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.
American Brittany Rescue was formed in 1991 as a cooperative effort of Brittany owners, breeders, trialers, & fanciers who believe we have a responsibility not only for our own dogs and the dogs we produce, but for our breed as a whole. Because many rescue dogs can be traced 1-3 generations back to a recognized breeder, we believe all breeders should take it upon themselves to assist Brittanys in need, in any way they can.
The purpose of rescue is to take in stray, abandoned, surrendered and/or impounded purebred Brittanys, provide them with foster care, health and temperament screening, offer an opportunity for rehabilitation if necessary, assure their health and place them in new homes.
Brittanys can make wonderful family dogs and excel in many areas, but they are not for everyone. They are active, playful, energetic dogs who require personal attention every day. If you'd like to learn whether a Brittany is a good choice for you, your family and/or your lifestyle, please read Choosing a Brittany. Although some rescued dogs do hunt with their new families, our primary concern is finding homes where they will be a valued member of the family.
If you'd like a sweet, loving, playful companion, please check out our Available Dogs section. If you don't see a dog in your area, and are seriously interested in adopting a Brittany, please go to the Regional Coordinators page and get in touch with the volunteer nearest to you. If you'd like more information about rescue, please explore our ABR website. The Message Board is a good place to talk with other Brittany people and ask questions.
When you have received conformation that your application has been received please contact your state Coordinator.
ABR ADOPTION PROCESS:
We do not place our Brittanys on a first-come, first-serve basis. We review every application received. It is our goal to place our Britts in the very best home possible. Please read the bios for foster dogs carefully. This information will tell you if the dog does well with other dogs, does well with cats, does well with small children, and if a fence is required, etc. If a Britt does not tolerate young children etc, we will not entertain your application if you have a cat or young children. Dogs with specific requirements will be placed in environment that is best for them.
We have many people looking at the same dogs that you are interested in. Some have waited a long time to adopt. We want to choose the family that best matches the dogs needs. If you are not chosen to be the dogs family it isn't because you aren't a good family. It is because we feel the other family fulfills the needs of this particular dog.
A home visit must be set up and completed before you can take a dog into your home.
One of our ABR volunteers will be contacting the vet you have listed on your application.
This process takes time, we are volunteers, most of us hold full time jobs and help ABR as we are able. Please be patient. Please understand that you will not be able to adopt any dog until all of the requirements have been met.
ABOUT OUR BRITTANYS:
Be aware that our adoption fee in MD, VA and DC is $325 for adults, $275 for seniors and $350 for puppies under 1 yr of age. That covers our costs for spaying/neutering, vaccinations, heartworm testing, worming and any other health issues a dog may have come to us with.
We have also recently introduce a Senior Companion Program. More information about this program is on our website.
If the dog you adopt from ABR is not spayed/neutered at the time of the adoption because of a health issue or the dog is a young pup a $150.00 spay/neuter deposit is required and will be refunded to you upon proof of spay/neuter.
AFTER YOU ADOPT:
Once you have adopted a Brittany from ABR we are here to help in anyway we can. Please stay in touch with the foster of your dog for at least 1 month after adopting so they can help if any problem arises.
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.