2014 DDB Rescue Summary
Unprecedented describes how Rescue was in 2014. In previous years, the average number of dogs in DDBR at any given time is around 25. Our “average” at any given time in 2014 was about 35. At one time, we had well over 40 in, a number we had not reached in the past. Again this year seemed like a lot of the dogs we got in were older than typical. We got in very few young dogs last year (unlike 2013, which was the “year of the puppy”). We took in over a dozen Hospice Dogs again, some are still with us, a few were adopted and others passed while in rescue. At year end, we have 3 “Fospice” dogs on the books that will live their life out with DDBR as they just are not adoptable due to their severe health issues.
Once again, the medical cases we took in during 2014 were pretty extensive. Just as last year, DDBR pulled a few dogs from shelters who we knew were on deaths door, riddled with cancer or other severe issues and brought them into our homes, showed them love, spoiled them rotten for a day and then let them cross the bridge knowing what love was, in the arms of a DDBR Rescue Angel. Thankfully, we have some amazing supporters and were able to cover the extensive medical, but did have to halt intakes a for a few weeks due to lack of funds, but thankfully, were able to get those needing Rescue to other groups or were able to defer intake for a week or so.
DDBR did several fund raisers this year and a few auctions that really were a hit and did very well at raising much needed funds. Our Facebook page is steadily gaining followers, starting the year with about 5000 followers, ending the year with over 32,000. We are very thankful to those who donate, support the fund raisers and auctions. We also completely revamped the Café Press store and created a new logo for DDBR!
As in previous years, Social Media was out of control. And once again, we turned down more than we were able to take in. DDBR was contacted about dozens of dogs a week needing Rescue, as in previous years, majority were pitbull mixes or nothing even close to Dogues de Bordeaux and well over 3 dozen were in the UK. Once again, well over 400 dogs needing rescue in the USA that were supposed DDB’s. As before, the ones we were not able to take were referred out to other groups, several adopted direct, and others we were not able to help for one reason or another (aggression/lack of response from shelter/owner ).
The backbone of Rescue is it’s volunteers and DDBR has some pretty awesome volunteers. We are so very thankful that we have such a wonderful, nationwide network of volunteers willing to open their home and hearts to dogues in need, but we need more volunteers. Without this, we just cannot keep up. We need people not only to open their home and heart to fostering a rescued dogue, but to help with events and recruit others in their area to help. If you can help rescue in any way or in any capacity, PLEASE DO! Go to our website, complete the volunteer form. We need help in all areas from fostering, transporting, evaluating, fund raising, events, foster home support, local shelter contacts.
The message to breeders is the same as previous years, be responsible for what you produce. Check out potential puppy buyers. Microchip your puppies with YOU as the main contact so it can’t be taken off the chip. Don’t sell to just anyone looking to buy a pup. Sell on strict spay/neuter contracts (not all dogs need to or should be bred. DDBR turned down almost 30 dogues in 2014 due to bite history. This could be genetic, this could be the owners. Something is up with more bad temperaments each year. If your dogue bites people, this is NOT acceptable. For the sake of the breed (think breed bans), please don’t breed these dogues, have your vet put them to sleep.
The message for potential buyers, please check your breeder out thoroughly, verify that they health certify their dogues (you can check this out for free at www.offa.org), 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 Better Business Bureau. Check with the Breed Club to make sure breeder is not expelled. 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 during 2014: 108
Dogues successfully found homes: 57 (with 10 pending at year end, just waiting on paperwork and adopt fees)
Dogues in program at the end of 2014: 36 (including 10 with adoptions pending)
Dogues who will likely live their lives out with DDBR as they are not adoptable: 3
Dogs denied into the program because of bite history or aggression: 27
Dogues euthanized for health reasons: 9 (not including denied for health reasons)
Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: 3 (not including the 27 denied into the program)
Dogues transferred to other groups: 3 to Blue Lion
Average age was between 3 years and 6 years
Youngest: 8 month old pup
Oldest: Our Double Digit Dogues: Mia(11), Nala (12), Storm (11),
Males in program: 43 Females in program: 65
Red/Brown masks: 106 Black masks: 2
Dogues from Shelters: 63 Dogs that were Owner Surrendered: 45
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)
- Cancer (Lymphoma, and unknown cancers), Benign cysts, Fatty Tumors
- Heart issues (SAS,DCM, End Stage Heart Failure)
- Allergies (food and environmental), ear hematomas, Fly Strike
- Torn ACL, Club Foot
- Kidney Disease
- Entropian, Cherry Eye
In loving memory to those we lost this year, may there have been a better world for you: Doe, Larry, Goliath, Princess, Buddy, Jane, Nala, Charlie, Storm, Duke, Hooch and Angus
A sincere THANK YOU goes out to all of our volunteers and all of the groups who have taken in DDB’s. Without your help, these dogues would not have been saved. THANK YOU also goes out to all who have donated to DDBR, your generosity is amazing and helped so many dogues in need!by