Frequently Asked Questions About Adopting and Rescue

Q: What does No Borders Bulldog Rescue do?

A: No Borders Bulldog Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by compassionate, dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and place Bulldogs in loving forever homes. No Borders Bulldog Rescue is open to all Bulldogs (English, Olde English, French, American).

Q: Where  and how does No Borders Bulldog Rescue obtain Bulldogs?

A: Owners who can no longer care for them, dogs that have been surrendered to shelters, breeder retirees, unclaimed stray dogs, some are taken from puppy mill situations, or surrendered to us from the authorities from neglect or abuse cases. Each dog in our program is unique in history and personality, we are dedicated to finding the perfect forever family for each of them. There is no such thing as a “perfect” family, but there is a “perfect” family for each particular dog.

Q: Where  and how does No Borders Bulldog Rescue obtain funding?

A: No Borders Bulldog Rescue is completely funded by the generosity of our supporters. Funding sources include individual dog adoption fees, tax exempt donations from individual and corporate donors, website merchandise and local fundraising events.

Q: What areas of the country do you adopt?

A: We work applicants from all over the country. Unlike other rescues that are limited to a particular area, we at No Borders Bulldog Rescue have contacts and work with other rescues nationwide to find the perfect home for each Bulldog in our program.  By opening our “borders” we are able to save even more Bulldogs in need. We require a home check be done prior to adoption of the bulldog. The home visit must be completed by a volunteer that has been trained and authorized.  In addition to the home visit, additional screening and interviewing will need to be completed. This additional screening is to ensure that the proper match is made between Bulldog and new adoptive parents. If we do not have a dog that meets your needs, we may be able to refer you to a shelter in your vicinity.

Q: Are Bulldogs good with children and other pets ?

A: Whether or not a dog is suitable with children  or other pets will depend on the individual dog. Many of the dogs we place do not do well with children under the age of 5 due to their size, while others do great with kids. It depends on the dog. This is why all dogs that come into rescue  are evaluated extensively by their foster parents before being eligible for adopion.

Q: How long to Bulldogs live?

A: Bulldogs have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years with a high end of 12 years.

Q: What type of health issues can Bulldogs have?

A: Bulldogs are loving, devoted and docile companions but they require active management to keep them healthy. They are genetically pre-disposed to various conditions and illnesses. Problems that can occur include: Elongated soft palate, small trachea, food allergies, atmospheric and contact allergies, dermatitis, demodectic mange, eye issues, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, and ear infections.

Q: Do you have any puppies?

A: We rarely get any puppies and if we do they usually have a serious medical condition. Most of our rescues are between the ages of 4-8 yrs old.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The donation for the privilege of having a rescue Bulldog in your home is usually between $300-$600 depending on the age of each dog. Adoption donations are intended to provide funds for the care of current and future rescued Bulldogs. Keep in mind that rescue has already paid for the dog’s vaccinations and testing, spaying/neutering, microchip, any necessary surgeries and transport from the shelter. The adoption fee can be paid by debit/credit card or PayPal.

Q: How long does it typically take to complete the adoption? 

A: It really depends.  It can sometimes be days, weeks or a few months until the right dog comes along.  The more requirements/restrictions you have (certain age, sex, gets along with others, etc.) the longer it may take.  Dogs are placed according to the type of home best suited to their needs. We cannot predict when dogs will be available for placement. However, it typically does not take very long to place a dog with you.

Q: Will the dog be altered? What else have you provided?

A: All of our dogs are spayed or neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, and have been implanted with a microchip. On adoption day each bulldog will have a folder with the necessary information regarding their unique needs. This may include feeding and medication needs, exercise habits and training requirements.

Q: What can I expect from a “rescue” Bulldog?

A: Rescued Bulldogs are not always healthy, happy or well adjusted. If you are considering adopting a rescue, it should be because you are committed to giving a homeless dog a second chance.  This means having the time, patience and resources necessary to work with the Bulldog. Some rescue dogs do not get along well with other pets or children.

If you are looking for the “perfect” Bulldog, rescue is not for you.  In order to be a successful rescue adoptive parent you must be passionate about the breed. While we take great pride in making “love connections” and we deeply care about all of our adoptive parents, ultimately rescue is all about the BULLDOG.

Q: What if our Rescue Bulldog isn’t working in our home?

A: If something is wrong, please contact a volunteer immediately.  We want to help you and the sooner we are aware of an issue, the easier it is to solve.  If for any reason your are unable to keep your rescue Bulldog, we REQUIRE that the dog be returned to us.