Rescue me.

Posted: September 11th, 2011

I am out in the world alone, I am tired of walking for one of my legs was badly injured. I am barely able to eat, you can see my bones through my tattered fur. I try to sleep, but it’s hot, and the bugs are biting me.I am fearful and I don’t understand what happened to my family, I thought they cared about me, I did my best to show them love and devotion. I am feeling very weak and sick, I don’t know how much longer I can go on. I lie in the worst of conditions, waiting, still hoping that my human companions who left me will come for me.I feel my end is near, please won’t someone find me. We are here my friend, we have found you, and we promise to love and care for you. We have lots of people who will help, doctors who will tend to your wounds, and give you medicine to make you feel better. We have people who live in comfortable homes where you can lie your weary head. These people will feed you, they will hold you and show you the love you deserve. We promise to find you the absolute best home where you will be happy and grow to be the wonderful dog that we believe you are! We are American bulldog rescue, we are not heroes, we are just regular people that believe all dogs deserve a chance to live a life without suffering. We will find you, and when we do, we will protect you from the cruelties of mankind, for you are the true heroes! You, are the genuine meaning of love and devotion that no human could ever touch. We are always looking for you friend, hang in there, help is on its way!
Love one of your faithful friends, Trish

The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” ~Jeremy Bentham

On this the ten year anniversary of 9/11 we remember the victims, their families, and the people along with the diligent search and rescue dogs who worked so desperately to save others on that horrible day and continued to help in so many ways in the days, months, and years that followed. People can be so amazingly strong during very desperate times. At ABR we are so proud and thankful for the wonderful people who continue to step up when we need them! We applaud you and want you to know that without you ABR would be stifled in our efforts to save the increasing number of dogs fighting so desperately to stay alive.

Donations: Buster + Jim Whitehead • Andrew Holtz  •  The Cornacchias
Justin Tappero on behalf or KSmith  •  Kim Edwards  • Sharon Long
Barberry Custom Cabinets and more !

Custom dog bowl stands and dog beds to benefit American Bulldog Rescue

We Need Foster Homes:

Florida: Begging : Pugslie needs a foster home! Pugslie is about 6 years old. He is a lovable boy who prefers to be the only pet. He does not like cats and small children scare him. He has only 6 teeth, but eats very well. He has skin allergies, but is on medication. He is now HW-. He is neutered and up to date on his vaccines. His foster parents are moving and he has no where to go. He gets very depressed when he is alone as he loves people and will become very attached to whoever gives him love and attention. Won’t you please help him
Pennsylvania: Ethel Merman was turned into a shelter. Her family claimed that they no longer had time for her. I don’t think they ever had time for her. Ethel is very independent, yet she does really want to get excited by people and gets wiggly and smiles but she flinches almost every time you touch her. Why would anyone hit a dog? Because she was hit or beaten, Ethel would do best starting out her new life in an adult only home. She is great with other animals big and small, crate trained, house trained, and she is 3 years young! 

Pennsylvania: Tahnee‘s life did not get off to the best start.
Living in a fenced in cow pasture with her mom and brother for the first 6 months of her life is not how we picture the idyllic life of a cute little puppy. She missed all the fun things to do and see that most puppies get to experience. When you meet most dogs, you are greeted with a wiggly tail and probably some big sloppy kisses. When you meet this beautiful girl, you’ll be looking at her from across the room. She is slow to trust new people, but let me tell you. Once she does, she is the most amazing dog you’ll ever meet. She is warm and snuggly, playful, and full of life. She will go for walks with her tail held high and do play bows with you with abandon. If you have the time and love to give, please consider making your home Tahnee’s forever home.
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.
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: 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.
Pennsylvania:  Zodiac is a 4 year old ANGEL who was surrendered with his “partner” Lexi they were a breeding pair. Zodiac’s “owner brought them both to a shelter on a very hot day. He brought Zodiac into the shelter and left Lexi in the car, they literally had to bring Lxi back to life.  Zodiac is one of the sweetest laid back guys around.
Florida: 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.


Florida: 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.
Pennsylvania: Sierra loves other dogs, she loves cats and she is calm and low-key. Sierra had a really rough life and really needs a foster family to show her what love is all about! “a beauty queen in training”. She is just lovely!
Pennsylvania: You have no idea what you are missing! Chopper is a 1 year old who is the life of the party! He loves people and other dogs and is just so so so ready to be a part of a family. 

the kids playing

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

LQQK there are no more bones! Roxy is gaining lots of weight!
Florida: 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).
Pennsylvania: Topper is a WHOPPER a BIG baby 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.

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.
Pennsylvania: 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.
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 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:

Florida: 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
Texas: If you are wanting a friend, a love, a dog who will love you no matter what, it will be Drako. He loves to ride in the car with his jowels hanging out of the window and bit of American bulldog slobber flying in the wind… People in the lanes next to him take a double take as he’s so large and looks a bit on the grumpy side. But believe me, he is sweet as can be. I told him it is ok, someone will see through his large size and see his brown eyes (looks like a masked robber)… I told Drako that he is a head turner for sure. He does walk on a leash.. and sit… he can learn more he as he is a young guy only about 2 years young.
Drako is kid, people, dog, and cat friendly. He has no idea he was dropped off at a high kill shelter just because he needed to eat more than the other dogs… So please never tell him he was almost put to sleep all because he needs to eat. Drako hasn’t missed a beat. He is happy and loving and caring… He just deserves a home that matches what he has to give… What this guy gives is unconditional love and a lifetime of happy moments with his family…
Florida: SWEET and wonderful Charlotte is 3 years old and just a scared little girl. Her prior owners must have been mean to her but she’s quickly learning that her life is going to be as beautiful as she is. Her owner was a breeder that apparently lost his home and was taking her to the kill shelter when someone stepped up to save her. Unfortunately the only place they could offer her was sleeping outside in the hot sun and horrible thunderstorms. She literally came combat crawling into my house. She’s had a nice bath and is settling in nicely. She will never be left outside again. She will snuggle close to you and give you gentle kisses. She had no problems with my cats either. She was nose to nose and just as gentle as she could be. I love this sweet girl and so will you. She needs to gain about 15 lbs and I expect her to reach approximately 95 lbs. She also will need some leash training but I would like her to relax and realize that she’ll never be hit again before officially starting any training. She literally hits the ground when you say ‘heel’. We’ll work on leash training later sweet Charlotte!
Pennsylvania: Chubba is the biggest clown around. He is great with chickens, dogs, cats, pigs you name it! Chubba is 18 months old and is great on a leash and funny funny funny!

Pennsylvania: Guster is everyone’s best buddy, he is Chubba’s brother. he is great with other dogs, fine with chickens, crate trained, shares food, bones, toys, both Gus and Chubba are crate trained, never bark, never met a person who wasn’t their bestest friend. He is is Bucks County, PA
Pennsylvania: Ooooooo sexy Lopez, you know how cute you are. You are everyone’s best friend! Lopez is outgoing, confident, dog friendly and living with a trainer so will know a lot of tricks to impress his friends and family! Oh, check out his brothers Chubba and Gus..but come back and look at Lopez…he is the coolest! 


Pennsylvania: Poor Lexi was surrendered to a shelter with Zodiac.  Their “owner brought them both to a shelter on a very hot day. He brought Zodiac into the shelter and left Lexi in the car, they literally had to bring Lexi back to life. Lexi is shy at first but comes to life when she has a confident male dog to show her that everything will be OK.
Pennsylvania: Mercy’s pups are 6 weeks old not and will be ready to go home in a few weeks. There are 9 of them! Please  fill out an application if you are interested.  We do not know who their dad was but we can tell you that their mom is the smartest, sweetest most wonderful girl around. 

Texas: Kate was picked up by animal control and taken to a high kill shelter. She
really was nothing but skin over bones when she was picked up and taken to
the kill shelter. Kate was skinny and in horrible shape, she was also going
to have babies. it looked as if poor Kate may not make it herself.
Lucky for Kate a great rescue person took her in to spare her life ( Kate
was on death row in more ways than one). however as sad as it is, she lost
all of her babies (Kate could have never nursed them no matter how much she
would have wanted to even if she had not lost them.) The first week for Kate was
very tough. No one knew if Kate would live or not. Everyone all over the
country who knew of Kate’s journey was waiting for the word she is still
with us. She had such a dangerously low blood count and was Heartworm
positive and lost her babies. Daily we all worried about sweet Kate.. But
Kate’s life was somehow spared after all she had gone though there was some
reason somehow Kate pulled through. A few weeks passed and she was stronger
and even to the point she was happy to come out and play with the other
dogs. She had turned the corner putting on some weight and growing stronger
daily. Kate even when so very ill, she was happy to see everyone who came
to see her. Her tail went wag wag wag, sometimes slowly at first but
increasingly stronger as her days were getting better, and her love she had
within really did show through.
Today, Kate has been spayed, UTD on her shots, and had her heartworm
treatment. She is one of the most easy going, easy, happy dogs anyone could
ask for!!! She not only gets along well with big and small dogs she gets
along extremely well with anyone or any dog she has met!
Pennsylvania: 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.
Pennsylvania: Tugg loves other dogs, almost completely house trained, is one of the Baltimore 3 and he is just about 8-9 weeks now. He is happy and calm.
Florida: Vinnie is doing fabulous! His foster family says he couldn’t be more perfect! He’s house trained, crated trained and will sit and give paw. He has an appointment on Thursday to remove his stitches and he can be adopted or moved to another foster home to await his forever family!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. 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! Everyone that’s met this little guy falls instantly in love with him.
Florida: Here is the 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 sleeping in a crate at night and did really well so I think he has been crated before. He needs to gain about 10lbs. He has been neutered and vaccinated and gets along with all his foster dog family at the farm. Tater did test a low heart worm positive and is undergoing the slow kill (safer) treatment and should test negative in a few months.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.

Pennsylvania: Pearl is the 3rd new Waldorf pup who is as sweet and quiet as they come. She loves her foster brother Dewey and her skin is healing slowly but surely

Happy Tails:

Way to go Piper!
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.
First of all: Thank you Thank you Thank you.. Everything went extremely smooth….We are honestly still in shock and awe how wonderful this entire adoption process went… AND then NOLA. SHE is the most incredible dog ever!! OMG….AS you might know, she was supposed to be Norris dog ( LOL) since I already rescued Shaque and he SO wanted a dog for himself again… The girl jumped out of Paula’s car and went straight to him, Love on first sight!!!
They bonded immediately. SHE is just the most beautiful dog ever….We took her for a little walk , so she could stretch her legs, she jumped into our SUV and off we were.. I had some rawhide for her to chew on and she loved it… No problem at all in the back of our car. Just a smooth ride home. It seemed like NOla had been always our family member. At home Norris introduced her to the other dogs slowely, which also went very smooth and after getting some homemade turkey from her new mom, we all took her for a little walk… with her new brother Shaque, who couldn’t keep his eye of his new beautiful sister…
Not only will we highly recommend your rescue organization as extremely professional, You all are true dog lovers and we truly feel blessed and extremely fortunate to have been able to work with you all and rescue this amazing dog…We know she was meant for us!!!
Valentine has a new family including a cool K9 brother!
We are so jealous of Otis’ new family!
Congratulations Lucy!

Tribute to Augie adopted in 2003:


Awesome pics of the week

clara waldorf

morgan, jack, jill and isis

mercy, sydney and a babe.

Buckus (adopted in 2009)is famous!