My name is Tessa!

American Staffordshire Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Lincoln, California - Tessa
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NorCal Bully Breed Rescue

Facts about Tessa

  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Color: Gray/Silver/Salt & Pepper - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Tessa arrived at a local county animal shelter in Northern California after she was found as a stray. The friendly and sweet 2-year-old Pit Bull mix appeared to have recently given birth to a litter of puppies but none were found with her when she was picked up. Tessa was never claimed, so she underwent a behavioral evaluation and passed with flying colors. Well-behaved and very gentle, Tessa quickly became a favorite of volunteers. While at the shelter, Tessa was soon recommended for a family with a 2-year-old child. But sadly, a common injury would stand in her way to a happy home and threaten her life.

Shortly after being put up for adoption, volunteers walking her noticed Tessa would limp and hold up her left hind leg. She would also stop walking and lay down during walks. After closer evaluation, the shelter veterinarian determined Tessa had a torn ACL and would need surgery. Unfortunately, the shelter did not have the means or the funds to perform the necessary surgery for Tessa and she was signed off to be euthanized. The volunteers who had worked closely with Tessa knew her life was worth saving and were not ready to give up on her. They stepped up to help her and contacted several rescues finally finding one willing to pull Tessa from the shelter to safety on August 24, 2013.

A veterinarian with orthopedic expertise examined Tessa and believed her Achilles tendon could be fixed with TPLO surgery. The operation would repair her leg and allow her to walk again without pain. In early September, Tessa underwent TPLO surgery and has now fully recovered. At the most recent post-op appt. we were told Tessa's knee has healed to the 95% rate which is usually only seen much later into recovery. Tessa can run and play like any other dog and is happy and healthy.
Tessa has been in a loving foster home since being rescued from the shelter in August of 2013 and she is now between 4-5 years of age. She has lived with other dogs and appears to like most dogs she meets though can be selective with small dogs. She plays well with foster sisters, Kylie & JoyJoy and foster bros, Riley & Gussie. Tessa loves everyone she meets and everyone who meets her falls in love and says how sweet she is! We think so too! She would do best in a home without cats but a home with children would be fine. Tessa is crate trained, house trained, has attended training classes on a regular basis, walks nicely on leash, is spayed and up to date on her vaccinations and on monthly heartworm preventive.

If you're interested in meeting Tessa, please contact her foster Mom at 530 305 1917.

About NorCal Bully Breed Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

NorCal Bully Breed Rescue (NBBR) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to helping needy animals in our community. While our focus is on "bully breeds," we don't discriminate and will very often help dogs of any breed, provided we have a foster home available. We take in dogs from local shelters with a focus on those with medical challenges and those whose behavior is declining due to the stress of the shelter environment. These are the dogs most often overlooked and in need of the most help.

NBBR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, our tax ID # is 46-3665141. Your donations are fully tax deductible and fund our operations and help pay our vet expenses.

NBBR is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless pets through the spaying/neutering of all our our rescued dogs and through education on the importance of spaying/neutering all animals. We provide information on low cost or no cost spay/neuter clinics in our surrounding areas.

Each dog that comes to us has been temperament tested, updated on shots, spayed/neutered and microchipped. Many of our dogs have also been treated for various medical conditions including mange, heart worms, broken bones, neurological issues, and many others. One of our dogs can take anywhere from one month to one year to get ready for adoption and the cost for the dogs we take on can range from $100 to several thousand dollars. We take on dogs from shelters that are set to be euthanized for various reasons, including simply that they've been there too long, or they have a medical condition that precludes them from adoption to the public, making them "rescue only." This means only a rescue can pull them from the shelter, but also leaves us to be responsible for any costs to to be increased by said rescue dog.

We also take on strays and incur the cost of having them vaccinated, spayed, neutered and microchipped. We will help dogs who owners can no longer provide care by networking their dog, provided the owner can continue to house the dog. We insure a safe house for all of the dogs that we take on and provide all needed supplies for the foster homes that care for them until they are to be adopted. We also insure that they never end up in a shelter, running the risk of being euthanized due to lack of space or due to becoming "aggressive" cause by the stress of being in a shelter environment.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our adoptable dogs live in foster homes and meet and greets are done by appointment.

Monthly adoption events are held at the Roseville Petfood Express store at 1009 Galleria Blvd in The Fountains Shopping Ctr. These events take place on the second Friday of each month from 6-8pm.

Our upcoming adoption events through 2017 are:
January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, June 9th, July 14th, August 11th, September 8th, October 13th, November 10th & December 8th.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the adoption process is the completion of our online adoption application. You will be able to fill it out online and email it back to us. If you have any questions regarding regarding your application, we are here to answer them.

The second step is the home check. Our main priority in this step is insuring that your yard is 100% secure - there can be no loose boards or gaps in your fencing. If your dog is going to be spending anytime outside while you are at work or away from home, we ask that you have adequate shade or shelter from the elements.Before we schedule a home check, we may ask you to send us photos of your yard/fencing to get an idea of where the dog will be living. If you have any hesitation or questions about our yard check, please see our section on "How to Prepare for a Home Check."

The last step in the adoption process is the meet and greet. This is where we meet with you and any existing pets to ensure proper introductions are made. We want to make sure everyone gets along. Once all introductions are made, and everyone gets along, your rescue dog is yours to adopt.

Please note that there is no pressure involved, and if situation that cannot be resolved arise, we will always take our dog back. Also, be aware that there is an acclimation period for each dog and every dog is different. It can take a few days or a few weeks for your new dogs to settle in. We will assist in any way possible, including referring our trainer to come work with you and the dog.

All of our dogs are rescues, meaning they have already needed help in some way, and will only to to homes where they will live a "CHARMED LIFE." All of our adoptive dogs will be indoor dogs with outdoor privileges. We believe that dogs are family members, and should be allowed to sleep indoors.The only time they should be kept outdoors is if the weather permits. Any applications looking for an outdoor only dog will be denied. All current pets in your home need to be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and one heartworm preventive. Out of area adoptions are within reason and on a case-by-case basis.

Walk the perimeter of your yard. Take notes on the condition of your fence. Are there any loose boards or gaps under any sections of you fencing? If yes, these are easy fixes. You can nail any loose board back into place, and you can fill any gaps with pavers and gravel Do you have a lock on your gate? If not, please purchase one prior to your home check. Is there adequate shade or shelter for your new dog if it is going to be left outdoors while you're at work? Do you have anything hazardous in your yard, i.e. nails sticking out, chemicals left out, etc? Do you have a cat? If so, does your cat have a high spot it can retreat to if being chased? Are your garbage cans located somewhere near a gate where a dog can jump into them to get out? If so please move them. Please address these issues prior to our visit.

All of our dogs will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped prior to being adopted. Our adoption fees are considered to be donations. All donations from adoption go right back into our rescue account, allowing us to continue to help dogs in need. At the bare minimum, the cost to properly vet a dog is $100. But some of the dogs we take on are medical cases, which can cost several thousand dollars. Because of this, we ask the following adoption fees:
$350 for puppies, which are any dogs under a year old
$200 for any adult dog ages 1.