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  • Tragedy Strikes Southern California Bulldog Rescue, Please Read and Help

    RIP Beautiful Bandit XXOO

    It is so hard for me to tell you what has happened. I cannot imagine enduring such a tragic loss. So I will just copy the message I received from Southern California Bulldog Rescue this afternoon.

    SCBR & Our Volunteer Val Need Your Help!

    Dear Lisa,

    Our most valuable asset in rescue is our volunteers; there is no underestimating how important they are and how much they give back to the bulldogs in rescue.

    One of our longtime, dedicated volunteers that has given so very much over the years, has lost a great deal in a house fire. She not only lost her beloved bulldogs of her own, but also her cats, other family pets and several SCBR fosters that she was caring for at the same time. In all, she lost 6 bulldogs and several other pets that were family members. Thankfully, her entire family was away from the home when it first started. She has opened her home and her heart to animals, particularly bulldogs and our rescue dogs, so this was a devastating loss for her, on top of the loss of her own personal things in the home.

    With friends and family close by, she will find the warmth of a home with friends while she picks up the pieces of her life and gets over the shock of her losses.

    At this time, we want to suggest helping Val and her family with financial support while she figures out what needs to happen next. She needs to find a place to move to, deal with insurance, pay deductibles, replace the basics of life and still mourn her many personal losses.

    Even the modest of donations would be helpful while everyone assists in helping her move forward with rebuilding her home.

    You can make a donation here: http://scbr.chipin.com/help-our-volunteer-val

    We consider you all to be a part of our SCBR "extended family" and we truly appreciate any assistance you can offer at this time to help out our dedicated volunteer in her time of need.

    Thank you,

    Southern California Bulldog Rescue
    If you can help, please chip in. What many of you may not know, is that one of our beautiful Hospice Bulldogs named Bandit lost her life in this fire, including other foster care bulldogs and all of Val's own pets.

    Bandit stole our hearts from the moment she waddled her way into our sponsorship. We were all so proud to have been able to help her with her needs. I will include a couple of photos of her and a video below.

    Val, you are a saint, and sometimes we must wonder why such a tragic loss has happened to such a wonderful person, who opens her heart to animals in need everyday of her life. My deepest and sincerest condolences cannot even be enough, but we must let you know that you are loved by all here at EBN and wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving Bandit such a wonderful home.

    Bandit's Halloween Costume, a beached Walrus

    This was just posted a couple of days ago in the Hospice Forum, a picture of Bandit being a "Cali Girl"
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      ..I will post this on facebook all day tomorrow!
    1. cali~jenn's Avatar
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    1. izstigspunks's Avatar
      izstigspunks -
      Goodbye Bandit.
    1. Terry's Avatar
      Terry -
      My thoughts and Prayers are with you Val tonight.
    1. Lucy-licious's Avatar
      Lucy-licious -
    1. LariP's Avatar
      LariP -
      So tragic
    1. LucysMum's Avatar
      LucysMum -
      Thinking of you Val. So sorry for everything you have lost. You are in my prayers.
    1. TessaAndSamson's Avatar
      TessaAndSamson -
      Oh my this just kills me, just can't understand how something so terrible happens to someone so wonderful. My prayers and thoughts are with Val and her family.
    1. Davidh's Avatar
      Davidh -
      So sad, I just can't imagine the pain as sorrow they must be feeling. Our thought and prayers go out to you and for the lives lost.
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      I am at such a loss of words
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Val, you don't know me but you and your family are in my prayers and heart right now. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    1. cowsmom's Avatar
      cowsmom -
      i just cant even imagine what val is going through right now with this horrific loss but my family here prays for you very much.
    1. BabyDuke's Avatar
      BabyDuke -
      I just read this.. speechless.... My God I feel so horrible for her
    1. Merrick Davison's Avatar
      Merrick Davison -
      Oh how terrible! That brought tears to my eyes. They are all in my prayers
    1. hopus's Avatar
      hopus -
      omg...this made me cry..their all in my prayers
    1. Vicaroo1000's Avatar
      Vicaroo1000 -
      @desertskybulldogs - How's it going for these folks? Update? It's the saddest friggin' thing EVER. I get so pissed (not drunk, you Canadians. I mean MAD) when something horrible happens to GOOD PEOPLE. It's not fair! I mean, why couldn't Michael Vick's house burn down (with him and his kennel people in it) or that idiot creepo from Penn State? How do you sort that out in your mind anyway? There are awesome people, helping others and doing very selfless work, and it's the jacknobs out there that nothing bad ever happens to! **scream***
    1. Fridavito's Avatar
      Fridavito -
      Hello Dear Friends
      My name is Marti and I'm a volunteer with SoCal Bulldog Rescue and a very close friend of Val's whom I consider a sister. I have been at her side since the day of the fire up until a few days ago when she finally was moved into a rental home. She is doing ok, she misses her beloved pets terribly. Two of her male bulldogs survived, one by exiting thru the doggy door and the other was a miracle boy, he came flying thru a wall of flames when the fire fighter broke the window, he said its a miracle he survived in that tempture. His name is Titan and he is Val's therapy dog who she takes to work to help depressed people, he must have known his mom needed him. Her other Bully Tank is doing well, both of them are, Tank will not leave her side.

      Val is known as person who gives her all in everything and truly cares about the bulldogs in our care, she even asked to please keep donating to rescue because we are still getting many dogs in and we need the funds to care for them. She has also decided to take on one foster bully who despertaly needed a foster home to care for her severe demodex, she's not as bad as Grace but pretty close. She asks that everyone continue to pray for her, mornings are hardest because that is when she woke up to her beautiful girls snoring away at her side. she also sends many thanks to all those prayers and donations, she is overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you everyone for thinking of Val and her family.
      Bandit-SCBR Foster
      Pokie-SCBR Foster
      Harmony-SCBR Foster
      Talula-SCBR Alum and her first adopted bully from SCBR
      Tonka-SCBR Alum Special needs deaf boy
      FiFi- her French bulldog whom she saved from a BYB and nursed back to health
      HashBrown-her daughters MinPin
      Simba-her daughters kitty
      Baby-her daughters kitty

      If I may, I will pst a pic of all the bullies on another post for some reason it will not let me attach one here.
    1. Fridavito's Avatar
      Fridavito -
      Oh I forgot to add that the fire started with a surge protecter that malfunctioned, please check your power strips and make sure they are American made, the fire fighter told her that there have many house fires because of these products that are being imported from China and they do not meet US standards. We have been recommending this company to get your power strips, they carry the best American made...
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      @Fridavito thank you so much for the update on Val --- we are still all praying for her and wish her well.
    1. Biogirl71's Avatar
      Biogirl71 -
      Yes, thank you for the update. It was so heartbreaking to hear of the tragedy, I just broke down in tears thinking of poor Val and her family and her wonderful bullies. It is so hard to understand why these things happen to such good people and animals. They are all in our thoughts.
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