VILLALOBOS RESCUE CENTER PETS IN THE HOOD INC

Rating: 3.13 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Animals, Crime & Law

Location: P.O. Box 1544 Canyon Country CA 91386 USA

Mission: Our multi-programmed organization makes us versatile in our teachings and education of this controversial, yet maligned breed of dog. Our inmate program: 25-to-Life.org,is home to "Pets In The Hood" in which we work exclusively with high risk youth in various capacities. Our newest program "Canine Career Corps" is a vocational program offered to inmates awaiting their last year of incarceration and also offers an outreach internship to parolees. We also work in conjunction with L.A. City Animal Services in our obedience training classes: "For Pit Bulls Only". These are offered free to the public at any of the L.A.City Animal Shelters. All of these programs have one goal in mind: to teach what it takes to be a responsible and loving dog owner and to teach compassion for mankind as well.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been involved as a volunteer for over five years and feel I know this group and their achievements very well. Their mission is pit bulls, a breed that is in the greatest need of human compassion and rescue. No breed is treated worse and has less voices speaking up about it, and thank dog for Villalobos Rescue and other groups who do not give up even when they can't save them all, they save the ones they can. VRC is not just about taking dogs in, they have a comprehensive adoption program, screen adopters carefully and match them with dogs that fit their lifestyle. Adopted dogs are given support and resources for their lifetime, if the adopters can't keep them then VRC always takes the dogs back.

VRC is also about changing the stars for the people who care for these dogs, another "disposable" group in society, the parolees. These guys are able to get their second chance at VRC and work with the dogs where they are judged only on their work, not the color of their skin or the number of tattooes they might have. The parolees learn compassion and love as they build strong relationships with the dogs and each other, it's just sad there are not more programs available because the need is huge.

I don't volunteer my time without knowing it is making a difference and Villalobos Rescue Center makes a difference, every single day, and even when they can't save every dog it certainly matters to the dogs that do enter their doors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a special little pit bull who had survived not only a hurricane but then being sent to a hoarder and needed rescue again. Tia Torres took him in and gave him the first safe harbor he had since Katrina. I've seen it firsthand the passion she has for the dogs and the guys who care for them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to clone their director so there would be someone who could handle all the paperwork without taking away from the animals. Give them more money to reach more dogs and hire more parolees.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've learned fundraising techniques; social media marketing and of course, alot about the dogs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This nonprofit is a wonderful group of dedicated people who go beyond the call of duty to help dogs and sometimes even cats. They live and breathe for these animals. The breed they choose to help is a breed that is terribly misunderstood. They also help rehabilitate parolees which is also a group of people who are terribly misunderstood.

This group has always had an "A" on their kennel inspections. They have had a valid kennel license in Los Angeles County for 17 YEARS.

The are the gold standard when it comes to helping animals and the care they provide.

In California, they are one of ONLY two groups who rehabilitate people who have been in prison. There may be new groups who help, but to my knowledge, they are few and far between. This is despite getting NO government funding to run their programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They know when they can't help anymore dogs and that's the hardest part of dealing in this breed; there are SO many dogs who need help and are going to die.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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