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Review for Villalobos Rescue Center Pets in the Hood Inc, New Orleans, LA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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?


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?


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?


Role:  Volunteer & Volunteer at various offsite events, including spay/neuter programs and educational events.