Two words that will make you think twice about the human pschye. It did for me when I first read about this serious issue.
Dogs, by nature, are caring companions who make our lives better in so many ways. Pit Bulls, also known as, the American Staffordshire Terrier have been dealt an unfair hand, in my opinion. They are constant companions who serve as therapy dogs for children, veterans who have PTSD, the disabled and for many more situations.
So, why is dog fighting still around? Easy, it makes money – Lots of money.Dogtime verifies the American Staffordshire Terrier is a sensitive and loving companion who enjoys playing more than being tough. He or she sees life as a joyful adventure and lives it to the fullest. They also state, “The Stafford breed is known for their love of people. Their greatest desire is to spend time with their people, whether that means vegging out on the sofa and watching football, running errands in the car, going for walks, or participating in activities such as agility, flyball, obedience, and therapy work. Expect to give this athletic and energetic dog a vigorous walk every day, as well as plenty of attention during downtime. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not a breed that should be left outside alone or at home for long periods of time without human companionship. (I would say no dog should be left outside alone or at home for long periods of time without human companionship).
Thanks to organizations like Villalobos Rescue Center, the true good nature of Pit Bulls shine through. The need for helping the breed in the state of Louisiana is overwhelming. They are centrally located in the heart of the city in New Orleans (9th Ward) and because of this the never ending flow of stray and unwanted Pit Bulls has now become an every day occurrence. Many times, VRC staff and volunteers find dogs tied to their front gates, turned loose on their street, dogs chained up and abandoned in empty lots where houses once stood prior to Hurricane Katrina, and abused dogs in abandoned fighting rings. This has now become a daily routine. The plight of Pit Bulls in the city of New Orleans is desperate and Villalobos Rescue Center does what it can to help turn this dire situation around. They also help their community in addition to helping Pit Bulls.
Tia Maria Torres who started this Rescue many years ago is one extraordinary individual. She gives jail parolees a chance to build their lives up again through a work program she incorporated into the Villalobos Rescue Center. Pretty Amazing! These individuals learn to acclimate back into society by caring for the rescue center’s pit bulls. Her children, also, followed her passion for dog rescue and are an integral part of the VRC.
Despite having their own TV show on Animal Planet, unfortunately it’s not enough. I have been watching Pit Bulls and Parolees on Animal Planet since it’s inception many years ago when they started off in California. They were forced to move but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for them and the animals they help. The number of Pit Bulls who need help in New Orleans are greater than what VRC can provide through their TV reality series alone. As the quote goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” …in this case it takes an army of caring people and volunteers to save one Pit Bull.
Want to know how you can help?
- Find a Pit Bull rescue near you where you can volunteer and/or foster
- Donate, Volunteer and/or Adopt from the Villalobos Rescue Center. They can use all the help they can get! You can even schedule a visit to tour their center and see how they are making a big difference in New Orleans. Check out their facebook page to learn more. They will contact you back if you have any questions. I know when I have messaged them, they always responded.
- Find Animal Planet on your local cable channel and watch Pit Bulls and Parolees
- Spread the word. Pit Bulls (American Stafforshire Terriers) make great pets!