Monday, November 28, 2011

Paws of Hope

Its been a rescue tradition (they always seem to find us) to be able to save "just one more" lucky pup as another year comes to an end.

In anticipation of this 'Christmas Miracle' we'd like to be able to raise some funds to provide him or her with a little extra holiday cheer (perhaps a treat or toy to keep busy, or an extra fluffy dog bed or blanket).

Please make a donation (in your name, in memory of a lost pet, or simply in honor of your favorite ADR pooch of all time) and we'll add your info to our online "Paws of Hope" tree.

There is no minimum amount - every donation counts (and makes a difference).

It's easy - just click the paypal donation button below OR send an email money transfer to

Thank you for your support (and please share)!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Finally, Some Real Data

Yvette Van Veen, animal behaviour consultant and pet advice columnist for The Star, recently published an ARTICLE which finally, provides some real data showing what little the D.O.L.A has done to "save" the people of Ontario.

If you like the article, please share it and let the editors know. Media people need PR+ too!

Friday, November 25, 2011

This "Like" Is For You

When we chose to branch off and start our own rescue not quite 4 years ago, with a small handful of eager volunteers, (as we near 1000 "likes") we could never have imagined that one day we might have such a large network of the most passionate rescuers around. From our tireless and dedicated volunteers and foster homes, to the amazing vet staff who care so lovingly for our dogs, and perhaps most importantly - the shelter workers who contact us and come in on weekends to give these dogs a chance.

Ador-A-Bull is built on extremely high standards, and as such, in the relatively short time that we have been around, we have fostered strong working relationships with many shelters and animal control facilities across the province. Because of our ability to lay low and fly under the radar, we have been the rescue chosen to quietly whisk away several “famous” fugitives (ie: Rambo) who might otherwise not have been gotten the opportunity to escape this dog forsaken province.

It warms our (sometimes exhausted) souls and gives us the much needed strength to continue this ‘oh so important’ work, when we receive pupdates from our adopters and foster homes. Know that we very much appreciate all the comments, feedback and reassurance that you give us.

Your words of encouragement mean so much during the times when rescue (and life in general) seems almost too much. When the emails and desperate pleas for help feel like they are never going to end, when we are running low on supplies and motivation, you are always there.

It takes a village, and we thank you for your continued support.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Ups & Downs of Dog Rescue

Dog rescue, especially pit bull rescue, is the ultimate roller coaster ride. One moment you’re going up, everything is exciting and you’re itching to reach the top. The next, you’re on your way down and quickly realizing, as the ride dips and loops that you might have picked the wrong one. Let me off!

Just this week alone (and its only Wednesday), we pulled a fantastic dog (“good save” as we say), hit the motherload with a HUGE donation of dog food from Nutrience and have a couple of dogs well on their way to officially being adopted after spending months in foster care (ssssshhhh, someone might hear us…).

And then there was the email from another rescue, bashing us for not acting quickly enough to help them save some dogs (sight unseen – how responsible). A middle of the night rush to the emergency vet, after finding a kitten who had been thrown from a highrise apartment balcony (she unfortunately passed away). And, a heads up on possibly having to bring in a “substantially similar” pregnant female – where have all the foster homes gone?

Fortunately over the years, we’ve grown a thick skin and have come to expect that the bad, will always be followed with something good (perhaps a glass of wine, or a shot of tequila). We thank DOG everyday for the amazing dogs we've been able to rescue, the people we’ve met and the volunteers that are always willing to go that extra mile, for us and our rescued hearts.

And though, sometimes the horizon looks dark, when you catch the light in the eyes of a foster (or resident) dog, you couldn’t imagine your life being any other way.