Posted in Friday's Focus on 02. Jun, 2011
Each Friday we will highlight a 501 © 3 pet charity. We hope that in highlighting these worthy causes, it brings more awareness to their cause, donations (we hope), and the ultimate…a forever family.
Name of your organization: Alabama English Bulldog Rescue
Web Address: http://www.alebr.org
Mission of your organization: Our mission is to first ensure the safety and well-being of all English Bulldogs that we take in and second to educate the public in the care of English Bulldogs. We rehabilitate and re-home English Bulldogs that are sick, neglected, abused, or injured. Moreover, we provide a safe alternative to shelters for owners that are faced with the already difficult decision of finding a new home for their English bulldog. We have rescued over 20 bulldogs in our first year of operation. At this time, we are unable to offer owners financial help when faced with a medical or surgical emergency.
How long has your organization been operating? Since 2010
Describe some of your programs:
Adoptions are very thorough. We are not a rescue that someone is going to contact one morning and be leaving with one of our dogs that night. We want to know about the person’s lifestyle (single, with children, etc), their living arrangements, and other animals they may have. Then, we arrange a meet and greet with the bulldog(s) that we believe would be a best fit, based on everything we have learned about this person. If you believe one bully is the cutest and you want him, but we know him to be male-aggressive and that you have another male dog that is a dominating breed of dog, we probably won’t let you adopt that bully. We want what is best for the dogs. We also want the dogs to be happy and healthy before they go. No dogs will leave our rescue with any known treatable medical problems.
Fostering is one of the biggest helps to our rescue. The foster parents are basically there to give the bullies a loving home until they find their “furever” home. ALEBR covers all of the medical expenses for the fostered dog.
Surrendering is there for people who know of a bully in need, whether it is their own bully or a neighbor’s. We have had some grief in the past due to the fact we do not rescue other breeds. We also cannot accept mixed breeds. Our dogs must be 100% English Bulldogs.
What is your biggest challenge? As with most non-profit groups, money is always the biggest challenge. Food, medical visits, surgeries, etc are very costly. We rely on merchandise and fundraiser sales and on donations. We also accept other forms of donations. Fostering is a way to donate without actually giving money. We also have people who volunteered to run our website, Twitter, and Facebook. In particular, the Twitter account was just made about a week ago, and already we were contacted by doggiesandstuff.com!
What other information would you like my readers to know about your organization?
Hi, my name is Spike and my story begins in Missouri. I was bred by a couple that then posted me on the Internet. I was sold in a hurry, because I was quite a looker, if I do say so myself.
A lady and her son drove from Alabama to Arkansas to meet my breeders and see my handsome mug. After the lady paid $1800 for me, we were on our way to Alabama. I hadn’t ever been there before, but I was expecting great things.
Before I was 4 months old I was left alone in the garage while my family went to Disney World. A nice lady found out about it and came and found me. I had escaped from the garage and was wandering around the neighborhood. This lady brought two men with her to look for me. They were all walking around in the middle of the night calling for me. I’m surprised someone didn’t shoot them. I came out and we headed to a new house.
There were other bulldogs in this house and I liked it, but I couldn’t play with them just yet. The next morning the nice lady took me to the doctor. I was covered with a staph infection. I got all of my medicine and shots while I was there. So when I got home, I could play with those grown up bulldog girls. I REALLY liked girls!
When my family came back from Disney World, they found out where I was. They didn’t bother to come get me until about a week later. Then I had to go back to that family, the family who bought me to replace a dog that the mother killed when she ran it over in the driveway.
I got to visit those bulldog girls for a week here and a week there, mainly when I was sick and needed to go to the doctor. Every time I got fixed up, my family would come get me. The bulldog girls begged and begged to adopt me, they said they would even pay my family for me. They were saving their allowances for me. See, they are twins so they could save money twice as fast. I even went on vacation with them, they taught me to swim and loved me.
In July, the lady that bought me was going to get married, and they were going to build a house. She called the twins’ mother and asked if I could live with them for about 3 months. Of course, the twins said, “Yes!” and I was ecstatic. I packed my bags and off I went. First thing there, as usual, I had to go to the doctor and get rid of another staph infection, and to get heartworm tested. I was all healthy and ready to play, but guess what happened. That lady came and took me away again. She had decided not to marry that guy after all. The twins and their mother cried when I left. The said that they could not stand for me to come and go like that any more.
In August, that lady married somebody else and moved me. I was allowed to wander unsupervised again. This time, though, two men and a lady didn’t find me… a few pit bulls did.
I died before my first birthday…
Because of me, Alabama English Bulldog Rescue was founded in 2010. Since my death, this rescue has saved over 20 of my bulldog relatives.
As you know, we actively seek out worthy organizations to highlight here because we love giving some paw bumps and nose taps to those who help doggies around the country. Alabama English Bulldog Rescue is one such organization and we are thrilled to be highlighting them today. I hope you will take a moment to visit their website and see the good work they do and then, if your heart desires, send them a donation to help them in their mission. If we each gave $5, $10, $15 that would be very helpful to them…I’m sure of it.
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