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Fresno Bully Rescue: Breaking Stereotypes One Bully at a Time

Aug 04, 2016 04:01PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Fresno Bully Rescue Shelter Director, Bridgette Boothe, with two of her pups.

The Fresno Bully Rescue has been working tirelessly since its opening in 2008 to protect bully-breed dogs, one of the more "taboo" breeds. FBR houses 45 dogs at a time, and has housed over 2,000 happy and healthy dogs that have found their forever homes.

Alongside being a rescue, FBR also offers classes to educate the community, including educational services and therapy services.

We were lucky enough to get in touch with Shelter Director Bridgette Boothe and learn more about the amazing work FBR is doing. 

Tell me about Fresno Bully Rescue. How did it get started? 

BB: FBR was originally started in 2008 as a result of need after the housing market crash. Many people lost their homes and were forced to move into apartments. Rentals and apartments typically have pet restrictions and limits. Most places wont accept pit bulls, so many families had to surrender their pit bulls to shelters or even abandoned them, leaving them behind.

Shelters became flooded with bully-breed dogs, most of which never made it out alive. FBR saw the need for rescue of this often misunderstood and overpopulated breed and formed Fresno Bully Rescue as a result of that. Fresno Bully Rescue not only works to serve the central valley, but also the entire state of California. Its the only breed-specific rescue with a shelter facility of its kind in the entire state. 

How long have you personally been a part of Fresno Bully Rescue? What is your role there? 

BB: I began volunteering in early 2008 and I am now the Shelter Director. 

What is the mission? 

Tatum, a little bundle of cuteness!

BB: FBRs mission is to provide a healthy and loving temporary home while we look for forever homes for our shelter dogs. In addition, we are also committed to promoting responsible pet ownership of bully breeds, fighting against breed discrimination, spay & neutering, reporting dog fighting and demonstrating to the community that bully breed dogs are loyal, loving and wonderful forever companions. 

What is one of the most inspiring & memorable moments you've had since being with Fresno Bully Rescue? 

BB: I think there are several inspiring & memorable moments that I've encountered during my time with FBR. I’ve see the worst and the best. Seeing dogs transform from loosing hope/being abandoned or neglected and on the brink of death, to morphing into a healthy, vibrant and happy dog who eventually finds its forever family. It is the most inspiring thing to witness. Being able to be a part of that animal's journey is a unique and privileged experience. 

How can people get involved? 

BB: We host monthly volunteer orientations where people can come get hands on with our shelter dogs. Volunteers can help with exercising the dogs & training - adoption and fundraiser events, education and therapy service and more. 

Is there any upcoming projects we should know about?

BB: We are currently in the process of raising funds to build a new facility. Land has been purchased and we are working towards starting construction. Were hoping to be operating out of the new facility with in the next year. Were striving for the new location to be an even better and more enriched place for our shelter dogs. Donations for the new property can be made through our website

There is also a contest the ASPCA is currently putting on in support of local animal shelters and rescues. They will choose one shelter to receive a $150,000 grant, with five more shelters receiving $15,000 grants as well. 

You can nominate Fresno Bully Rescue by visiting the contest website.

For more information about Fresno Bully Rescue, you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

Have you or someone you know adopted a dog from Fresno Bully Rescue? Tell us about your experience by contacting us!