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Currently we do not have any bullmastiffs available for adoption. But here we have a list of best dog bed for bullmastiff.

The Bullmastiff’s strong build and self-confident appearance makes an impressive effect. Nevertheless, there is a loving and good-natured dog behind the bulky facade, which fascinates above all by its calmness. In the profile you get all information you need about the dog breed.

History of the Bullmastiff
The Bullmastiff is a relatively young dog breed and has only been common in England since the 19th century. At that time, poor social conditions reigned for the local population, so they hunted on the lands of the landlords. The landowners thereupon appointed gamekeepers, who should put an end to the activity together with specially trained dogs. The dog had to be able to catch the hunter and hold him on the ground without killing him. As a measure of deterrence, the lawbreaker was to be hanged publicly.

Thus a mix between Old English Mastiff and Old English Bulldog resulted in the perfect protection dog for the gamekeepers. By a continuous selection in breeding, the today’s appearance developed bit by bit. At first the English called the breed “Gamekeeper’s Nightdog”. On December 24, 1924, the English Kennel Club recognized this new breed under the name “Bullmastiff”. In 1920 the oil tycoon Rockefeller brought the first Bullmastiffs to the USA to guard his estate and the breed slowly spread to the USA. In the course of the 20th century, especially the police used the sturdy dog as a service dog. Gradually, however, he gained more and more followers, also among private people. Internationally, he is classified in the FCI Group 2, Section 2, Molossoids.

If  your are interested in adopting, surrendering a bullmastiff or volunteering,  please visit the page on the side bar and complete and return the required forms to us.

If you have any questions please contact the coordinator in your area or email our webmaster at [email protected]

HOW CAN I HELP

Currently we have coordinators and volunteers in many areas of the country, but we are always looking for new faces, especially at the local level and there are many ways to assist and support BROC and the animals in our program

  • providing foster care and acting as a foster home
  • making a financial donation
  • acting as a coordinator
  • assisting with home visits/ inspections
  • donating items such as food, bedding, toys, crates, first aid and training supplies
  • animal identification and transportation
  • coordinating a fundraising event

If you have any questions please contact your nearest coordinator and be sure to fill out our  Volunteer Application

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Together, we can make a difference

Rooney

This little girl was recovered from the Mississauga Animal Shelter and brought into our rescue program.  Rooney had issues with trust, especially with men  but thanks to Pete and Caroline’s gentle nature and  patience she has found her place on the hearth at “Dogs and Logs” which she shares with another “happy tail – Sarah Jane and their mastiff Cogan.

COORDINATORS

Cheryl Randolph (in British Columbia) Email: [email protected]

CENTRAL 1 ~ Saskatchewan and Manitoba

These provinces are unrepresented at this time.

CENTRAL 2 ~ Ontario and Quebec

Anne Pogontsis (in Ontario) Email: [email protected]

EAST COAST ~ Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland

Sharon Strong (in Nova Scotia) Email: [email protected] Phone: (902) 660-5092

Treasurers

Anne and Steve Raszewski (in Ontario) Email: [email protected]

BROC still has some unrepresented Provinces and Regions and in time we hope to have appropriate coordinators for those areas.  If you are interested in supporting BROC by becoming a Provincial or Regional Rescue Coordinator, please submit our Volunteer Application via e-mail to your nearest coordinator addressing which Province/Region of Canada you are interested in representing.

You do not have to be a coordinator or foster home to help!

We need volunteers to assist in many ways!  Click on “How Can I Help” in the menu for more information.   Thank You!

 Together, we can make a difference

ADOPTING A DOG

If so, a rescue dog probably is not a good choice for you. Bullmastiffs end up in rescue for a wide variety of reasons. They are a large guard breed, and require extensive training and socialization as youngsters. Many people see a cute wrinkly puppy that their neighbour has, or watch a Hollywood film like “See Spot Run”, and fall into the trap of wanting one, not realizing just how much work and responsibility Bullmastiff ownership is. All too often, when the puppy reaches adolescence and has no manners or training, the family decides that this isn’t the dog for them. Unfortunately, since they did not wait for a puppy from a reputable breeder, they now have no where to turn. Eventually dogs like this end up in rescue, either through owner-surrender or via shelters.

Many of our rescues have some issues that need to be worked through. They will need to go to training classes and be allowed time to get used to their new family. The adjustment period can range from a few days to several months, depending on the dog’s history. Please reconsider adopting a rescue, if you are not committed to working through some issues with your new companion. One of the most difficult things for a rescue is to be uprooted yet again, after only a short period of time. Bullmastiffs are people-dogs. They thrive on human companionship, leadership and love. Please consider a rescue’s needs before deciding to adopt.

Have you thoroughly researched the breed?

The Bullmastiff is a unique and wonderful breed, however they are not for everyone. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and your family about the breed before deciding to add one to your home. The internet, books and speaking to breeders/owners can be a good start. Dog shows also provide a great way to meet the breed in person. Most exhibitors will be happy to speak about their dogs and share their knowledge. If you are going to visit a show, be sure to approach people after they are done showing. They will likely be more receptive to speaking to you once they are finished in the ring.

BROC’s Adoption Process

Bullmastiffs placed through our program are assessed by BROC coordinators/volunteers, and usually spend time living in experienced homes first, to ensure suitability for adoption.

Our number one priority is to ensure a good match between the dog and its adoptive family. This means that we cannot operate on a first-come-first-served basis. For example, if your home has young children and/or other pets, it may take longer for a suitable dog to become available.

If you are interested in being considered for a Bullmastiff rescue, please fill out and submit our adoption application. If a suitable dog becomes available, you will be contacted by phone to discuss further. We encourage you to touch base regularly with your provincial coordinator after submitting your application.

Prior to adopting, a home visit by one of our local volunteers will be required. Provided the home visit is successful, you will be asked to complete BROC’s adoption contract and pay a fee for the dog. Fees are determined on an individual basis, depending on veterinary expenses (ie. vaccines, spay/neuter, medications) and costs incurred for rehabilitation, if any. Fees are generally in the $150 – $400 range.

Please note – we do not receive puppies into our program very often. The majority of our dogs are over 2 years of age. If you are looking for a Bullmastiff puppy, rescue is not a suitable option.

If you are still interested in adopting a rescue Bullmastiff, submit a completed application (links below) to your nearest coordinator.

Application in PDF:adoptappl09

Application in Word format:Adoption Application

 Together, we can make a difference

Cooper

We don’t know who to congratulate… Jason and Jeanette on their new brindle boy or Cooper for finding a forever home with them… let me just say that you are all so lucky and deserving of each other!

I’m sure that Kane is looking down on you, and wagging happily that you have your brindle boy and that your home and heart is once again filled with four giant pawprints.

Happy tails guys and a big  welcome to our bully family!

Send new pics when you can!!

Gus

Thanks to the kindness, care and generosity of his foster-mom Francine, Gus is now a well-adjusted, happy dog.  Gus has been adopted and is enjoying his new life with Chris, Vanessa and their Bullmastiff girl, Aspen.  Here is a note from them on Gus’ progress:

Gus has continued to make strides everyday.  He enjoys long walks in the park with Apsen and every dog we meet he is so happy to see.  His fur is starting to come in, although we are still keeping an eye on his skin – lotioning it every few days.  He is eating from the bowl now – although he still is unsure and needs me to sit with him and the first bit.  Always looking around while he eats….but again, improving.

Gus has been an absolute gem in our family and we love him very much.  My mom (who just lost her pup a few months ago) has taken a real shine to him – spoiling him too.  As write this email, Gus and Aspen are on their pillows enjoying Marrow bones my mom got them for christmas after playing ball outside with Chris.

Again, thank you for everyone’s hard work with Gus (and all the dogs).  You are great people.

Positive outlooks become positive outcomes……keep smiling.

Chris, Ness, Aspen and Gus

Pumpkin

Pumpkin was a dog in the ABA (American Bullmastiff Association) Rescue program, being fostered in upstate New York by BROC’s good friend and volunteer, Valerie Potratz.  As soon as Valerie told me about Pumpkin’s personality and disposition, I knew Duncan would be a great match for her.  Duncan is a previous Bullmastiff owner and had been waiting a long time for the right dog to come along.  Thank you to all the ABA and BROC volunteers who helped to transport Pumpkin the 7 hours from Buffalo, NY to Ottawa, Ontario.  Pumpkin is one lucky girl!

Pumpkin with her new owner Duncan

Stitchy

UPDATE – After getting cleaned up and onto some thyroid medication, Stitchy was adopted out to her new home.  Below is a photo of Stitchy in her spot on the couch with her two small furry friends.  What a special girl she is!  (You can still see the dark patches on her sides from the severe thyroid issues but this cleared up in time).

Thank you to Brenda and Carlo Cassa for driving to Sudbury to retrieve Stitchy from the shelter there and fostering her for BROC.

Upon arrival into foster care, Stitchy had a few surprises for us…. but they were all good ones!!

The shelter had told us Stitchy was approximately 8 yrs old with potentially severe health issues…..it turned out that she was only around 4 yrs old, just very badly cared for!!  She had SEVERE untreated thyroid issues, causing her to be 30+ lbs overweight, with a horrible coat and skin condition.  After some TLC by Brenda and Carlo, including thyroid meds, good nutrition, exercise and lots of love, Stitchy should love a long and healthy life with her new family.

Sarah Jane

In loving memory of our Best Friend, Busby, our male bullmastiff, who unfortunately passed away from cancer in 2007!  Busby’s unconditional love & friendship inspired us to contact Amy at BROC.  Helping a bullmastiff in crisis has been a very positive and rewarding experience for our family. Through the dedication and support of BROC we have been able to give a beautiful, female bullmastiff, Sarah Jane a second chance.  Our involvement with BROC has certainly increased our knowledge and awareness of all animals in crisis.  Loving, caring families are the last resort for dogs like Sarah Jane!  As a family we have helped Sarah Jane restore her faith in humanity and in return, she has taught us patience, forgiveness and the importance of PROMPT mealtimes – LOL!  Sarah Jane has become good buddies with her roommates, Cogan, a 15 month old male English Mastiff and Mersey, our 6yr old female Bullmastiff (Busby’s daughter).  Sarah’s favourite past time is snuggling in front of the fireplace with her new pals! This experience has taught us that the good times far outway the hurdles!  We can only hope that her past has faded as she enjoys a loving future with her new family. “A day without a bullmastiff is another day wasted!”

On behalf of Sarah Jane we would like to thank ALL the loving caring members of the BROC team!! Yours faithfully,

Pete, Caroline, Mersey, Cogan and Sarah Jane

PAWS IN THE AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pete and Caroline became part of the rescue family in December 2007 through the adoption of Sarah Jane. She was welcomed into their home with loving arms and paws, and quickly became friends with their bullie girl, “ Mersey ” and their Mastiff, “Cogan”.

Unfortunately, Mersey recently crossed the rainbow bridge.  She will be forever loved and missed by this wonderful family.  A donation has been made by the staff  of St.Michael’s Catholic School  to Bullmastiff Rescue of Canada in Mersey ’s memory.

Roxy & Quinn

December 2010

Nothing is more rewarding for rescue groups than receiving updated pictures of the dogs in their new homes.  Just before Christmas BROC received this holiday shot of Roxy with her owners Scott and Carolyn from Buffalo, NY.  Thank you Scott and Carolyn for taking this girl into your heart and home.  Once an abandonned kennel dog, Roxy is now a treasured family pet!

Roxy with her owners Carolyn and Scott – December 2010

Quinn (Roxy’s sister who was also abandonned) is living happily with Justin and Roxy the cat.

Quinn leaving for her new home with Justin

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