The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition does not support breeders, but we do recognize that purchasing from a breeder is still an option for many people. If you choose to purchase from a breeder rather than adopt from a rescue or shelter, make sure you are purchasing from a qualified dog breeder and not a backyard breeder!
To make sure you’re working with a qualified breeder, we’ve put together this list of what to look for.
1) Breeding Location
Are you able to go to the breeding location? If not, the person you are working with is likely running this operation either in unsafe conditions.
2) Adoption Process
Any reputable organization will ask you background questions before adopting a pet to you. If the adoption process seems too simple, that’s probably because it’s a backyard breeder!
3) Availability of Puppies
Does the breeder ALWAYS seem to have puppies available? This could be a sign of a large operation or an operation that puts their female dogs under unnecessary stress. It is not safe for female dogs to be continuously reproducing. Puppies should not “always” be available.
4) Age When Puppies are Sold
Puppies are typically adopted in the 8-10 week range. A reputable breeder will not adopt a dog out before that time. In the first few weeks of life, puppies need their mothers. It takes about 8-10 weeks to properly wean the puppy, and behavioral traits are learned both from the mother and other puppies in the litter.
5) Information About the Parents
If you’re unable to meet the new puppy’s parents, you could be dealing with a backyard breeder. A responsible breeder will be able to provide you with the opportunity to meet the parents or detailed information on their background.
6) Spay & Neuter Policy
Any breeder knows the importance of spaying and neutering a pet. If the breeder you are working with does not have a policy on this, they are not a breeder you should trust. The pet overpopulation crisis results in millions of animals placed in shelters and rescues each year, and a responsible breeder will require spaying or neutering as part of an adoption agreement.
7) Little Education
If your breeder knows very little about the dog breed, this is cause for concern. Although you don’t need to be an expert to be a responsible breeder, to understand how to breed dogs, there is a base level of knowledge about the breed itself required.
8) Commitment to Take Back the Pet
Ask your breeder what their policy is should something go wrong, or the dog is not a good fit in your home. If the breeder refuses to take back the pup, they are likely not a reputable breeder. Responsible breeders will offer to take back a pet to avoid the pet ending up in a shelter or rescue.
Instead of purchasing from a breeder and dealing with all the headaches above, we urge you to choose a rescue instead. Backyard breeders mean bad news for dogs around the world!
Cruelty to animals is never acceptable. Every year in April, animal supporters around the world help raise awareness for animal welfare because it’s officially Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
History of Cruelty to Animal Month
ASPCA officially coined Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month several years ago as a way to highlight and report on the acts of cruelty and negligence as it relates to pet. However, instead of only showing the negative, ASPCA also focuses on how to be a responsible pet owner, why it’s important to adopt and teaches compassion for animals. This month is all about furthering those initiatives.
How You Can Participate
Whether you can get involved in a big or small way, know that your participation makes a difference! Your involvement can help save more animals and prevent future animal cruelty.
Head to your local rescue or shelter and inquire about volunteering. Whether it’s just for a few hours one day or an ongoing commitment, through volunteer work, you’re directly improving the lives of animals in your community.
Adopt or Foster
If you’re ready to make a big commitment, consider becoming a foster or adopting a pit bull! Shelters across the country are filled, and there are thousands of dogs looking for a good home.
Not everyone knows about Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month! Take a moment to share this story on your favorite social networks and help us spread the word.
The laws regarding animal cruelty vary state by state. Get to know your local laws and who to contact if you come across an animal being abused or neglected.
Educate Your Family
Are you a parent with little ones at home? Now is the perfect time to talk to them about how to properly care for animals. Teach them that every living being matters!
Make a Donation
Whether you make a donation directly to BDRC or another organization, your contribution counts. Organizations like BDRC help to educate the public on what it means to be a responsible pet owner.
When it comes to bully breeds, we know they come in all shapes and sizes. Dogs considered pit bulls don’t all look the same. In fact, they aren’t even all of the same breed! However, many of these breeds have one thing in common — ear cropping.
Most popular among Rottweilers, Dobermans and American Staffordshire Terriers, ear cropping (or cutting) is a highly-controversial subject.
What is Ear Cropping?
Ear cropping is a surgical procedure where a portion of a dog’s ear is removed.
What is the Ear Cropping Procedure?
When a dog goes in for an ear cropping procedure, they are put under anesthesia. During the surgery, the dog’s ears are clipped to remove the outer half of the ear. Following the procedure, the dog wears bandages using a specific technique that helps to keep the ears erect. There is roughly a 10-14 day period before sutures (if used) can be removed.
There are, regrettably, a huge number of instances where a pit bull owner perform a “home surgery.” These are almost always undertaken without anesthesia and without post “procedure” suturing or bandaging. End results include significantly greater pain to the dog, poor healing and an uneven appearance.
What is the History of Ear Cropping?
Ear cropping first rose to popularity among breeders of fighting and hunting dogs. Cutting away part of the ear was seen as a way to minimize the risk of injury to a dog during a fight (whether with another dog or wild animal). It was one less place for another animal to bite or claw.
Over the years, ear cropping became seen as a desired characteristic of many different dog breeds. So much so, that the American Kennel Club recognizes ear cropping as part of certain breed standards.
Why Do People Crop Their Dog’s Ears?
In today’s society, ear cropping is completed based on the owner or breeders’ personal preference. There is no health benefit associated with ear cropping.
Is Ear Cropping Dangerous?
Ear cropping is extremely dangerous to the health and wellbeing of your pet. When an owner elects to crop their dog’s ears, they are volunteering their dog for a surgical procedure. Like any other surgical procedure, there are risks associated, such as infection, physical pain and even lasting psychological damage.
Should You Crop Your Dog’s Ears?
The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition is strongly against the cropping of any dog’s ears.
It is important for our team to let you know that although we are against voluntary cropping, we will never turn away a dog because the previous owner has cropped their ears. For our team it is important to provide every dog we come in contact with the love and care it deserves.
Help us change public approval of ear cropping
Donate to The BDRC and become part of the movement — change starts with you!
Anyone who’s experienced a tornado knows the moments before it actually hits are filled with a strange sense of calm. “The raindrops bounce off my head in rapid succession, said Rick Bassman, Founder of The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition. “I probably wouldn’t have noticed it had I not taken off my beanie just a few moments before when a near arctic chill had suddenly given way to a still, eerie warmth.”
Shortly after that, lightning filled the sky followed by the deafening clap of thunder. The pit bulls at Dog’s Nation began howling and before anyone could react and it quickly became apparent what was happening — it wasn’t just severe weather, it was a tornado.
Since arriving at Dog’s Nation in El Dorado Springs, Missouri on March 6, there have been three tornado warnings. Each unnerving not only for the team but also for all the pups who currently call Dog’s Nation Home.
Experiencing the first Tornado
Words From The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition Founder, Rick Bassman
“I first arrived in El Dorado Springs late in the afternoon. I was exhausted after driving 1,600 miles across the country with my pit bulls Ramone, GoGo and Eos. I was unsure exactly what to expect when arriving at Dog’s Nation. I had not yet been to the facility. I’d only spoken to the founder Shawn Abell on the phone before arriving.
When I reached El Dorado Springs, I started out by getting settled in my new residence which was in desperate need of repairs. I fed my pups and went out to the kennels to meet the more than 50 beautiful bullies.
Although it was obvious Dog’s Nation desperately needed help, Shawn gained my respect immediately. She’s a small woman who up until now, was running the facility almost single-handedly. Somehow she managed to keep it alive despite overwhelming odds.
After a few chores, I feel into a deep sleep with my pups beside me. Around 11 pm, I was awoken to a pounding on my door. Abnormally high winds were wreaking havoc on the property, and it was probable that a tornado would follow anytime.
I leapt out of bed, amazed that I had slept so soundly through all the wind, thunder and hail outside. Moments after we hit the ground, a tornado ripped through Dog’s Nation.”
Cleaning Up the DamageAfter the initial shock of the tornado wore off, it was time to begin repairing the structures. Dog’s Nation was already short on resources and in a way, this seemed like an impossible effort. Together, Dog’s Nation and The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition have used what’s available to get operations up and running again as quickly as possible. It was immediately noticed that a century-old oak tree had fallen on several of the kennels — crushing them in various degrees. Thankfully, none of the dogs were injured, but many were scared. One dog was trapped in the corner of his pen, but with a little teamwork, he was transported to a safe haven.
Looking to the Future
After having experienced this first hand, it’s even clearer just how important the partnership between Dog’s Nation and The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition really is. Funds raised for Dog’s Nation will go towards overhauling the property to help it withstand severe weather and to make it safer for all the pit bulls. Once overhauled, funds will go towards implementing new programs that will make Dog’s Nation sustainable for years to come.
Ready to make a difference?
The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition (BDRC) committed to saving the lives of pit bulls around the world, but we want you to get to know exactly how big of an impact your donations make on the lives of dogs in need. Today, we’d like to introduce you to two of our friends — Petey and Stella. Both Petey and Stella are directly impacted by funds The BDRC receives. Read on to learn their stories and find out how The BDRC is helping!
Petey was rescued from certain death at a shelter. He had been hit by a car and suffered a broken pelvis while just a puppy. Many loving and caring individuals contributed to Petey's initial medical expenses.
Petey is now approximately 3.5 years old and in search of his forever home! We want to help this lovable guy find his new family.
How We Are Helping
For every $25 funded, BDRC will contribute $2.50 directly to Petey's care.
Sadly, Stella’s dad passed away in December from cancer and his beloved girl is still looking for a foster or forever home. She had a temporary foster, but they are no longer able to care for her. In an effort to accommodate Eddie's wishes to find Stella a forever home, BDRC wants to help Stella find the love and care she deserves!
How We Are Helping
For every $50 funded, BDRC will contribute $5 directly to Stella's care.
Ready to make a difference in the lives of Petey and Stella?
Visit www.gofundme.com/bullydogrc to donate today!
Fortunately, there are rescues and sanctuaries throughout the state that work to improve the quality of lives of every pit bull they encounter. One of these rescues is Dog’s Nation.
About Shawn Abell
Dog’s Nation was founded by Shawn Abell. Shawn runs the facility primarily on her own with the help of a handful of volunteers. Shawn is the founder of a very special program, Battle Buddies, which places pit bulls with veterans. Before each dog is placed, the dog is trained and service certified to help individuals suffering from depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What makes this program truly unique is that each dog is given to the veteran completely free of charge. In addition to helping veterans, Shawn also runs a similar program for children with autism.
Changes Coming to Dog’s Nation
Shawn has done an amazing job running Dog’s Nation and The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition is helping her make a few key changes to streamline operations and help improve the quality of life for all Dog’s Nation pit bulls. Specifically, The Bully Dog Rescue Coalition will be helping to implement the following.
- Community relations program
- Fundraising program
- Volunteers program
- Property-wide improvements
- Kennel Enrichment Program
- Operations improvement
How You Can Help
Are you interested in helping our Missouri operations? To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact us. To help us improve Dog’s Nation faster, donate specifically to our efforts in Missouri.