Monday, November 2, 2009

Pit Bulls & Parolees: New show on Animal Planet!

This show is a must-see for anyone who loves Pit Bulls and especially for people who don't know much about them at all.

It centers on Tia Maria Torres and Villalobos Rescue Center. Situated on 10 acres just outside of Los Angeles, VRC houses between 150-200 of these wonderful creatures on any given day. They do the usual of rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned and abused Pit Bulls. And then some.

They offer FREE training classes to Pit Bull owners. The class teaches basic obedience, but it also teaches an owner how to manage dog-on-dog aggression and other situations that might pop up, no matter what type of dog you have. These free classes have been offered for 10 years to owners of Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes. What an amazing way to reach out and get these dogs trained! Create good citizens and impress the world! I love it.

Another twist? Tia employs parolees as a way of helping some of the “baddest good guys in town” find work, be productive, and help out some of the baddest good dogs in the world. The parolees feed the dogs, clean the kennels, and help train the dogs in prep for adoption.

Something tells me Tia has raised the bar for many of us. She’s got a huge heart for the two- and four-legged, and she’s not afraid to fight on behalf of either.

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