If you are interested in adopting a Bulldog, consider contacting an English Bulldog rescue organization. There are many Bullies in various life stages that need rescuing. Compassionate dog enthusiasts have an opportunity to save a life and provide a good home for a dog that desperately needs one.
About English Bulldogs
The English Bulldog, also known as the "British Bulldog", "Bulldog" or simply "Bully", is a medium-sized dog that ranges in weight between 40 and 50 pounds. These dogs have thick shoulders and a large head with folds of fat surrounding lively round, dark eyes and a short muzzle to form the distinctive Bulldog face. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes the English Bulldog as a Bulldog.
Bulldogs can trace their origins to England in the 1500s. The dog breed was originally bred to fight. However, breeders have bred them as companion dogs since the mid-1800s. Today, Bullies are friendly and affectionate companion dogs. While these dogs can be stubborn and some may be resistant to training, they are generally highly intelligent, trainable and well-behaved.
Why English Bulldogs Need Rescuing
Bulldogs ends up in a rescue organization for a number of reasons and many are not the dog's fault. Some common reasons these animals end up in rescue include:
- The dog owner passes away, and no one in the family can care for the dog.
- A dog owner does not have time to care for the dog.
- The dog's family moves and cannot take their pet with them.
- A dog is abandoned, and the rescue group finds him in an animal shelter.
- The dog's owner cannot afford expensive veterinary care for the dog's health condition.
- The dog is difficult to train and the owner does not have the patience to work with it.
Rescuing an English Bulldog
When deciding whether to adopt a Bulldog from a breeder or a rescue dog, think about the following:
- Rescuing a dog literally saves his life.
- Do you want a puppy or an adult dog? An adult rescue dog may already be potty trained and will still form a strong and loving bond with you.
- Do you have the time to work with a rescue dog that may have existing behavioral issues? The end results can be very rewarding.
- Are you willing to take in a dog with health problems to make his life more comfortable and happy?
Rescuing an English Bulldog is a very rewarding experience. The benefits include:
- A rescue dog is often extremely grateful to have a new home. A rescued Bulldog is usually very affectionate and bonds with you quickly.
- You will be proud to know that your adoption saved a dog's life. Your rescue gave him a home when it was possible that he might not have ever found one.
- Any donation or adoption fee goes toward the care of other rescue Bulldogs and the support of rescue efforts.
What to Look For in a Rescue Group
When you search for a rescue group, it is important to make sure that the group is legitimate and highly regarded.
Choosing a Rescue Group
The AKC recommends English Bulldog rescue groups that are affiliated with The Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network. In general, look for the following:
- Make sure the group is offering purebred Bulldogs for rescue if you want a purebred. There are several different Bulldog breeds and some mixed Bulldog breeds. Familiarize yourself with the AKC breed standard to recognize purebred Bulldogs.
- The rescue organization should have a screening process and comprehensive application that asks you many questions about the type of home you can provide for the dog. They will also want to find out more about you to make sure they select a dog compatible with your personality, family and lifestyle. They may visit your home, talk to your veterinarian and watch your family interact with the dog before finalizing the adoption.
- The rescue group will ask you to sign a contract that states that you will not surrender the dog to an animal shelter. They will take the dog back if the adoption does not work out.
- The organization should not be willing to ship the dog. Don't deal with any rescue group or breeder who is willing to ship a dog.
List of English Bulldog Rescue Groups
Examples of rescue groups you may want to consider include:
- The Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network (National network)
- Cascade Bulldog Rescue/Rehome, Inc. (WA, OR, ID, MT, AR and Canada)
- Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (IL)
- MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue (NY, NJ,PA, DE and MD)
- HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue (NJ, PA, DE and MD)
- Long Island Bulldog Rescue (NY and NJ)
- Georgia Bulldog Rescue (GA)
- On the Rebound Bulldog Rescue (D.C., VA, MD, NC and SC)
- Lone Star Bulldog Club (TX)
- Smoky Mountain Bulldog Rescue (TN, KY, AL)
- San Diego Bulldog Rescue (CA)
- Southern California Bulldog Rescue (CA)
- Florida English Bulldog Rescue (FL)
- Buddies Through Bullies (FL)
- The Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust (UK)
More Resources for Rescue Groups
The following websites have Bulldog rescue group lists:
Are You Ready for a Rescue?
If you are ready to bring an English Bulldog into your home, rescue is a terrific option. Adopting a Bulldog can bring a loving new family member into your home that will soon become a treasured companion. .