Villalobos Rescue Center

Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate those that need a second chance without worry of being prejudged. We lean heavy on the "don't judge a book by its cover" motto and in doing so pair the most controversial dog and controversial man together with the hopes of teaching each other compassion, trust and hope for a new life.
May 5, 2014

Heartworm Continues to Plague Dogs

When our rescue moved to our new location two and a half years to Louisiana we had no idea one of our BIGGEST expenses would be heartworm treatment. Where we are originally from in Southern California, heartworm was not a big problem yet, although we hear it is becoming a problem there as well. We are spending more money than ever on heartworm medication and treatment, but there aren't a lot of options because if we don't, the dogs will die a lengthy and painful death.

People don't realize how expensive it is to have a dog with heartworm. It can cost over a thousand dollars to treat a heartworm positive dog. Almost all the dogs we rescue have heartworm disease and need treatment.

In one of the rare occasions when we have a dog that is heartworm negative (the vet has to do a test on each dog) we are able to put the dog on a very simple heartworm preventative regimen.

The treatment protocol is time consuming and very expensive. Each dog has to remain calm during the process of the treatment which takes several months.

It's for that reason that we are keeping a separate kennel building JUST for the dogs (nearly all we rescue have this problem) who have heartworm disease. These are dogs who already have been bit by a mosquito that carries heartworm. That's how the dogs get the disease. It's not a communicable disease amongst humans and/or dogs, but rather a mosquito that carries the virus bites a dog.

Given the humidity and the vast amounts of water and swamps in Louisiana, our new favorite state is a huge breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Please help us continue to help the many worthy dogs in our new state.

Jan 3, 2014

Heartworm Positive Dogs Continue to Pour In

We continue to have dogs who need help with the deadly disease dumped on us, or found by employees and some are even brought in by good samaritans.

Vet bills, in addition to rent for our eight locations of the main kennel and other buildings we rent/lease to house the animals continue to be out of control.

The heartbreaking stories of dogs we can't help overwhelm our staff members, but we keep on plugging on along knowing the ones that we can help, are helped with a quality pet food, medical care, love and warmth.

Please consider helping make a dent in our vet bill specifically in regard to the cost-prohibitive heartworm treatment for heartworm positive dogs which is astronomical.

Mar 5, 2013

Dogs needing vet care, spay/neuter NEVER ends

The amount of people who continue to ask for veterinary care, spay and neuter for their dogs is never ending. We continue to help as we can afford to do so.

Inasmuch as this is a good thing that people are asking, it's very frustrating when we don't have the money to help them.

It is actually heartbreaking to know someone WANTS to help their dog to get veterinary care or to stop breeding, but can't afford it. Many of these people who contact us have dogs who have had MULTIPLE litters.

Spay and neuter for Pit Bulls and mixes which most will end up dead or being abused for fighting is so important and proactive.

People write to us after their dogs have had litter after litter and want us to take the puppies. We are getting so many calls and e-mails from people not wanting to keep whole litters of puppies with no way of feeding them or caring for them, much less spay or neuter.

We continue to try to help locally in our new area, but we would really love to be able to help on a more national level. Because there are so few resources available in the southern states, we focus on the areas of Louisiana that have no help and very little hope.

Thank you for reading.

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