2010 DDBSA Rescue Summary

2010 was a very busy year for Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue. We have a few new boards of directors. We have set up our “regional reps” and it’s helping us get dogs in to the program and adopted out much smoother. We have set up “committees” to oversee different aspects of rescue such as new foster home set up/guidelines, events and expos, foster mentoring, overseeing the Facebook pages and administrating the Pet Finder accounts. We have more fund raisers and some great things in the works for 2011 that will assist in funding the dogs with more serious medical needs and help us get food to assist the foster homes. We have more new volunteers nation wide, but we still lack foster volunteers who can open their homes to dogs in need. We are still turning away more dogues than we are able to get into our program. Thankfully, there are other groups that are willing to assist us and take our breed in when they can and we network a LOT with other rescues to transport dogues to foster care.

In 2010, there were almost 30 dogues that due to temperament issues (human aggressive) were euthanized. We (Rescue) assisted 9 dogues in 2010 allegedly from one single breeder in MN that the breeder would not assist the owners (the owners had no “proof” that they got the dogs from this breeder, no registration, no contract). Only 3 of these dogs were place able even though they had health issues (genital warts in their eyes, ears, mouths and other orifices!), the other 6 had severe temperament issues and were put to sleep. This is NOT normal……. Temperament is as important as health and “type”. You cannot have a 120 plus pound dog that is human aggressive! If your going to breed, stand behind what you produce and if you are continually producing issues, please, for the sake of the breed, stop breeding!!!!!

For 2010, again the majority of rescues were owner surrender and for the same reasons as previous years (it’s too big, it doesn’t like other dogs of the same sex, it drools, we are moving, getting a divorce, we’re having a baby, it eats too much, it sheds). The same message of previous years hold true, breeders and fanciers need to educate their potential puppy buyers and those interested in the breed, they need to educate people on the positives AND negatives of the breed. If more breeders did this, there would not be such a huge rescue problem! In 2010, we were contacted about over 300 dogues/dogue mixes.

As in previous years, the number of dogues needing rescue is continually increasing.

Total number of dogues in program 2010: 81 (not including previous years rescues)

Dogues successfully found homes: 50 (including 9 from previous years)

Dogues in program at the end of 2010: 23

Dogues still to be adopted from 2009: 1 (Mooch, but it looks like his foster is going to keep him!!)

Dogues still to be adopted from 2008: 1 (Titan)

Dogues euthanized for health reasons: 4 (not including 7 denied for health reasons)

Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: 11 (not including 18 denied into the program)

Dogues returned to their breeders: 2

Dogues referred to other rescues or adopted direct: 148

Dogs denied into program because they were mixes: 43

Dogues listed as a courtesy to other groups: 15

Males in program: 45

Females in program: 36

Red masks: 79

Black masks: 2

Average age was between 12 months and 3 years old

Youngest: 8 months (Zoey & Sasha, the black masks)

Oldest: Payton, a 10 year old female in Washington state (who by the way, got adopted!)

dogues owner surrendered: 52 (not including 79 that were referred out or adopted direct)

dogues pulled from shelters: 29 (not including 69 that were referred out or adopted direct)

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
    • Valley Fever
    • luxating patella
    • Genital Warts
    • Lymes
    • Neurological issues
    • Mega esophagus

In loving memory to those we lost this year, may there have been a better world for you: Claude, Huey, Oxxo, Cricket, Kentucky Buster, Churchill, Hogan, Hooch, Jager, Pete, Sydney, Cadi, Gunner, Tona, Gin

Again, we would like to send a sincere thank you to all of our volunteers and a big welcome aboard to our new volunteers! We appreciate every single one of you!!!! Without you, we could not rescue and rehome as many dogues as we do. And again a very big thank you to Jodi with American Bulldog Rescue, West Coast Mastiff Rescue, Big Dogs – Huge Paws and Dr. Doolittle (Dr. Nadine) for assisting Dogues we couldn’t fit into our program and finding them forever homes.