My name is Sammy-FOSTER NEEDED!!!

American Bulldog/Boxer Mix Puppy for adoption in Lincoln, California - Sammy-FOSTER NEEDED!!
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NorCal Bully Breed Rescue

Facts about Sammy-FOSTER NEEDED!!

  • Breed: American Bulldog/Boxer Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Puppy
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Look at this face!!! Seriously how could you not fall in love with those gorgeous squishy flaps?!?!

Sammy is currently at Placer County Animal Services in Auburn, Ca. He's been there for a while now and isn't doing so hot. He's not a candidate for public adoption. He's not on the adoption floor. We've been asked to pull him, and we'd absolutely love to.

We'd love to pull him from the shelter but in order to do so will need a qualified adopter or foster. Sammy has always been great with other dogs (not sure about cats so that's a "no"...), but he will need a reasonable amount of time to decompress before being introduced to existing dogs in the home. We will help with EVERYTHING needed to foster. Please see the end of this post for foster requirements...

Here is what the shelter volunteers have to say about this gorgeous creature
Samuel “Sammy” Smooshy Face... The wiggler of all wigglers...
Sammy just radiates happiness. You can see it in everything he does; from the way he looks at you, the way he runs toward you, and the way he wiggles for your affection. Sammy is an outgoing and friendly dog. While he has had some struggles with reactivity inside of his kennel, he is naturally social and amenable. Everyone who meets him thinks the world of him.

Sammy is a big baby full of silliness but so eager to learn and learns quickly. It makes him feel immensely proud and confident to make you happy. Sammy loves bonding and is very warm and affectionate. He is loyal to his people and it lights up his world when he spots a friend coming his way.

Sammy is playful, and while he isn’t the best fetcher, he loves a good romp-around! You won’t meet a more optimistic and goofy dog and your heart will never stop smiling with Sammy by your side. Sammy is a stunningly beautiful dog, a soul-dog, and a dog to be proud to call yours.

Sammy is believed to be an approximately 10-month-old American Bulldog/Boxer mix. He has been fine with other dogs at the shelter, and as always, with proper matches and introductions. We are not sure how he is with cats, but he doesn’t seem to focus or mind them.

When Sammy came to the shelter, he struggled with not feeling safe inside of his kennel and did not have adequate physical or mental activity, or socialization which caused him much stress. This stress manifested into bad kennel behavior - in which he'd react badly when some folks walked by his kennel. Since providing Sammy with appropriate mental and physical activity and trips outside the kennel environment, he has been thriving and has generally not had those same issues.

Fostering is quite a bit like adopting (only less permanent), but we still need to be sure that the potential foster home is a good environment for a shelter dog. We need to know where the potential foster lives. They need to be local to us. This one is a deal breaker, and so many times people get frustrated with us thinking it's because we don't want to be put out. That's not the case at all. Our fosters need to be close enough for us to do a yard check, but also close enough to bring their fosters to vet appointments, adoption events, fundraisers, and meet and greets with potential adopters. Living outside of a 50 mile radius of Sacramento makes all of the above nearly impossible. We also need our foster dogs to be close enough to us that if they begin experiencing behavioral issues with their foster dog, we can send our trainer to work with them.

The MAIN reason that we are so selective with our fosters is because once we pull a dog, they become OURS. Meaning if it just "isn't working out" at said foster home, we have to take the dog back. Back where, you ask? Well certainly not back to the shelter. And we can't take any more on at our home. So where do they go? They don't. They don't "go." A foster home has to be 100% committed to fostering a dog. Not willing to "try it out" or "give it a shot". We have no plan B in place if the foster bails. So the foster can't bail. It's a huge commitment. If dogs need to be kept separate and crate rotated, that's what has to happen. If a cat is being chased, the dog isn't allowed around the cat. If things get chewed up, then things get chewed up. If a foster dog pees on the carpet, it pees on the carpet. Shelter dogs aren't going to come out of there perfect dogs that have no issues at all. They usually DO have issues. And we love them through those issues. We clean up the pee. We throw away chewed up shoes. We crate rotate. We get frustrated. But we don't kick them out. That's already happened to them once, and can't happen again. Everyone wants to help, but our fosters have to be willing to go the distance. We provide EVERYTHING needed to foster a dog. Crate, food, bed, bowls, toys, leash, collar, treats, EVERYTHING. Not every rescue does this. We do it because we know it's not easy to foster. In fact it can be really difficult sometimes. But in the end, the payoff is absolutely priceless.

Interested in meeting Sammy and helping us get him out of the shelter? Complete and submit our foster application online at and we'll be in touch!

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 2016 are:
November 11th, December 9th
Our upcoming adoption events through 2017 are:
January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th

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.