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  • How Many Humans Does It Take To Rescue One Bulldog?

    How many humans it takes to rescue one English bulldog?

    I’m going to tell you about one such rescue, and then you can decide.

    Written by English Bulldog News member, Twice.

    One morning, on his regular drive to work, Mark Kenny saw a dog on the side of the road. He pulled over to try to save her. She was emaciated and obviously overbred. Her teeth had been filed down. With everything that had been done to her, she was still a sweetheart.

    Mark put her in his truck and drove to work for advice on his next step. While he was on the phone with Mid Atlantic Bulldog Rescue, his co-workers each opened their wallets. When I met Mark to pick her up, he handed me $120.00 that they had raised so far to help pay her medical expenses. Mark then told me that his wife, Alicia, was also taking a collection at her job. Together Mark and his wife were able to raise almost $300.00 to put towards the stray bulldog's care.

    The second I saw her, I knew she was in desperate need of medical attention. My son and I rushed her to our own doctors at Rutherford Animal Hospital. Dr Beeber, owner and Director of RAHO, cared for her himself. We had no name for this sweet girl, so the doctors and staff at RAHO named her Asbury, which was the approximate location in which she was “saved”.

    Blood tests showed a seriously low white count which brought the concern that she might have Parvo. She was immediately placed on IV fluids and antibiotics. Later tests proved negative for the parvo virus but positive for pyometra. She needed emergency surgery to remove her infected uterus, but because her health was so bad it could not be done. Things weren't looking good for Asbury.

    During this time, News 12 NJ got ahold of the story.

    (original story)

    (followup on Asbury)

    Following their coverage, both MABR and RAHO received hundreds of calls from people asking about adopting her, fostering her, or just wanting to donate to her care. After careful screening of all of the applicants, a new family for Asbury was chosen. This morning, after nearly a month in the hospital, I had the absolute JOY of introducing Asbury to her new foster/adoptive family. Make no mistake about it, they are winners!

    Dr Beeber and Rutherford Animal Hospital have offered to continue to treat any and all bulldogs brought to them by MABR at a discounted rate of 30%, which is great news for the rescue.

    So the question was, how many humans does it take to save one bulldog?

    The long answer is, it takes:
    • 1 person willing to be late for work to save a soul in need.
    • 18 co-workers willing to reach into their wallets to help pay for what they could not provide themselves.
    • 1 incredible doctor and an amazing staff, willing to give up their time and money to do whatever was necessary to save this sweet girl.
    • 1 rescue organization and all of their volunteers who are willing to give themselves completely. To raise money, make phone calls, transport sick or unwanted animals to and from hospitals, screen applications, visit homes for evaluation, and all for no personal financial gain whatsoever.
    • 1 news team willing to put aside the top stories of the day and inform the public of these injustices and ask for help.
    • 100’s of people picking up their phones to offer their homes, prayers and money.
    • 1000’s of strangers who offered prayers and well wishes.
    • 1 wonderful family willing to take a chance and give sweet Asbury what she has never known in her life… LOVE
    If any one piece to this human puzzle had been missing, Asbury most likely wouldn't be in the loving arms of her new family today.

    So, the short answer is this… it all starts with one person. It starts with YOU.

    Comments 18 Comments
    1. ChanelnBrutus's Avatar
      ChanelnBrutus -
      Oh my goodness! Great story with an amazing happy ending! Posting these rescues can be very sad but seeing the happy endings make everything worth it to everyone who helps/donates and supports rescues.
    1. goobers mom's Avatar
      goobers mom -
      Well my eyes are leaking again sad and happy tears. Thanks for sharing. It does make a difference to at least one.
    1. Davidh's Avatar
      Davidh -
      Wonderful story, and a big THANK YOU to everyone involved in her rescue. She so deserves plenty of love, and now she is getting it.
    1. mc68mc's Avatar
      mc68mc -
      what a wonderful rescue ... it just shows how much people care about animals that have no control over what owner they get or what happens to them. I don't own my April she was placed into my care for the rest of her life ; but she does own my heart as i am sure Asbury will hold the hearts of her new family for many years to come
    1. elearn's Avatar
      elearn -
      I'm so happy she found a great home!! For everyone person that neglects a dog, there are 100s that are will to help, and 1000s that will give their support!!
    1. loveabully's Avatar
      loveabully -
      I'm glad she got out of the place she was. an found a home that she will be loved in
    1. hughesjo's Avatar
      hughesjo -
      A very sad story but I love that there is a happy ending and she now spend out the rest of her days with a loving family making up for her horrendous start to life with the animals that subjected her to this. If it is happening so frequently in that area, you would think that a trap coudl be set to catch these b*stards red handed!
    1. Twice's Avatar
      Twice -
      Thanks for doing this Lisa

    1. RiiSi's Avatar
      RiiSi -
      So happy that she finally gets the love she deserves. I would like to see her after being loved and cared for after awhile...
    1. Molly1's Avatar
      Molly1 -
      so very sad to see what people do to these amazing dogs. shameful.
      are there any after pics?
    1. Twice's Avatar
      Twice -
      Quote Originally Posted by Molly1 View Post
      so very sad to see what people do to these amazing dogs. shameful.
      are there any after pics?
      Those are after pics, taken the day before I picked her up from the hospital. She's only been in her new home for a little while, it will be a bit before we get new pictures.
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      I still get teary eyed when I read this. One of my favorite articles on the site!
    1. JennieS's Avatar
      JennieS -
      Wonderful story. My heart aches for animals in need and it's so uplifting to hear these stories.
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      kazzy220 -
    1. 2BullyMama's Avatar
      2BullyMama -
      fantastic story -- I remeber this being on our local news.. Any update on her? @Twice
    1. Twice's Avatar
      Twice -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
      fantastic story -- I remeber this being on our local news.. Any update on her? @Twice

      No new pictures but she is doing great in her new home. She is a totally different dog now that she is loved. I will ask for pictures again.
    1. Texas Carol's Avatar
      Texas Carol -
      Since being exposed to my 1st bully, an awesome male named Bruzer who
      belonged to my son's 1st love, Kristi then deciding I had to have one...
      getting a call from my sister whose friend found out (as so many do) that
      she had no time for the bully she bought off craigslist, Brutus and adopting
      him, then he died 7 months later and now, adopting Cami from a similar
      situation, I found I really have a heart for these bullies needing a home
      instead of buying a puppy, which originally I intended to do. Especially after
      reading these stories here, I've given up my dream of a puppy, the experience
      of taking in a wary, weary, change hating bully~Brutus @ 4 y/o and 3/4 owners
      then Cami @ 5 y/o, a retired breeder and I'm her 3rd home~gaining their trust
      and finally, their love, has been rewarding beyond measure.

      When it's an abandoned, abused then thrown away dog...I can't imagine the
      joyous wonderment at their happy change when given a loving & safe home,
      their 1st experience receiving kindness & love instead of cruelty & callous dis-
      regard of their needs.

      GOD bless each of you that work tirelessly and with much personal cost to your
      selves...financially, emotionally, time & physical wear & tear to do this work for
      these precious babies. You are my heros and hero to so many others. GOD bless
      and favor you and these bullies you rescue...YOU make an incredible difference
      every day...it is sacred work you do that very few can do. Thank you all!
    1. Kalyn's Avatar
      Kalyn -
      This story made me cry. How humans could have left this poor girl in such a disgraceful situation makes me ashamed to be human. But then when I see how noble and wonderful the response was to this girl's suffering, I am so proud of my fellow humans.
  • I Rescued A Human Today

    by Janine Allen

    Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

    I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

    As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

    She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

    A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

    I would promise to keep her safe.
    I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

    I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

    I rescued a human today.