These are some of our most frequently asked questions. Please click on the question and the response will be shown.
To help us get a good picture of what type of home you have to offer one of our foster dogs, so that we can find the best match for everyone involved.
It depends on many things, including how many dogs we currently have in foster care. Typically, people with small children, (or small dogs or cats) living in an apartment wait longer than a childless couple with a fenced yard and someone at home most of the day. Everything depends on matching the dog to the family, and we strive for the optimum match every time.
The "average" age is about 18 months to 4 years. We rarely have puppies under 6 months, often have dogs between 4 and 8, and sometimes get in the truly elderly. For most of us, the oldsters are the most special ones of all.
Again, we look for the perfect home for each dog. Not every foster dog is well-suited to every applicant, and BRI foster homes are the ones living with the dogs. Therefore, they know best what sort of living arrangements will work so that everyone involved has a good experience, especially the dog. We also don't release dogs to their adoptive homes until they have had their medical needs addressed and are well on the road to recover - or are already in the best of health and anxious to move ahead. If there is any question, the dog stays with us until we are reasonably confident of a good outcome. Also, we typically will not place an adopted dog into a household with another dog of the same sex. Most male bullmastiffs do not get along with other male dogs of any variety, and that is also true of many females. Each dog is evaluated as an individual and placed accordingly.
Not all Bullmastiffs enjoy the company of other dogs. Some will tolerate other dogs, but not willingly. Some love other dogs, and cats, and kids. Just like people, each dog is an individual, with likes and dislikes. They're in foster care so that we can figure these things out and place them appropriately. When small children are involved, we like to place dogs who come to us with a history of having lived with small children in harmony, or dogs who have been fostered in homes with small children. For the most part, dogs coming to us from shelters or as strays or otherwise, without any documented history will usually not be placed into adoptive homes with infants or toddlers.
Because we are all volunteers with lives of our own - just like you. Dogs in desperate situations, dogs with medical emergencies, and sometimes our personal lives, do somewhat limit our ability to answer in a timely fashion. We will do our best to respon as soon as possible.
Virtually every dog we accept into the program requires vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery. Most also need entropion surgery. Some are heartworm positive, or have tick-borne diseases such as Lyme and need extensive (and expensive) treatment. More than half require surgery to correct entropion, a painful condition that can cause blindness. Many require orthopedic surgery. The bill for the "average" foster dog is in the neighborhood of $750-$1000, with many of them racking up expenses in the thousands. 100% of donated funds go to vet bills or board bills for the dogs in our care. the day-to-day cost of caring for the foster dogs is borne by our foster families.
BRI will take back any dog that we have placed, At any time, and for any reason.
No, for the protection of all parties. If the previous owner and adopter are both amenable, a line of communication between the two may be maintained through BRI volunteers.
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BRI
PO Box 16,
Pottersville, NJ 07979.

We also accept donations in the form of food, crates, and other dog supplies, as well as cars, real estate, and the like. Please contact us for more information.

All contributions made in any form are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed under state and federal law.