The Tahyo Shoppe at 1224 Decatur Street in New Orleans sells t-shirts, artwork, and other custom treats for you and your dogs. Proceeds benefit the rescue.
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering!
Before you make plans to volunteer with us, there are some things to consider. The first is depending on what time of the year you are coming, the weather can be brutal. The heat and humidity can be extremely difficult for someone to work in if they are not used to this type of weather. Also understand that our volunteer work is PHYSICAL. We do not have any “office work,” etc. for volunteers to do. It is all work with the dogs. We also cannot allow children under the age of 18 years, due to the hectic and sometimes fast-paced environment.
Because our facility and organization is connected to a TV show on Animal Planet, the public attention we receive can be overwhelming. For this reason we are limited to what the volunteers can do at our New Orleans location.
Due to recent safety concerns, there will be no contact with the cast from the show and security will be on hand at all times for any volunteering projects.
At this time we have THREE PROGRAMS available:
There are structured times for you to show up to walk our dogs. To volunteer in New Orleans, simply show up at the designated times to walk dogs (times listed below).
This program caters to our special needs dogs. These are dogs that do not do well out in the main kennel environment so we’ve set up indoor housing for them. For this reason, they need to go out more frequently than the other dogs… no matter what the weather is!
The walks take you on various routes throughout the neighborhood. Because there are many distractions on this walk and it can get a little bit tiring, we don’t recommend small children for this. Depending on the weather, these walks are sometimes shortened to just around the rescue area.
We conduct these walks all throughout the day during the following times:
Remember to wear good walking shoes (no sandals, flip flops or open toed shoes) and we do these walks rain or shine (when it rains the walks are cut short and we stay under the Claiborne Bridge). The “rainy day” walks aren’t as fun but the dogs still need to get out.
We also cannot allow children under the age of 5 years to attend the walking program.
There are just too many big dogs out at one time and it is just too much of a risk that a little one will get knocked to the ground by an overly zealous pooch. Also no carrying children in “baby packs” or strollers allowed on walks.
You DO NOT need an appointment to come and volunteer to walk dogs. You can fill out the necessary paperwork during a quick orientation when you arrive.
BULLY BOOT CAMP
This is our “hand’s on” and work behind the scenes program. We offer a five day and a weekend stay with us. In BBC, you will work “a day in the life of” a VRC employee. Cleaning kennels, scrubbing water buckets, picking up poop….this is life at Villalobos Rescue Center. You will also be given the option to stay within our facility (it ain’t the Ritz so don’t get too excited) as Tia Torres and her family once did or of course you can find your own housing.
BBC is free but you do need to be in decent physical shape (and during the spring, summer & fall….very good shape due to the heat and humidity). This volunteer program will get you “up close & personal” with all of the dogs and there is no other volunteer program in the country like it. I mean think about it….where else can you work right in the middle of where they not only film a TV reality show but also meet some of its four legged celebrities?
CAJUN K9 CAMP
We are currently building another facility at a second location in a rural location called Assumption Parish. This beautiful country/swamp atmosphere with it’s peaceful bayous and magnificent Cypress trees, is also a place with no resources for animals. After hearing that only one animal control officer took care of the entire area, we offered to assist with all dog related business and are now currently running the Assumption Parish Animal Shelter at the Assumption Parish Jail.
With building a new facility a few minutes away from the jail, we are creating a paradise on our 13 acre property with the hope of it someday becoming the “Assumption Parish Animal Care Center”. We are also in the process of building a low cost/free vet clinic. But all of this takes a lot of manpower and that is something we are lacking.
The CK9C, is a weekend program. Not only will you be assisting with taking care of the dogs but also helping with minor construction as well. We will supply you with housing during your time here right on the edge of Bayou LaFourche. This volunteer program does require someone will a little more stamina and decent physical shape as we work 12 hour days. Us country people tend to be a little bit….tougher 🙂 For more information or to sign up, email: [email protected]