battle never ending and both physically and financially overwhelming. Day after day they find dogs tied to their fence, constant calls and emails from people begging them to take on dogs, dogs found abandoned in empty lots where homes once stood, and the list goes on and on. They want to help everyone but reality makes it impossible.
Working with limited space, a $1000 dollar a day operational expense, going through at least 2,100 pounds of dog food per week, and vet bills in the triple digits, the rescue needs our help. Even with a hit TV series they’ve found it impossible to take on any more dogs.
In today’s announcement on Facebook, the rescue says it intends to procure an additional location in the future, but until money can be raised to do so, it’s a waiting game.
“As always we will keep putting one foot in front of the other and trudge on. When we moved here to Louisiana, we were prepared for battle, we just weren't ready for the war.” (Statement from Villalobos’ Facebook page)
Villalobos is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization that focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of Pit Bulls. Their hard work and determination to save this breed has been second to none and now they need our help more than ever.
Click here to make a (secure) online donation to help get Villalobos through this tough time and to insure their continued ability to save one of America’s most misunderstood breeds, the Pit Bull. Checks may be mailed to Villalobos Rescue Center, P.O. Box 771127, New Orleans, LA. 70177
Links related to Villalobos:
Official Villalobos Rescue Center website: http://www.vrcpitbull.com/
Adopt a dog: http://bit.ly/VRC_Adopt
Donate with Amazon: http://bit.ly/Amazon_VRC
Donate with Amazon Smile: http://amzn.com/w/18DDE7PX199U9
Donate with PetFlow: http://bit.ly/PetFlow_Wish
Official Villalobos Merchandise: http://www.merchmethod.com/lapit
Animal Planet show info: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/pitbulls-and-parolees/
Official Facebook Fan page http://www.facebook.com/PitBullsandParolees