The dogs that are available currently have their picture on the "Dogs for Adoptiom" page as well as a special page of information, history and contact points under "Dogs for Adoption". Thank You for looking at these dogs and hopefully their forever home will be found soon.

Before Adopting A Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff Rescuers, Inc. is an all volunteer group compromised of people who love the breed and are dedicated to helping Bullmastiffs in need. We accept dogs from individuals, who can no longer keep pets, from shelters, and from other rescue groups; we are a breed specific rescue group and only take dogs that we feel can be reasonably represented as Bullmastiffs. Our founding members are long-term devoters of the breed, and have several decades of rescue experience behind them. Foster families and volunteers are carefully screened to ensure that they are able to provide the type of nurturing environment that our foster dogs require, and also to make certain that they have the appropriate skills to manage and evaluate large breed, working dogs. They are the mainstay of our program - the volunteers who drop everything at a moment's notice to rescue a dog in need - and they are also the people who care for and evaluate our foster dogs in order to find the perfect match for them as they move toward their permanent adoptive homes.

Our organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity, and all donations to us are deductible. We ask for, but do not require, a donation from surrendering owners. In the case of an adoption, a donation is not required. All of our fees and donations go directly to help dogs in our custody. We have no administrative expenses and no salaried employees - but we do have astronomical vet bills!

We offer ongoing mentoring services for the life of the pet. For now, those services are limited to the states where we currently operate, but as we grow, we hope to offer those services nationally. We have lots of training and educational materials on hand, as well as access to professional trainers and behaviorists if a question or problem arises at any point with a dog we have placed. We will always take back a dog we have placed.

Before adopting a Bullmastiff, it is extremely important to educate yourself about the breed and its characteristics. Despite so many spiffy websites touting them as couch potatoes who are wonderful with toddlers, small animals, and all people, that simply isn't the case. First and foremost, the Bullmastiff is a working dog. While a "sharp" temperament is neither desireable nor typical, it is crucial to understand that a Bullmastiff is a large, powerful dog, bred to protect its family and environment, and a Bullmastiff owner must be prepared to temper and direct that behavior. The breed has also been bred to work a lot, since their original purpose was to guard large estates in England and to that end, one of the primary duties of a Bullmastiff was to identify and "control" pachers and the dogs who accompanied them.

We recommend that all of our adopters consider taking a basic obedience class with their new family member. If nothing else, it provides an opportunity for the dog to bond with the new owners, and our adopted dogs can go on to compete in performance events or to work as therapy dogs. Training is a marvelous way of helping a new dog blend into the family. And, of course, a tired dog is a good dog! We often get dogs into the program simply because people were not prepared to deal with an active young dog, having fallen prey to the "couch potato" myth that is so widely circulated.

While some Bullmastiffs have little prey drive and are friendly towards cats and other small animals, many are not. Some refuse to accept any other dog, while many can be taught, carefully and patiently over a period of several months, to accept and bond with another resident dog. A rare few are as friendly and gregarious as a Lab or Golden, but they are the exception. Bullmastiff Rescuers, Inc. does not have extremely aggressive dogs, though we will accept and place dogs who are simply not "dog-friendly". We are extremely careful when placing dogs into households where they are small children present and typically do not place stray or shelter dogs into those families, preferring to err on the side of caution by placing only dogs who come to us with a documented history of living harmoniously with small children. We strongly recommend that adopters seek a dog of the opposite sex if there is a resident dog, and while we sometimes place females with other compatible females, we do not place male dogs in home with resident males.

The dogs coming through our program are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, given pet meds if needed, microchipped, and tested for heartworm and often for tick-borne diseases as well. Any obvious veterinarian needs are addressed prior to placement. In most cases, they are crate-trained. They are fostered in the homes of experiences rescue volunteers, and are carefully assessed so that we can find the ideal home for each dog based on their personalities and preferences. During their time in foster care, their housebreaking skills are perfected and they often receive some basic obedience training as well.

There is always a fee for adoption.

The first step in the adoption process is to complete the adoption application. Once it appears that we've found a good match for your family, we will check references and arrange for a home visit by one of our rescue volunteers. We do prefer that our applicants have a fenced yard, and for certain dogs a fenced yard is mandatory. We discourage the use of invisible fencing - it frequently will not safely contain a Bullmastiff, and it also does not protect the Bullmastiff from stray dogs or other animals. Based on our observations of the dog during its stay in foster care, we will determine what sort of household is suited for a particular dog and adoptions will be based on the dog's specific needs.

Please be advised that while many of these dogs come from homes where they were family pets, some also come from abusive situations. BRI's goal is to protect, rehabilitate, and re-home these dogs, and our first and foremost obligation is to the dogs in our care, and those of us who share our homes with these dogs will determine what sort of home situation is best suited to their needs.