Pitbulls have developed a bad reputation over the years due to illegal dog-fighting rings. While this particular breed of dog is often associated with aggression, it turns out that this is actually a HUGE myth!
One woman fighting to stop this stereotype is Tia Torres, who runs a pitbull shelter called the Villalobos Rescue Center – but it’s a little complicated more than that. Torres, in an interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show, explained how her program’s mission is to help these dogs finds home and socialize with people while also helping reform convicted criminals.
Talking about her show on Animal Planet, Torres said this about the Villalobos Rescue Center: “It [the show] takes the most malign breed of dog in the entire world and pairs them up with newly released convicts from prison.”
“Ultimately they teach each other,” Torres told Ellen. “The dogs don’t judge – the dogs don’t care if you have a bad past or if you have tattoos. They just love you back.”
The Villalobos Rescue Center houses about 250 pitbulls and thanks to the show, many more people are aware of the pet-homelessness epidemic. According to Torres, there’s an overwhelming demand for dogs to be housed in her shelter and it can be challenging to find pitbulls homes because of their unfortunate stereotype.
“It’s about responsibility,” said Torres. Part of the biggest problem with pet abandonment is the lack of ownership when it comes to caring for pets.
Hopefully, with the help of amazing people like Tia Torres, more wonderful dogs can find loving homes! Hats off to you, Tia!
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