Choo Choo was one of two stray dogs who had made a dangerous home for themselves on the train tracks next to our rescue. When we were alerted to these dogs, running in between the trains, we knew they were going to be hard to catch. And they were. Sadly, before we could successfully trap them, Choo Choo's mate, the female, was hit by a car and died. That just made us more determined to catch Choo Choo and finally, after several failed attempts, we had him.
For now, he is not ready for adoption but he is certainly happy to be off the streets. He has made friends with a couple of his kennel workers and while we know he has a way to go before he trusts everyone again, he is safe but he would love himself some sponsors. You can find treats and toys on our wish lists for Amazon or PetFlow.
Poor Norman – this is the first thing Tia came back from her Austin road trip. A good Samaritan found this little guy with his nose ripped off….literally. We raced him to the emergency vet where he was stabilized. No one is quite sure how it happened and it appears he had been wandering around for some time with this horrible injury. We have named him "Norman" after his good Samaritan and now the waiting game begins. Norman will need some sponsors for his vet bill and and any and all help is so much appreciated. You can donate to our vet bill directly by calling the good folks at Cypress Lake Animal Hospital, 38316 Hwy 929, Prairieville, LA 70769 or call them at 225-313-3057. Just be sure you indicate this is for the Villalobos Rescue bill for Norman.
This little street dog has one of the most miraculous rescue stories in the history of Villalobos Rescue Center. After falling down 40 feet into the run off from a pumping station here in New Orleans, landing in the alligator infested waters are actually what saved his life. Narrowly escaping them, he managed to crawl up onto a concrete slab where he remained for days until construction workers heard his cries. After putting together a very elaborate rescue plan, we managed to haul "Gemmill" up to safety. He is currently going through heart worm treatment and still adjusting to people (he can be just a little bit shy) but soon he will be available for adoption. But for now he and his buddies here at Villalobos will continue to spend quality time together and talk of happy times to come.
Brinkley was found at one of many shipping yards here in the Upper 9th Ward in New Orleans. He was all alone and so afraid. Sadly Brinkley never got over his fear of people and the big world in general. He is at one of our special needs locations here in New Orleans where he has only grown to trust a very small circle of human friends. For this reason, Brinkley is not available for contact visits but appreciates your sponsorship and any toys you would like to send as he likes to play and share with his other K9 friends
Yes this little guy has a very sad face. And he has every right to be. You see Brownee lost his best friend in the world: his owner, his constant companion Mr.Murray. We first met them when Mr. Murray, a kind and compassionate elderly man who needed help with his dogs. He wasn't in the best health so he couldn't do much on his own, so we offered to get his dogs into safe enclosures (and off of their cables they were tied to) and have both dogs, Red and Brownee, taken to the vet for medical check ups. It turned out that Red had a serious infection in his lungs and before we could do any emergency work, Red passed away at the vet. Mr. Murray was beyond distraught and it was the though of losing Brownee that kept him strong. Though Brownee had some minor medical issues, he was going to be okay. Then a few weeks went by and we got a call that a "red Pit Bull microchipped to us" had ended up at the shelter here in New Orleans. When we went to pick him up, we realized that it was Brownee and we were puzzled because Mr. Murray would never leave Brownee alone. They were together all the time. When we called Mr. Murray's house an unfamiliar voice answered and identified himself as a relative. He informed us that Mr. Murray had passed away a few days prior and that when they went to feed Brownee, he had bolted out the gate and ran away. He knew that his best friend in the world had left him. He ran like the wind and didn't stop for anyone. Where he was going, we'll never know. But what we do know is that he's scared and lonely and misses his Mr. Murray terribly. Brownee is a gentle dog and perfect in the house. Brownee is also available for adoption but due to his emotional trauma, he has to go to a very patient, quiet and special home and we realize he may be somewhat difficult to adopt out. Thus the reason we have also kept him on the sponsorship page. He is still grieving but getting better with each day that passes. They say "time heals all". We just hope that someday "that time" will be with you. At this time, Brownee is available for contact visits but very limited due to his sometimes shy behavior.
The matriarch figure of the "The Ghost Dogs of St. Roch", she managed to survive through Hurricane Katrina and live on the streets of New Orleans for the past 7 years. Having litter after litter, she did her best to keep her families safe by living under an abandoned house across from the St. Roch cemetery. Sadly with each year, she watched her puppies get killed by speeding cars, stolen by street thugs and die from disease. The locals in the area admired her courage and her strength yet were intrigued by how she was able to elude from being captured by rescuers after so many years. And many were also mystified by the fact that of all the houses to live under, was the one across from this particular cemetery named after a Saint who was known from traveling with his constant canine companion while he helped people in need. Some wondered if it was St. Roch himself that kept "Mama Ghost Dog" alive all these years. Or maybe it was just plain survival instinct. Whatever the case may be, she is one of the most magnificent dogs we have ever encountered. Just being in her presence, you feel something magical, spiritual surround you. Though she is not ready for a home yet, she has another purpose until that time. This is a dog that has proven that with determination, tenacity and for the love of her family, you can make it. She is truly a blessed animal.