Breaking news from the Villalobos Rescue Center
Tehachapi, CA — The quaint town of Tehachapi appealed to Tia Torres, founder of the Villalobos Rescue Center. The picturesque countryside seemed fitting for her vision of a healing sanctuary for last chance pit bulls — her specialty.
Though the country setting seems ideal, there is a person living here who has made it her mission to take down the plans for the relocation of the Villalobos Rescue Center.
This individual is petitioning city officials — pleading with them to halt the plans to develop property into a sanctuary for last-chance dogs.
Unfortunately, this individual is lashing out before asking questions. She is petitioning, instead of conversing. She is spewing hatred which reveals her lack of knowledge about the entire project.
According to Torres,
This woman lives nowhere near the new place yet she, for some reason wants to shut down an organization that helps men and women get on the right track to life, counsels troubled youth, has Girl and Boy Scouts visit on a regular basis and was willing to become the ‘unofficial’ Tehachapi Animal Shelter and handle the stray dog population while attempting to find any ‘lost owners.’ We had also set up a ‘Rewards Program’ that we were willing to share with the local businesses, that would’ve given them more income and also bring in more donations for us.
Sadly, the individual seems to be operating on preconceived notions about pit bulls — wrongly assuming that “vicious” dogs will be invading “her neighborhood” — anticipating problems, where none need to exist.
A petition has been started by the Villalobos Rescue Center — created just 24 hours ago, the document already has over 5,000 signatures.
Thankfully, many people are in full support of this venture and they are more than willing to put their name down as an enthusiastic backer of the endeavor.
You can read and sign the petition at this link.
From Torres, with regards to needed support for this venture,
We are doing everything by the book by applying for the proper permits, etc. We have our county hearing on March 10th, 7:00 p.m. in Bakersfield. If you would like to send a letter/email of support or even show up, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send out more information. Your letters have to be received by Feb. 22nd. Please be polite and professional in your response. Remember this is not an issue with the county.
If this one angry individual is successful in her attack, the entire rescue operation could cease to exist. Villalobos Rescue Center has been instrumental in the rehabilitation of dogs that had no other source of hope.
To lose this amazing resource would be a travesty — especially if it were to be lost to an individual on a witch hunt.
Please take a moment to read and sign the petition and send off your own letters of support. The one outspoken protestor wrongly believes that everyone in this area opposes the relocation of the rescue to Tehachapi.
Letters of support will help prove that her notions wrong.
Villalobos Rescue Center steps in to help when others won’t, or can’t. Don’t miss your opportunity to step up and show your support for the individuals that are out making a difference in the lives of these dogs every day.
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