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.
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.
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.
Dylan has been with us since birth. His life started off horrible from the second he came into this world. He and his litter mates along with his mother (Roxy Mama) were left at a hotel after their owner got arrested for drugs. They were then taken to someone's backyard, where it was soon determined that Roxy Mama was too aggressive for anyone to handle. Villalobos Rescue Center got involved and brought the entire family to their facility. As the puppies grew up, we began to notice that some were great but there were others that had "issues". Dylan was one of them. Unfortunately he took after his mother and just didn't accept too many people into his inner circle. So he remained with us where he is a big ole long legged goofball who actually prefers to play with little dogs over anyone else. Dylan may be a little "off" but we love him regardless.
Dakota (the big brown male) and Riley (the brindle female) are probably one of the saddest cases we've had. We get hundreds of calls and emails for pleas for help. This pair had been running loose in a suburb of San Antonio, TX. for about a year. No one could get near them because of their fear of people. As if that wasn't bad enough, they had gotten into a tussle with a porcupine and their eyes, face, mouth, tongues were filled with painful quills. As the good samaritan watched the infection grow with each day, we were all finally able to network with a wildlife rescue who were able to trap them (http://www.wildlife-rescue.org) Villalobos drove down to Texas and picked up the shy couple. Though sweet, they are still so afraid of people but at least now realize they are safe.
Like his name, he has the muscles of one of the mightest animals of the African plane. When he trots across the yard, you can feel the Earth shudder. But then you look at this silly crossed eyed face and you just have to laugh. Rhino is two French fries short of a Happy Meal but with looks like his, who cares? He loves his baby pool and though he's too thick to go for long walks. If you're looking to take a walk on the wild side, then sponsoring this beast is for you!
Our resident gargoyle awaits your presence. Calibos has always been a mysterious yet spunky character. But don't let his monster like looks scare you off. He's actually a very lovable guy and LOVES to play in the water after a nice long walk. If you're looking for a "wild" time then this little creature needs your sponsorship!
This cutie pie is a Pit Bull/Lab mix or what we call a "Plab". And he totally acts like a goofy Lab. This little guy gave me quite the adventure when I first met him. I got a distress call from an entire neighborhood that a stray Pit Bull had somehow gotten into someone's backyard and was acting aggressive and no one could get near it. Animal Control had been called and they didn't have the time to get out there. So I went to the house and there was who I now call "Baby Leroy". Growling and shaking, it took me about an hour of wrestling with him in the bushes, under the house, you name it, but I finally convinced him I was his friend. The second I put a leash on him, he completely remembered he was a dog and became the sweetest pooch ever. Baby Leroy is a handful but silly at the same time. He can be a little insecure and loves his crate (its his security blanket) Unfortunately as time went on, his securities grew even stronger and to the point where he is unadoptable.
This ebony beauty is one of our Hurricane Gustav dogs which means he survived a horrible natural disaster along with his other buddies: Buttercup, Sharky, Spot, Sweet Pea and Tiki. With the help of Best Friend's Animal Sanctuary who made the long drive out to California, in the middle of the night, they brought us our latest "hurricane crew". Now back in his home state of Louisiana, King is a confident and strong willed dog. He does behave around other dogs but does need to be the only dog in the home. He also has some basic obedience on him and is very intelligent and wants to learn more. He will need an experienced large dog person but he actually does better with women. Don't get me wrong, he's not aggressive with men but he will push their buttons. With women he's so affectionate and wants to please and melts in their lap. So ladies if you're looking for tall, dark and handsome and you want to feel safe at night, then this guy is YOUR GUY. At this time he is also listed as a Pit Pal due to the fact that it will take a very special and experienced dog handler to bring King into their home. For that reason, it will be difficult but not impossible to find the right home for him.