Bull Terrier Rescue Information
Rescue Bullies Available for Adoption
There are a number of wonderful bullies in need of forever homes.
Please see the dogs currently available at the Rescue Report link on this website.
All available bullies in our rescue program are listed on our weekly Rescue Report which is usually updated on Fridays, and sadly, we get new dogs into our program all the time.
All our rescued dogs are spayed/neutered, brought up to date with shots & wormer, heartworm tested/treated and microchipped. Adoption fees can typically range from around $325 and up depending on the individual dog and the amount of veterinary expenses we have incurred.
As you may be aware, bull terriers can often be very rambunctious dogs and tend to play rough. For this reason, we do not ordinarily place dogs in homes where there are children under the age of 7 as a young child could very easily be knocked over or injured unintentionally by a bull terrier at play. We do sometimes have owner surrenders in our program who have been raised around young children, or more mature dogs who have outgrown the rambunctious stage and in those circumstances we would consider placing the dog with a family with smaller children. However, please note that it may be a lengthy wait for the right dog to come along. Also, we do not place dogs in homes with cats. We prefer to err on the side of caution in this circumstance because the prey drive of a dog witnessed in a foster home may not be the same as when the dog has become comfortable its new home. Therefore, we prefer to keep your cats safe than to be sorry.
The first step in the adoption process is for you to complete and submit the Adoption Application form online, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find this document at the Rescue Adoption Application link on this website. Then we can have someone call you to discuss available dogs and arrange a home-visit.
We work closely with all our applicants to help them find exactly the right dog for their home, family and lifestyle. Then we will be ready to move forward as soon as a dog becomes available that you are interested in. Please don't wait to complete the form, as you may miss out!
CAVEAT EMPTOR - LET THE BUYER BEWARE!
Bull Terrier Rescue is seeing an alarming number of bully puppies being sold via the Internet and on Craigslist. As a result, these new owners are contacting us for help with aggression issues, deafness, demodectic mange, and various other health issues. The sale of these puppies is earning the back-yard breeders huge sums of money. New owners have little or no recourse to recover their money and these dogs are not eligible for showing or breeding a registered litter. They are bred from non health-tested breeding stock, are sold without a contract or health guarantee and some are not AKC registered.
A reputable breeder will be able to supply you with copies of health testing results for BAER (hearing), heart, kidneys and patellas on both the sire and dam of your puppy. They will ask you to sign a contract so that you have a health guarantee on the puppy and you will be able to return the puppy for a refund should there be any problems. Temperament is of utmost importance to a reputable breeder. You should be able to see the dam of the litter. The sire of the litter is usually not owned by the breeder. Good breeders devote a lot of love and attention to their litters. They breed for healthy bullies with sound temperaments! They do not sell puppies at 6 weeks of age but require the pups to stay in the litter until 8-12 weeks so that they learn appropriate behavior from their littermates and dam. An immediate red flag to a potential buyer is when the breeder will not let you come to his home or see his breeding stock.
If you are looking for a Bull Terrier, please contact us and we can give you a list of available puppies and can refer you to the closest recommended breeder - or you may wish to consider giving a home to one of our rescued bullies (all our rescues are temperament evaluated in a foster home, spayed/neutered, brought up to date with shots and any health issues dealt with before you take them home). We will provide follow-up support and advice when you need it - not just take your money and disappear!!
These are just a couple of the horror stories we have been told about recently:
"I put a deposit down on one of these mini bull terriers. The deposit was half the cost, when I got up there to pick up the pup (and pay the rest of the money), he told me I would have to pay more than what he originally said and had listed! I drove 3 hours for him to tell me that I had to pay $200 over what he originally told me or I couldn't have the puppy! I still had to pay for gas on the way home, so I didn't have enough to get my dog. And he won't return my deposit. This guy is shady. His dogs aren't registered or health tested and they are too big to be miniature. I was too blinded by the pics of my new pup to realize the red flags. He won't let people know his name or where he keeps the puppies, he will meet you at PetSmart."
"I purchased my puppy from a breeder here in Houston who has an impressive website. I visited the breeder's home and should have known better after seeing the living conditions of his dogs. After a few days, I begin to think my puppy was deaf. I took him to my vet who agreed. I contacted the breeder and told him the puppy was deaf and I wanted my money back and to return the puppy. After numerous calls to the breeder, they finally agreed to give me half my money back. Upon returning the puppy, I asked what would happen to him and was informed that they would keep him and use him in their breeding program."