American Bullies are an increasingly popular dog breed, with many loving the breed because of their muscular build combined with loving and affectionate temperament.
There are a few ways in which you can get hold of an American Bully, either through purchasing from a reputable breeder or finding an American Bully for adoption from a rescue center.
Adoption through rescue centers is a great approach as it is more affordable and ethical, as you are providing a loving home for a dog that was previously abandoned or mistreated.
In this brief article, we will outline 10 rescue centers in the US where you can find an American Bully to adopt.
1. California Bully Rescue
California Bully Rescue was founded with the mission of reforming the dog agenda by providing offering Bully rescues, education, and community support.
They strive to give every dog a chance at having a fulfilling existence.
The center currently has 18 dogs available for rescue. In addition to the American Bully, the center holds other ‘Bully’ breeds including the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Bulldog.
California Bully Rescue provides an online application form for prospective adopters to fill out.
The Adoption Coordinator will then respond within 10 working days and confirm if the identified dog is available for adoption.
Some dogs may still require spaying/neutering, vaccinations or training, so will not be considered ready for adoption.
California Bully Rescue offers volunteer opportunities for dog lovers to work at the center, as well as organizing photo shoots, with all profits from prints going towards the rescue center costs.
The center also has an online shop where you can help support the organization by purchasing calendars, clothes, and dog accessories.
2. Koa Bully Rescue and Sanctuary
Koa Bully has the mission to support bully breed dogs by rescuing vulnerable dogs, educating the general public, and advocating for bully breed issues.
Through rescuing Bully dogs, Koa Bully provides the love and care that the dog has been missing. They provide specialist Bully behavior training and essential medical care.
Through education, the organization seeks to encourage more responsible pet ownership and also spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering.
In terms of advocacy, Koa Bully strongly battles against Breed Specific Legislation that is deemed to work penalize Bully breeds.
Koa Bully provides an online application form and links to their Facebook page where all the dogs currently available for adoption can be seen.
Once the application is reviewed, Koa Bully staff will make home visits and arrange a meet and greet.
Koa Bully has an online store where you can purchase bespoke Bully calendars with funds directed toward the rescue work.
There are also volunteer opportunities such as dog walking, laundry, and fundraising.
3. New York Bully Crew
The New Your Bully Crew is a non-profit rescue center that rescues Bullies from vulnerable places and provides them with essential love and care, to find them forever homes.
Bully rehabilitation is central to the mission. The founder Craig Fields also believes that rescuing Bullies is important because of the negative public perception of the breed.
He hopes through rehabilitation, the breed’s reputation can slowly be restored.
The organization currently has a range of Bully dog breeds available for adoption, including the American Bully.
Using the website interface, simply identify the breed, gender, and dog of choice.
This will take you to a disclaimer page with access to an online application form. As part of the application, you’ll need to outline your fostering capability and provide references.
As part of their advocacy mission, New York Bully Crew has an online shop where you can buy good-quality statement clothing such as hoodies and t-shirts.
To educate the general public, the website also has a ‘facts and myths’ page where most of the strange theories about Bullies are debunked.
4. NorCal Bully Breed Rescue
Based in Sacramento, California NorCal is a rescue facility where dogs are placed in loving foster homes.
NorCal believes that shelter-style environments are not conducive to quality care and rehabilitation, so prioritize fostering.
NorCal specializes in finding dogs deemed ‘unadoptable’ from other shelters due to medical issues, pregnancy, or abuse and seeks to find a suitable foster home to help them rehabilitate.
NorCal offers adoption and fostering services, with online applications available. Prospective foster and adoption households need to be based in the locality of Sacramento for ease.
NorCal provides a guarantee of dogs being spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed, with the adoption fee ranging from $300 to $500.
NorCal has a great range of clothing available online in a range of styles. Profits from these clothing lines are invested in the rescue work of NorCal.
Donating to the cause is also easy to do online.
5. Lucci’s House Bully Rescue
Based in Indianapolis, Lucci’s House Bully Rescue strives to support as many Bully breeds as possible by rescuing, educating, and debunking myths about Bully breeds.
Lucci’s House has American Bully, American Pitbull Terriers, Boxers, and American Staffordshire Terriers available to foster or adopt.
Lucci’s House outsources the online adoption process to petfinder.com, where all the rescues are listed with key information including their name, breed, and gender.
Some of the individual characteristics and temperament traits are also available to see online.
Using the Pet Finder interface, you can inquire and answer the quiz questions. Then Pet Finder will let you know if your details are a suitable match for the identified rescue Bully.
The site also provides extensive FAQs for you to have look at before submitting an inquiry.
Lucci’s House is run by volunteers so requires external donors to fund or volunteer their time.
Currently, they have 80 dogs under their care, so there is a demand for volunteers to provide dog walking, vet visits, data entry, and social media services.
6. Make A Stand Bully Rescue
Make A Stand Bully Rescue is driven by the motto of ‘Save a Life, Change yours’.
Based in Texas, they believe that fostering or adopting an American Bully or other Bully breeds, will not only transform the fortunes of the dog but also transform yours.
MASBR recognizes ongoing issues with public perception of the Bully breeds and unethical breeding practices with the American Bully.
They exist to ensure Bully breeds are accepted into society and seek to educate dog owners on the importance of responsible ownership.
MASBR offers foster and adoption services. To be a foster household, you need to be trained as K9 Foster Custodian.
To apply for fostering or adoption with MASBR, there is a simple online form to fill out.
For fostering, MASBR equips households with dog food, toys, crates, training tools, vet costs, and cleaning supplies for the duration of their stay.
For adoption, MASBR encourages candidates to identify the preferred breed and individual dog and then be assigned a caseworker to guide them through the application process.
MASBR has an online shop with short and long sleeve shirts. They also encourage individual donations through their ‘Give’ page.
There is also a Facebook community group where foster and adoption households can connect.
7. Brave Bully Rescue
Based in Texas, Brave Bully Rescue is a non-profit rescue center specializing in Pitbull fostering and adoption services.
The center comprises loyal members who love Bully breeds and seek to advocate on their behalf to change public perception.
Brave Bully Rescue identified a specific issue with stray Bully breeds in Houston, Texas, and sought to re-home and rehabilitate these dogs.
All Bullies that are available for adoption are fully vetted and vaccinated. They are also spayed or neutered, microchipped, and have HW and flea prevention.
Dogs aged under 12 months are available for $350, while dogs over 12 months are $325. Prices may vary depending on the breed.
Brave Bully Rescue has an online form for candidates to fill out and this is then followed up by a coordinator, who will contact the candidate directly and ask for references.
To raise funds for their work, Brave Bully Rescue has an online shop with clothes and bags.
They also advertise for volunteers to help with dog transportation, home visits, and events.
8. Peaches Bully Rescue
Peaches Bully Rescue is based in Ohio and provides a safe space for rescued Bully breeds including American Bully, American Staffordshire Terriers, Mastiffs, and Pugs.
Typically, rescue dogs are sourced from puppy mills, shelters, and abusive or negligent owners.
The rescue is foster-based to prevent rescues from being kept in a shelter-like facility. To date, they have saved over 300 dogs.
With Peaches Bully Rescue you can apply to be either a fostering or adoption household. Following vetting, vaccination, and micro-chipping, Peaches Bully Rescue generates a list of adoptable puppies for the public to view.
There is an online application to be filled out and based on the criteria and household visit, candidates are matched with the most suitable dogs in the line-up.
The adoption fees range from $250 to $500 depending on the breed.
Central to the Peaches Bully Rescue mission is encouraging volunteers to join.
A simple application form is available to fill out and you can get involved in fundraising activities, transporting dogs, and making home visits.
9. Fresno Bully Rescue
Fresno Bully Rescue is based in Fresno, California, and specializes in finding suitable temporary accommodation for Bully breeds, while they source the ideal forever home.
As well as rehoming, FBR is committed to advocating for responsible Bully ownership and reshaping public perception about Bully breeds.
FBR began its rescue mission following the major issue of Bully breeds being submitted to shelters and killed, with a reported 1 million Pitbull breeds euthanized each year.
FBR provides easy access to all the adoptable dogs on their roster, with breeds ranging from American Bully to American Staffordshire Terrier.
There is an online application to fill and based on the answers given, the FBR specialist team will work out the most suitable dog for your household.
Adoption fees range from $185 to $300 depending on age, breed, and gender.
FBR has a great range of merchandise to explore online, ranging from tank tops to trucker hats. Funds generated from merchandise sales are directed toward the rescue mission.
FBR runs volunteer orientation classes where is free to apply and register. These classes ensure prospective volunteers are clear on the roles available and are trained.
10. Philly Bully Team
Philly Bully team are foster-based rescue organization for Bully breeds. They specialize in rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming Bullies with some of the direst health prognoses.
Philly Bully Team aims to improve standards in rescue and rehome practices by investing resources into the care provided.
Philly Bully Team has an online application process, with all applications subject to a $25 non-refundable deposit. Applications to be a foster or adoption household are available.
Due to their rigorous processes, Philly Bully Team demands extensive background checks on prospective candidates as well as follow-up home visits. Adoption fees range from $200 to $525.
To support the work of the Philly Bully Team, the website has a link to an Etsy shop where PBT clothing and dog accessories can be purchased.
Revenue from merchandise sales goes to support the organisation’s vital rescue work.