Frequently Asked Questions About Adopting and Rescue
Q: Why do you only adopt to people in Southern California, without exceptions?
A: This is a matter of logistics, not our desire to only limit it to Southern California residents. We require a home check be done prior to adoption of the bulldog and that the adoptive home come meet the bulldog in person prior to adoption. Also, if there is any follow up medical care with the bulldog, it has to be completed by one of our vets to be covered by us free. Some distances even in Southern California aren’t workable either. We have very few adoptive home that are able to make the distance or commit to driving so far for a bulldog. Depending on where you’re located, we have found that applying with a local bulldog rescue works for most interested families. Check http://www.rescuebulldogs.org for your nearest rescue.
We have also learned that the ‘best adoptions’ are those where the prospective family has a chance to come and meet the adoptable bulldog in person prior to bringing home as a family pet. Many of our bulldogs have distinct personalities, ‘quirks’ and behavior issues that can’t be understood or explained unless you are meeting the bulldog in person. For this reason too, we do not ship or arrange for transport of bulldogs out of the area.
Q: How are Bulldogs with Children?
A: Whether or not a dog is suitable with children will depend on a particular dog. Many of the dogs we place do not do well with children under the age of 5 due to their size, while others do great with kids. It depends on the dog. This is why all dogs that come into rescue are evaluated before being placed.
Q: Do you have any puppies?
A: We rarely get any puppies and if we do they usually have a serious medical condition. Most of our rescues are between the ages of 4-8 yrs old.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The donation for the privilege of having a rescue bulldog in your home is usually between $100-$1000 depending on the health and age of each dog. Adoption donations are intended to provide funds for the care of current and future rescued bulldogs. Keep in mind that rescue has already paid for the dog’s vaccinations and testing, spaying/neutering, microchip, any necessary dental work, transport from the shelter, grooming, and any necessary surgeries.
Q: How long do I have to wait for a rescue?
A: It really depends. It can sometimes be days, weeks or a few months until the right dog comes along. The more requirements/restrictions you have (certain age, sex, gets along with others, etc.) the longer it may take. Dogs are placed according to the type of home best suited to their needs. We cannot predict when dogs will be available for placement. Typically, it does not take very long to place a dog with you.
Q: Will the dog be altered? What else have you provided?
A: All of our dogs are spayed or neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, and have been implanted with a microchip.
Q: I want to rescue a bulldog for my family member as a surprise/present.
A: Because ALL members of the family must meet the new potential family member before we will consider adoption we do not adopt dogs out as surprises, presents, or for holidays.
Q: What if our Rescue Bulldog isn’t working in our home?
A: If something is wrong, please contact a volunteer immediately. We want to help you and the sooner we are aware of an issue, the easier it is to solve. If for any reason your are unable to keep your rescue bulldog, we REQUIRE that the dog be returned to us.
Q: Help! We love our bulldog but can not afford his medical bills. Can you help?
A: We do not provide grants or donations to families with bulldogs, however here is a list of organizations that can help with financial assistance. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html
Q: What if there aren’t any adoptable bulldogs in our area or we can’t find a rescue?
A: There are a couple websites we want to recommend that you may not of discovered yet. First is Bulldog Rescue Network of America at http://www.rescuebulldogs.org ;this the national website for English bulldog rescue and you may scearch by state, regional and cities in some circumstances. Also check Adopt A Pet and Pet Finder which both allow you to scearch by state and your local zip code.