I have long been a lover of animals and grown up with pets of all kinds, but predominantly dogs. One breed that I’ve always enjoyed is pit bulls. They are a misunderstood, stereotyped, and abused breed. Any animal that is abused by humans angers and sickens me and pitbulls tend to face the most abuse.
Have you heard of the TV show, “Pitbulls & Parolees?” It’s on Animal Planet and returning for it’s fifth (?) season on October 6th at 10pm (E/PST). The TV show follows the turbulent drama and bittersweet moments of Tia Torres, her family and her crew of ex-convicts as they come together to rescue and rehabilitate abused and abandoned pit bulls. They have what they call The Underdawgz Program.
We are an organization of controversial yet dedicated people who have one goal in mind: offering hope and another chance at life to those who have made mistakes along the way. This goes for our two-legged friends as well as our four-legged ones. Our rehabilitation program is a team effort by both man and dog. One could not succeed without the other. Our on-site program creates an atmosphere in which individuals mainstreaming back into society from incarceration will not be judged by their past or their “tough guy” appearance.
Our dogs don’t care what you’ve done or what you look like. Hell, most of them are in the same situation too. Our ranch environment allows both dog and man to take their time learning what life is all about all over again and to learn from the mistakes that they have made in the past. Our main focus is training and rehabilitation — no matter how long it takes! All these individuals, both human and dog, have are their hopes and dreams, and that is something no one can take from them. We are here to show them that every day is precious; every day is the chance to prove yourself and in the words of James Dean, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” Words of wisdom from yet another misunderstood outlaw.
Villalobos Rescue Center, America’s largest pit bull rescue, cares for more than 150 pit bulls in New Orleans, LA. On August 27, the effects from Hurricane Isaac displaced more than 81 dogs and destroyed their facilities. When Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans it was devastating to Villalobos’ three pit bull rescue shelters. The dogs they care for in these shelters had to evacuate to temporary safe housing. Villalobos is struggling to keep all the dogs fed, dry and out of the heat while they work every day to rescue more dogs and pets from the water. The increased level of rescues has overburdened their current supply of dog food and crates until these pets are able to return to their homes.
Before Hurricane Isaac hit, New Orleans already had a large number of pit bulls in need of homes and proper care. Now that number is growing and has expanded to all pets unable to evacuate with their owners. Until those animals are returned to their homes, Villalobos is caring for them. But without the proper supplies these dogs are subject to malnutrition and diseases, and they will continue to suffer. The Villalobos team desperately need your help to get their shelters back up and running!
I believe in rehabilitation – both man and animal. Tia Torres of Villalobos believes in it, too. It’s her way of giving back to her community. She has been through the personal pain of having her husband incarcerated, past abusive relationships, struggles with her kids, and more. She is such a strong woman and I admire her passion, strength, and tough love for ex-cons and gentle love for pitbulls, or any animal for that matter.
We can help get Villalobos back on their feet since Hurricane Isaac. Your donations will have an immediate impact on helping to feed, care for and transport the displaced pit bulls safely to Villalobos or back to their owners. It can help Villalobos provide the dogs their most basic necessities such as food and shelter. In addition, donations can be made that will help to purchase crates, blankets, towels, large fans and chain link fencing. These items are important for housing such a large number of dogs and to prevent diseases from spreading. In times of disaster even animals need a safe and secure home.
I don’t normally do this kind of thing, but I feel so strongly about the work that she does with ex-cons and pitbulls. She is one of the rare people in the world who works to make a difference regardless of the costs, both personal and financial. In my opinion, it’s those kind of people we should do whatever we can to help them succeed.
You can visit their website for more info about Villalobos and the work they do. http://www.vrcpitbull.net
Villalobos Rescue Center Hurricane Disaster Relief