2012 DDB Rescue Summary

Overwhelmed doesn’t begin to cover how crazy rescue has been in the last couple years. Each day, we are getting notified of more and more dogues that need rescue. Last year, we seemed to have taken in just as many owner surrenders as we did shelter dogs. Again, we had a hard time keeping up with the need and thankfully, we network with some great rescue groups who were able to take some of the dogues needing rescue. We cannot do this without foster homes, if you can open your home and heart to a dogue in need, please, complete our application or volunteer with one of our affiliates.

The health issues we dealt with this last year were the worst we have seen. We took in numerous dogues that had been starved, one dogue that was hit by a car, a pup who had never been properly wormed so he had severe inflammation high in his colon even after the worms were gone, one dogue with lymphoma, one with Mast Cell and several with Heartworm. We even had a dogue who has the MDR1 Mutant Gene, so he could not be treated with Ivermectin for his severe demodex mange. It was a very busy year for Rescue to say the least. This was the first year we have had multiple “Hospice” dogs in the program, after taking them in, realizing they are not really adoptable because they have severe health issues, but are comfortable.

Rescue officially changed it’s name to “Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue, Inc.”, dropping the “Society of America”. Rescue also set up multiple new fund raisers and has partnered with some amazing companies and has some new Rescue Affiliates as well. Check out our fund raiser and affiliates pages! Our Facebook page is steadily gaining followers with over 4000 followers now.

With the popularity of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, others) and market places like Craig’s List and Kijiji, Rescue has become even more flooded. We are often notified about even more dogues needing rescue. 2012 was the worst year we have seen in the number of dogues needing rescue. We were contact about well over 400 needing rescue, some we were able to take, some we were able to refer out to affiliates, some were adopted direct, some were put down for health/temperament, some were placed by their owners or the shelter, the rest, the shelters or owners never got back to us with additional info (such as pictures to confirm it’s a ddb). There really are just too many to keep up with. Without having a rep in each state to handle that state, there is just no way we can handle it all. The three “Regional” reps are slammed, working on average of 3-6 dogues per week in their region (and then some weeks, there is nothing). We are working on ways to better manage this, but so far, nothing is working, especially in “hot spots” such as the North East, FL, TX, OK, MO and CA. If you can foster, PLEASE DO (we can’t do it without caring people who open their homes to dogs in need), if you can volunteer in any capacity, PLEASE DO (help is needed in all areas, from coordinating areas, to transporting, to pulling, to evaluating, to fund raising, to checking references, it’s all important). Also, with the popularity of these types of sites, more and more non legit rescues are popping up all over the nation. Check out the rescues well before volunteering and/or donating or even adopting.

The message to breeders is the same as previous years, be responsible, step up to the plate for what you have produced and check out your potential buyers and please micro chip your pups back to you so if they do wind up in a shelter, you will be notified. The message for potential buyers, please check your breeder out thoroughly, verify that they health certify their dogues, and see their contract BEFORE buying a pup or sending a deposit. If they aren’t
health certifying their dogs, and not selling on contract, and not willing to take their dog back, you may just want to look for a good breeder that does all of these things and more. Check with the breed club, www.ddbsa.org and see their breeder listing, look at the “tips on buying a pup”, learn about the breed before getting it to make sure it’s the right breed for you, your family and your lifestyle. If this is the right breed for you, please consider adopting a rescue dogue who deserves a great home.

Total number of dogues in program 2012: 76

Dogues successfully found homes: 51

Dogues in program at the end of 2012: 23 (including 1 from 2010 (Izzy) and  2 from 2011 (Zoey, Kaiah))

Dogs denied into program because they were mixes: Well over 100 (on average of 2 or 3 a week) most were pit mixes, we stopped keeping track

Dogs denied into the program because of bite history or aggression: 21

Dogues listed as a courtesy to other groups: 14

Dogues euthanized for health reasons: 2 (not including 11 denied for health reasons)

Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: 0 (not including the 21 denied into the program)

Dogues returned to their breeders: 0

Dogues referred to other rescues or adopted direct: Stopped keeping track in 2011, too many

Average age was between 2.5 years to 6 years old

Youngest: Moe, 3 month old pup found wondering the streets in a big city

Oldest: Nala, an 8 year old female who’s owners dumped her at a shelter.

Males in program: 33

Females in program: 41

Red/Brown masks: 74

Black masks: 2

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 (and secondary infections from it)

•            Renal Failure due to starvation

•            Cancer (Lymphoma, Mast Cell)

•            Heart issues (SAS,DCM, Tricuspid Valve Dyslasia)

•            Benign cysts/Fatty Tumors

•            Allergies (food and environmental)

•            Torn ACL

•            Severe rectal issues

•            Valley Fever

•            Seizures

•            Severe Spinal Spondelosis

•            Entropian


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

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 help 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!!!!