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: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

They refuse to provide any financial information since 2008. A BIG red flag. Even that info was NOT enough to determine if it is a well rated charity (spending >65% of revenue on program activities and not staff housing, travel, etc)...a HUGE RED FLAG.

Nice that there's a caring show for the cameras but if there was nothing to hide, why not disclose your financials like all responsible charities do? Refuse to supply financial information and you stay off the "worst charity' lists.

On camera there are lots of comments and pics of staff housing that appears to be provided by Villalobos donation money. Look up property ownership by Villalobos and you find houses that were purchased for staff before they did renovations and roofing to the building housing the dogs. WHOPPING BIG RED FLAG.

Follow the timeline of "explanations" of the staff housing from "to provide retirement homes for older dogs" to "we are animal control in rural areas and need sites to serve those places." Funny they have NO kennel licenses other than Villalobos itself, no posted hours of operation for these supposedly necessary sites and their addresses are not posted. How can you be "animal control" if you hide your locations? Why would you need to purchase homes to house supposedly non-adoptable dogs (and all your family) when you have a large facility in New Mexico specifically for long term housing of dogs???

One of the homes for Tia's kids is waterfront on the bayou. They showed 2 dogs at the home provided for her sons and surprise!... neither of those dogs were up for adoption. Other reality tv stars provide their own housing, utilities, etc.

You can't do anything there without signing a complete confidentiality agreement, yet Villalobos staff are free to publicly comment on anything they please. why legally silence everyone with whom you have contact if there's nothing to hide?

They talk about massive increases in their expenses in NOLA but provide no verifiable explanation. By their own minimal and very rare reports their adoptions haven't increased much, which means your animal intake can't increase much. Yes they now have to pay for heartworm preventative like most animal shelters do but that doesn't cost that much when purchased in bulk. They also get large donations of food and medication directly to the shelter and don't have to purchase all of their supplies.

So where is the big increase in expenses? Buying numerous properties to house family and long time staff is very expensive.

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The last IRS form 990 that is posted is from 2008??? That's a HUGE red flag.

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All financials (annual reports and IRS form 990s) should be available to the public upon request. "Best practices" are that they are posted on the nonprofit's website for easy public reference.

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