1. Villalobos Rescue Center(VRC) first began as a wolf/wolf hybrid rescue in the 90’s back in California… long before there was a TV show.
2. Tia Torres was the contracted dog trainer for the City of Los Angeles Animal Services for 11 years.
3. VRC began employing parolees in 2006.
4. VRC relocated to Louisiana in 2011 due to economic reasons and major changes in state laws making it nearly impossible to function as a non-profit business.
5. Now in Louisiana, VRC has a location in the city of New Orleans and in the rural/country environment of Assumption Parish (an hour and a half outside of New Orleans).
6 Due to the overwhelming need to help other dogs, VRC has now become an all breed rescue with the main focus still being on Pit Bulls.
7. Now that we are in the South, we have to deal with the heartworm disease. This means that 99% of the dogs we take in, enter our facility with this pre-existing condition. It not only takes three to six months to cure, but costs up to $500 per dog.
8. Our yearly vet bill is almost half a million dollars. That’s… $500,000.00
9. The cost per day to run VRC varies, but it averages $5,700.00. That’s about $40K a week to run the rescue!
10. We take in approximately 60 dogs a month.
11. We adopt out approximately 30-40 dogs a month.
12. We adopt out dogs all over country (the lower 48 states), but NOT OUTSIDE THE U.S. (INCLUDES NO ADOPTIONS TO CANADA OR MEXICO).