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3 Oct

Man And Dog Reunited At Villalobos After Weeks Apart

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Do you believe in Karma?

Since Villalobos Rescue Center arrived in New Orleans, Tia and her team have become familiar with the homeless community, who turn to the rescue for their dogs needs.

One homeless man named Rick relied on the VRC’s generosity before. One day, his pit bull, Karma, fell into a local river, and Rick jumped in after her. Karma came out unscathed, Rick ended up with a bad staph infection that forced him into a hospital for treatment, according to VRC. That forced Rick to do the unthinkable and leave Karma with Tia at VRC.

Tia didn’t get Rick’s last name or the name of the hospital he’d be staying at. Who knows if Rick would ever return? Regardless, Tia made Karma feel at home, as did the VRC supporters that sent in plenty of pink collars and other goodies for the pit bull.

Fortunately for everyone involved, Rick returned to VRC about two weeks later. Needless to say, Karma couldn't look any happier. Have some tissues handy and take a look at the pictures on the VRC Facebook page.

UPDATE: Things are looking up for Rick and Karma! VRC announced that Rick is working for the rescue and has found temporary housing! To learn more and help the two, visit the VRC Facebook for more information.

More amazing rescues await when Pit Bulls and Parolees returns for its sixth season Saturday at 10/9c! Believe us, you’ll want to have some tissues handy for the season premiere!

1 Oct

Pit Bulls & Parolees: The Villalobos Team Returns! Get a Sneak Peek of an All-New Season

Get ready for a new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees, this Saturday at 10 p.m. e/p! Tia Torres and the Villalobos team return for Season 6 with all-new heartbreaking, daring rescues, along with some sweet, happy endings for a few of these wonderful dogs.

Saturday night's season premiere kicks off by catching up with one of our favorite pups, Cheech. He finally gets his chance at finding his forever home — but, when he meets his potential new family and doggy siblings, the encounter takes a sudden, unfortunate turn!

Will he finally get his chance?! Watch a sneek peek video of the meeting and tune in Saturday to see what happens:

And, remember to tune into the Aftershow, following the 10PM e/p premiere! That's right - at 11PM e/p, Tia will be answering your questions via Social Media in a special hour hosted by Animal Planet's Executive Producer, Lisa Lucas. Follow her on Twitter here >>

AND, use the hashtag #ShowUsYourPits to submit photos of your special pit bull by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram during the hour and YOUR handsome pup may make it on air! Read more about it here >>

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Tune In Saturday at 10PM e/p for the Season 6 premiere of Pit Bulls & Parolees! And, stay tuned for the Aftershow at 11PM e/p.

 

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1 Oct

We Want YOUR Pit Bulls! #ShowUsYourPits

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We’re just a few days away from the new season of Pit Bulls and Parolees, and needless to say, we have pit bulls on the brain. Between our all-day marathons all this week, Saturday’s season premiere and first-ever Pit Bulls and Parolees Aftershow, it’s safe to say we’ve surrendered all control to this amazing breed.

UPDATE: #SHOWUSYOURPITS IS A HUGE SUCCESS! See the fabulous photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Saturday’s aftershow, airing right after the season premiere at 11/10c, features Tia Torres in the hot seat, answering fan questions in front of a live audience at the Tahyo Tavern in New Orleans. But the aftershow won’t be complete without YOU and your beloved pit bull. Just post your pit bull’s picture to Twitter, Instagram and the Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook page with #ShowUsYourPits and you may see your dog on TV during the aftershow.

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25 Sep

Meet Cuda, The "Deformed" Pit Bull That's Changing Minds and Hearts

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Photo by Julie LaRoy

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. With her short spine, long legs and overbite, Cuda isn’t the most attractive dog around. But look past her unusual appearance and you’ll find a sweet dog that has now become an unlikely advocate to change the stigmas some animals face on a regular basis.

This girl’s story began when her owner, Julie LaRoy, she came across the dog while working as an animal control officer in North Carolina, according to the Huffington Post. She sent her husband a picture as a plea to let the dog come home with them. After some initial resistance, LaRoy’s husband relented.

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24 Sep

ROAD TRIP! Tia Torres + Team Are NYC-Bound to Meet Jon Stewart on The Daily Show!

Guess who's on the road and entering New York City today?! Tia and the Pit Bulls & Parolees crew have been driving northward from New Orleans to meet the forever brilliant Jon Stewart! So, CLEAR your evening plans and get ready to watch the meeting of two great minds.

Tia of course also has a few pups in tow — HOW do you travel with a handful of dogs?! With many, many "pit" stops. Here are a few snaps of her taking one of the many — in Pennsylvania:

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Sept. 25 UPDATE! Miss the show last night?! Here's the full interview:

 

Visit the Pit Bulls & Parolees site for more videos and get ready for Season 6, premiering Saturday, Oct. 4, @ 10PM e/p!

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15 Sep

Pull Out Your Tissues: Abandoned Pit Bull Gets Touching Rescue

PitbullrescueWe're used to seeing touching pit bull stories on Pit Bulls and Parolees quite often. But that doesn't mean we don't find ourself in need of a tissue or two after watching each one.

This rescue, captured by animal rescue organization Hope for Paws, got us a little choked up at our desks. According to Viral Nova, this pit bull's previous bad experiences with humans made her a bit hesistant to be rescued. They were able to finally bring her into safety with a trail of hamburgers leading to a cage. Once the pit bull, who has been named Bunny, was brought into the safety of the rescue sheleter, it was clear all she wanted was a bit of love.

Watch the whole video to see the touching moments:

Ready for even more touching pit bull rescues? An all-new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees returns Oct. 4 at 10PM E/P!

18 Aug

Team Villalobos & Pit Bulls & Parolees EP Lisa Lucas Take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

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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!

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4 Aug

How to Help Villalobos Rescue Center

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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:

Monetary Donations

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!

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Volunteering

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!

15 Jul

Animal Rescue: Hope Finds a Way!

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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!

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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.

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10 Jul

Throwback Thursday: Petey from 'Little Rascals'

 

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Photo Credit: CBS Photo Archive

There are few shows dearer to our hearts than Little Rascals, or Our Gang as it was called in its earlier days. And no one was more iconic from that show than Petey, the adorable pit bull who followed and protected the gang. Besides his love of his children companions, Petey was known for the ring around his eye. But did you know that ring was actually part of his natural coloration?

Petey was originally played by a pit bull named Pal the Wonder Dog, who was born with a partial ring around his eye that was completed with make-up for his on-screen appearances. This ring was even recognized as an oddity by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! His iconic look was featured not only in the TV show, but also in Harold Lloyd’s 1925 film The Freshman and the Buster Brown films. When Pal passed away, his son, Pete, took over as Petey at just 6 months old.

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