2009 DDBSA Rescue Summary

2009 was a banner year for Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue and also a bummer year as we were unable to assist as many dogs as needed our help. We received our federal 501(c)3 status, our board of directors is complete, our regional reps are handling more responsibilities and we have numerous new volunteers nationwide, but we still need more as we are turning dogs down that need our help. We are moving into the new year with not only this website to help us help the dogues in need, but with our new FaceBook page and FaceBook Group to bring more light on the plight of the rescue.

The US economy has taken it’s toll, nation wide, on not only people, but dogs in general, and with the DDB being such a large breed, even more so on them. In 2008, there were over 200 dogues that needed our services, the year 2009, that number was even higher. As in previous years, we were unable to assist more than we were able to take into our program not only for of lack of foster homes, but also because dogues are staying in the program longer because people are so unsure about their future and if they will be able to afford to care for a dogue. We denied 26 that were ddb mixes, mostly these were ddb/pit bull mixes. We assisted 118 ddb’s to get to other rescue groups or sent previous adopters to adopt them directly. We denied 8 for health reasons that we just did not have the funds to treat and we denied another 18 for temperament reasons. We listed an additional 24 on our website for other groups or private individuals who had rescued dogues and needed placement for them. We took in dogues that were left in abandon/foreclosed homes. Total number needing rescue in 2009 that we were informed about was 252!

Full AKC recognition has thrown the spotlight on our breed. People see them and want them because they “look tough”, but it is not a breed for everyone. Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue and breeders alike are constantly receiving calls and emails inquiring about our breed. The rescue problem is becoming worse, but it’s not AKC that is doing that, it is breeders not educating their puppy buyers on the breed and their issues, and it’s the buyers trying to “get a deal” by buying from back yard breeders who are not giving a thought to the health and future of the breed, it’s people buying dogs from pet stores (yes folks, ALL dogs in pet stores come from puppy mills, no reputable breeder of any breed would ever sell to a pet store!), those dogues are who are winding up in rescue for the most part. I have stated it before and will state it again, education is key! If someone is going to buy a pup, buy one from a reputable breeder who does their health testing and preferably shows their dogs in AKC, is a member of the parent club and stands behind what they produce! Ask questions! The more you know, the more you are likely to get a healthy dog that will live a long, happy life with you. This goes for ANY and all breeds, not just the DDB. If you are looking for a great companion, please consider a rescue, they are wonderful dogs, they truly deserve the second chance!

Again for 2009, the majority of rescues were owner surrender! Surrendered for the same reasons as the years before, such as: dog knocked over child, dog chases/injures cat, dog no longer likes other dogs in household, lost job/home, military deployment, housing weight limit change, moving, having a baby, dog is too big, dog drools too much, dog doesn’t fit lifestyle. 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 who they sell their puppies to. Buyers must be more choosy when looking at breeders, after all, a dog is a “life long” commitment, it must fit your lifestyle, it is not disposable, it should become a part of your family for it’s life. The future of our wonderful breed depends on it!

Total number of dogues in program 2009: 58 (not including previous years rescues)

Dogues successfully found homes: 54 (including 9 from previous years)

Dogues in program at the end of 2009: 10

Dogues still to be adopted from 2008: 1

Dogues euthanized for health reasons: 3 (not including 8 denied for health reasons)

Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: 1 (not including the 18 denied into the program)

Dogues returned to their breeders: 3

Dogues referred to other rescues or adopted direct: 118

Dogs denied into program because they were mixes: 26

Dogues listed as a courtesy to other groups: 24

Males in program: 29

Females in program: 29

Red masks: 57

Black masks: 1

Average age was between 15 months and 3 years old

Youngest: 5 month old pup in Washington state (assist in placement if a litter of pups born into rescue)

Oldest: 8 year old female

dogues owner surrendered: 37 (not including 73 that were referred out)

dogues pulled from shelters: 21 (not including 45 that were 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) •Cancer •Benign cysts •Allergies •Torn ACL •Hip dysplasia •elbow OCD •Bloat •shoulder OCD

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

I would like to send a sincere THANK YOU to West Coast Mastiff Rescue, Jodi with American Bulldog Rescue and Dr. Doolittle (Dr. Nadine) for your fostering and helping Dogues find forever homes. Without you, more dogues would not have found great, loving homes that they deserved. And a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers, without you, we could not do what we do! Thank you!


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