-This Season’s “You Watch, We Give” Episode Premieres August 26-
(New York, NY) Animal Planet’s popular series PIT BULLS & PAROLEES features Tia Torres, a true believer in second chances. For more than 20 years, Tia has dedicated her life to New Orleans-based Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull rescue center in the U.S. She has also offered a fresh start to parolees and a new lease on life to dogs that were discarded and demonized because of the reputation of their breed. PIT BULLS & PAROLEES is back this summer for an all-new season with new stories, but the same heart we know and love, beginning Saturday, August 5 at 9PM ET/PT.
After a long recovery from a devastating leg injury, Tia gets back into in full swing and relies on her children, their significant others and the parolees to help keep the ever-expanding rescue center running. Tia fights a never-ending battle that’s grown to include dogs of every type and size, in desperate need of help. Many are unwanted pets dumped on the road, found wandering in the swamps, or thrown over the Villalobos gates. It’s the reality of running the nation’s largest pit bull sanctuary, where each new day brings happiness or heartbreak – and sometimes both.
In addition to the summer season premiere, Animal Planet’s annual tradition of “You Watch, We Give” for PIT BULLS & PAROLEES will continue Saturday, August 26 at 9PM ET/PT to coincide with National Dog Day. “You Watch, We Give” takes place as part of Animal Planet's on-going commitment to make a positive impact in the animal world; the network will donate money to Villalobos Rescue Center with the total donation based upon the episode’s viewership. Animal Planet encourages viewers to tune in for “You Watch, We Give” to help drive its donations to Villalobos.
To support “You Watch, We Give” on Animal Planet’s social channels, fans are encouraged to share photos of their dogs with the #ShowUsYourPups hashtag across Twitter, Instagram or the Pit Bulls & Parolees Facebook page and it may appear on TV during the episode. In previous years, Animal Planet’s donations from “You Watch. We Give" has helped cover Villalobos' expenses, including veterinary bills and food and shelter costs for the rescued pit bulls.
To satiate fans desire for additional content, Animal Planet digital and social (AnimalPlanet.com, Pit Bulls & Parolees page on Facebook and Animal Planet on Facebook and Twitter via @AnimalPlanet) will be offering Tattoo Tales (WT), a series of all-new short form content where fans will get up close and personal with Tia and her family, along with the parolees, as they share the stories behind some of their most meaningful tattoos.
PIT BULLS & PAROLEES is produced for Animal Planet by 44 Blue Productions and Rive Gauche Television. Rasha Drachkovitch and Billy Cooper are the executive producers for 44 Blue Productions. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer and Patrick Keegan serves as supervising producer.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment, Closest to the Hole Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Leverage Entertainment, Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ present a PG-13, 107 minute, based on true events, Action, Drama, Thriller, directed by Peter Berg, screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand with a theater release date of September 30, 2016.
Tails of Triumph: Animals Tell Their Katrina Stories
Animals share inspiring tales of courage and survival with Pet Whisperer Terri Steuben as her rescue team takes them to safety from devastated post-Katrina New Orleans
To mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, animal communicator and disaster responder Terri Steuben offers a new book with a unique take on the historic event – the pets’ perspective, by the pets themselves.
Steuben was called in by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to join the largest animal rescue operation in U.S. history. During the two weeks she found and saved pets, Steuben kept a journal of what those dogs, cats and other animals told her telepathically. In her memoir, she gives the animals a voice by sharing powerful stories of triumph from courageous pets that lived through a nightmare and never gave up. She describes how they endured weeks of heat, humidity, fear and loneliness—sometimes without food and water—until they could be rescued. Steuben offers an uplifting side to the tragic events and the stories in her memoir are timeless tales of courage, determination, resourcefulness and love.
The 2005 disaster along the Gulf Coast proved to be a turning point for animals across the U.S. “Katrina’s silver lining was the passage of the HSUS-backed Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act in Congress and new state laws requiring attention to animals in disaster response,” writes Eric Sakach of the HSUS in the book’s foreword. The 2006 law means that states must accommodate pets and service animals in their disaster plans for evacuating residents. Says Steuben, “With every year that passes, I believe we are becoming more prepared to keep our pets safe from harm. I pray that this is so, because I don’t ever want to hear another traumatized animal say, ‘Why did Mommy and Daddy have to leave me?’”
About the Author: Terri Steuben is a popular animal communicator who has counseled thousands of pet owners for 25 years. Using her psychic abilities and practical experience, she helps people around the world better understand their animals and solve behavior and health problems. In addition, she is a trained disaster responder and teaches classes in how to keep animals safe in emergencies. She has deployed with the HSUS, United Animal Nations Emergency Animal Rescue Service and the Mounted Assistance Unit Equestrian Training Institute. She is also called to work alongside law enforcement officials in search-and-seizure operations involving animal hoarding and abuse. Steuben is the author of Secrets of a Pet Whisperer: Stop Telling Your Animals to Misbehave, a how-to communication guide for pet owners that also contains information and checklists on preparing for emergencies. Learn more at www.TerriSteuben.com.
Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Kramer & Sigman Films and Zaftig Films present a 104 minute, R rated, Comedy, Crime, Drama, directed and written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa with a theater release date of February 27, 2015.
Michael Waters - Director of Sales & Marketing will be joining Jon and Talkin' Pets to chat about Jon's stay and their beautiful pet friendly hotel. The Hotel Modern New Orleans welcomes you. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with complimentary drinks in our lobby and escorted to your room just as if you were staying at a close friend’s guesthouse – there is no front desk or lenghty check in process. Our 135 comfortable rooms were designed in-house with a modern eclectic aesthetic that mirrors New Orleans’ juxtaposition of Old World charm with New World diversity. Each of our rooms feature a spacious layout to meet the needs of our busy and well-traveled guests, hand-picked modern yet comfortable furniture, and a selection from our private antique collection. The Hotel Modern goes beyond the basics to offer an array of cultural amenities, such as thoughtfully curated books in every room, a live music series with international artists in our cocktail lounge, Bellocq, and worldly dining at our renowned restaurant, Tamarind.
Our Lounge takes its name from photographer E.J. Bellocq, who secretly photographed the madams of pre-prohibition New Orleans. It features a menu of original cocktail creations from Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Matthew Kohnke,the founders of Cure, the new Orleans bar named one of “(The Best Bars in America” by Esquire Magazine.
Acclaimed New Orleans chef Dominique Macquet (Dominique’s on Magazine), along with his chef de cuisine Quan Tran, have created their newest restaurant, Tamarind, at The Hotel Modern New Orleans. Named after the exotic tropical fruit Macquet enjoyed as a child growing up in Mauritius, the restaurant explores world cuisine in a warm and inviting setting from the perspective of nearly a century of French colonial presence in Vietnam. Tamarind also features an outdoor courtyard and a 60-seat private dining room. www.thehotelmodern.com
Red, White, and Blue Butterflies Flutter to the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium!
(New Orleans, La.)– In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium created a patriotic display made out of red, white and blue butterflies and visitors are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July with two full days of Red, White & Butterfly themed activities! The fun flutters in on Saturday, July 7 through Sunday, July 8 from 10am - 5pm.
In celebration of the newly renovated Butterfly Garden, guests will learn about the interesting life histories of several butterfly species, life spans, butterfly gardening, butterfly farming in other countries, and the differences between butterflies and moths. A butterfly release and chat are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Throughout the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, visitors will enjoy unique butterfly themed activities including up close views of butterfly wings using a "scope-on-a-rope" camera, butterfly specimen identification by the Entomology staff in the Field Camp, and hands on butterfly crafts.
Additional butterfly activities include:
- Butterfly-shaped balloons - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Beautiful butterfly dancers in the lobby - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Caricature portraits in butterfly form - Noon to 3:00 pm
- Butterfly face painting - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Roaming magician - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
All Red, White & Butterfly activities are included in general admission cost.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Audubon Butterfly Garden Insectarium prices are $16.00 for adults, $13.00 for seniors and $11.00 for children and free for Audubon Nature Institute members. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attraction. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located at 423 Canal Street in downtown New Orleans in the U.S. Custom House and is open from 10am to 5pm.
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ASPCA transports 43 dogs from New Orleans, La. to St. Hubert’s in Madison, N.J.
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) teamed up with the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA) in New Orleans, La., AnimalWorks in Alcoa, Tenn. and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. to relocate 43 dogs in a transport operation this week.
The transport—which began at the LA/SPCA in New Orleans, La. on Tuesday morning—made a stop at AnimalWorks, a spay/neuter clinic in Alcoa, Tenn., that provided staff and volunteers to help walk and care for the dogs before moving on to St. Hubert’s, where they arrived on Wednesday afternoon. Some of the dogs were then picked up by three New Jersey rescue partners who have agreed to help with placement: Humane Society of Atlantic County in Atlantic City; Jersey Shore Animal Center in Brick; and Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown. The dogs, which are a mix of different ages, sizes and breeds – including a nine-month old, 118 lb. Great Dane puppy named Leo – now will have a better chance to find a home as St. Hubert’s and the rescue partners place them up for adoption.
This week’s transport operation is the first of several between the LA/SPCA and St. Hubert’s in the coming months. Each transport will bring approximately 40-60 dogs from the Southeast—where there is an oversupply of them—to shelters in the Northeast where these types of dogs are in higher demand. The ASPCA Animal Relocation Initiative will fund all of the transports, which will occur once a month.
“The ASPCA Relocation Initiative works collaboratively to assist animals at risk, moving them to where they have the greatest opportunity to find a home,” said Sandy Monterose, senior director of community outreach for the ASPCA. “In much of the South where euthanasia rates are high, there are no shelters within the region or even in surrounding states that can absorb these animals. The most viable solution is to transport animals to areas of the country where they are most likely to be adopted. St. Hubert’s and their partners are providing a second chance for these dogs.”
“In our mission to advocate for animals in Louisiana, we have formed partnerships across the country with amazing organizations, like St. Hubert’s and Animalworks as well as the ASPCA, that are dedicated to saving the lives of animals everywhere,” said Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the LA/SPCA. “We are all united around a common goal to find forever homes for animals in need and this opportunity provides many animals in our community a second chance.”
“AnimalWorks is so pleased to have played a role in this life-saving effort,” said Jim Tedford, director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances at PetSafe, and AnimalWorks board member. “We recognize that the law of supply and demand also applies to our animal companions and are thrilled to see these remarkable dogs find their way to a part of the country where they are in great demand. Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State for good reason. The outpouring of support has been heartwarming. Our volunteers are anxiously awaiting the next transport!”
“St. Hubert’s is proud to be a part of this well organized, collaborative effort,” said St. Hubert’s President & CEO Heather Cammisa. “Working together we’re able to do that much more for animals, communities and the cause.”
Late last year, the ASPCA issued a $100,000 grant to the LA/SPCA for a transport vehicle, which will enable them to transport animals in the event of natural disasters, for spay/neuter services and to transport animals to rescue partners in N.J. The LA/SPCA vehicle currently is being manufactured and outfitted for use. Until its completion, Loving Friends Transport in Clearwater, Fla. is providing the transport services.
In addition to the ASPCA Animal Relocation Team, the LA/SPCA, AnimalWorks and St. Hubert’s, this transport operation was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the following groups:
- Humane Society of Atlantic County, Jersey Shore Animal Center, and Monmouth County SPCA – St. Hubert’s rescue partners in N.J. that converged at St. Hubert’s to each take some of the animals;
- PetSafe – for providing leadership and volunteers for the mid-way care of animals at AnimalWorks;
- University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine – for providing veterinarians and veterinary students who performed health checks at AnimalWorks to ensure continued health and safety during the trip; and
- Loving Friends Transport – for providing the transport vehicle and services until LA/SPCA’s new transport vehicle is ready.
Stay tuned to the ASPCA’s blog early next week for photos and video from the transport operation.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.
About the Louisiana SPCA
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is an organization devoted to improving the lives of animals and eliminating the homelessness, neglect and abuses that signal animal suffering. Chartered in 1888, our history has been paved with an understanding that only through an improved human-animal ethic can we better the lives of companion animals and that of our community. Our programs and services are infused with the highest standards of care and compassion. www.la-spca.org.
About St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
Founded in 1939, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of companion animals. Its services to the community include pet adoption and animal rescue, animal assisted therapy, humane education, dog training, and pet loss support. St. Hubert's Animal Center has shelters in Madison and North Branch, N.J. and a Dog Training School in Madison, N.J. For more information about St. Hubert's, call (973) 377-7094, or you may visit St. Hubert's on the Web at: www.sthuberts.org.
Founded in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, AnimalWorks is a low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter clinic located in Alcoa, Tenn. From 2001 to 2011, AnimalWorks also served as an animal adoption center, placing more than 55,000 pets into loving homes. In 2011, AnimalWorks refocused its core mission and began working exclusively on low-cost spay/neuter services. AnimalWorks has performed over 26,700 spay/neuter surgeries to-date, and has no residency requirements or income restrictions for its clientele. For more information on AnimalWorks, please visit www.animalworkstn.org.