Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We can’t save every dog but we can make a difference... one dog at a time!
Below you will find the answers to our most frequently asked questions:
Almost Home Bulldog Rescue is a volunteer run organization. We receive many inquiries daily. Our average response time to inquiries is 3-5 business days.
We do not normally adopt out of state. Our application process
requires a home visit as well as a meet and greet with you and your potential pup performed by an Almost Home representative. In addition, our organization maintains contact with our foster and adoptive families for the life of our dogs. We are a support network for anything that could ever arise with our rescue families and, unfortunately, at this time we could not give that initial security to a long-distance adoption. If you are interested in adopting a Bulldog and do not live in the state of Arizona, please check:
for your local representative. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to help :-)
We receive MANY inquiries about the dogs that are listed on our website and on Petfinder. If you are interested in adopting, please fully complete our adoption application, and attach it to your initial e-mail. This will help us fully understand your needs and situation to better answer your questions.
The application does not obligate you in any way and we do not require an application fee. The only money that is involved is the suggested ADOPTION donation (which is usually between $250 and $550) at the time you complete an adoption.
If you are serious about adopting, and you live within our geographic area, we encourage you to complete an application even if the dogs you see listed who are currently available for adoption are not dogs you feel would mix well with your family. If your application has been reviewed, references checked, and a home visit completed, and you are ultimately approved, you will be in a better position for adoption when a dog for whom you ARE suited is looking for a home. We do not always list every adoptable dog on Petfinder or on our website.
By now, you should understand that your completed application is the most important step in beginning the adoption process :-)
If you don’t answer all of the questions on the application it will
mean we have to contact you to get the information before processing your application. ALL answers are important. We will contact your Veterinarian for a reference, and if your pets have been seen at other offices besides the ones you have listed, we need that information as well.
If your vet check is favorable, the next step is to arrange a home visit at a time that all family members will be available. We will prefer a day and time when your outdoor property can also be observed. When you are contacted by the volunteer who will be visiting with you, that individual will be committing their own time to a meeting that will be convenient for everyone. Please be certain that you will be available for that visit. The volunteer who visits you will be making observations based on AHBR's criteria. This person is not the individual who will approve or disapprove your application. Often, this person is not someone who is fostering any of our dogs and will usually not be able to answer questions about the dogs. Home visits are based on our volunteers’ geographic location and their proximity to the prospective adopters.
If the vet check and the home visit have gone well, in general we will consider your application “approved”. At that time, if there is a dog we would like to have you meet, we will provide photos and information about that dog, and a visit with that dog will be arranged. We prefer to have all family members and other pets meet with the Bulldog who might become the new family member.
If no suitable match is possible at that time, your approved
application is kept on file and it only means that YOUR dog has not found US yet!
When you have met a dog we would all consider as a suitable match, the next steps are discussed at that time. We will speak with you at length regarding what you can expect during the re-homing and adaptation period.
If at any point you have acquired a dog elsewhere, or have decided you are no longer interested in adopting through AHBR, please contact us so that we can remove your application from further consideration.
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, please consider buying from a reputable breeder.
It is important for all interested parties to understand that our
primary commitment is to the dogs who are in our care.
At Almost Home Bulldog Rescue, our goal is to find great people for wonderful dogs and we thank you so much for your interest in adopting a homeless Bully :-)
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, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.