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.
Jun 13, 2012

Dogs with Heartworm being Dumped at our new Kennel

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.

Feb 13, 2012

Major Changes for Villalobos Rescue Center, Inc.

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.

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Oct 13, 2011

Kern County Pit Bull Project

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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