NorCal Bully Breed Rescue - Rescue of the Month, February 2018
We’re so excited to feature NorCal Bully Breed Rescue as our Rescue of the Month for February! Check out their story and the amazing work they do.
It was a common motivation to change the negative stigma surrounding pit bulls that inspired Leslie Bird and Anna Sharp to start what became NorCal Bully Breed Rescue. They had taken in an abandoned and injured pit bull mix with the hopes of finding her a home. This had proven to be no easy feat. “When no one jumped at the chance to adopt the dog we dug in and found out that there are so many unwanted/overbred pit bulls, and there are horrible myths about them that we knew we had to help,” said Leslie.
Sadly, pit bulls make up the largest percentage of dogs in shelters across the United States and the majority don’t make it out of shelters alive. Leslie and Anna decided they had to become a part of the solution and help as many dogs as they could. In 2014, NorCal Bully Breed Rescue became a 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue organization focused on helping the “neglected, injured and dying dogs that no one wanted,” said Leslie.
The organization takes in medically compromised dogs with major health issues that are not adoptable without proper care. The cost of such care for a single dog can run anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
Here's a video of just one of NorCal Bully Breed's amazing success stories - Buggy:
Like most rescues, NorCal Bully Breed Rescue relies heavily on foster families to take care of their rescue dogs while the dogs receive medical care and any necessary rehabilitation. Luckily, they have a large network of qualified fosters in their local area, even though they are always in search for new ones. When considering a potential new foster home, Leslie and Anna make sure that the home is a good environment for a shelter dog. It is also important that fosters are local in order to conduct yard checks and to easily pick up the dogs for vet appointments, adoptions events, fundraisers, and meet and greets with potential adopters.
On average, Anna and Leslie place around 70-80 dogs in foster care each month and carry out anywhere between 125 to 175 adoptions each year. Based on these numbers, it is no surprise that one of their biggest challenges is bringing in donations to sustain the organization’s amazing work.
We are so happy to be dedicating all donations from every product sold during the month of February 2018 to NorCal Bully Breed Rescue. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and please donate directly through PayPal by clicking here.
If you are interested in adopting, here are some dogs currently available at NorCal Bully Breed Rescue looking for a forever home. Check out more of their available dogs here.
|American Pit Bull Terrier Mix, Male, 3ish
|American Pit Bull Terrier/Boxer Mix, Male, 1.5 yrs
American Pit Bull Terrier Mix, Male, 2 yrs
American Pit Bull Terrier Mix, Male, Puppy
German Shepherd Mix, Male, 10 yrs
American Pit Bull Terrier Mix, Female, 1 yr