2008 DDBSA Rescue Summary

2008 was a progressive year for the Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue. We are moving into a new world with 501(c) 3 status non profit status (pending) and will have the funds in the future to help many more ddb’s in need. We are working on Regional Coordinators and Area Rescue Reps so just one person is not dealing with it all. We have set up a Board of Directors and actual structure for the rescue group and have gained separate “entity” status and as the year end approached, we received numerous new rescue volunteers.

With the downward US economy, rescues of all breeds are being flooded and we are no exception. The rescue program assisted fewer dogues during 2008 than we did in 2007, not because there were fewer to assist, but because of lack of foster homes and dogues that are in foster care for much longer, thus allowing us fewer spots available for new dogs to come into program. Like 2006 and 2007, we turned down more than we were able to take in to our program. In 2008, there were 202 dogues in the US that needed Rescue. Unfortunately, Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue was only able to take 78 in the program, including listings to place and breeder placements. But we also assisted in getting 49 into other rescue groups and assisted in placement of 16 with approved adopters whom adopted direct from owners or shelters. Rescue turned down 2 for health reasons, turned down 18 for bite histories and were unable to assist 39 for lack of foster homes or lack of response from the owners/shelters.

With our breeds move into full AKC recognition and the spotlight being on us and we are seen more and more on TV, Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue and breeders alike are getting bombarded with calls and emails about the breed. As George stated in 2006 and I stated last year, breeders MUST become more vigilant on screening their potential buyers, enforce their spay/neuter contracts, and refuse to sell to just any one without checking out the potential buyer and learning their true intentions. Each day, there are more and more “breeders” listed on the puppy sites, breeding un health tested dogs, selling sub standard dogs and breeding for reasons other than to improve the breed. More and more of our rescues are coming from puppy mills and purchased at pet stores, several of the 2008 rescues were imports, often purchased strictly for breeding. The Dogue de Bordeaux is not a breed for everyone, they must be placed with responsible adults who understand and can control the characteristics of our breed and have the best interest of the breed at heart.

The majority of 2008 rescues were owner surrender! Surrendered for reasons such as: lost job/home, moving, getting divorced, having a baby, dog doesn’t fit life style, dogs killed small dog at dog park, dog is too big, dog drools, dog is stubborn/dominant, dog chases/hurts cats, dog doesn’t produce semen or can’t get pregnant, dog left in empty house, dog knocked over child, dog has bad hips, and the all time worst excuse, “I purchased it to show and breed but it doesn’t have proper registration!” Breeders MUST be more vigilant in educating their puppy buyers on both the positives AND negatives of the breed, the health issues in the breed and be more choosy on where/who they sell their puppies to. The future of our wonderful breed depends on it!

Total number of dogues in program 2008: 78 (not including previous years rescues)

Dogues successfully found homes: 70 (including 10 from 2007)

Dogues in program at the end of 2008: 7

Dogues still to be adopted from 2006: 3

Dogues euthanized for health reasons: 7

Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: 4 (not including the 18 denied into program)

Males in program: 32

Females in program: 46

Red masks: 77

Black masks: 1

Average age was between 2 and 3 years old

Youngest were four, 9 week old pups

Oldest, two 11 year olds, a male owner surrender, a female dumped at a shelter at Christmas time

dogues owner surrendered 49 (not including 34 dogs we referred out)

dogues pulled from shelters 29 (not including 31 dogs we referred out )

Some of the health issues we treated this year besides abuse, starvation and neglect:

  • Localized and Generalized Demodex mange (and secondary infections caused by it)
  • Heartworm, other misc. worms (round, whip, hook)
  • Kennel Cough
  • Heart issues (SAS and DCM)
  • Entropion
  • Benign cysts
  • Allergies
  • Luxating patellas
  • Torn ACL
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow OCD
  • Deafness
  • Hit by car
  • Spinal Meningitis
  • Bloat
  • Hydrocephalus

In loving memory to those we lost this year, may there have been a better world for you:

  • Camille
  • Luther
  • Frank
  • Gunny
  • Niko
  • Matilda
  •  Hooch
  • Rocky
  • Digit
  • Tyra
  • Fiesty

Thank you all for your time and consideration.