Pit Bulls and Parolees has been canceled and the show will not be continuing on Animal Planet, but it will have new content on The Rabid Reality.
Pit Bulls and Parolees follows Tia Torres and the Villalobos Rescue Center team as they attempt to rescue and care for abused dogs.
However, the show has been canceled and the most recent season will be their last. The show will then continue in a different network capacity called The Rabid Reality.
About Pit Bulls and Parolees
The Pit Bulls and Parolees show first aired in 2009 on Animal Planet, but the most recent season of the show has been moved to Discovery+.
The show quickly became popular as viewers tuned in to watch the show’s head, Tia Torres, and her team at the Villalobos Rescue Center as they rescued, cared for, and tried to re-home pit bulls all over the country.
Tia has managed the centre for over 30 years, but the stories of her family, the dogs, and parolees that work for the Villalobos Rescue Center have captured the hearts of the show’s fans as the parolees work to restore their reputations and bond with the animals, and the dogs try their hardest to recover from the abuse that they have suffered.
Has Pit Bulls and Parolees been canceled?
Since the show has done such a fantastic job getting viewers invested in the Villalobos Rescue Center and the work that they do to ensure the continued welfare of the animals that they rescue and look after, many fans of the show have been wondering how long it will continue.
Unfortunately, Tia Torres has announced on the Villalobos Rescue Center’s Facebook page that the most recent season of the Pit Bulls and Parolees show, which premiered on 22 October 2022, will be their last season on Animal Planet or Discovery+.
She also added that the show has essentially been canceled as a result of Animal Planet being sold and there are no new plans for filming to continue.
This comes as sad news to many fans of the show, as Pit Bulls and Parolees has been on the air for 13 years.
However, Tia does remind fans that the ending of the show does not mean that Villalobos is closing its doors. She and her team plan on continuing their efforts to save as many dogs as they can.
Tia and the Villalobos Rescue Center team plan on supporting their continued efforts by continuing with their show, now airing under the new name of “Life with the Underdogs” on Tia’s new platform called The Rabid Reality.
Why is Pit Bulls and Parolees ending?
Tia makes it very clear in her Facebook post that Pit Bulls and Parolees was not canceled due to low ratings or viewership, but rather that the network, including many of the shows under the Discovery umbrella, have been sold to Warner Bros.
She claimed that this has led to lower filming budgets, the merging of networks, consolidation, and more, which is why not much has been happening at Animal Planet in general.
As a result, no filming has taken place for Pit Bulls and Parolees in over a year and with the financial losses that the centre took because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it just became clear to Tia that the show would not be continuing in the future.
What is The Rabid Reality?
Tia has also gone to social media to explain that even though she has pitched multiple ideas for television shows and documentaries to executives to try and find a different avenue for the show to continue and for them to continue their efforts with the centre, none of these efforts have been fruitful.
This is why she decided to create her own platform, The Rabid Reality, which is a website where fans can get access to a variety of content including the new Life with the Underdogs show, podcasts and web series, for a small monthly donation of $3, $5, or $10 on Patreon.
These varying tiers will give viewers access to different levels of content and the donations will go directly towards the dogs of Villalobos Rescue Center.
What does the future hold for the Villalobos Rescue Center?
The Rabid Reality platform means that even though the show has been canceled, the stories that fans have grown so fond of and the work that the Villalobos Rescue Center does will be able to continue, just in a different capacity with the help of these donations.
Tia is adamant that the centre was there long before Pit Bulls and Parolees started and that their work will continue long after it is no longer on the air.