2011 DDBSA Rescue Summary

2011 was a year for growing pains for rescue. We didn’t have nearly enough foster homes for all the dogues needing to come into rescue. Several dogues from last year still need to be adopted and we didn’t take in nearly as much donations as previous years. Numerous dogs have been in rescue for over a year….. We have heard the same from other rescues as well, dogs are staying in foster homes much longer than normal and people just aren’t donating like they normally do….. As in previous years several other rescue groups were able to help gets some dogs into rescue, but not nearly as many as we would have liked.

This year, rescue took in several emaciated dogs, some we were able to save, others were just too far gone. This is also the first time we took in numerous puppy mill dogs and had to check them for Brucella, a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans with compromised immune systems and young children. We also did a few TPLO surgeries this year, something we typically don’t do, but the dogs were too young not to do them. We turned down numerous dogues because of severe health issues including cancer, end stage liver failure, end stage heart failure, bilateral TPLO’s needed on older dogs, hip replacement……

Unfortunately, the main computer crashed and the majority of info was lost as to dogs needing to come in, dogs who went to other groups so at this time, we do not have a detailed breakdown as in previous years….. This is something we are working on for the future, making sure things are backed up off site for all the directors so we don’t lose our important info!

The message as in previous years is breeders need to be responsible when placing their puppies. They need to follow through on spay/neuter contracts. They need to check out their puppy buyers and be more selective when placing pups, especially to people who think they can just throw two dogues together to make a quick buck on selling puppies. They need to microchip every single puppy they produce or at the very least, tattoo them (Rescue sells discounted microchips, check out our merchandise page!). The number of dogues needing rescue is every increasing, please be part of the solution!

Total number of dogues in program 2011: 78

Dogues successfully found homes: 59

Dogues in program at the end of 2011: 19 (including 3 from 2010)

Dogs denied into program because they were mixes: many (on average of 2 to 3 a week)

Dogues listed as a courtesy to other groups: 9

Average age was between 3 and 5 years old

Youngest: A litter of purebreds whelped in rescue and a litter of ddb/mastiff mix 3 day old pups that came in with their momma Reba

Oldest: Otto, 8 year old male in PA who had been dumped at a high kill shelter with a female ddb (adopted by fosters)

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


  • Cancer
  • 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)
  • Benign cysts/Fatty Tumors
  • Allergies
  • Torn ACL
  • Brucella
  • Shoulder OCD
  • Valley Fever
  • luxating patella
  • Genital Warts
  • Lymes

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

We would like to give 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 all of the groups who assisted Dogues we couldn’t fit into our program and finding them forever homes.