Bullmastiff Rescuers, INC (BRI) is a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehoming Bullmastiffs in need. BRI works with animal shelters (both private and public), Bullmastiff owners in need of assistance, and other legitimate rescue groups to aid in the care and placement of Bullmastiffs in need. The groups focus is to provide for the safety of Bullmastiffs in need as quickly as possible by getting them into their foster care program and specializes in the often overlooked senior and infirm dogs.
The goal of BRI is to address the dogs’ veterinary needs (spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm testing and any other medical needs specific to each dog), and facilitate their placement into a permanent home as soon as they are well enough for adoption. During the time they are in foster care, they will be evaluated so that the rescue can determine the type of home best suited to each particular dog.
There are a multitude of challenges faced by all animal rescue groups and by Bullmastiff rescue groups in particular. While transportation, vet care and foster care are critical to the process for aiding any breed of dog, they are magnified for large breed dogs where space concerns are greater, breed experience becomes more important, understanding the temperament of working breed is vital, and where veterinary expenses increase exponentially due to sheer size and the complexity of the various health issues typically affecting Bullmastiffs.
The rescue also works to battle the stigma of a “bull-breed” and the often-punitive breed-specific legislation in parts of the country and works diligently to promote a greater understanding of the particular breed, as well as encouraging potential adopters to seek continued training for their dogs; including participation in events like the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program and other venues that promote responsible dog ownership.
BRI’s three founding members have extensive, in-depth experience with the breed and also with rescue efforts. The non-profit has a deep understanding of the intricacies of launching and maintaining a large-breed rescue effort, as well as a grasp on the importance of cost control and fund-raising issues. To learn more, click here and read about this breed specific rescue.