Reference for Pitbulls and Parolees

Pitbulls and Parolees is a series that you are able to watch on Animal Planet. This series try to combat misconceptions about pit bulls, a category of related and oft-stigmatized dog breeds.

On October 30, 2009, this show debuted and it features the Villalobos Rescue Center which was originally located in Agua Dulce, California. Currently, the organization has relocated to the Greater New Orleans area in Louisiana.

In the United States, this is the biggest pit bull animal shelter. Tia Torres is the founder of this organization. She appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on September 24, 2014. Then, she said that her organizations has almost 400 dogs and it increased viewership has resulted in ‘four times’ as many dogs being directed to her organization. If you have never watched this show, you are probably curious about this show.

This show portrays the day to day operations at the Villalobos Rescue Center and their effort to have rescues of neglected, abused, and abandoned dogs adopted. The founder of the center, Tia Maria Torres, agreed to be on the show to be able to assist part of Villalobos then-$25,000 each month bills. Then, since she moves the whole rescue group which include all the dogs, parolees who wished to go, and her family to New Orleans, the expenses have tripled. Now, the bills are $80,000 each month.

The primary focus of the show is the interaction between Tia, the dogs, her daughters namely Tania and Mariah, her adopted twin sons namely Kanani and Keli’i and the eponymous parolees as well who work for her during training duties, daily care and pit bull rescue missions. Tia, as the owner of rescue stated in the show that her mission is to rescue. Then, she also added that her expectation is that one day she will not have to.

In 2011, Torres has had a plan to be able to move Villalobos to a small town named Tehachapi, California. The  place seems ideal for VCP to relocate with overabundance of Pitbulls in Kern County and a prison facility in town. Since the rule kennel permits which are strict and expensive in Los Angeles County, on November 13, 2011, the rescue declared that they would be moving the facility out of California. On January 1, 2012, Tia Torres arrived with the last group of dogs it makes the state of Louisiana their one and only permanent location. Currently, the new rescue and adoption facility is in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.

As another reference besides this site, you are also able to read another article in IMDb. Alternatively, you are able to visit the website of Villalobos Rescue Center at In this site, you are able to donate, add wish list, sponsor a dog, and many others. So, just visit the site now if you are curious. You are also able to contact them if it is necessary and you are able to see the contact in the Contact Us menu in the website.

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