How the BCA Rescue Network program works:
BCA Rescue Network volunteers obtain homeless Bulldogs from owners who surrender them us, from individuals who find them as strays, from veterinarians when the dogs are left with them by the owners, and from animal shelters. Reasons for dogs being given up or abandoned are numerous but are often along the lines of "we have no time for the dog" or "we cannot afford the needed medical care".
BCA Rescue Network volunteers provide foster care for homeless Bulldogs, place Bulldogs in new homes, and provide education and counseling for Bulldog owners and adopters. Bulldogs in foster care are given necessary veterinary care, including vaccinations and heartworm preventatives. All rescued Bulldogs are spayed/neutered before adoption. Temperaments are evaluated, and Rescue Network volunteers do not knowingly place aggressive dogs in new homes. Training and socialization are also provided when needed.
Applicants for adoption are carefully screened via telephone interviews, home visits, and contacts with veterinarians and landlords, when applicable. We require the applicant and all family members, including dogs currently in the home, to meet the rescued Bulldog before a placement is arranged. The objective is to match the rescued Bulldog with the most suitable adopter.
The Adoption Process:
To be considered to adopt a Bulldog from the Rescue Network, you need to do the following:
- Read the Breed Information page and the BCA Adoption Contract. Use the Back button on your browser to return to this page.
- Submit an adoption application to the BCA Rescue Network.
Before you submit the application, please read this:
We regret that we cannot assure you that you will be contacted personally while your application is pending with us. We are an all-volunteer organization that cannot provide the level of customer support you might expect from an organization with lots of resources. We receive thousands of applications per year, and cannot respond to all of them. However, please be assured that we will contact you if and when we have checked the application data base and found you as the person possibly most qualified to adopt a particular Bulldog.
We cannot predict how long your waiting time may be to adopt a rescued Bulldog. There are too many factors to consider, such as how well-suited the Bulldog may be for you and where you and the Bulldog are located. We do not know in advance what Bulldogs we may be receiving or what their adoption requirements may be.
If you are not able to adopt from us in the next few months, please do not decide to buy a Bulldog puppy from a pet store or puppy mill. If you do want to buy a Bulldog puppy, please use the Bulldog Club of America Breeder Referral Service.
If you do want to be considered for adoption:
- You can complete an online application that can be accessed by BCA Rescue Network volunteers nationwide. Although the rescue volunteers place limits on how far away they will place Bulldogs, the online application increases your chances of being considered for adoption.
Next, read the Disclaimer/Release of Liability. If you select I Agree after reading the Disclaimer/Release of Liability, the online Adoption Application will be displayed for you to complete.
- In addition to submitting the online application, you may want to contact the BCA Rescue Network volunteer nearest you to ask them to review your application. See the Rescue Roster for contact information.