What to Expect of the LSBRC
Robert Menard, adoptive Dad of Gabby, 4 year old in her fur-ever home for a year this fall.
The Lone Star Bulldog Rescue Club (LSBRC) welcomes loving families eager to bring these precious pets into the happiness of a fur-ever home. The adoption process can be mysterious so let us help to know what to expect.
Adoption is a little about us but mostly about the dogs. Rescued Bullies may have been surrendered, abandoned, abused, neglected, or traumatized. Understandably, they can be anxious, nervous, maybe even terrified of another life change. LSBRC encourages interested families to constantly consult its site and click the "Available Bulldogs" tab. WARNING: Falling in love with all the available Bullies will happen.
LSBRC has no shelter facility. All rescued dogs receive rehabilitative nutrition and medical care, a cost to LSBRC that is not recovered by the adoption fees. They are spayed or neutered, and microchipped before placement with foster families who do God's work in preparing these dogs for a bright future. Fosters also learn much about their dogs, a valuable asset in selecting the best adoptive families
The adoption process has three distinct interviews, telephone, home, and foster family, all involving different volunteers.
The telephone interview screens those interested and informed from those who just think a Bullie would be nice to have. The commitment level must be high or there is no reason for the next two interviews.
The goal of the home interview is to ensure that the prospective family is fully aware of everything it takes to ensure success for dog and family. The interviewer stresses the attention, financial, and other demands of Bulldog adoption. This information is particularly important for those who have not owned a Bulldog before.
Here are three critical significant points that adoptive families must accept
- Health maintenance is expensive, often at least $1,000 per year in vet bills because Bullies are subject to allergies, dermatitis, infections of the eyes, ears, and nose, as well as digestive problems, and poop and pee ailments. Many Bulldog owners feed special foods bought from pet stores to avoid digestive ailments.
- Bulldogs cannot be left alone all day. They are social beings that crave human companionship. Dogs that were caught in puppy mills or otherwise abused were kept in crates, not for refuge, but because they were not loved as pets. Forced crating is no life for a Bulldog.
- No rescue dog can be sold, given away, or otherwise separated from the adoptive family. If the adoption fails for any reason, the dog must be returned to LSBRC.
Finally, the foster family interview evaluates candidates' suitability for the dog. If your choice does not match the dog's interests, you may be disappointed but please do not be discouraged. This decision is not a rejection of you. Rather, another dog is a better choice for your family. There will be many other dogs that need your loving heart and home.
When the dogs go to their new home for the first time, it is with excitement for you but trepidation for the dogs. The first few days of the transition period are critical. Spend time together, make them feel safe and wanted. Stroke them, call their names, play Bullie tug-o-war, and show them off to friends and neighbors. Recognize that Bullies may have behavioral traits, some we can change, and others that we must accept and manage.
It takes time to build a trusting mutual relationship. Eventually, they will appreciate your attention to their nutrition, health, and wellbeing. There may be setbacks. If your Bulldog soils the house or does not behave appropriately, give him or her love, encouragement, and retraining. Bulldogs are a gentle and loving breed and will respond to your affection.
Have beds and resting places prepared and ready. We cover Gabby's beds with cotton sheets. It is more comfortable for her and hygienic for all of us. Have stainless steel food and water bowls on hand set into a low rack. Clean bowls before every meal. Change out the water frequently. If you allow your pets up on furniture and beds, you may wish to use waterproof antimicrobial protective covers.
Their contorted face folds must be constantly cleaned with hypoallergenic wipes. Some dogs must be cleaned daily, others less frequently. In addition to anal cleaning, females must also have the vaginal area cleaned.
Bullies can be trained to perform many amusing antics. Look up YouTube videos of them doing high fives, riding rocking horses, skateboarding, rolling over, and speak on command are but a few.
Enjoy the love of your adopted Bulldog as you provide a loving fur-ever home. We appreciate your support LSBRC and your contribution to the happiness of your rescued Bulldog.