Imagine a group of bulldog enthusiasts whose mission is to rehome bulldogs that have been surrendered, abandoned, or neglected. Meet Heaven Sent Bulldog Rescue, a volunteer group of many different people reaching out to bulldogs in danger in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. These same people provide foster homes, veterinary care, and rehabilitation. They often spend their own money to provide toys, treats, food, beds, and grooming. Their adoption process is vigorous, but nearly 100 bulldogs every year find new homes thanks to the dedication of these quiet heroes.
English bulldogs are “people” oriented dogs and generally regarded to be a gentle breed. Once known to have been bull baiting animals in the seventeenth century when the bulldogs would leap at a tethered bull and latch themselves onto the snout of the bull until the bull suffocated, the ferociousness of the bulldogs was bred out when the egregious bull baiting practice was banned in 1835. Since then bulldogs have been bred to be playful, friendly, and protective.
Bulldogs can be prone to numerous health issues; elongated soft palates, small tracheas, allergies, skin issues, cherry eye, hip dysplasia and even orthopedic problems. They are generally intolerant to heat and rarely swim. They are however excellent companions and pets for apartment dwellers since bulldogs are very low energy.
One such bulldog who is available for adoption is Boston. He was dropped off at a South Orange, New Jersey shelter bleeding from the neck, underweight, and with an infection in both ears The terrified dog was picked up by a volunteer and flown to Greer Zeller’s home in Pennsylvania. Here at Boston’s new foster home he received veterinary care for his fever, diarrhea, yeast infection of his neck, infected ears and was further treated with antibiotics, medicated baths, and steroid shots. Zeller describes Boston as a sweet six and a half-year old that acts like a two-year old dog who gives high fives, is housebroken, kisses, loves people, plays, and is just happy to be near that special someone.
This Saturday, February 26th from 12:00 to 4:00, Heaven Sent Bulldog Rescue will be hosting their first fundraiser event in northern New Jersey at the Scranberry Coop located at 42 Main Street in Andover, a 10,000 square foot treasure chest shopping experience with 150 different dealers of vintage goods, collectibles, and antiques.Pax Vlietstra states;
“We first learned about Heaven Sent through Biscuit and her family on Facebook. We are all dog lovers here at the Coop, and we love to show our support for several organizations in our community who do the good work of animal rescue. There will be information available on the group, on bulldogs and merchandise to raise funds and to inquire about dogs for placements.”
Biscuit, the bulldog is owned by Jodie Penn, volunteer and creative director for the 501(c)3, NJ nonprofit. When Jodie was younger her neighbors owned bulldogs and she loved how they cuddled. Penn often does home visits for potential adopters and helps with transport when needed. She brings Biscuit to fundraisers as an ambassador of the breed.
Planning to attend this weekend is Pam Davis, of Hackettstown;
“Beau is from Heaven Sent and he is blind since birth. Beau is fully trained. My son Stephen and Beau have a very special bond that was there from the first day we met Beau. Beau is his dog. My neighbors met Beau, and asked us where we got him. We told them about Heaven Sent Bulldog Rescue. They adopted one the next week.”
Interested in adopting a bulldog, volunteering, donating, shopping? Stop by on Saturday, meet Biscuit, and please help out with a donation so that other needy bulldogs will have another chance at a wonderful life. Click here for more information how you can help.