Recycle or Die

Posted: July 8th, 2011

It’s a hot summer day and an animal control officer just got a tip from the neighbor of someone who has been leaving their dog outside on a heavy chain, without food or water. The officer while dropping the dog off at the closest shelter, which happens to be a high kill shelter, crosses paths with a volunteer from ABR who is there to save a dog scheduled to be euthanized in just a few hours. The abused dog that lived on a chain gets to take the cage of the dog that the ABR volunteer is taking! Please keep in mind however that he only gets to stay alive for a short while, he is in a high kill shelter! Luckily the ABR volunteer has a foster home to take the dog she just saved. In a few short weeks, after being cared for by a vet who is happy to do so at a discount, the healthy dog gets adopted by a loving family who very much wanted to adopt a rescue dog and donate generously to the rescue group and ABR gets to take another dog from the shelter. LIFE IS GOOD!! Although the circumstances I’ve just described may sound sad to you, I want you to know this is the closest to ideal situation we hope for with this NEVER-ENDING CYCLE! Let us now stop to think about the harsh reality that goes on every day. It’s a hot summer day, and somewhere out there is a dog who has lived it’s entire life on a heavy chain, without enough food, water, or shelter from the elements. The neighbors don’t call the authorities because they don’t want to get involved, or maybe there aren’t any neighbors, or sometimes the authorities don’t care! Due to these horrific circumstances over an extended period of time,not a long time, remember it’s summer, the dog dies! Meanwhile, somewhere across town at a high kill shelter there are several dogs scheduled for euthanasia. It’s an eerily quiet day, no rescue groups are there, no families are coming in looking to adopt a new pet, the phones aren’t ringing with interested parties looking to help. The people who work at the shelter really don’t like their job, but there aren’t many jobs available. They are faced with the reality that these dogs will die. The shelter people did call ABR but they just couldn’t take another dog. Adoptions are down,donations are barely there,they can’t keep up with the boarding and vet bills, and for various reasons, people don’t want to foster. THE CYCLE JUST STOPS! DOGS MUST DIE!! Please keep in mind that while all of this is going on, we have people going to pet stores to purchase a puppy, at a very high price, and people who breed their dogs looking to make a quick buck. THIS CYCLE MUST STOP! It’s time to wake up and realize that these are the dogs that end up getting dumped either in a shelter or with a rescue group, or worse, the streets. Not all dogs on the street or those abused at the hands of their owners are saved, they simply will die scared, alone and unknown. I implore you to spread the word about a new way, lets call it” THE GREEN WAY” to care for our animals! Let’s stop allowing these dogs to be put out with the TRASH. LET’S RECYCLE! The fate of many innocent dogs is in our hands. The answer to the overwhelming number of dogs should be obvious, RECYCLE OR DIE!!! fondly, Trish

“The time to do what is right is always right” Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you:

Gracie Fox for putting up with your mom who is doing her best
with your foster brother and sister! She loves you more and
more every minute!


The Kitchenman Family (Sam and Emmie) • Rebecca Homer • Barberry Cabinets
Bobbie G • Idelso Quintero • Allyn Dukes (in memory of Gus)
Bettina Brownyard (in Memory of Maggie) • Helen Thomas for feeding Big Rusty

We Need Foster Homes:

Frank was saved from a high-kill shelter
in GA. He is safe in boarding at a kennel in GA. He needs to come to PA and go into foster care. The shelter reports that he is totally wonderful.
This was his shelter info:
Our kennel bills are over $2,000 per month. If you would consider letting
Frank hang with you until he finds his permanent family, please let us know.When you open your home to a foster Bulldog you are actually saving 3 dogs. 

1 Free up a spot at an overcrowded
shelter. Keep another from being killed
2 Make room ABR to pull another dog
from a shelter
3 Have the most grateful house guest you
ever dreamed of, find him his perfect
home and really make a difference.
Then do it again and again!



Same Story, same shelter as Frank
Again this neglected girl needs a family to pamper her and get her ready for her permanent family.
Our kennel bills are over $2,000 per month. And due to the very limited number of foster homes, we are spending a ton of $ that we do not have just getting these dogs somewhere safe.
Jefferson is one of our ABR long timers. He was saved at the last second from euthanasia in a Louisiana shelter. Emaciated, HIGH heart worm positive, and battling against all of the emotional damage this level of longstanding abuse can cause. Rescue tends to focus on the physical signs of neglect and abuse as these are typically easier ailments to treat. No one really knows what these poor babies have endured in their time of suffering before rescue and in such intelligent of a breed, it’s sometimes very hard for them to press on. 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. It was extremely hard for Jefferson to allow people back into his “circle of trust”. For the longest time, he would look off in the distance, unresponsive to all talk and signs from a handler, almost as if he were deaf (he is def not!). He would stand emotionless as you pet, touched, talked to him. We wondered for a while if he wasn’t just a little special =) 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 houseguest at his fabulous foster home- he has made us so very proud! Jeff’s journey has secured him a spot in the heart of many of the volunteers- now he just needs a forever spot in one very lucky home. 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
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 has 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 2-3 years old. She does not react to other dogs from what we have seen but we can not actually dog test her now.
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.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Roxy is doing well. Saw Dr. Darko on Monday. I was giving Roxy a car ride to pick up more homeopathic remedy (and I wanted to weigh her), but when Dr. D learned she was with, he wanted to see her. She is the same with the pneumonia. No better, no worse. I am hoping this new remedy helps loosen up some of the stuff in her lungs. She is still on the doxy and cipro, but we can’t begin her heartworm treatment until the pneumonia gets better. We go back on Wednesday, so I will be sure to ask him what he thinks. She’s been playful this week and no bad days. The last few weeks, about once a week, you could tell she didn’t feel very good. She didn’t want to play and wasn’t as active. So I am hoping the new homeopathic in combination with the meds are working their magic. She was still 77 lbs, so no weight gain, but at least she hasn’t lost any. She’s still eating well. She has low iron.
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
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.

New Arrivals:

Deisel is everyone’s best friend. horses, pigs, cats you name em’. He lost his eye as a puppy and it does not affect him at all his other eye is fine. He resembles a stuffed teddy beat who lost an eye. Deisel also resembles a mini Great Dane, he is soooooooo tall. If you want the most perfect addition to your family fill out an application for Deisel in PA. You know the saying about not being to pick your family…well, it’s not true when it comes to the K9 members…don’t you wish you could pick them all ; ) See Deisel and friends :Deisel’s friends
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. He is such a little stinker….lol
Gifford is located in S. Florida
These poor pups were left in an overnight drop box at a shelter overnight.
I am so full of disgust with people and can not even imagine the life that these pups poor parents are having to live. They are safe now and we will will be spending a lot of time and money to get them healthy again. I can not wait to see these 4 kids open their eyes without the sting and goop, to play without taking scratch breaks and to have a peaceful nights sleep without crawling out of their skin.Waldorf Chipin
Kyra is 3 years old. She is great with Kids, other dogs, cats and strangers. She is house trained, leash trained she LOVES to go on walks and for rides in the car 🙂 she sits in the car like a little person with her belly hanging out. Kyra has a ton of personality and will make you laugh all day with her little noises. She grunts, snorts, and I think at times even tries to talk. Kyra needs to eat a grain free food because she is prone to itchy skin if she eats corn, wheat soy or rice.She is a typical Bulldog who needs her ears cleaned and needs to eat good food. She is in PA

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 interseted in finding out more about her, please contact

Happy Tails:

Isabeau here, just wanted to let you all know that I was sprung from the shelter and safe in my new foster home in PA. WOW, what a welcome! I met Jelly, Marlon, Butter, Bacon, Heather, some chickens, and I was so scared at first, but they liked me and I really really like them! I am house broken and have had my surgery and I feel stronger and happier by the minute. Check back with me because I am so totally adorable and perfect that you would definitely want to know more about me.
This brings tears to our  eyes.
We are soooo excited for you and Mo!
This is her wonderful foster mom Mary introducing Mojo to her new momma. Mary did a fantastic job turning Mojo’s life around. She started out with a feral puppy and turned her into a lovely lady.
This is Kiya, formally known as, Pretzel. We adopted her last December, and we could not be happier. She has more character then we could ever ask for for. We couldn’t have asked for a better dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yogi did not take to Haley at first. Our first introduction at the house was a DISASTER!
Dana became upset and thought we would have to give Haley up. I called trainer Dave.
As always…Dave’s advice on Yogi was spot on! We started going to a shopping center
at night after I got home from work. Yogi and I would be there first, then Dana and Haley
would arrive in a separate car. We would introduce them and walk the shopping center
each night. Within three days, they became pack mates! It was a neutral territory which
made Yogi chill. Take a look at these pics! Yogi LOVES Haley 🙂 Kevin & Dana
Remember Snowball who caught a ride from FL to PA?
Well here she is at about 6 months old. What a funny girl.

Biscuit was found as a stray that had already been a breeding machine at just 18 mos of age. She had a collar embedded in her neck and is heart worm positive so she’s obviously been tied up outside all of her short life. What make this more horrid is that she’s deaf. She must have escaped from her captors and was found by an animal control officer. It’s amazing she wasn’t hit by a car or worse. Well…. on her way to PA to a foster home, a wonderful pilot for Pilots and Paws and his wife fell in love with sweet little Biscuit and the flight was canceled. Jim and Marcy have now made Biscuit the newest member of their family of rescue dogs. Biscuit had her heart worm treatment 3 weeks ago and will begin learning hand signals by a professional when she is medically able.
Vivian’s foster family was drowning in tears yesterday because Viv went to her forever family. She lives near the beach and will be making people laugh with her antics in CT now. Viv’s new family promises to stay in touch and send us plenty of pictures. I am sure that Viv will have great dreams of Bobby, Brooklyn and Cassie! Thanks you did a great job!

Hi Kim!
I just wanted to give you an update on how Tanner is doing. We’ve had a really great first week together. Tanner loves going for walks, playing ball in the backyard with my husband & ADORES riding in the car!! We laugh at him because when we sit out back on the patio he jumps up and sits in one of the chairs with us…it’s like he thinks he’s human just like us. He curls up with me on the sofa & takes a nap…he’s definitely made himself at home. lol His skin is clearing up some but he does still have some raw spots around the back of his neck. We’re taking him to the vet next week to have it looked at. Overall it’s been a pleasure having him & we’ve gotten attached very quickly. Thanks again for all you do with the rescue organization!!


Awesome photos of the week

Sammie : one of the Waldorf pups enjoying the pool with his foster family.

Cash and his favorite new brother!