Nor Cal Bulldog Rescue
MLBC's rescue program NOR CAL BULLDOG RESCUE is operated by Patti Rungo and Michelle Ippoliti (916) 984-0990. It requires filling out an application with information regarding family and other pets. Not all rescue dogs are able to go to homes with children or other dogs. Click the logo above to visit NOR CAL BULLDOG RESCUE

Not all bulldogs received through rescue are able to be placed. Occasionally we receive a dog that has been so mistreated or is so seriously ill that it has to be euthanized. These are the dogs that tear at our hearts. It is usually because of human neglect that these dogs cannot be saved.


Hi! We, the so-called "older dogs" at Bulldog Rescue, would like to bring ourselves and our situation to your attention. We are the dogs of all rescue groups that are sometimes the last to find a home. We mature adults are very aware of all that transpires here at rescue, and we have a bone to pick with those who come looking for a bulldog to love. Nearly always, when we hear our names suggested, we hear, "Oh, no! We are looking for a younger bulldog," or " That bulldog looks too old." We are truly shocked, fine dogs that we all are, that anyone would pass us by simply because we are a little "long in the tooth".

Perhaps you are unaware of the many advantages of having a mature bulldog as a companion. Allow us to enlighten you by offering just a few of our virtues. Generally, we are somewhat mellower and easier to handle than our younger counterparts. Most of us already have better manners than these youngsters will ever have. We know what "outside" is for - we just have to be shown where it is and how to get there. And while not all of us are fond of children or other dogs, those who are, are less likely to knock them down or chew on them. Some of us are willing to share the benefit of our maturity with younger dogs you have at home or are considering adopting. We can be a very calming influence on youngsters, human or canine. We view our maturity as a valuable asset, not a detriment

Now, we have heard that many people have concerns regarding our "life-expectancies". Well, we have "life" and we like it a lot, and we don't "expect" more than we deserve. Seriously, this is an alien concept to us, but since people are all too worried about it, we give you our sincere promise to remain with you on this earth for as long as caninely possible. We promise to make excellent use of whatever time we have to provide you with more than enough fond memories to last for your lifetime

Anyway, don't let the gray muzzles fool you; we still have a few bulldog tricks up our sleeves and we can still make you laugh and provide companionship every day. Our age makes us no less silly, just a little bit slower. And, yes, some of us do have some relatively minor health problems; we think they are insignificant when weighed against our good points. Do not misunderstand; we are comfortable, safe, and happy here. Meals are regular and the staff is very good to us. We simply wish to be afforded the same considerations that are given to the younger bulldogs. We, too, would like to try this "adoption" thing they are all doing. The word "home" does sound sweet to our old ears. We would love to have our own bed, our own yard, our own person to love. Remember, it takes time to develop the exceptional, uniquely individual personalities that define us as bulldogs. You really should take advantage of the chance to get to know us - we are sure you'll be impressed.

Well, now that you know the facts, each of us is looking forward to having the Rescuers pack a suitcase with our name on it any day now. Hope to meet you soon.

Senior speaking to Senior:

The fact is simple. People are living longer through improved medical treatment and preventative care. Health professionals confirm that the human-animal bond increases attention span, reduces social isolation and improves physiological conditions such as lowering blood pressure*.

The "Senior Citizens" of Bulldog Rescue

For more information, please contact PATTI RUNGO at (916) 984-0990 Monday through Friday. All dogs deserve a loving and safe home. Please consider a rescue dog when looking for a new addition to your family.

Happy Rescues

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively
into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid. As she
stopped at my kennel, I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of
my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes
the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past.
I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in
someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my
shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle
fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear
fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly
jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always
be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile
and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out
there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I
could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Amy Northrup-Adcock
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