Over more than a month Iattempted to donate $10,000.00 in stock to Villalobos. ( To my wife and me, that is a lot of money) They said they were not set up to accept stock but they would check into it and get back to me. Days past and I did not hear from them. I emailed again and they said they would get back to me. This repeated for about five weeks when they said " problem solved we will get back to you"
Once again no response. (They claimed they had tried to contact me. Not true) I waited a few days more. Then, in frustration, I wrote saying the business end of the operation appeared to be operated by incompetents and non professionals. During this entire time Tia never entered the picture. After my last letter, she wrote a nasty letter accussing me of being a unthinking, nasty, person. Her final shot was to call me an ass. Until this experience I would not,have believed the negatives in other reviews. Today I would question the validity of the entire Villalobos operation. My suggestion: don't donate.
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.