Pit bulls are one of the most misunderstood breeds among dogs. Over the years, because of these actually gentle pets being associated with gangs, dog fighting, mauling, and attacks, they have been unfortunately branded as “killer” dogs. This misjudgment leads to so many of these adorable dogs being abandoned and left to fend on their own. Facing a similar state are recently released inmates on parole, who are branded as the pariahs of the civil society.
‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’ is an animal-centric show that attempts to end this discrimination by bringing together pit bulls and parolees and offering them a chance for rehabilitation. It is one of Animal Planet’s longest-running series and has won multiple awards. It features the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, which is home to over 400 pit bulls. The institute is run by ex-convicts on parole and aims to provide forever homes to man’s best friend while offering former inmates a chance at redemption.
‘Pit Bulls & Parolees’ premiered originally on October 30, 2009. It is produced by 44 Blue Productions for Animal Planet and Rive Gauche Television. Rasha Drachkovitch, Billy Cooper and Jen Bies are credited as the executive producers for 44 Blue Productions. Lisa Lucas is executive producer for Animal Planet. After spanning 13 successful seasons, the question is when will ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’ season 14 release?. Here is everything we know.
Who’s the Host of Pit Bulls and Parolees?
Tia Torres, the founder of Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest facility for pit bulls in the US, is credited both as the star and host of this fan-favorite show on Animal Planet. A native of Southern California, Torres used to love and care for stray dogs when she was just a child. She and the Los Angeles City Animal Services joined hands to create “The Pit Bull Support Group” in 1999 in California.
Gradually, after receiving widespread support from animal lovers all across America, the group metamorphosed into Villalobos Rescue Center, which also takes in parolees, for whom it is almost impossible to find jobs after getting out of prison. The institute gives them a chance to do community service as workers at the center. Later, owing to stricter rules regarding adoption in California, Tia shifted the center to New Orleans.
Alongside Tia, the pit bulls, and parolees, who are the stars of the show, we also meet her daughters (Tania and Mariah) and her adopted twin sons (Kanani and Keli’i).
What is Pit Bulls and Parolees About?
‘Pit Bulls & Parolees’ follows the regular activities that take place at the Villalobos Rescue Center, as its crew attempts to rescue and re-home abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs. The primary aim of this show is to help its founder, Tia Torres, pay the bills for running her center — which almost amounts to $80,000 per month. As per Tia, “My mission is to rescue. My hope is that one day I won’t have to.” The series chronicles the multiple highs and lows of animal rescue, as Tia and her family do everything possible to give a second chance to pit bulls and parolees.
Season 14 of ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’ features former adopters who return to Villalobos, planning to add another four-legged member to their family. Meanwhile, Lizzy, Tania, and Mariah get busy in building a “retirement center” at one of the warehouses to serve as a special place for senior dogs. The crew also gets together to celebrate a much-needed holiday on Halloween, which announces a new benefit plan for hundreds of rescue dogs.
Among the rescues, we meet a neglected dog with a severe skin condition and strays that are extremely challenging to catch and bring to the center. Across the episodes, we are introduced to families from Idaho and Florida to Wisconsin, wishing to adopt a new furry friend.
Toward the end of the season, Tia teams up with Amanda Giese from ‘Amanda to the Rescue’ and the duo joins hands to help a shy dog named Bean, who suffers from a bad leg injury. There is also this adorable story about Mai Tai and Sweet Roll, deaf mother-daughter dogs, and Super Scootie, a tiny, abandoned Pomeranian having flipper paws, who is in need of extensive dental treatment.