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Pit Bulls and Parolees is a reality television show chronicling the day to day operations of the Villalobos Rescue Center, and the centers founder and owner, Tia Torres. While watching the show you will get to see some of the rescues, some of the adoptions, and you will also get to see the parolees hard at work cleaning kennels, feeding, watering, and walking the dogs.

Villalobos meaning "house of wolves" in Spanish, began as a wolf rescue in the early nine-teen nineties. It is now the country's largest pit bull rescue center. Tia, along with her daughters, Mariah and Tania, her sons, Kanani and Keli'i, and the half dozen parolees employed at Villalobos, take care of over two hundred Pit Bulls that are currently at Villalobos.

Villalobos rehabilitates and retrains all of the Pit Bulls that they rescue, and hope that one day they will all be adopted into their forever homes. The rescue center cost about a thousand dollars a day to operate. They depend on the fees from the adoptions of the Pit Bulls, and the donations that they receive to keep up the day to day operations of the center.

Villalobos has recently relocated from California to New Orleans and also has a center in New Mexico. The center in New Mexico is run by a former parolee, Mando. This center is for the lifers. Lifers are the Pit Bulls that Villalobos rescues that can not ever be adopted due to court orders, or just because of certain behavior issues. The New Mexico center is not currently open for operations, however the New Orleans location is up and running in full swing.

Pit Bulls and Parolees gives the world a better understanding of what it takes day to day to run a successful animal rescue center, and gives the world a better understanding of the Pit Bull breed. Tia Torres is also giving a second chance to the parolees that she employs, who might not find employment anywhere else because of the crimes that they have committed.

Saturday at 10:00 PM on Animal Planet
10 Seasons, 140 Episodes
October 30, 2009
Animals, Reality
8.1/10
Cast: Tia Torres, Mariah Torres, Tania Torres, Jake
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Pit Bulls and Parolees Full Episode Guide

  • With Villalobos' country location overrun with hounds, Tia turns to a trusted parolee and his new wife to help get one of the lovable but troublesome dogs a new home.

  • Concerns about flooding in Assumption Parish prompt Tia to draw up plans to evacuate quickly. Meanwhile, Joe develops a special bond with an injured dog he rescued from the streets.

  • Earl takes the lead in restoring an abandoned Rottweiler back to health. A service dog organization from North Carolina reaches out to Villalobos in search of a new dog for their program. M2 goes on her second rescue, taking in an owner surrender.

  • After Tia and Sugar rescue a stray, they are shocked by what they find and race him to the vet; new worker Darius pursues his dream of working in the veterinary field; an empty nester heads to Villalobos looking for a new companion.

  • A call in the middle of the night sends Tia racing to deal with a family emergency. A homeless man reaches out for assistance when his dog has trouble breathing. And, a healthy dog tied up outside VRC leads to a shocking story and a difficult decision.

  • Villalobos' oldest resident, Summer, a pit bull with severe arthritis, has a chance at a forever home. Earl works to improve a dog's social skills to make him more adoptable. Kanani's girlfriend, M2, takes on her first rescue.

  • A couple from New Jersey falls in love with a new best friend but the adoption gets put on the line when Dr. Kristen discovers a heart murmur; Tia heads out to the swamps to rescue a dog in need of medical attention and the diagnosis shocks her.

  • A new inmate starts working at VRC, hoping to fill the big shoes that Country Matt left behind; Lizzy and Joe struggle to catch a stray in a nearby neighborhood; a family come to Villalobos to adopt a dog, hoping to fill a void in their hearts.

  • A mother and son travel from Boston with hopes of adopting a dog, but Tia struggles to find a good fit for the family; Lizzy rescues a maggot-covered dog that was found lying on the road and races to the vet, hoping to save it.

  • After his adopter passes away, Tania heads to California to pick up a former VRC dog. A couple from Arkansas struggle to make a decision about which dog to adopt. And, after being rescued, a badly injured puppy is discovered to be a missing pet.

  • A parolee is distraught after getting in the middle of two stray dogs battling outside the center. Meanwhile, a canine that was adopted shows up in a center in Mississippi; and the adoption of a hound goes wrong.

  • When a sinkhole endangers to swallow a close by neighborhood, Tia joins cat expert Jackson Galaxy to save dozens of cats. And, after discovering a neglected mama dog close to the warehouse, Tia and her team divide up to attempt and locate her puppies.

  • When Tia gets an adoption email different from any she's seen before, she goes on a cross-country journey to find a dog a special home before Christmas; the kids' significant others come together to give the family an unforgettable gift.

  • A lady comes all the way from San Diego to give one of Villalobos' senior pups a chance at a home; Lizzy and Marcel look for a mother dog's lost puppies out in the country; a new parolee makes a useful discovery on his first day.

  • Flooding in Louisiana inspires Tia and the team to help a family who lost their house and a lady who was separated from her dogs.

  • Earl comes back from rehab, wanting to rebuild his life working with the dogs. A couple comes searching for a dog who can cope with the crowded streets of NYC. And, Lizzy saves a dog after a confrontation with the owner who neglected it.

  • In the Season 8 opener, Tia's out of commission while she recovers from an operation, so the kids take over for the time being at Villalobos, and one of their first responsibilities involves capturing a dog that's been taking refuge at a warehouse. Meanwhile, a family of eight from Oregon is seeking a new companion.

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