From the Speaker of the House at ABR

Posted: August 5th, 2011

Hello and welcome to AMERICAN BULLDOG RESCUE, a place where responsible, caring people come together to help the bully breed during some very tough times. In trying to accomplish this tremendous and often challenging task we are faced with every day, we can easily lose sight of the debt that’s accruing rapidly! The vet and kennel bills are in the thousands! We need our interested parties to come together, consider what is best for the dogs, and figure out a solution that all sides will be happy with. We want to keep our veterinarians happy, so they will continue to cut prices on services rendered. We want to be able to pay the kennels that house the dogs until we have a foster home. The fees are not so bad until you consider the number of dogs and the amount of time they need to stay. We need to be able to transport dogs to various locations and the price of gas is indeed a factor! We need the help of many to keep our budget in balance. We welcome ideas on how to bring down our debt, so we can continue our mission without the anguish of looming expenses. A reasonable suggestion might be to encourage more people to foster, this would help alleviate some kennel costs which would greatly reduce our deficit. Perhaps, a tax deductible donation, this would certainly help us to avoid default. Adoption of a rescue dog instead of paying too much at a pet store would be another way to reduce the debt. We at ABR try to keep things running smoothly with spending in mind at all times, but there are certain things we cannot afford to cut,such as, food, shelter and medical allowances. Look deeply into the eyes of the dogs in our care and ask yourself what can we do to continue this great mission of saving the lives of these helpless dogs and at the same time be fiscally responsible. Thank you for your time, Trish

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We Need Foster Homes:

Topper is a 4 year old American Bulldog, who has lived with three other dogs and is good with them, does not like
cats. Friendly, good with kids, does not like scented sprays, loves to
play in the water. He loves to eat, barks when he doesn’t get his way. He is 15 – 20 lbs underweight and should end up at about 85-90 pounds. Topper needs a foster home, he is in our MD kennel. 


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!!! Jefferson has made a complete turn around and relishes people attention. He will come sit all 100+ lbs of himself on your lap, smoosh his wonderful droopy bulldog lips on your face (because he doesn’t just kiss, he makes a full facial commitment) and just enjoy being with you. 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
Mojo is a super outgoing 18 month old little man who was found in an abandoned building in Harlem, NY. He is everyone’s best friend and craves attention. He is great on a leash, crate trained and working on housebreaking. He weight 63 pounds and will probably end up gaining about 10. He did well on his dog test but will not be placed with another male. So far he has walkied past chickens and did not even bother saying hello or giving them a 2nd glance. Chubba pictured , Gus, Lopez and Mojo all resemble eachother, they were all found together abandoned in a building. They are all about 70 pounds and sweet as can be. They are in PA. Please see their individual listings under our Adoptables section.


Mima responds really well to people. We could tell she was stressed in the shelter–
she relaxed a lot when we walked her about 200 yards away from the shelter and away from all of the barking. We were able to play with her paws and ears with no problem. She knows sit. She’s a really sweet chill girl. We threw a ball for
her in the play area and she initially chased it, but she really just wanted to sit and be petted. : ) Mima needs a foster home. She is in a shelter in MD.
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.
Fancy was found by some kids and then picked up by animal control. She had really bad fly strike on her ears and is a bit thin. She so sweet she had to have been someones pet at some point. She’s around 2 years old. Fancy knows she is gorgeous and does not like other dogs sharing her spotlight. So, she would have to be worshiped as the only k9 in the home.

Chopper is 11 months old and walks fairly well on a leash, appears to be house
broken, great with large and small dogs, loves kids and cuddling, he can be a little barky when he wants attention he loves the car and is calm cool and collected for rides. He is very happy and very healthy. Poor Chopper is stuck in boarding in MD until he finds a foster family.
Doesn’t Tango look wonderful? He’s had his eyes fixed and been neutered and now the only thing he’s waiting for is his very own home! Tango is approx. 2-3 years old and is such a fantastic boy! He definitely had a Guardian Angel watching over him when his GREAT (not good-GREAT) samaritan literally saved his life.
She witnessed him falling into a canal in Florida at midnight. She convinced 2 guys to jump in and save him. This was the first miracle in this sweet boys life. He was very lucky that an alligator didn’t snatch him. He’s also very lucky Patty was there because most American Bulldogs don’t swim and will sink like a rock. His second miracle is Patty herself. Patty has taken great care of Tango and got him all fixed up and delivered to our boarding facility until a foster home opens up for this wonderful guy. Tango is going to be a big boy and now weighs a skinny 80+ lbs. I expect him to reach 90-100 easily. He pays no attention to other dogs or cats and just wants to be with people and LOVED. Tango is located in Hawthorne, FL.


Sweet and wonderful Daisy has waited a very, very long time and hasn’t had one single person interested in making her a part of their home forever. I had the pleasure of spending the entire day with her yesterday (her foster family has to move out of state) while bringing her to a new foster home and shopping at Petsmart for a new bed and manicure and then lunch at a wonderful Mexican restaurant. She greeted her new foster family with wiggles and smiles and lots and lots of hugs and kisses. They are absolutely smitten with Daisy as is every person that stopped to tell her how beautiful and well behaved she was. Daisy truly is an easy going and fabulous dog. I don’t understand why no one wants to adopt her.
She’ll never be anyone’s jogging partner but seeing her greet you at the door with a huge smile and lots of wiggles is so much better in my eyes. She really is the perfect dog.
Roxy Meet Roxy! She was living with a homeless gentleman after an area tire shop closed the doors and no longer wanted her. Roxy is adjusting well in her new foster home. At just 1 ½ years old, Roxy was Heartworm Positive and about 20 lbs underweight, but is getting stronger each day. Though she’s had a rough patch, you would never know from her gentle and loving personality. She loves to play fetch, knows simple commands, and is friendly with other dogs. Roxy has had a long recovery from pneumonia and starvation but was finally healthy enough (after weeks of antibiotics and homeopathic remedy) to start her heartworm treatment! Roxy is looking better each day. She now has a healthy appetite and is gaining weight. From her foster mom: I’m being more careful with leaving food on the table or the counter. If an unsupervised opportunity should present itself (meaning your sausage sandwich), she is happy to take it. She will also wash it down with a fresh cool drink from the toilet, so now all lids must be closed (lol).
Sassy is a approximately 2 yr old spayed female who is up to date on all her vaccinations. This bundle of love was dumped at a shelter with two other bulldogs and needs a home to learn what it is like to be loved. She is a friendly, very sweet, small for her age and QUIET. She is working on her house training after never being allowed in a house or getting any real attention. She is a fast learner and eager to please! Sassy walks great on a leash, no pulling, just happy to have someone to walk with her. Sassy tends to be submissive and does better on a grain free diet. This is a dog who clearly finds the joy in her life just having someone to care for her, a simple thing she has never had. Sassy is in Delaware Sassy Movie
Tiny is a quiet, shy 3 year old who came to us when her family relocated and could not take her. She misses them very much and seems sad at the kennel. Tiny is housebroken, walks nicely on a leash and is a well mannered girl. She lived with teenage children and enjoyed playing with the neighbor’s dog.
HI! I’m Piper and trust me, I am as cute in real life as I look in these pictures. I am super happy, fun, love my tennis balls & rides in the truck, and most of all I love my people and my doggie buddies. Cuddling up is my favorite past time. I play nice with kids and other big dogs but, not so good with cats ( they’re really fun to chase though). My foster family said my obedience is coming along nicely and I am working hard at being a good girl. I guess I won’t get away with my good looks all my life so I better shape it up. It’s kind of hard since I have had such a rough time so far. I know sit, wait, and come and we are working hard on my kennel training. I am still a bit of a work in progress but I am soooo worth it, after all I’m still a puppy. I’m very thankful for lots of love, good food, and tons of belly rubs and even though I’m tan and white, I promise you I am true blue!

Percilla is overcoming her fears with the help of
Blitz Pet Pros and is making great progress. She needs to go into a home with a male K9 companion.
PERCELLA is just 12 months old now and was found virtually blind. Her eye lids turned under and she wouldn’t open her eyes since it hurt her so much. She has since had surgery and can see, a whole new world opened up for her and she’s like a BABY. She loves to play and always has a sqeaky toy in her mouth. She treats her toys with much respect and handles them gently. She’s very frightened of new things and people but will warm up after a time. She needs lots of socialization but discovers new things every day and once she knows you will become your good friend. She was most likely a back yard breeders dog who saw her problem eyes and just left her outside to fend for herself. She finally escaped and was found at the young age of 7 months by the ACO and when brought to the shelter, she was skin and bones, had mange on her upper body from trying to dig her way out (which she did) and of course couldn’t see. She Loves, just Loves others dogs, especially male dogs. She also loves to go for car rides so she can see the world.
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 alot 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:

Little Gifford was an owner surrender to a kill shelter by a breeder!!!! He was only 5 weeks old when dropped off in very bad shape. The shelter originally thought he had water on his brain (hydrocephalis) and was going to euthanize him. As it turns out, this little cutie appeared to have been attacked by a large dog and the attack left him with a large abscess that,(as you can see), disappeared with good medical care and antibiotics. Unfortunately, one of Gifford’s beautiful green eyes was too badly damaged and will have to be removed. But this doesn’t stop this little guy from wanting to hang out with the ‘big dogs’! He wants nothing to do with playing with the other little tykes at his foster home….no, not Gifford. He goes charging out the door to play and run with all of the adult dogs. Gifford is located in S. Florida
Big young and energetic, this cutie was just transported from Delakb County, GA to PA. Colt is safe in a wonderful foster home with his step sisters one of them being the lovely ChiChi. Thanks Cathy, we will look forward to your “baby naming” and updates.
And here we have Otis, also transported to PA from Dekalb County, GA and also safe and happy in a foster home with Sammie one of the Waldorf pups and a few other K9 foster brother and sisters. 

He just arrived 8-4-11 and updates will be posted.

Also transported from Dekalb, Ga on 8-4-11 is poor Sierra. She is a hot mess. She needs to stay with our vet for a while because she has alot of fixin’ to be done. 

She is reported to be extremely appreciative and ultra friendly. She is great with other dogs and “a beauty queen in training”.

Kat to the Rescue!!! We got a call about 3 helpless 5 week old pups who needed out of a MD shelter asap. Kat got there faster than lightning! She cared for them until another foster home could be secured. Thanks Diane! They are getting fat ans playful. The little white male is calm, The female is feisty and the big male is well, just big and clunky. Here is Kat and fam helping transport the pups to PA! What a great team we all make!
Hi! My name is Lucy and I am a 5.5 month old brindle and white American Bulldog looking for my furever home. I am potty trained and love my crate. I am very energetic and needs lots of exercise to wear me out. So, this week, I will be staring school to work on my manners and tire out my foster mom..She needs the exercise too! I like other dogs, sometimes I get in their faces because I am sooooo excited to be near them. Please find a place in your heart to adopt me so you can shout..LUCY, I’m home and I can give you big sloppy kisses!! Lucy is in PA
It’s hard to believe but 3 more pups showed up at the same shelter, in the same overnight drop box as our last 4 Waldorf pups. Jack and Jill are 12 weeks old so they are a few weeks younger and most likely half brothers and sisters to the Waldorf pups. There are 2 girls and a boy. They too have demodex mange. Not pictured is their sister Pearl who is equally adorable.
Bobby G he he he. She is 7 weeks now and came to us at 6 weeks and had a rough week. She came from a shelter in NYC and was on her death bed when she arrived. She spent a day on IV antibiotics and fluids and bounced back good as new. She will not go home for a few more weeks but she would love a K9 brother to romp with.
Sweet and wonderful Vinnie was rescued from a kill shelter in Florida. He was found as a stray and sat at Animal Control for one week without any medical attention, pain meds or antibiotics until we rescued him and took him directly to a vet. It appears Vinnie had his face slashed by a knife, machete or some other thin and sharp object. Due to lack of medical attention from the shelter, Vinnie now has to have his eye removed. Per the vet, he had to be in incredible pain while sitting in the shelter for a week but that didn’t seem to matter to the staff. They never took him to one of their 2 full time vets. There was a chance to save his eye had they treated him immediately or, at the very least, gave him pain medication and antibiotics. Vinnie was sent to an opthamologist for a second opinion and the doctor agreed. The sad part is that Vinnie is the sweetest and most docile dog and the vet said he probably just sat there looking up at his abuser and was just smacked in the face! This is horrendous and it just breaks our heart. Everyone that’s met this little guy falls instantly in love with him. Vinnie’s bills are quickly piling up and he hasn’t even had his surgery yet. Can you please help Vinnie?
please help Vinnie here


Here is the big goofball that was pulled from ac yesterday. I swear I did give him a bath yesterday but today he discovered the dirt and had a ball. lol He is a lover boy. He just wants attention. He will be altered next Tues so hopefully by next weekend he can start interacting with the other dogs. He is sleeping in a crate at night and did really well so I think he has been crated before. He needs to gain about 10lbs and he has some sores that will heal. Tater is approx. 2-3 years old and we will learn more about him shortly. He will be ready for adoption in a few weeks.
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. You can contact me at if you have any questions.

Nola is 44 lbs and approximately 5 mos. old. She is very behaved and highly intelligent. She is going to make some family very proud Nola was confiscated and spent over 30 days in a shelter before ABR was able to save her. She is in a wonderful foster home with her foster sisters Mojo and Pumpkin Head. Mojo and Nola are in love with each other. They are running and playing and are inseparable. As you can see, she wasn’t overly thrilled with her first bath….Nola is located in New Orleans. If you’re interested in finding out more about her, please contact

Happy Tails:

Clara Waldorf : ) has found her family which includes an AB brother!
Ginger found her new dad and new sister and is playing and behaving in her new home.
One year ago today my life changed, one year ago today my family rescued our dog Maggie. I would have never dreamed that the bond she & I share would ever be what it is….. Kids change us & and I can honestly say Maggie has changed me too. She is my third child & the best part is she will never grow up & move away 🙂
Thank you to the American Bulldog Rescue in Newtown, Jodi Specter & Shari Reich for helping me find Maggie. PLEASE everyone if your interested in getting a puppy or dog look into a rescue group for the breed that you love they are everywhere..1000’s of dog are waiting for a furever home:)
I have a picture of Maggie’s shelter picture… she will never be scared or lonely again xoxo!!
Lovely Miss Lydia is H O M E !
Hi, my name is Jules. I am a 3 yr old, white, female American Bulldog seeking….well, more treats. I like long walks from the kitchen to the laundry room (actual short) but hear there is tons of walking and exploring awaiting me when I get better. Not sure what thats all about cause I feel fine! I have successfully ripped apart all toys left by my new dad and his friends and feel pretty good about it. My daddy recently had to steam clean all the carpets in my new house because I had accidents, but think I know what is going on now. Im a very cute girl and pretty sure I can talk you out of any treats you may have.
Rusty is cool. Rusty knows he is cool. At 18 month he went from being an adorable puppy who was allowed to do whatever he liked because it was probably very cute and very funny …to a 100 + pound puppy who doesn’t understand why anyone it telling him what to do! Lucky for Rusty his foster dad is an amazing trainer and he is learning how to do everything he is supposed to without a treat. He is housebroken and crate trained. He does not chew or ruin anything, when left alone and will go to his new family with training classes for life. He should live in a home as an only dog. He is located near Quakertown PA.
Oh Delysia!!! Your foster mom and dad are in shreads, but they are so happy for you. Delysia has a new family. She has a new human brother and sister and a great Dad. She also has a Special brother, he was adopted through ABR in 2004 and is one of our “Special Guys” Ruger was one of our favorites . Thanks Barberrys for making her so fluffy!!!


Awesome pics of the week

3 Amigos

Awesome video of the week

Gunther’s video Gunther’s mom says: This boy is my heart!