Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
HeavenSent exists to:
• Rescue Bulldogs from abuse, neglect, shelters, and/or euthanasia
• Assume responsibility for bulldogs whose owners can no longer keep them and find responsible, stable, loving new homes for them.
• Rehabilitate Bulldogs before placement by providing necessary medical treatment and training to increase the chances of successful placement.
• Help reduce the population of unwanted pets by ensuring that all rescued Bulldogs are spayed or neutered before being placed.
• Place Bulldogs in suitable homes as soon as reasonably possible, so they can begin to enjoy their new lives quickly, while thoroughly screening applicants before making placement decisions in order to prevent the Bulldogs from being surrendered again.
• Inform and educate prospective adopters about the rescue program and the unique requirements for taking care of bulldogs.
• Help bulldogs whose owners consider surrender through education of owners and referral to behaviorists/trainers, etc.
Conditions of Dogs Generally Available
Hundreds of Bulldogs are lost, abandoned, taken to animal shelters, or surrendered to rescue every year. This is the price of popularity. (The Bulldog is the 13th most popular breed, based on registrations through the American Kennel Club in 2005, and the 7th most popular breed in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.) Buyers are intrigued by the Bulldog's many charms, only later to discover the special care that may come with their wrinkles, "pushed in" faces, unusual structure, and, in some cases, genetic faults from irresponsible breeding. Indiscriminate breeders, importers and pet stores add to the ever growing population and availability of dogs that are discarded every year.
The Bulldogs that come through the rescue program are seldom in "perfect" condition in terms of health, temperament or both. Frequently, it is health and/or behavior problems that cause the owners to be willing to give up the dog. Frequently, the Bulldog’s issues are remediable but take time and patience to resolve or improve. Rescued Bulldogs average four or five years in age, and few Bulldogs are surrendered to rescue under the age of three.
Dogs are placed according to the type of home best suited to their needs. A majority of our rescues have social, emotional, behavioral and health issues. Many rescued Bulldogs are aggressive with other dogs and have trust issues with people and other animals. Some are not suitable for placing with children. Rarely does a happy, well-adjusted Bulldog end up in our care. Some dogs remain in rescue for long periods of time and require extended foster care because potential adopters aren’t willing, ready or able to care for other than “perfect” Bulldogs.
Placement decisions are made by the Board of Directors of HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue based on information provided by applicants, including veterinary references and prior experience with dogs or bulldogs. In most cases, we place dogs within the tri-state area, so that the proposed home and family can be thoroughly checked for suitability and so that the dog can be returned to HeavenSent if the adoptive family is unable to keep the dog. (This right of return is part of the agreement between the adopter and HeavenSent). This also allows us to ensure that the bulldog is safe and otherwise cared for in his or her new home.
HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue does not find dogs for people – our mission is to find good people for wonderful dogs.
Please keep in mind that rescued Bulldogs are not always happy, healthy or well adjusted. If you are considering adopting a rescue it should be because you are committed to giving a homeless dog a second chance. This means having the time and patience to work with social, emotional and behavioral problems. In some cases, a health issue is present. Many rescued Bulldogs don't get along with other animals and some can't be placed with children. If you're seeking a rescue as a way to obtain a cheap Bulldog, you've come to the wrong place. You must be passionate about the breed to accept what baggage comes along. If you're looking for perfection, again, you've come to the wrong place, although those of use who have rescued bulldogs think they're absolutely perfect for us, and wouldn't change a thing.
Please note that many more Bulldogs may be available for adoption that are not posted here. Sometimes volunteers search applications for suitable adopters before posting the Bulldog as available for adoption. So if you are genuinely interested in adopting a rescued Bulldog, please fill out the online application so that you can be contacted if/when a Bulldog is available for you.
There will be an adoption fee for each dog, to offset medical expenses for the particular dog adopted or other dogs with astronomical expenses.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.