VOLUNTEERING WITH VILLALOBOS
Thank you so much for inquiring about our volunteer programs. Where else can you go and have a great time with some great dogs but…..do it in the city of New Orleans! Before you make plans there are some things to consider. Because our facility and organization is connected to a TV show on Animal Planet, the public attention we receive can be overwhelming. For this reason we are limited to what the volunteers can do. This is not only for privacy reasons of our staff and cast but also safety reasons. All of our programs now have to be “monitored” by one of our regular VRC staff so we have to keep things somewhat structured. At this time we have 3-4 different ways you can volunteer with us. We get many requests for people coming into town on specific dates and want to volunteer on those specific dates also. Unfortunately we don’t have the manpower to adhere to every personal request so we’ve put forth a schedule to try and give you more options.
SATURDAY DOG WALKING
Our dog walking program takes place every Saturday (pending any bad weather such as extreme rain). It begins at 9:00 am and goes until about 11:00 am. Here you are assigned a dog and you WALK! It’s at your pace as you head down to the river, or a stroll down the neighborhood or maybe even visit the folks around the corner at our production office (of course we have a dog friendly production crew!) If walking isn’t your thing, then you can simply hang out with your new four legged friend and just have some good ole “one on one” that these dogs crave so much. If you have younger children, then this is the program that we recommend. Keeping track of kids and K9′s can be challenging so with this program, you can just “hang out” or go for a short walk. During the summer months we bring out the kiddie pools and that’s when some real fun begins! If this sounds like something you’d like to do then contact our volunteer coordinator Rita at: firstname.lastname@example.org From there she will assign you to our New Orleans volunteer contact: Miss Carol. And once again, thank you for loving our dogs as much as we do!
Well its not quite as mysterious as it sounds but it is pretty cool. Like our Saturday program, you walk dogs. The difference in this one is that you go out in a “pack walk” or “group walk”. This program caters to our special needs dogs. These are dogs that do not do well out in the main kennel environment so we’ve set up indoor housing for them. For this reason, they need to go out more frequently with their last walk of the night being from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm…..no matter what the weather is! The walks go for about a mile and take you on various routes throughout the neighborhood. Okay…I have to admit….it does make you feel kinda cool as this big ole pack of dogs is walking down the street and people are honking and waving. This city loves its dogs! Because there are many distractions on this walk and it can get a little bit tiring, we don’t recommend small children for this. To get more information on this program, again email our coordinator Rita at: email@example.com or simply stop by any night. Our “lead walkers” Jenny, Lizzy or Bre will be there to take charge and get you started!
BULLY BOOT CAMP
It’s just like it sounds…..tough! This is your chance to live and work EXACTLY like the staff and cast of Villalobos Rescue Center/Pit Bulls & Parolees. On TV, you only see 45 minutes of what we go through and this will not only put you in our shoes but you will get a very up close and behind the scenes of what our life is like. You will start your day (8:00 am) with walking some of the special needs dogs and then go right into kennel duties consisting of: picking up poop, cleaning dog houses, etc. Then there are special projects throughout the day and more dog walking. These are 12 hour days and you must be in decent physical shape. It’s a long hard day and we don’t recommend this program for children. It is a 5 day program and the guidelines are strict. If you are interested and we still haven’t scared you off…., you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
These can be anything from minor construction to “destruction”. Or a major cleaning project or traveling out to our various country locations and taking care of the dogs there. Unfortunately we have no way of knowing too far ahead of time when these pop up. But if something is going on during your time with us, we will be sure to give you that option.