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.