Posted: February 10, 2011


After his owners moved to the East Coast, Shabazz had a tough time adjusting to kennel life here.  For months he was scared of everything and everyone and we weren't sure he was going to make it.  He was so miserable without his owners.  Owner turn ins are heartbreaking for us too because it's so sad to watch these dogs that are used to sleeping in a bed in a nice house and now they're out in the weather elements, wondering where their family went.  Shabazz is finally coming around and realizing that no one is coming back for him and in order to get a new family he must be brave and put on a good impression.  He is now coming out of his shell and is desperate for love and a patient family. But because he can be a little shy, he will need a quiet, adult and structured home.  There has to be someone out there who can offer him this.  Behind this smile is a sad little dog.  Only you can turn his frown upside down.

Kids: probably not real small ones, he can sometimes be a little shy


50 Responses to “ SHABAZZ ”

  1. Brianna on November 13th, 2011 2:53 pm


  2. Savanha on November 20th, 2011 2:43 am

    OMG!! I Want Him So Bad But I Dont Think My Mom Will Let Us Get A Dog…Plus We Live In An Apartment :(

  3. Tera on November 22nd, 2011 12:35 am

    You and your staff do amazing thins. not just for the dogs, but also for the guys you help. I love your show and have my DVR set so i don’t miss it. I have fallen in love with many of your dogs and have even cryed with you while watching some of your shows. ( esp. this most recent move attemp with people being narrow minded and ruining your drea. but you’re right home is where the dogs are!) I live in Ohio and currently have two cats i will have my dog soon just working on the husband. I am a pitbull lover and sadly the county i live in will kill any pitbull in our shelters. Last summer i fought to adopt a gental fantastic pit that was picked up as a stray. i went through everything! (i have an acre with yard and woods, i installed the stubbern dog undergrond fence for this pup and everything :( but the lady knew the dog wan’t mine so even when i tryed to say he was mine so i could save his life they refused adoption! He looked alot like shabazz! Keep up the good work maybe someday i’ll get to fly out and rescue one of your dogs.Thank you for everything you do!

  4. Sabrina on November 25th, 2011 5:37 pm

    I have a wire terrier and a cat. Most of all I have a 5 month old American red nose. His name is Loki the God of mischief and boy does he live up to him name! He gets along great with both of my animals and my kids but he is a monster and he needs someone his own size to play with. I’m looking for a pit that gets along with cats dogs and kids… and this one would be an awesome addition to my animal family that are 100% spoiled and loved

  5. Kim Hutter on November 26th, 2011 1:40 am

    I am interested in this dog and would like to know if he is house trained? Thank you!

  6. Ben on November 27th, 2011 2:48 pm

    Hello Team Vialobos,

    Today i filled out you adoption fourm and i must say this dog is verry much what would fit what i am looking for something along the lines of shabazz. my daughter is sitting here wth me and says she loves his colors and smile

  7. savannah on November 29th, 2011 2:24 pm

    aww..he’s soo cute i would love to adopt him if only i could..i love pitbulls and i watch your show all the time it’s great

  8. lexi on December 5th, 2011 3:42 pm

    Shabazz is soo aborable. I watch your show every Saturday and even when the re run episoded are on I watch those too. :-) We have a white lab named yuki and I don’t know how we would react with another dog. If anything ever happens to him(which I hope nothing does) when I feel like I’m ready I will most deffinetly look into your pit bulls. Thank you for everything you do :)

  9. brittany freeman on December 7th, 2011 3:56 pm

    i love this dog so much and it is good tht he gets along wit cats and dogs beause i have dogs and cats but the bad thing is we live all the way in florida soo i will contact u guys i just have to ask my mom first :)

  10. Carrie on December 10th, 2011 3:51 pm

    I have 2 cats and a 2 yr old Pittie that I have had since he was a week old. I am a little confused to why Shabazz cannot be adopted out of state into a home with another dog. I would love the opportunity to have another Pittie. Throughout our family, we have a total of 5 Pitties. This is the most understood breed. If people educated themselves about this breed, they would learn that they DO NOT have “lock jaw”. The key is proper training and socialization. Tia, you are an angel from Heaven. I watch your program all the time and each time I end up crying. I just cannot understand how people can be so ignorant towards this breed. Keep up the good work Tia and Staff. You are all truly Angels!!!

  11. Kim on December 11th, 2011 11:54 am

    I just love this dog… we have two pits already but i would love to have this one. We have a male that we keep in the house and he is so spoiled lol … he gets along so well with my two kids (9 and 11). His name is boss and our females name is midnight she also get along with kids. They are members of our family. Shabazz would probably fit right in. Keep up the good work Tia, we love your show.

  12. Wolf Hogen on December 13th, 2011 4:40 am

    OMG! If I visit I’ll have to meet Shabazz along with several other dogs. Will be more than happy to bring my cats along for a meet and greet if you would allow that. They are leash trained :) Seem like Goofie is intrested is Shabazz too. She just came over and checked him out.

  13. Chelsey on December 16th, 2011 11:05 pm

    He is also pretty. I would love to have him. I bet my Harlie would love him so much.

  14. Chelsey on December 16th, 2011 11:07 pm

    And I just found out that you do adopt out of state. but not if you have an existing dog. Would you consider it if I brought my dog along? Just curious.

  15. Sean on December 19th, 2011 12:31 am

    I love what you do! You are so great giving second chances to anyone or anything :) that comes your way. I watch your show every saturday night. But, I have to watch it alone because my family thinks Pit Bulls are vicious! I plan to adopt a Pit Bull from you as soon as I move out of my parents house! Someday, I even hope to work or volunteer at Villalobos.
    Thank you for all that you do. It inspires me to do so much more!

  16. Jessica on December 19th, 2011 10:52 am

    You’re show is amazing! Its so great to know there are people like you in this world still putting their heart into something and working so hard to help these animals and people. I saw that you don’t adopt out of state to people who already have pets. My boyfriend is in the army so if we ever end up in your area I would love to adopt one of your dogs!

  17. susanne on December 28th, 2011 11:35 pm

    i had a pitbull named jenny that look alot like him. she lived till she was 18. i love pitbulls and i watch your show every saturday. i really want to start a pitbulll rescue. but first i have to get out high school.. i want to rescue all dogs but mainly pitbulls bacause they are the most misunderstud breed of dog. jenny was very sweet dog. i loved her very much. i miss her so much. i hope he fines his forever home soon.

  18. Mary valente on January 4th, 2012 11:45 am

    Would give shabazz all the love he has missed out on. Am home all day long and have a huge wooden fence. I have a laid back 7 year old black lab who is used to being with other dogs (raised with my 2 other labs who have since passed away. Also have a 3 year old Maine coon cat who is mostly outside even in cold weather. Sorry because of my other animals adoption of shabazz isnot an option. Hope she finds the home she deserves. I watch your show every Saturday. You truly are an inspiration. God bless you and your family.

  19. sandy romero on January 4th, 2012 11:56 am

    i love the dog i wish i could adopt him but i have 2 pitbulls already but it would be cool to have a third one soy they can be like the three amigos

  20. Hayley Henson on January 20th, 2012 12:47 pm

    Oh my goodness! When I saw this boy I immedietly fell in love! I love to adopt him but I have a female pitbull and a male pit/dalmation mix plus 3 cats. Would that work out? my dogs love all others dogs (:

  21. Teagan on January 24th, 2012 2:56 pm

    i wish i could have her but I have 3 dogs and 5 cats already. He very cute. I would to have him in my family. I luv him.

  22. vittorio on January 26th, 2012 10:19 am

    I will follow you on TV dal’italia of beautiful people and beautiful dogs you have any shame that I can not adopt one because I am very much hope that things will Alder vadono well down there and congratulations has beautiful daughters.

  23. Terri on January 26th, 2012 6:35 pm

    I discovered your tv show yesterday and I am beyond touched. I know very little about Pitbulls (other than the negative stories you so often hear) it was refreshing and eye opening to see these precious animals in a new light. I hopethat these pups find their furr-ever homes and happiness with loving stable families.

  24. Laura on January 31st, 2012 5:08 pm

    I think that the work that you and your team do is wonderful. I love pit bulls so much and sadly, my parents and family don’t like pitties conalstantly saying that they are bred to bite everything in sight.
    I am determined to own a pit bull to show them all what sweet, good natured dogs they are but I live in england so it would be a bit difficult to get one here. Eventually I would love to volunteer at you shelter and hopefully adopt one of your dogs.
    Good luck with everything

  25. Katlyn on February 4th, 2012 11:17 pm

    He is so cute. I wish I could adopt him, but I live all the way in Ohio and I have two dogs. My mom and boyfriend don’t like Pit Bulls so I know there’s no way I’ll be getting one until September. My boyfriend has a one year old daughter, so I know he wouldn’t let any Pit Bull near her. I love watching your show and just watched your newest episode and I love what and the guys at the center do! Its amazing :) We have an adopted black lab and when we went to go look for a dog, there were 2 Pit Bulls at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, I wanted to get one, but my mom said no =( I know that Pit Bulls aren’t that bad. <3

  26. Cassidy on February 5th, 2012 2:58 pm

    This dog would be perfect for my family because we have two cats and a dog but my parents said that one dog is enough but when I can get my own dog I’m going to get a Vialobos pitbull. It is so sad what people do to those poor animals. I want to help out as many animals as I can when I grow up.

  27. alexis on February 13th, 2012 2:48 pm

    ahhhhhh!!! Can i just take him now? <3

  28. Amelia on March 11th, 2012 4:29 am

    Dear Tia and Staff, I have to say, Pitbulls are really lucky to have you! You treat the dogs like they are in a 5 star resort! I am a HUGE fan of your show and of your program. I hope one day that people will understand pitbulls, because all the rumors that they will turn on you and that once they bite you they wont let go, they are not true! I don’t know why people say bad stuff about pits, if you ever see a mean pit it’s not because they are like that. Its because their owner made them like that. Maybe one day I will make a trip out to Villalobos and adopt one of your pits! I really want one! Thank you for all you do! Keep up the good work! :-)

  29. Chris Lewis on April 19th, 2012 3:55 pm

    I hope this dogs still here ’cause I can’t get him out of my head no matter what all i see from that dog(even thos its a picture) is a fun, loveing, kind, and a awesome dog that will make a great friend :) even if I don’t get him I still hope that he gets a amazin home!

  30. kallyn on May 5th, 2012 11:40 am

    hi tia,
    i love your show i watch it every day. i would love to come down and volenteer sometime but well im kind of still in grade school and my mom and dad dont like pitbulls i tried to convince them to ge one but they wont. they like golden retrievers but my dad wants an american bulldog but what bugs me is that there pretty much the same thing

  31. olivia on October 29th, 2012 7:43 pm

    hi its olivia 13 yer old i want to donate when im older i promas at least 10000

  32. Morgan Perry on November 23rd, 2012 4:06 pm

    I LOVE YOUR SHOW ! I am so happy tou moved to the south ! Now i have more of a chance of taking home one of your dogs. Pitbulls are a misunderstood breed of dogs and I am thankful that you do what you do. You are changing the animals lives are the parolees you help as well. Bless You Tia and I hope your dream will be accomplished where you wont have to rescue anymore.
    Thank You Tia for everything you do ! :)

  33. med on November 25th, 2012 1:09 pm

    omg….sooooo adorable. i love him soooo much wish i could have him but i already hve 2 dogs a gsp and a mut…tooooo bad my house is alreday crazy enough….sry

  34. Robert and Barbara Colwell on November 25th, 2012 5:59 pm

    We just filled out an app. We put prefer female but seeing this guy I don’t think it matters. I was reading this out loud and had to stop, to compose myself. If he is available we fell for this guy

  35. Vivienne on November 25th, 2012 10:56 pm

    Is Shabazz still with you? I see post is from February, 2011.

  36. aj on December 1st, 2012 5:58 pm

    this dog is so cuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttteeeeeeeee i love him so much i wach your show

  37. Jared on December 2nd, 2012 2:03 am

    What you do is an amazing thing
    And you are my idol. Also me and my mom
    Are animal people just like you. We have a dog
    2 cats and a rabbit. An some day soon we would
    Love 2 come down and volunter for a day or
    Two and meet you and your family and all the dogs

  38. Jared on December 2nd, 2012 2:08 am

    Also I love your show ive seen your shows
    From when you were in California and now while
    Your in New Orleans!!!!!!

  39. Mary Sue on December 2nd, 2012 11:06 am

    i love your show you are amazing i love all the dogs i wish my mom would let us get a dog but she doesn’t want one because we are never home so we don’t have time and we cant afford one but i love Shabazz hes adorable and its a good thing that hes good with cats because i have a cat so if we would have gotten him then it would be alright. i wish my mom would let me get a cat!!! :(

  40. Mary Sue on December 2nd, 2012 11:07 am

    i mean dog sorry my cat was on my mind at the same time as Shabazz.

  41. Mary Sue on December 2nd, 2012 11:08 am

    i mean dog sorry my cat was on the mind the same time as Shabazz.

  42. Amanda on December 2nd, 2012 3:02 pm

    Love at first sight. Sadly,I am struggling to make ends meet as it is but I hope this doll and all the babies you take care of find their forever home soon. Bless you and yours for what you do, you are absolutely inspiring.

  43. malik` on December 3rd, 2012 12:55 pm

    can you make ways for me too meet shabazz

  44. Danielle on December 3rd, 2012 9:51 pm

    I wish I didn’t live out of state, I would be very interested in adopting him. = (

  45. Lauren on December 4th, 2012 1:37 am

    How old is Shabazz and do you think he would be good with a little Schnauzer/Maltese mix? I am absolutely in love with him. I’m supposed to be moving out of my parent’s and getting my own place in August. If he is still up for adoption and I have the money, I would love to adopt him.

  46. kenia on December 6th, 2012 11:13 pm

    i love everything you do for these dogs. You are honestly a hero Tia.

  47. Salina Martinez on October 30th, 2013 11:08 am

    how old is he ? and does he get along with other pitts ?

  48. Mateo on November 2nd, 2013 2:13 pm

    Hi my name is mateo i am 11 years old iv always wanted a pitbull but my mom dose not like them do when i’m older i want to come a get a pitbull you have inspired me so much thank you so much

  49. Bobbi on November 8th, 2013 8:01 pm

    Gorgeous Guy, if I were closer id be all over this guy, he reminds me of my Bulldog Hoss that just passed on Sept. 28th. I really hope he finds his forever family. Good Luck guy, ill be watching for updates.

  50. Hyrchel on November 10th, 2013 2:37 pm

    Tia i love dogs i mostly pittbulls my mom said we cant have any dogs mostly because our landlord said so i wanted to know if you can talk to her about it i am 13 and i always wanted a dog. I love pittbulls because it is really sad how people treat that type of breed you can email me fyi i love your show please help me talk my mother into getting me a dog or puppy (rott or pittbull)

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