2016 DDB Rescue Summary

2016 was quite different than the year before. Yes, it was crazy and hectic, Rescue always is, BUT we took in fewer dogs and brought in a lot less money as well. In 2015, we brought in 134, in 2016 we brought in 87. Again, we took in a boat load of senior dogs and dogs requiring much in medical. We also brought in several dogs that will likely live their lives out with us due to either health issues, or temperament issues (we took in some puppy mill dogs who were completely shut down).

 After an exhausting 2015 of doctors, chemo and radiation, our President, Kris, is cancer free and back manning the helm of DDBR, and Marie has returned to her VP position. DDBR got two new Regional Coordinators as well, Chuck is handling the South East, Kristina is handling the South West. They are both doing awesome at getting dogues into foster homes and getting them adopted out to great homes.

 As in 2015, we didn’t do as many fund raisers or auctions as we had in the past (Kris does the majority of our fund raising and all of our auctions, she didn’t have the energy), but we managed to make it thru another year on a shoe string budget thanks to not only wonderful volunteers, but donors who contribute to the dogues in need and help us get thru the year. The back bone and heart of rescue is it’s volunteers. DDBR has a pretty great network Nationally, but we always need more help. One of the reasons for so few intakes last year was lack of foster homes to put them in and some of the dogs in Rescue had been in rescue for a year or more. As always, we need assistance in all areas of rescue from fostering, to transport help, to shelter evals and even help with admin things like fund raisers and helping with events. If you can help in any way, please, complete our volunteer form.

 Again, Social Media is just like previous years, off the hook. We may have only taken in 87, but we referred out several hundred to other groups or even to previous adopters who adopted them directly. Literally dozens of dogues a week needing to come into rescue, majority now being owner surrenders. World wide, the numbers are increasing with the popularity of the breed.  Our sister group, DDB Welfare, in the UK is assisting just as many dogues in their small country as we are nationally.

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 41 dogues in 2016 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 US! We don’t refer, but we can tell you if we trust someone and we can send you a list of questions to ask potential breeders.

 Total number of dogues in program during 2016: 87

Dogues successfully found homes: 60

Dogues in program at the end of 2016:  19

Dogues who will likely live their lives out with DDBR as they are not adoptable: 6 (Freckles, Gus, Paddy, Spirit, Augie, Big Boy)

Dogs denied into the program because of bite history or aggression: 41

Dogues euthanized for health reasons:  7 (not including 11 denied for health reasons)

Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: 1 (not including  41 the denied into the program)

Average age was between 3 years to 9 years

Youngest: Bear, a 4 month old pup

Oldest: Our Double Digit Dogues: Oscar, age 10 on intake, Paris age 9

Males in program:47                    Females in program:39

Red/Brown masks:86                   Black masks:1

Dogues from Shelters:37            Dogs that were Owner Surrendered:49

Some of the health issues we treated this year besides abuse, starvation and neglect (it’s the same each year for the most part):

            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/CCL

In loving memory to those we lost this year, may there have been a better world for you: Brooke, Handsome, Kenton, Maxine, Meesha, Mia, Rose and Buford

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!

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