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17 Dec

Clever Marketing to Encourage Pet Adoption

Photo from the Nebraska Humane Society.

We love what the Nebraska Humane Society is doing to encourage pet adoption. Using their Facebook page to spread the word, they've featured cats and dogs in the facility posing for cute photos and have attached witty text to share info about the available animals.

See an adorable adoption in this Pit Bulls & Parolees clip below:

The lap warmer example above is one of our favorites.


26 Nov

In Pit Bull News: Meet Scout, Master Balancer of Stuff on His Head

Meet Scout. He can balance just about anything on his head — and look ADORABLE.

Mom says he's about 9 years old and they've been together for five years.  He was a bit anti-social with both people and other dogs at first — but since adopting him, he's grown into a sweet, cuddly lapdop with tons of puppy friends! And apparently, plenty of other skillllllz


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22 Nov

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Saving Smokey Lonesome


Remember Smokey Lonesome from last week's episode? She was found in a park late at night, abandoned and hurt. Enter Tia, Tania and Perry to the rescue!

So, how is Smokey Lonesome doing now? She's back on her feet at Villalobos and enjoying spending time with her new friend Perry:

Photo Credit: Louise Crane

Missed the episode? Watch some of the rescue here:

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18 Nov

The Puppy Cam Goes To The Pit Bulls

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Pit bulls playing at WARL. (Photo Credit: Animal Planet L!VE)

Mondays can be the pits…as in pit bulls! Our friends over at the Washington Animal Rescue League, home to a couple of our Animal Planet L!VE cams, have introduced a new litter of pit bull puppies to the Puppy Cam for your viewing pleasure.

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5 Nov

Arizona Family Rescues Pit Bull Left for Dead on Mountain Trail


Courtesy of the Arizona Humane Society.
Andi Davis was taking a routine hike near Phoenix, Ariz., when she spotted a 2-year-old pit bull at the top of a mountain, according to an article on the Huffington Post. Despite inititially having misgivings about the breed, Davis scooped up the dog and carried him back down the mountain, where her husband and daughter, Jessi, brought him to the Arizona Humane Society for treatment.


While there, it was discovered that the dog, now named Elijah, had been shot and was likely left for dead on the trail.

This story has a happy ending however. Davis's daughter, Jessi, felt a special connection with the dog and he's now become a member of their family.

For more on pit bulls, check out Pit Bulls & Parolees every Saturday night at 10PM E/P.

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2 Nov

Tune In and Win! Get Your Official Pit Bulls & Parolees T-Shirt


Pit-bulls-parolees-t-shirtAre you excited for an all-new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees?! We are! And to celebrate, we've created hot new T's, just for YOU.  Here's your chance to get your official Pit Bulls & Parolees T-shirt — how, you ask?

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22 Oct

Meet Pamela, The Newest Rescue at Villalobos

Over the course of Pit Bulls and Parolees, we’ve witnessed Tia Torres and her amazing team at Villalobos Rescue Center help and rehabilitate hundreds of dogs. We all have our favorite pit bulls from the show, but there’s something about this beautiful pit bull-border collie mix named Pamela that tugs our heartstrings. 

Pamela, after she was rescued. (Photo Credit: Villalobos Rescue Center Facebook page) 

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10 Oct

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Join Tia & Team for a Fundraiser in New Orleans

Want to help Villalobos, the dogs, and have FUN?!  Join Tia Torres and the Pit Bulls and Parolees team at a fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Harrah's New Orleans. 100% of proceeds will benefit Villalobos.

The Playing for a Paws event will include musical performances and a special screening of the show followed by a Q&A with Tia, the cast and the crew. Check the Villalobos website for details! >>

If you can't make it to New Orleans, no worries!  Make a donation online or you can surprise Tia and team with a gift from their Amazon Wish List. You can never have enough treats (and pee pads!) for the pups!



The NEW season of Pit Bulls and Parolees begins Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10PM E/P! In the meantime, get caught up on with last season complete with some bonus stuff every Saturdays at 10PM E/P.


8 Oct

Pit Bulls and Parolees: New Life. New Orleans. New Season.


– A Year of Daring Rescues Proves Life In “The Big Easy” Isn’t Always Easy for Tia Torres –

Tia Torres has spent 20 years building Villalobos, the largest pit bull rescue in the United States. Recently, she’s spent over a year moving her entire operation, including 200+ pit bulls across the country from California to Louisiana and rebuilding it from the bottom up. Once Tia and her family unpacked their bags in “The Big Easy,” they were sure they’d found home.


Pit Bulls and Parolees Unchained Airs Saturdays @ 10PM E/P.


However, the first year in New Orleans hasn’t been easy. From a devastating hurricane that took Tia’s home to an overwhelming influx of dogs and puppies in need, they’ve had to work hard to find their footing. The phones never stop ringing in Villalobos’ new southern home, but it gives Tia the chance to make an even bigger impact on the lives of misunderstood pit bulls and to give back to the city that gave her a fresh start. Viewers can see another new chapter unfold in an all-new season of PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES premiering Saturday, November 2, at 10 PM E/P.

The fifth season of PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES finds Torres in a completely re-established Villalobos in the heart of the New Orleans’ ninth ward. The city offers even more stories of rescue and rehabilitation including a mission involving a protective mama dog and her litter of seven puppies and Tia’s dangerous retrieval of two stray pit bulls hiding beneath a precarious two-ton pile of lumber. This season, Tia and her staff are confronted with more cases of dog abuse and dog fighting than ever before. With bigger and more dangerous rescues, Tia, along with her family and parolees, will stop at nothing until peace is restored in “The Big Easy.”

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16 Sep

Animals weather the storm during Colorado floods

Heavy rains and flooding have crippled parts of Colorado, where six people are dead and hundreds have been reported missing, according to various news outlets. In the midst of the devastation, however, uplifting stories involving animals have emerged, as shares.

Nicky Toor, 15, is pulled by his dog Chaco down Ninth Street alongside North Boulder Park September 12, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo Credit: Dana Romanoff/Getty Images)

Responders from the Larimer County Sherriff’s office have evacuated 475 pets, while the National Guard evacuated one man and his 7 pets (4 dogs and 3 cats).

Not only have animals been rescued, some have also rescued others. In Denver, a guide dog saved his seeing-impaired owner after getting knocked over by floodwaters. As the man struggled, the unnamed guide dog jumped into rising water and went after his owner. Both were swept into a drainage curvert, where they were stuck for nearly 20 minutes, before a police officer and a paramedic rescued them, according to the Denver Post. The paramedic credited the dog and said he believed the man held onto the animal to stay afloat.

As rescue efforts continue in Colorado, places from high schools to churches have turned into emergency animal centers, while area humane societies and animal shelters continue to work on reuniting owners with their animals. Click here for more information on locating pets and how you can help.

Want to watch more animal rescues? Watch these videos for heroic moments captured on camera and learn more about our ROAR campaign.

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