I am nominating Fresno Bully Rescue for the Fenced In By Love by Dog Fence DIY 2014 awards because this organization and its residents deserve to be recognized for their dedication and perseverance against all odds.
Fresno Bully Rescue is a no-kill non-profit shelter dedicated to rescuing bully breed dogs such as pit bulls, bulldogs, bull terriers, etc. There is a huge overpopulation of pit bulls all over the state of California due to varying reasons including backyard breeders, accidental litters, lack of funding to spay/neuter pets and just plain ignorance. On top of the pit bull overpopulation in the past few years there has been a dramatic increase of foreclosures. These families that have been uprooted are being forced to rent and most rental properties do not allow pit bulls. FBR literally gets about 500 requests a week to take in dogs and about 75% of those requests are "moving and can't take my dog". Our local animal control agencies have about a 90% kill rate and other rescue organizations are just as overwhelmed with other breeds of dogs. The truth is pit bulls take up more space and not many are willing to deal with the breed since they are a large strong breed with a bad rap. It isn't as easy to find them homes as other breeds, but does that mean that they aren't worthy? Does that mean they don't deserve a chance? Does that mean that the fight to save these dogs is useless? NO! That just means that we must fight harder to save them! Our dogs and our rescue as a whole represent the underdog. We must work so much harder every day because there are so many people out there who want us to fail. It is our job to change those minds, to tear down the boundaries and stereotypes that exist, and to get these dogs adopted into loving responsible homes. FBR not only provides an adoption and rehabilitation center for these dogs but we also have a huge volunteer base and are very involved in the community. We go out to schools to do breed education, we hold events throughout the year that raise awareness and inspire others to give back, we provide spay/neuter assistance , and we even have used some our residents for therapy services.
Fresno Bully Rescue is also completely run by volunteers so every dollar that gets put into it goes right back into taking care of the dogs. There is no big director salary or financial perks for anyone on the board. No one is in it for recognition or to be praised. Everyone who works at the shelter is there because they love the dogs and want to make a difference in the community. It takes an army to get everything done, but it also gets people involved. Everyone has a full time job or school and works at FBR in addition to their family and job responsibilities. I believe that all of those things show the dedication of the FBR staff to the dogs at the shelter and I believe that it shows when you visit the facility. Everyone is happy to be there and the dogs can sense that. I have to say that our shelter doggies are some of the happiest dogs. They are constantly smiling and showing off for us and visitors. They are the true rock stars of the operation and they are the reason that we do what we do. They prove themselves time and time again and they are the ones that truly change the minds of the misinformed. They are the reason that FBR deserves to be awarded the organization of the year!
Below is a short video that a group of volunteers made and a few photos that showcase some of the rescues from Fresno Bully Rescue. These dogs demonstrate more resilience and class than anyone I have ever met. They hold no grudges and seeing them with a second chance at life gives me all the payment I will ever need. http://lightpostfilms.net/news/fresno-bully-rescue/
Enzo was rescued from a backyard last July. His previous owner left him behind starving with horrible mange and a skin infection. He has a long road to recovery still, but holds no grudges and is looking forward to finding the perfect family for him. His ex-owner is currently awaiting trial.
Elmo was tied to a fence post in front of a local business in January of 2013 in the freezing cold. He had horrible mange, but that is all a long lost memory since he is nice warm and cozy in home this year!
Dieter was abandoned in an orchard where he lay waiting for someone to find him. He was lethargic and infected with intra-abdominal parasites. He is now fat, happy, and constantly bearing that huge smile!
Trey was found with an extreme injury to his right back leg on the side of the road by a good Samaritan. FBR took him in because she could not pay for the medical care needed. There was so much infection that Trey had to have his leg amputated, but even that couldn't get this puppy down. Trey's new family still has a hard time keeping up with him! He's always on the move.
And signing off is the oldest member of FBR, Bon Bon. He was found tied to a tree with an embedded collar that had to be surgically removed. This boy is one of the most beloved members of FBR and although his body claims he's 12 his heart says 2. He is a total puppy in spirit and is enjoying the good ol' country living now.