Pit Bulls & Parolees is a reality show televised on the American Animal Planet cable channel. It premiered on October 30, 2009, attracting over 16 million international viewers since its debut. The show features the Villalobos Rescue Center, the United States' largest pit bull animal shelter, with approximately 150 to 200 dogs. Pit Bulls & Parolees depicts the day-to-day operations at Villalobos, including rescues of abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs, and the Center's efforts to adopt out dogs to new owners. The Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC) founder, Tia Maria Torres, agreed to be on the show to pay for Villalobos' $20,000 per month bills. The show's main focus is the interaction between Tia, her dogs, and the parolees who work for her, during daily care and training duties, and pit bull rescue missions. The center 'works ceaselessly to give pit bulls another chance in life. Each and every dog taken in gets spayed or neutered and is given any medical treatment necessary.