Frequently Asked Questions
1. I want to adopt from BBR. How can I do this?
Get all the information you need on adopting from BBR on our Adopt a Do page.
2. I want to come meet your dogs. Is there a shelter where I can do this?
No, we do not have a kennel or shelter. All of our dogs are fostered in private homes. They are reacclimatized to family life and their temperament is assessed. After a brief foster period recommendations for placement are made based on information provided by our foster families. You can meet our dogs at events.
3. What does fostering entail?
Our fosters are required to provide a loving home and food, and agree to provide transportation for dogs to and from veterinary appointments, as well as attend events to get the dogs exposure. We would like for our fosters to be in close communication with us regarding the dog's well being; providing updates and pictures for us to share. Fosters are eligible to adopt but must make this decision immediately once the dog becomes available for adoption. Some foster dogs require more work than others when they come into rescue with some not being completely housetrained, having bad skin/ear infections, etc. and fosters should be aware of and prepared for these possibilities.
4. Can I please adopt a puppy?
No, sorry, we generally only get dogs that are 3+. Most rescues do not get puppies unless they have serious health problems like spina bifida, cleft palate, heart deformations etc. Occasionally we do have younger dogs (1-3 years old). We'd be happy to recommend reputable breeders if you're looking for a puppy.
5. Do you ship your dogs?
Short answer: not a chance. Long answer: bulldogs are not the healthiest creatures and the added stress of traveling across the country has led to the tragic deaths of other dogs (not from our organization). It's simply not something we are willing to risk with ours. Additionally, we require our dogs come back to us if it's not working out and the logistics of that becomes a challenge. Plus - they don't fit very well in a box ;) --------------------->
6. Can you contact me when you get a bulldog in who may be a good fit for our home?
Sorry, no. While we would love to be able to do that, we get far too many inquiries to be able to track everyone and maintain a database in that way. We encourage you to keep checking back to see which dogs we have and when they're available
7. Can I volunteer with BBR
Yes! (FINALLY A YES!) We can use volunteers in many capacities - not just fostering. Please visit our Ways to Help section for more details and to complete a volunteer form!
8. I see that you have a rule that families with kids under 8 cannot adopt from you. My kids were raised around animals and I have extensive experience working with animals - can you make an exception?
We understand that this can be very disappointing. Many of us have kids of our own! That being said, though, we know that at the end of the day, kids are kids and dogs are dogs. Both can be unpredictable creatures with minds of their own. We've all seen the "look at my cute kid sitting on my dog - he/she just loves my child" pictures. When BBR first started, we took it on a case by case basis, but unfortunately, too many situations have made us decide that it is not only safest for your children, but for our dogs to not place them in homes with kids. Many of our dogs are from unknown backgrounds, and even those who aren't and have been raised around kids have a breaking point. More often than not, dogs are surrendered to us b/c of kids in the home and we have had dogs surrendered back to us b/c of kids. We, as volunteers, simply do not have the time to come to your home and spend days on end ensuring your children are prepared for a bulldog or that the bulldog is prepared to live with kids. All of that said - there won't be any exceptions to this rule. We do encourage you to wait until your kids are older and understand boundaries and apply at that time.