Help us buy a reliable adoption transport motor home

For: Villalobos Rescue Center, Pets in the Hood, Inc.
New Orleans, LA
Organizer: Villalobos Rescue Center, Pets in the Hood, Inc.
$40,000
of $85,000 goal.
Raised by 984 donors
47% Complete
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The Story

As most of you know, we do adoptions all over the country. And 95% of our adoptions are actually out of the state of Louisiana. And it is because of this, that we depend so much on our motor home. Although a 1997, she's carried us and so many dogs all over the U.S. Sure there have been some "hiccups" along the way (flat tires, heater stopped working in the middle of winter, etc).  

But this week, she suffered a big blow. Our transmission caught on fire in Kingman, Arizona and our VRC boys had to hop into 911 mode and get all 10 dogs out while still trying to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. It was probably one of the scariest moments we have ever had happen but thanks to the good folks of Kingman, AZ, they too hopped into 911 action and helped get our people and dogs into a nearby hotel.

We are attempting to have the motor home fixed in Kingman so that we can limp her home but this will be her final journey.  We have no choice but to somehow come up with the money to buy a new and more dependable mode of transporting our dogs from state to state to ensure they get to their new forever homes. Unfortunately, we just do not have the kind of money it takes to buy the proper RV.

We have found one that would work as it has a "toy hauler" section (it's like a mini garage area) within the RV itself. This would be a perfect place to house the dogs on transport. It is air conditioned and the motor home itself is a 2013 model with only 26,000 miles.  We have attempted to get one donated but sadly...no one wants to donate to us so we have no choice but to raise the money to purchase this motorhome as quickly as possible so that we can get back on the road.

For every dollar you donate, you are literally helping a dog from VRC have their forever happy ending. And yes we wish that we did not have to ask for help but at this time, we are desperate and have no choice but to be humbled and admit defeat. We need you help. They (the dogs) need your help.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 9, 2017

Posted on March 9, 2017

Thanks to everyone who has made a donation to or shared this page of our important fundraising project for another motor home.

We are almost at a milestone of 40% of what we need to be donated to be able to purchase this special motor home. We didn't include taxes, registration or any other fees, including going to pick it up in our estimate, but we will figure out that part once we get to that point in the process.

Because 95% of our adoptions are in other states than Louisiana, there will be very few adoptions without a reliable vehicle that is almost constantly in use. We use it to drive groups of dogs to their new homes along the different routes we have made to efficiently deliver multiple dogs on one trip. Without this important piece of the pie of a more reliable newer and more dependable motor home, our adoptions and home deliveries cannot continue very far away from our home base. We also use this method of transferring dogs to other rescue groups which we have hand-picked to partner with us.

We are dependent upon another motor home because one person can be sleeping and the dogs kept in comfortable temps while another person drives. By using a motor home, we save time and money on motels and eating restaurant food while on the road because a motor home has sleeping and cooking facilities as well as a refrigerator, etc.

Please share this link with your friends and family members. Let them know we're getting closer to our goal. We need to stir up the excited momentum we had a few days ago! The donations have naturally slowed down significantly, but we will continue to plug away and put one foot in front of the other just like we have been doing for over 20 years.

Thank you again.

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Villalobos Rescue Center, Pets in the Hood, Inc.

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