Brew City Bully Club

Rating: 4.82 stars   102 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: Po Box 26041 Wauwatosa WI 53226 USA

Mission: We're a non-profit organization building an educated and knowledgeable community where pit bulls and people live together safely, respectfully and happily. We are Changing Minds & Saving Lives.
Results: 614 - Owners/Pit Bulls Trained 49 - Pit Bulls Rescued 444 - Pit Bulls Spayed & Neutered 1,150 - Children received humane education *Numbers updated quarterly
Geographic areas served: Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties in WI
Programs: Educational Outreach, Owner Support - both group and private, Prevent A Litter (PAL) low cost spay & neuter, End Dogfighting in Milwaukee
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had been following this organization for quite a while on Facebook, but didn't think much of anything until I saw some pictures of a dog under their care that went by the name of Chance. He was severely burned and I assumed he would need a lot of extra medical attention due to the severity of his burns. Each month I save up and try to donate some money to a charitable cause, for the last few months I had chosen this organization. What can I say? As a dog lover and proud pit owner myself the pictures of that dog just stole my heart. I could not comprehend how someone could have purposely committed such evil acts against him so I wanted to do what I could to help him. I was very happy about my choice to support this organization until one day I logged on to Facebook and see a very vague post about Chance being euthanized. I was shocked, but couldn't help but notice that the post said he had officially been put down on August 8th. However, it was posted on August 22nd. As someone who was donating to this dog specifically, I saw quite a few red flags with this time difference and lack of communication with me as a donator. I was very disappointed and double checked my e-mail and previous posts to see if I had missed a previous announcement. Between the 8th and the 22nd I received several e-mails from BCBC: one about buying limited edition tee shirts, another one or two about some sort of event they were holding. I couldn't help but notice that the date of the event was that Friday, August 21st. I commented on the Facebook post announcement curious as to what they had to say about the time difference. I got a response, "We wanted to give our volunteers time to grieve, it was the least we could do for them." However it was apparent to me through the couple hundred comments left previously that volunteers were still having a rough time with this dog being put down. Which is not shocking. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate volunteers and wish I had the time to dedicate my time to being one myself. But I couldn't for the life of me figure out the correlation between volunteers grieving and a post about Chance being euthanized. I took it as a poor excuse to withholding the information until after their big event. I was very upset about the response and stressed how disrespected I felt about the situation. I even high lighted the fact that I won't be donating again and will no longer be pressuring my company to choose this organization as their annual charity donation. The response was, "Thank you for your time. Thank you for your previous support." It felt cold, careless and not very genuine. Just came across as though they had to post some sort of response on their public page. Nobody made a point to reach out or explain any information to me any further. I am still not even exactly sure what it is that happened to Chance, the dog I was helping support due to the minimal amount of details given in the post. It's very discouraging that things seem so secretive. It is blatantly obvious that making money is the highest priority here. When I look back and analyze this situation as a whole I really start to question what the money I donated was actually used for. I have put a lot of thought into it, and I see no valid excuse as to why there couldn't be at least a private email out to the donators. I would have been a bit more understanding of everything if this was the case. I am not just some sort of ATM machine, I am a person who cares about the well being of the dog I chose to support. I will have to admit I was a bit offended to find out this type of information over Facebook, due to the fact it was not combined with any sort of e-mail. It struck me as very unprofessional and I couldn't help but wonder if I did not have a Facebook if I would ever be informed of this information. My overall experience with this organization has been very unsettling. I'm not typically the type of guy to spread negativity, but I could not remain silent on this issue.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

When it comes to animals and those who work with them HONESTY and RESPECT are important. I saw little of this at BCBC. I highly recommend talking with people OUTSIDE of the "in group" of the people who work(ed) at BCBC before getting involved or supporting them in any way.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Brew City Bully Club is a great organization with high expectations to educate people about America's dog, the pit bull. I have had the privilege to have had two beautiful ,loyal pits, Diamond and Tank. Diamond went to the bridge a month before her 15th birthday. My Tankie is still here giving big doggie kisses., I got my pits as puppies but thanks to the BCBC I would love to get a rescue in the future. It is my pleasure to make donations to such a worthwhile organization!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. They do an outstanding job!

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2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Brew City Bully Club is a PHENOMINAL organization. Their drive and passion for education and proper advocacy inspired me to start up my own not for profit business, and donate 80% of my profits to BCBC to support their mission. The remainder goes to more supplies so I can continue to make cool stuff that makes a difference. Brew City Bully Clubs pitbull university is outstanding, and their owner support programs are a godsend to any new pitbull parent. I can't say enough great thing a about them!

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2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with this organization for a number of years and I must say that the level of dedication and passion are second to none. We have been to events and even adopted our Simba through BCBC. Michelle, Victoria and Jeremy went well above what I expected in regard to my questions and concerns including setting their personal time aside to help my adjust to the new puppy. I have no doubt that many dogs lives have been saved due to there level of dedication and knowledge and if you are going to support anyone I would highly recommend these wonderful people as they truly make a difference, they certainly did in our lives.

Thank You BCBC!!!!
Ryan Rischman, Christine Piotrowski

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work much harder on my end to give them additional support and funding. They are a wonderful organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been involved with Michelle and Brew City Bully Club for a number of years has been an educational experience. The passion in which they attempt to educate about the breed is refreshing and very important. I strongly urge anyone unfamiliar with this association to request information about not only the breed but the wonderful people involved with it and together we CAN make a difference. Blessing, Ryan Rischman

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was never into a certain dog breed as I considered them all of equal importance . However when I rescued my 2 pitbulls I realized the stigma that exists from non - educated folks for this dog. The media is the #1 reason people are confused about this dog . Pitbulls are the number one breed to enter shelters and the number one to be put to sleep . Labradors's are the #1 dog for bites in the USA. Having said all this I just want all breeds to be accepted and judged by the deed never the breed. I have found an outlet with similar minded people that want the exact same as me, to be able to own and love my dog as poodle owners and goldens etc.. get to . A place to educate and inform the public about this amazing breed .

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I found the Brew City Bully Club when I was browsing for organizations that were working to end dog fighting in the Milwaukee area. I stumbled upon BCBC and just fell in love with the program! I love that they work to educate the public on Pit Bulls while also running an affordable spay and neuter program (PAL Program) and fostering and adopting out dogs. It's a great organization run by a great group of people! I hope to volunteer sometime soon!

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

They do great work for a misunderstood breed. Don't miss their Rescue Ride. Other events quite fun also and for a great cause. Check them out and very easy to set up a monthly donation.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I currently have 2 pit bulls who are both rescues. One was 5 weeks old and already being taught to fight (Stoli). The other was almost 5 and had lived a very undesirable life. He had "one kill" under his belt (as it was put to me) and spent time in drug houses and even lived in a van (Joker). Both of these dogs are now enjoying the good life. They have 3+ acres to run and play with each other and our other dog who is a chocolate lab. Joker is probably the most gentle soul you would meet - he is a lover and I can't imagine him hurting anything. Both are great with kids. This organization is striving to do great things, and hopefully educate a wide variety of people - from the kids who may live in an area where they have met a Joker who has killed or even a Stoli who is a fighter in training, to the people who are "afraid" of pitbulls but have never met one. Thank you!!!

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2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Brew City Bullies is committed to rehabing the publics perception of the American Pit-Bull Terrier. They are consistenctly involved with community activities to bring awerness to their cause. By involving the public to personally have a hands on approach with their mission, they are enhancing the quality and self-efficacy of those individuals who would not have been as personally involved in the treatment of these dogs. This organization has driven 2.5 hours to my house to help me with my dog on several occasions. They are open and honest with what their expectations are of their members and are always in touch when it comes to lending a helping hand.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The treatment and training of my dog.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to branch out to further expand its message.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

Brew City Bully Club has done an amazing job of raising awareness, providing support and a multitude of other ressources related to Pit Bull and Bully breed issues in and around Milwaukee, WI. In a VERY short period of time thay have initiated several programs including fostering & adoption which has successfully adopted several pit bull puppies to acceptable homes. They have begun fundraising to help in efforts to pay for dogs to be spayed and neutered, particularly female dogs and their puppies who may have been bred accidentally or because of owners being unaware of the benefits. And closest to my heart, they have shown initiative to determine the best way to approach fighting Breed Specific Legislation and education largely to prevent dog fighting. All in all, this is a GREAT organization of which I am very proud to being a member. I look forward to many events to come. Michelle and Jeremy (the founders) have truly shown wonderful initiative and sincerity in wanting to give pit bulls and bully breeds the best possible reputation through education and awareness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all of its programs that have been started to support their objectives, they are making a presence in Milwaukee by attending every possible event and creating a large network of members.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

take it slow and not be too forceful for fear people would try to sabotage the cause - but I think Michelle and Jeremy are doing a great job of this.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's fun, meeting new people and talking about our dogs and most of all agreeing on the importance of the cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and supportive, a network of resources that is priceless.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

well, for startes it could spay and neuter all pit bulls and bully breeds so unnecessary breeding would not take place. It could also build and support a "safe haven" for all rescued pit bulls, even if they cannot be adopted.

Ways to make it better...

all of my experiences have been great but they can alwasy be improved by increasing the number of members and supporters.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Ignorance and misinformed people!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love my pit bull!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

 
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