BOGO Spotlight: No Bully Left Behind
We are excited to announce that No Bully Left Behind (NBLB) is our BOGO recipient from March 16th – 31st, 2017. No Bully Left Behind is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization based in Dallas, Texas. They rescue dogs belonging to the bully breed categories from the state of Texas and across the country.
We asked Jennifer Vines, the Director, a few questions to get us better acquainted with the challenges of running a bully rescue.
What is involved in keeping a foster-based rescue going? How many adoptable dogs are in your program?
We use fosters for dogs that need medical attention, social integration with others, or just warm fuzzies from humans. Finding fosters is our number one pain point, as people are afraid of being “stuck” with a foster dog. We utilize social media and PetFinder to publicize our dogs and help them find a forever home. Because we are a bully breed rescue, our dogs are bigger and finding the perfect home for our adults takes a bit longer because we will not settle for “almost perfect”. Our numbers remain under 35 at any one time so that we can focus on each and their search for happily ever after.
What are some of the things your group is known for?
We focus on bully breed dogs ONLY! Those gentle giants that are misunderstood and discriminated against both legally and socially. We work to change the stereotypes associated with the bully breeds and introduce others to the amazing loyalty that comes with adopting a dog of the bully breeds.
Describe some of the more challenging moments in rescue and how you/the other volunteers got through it.
Of course, financial struggles are just part of the nonprofit battle. We always work off of a budget, and after realizing that if just HALF of our 6,000+ Facebook followers could give just $5/month and we would NEVER have to ask for money again. We could rescue more dogs that test positive for heartworms, more dogs with medical issues, and just more dogs period! We could transport to adopters across the country with no fee incurred by the adopter.
The other challenging moments are when your favorite dogs are overlooked by adopters again and again. We had Angus for over a year, and he was a big meathead: too big for most. Just two weeks ago, we were contacted by an adopter in South Dakota who fell in love with Angus and they are now living happily ever after! So the challenging moments are often followed by rewarding moments that make it all worth while!
What is the most rewarding part about fostering? What would you say to others who are considering fostering for a group like yours?
Rehabilitating a dog who has felt lost or abandoned, seeing them blossom into the dog they were meant to be, and then watching the new family embrace them as a forever family member is so rewarding. As a foster, you are preparing them to love and be loved. You are teaching them what it means to be remembered and adored. As a foster, you are responsible for their happily ever after.
Let us know anything else you’d like to share with us.
No Bully Left Behind is in the heart of the “dog problem” in Dallas, Texas. Neglectful owners who do not spay or neuter and then contribute to the overpopulation are the biggest factor. We are working to make low-cost sterilization more accessible to low-income families, and we are hoping to educate them on the importance of their role in the bigger picture.
SUPPORT No Bully Left Behind with the PBC BOGO!
Help us help the dogs at NBLB by purchasing a PBC collar and/or leash. From 3/16th-31st, we will match all purchases of PBC collars & leashes. Rescues are always in need of collars and leashes for their incoming dogs, so here’s a chance to help them! And bully breed rescues love our martingale training collars so consider getting them some of those.