EVERYONE's getting on board with the ALS Association's #IceBucketChallenge! When Earl and Matt from Villalobos took on the challenge and SOAKED themselves, they also nominated our very own Pit Bulls & Parolees Executive Producer Lisa Lucas! Here's Lisa taking one for the whole Animal Planet team - WAY TO GO, Lisa!!
Hey Moe and Kanani ... YOUR MOVE!
Watch Earl and Matt's original video — we know it must have been especially frigid in the middle of those NOLA summer temps!
As you may know, Villalobos Rescue Center is the largest pit bull rescue facility in the world, housing 400 dogs on any given day. With that many dogs, costs begin to stack up, from food (they go through about 3,500 pound of dog food a week!) to general upkeep of the facility. In fact, it costs about $1000 a day to run Villalobos. So how can you do your part to help the facility? Here’s how:
Villalobos is always accepting monetary donations through their web site or by mail. Even better, all donations made to the rescue are 100% tax deductible. You can also make special donations in honor of a birthday, special event or in memory of a loved one.
Donation of Supplies
Villalobos has extensive wish lists on both Amazon and Petflow.com. You can also help them through Amazon Smile! It’s still good ol’ Amazon, you’re still shopping and ordering products to your home, and the prices are the same; the only difference is a portion of the purchase price goes to the charity of your choice. So, if you choose Villalobos as your charity, .5% goes to their funds. It might not sound like much, but every little bit helps! You can even donate to the facility through Amazon Smile.
Sponsoring a Dog
You can also sponsor specific dogs that live at Villalobos. That pit bull you loved on the show but can’t adopt? You can send him or her any amount of money you want either per month or one time only to help with their day-to-day lives. As a sponsor, you can even come out to visit the dog and spend the day with them!
Villalobos is always looking for volunteers, especially dog walkers. One particularly great program is the Nightwalkers. You go out on a group or “pack” walk in the evenings with special needs dogs from 7 – 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Then, there is Bully Boot Camp where you can get the full Villalobos experience over a 5-day period. You walk dogs, clean kennels, pick up poop, and help around the facility. You really get a feel for what it’s like to work at Villalobos. Lastly, there are various special projects you can volunteer for, from flood clean up and control to minor construction projects. Remember, their facility in is New Orleans and they won’t provide travel or accommodations.
Think about how you can give back, and keep checking in on the Villalobos Rescue Center and Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook pages for the latest! And don’t forget to tune in for the season premiere of Pit Bulls and Parolees Saturday, September 27 at 10/9!
Three cheers for Ace the pit bull! This daring dog saved his 13-year-old human, Nick Lamb, from a house fire. Nick was taking a nap when the fire started. You may be thinking, "shouldn't he have heard the fire alarms? Doesn't his family have fire alarms in their house?" Well, Nick is deaf and took out his cochlear implants while he was sleeping, so he couldn't hear the fire alarms.
Photo Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department
But Ace could. So, he woke up the sleeping teenager by continuously licking his face. It was then that Nick realized that the house was on fire. Nick told ABC 6, "I took a breath and I went downstairs with Ace and the whole house was covered in smoke and a little bit of fire."
Nick and Ace safely made it outside where Nick called his mother and the fire department. While the house was severely damaged, no one was hurt and Ace is now a hero!
In an interview with Fox 59, Nick's mom, Lindsay Bernard said, "Pit bulls get bad reps, he loves his family," Nick's mom, Lindsay Bernard, told Fox 59 in the video above. "If it wasn't for him, I could have lost my little boy."
You may have heard about Dukey the dog who had an amazing last day on Earth. You may have wanted to avoid it because of the threat of tears. But, it is an amazing photo tribute to an obviously loved dog. The beautiful photos and blog piece were done by Houston photographer and friend of Dukey's owner, Robyn Arouty. She also wrote a follow-up piece about Dukey and his life, titled "Dukey Broke the Internet," which you can read here.We want to thank Robyn for sharing this story and encourage you to look through her touching photos in this gallery, then head over for the full story on Arouty's blog.
Photo Credit: Kira Stackhouse
In the spring of 2013, a one-year-old pit bull was found tied to a tree by an Oakland animal control officer. She was underweight and had no fur due to a condition called Demodex, a form of mange. She was bright pink, hot to the touch, and starving with no owner in sight when she was brought to Oakland Animal Services, the local animal shelter. Due to the extent of her condition and a lack of shelter resources, there wasn’t much they could do for her.
However, through the love and care of two different foster parents, Steve LaChapelle and Pat Luchak, the aptly-named Hope started to recover. They took her in and took turns administering oral medications and giving her medicated baths to treat the mange, which was exacerbated by stress. Hope didn’t just need medicine; she needed love and care to help eradicate the mange and get her fur to grow back!
Photo Credit: Steve LaChapelle
Just when things started looking up for this pit bull pup, bad news struck again: Hope was diagnosed with Valvular Pulmonic Stenosis, a congenital heart problem that would kill her within the year without surgery. Surgery isn’t cheap and again, things were looking dire for this brave pup. However, through the compassion of her humans, the money for the surgery was raised. How, you may ask?
Steve and the Friends of Oakland Animal Services set up a crowd-funding campaign through Razoo, with the ambitious goal of $5,000 to cover Hope’s surgery and various other medical expenses. Steve shared it with his friends and family, asking for any little bit they could donate, while the campaign was also promoted on Hope’s own Facebook page. In just three days, the campaign had been shared all over the world and raised almost $6,000, well over the original goal. Hope was now on her way to surgery and a happy, healthy life.
The Together Countstm program helps children and families maintain an active, healthy lifestyle through energy balance: balancing the calories you consume with the calories you burn. Energy In and Energy Out – It’s as simple as that!
However, it isn’t just people that need to be active and healthy: our pets need to be as well. It’s a classic example of treat others as you would like to be treated! Our pets are our best friends and we need to keep them in the best shape possible.
But it isn’t always easy! How much exercise does a dog need? How much exercise does a cat need? Why are there so many different kinds of food? What’s the benefit of dry food vs. wet? All of these questions seem impossible to answer. Well, we are here to help with our many guides about pet health and the best ways to care for your pet while also caring for yourself. Check out some of our guides now to get started on optimizing your pet’s health!
Check our Facebook page every Monday for tips and activities to keep you and your pet healthy. Make sure to tag your pics and progress with #movemondays! We know how hard it is to motivate yourself on Mondays, especially in the summer, but with your workout buddy (or buddies) and a little push from us, both of you will be active and balancing your energy in no time!
Check out the Together Counts website for more information about how you and your family can lead active and healthy lifestyles this summer.
Music festivals: the muddy, loud, dirty, yet fun, events that have come to define summer. However, they are definitely not a place for dogs, as was shown last week at the end of the Glastonbury music festival in England. As the clean up crew was clearing the camp site, they found a white lurcher all alone in one of the 5,000 discarded tents.
With no owner in sight, the pup was taken to the Happy Landings animal shelter in Somerset where they discovered she had a nasty ear infection. However, the infection was cared for by the numerous generous donations made to the shelter upon hearing this dog's story.
Photo Credit: Adam Gray/SWNS
She was named Dolly as a tribute to Dolly Parton and her amazing set at the festival. When Mrs. Parton heard the news about the dog’s name, she was thrilled and even offered to adopt the dog if her owners did not come to claim her.
However, this story has a happy ending. Last Thursday, Dolly's owners stepped up to reclaim their lost pup. They were actively searching for her after the festival and finally found her at the shelter. While Parton is sad she won't be able to take the pooch home, she is happy that Dolly is finally reunited with her true owners.
Congratulations to Dolly the Dog and make sure to think of your pet's safety before taking them to crowded and loud music festivals or events.
For more unique animal rescue stories, check out our Top 10 Weirdest Animal Rescues playlist:
We are all ferociously dedicated to our pets and celebrities are no exception. Yes, they are busy with filming and concerts and promoting their newest endeavours, but they will always have time for their pets! Check out some of the stars and the newest additions to their families!
Pop Star Lady Gaga and her French Bulldog, Asia:
One thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is obsessed with the newest addition to the Little Monsters family. Her French Bulldog puppy, Asia, has dominated her Instagram and Facebook pages since she got her in late April. And why wouldn't she?? Just look at that face.
Dog lovers everywhere have spoken! Congratulations to the SHIBA INU, your WORLD PUP Champion!
After a *ruff* few weeks of competition, the beloved Shiba Inu of Japan has prevailed as top dog in our first-ever WORLD PUP! The competition was tight from the start but the Shiba inu defeated Belgium's Brussels Griffon in Round 1. And moved on to eliminate the USA's Alaskan Malamute in Round 2. In Round 3, the brave little Shiba defeated Spain's Great Pyrenees. And, in the final championship match, the Shiba bested China's Shar-pei. Congratulations to our intrepid, brave, confident, little friend!
The celebration continues on Twitter! Check out the photo gallery of our favorite supporters so far cheering on their championship title! Tweet at us with your photos (@AnimalPlanet) if you'd like to be included in our photo gallery.
Shiba Inus are wonderful dogs — and we all know the Internet LOVES them. BUT! Buuut, they are NOT for everyone — check out our Dog Breed Selector, do plenty of research and decide if they are right for you. Here's the Dogs 101 on the breed:
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