Despite us not getting anywhere near the amount we needed to raise for our spay and neuter mobile veterinary hospital, we got such a better and more realistic idea of just what it would take to run a mobile clinic.
The $100,000 pre-owned vehicle would be the tip of the iceberg as far as the expenses are concerned. The $100,000 we were trying to raise for this altruistic project would have been just a drop in the bucket in the sea that it costs to run a clinic such as the one we wanted.
The equipment alone would have probably been another $100,000.
We did manage to get a lot of pit bulls and mixes spayed and neutered in an area of the state of California which at the time we were offering this service had very few resources for low cost spay and neuter.
Given the fact that Tia and all her crew were pretty much forced to move out of the state, this original project had to be slightly changed because she was not going to remain in California due to the difficult process of obtaining a kennel license for 200 rescued dogs and running a parolee program at the same time.
The end result of this project is that we learned a lot from this process which will leave us better equipped to possibly start a low cost veterinary clinic someday. The population where Tia and the crew live now are a poor and low income people who love their pets, but can't afford to treat their pets with proper veterinary care.
Since Tia and her crew have all moved to New Orleans with a very small second location in New Mexico for the old dogs and the unadoptable dogs that have too many issues, people have been dumping dogs at the new kennel like mad.
It is very sad because most of the abandoned dogs that are arriving at our front door are heartworm positive. That requires a lot more money to treat these dogs.
Within a period of 30 days, 40 dogs were dumped. We cannot place dogs that fast and it takes a lot of resources to be able to house and care for this many dogs.
Since we have moved to New Orleans, it takes more people to clean the kennels due to the switch from pea gravel to concrete. It now takes fifteen people at our kennel to clean the kennels properly. Not only is it expensive to have this many people helping, but it’s also time consuming.
Tia is currently filming Season 4 and it will be airing in Fall, 2012, probably late October like last year. Our new kennel is now open to the public during regular business hours without an appointment from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays. The address and other information are on our website http://vrcpitbull.com.
Villalobos has made major changes in the way we are operating our rescue.
Almost all our entire rescue group, which includes nearly 200 dogs, miscellaneous animals, and most of the parolees (who were legally able to leave California) have all moved to New Orleans Louisiana.
This was after countless hours of looking for a location which was both affordable and had air conditioning, Tia located two locations (one building is the size of a football field and is 33,000 sf.) to safely house the dogs. She had to apply for, and was granted the required licenses to run the dog rescue inside the City of New Orleans.
Our second new location is located in New Mexico where the unadoptable and old dogs who can’t get a home for one reason or another are kept on a huge ranch. Our former parolee, Mando and his lovely wife, Ruby reside there and manage this location.
These moves have cost the rescue a lot of money, not to mention time, in order to complete these moves as it involved dozens of cross-country trips to New Orleans. These trips started last summer moving the dogs -- a few at a time. But, before the dogs could be moved, the equipment had to be moved in advance because the option of buying new kennels and dog runs was way too expensive due to the cost of steel.
Multiple trips transporting 10 to 15 dogs per trip across the country to New Orleans involved stopping every few hours to allow the dogs to relieve themselves, and have food and water.
During several of these trips, our vehicle would break down, despite checking before each trip to make sure the vehicles were mechanically sound to go on the trips. We didn't count on the brutality of the hot summer and how it would take its toll on our older vehicles.
At one point, Jake had to leave our school bus by on the shoulder of Interstate 10 outside of Phoenix Arizona. Tia had to rent a U-Haul to put the equipment in to bring back to California on his way from New Orleans. We were grateful on this hot day that Jake was returning on his trip delivering dogs and there were only two personal dogs with Jake and the other people on the trip. Thankfully, Mando was on his way to California from New Mexico and was able to make a detour to help Jake and the other volunteers who were on the trip.
The trips were well-worth the effort and the rescue group is very much needed in the South gulf states.
We continue to share a dream that everyone who wants to have their pets spayed or neutered can get the surgery, regardless if they can afford it or not.
But, for this project, we continue to chase the dream of having our own spay and neuter mobile unit on wheels to be able to spay and neuter the California pit bulls and pit bull mixes whose owners want to have the surgery.
We have done about 170 surgeries so far since we started our program. Our program is free to anyone who lives in Kern County and has a healthy pit bull or pit bull mix.
Thank you for supporting our program and helping us keep the program running.
Villalobos Rescue Center, Inc. through the generous help from the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation continues to help Kern County pets.
The Compassion Revolution, part of Jason Dubus Heigl Foundation, was formed to directly address the pet population crisis. Compassion Revolution helps Kern County, California pit bulls and pit bull mixes by paying the cost of their spay or neuter surgeries.
Since sponsoring approximately four to five monthly mobile spay neuter events in late 2010 and early 2011, about 150 pit bulls and pit bull mixes have been spayed and neutered.
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