The Villalobos Crew
Jake's connection to Villalobos runs deeper than any of the other parolees' working at the rescue. The oldest male in a family of 10 kids, Jake, born in Los Angeles, met Tia and her girls long before he was a parolee working at VRC. Jake's mother, who is a dog trainer, met Tia in the early days of Villalobos and fostered several of Tia's earliest rescue cases. They formed a friendship that lasts to this day. Jake has had several run-ins with the law, resulting in short stints in and out of prison. But on a fateful night in 2009, while he was riding a borrowed motorcycle, police attempted to pull Jake over for speeding. Knowing that he was carrying an unlicensed gun, he didn't stop. The cops followed Jake on a high-speed chase that resulted in a crash and Jake's arrest. Charged with felony evading of an officer and possession of an illegal firearm, Jake spent 10 months in prison.
Jake has since regained his place at the rescue after his stint in prison and is once again Tia's go-to guy and senior parolee (even though he has since successfully completed his parole program). He was pivotal in the success of moving Villalobos Rescue Center across the country, which was no easy feat. He has taken a liking to New Orleans and all this city has to offer and notices not only a change for the better in all of the dogs but himself as well.