Don’t shop… Adopt

Posted: December 3rd, 2011

‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the mall the workers were stirring to prepare for it all. The decorations were hung by the hundreds with care in hopes that the crowds would pour in well prepared. The puppies were crying all jammed in their crates, while the workers stood by waiting to bait. As the opening day of the season began the crowds would stop in again and again. The touching and jostling and scrambling about was more than I could handle I wanted to shout! What were they thinking, surely they weren’t, purchasing a puppy without a concern. Many puppies were purchased the day was a hit, but one month later in a shelter they’d sit. The children weren’t ready, the parents remiss, the experience ended without any bliss. When, what to my wandering eyes should appear, several miniature crates, filled with terror and fear. The shelters are full, it’s a wintry night, as the workers assemble and get on with the plight. This story unfortunately doesn’t end well. Please help to spread the word everyone! consider adopting, or how about a donation to care for a dog who has been sitting in a crate for most of his life. Please don’t give your hard earned money to a pet store owner who doesn’t care about your new dog! Let’s teach our children the true meaning of the season. I urge you to copy and share this on your facebook page. We truly could use the help and support of more people. The winter is a very concerning time for us. We do our best to save hundreds of dogs a year, won’t you be a part of this mission.
Thank you, Trish P.S. a ten dollar donation to American Bulldog Rescue to repost this Trish original would be appreciated!!

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. It is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”– Mark Twain

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Time to oder your 2011 ABR Ornaments! Please specify breed when ordering.

They can be hung from your car rear-view mirror, or home windows, or hang from your cubicle/office wall! or use as coasters- just take the ribbon off! so versatile!
They are $10 (this includes postage!). They measure 4 inches across are are made by laser inscribed on hardwood. You can purchase them using, or by mailing a check made payable to American Bulldog Rescue to: Nancy Freitag, 14729 Gainesborough Ct. Orlando FL 32826. With just 50 ornaments available, they will go fast, so make sure to order yours today! All donations go towards helping the dogs.

All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, flea, tick and heartworm preventative.

We Need Foster Homes:

Fostering a dog for a rescue group requires commitment. Foster families must be willing to invest time, attention, TLC and offer a safe environment for a dog who is in need. Aside from the day-to-day schedule of feeding, exercise and grooming, some additional responsibilities may be required. Placing a dog in a foster home allows us to assess the dog’s personality and determine the type of permanent home we should be looking at for that particular dog. The foster parent provides love, attention, some basic training (which we help with), and a regular report on how the dog is doing. We are always in need of foster homes because the bottom line is the more foster homes we have available, the more dogs we can help.” American Bulldog Rescue provides food (if needed), supplies and take care of all the medical needs and veterinary costs. You just need to give it a try and you will be hooked! It’s the most rewarding experience to know that you helped a homeless dog find a fantastic family!

Pennsylvania: Duchess now named Ducky (because she is) is a beautiful 4 year old female who is house trained, lived with other dogs and kids. Her family has no time at all for her and her housemate Debo. Duchess loves her family. she is so loyal and as you can see from the look in her face, she lives to please. They are living in crates most of their lives. They are spending over 20 hours a day there. The family can not afford to keep them any longer.
Pennsylvania: SPECIAL NEEDS: Poor Tulip was confiscated from a hoarding situation. She is not in the best shape. She was living in a filthy home with 8 other dogs and a lot of reptiles. Tulip has some eye issues and was seen by a regular vet, has been getting drops which have not been enough. She will be heading to the Opthomologist as soon as we can get her an appointment. She could really use a foster home. She is in boarding where is getting her drops but she needs alot of loving. She is like a little stuffed animal, very snuggly and rather calm. She is located in Bucks County, PA.
Maryland: Sugar needs a foster home!!!!


Florida: Burkley! It’s so nice to see that big smile on his face.
Thanks so much to Kelli who stepped up to foster this great guy and spring him from months of boarding. The only thing that could make Burkley’s smile bigger is his forever family. He’s doing beautifully with a bossy English Bulldog and a cat and stunning little human sister. He’s just an all around great guy!
Pennsylvania: plumpy’nut will have her cherry eye fixed and be spayed on Monday 11-21-11. She will recover and be ready to find a family! She is house trained, loves other dogs, great on a leash, crate trained and is actually growing. She will never be full grown mastiff size because of previous neglect and starvation but people who don’t get to see her every day say she looks big! Because she was so malnourished and sickly she should not eat with other dogs. She can toys and can take treats next to a large group but she still gulps her food. This should change with time but because of this no young children.
Pennsylvania: Angel and the Beans made it to PA! Angel is so funny and smart, she is taking great care of the pups in their foster home. She is playing nicely with their male Bulldog and still takes breaks to feed and school her pups. Thanks Nevy, Jeff, James, Jack, Brein and Wilson! 

Florida: Chunk is the cutest little bully that has gotten lots of e-mails but no applications. He sits perfectly and beautifully on command and walks well on a leash and gets along nicely with other dogs. He just can’t figure out why no one wants to adopt him! Please consider making little Chunk a member of your family and give him his very own home for the Holidays.
Philly PA: Nemo Come find Nemo!!!
Planes, trains, automobiles! Nemo’s a traveler. He flew up to Philly on a small plane from NC. He was a piece of cake. Then hopped right in the car and drove to his new foster home. He settled in immediately, like he’d been here for years. Nemo is so sweet—fun loving and goofy, always wagging his tail. He gets along fabulously with our dog. He’s fully trained and heads right to the door when he has to go out. He sleeps quietly in his crate at night. He takes treats incredibly gently! Nemo’s a big handsome mush that would be a great addition to any home.
Florida: Lucy’s babies are now 10 weeks old. Aaron and Moses have been adopted and Ruthie’s new family will come to pick her up on Saturday morning. Jonah, Sara and Ester are still waiting for their forever homes along with their sweet mom Lucy! 

Florida: Jefferson is PERFECT with dogs, cats, PERFECT in the house and all this after coming from a living HELL. He was saved at the last second from euthanasia in a Louisiana shelter. Emaciated and battling against all of the emotional damage this level of longstanding abuse can cause. Some, like Jefferson, instead completely shut down as their way to cope. We know for certain that Jefferson’s case was one of the very worst. As his wounds slowly healed, we (Jefferson and a huge crew of dedicated staff) worked very hard with an incredible trainer to help Jefferson reintegrate or maybe even just integrate for the first time, into what would be his new life. He would stand emotionless as you pet, touched, talked to him. I’m very happy to say that this is no longer the case…at ALL!!! He likes to be in the company of other dogs, walks spectacularly on lead, has been a wonderful house guest at his fabulous foster home- he has made us so very proud! . If you think you are worthy of this incredible, beautiful, majestic, kind, gentle, smooshy, drooly love muffin please send in an application. Jeff has fought so very hard, now he just needs his “happy tail”! Jefferson and the kids playing video 


The top photo is a after photo. After Jefferson gained 25 pounds!

Pennsylvania: Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your bulldog here! (Anybody remember what that is from?!) Lolly is a wonderful dogs, wonderful with kids! Check out her video, she is 3 years old and was turned into a Philadelphia shelter because the familie’s landlord thought she was too big…and she is one big gurl.She has lived with a slew of children and is in a foster home with small children, a male chihuahua and doing fantastic!See Lolly’s video: 


Pennsylvania: SILLA is ready or her new home. She is fantastic, not perfect but sweet, and as good as they come. SILLA is about 1 1/2 to 2 years old and just as pretty as she is sweet. She would be great with a older (3 – up), calm male dog and older children. Make an appointment to meet this sweetheart. She has Overcome her horrible beginnings thanks to her wonderful professional training supplied by: BLITZ PET PROFESSIONALS, located in BUCKS COUNTY PA. SILLA is doing great as you can see by her pictures, she has gone through intense training in Neutrilization, Socialization, & Desensitization training. WE FEEL SHE WOULD DO BEST IF SHE IS ADOPTED TO A HOME WITH A NEUTERED MALE CALM DOG SINCE SHE JUST LOVES THE COMPANIONSHIP OF A FRIEND. If interested in her and the wait, (if approved you can visit her)
Florida: Remember the 4 beauties that came in together as “strays” but were amazingly bonded….hmmm. Well Rainbow and Sheriff went to Texas and Duke and Rambo remained in Florida. Duke and Rambo were finally sprung from boarding and have a wonderful foster mamma that couldn’t believe the ease of introducing 2 more dogs to their 2 other dogs. They are that good and well behaved. Bo came to us from a high kill shelter, as part of a group of 4. He’s a stunning bulldog who has wonderful AB physical traits (extremely muscular- large build) as well as a lot of the typical personality traits…he is VERY proud and quite stubborn when he wants to be. He is very loving and sweet though and likes to be the center of attention. Bo seems to be happiest as an only dog. I am hanging out in Tamarac, FL

New Arrivals:

Southern States: Lucy’s babies are being adopted one by one but sweet Lucy is still waiting for her forever home. She appears to have been someone’s dog as she never potties in the house, follows basic commands and is just an all around sweet girl. Somewhere along the way she got lost, got pregnant and almost starved to death. She is now spayed and waiting for her forever home. Lucy is in Florida. If you’d like more information on Lucy, please e-mail
Texas: Have you ever wanted to walk through the city with your best buddy, taking in the sights and smells of a nice fall day? Well MeatBall Louie would love to have a buddy to walk with this fall. In the city or in the county. MeatBall Louie is one of those surprise dogs. His happiness is shining through no matter what you do with him. He is happy all the time and a fun guy to have around. MBL is one handsome guy needing that one special home to call his own. He gets along well with other dogs and doesn’t mind a game of chase the ball, however bringing the ball back is another story. He is a avid duck hunter (decoy ducks that is). He creeps up on the decoys in our swimming pool and is very sneaky and a bit fearful of those ducks… but he creeps up on his tummy as not to startle the ducks. MBL is house trained, crate trained, and does well with dogs… He needs to work on not jumping, which is coming along but he is a strong boy so he’d do better in a home with older children. He’s totally is GREAT! You miss MBL you will miss a lifetime of fun.
Texas: Tiggy is a 2 year old spayed Victorian bull dog who was left at a high kill shelter. She had a note with her saying they could not afford to keep her any longer. That she is a great dog that gets along with other dogs and house trained. She loves water and will even hop into the shower with you in the mornings if you don’t watch her. She is house trained, crate trained and does well with the two other American Bulls one male and one female she lives with in her foster home. She really needs a lot more attention and would be so thrilled to have a home of her own. She does get fed separate because she seems to be protective of her food at this time.This little girl is solid as a rock and beautiful. She wants to be close to you and needs someone who would not mind her being a little needy in this area. She just wants to be close. She will jump up on you, but we are working on that as well. Someone will get a great dog here if they want a love bug. If you’re interested in adopting Tiggy, please contact
Pennsylvania: And here we have another person who could not find the time to feed their new puppies. 4 month old Smoke and her sister Cookie were turned into a city shelter emaciated and hungry they will come into foster care and learn some house manners, basic obedience and how to share things. They were so starved that they will fight with each other over food. At this time, they can not go into homes with small children who walk around with food or with other dogs. They do adore people and we are sure that they will make a lot of progress with food and proper direction.
Texas: Tess is a very sweet girl who was out of time at a high kill shelter. She came in very thin with pressure. Since coming to rescue she has huge smile and her body is healing beautifully. Her little body is filling out and no one looks forward to her meals more than Tess. This could be the first time in her life she gets fed twice a day and treats. She has learned to crate and does wonderful with that now too. She doesn’t jump on anyone and is very happy and content to lay by you. Tess is one of those laid back dogs that is just happy to be fed, loved and a soft place to lay down. Her personality is very sweet and loving. She appreciates anything and everything in life. Please consider making Tess a loved member of your family. She will gladly return the love tenfold. Please fill out an adoption application at If you have any questions, please contact Carey at



Pennsylvania: Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays:( I’m duke and I’m just hanging out with my foster family until my furever family finds me. I’m a little shy at first but once I warm up I’m very loving and playful! I play great with my foster brothers! I’ll keep you warm this winter and I’ll warm your heart as well. 

Dukie is one on Mercy’s pups and is 4 months old!

Florida My name is Bullwinkle. I am an American Bulldog. I am 1.5 yrs. old we are guessing. I was rescued from a very busy street that had semi-trucks coming up & down all day & night. I was almost squished by the person who came to my rescue. I am HW neg & generally healthy. I really need a home to call my own. I am safe from the mean streets but I spend most of my time in a crate because the 2 dogs at my temporary home don’t like me. I can’t imagine why, I am super sweet & just want to have fun. Please consider me. Bullwinkle has no aggression what so ever, I can take food away from him, take toys from his mouth etc. He does need some basic training but he seems smart. I do feel he was abused, he is very head shy & is afrraid of the water bowl & water in general. I am guessing someone tried to drown him.


Pennsylvania: Thurber spent the first 9 months of his life crawling out of his itchy skin and practically blind from the inflamation caused by a very treatable (non contageous) skin mite. Well he is being treated  and he lets you know that appreciates it. He is such a GOOD BOY!. He is great with taking his medications, getting his eye treatments, he is house trained, great on a leash, great with the other K9s in the home. He is great with all people big and small! We will keep you updated on his progress.
Pennsylvania: Mike is a smart and playful kid with a big attitude, he is a fast learner and wants to please. He is doing great with his crate training and after an active day and snuggle time Mike is more than willing to crash in his crate. Mike is such a great boy!
North Carolina: Bubba is stunning!! Huge head, gorgeous bully stance….I’m in love. He is a doll baby too….loves all dogs & doesn’t react when other dogs growl at him right in his face. He was great with my 2 year old….he gave her plenty of space even though he wanted to play with her.
Pennsylvania: Bandit is a silly, goofy, wiggly 10 -11 month puppy who appears to be house-trained and is crate trained. He was great on our walk, sleeps in his crate, has a high pretty quiet yip, but a big bark when Daisy starts barking at something. He wants to play, but so far hasn’t convinced any of our dogs who are deterred by how big and clumsy he is.
i Maryland: Gracie is House broken, crate trained, gentle with small children, needs work on a leash, recovering from HW’s, no cats, fine with other dogs Gracie’s story: I knew about this purebred American Bulldog from staff, and they said the usual “she’s sweet”. Well, you can take that info for a grain of salt- they’re almost ALL sweet.. but I went down to pick up a dog Friday and met this girl in person and she is a full-out HEARTBREAKER.
Clearly bred for puppies,  this girl is as personable as they get. She was trying to climb up in the kennel attendant’s lap while he was on the phone. A big couch potato. Loves to give amazing kisses. Tested a-ok with males and females on leash.
She was supposedly brought to a friend’s house for them to keep for awhile, and that person in turned dumped her at the pound. Could have been that person’s dog or a true story, but this approx 5 year old girl needs help regardless. Hopefully the pictures convey what a great girl she is.
Florida: Sweet Tater is a big goofball. He is a lover boy and all he wants is attention. That’s not surprising for this very loving breed. They love their people! He is still patiently waiting for his forever home. Tater is located in Sebring, FL. Please fill out an adoption application if you’re interested in making Tater a permanent member of your family.
Pennsylvania: Evelyn Lynn is a 4 to 5 month old pup who was thrown into a NYC shelter (yes, NOT signed into the shelter, just door opened, thrown in) and she is in rough shape. She has demodectic mange, she is 20 pounds underweight, she can not start the treatment for her mange because she had head tremors from all of the antibiotics she was initially on gave her head tremors.We will keep you posted.

Happy Tails:



NC: Charlie’s new family drove all the way from New Jersey to North Carolina to pick up their new little family member.
Sweet Charlie has waited a year for his perfect family to notice him and that they did.  They followed Charlie’s story from day one and watched how he healed (he was a cruelty confiscation) and blossomed.  They picked up the phone when they couldn’t stand it any longer and immediately applied for Charlie so they could bring this boy to their family forever!  Go Charlie!  They just made it back to Philly….just a little further Charlie Boy….you’re almost home!
Florida: Tom jumped on a plane from NY the minute he knew his application was approved for adoption.  He landed last night at 9:00 pm and was on his way to meet his new puppy this morning.  As you can see, the puppies swarmed all over him making the decision to choose just one puppy a very difficult decision.  Lucky Sarah is now in a rental car and making her way back to NY to her new family!!!
Maryland: Mima ia a laid back beautiful princess. She is just a lovely soul who needs a forever or foster home. She does know some tricks and seems to be house trained. We are so so full and Mima is just sitting in a boarding kennel waiting for her turn to get into a family environment and get to show a lucky family what it is like to be loved by a Bulldog! Mima is in the DE/MD area.

Florida: Miss Molly has found her family!
Pennsylvania: Casper is an 18 month old outgoing angel who loves other dogs, he is house trained, great on a leash and eager to please. He has the biggest smile you have ever seen and makes everyone around him feel like they are really special! 

Before and After



Tribute to Augie adopted in 2003:


Awesome pics of the week

Buckus (adopted in 2009)is famous!