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My name is Otto!
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(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
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Small blue checkmark Good with kids
Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

Meet Otto! This precious pup is ready to find his forever home, and he wants his new family to know these 10 things about him:

1. I am a mystery mastiff mix, and I am about 3.5 years old.

2. I was at a shelter in South Carolina for a long time before I got to come to rescue. I guess most people don’t have a lot of love for XL mixed breed dogs, but I am hopeful that The Bullpen can help me find my forever family.

3. I am pretty overweight right now, but I’ve been on a strict diet since I came to the sanctuary and I’m slowly but surely slimming down. My new home will need to continue limiting my food intake and will need to be vigilant about not over-feeding me!

4. I’m a social guy, and I like most everyone that I meet. I think I would do well in a home with children over 10, as long as they weren’t too loud or rambunctious and had some previous experience/training with big dogs.

5. I wouldn’t mind if my new people had a female dog that I could hang out with, as long as she wasn’t too small and we were allowed a slow introduction and integration.

6. I haven’t had much experience living with cats, so I can’t say for sure if I like them or not.

7. The words that best describe me are silly, laid-back, and sweet.

8. My favorite things are going for walks, eating, and taking naps.

9. I am housebroken, crate-trained, and pretty good on a leash (if I do say so myself).

10. I am fully vaccinated, heartworm negative, neutered, and microchipped.

If you're ready to give Otto the forever home of his dreams, start by filling out our Adoption Application, located at under the 'work with us' tab. We highly recommend that our potential adopters fill out an online application as soon as possible, as it greatly expedites the process of finding the right dog for your situation.

Our dogs are available for adoption nationwide but preference is given to adopters willing to do an in-person meeting. Please understand that our dogs are not adopted on a first-come, first-serve basis, but rather we strive for a "perfect placement" so we know that they will not be failed again.

The Bullpen Way Station & Sanctuary GA

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P.O.Box 77, Norwood, GA 30821

Their adoption process

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All adopters must fill out an adoption application, which is conveniently located on our website,, under the "work with us" tab in the top right of the page.

After you submit your application, the form goes to our online database where it is accessed and reviewed by the members of our team. A rescue volunteer should be in contact within a couple of days to discuss your application, your expectations, and any of the dogs you’re interested in. If you don’t hear anything from us within a reasonable amount of time, don’t be afraid to reach out to us via email at!

Once we’ve spoken to you, we’ll begin to check your references. When we’ve gotten the green light from your references, a volunteer will be in touch with you to set up a home visit. We are merely looking to see that you are able to provide a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for your dog to live in. At that time, we will also take the opportunity to inspect your fence, yard, and neighborhood.

As soon as your home visit has been completed and approved, you’re officially ready to adopt! At this point, a member of the Bullpen crew will be in touch to discuss the adoption contract/fee. Fees range from $50 for very old dogs to $500 for puppies. On average, the adoption fee is between $300-$400

Depending on the distance between you and your new family member, transport may have to be arranged (for applicants who live in close proximity to our facility in Georgia or one of our foster homes, this will not apply). We WILL NOT SEND A DOG VIA COMMERCIAL AIR, but we do offer two alternative options for long-haul transports:
(1) Commercial: We regularly use a wonderful, reasonably-priced ($150-$200) transport company that travels between Texas and Georgia and then up the East Coast on a weekly basis. The cost of the transport PLUS the cost of the mandatory health certificate must be covered by the applicant unless otherwise specified by the Bullpen.

(2) Private: We also have an individual who is available to do private transport, but applicants must be willing to cover the individual’s travel expenses and meet the driver at least half of the way.

Post-adoption, we reserve the right to make up to three follow-up visits, but we’ll make sure to give you notice beforehand, and the visits are generally informal. Additionally, we always encourage our new adopters to stay in touch with updates or pictures (email, text, or join the Bullpen’s Facebook page- and to feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Go meet their pets

Our facility in Norwood is home to many of our dogs, but we also have foster homes across the country. Currently, we have adoptable dogs in the following cities:
Kansas City, MO
Shreveport, LA
Atlanta, GA
Hurst, TX
Little Rock, AR
Florence, KY

More about this rescue

Located in the green rolling hills of Northeast Georgia, The Bullpen provides assistance and sanctuary for giant breed dogs and other vulnerable companion animals. We believe that by integrating grassroots community education and outreach, coalition building, support for existing animal welfare efforts, and our own independent rescue operations, we can eliminate needless euthanasia and improve the overall health and well-being of our four-legged friends.