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National Brussels Griffon Rescue Incorporated

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: We are committed to rescuing, medically and emotionally treating, and rehoming Brussels Griffons who have been abandoned, lost, abused, or surrendered.

Geographic areas served: We help Brussels Griffon's in need of new homes across the USA.

Programs: Adoption program – we are a foster-based national network committed to rescuing, medically and emotionally treating, and rehoming Brussels Griffons who have been abandoned, lost, abused, or surrendered. Paws of WinterSM - We are committed to senior and special-needs Griffs. Over time, NBGR has taken in an increasing number of senior and special-needs dogs. Whether they have been abandoned by uncaring owners or puppy mill operators who don’t need them when their breeding days are over -- or they have been surrendered by heartbroken owners who can no longer care for them -- we take them in. Like us, dogs require increasing medical attention in their senior years; and like us, their medical expenses can soar. The largest expense in the NBGR budget is, by far, the Paws of WinterSM program. These sweet seniors and special-needs dogs still have a lot of life -- to enjoy, to share with us. It simply costs more to sustain and protect them and their quality of life. We are committed to making that happen for them.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I remember clearly the day that Don, my husband, happened upon the NBGR website. I walked into our office to find Don surrounded by damp tissue handkerchiefs as he read the different accounts of Brussel Griffons that were in need of a home. Together we looked at the pictures and silently read the sometimes heartbreaking descriptions of these little characters that needed some love in their lives.

It was Diane Shelby who contacted us to say that they had the perfect match for us. A beautiful nine- year-old black and tan called Gizmo. He had lived with the same family all of his life but it was now no longer possible for his owners to continue to care for him.

Adopting from NBGR is a stringent process. We provided statements from two references who were called to talk through our suitability and commitment. We also received a house visit to ensure that the home did not present any unforeseen problems. I was rather dreading this but Vikki was charming and put us at ease. She and her husband told us about their own Brussels Griffons and gave me invaluable information about some of the traits of the breed. We soon received the written confirmation that we had passed and we both treasure Vikki's final comment that, in her opinion, Gizmo had “landed his little ass in the sugar bowl!” It's testament to NGBR that they really care about the placing of every animal that comes to them.

It was a wonderful feeling holding Gizmo for the first time and the sense of pride as I walked to the car with him at the end of the lead. On our arrival home we decided to let Gizmo do his own exploring and to eat something if he chose to. I sat on the sofa pretending to read. After a little while, rather hesitantly, Gizmo walked over to me. He took a quick assessment of the height of the furniture, jumped up and snuggled in next to my leg with a deep sigh. We had bonded. I was his special human. And the sofa rule? Well it is only furniture after all.

As the days passed Gizmo visibly gained in confidence. These dogs are smart and I am sure he understands more than we imagine. He puts his head on one side and gives us his 'squint look'. Don only has to start chopping vegetables for Gizmo to slink into the kitchen and wait impatiently for gravity to occur.

It is now six years that our little friend has been with us. The added value to our lives that he has brought is immeasurable. He even indirectly helped in the process of my Green card application as I am from the UK. The frosty immigration officer who interviewed us visibly thawed when she knew we had adopted Gizmo and of all the photographs we had taken with us to the interview these were the ones she was most interested in. Gizmo has traveled with us to Santa fe for the opera season, although he preferred not to attend the actual performances. (I think my husband was of the same mind at times.) He has also been with us through the incredibly sad times when our other dogs became ill and passed away. It was touching when he did his best, in his own way, to console us through that difficult time.

NGBR is a wonderful organization. We have cared for three other dogs, that we took on knowing their pre-existing health conditions. NGBR gave us the support and advice when we needed them. They really do sterling work for this wonderful breed of dog.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Frannie in 2014. I had actually inquired about another dog, Coco on their website and in the interim, she was adopted and the NBGR volunteer Vicki suggested Frannie. We drove halfway (3 1/2 hours) to Delegate to get her. Vicki was super accommodating to drive the same distance to meet us. It was love at first site for me and my new best friend. She has been in our pack for 7 years now and has come a long way from the scared to death girl that we first met on that day and she is still the light of my life. At 16 she is slowing down a bit, but will still try to work you for that extra treat or two. I always adopt and NBGR did a top notch job during the entire process and hope to adopt from them in the future.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued Demi from an awlful situation at 5 1/2 years old.She had been in four homes before we adopted her.Demi was such a sweet dog and loved a quiet life.She started walking on a leash after she got used of it.I made sure she was always groomed since she was very matted and terribly smelly and the worse was her overgrown nails.So glad rescue were able to help Demi to find us and let her have a forever home.

Ron S.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

In March, 2017 we were lucky enough to adopt Gryffin into our home. From the very beginning he and I both knew this was where he belonged. The adoption process was painless. Everyone involved was very friendly. In fact we stay in touch with them. They have become friends. Including Gryffy (what we now call him) we have had 4 different BGs in our home. All have been rescues. I cannot imagine my life now without at least one of these little guys. Thank you National Brussels Griffon Rescue. You have improved the quality of my life a thousand fold.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family already currently had 2 brussels griffons (Walter from a AKC breeder and Remington from a shelter in Indiana) but when I saw this little lady on their Facebook page I fell in love with her little face. Camilla who came to us on Fathers Day 2017 as "Clara 3424" had been surrendered by a puppy mill in Ohio. We submitted a detailed application, had our referenced checked, and had some long conversations on what it would take to provide for Camilla since she was coming from a sad situation. The NBGR was very helpful and gave us all the information we needed about her so there were no surprises. We are so happy we adopted her, she had already made lots of progress living with her foster family but she has grown so much since being in a loving environment. The NBGR cares about where their dogs are going and are very thorough when selecting a home, we even sent pictures of our picket fence to make sure she wouldn't be able to sneak through. Her foster family drove her to our house and they were sad to see her go but happy to see her with her new family of people and new pack of brussels griffons. Camilla is still happy and healthy and we are so thankful she was able to be rescued by such a caring organization. Thank you NBGR!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had lost our pure bred Brussels, Tobey, at age 13 and our youngest, little Mia, a half red rough and black smooth, was out with me for a walk late one night in our nearby woods. Under a copse of trees, we ran into a friend walking her own Brussels, Beau, and she mentioned that another, Harry, was being fostered by the NBGR in nearby Gulfport. We'd never heard of the organization but promptly reached out to it and applied to adopt. We met Harry for the first time at the Gulfport dog park and he and Mia hit it off, including when the foster dad brought him over to walk through the same woods where I'd first learned of him, and to assess our condo and make sure it would be a great forver home. We lost Mia at age 15 two-plus years ago but Harry is still going strong, sleeping on top of our heads as his foster said he would, and serving as a testament to what a great organization the NBGR is. We are actively seeking another Griffon as Harry, now 11, eases gracefully into his later years, cuddling and attentive as he was on day one.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

These two cuties are Bella ( formerly Cindy Lou ) and Wicket
We flew to Ohio 6 years ago today to adopt Wicket who is 12 years old now
A year later I flew to NC to adopt Bella who is now 13. They were the 2nd and 3rd in our 4 pack of Griffs
To say we adore them is a gross understatement ! NBGR was extremely thorough in their screening process, which I certainly respect and encourage as this breed definitely needs the perfect fit in a family. The fosters were helpful, kind, and encouraging throughout the process. We love our gang so much and can’t thank NBGR enough
I only wish our fur kids didn’t have to age

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to adopt this unique and lovable breed! We came across them a few years ago when a grif local to me was picked up wondering the streets and was in very rough shape, I was familiar with the breed and called the shelter that he had been taken to everyday to make sure he was ok. A few days later I was contacted by the rescue telling me that they had intervened and taken this sweet boy into their custody and he was going to be well taken care of. I then let them know that we were interested in adopting and if not that sweet boy, we would wait for the right one. (Original pup was placed in their long term foster program as he had numerous health issues which made me relieved and what an AMAZING program) A few weeks later we got our first picture of Rocky, and we knew he was our grif. The process was thorough, which I appreciated, as I knew that he was the right dog for us. It’s been 3 years and we love him so much. I couldn’t imagine my life without them. The work this rescue group does is amazing and I will always sing their praises.

3 Malissa P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful organization that I have been lucky enough to find once learning about the delightful breed called Brussels Griffon. I had noble intentions, but ended up foster failed both times I attempted it. Oh well, I know I'm a keeper and will have that mindset when looking for another furbaby. I have no doubts that I will be a part of this rescue for the remainder of my life, both due to the love of the breed and the outstanding experiences I have had with both my girls.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5


Back in 2015, we wanted to get a Brussels Griffon, and decided to see if we could find a rescue dog in need of a good home. I went on the National Brussels Griffon website, and as fate would have it, several dogs were available. They had just been rescued from a hoarder situation in Texas. When I looked at their pictures and read descriptions about their history, Antonio immediately stood out. He had lived in a cage for six miserable years in a puppy mill. He was found with a broken jaw, worms, and was totally terrified of everything. I contacted Connie and filled out an application. I was surprised but happy that they asked for references and took the time to carefully screen prospective adopters. We were thrilled when we were finally notified that we had been approved for adoption.

We drove from Laredo to Houston to pick up our new fur baby at Margie’s house. It was delightful to meet Margie, who is a legend in the Brussels Griffon world. She was so instrumental in starting the National Brussels Griffon Rescue. We also met Margie’s daughter and Connie. It was so impressive to see how knowledgeable and dedicated they were to protect this breed, ensuring they receive the best medical care, and the extent they will go to find each rescue a good home.

We changed Antonio’s name to Maximus Rex (the king), or Maxie for short. He happily adapted to our three other dogs, and quickly became part of the pack.

Several months later, Connie contacted me and asked if we would be interested in adopting another rescue who needed a home. We drove to San Antonio and met Bert. We fell in love with him, and he is now happily living with us, and he is Maxie’s best friend. Their favorite outings are taking walks and riding around in the shopping cart at Lowes!

Last year, while I was visiting our veterinarian to get our dogs vaccinated, our vet told me that she had found an injured Brussels Griffon at the local shelter where she volunteers. She had taken the dog to her clinic because she was concerned that he was blind in one eye and partially blind in the other eye. The vet knew that I loved Brussels Griffons and wanted to know if I would take him. He was so adorable and happy, despite having been lost or abandoned, and was trying to survive as a blind dog on the streets of Laredo. The poor dog was so shaggy, we called him Haystack. I could not adopt him permanently, because I already had five dogs, but I knew exactly who to call. I spoke to Holly at the National Brussels Griffon Rescue, who was just wonderful! I drove Haystack to San Antonio, and the NBGR made arrangements for him to be seen by an eye specialist. I cannot say enough about how dedicated this organization is to make sure that each rescue gets the best medical treatment and finds a good home. I am so happy that NBGR found little Haystack a fantastic home, where he can happily spend the rest of his life.

It has been six years since we first met the wonderful people at NBGR. We are so thrilled that they allowed us to have Maxie and Bert in our lives, we just love them to pieces!!! And, I can say that they did not hesitate to help rescue poor Haystack when I called them. NBGR does wonderful work and they are truly the BEST!!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with The National Brussels Griffon Rescue since the mid 1990’s. They are amazing. These compassionate volunteers stretch from the left coast to the right coast of the USA.
A few years ago a senior Brussels Griffon was found on a beach out east. He had such severe dental disease, it had affected his ability to shut his mouth. I still wonder to this day how he could even eat. He was turned over to NBGR. He had surgery on his jaw and ended up staying with his foster family due to his special needs with eating. The National Brussels Griffon Rescues motto is “Because each one is precious”. Well, this little guy found on the beach that day was also precious ~ his story defines who they are. It did not matter that he was a senior, he was in a desperate situation and he found his way to The National Brussels Griffon Rescue and his new life.
They have taken in other breeds, too. A Brussels Griffon and his “brother”, who happened to be a 3 -legged beagle were turned into NBGR. Yep, they had to be adopted together, it was a must!
I cannot say enough about the NBGR volunteers and Margie, who started this rescue. She worked tirelessly to make sure each one in need was cared for. We lost Margie a few years ago but her mighty band of NBGR volunteers have marched on to make sure her legacy continues. Her family said that there wasn’t a stray cat, dog, raccoon or possum that wasn’t fed if it happened to cross her path. She was a true animal lover. I would like to think I have a bit of Margie in me when it comes to my passion for all animals.
I thank you for taking the time to read about this amazing rescue!

3 Louise C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

My story with the NBGR Inc. - where to begin? I've known and had a relationship with this organization for almost fifteen years.

The National Brussels Griffon Rescue Incorporated (NBGR) is one of the most well organized and dedicated rescue non-profits I've ever known. The volunteer leadership is strong with a national network of dedicated volunteers who find, transport, foster, care for initial medical and social emotional well-being, and knowledgeably place each rescued Griffon in a loving home. All members of the NBGR are volunteers!

The organization has volunteer coordinators in different regions all over the United States. These volunteers work tirelessly and lovingly and frequently must be available at a moment's notice to assist with a rescued or abandoned Griffon and begin the process of helping the dog find his or her forever home!

When the organization places a dog with an owner, they take into consideration all aspects of the breed, the living environment, the owner profile, and any special concerns that are part of a specific rescued or surrendered Griffon.

I want to underscore that the NBGR Inc. has always been with me every step of the way in helping with decisions about whether a Griff adoption was a good fit with my home environment. I know this because once the organization told me that a Griff I hoped to adopt would not be a good fit with my living environment. Then, they recommended another dog that was up for adoption instead. I took their advice and that Griffon match was definitely a match made in heaven.

When I needed advice about caring for my rescued Griffon, the NBGR volunteers always made it clear that the organization was there to be sure that each rescued Griff was in a loving home and it was a successful adoption all the way around.

If not, the NBGR, Inc. will always be there for the dogs they place and insists that adoptive owners return the dog to the organization if that ever became necessary. There are dedicated volunteers who work together to coordinate local efforts to help surrendered, abandoned, or neglected Griffs find loving homes.

At this time, I have two older rescues that the NBGR organization saved. Once it was determined that these two Griffs - Nemo and Taser - would be a good fit in our family home, we were able to adopt them from the rescue organization. They are wonderful and are the full-time companions we wished for in our canine family members.

The NBGR Inc. foster mom and volunteer coordinator for our adoption experience are Facebook friends and delight in hearing the escapades or every-day stories about Tasor and Nemo! This is the case with every special dog helped by the NBGR. I whole-heartedly recommend the National Brussels Griffon Rescue (NBGR) as an exemplary and dedicated non-profit organization.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our love story with NBGR started in 2014 after I lost my first Brussels Griffin after 15 years. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to commit to having a new pup, however, I wanted to help in any way that I could in Jazz’s honor. After all of my references checked out and my home approved, I was introduced to our sweet Jacky Boy. He was love at first sight. Our fostering situation quickly turned into adoption. He had some health issues that we got immediate care for through the amazing support of NBGR. They worked directly with our vet to make sure that Jacky had everything that he needed to get well. He was with us for 4 years and during that time I always had the support of NBGR.
And then came our sweet Lucy.
She came to us as a foster and based on my record above we all know what came next...adoption! Both Jacky and Lucy have brought so much love and joy to our family and friends! We are forever grateful to the National Brussels Griffon Rescue! They are truly an amazing organization and always have the best interest of the safety and health of the pups and always ensures that they are placed in a home that works out for all. I am blessed to have made some amazing lifetime friends through this organization.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were conflicted. We really wanted to adopt a Brussels Griffon but we were committed to rescuing a dog. So, we decided to reach out to National Brussels Griffon Rescue.
That was eleven years ago. Since that time we have fostered in our home, made visits to other potential foster/adoptive families and best of all adopted our sweet mill rescue Giacomo.
The people from NBGR who have guided us through these processes have been organized, thoughtful, supportive and generous with their time every step of the way.
We know that any support you can give to NBGR will be used responsibly to provide medical care, shelter, and loving foster or permanent homes for these wonderful dogs.
We extend to all of the volunteers at NBGR our heartfelt gratitude for all that you do.

4 Jacqueline Sutera F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After the loss of our beloved 13 year old Brussels Griffon, our breeder Donna Vartarian encouraged me to fill out an application with NBGR. Within days I was contacted about a few beautiful smooth coat in need of a new home. I was vetted through a local volunteer who came to meet our family and inspect our home. Within a couple of weeks I was on a plane to Ohio to pick up our sweet girl Cookie!! Everyone I came in contact with at this organization was so kind and supportive and committed to making the perfect matches to create happy families! I look forward to adopting with them again soon!! Thank you National Brussels Griffon Rescue!!!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Eli from NGBR back in 2016 and could not be more grateful. We could not love him more! He is everything good and right in this world all packed into a tiny, furry, lovable ball. We had a wonderful experience working with the rescue and would love to adopt again in the future.

5 jillsimon

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster mother, adopter, rescuer and donator for NBGR, Inc. since it's inception. My mother started this rescue when she noticed Griffons being dumped in shelters after gaining popularity from the movie As Good As It Gets.
It is incredibly satisfying to be part of a team of amazing and dedicated volunteers that are concerned with the welfare of these precious angels.
My current permanent foster is Remy. He is a 15-year-old Griffon that was owner surrendered by a loving mother that realized her 12-hour-a-day work schedule was not in the best interest of this little guy that is blind, has pancreatitis, and is incontinent. Being retired, my husband and I were happy to help.
Whether you're looking to adopt a Griffon, foster, or need to surrender, you can be assured NBGR, Inc is a first class organization.

5 Patti S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have both adopted and fostered for this organization. Their love for this breed and for all the dogs they have rescued is very apparent. We will continue to support them in any way we are able.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 3 Brussels Griffons with NBGR. They are a wonderful rescue dedicated to helping this special breed. The volunteers do everything possible to heal dogs that need medical care and find them the perfect forever home. I highly recommend them if you want to adopt a Brussels Griffon.

5 Christie 'Tomlinson' P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NBGR is a team of amazing volunteers that are knowledgeable, dedicated and compassionate. I've been so fortunate to be able to volunteer, foster and adopt through the years from this rescue since I first found them in 2012. They have an incredible Paws of Winter program that helps the senior and special needs dogs in their rescue which I have been so blessed to adopt through. These pups often require an extensive medical work up and extra care and NBGR has always made sure to put that animal first for all their needs and do whatever is necessary to help them live a quality, pain free life for the remainder of their golden years. They are dedicated to that Griff even after adoption and as they follow their journeys in their forever homes. When I lost my fur babies they were right there to offer their love and support. I highly recommend NBGR and you will be so blessed to adopt/foster a Griff from this rescue!

4 Diana H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had gotten our first brussie as a companion to our old black lab. When our lab passed I wanted a friend for our "old Man Gizmo". After getting to know the breed there was no doubt in my mind that we would find another Brussie. I found NBGR and started following them closely. Finally I found Monkey on the Paws of Winter and fell in love! It is really hard to find Brussies in New England so I put out and adoption form right away. From the moment Gizzy and Monkey met they were velcroed! Monkey is the sweetest old girl! She is silly and talkative and a perfect fit for both Gizzy and our 2 cats! We love her bunches and would do it again in a heart beat!!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were very fortunate when we were approved to adopt our girl Ruby. I flew from Nashville to Phoenix to adopt her. Ruby’s foster mom graciously offered to drive from her home in Tucson to Phoenix so I would not have to rent a car. After adopting Ruby, we have fostered a few Griffs and helped transport one to his foster home. They do wonderful work helping to match each dog with the perfect family. We are forever grateful to NBGR for allowing us to be Ruby’s family.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful đedicated group of people! Iv volunteered as a foster home and adopter of several wonderful elderly dogs. The breed is lucky to have a group of people like this involved in there welfare

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Poppy from NBGR in 2019. The volunteers at NBGR was amazing from start to adoption and beyond. It is an amazing organization that is a continuous support throughout the dogs life. We are forever grateful to them for allowing us to love Poppy. She makes us laugh everyday. NBGR is a top notch nonprofit dedicated to the dogs and adopters alike.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first Brussels Griffon from NBGR. He came fully vetted and healthy. The experience was so wonderful that I adopted a second Brussels Griffon. The people at this rescue are wonderful and I highly recommend them.

4 Holly P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NBGR has been a joy to work with and for. I am not only a volunteer for the rescue but an adopter as well. Everyone with the rescue is truly committed to each and every dog and finding his or her happily ever after. Support from the rescue does not end after adoption. NBGR volunteers are there to offer advice and guidance throughout the life of the dog, if needed. It is a wonderful organization of truly dedicated Griff lovers.

5 Crystal M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBGR IS THE BEST RESCUES!! They meet every dogs needs while finding the perfect forever home

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

In December 2019, I applied at NBGR to adopt. I had lost my precious boy more than a year prior and the timing was right. The application interview and selection process is very thorough. Before adopting a dog from NBGR, they check personal references, vet references and also do a home visit. Although there were no dogs available at that time, I received a call from Vicki O’Neill indicating she may have a dog that was recently taken from a mill, but she wasn’t ready yet to be put up for adoption. Millie exhibited a lot of mill dog behavior. She was nervous, skittish, and afraid of anything new. She would not walk on a leash and was on meds for stomach concerns most likely due from nervousness and anxiety issues.
Vicki and I both agreed that it would be best for Millie, if we waited a bit to give her a little more time. In June, Vickie and her husband travelled over three hours to bring Millie to me! Vickie not only came with Millie but she brought her bed, her favorite toy, and enough food for a week or two. I am sure Vickie wanted to feel comfortable that she was leaving Millie in good hands with me and also wanting to see my home, my back yard, and my other dogs. I thank her for that!
Millie was a challenge. The first few days were rough, but each day improved. She no longer is on meds and she is now walking on a leash without a problem. Millie is a work in progress and so rewarding as I see her progressing.
NBGR is a dedicated and caring group that saves and improves the lives of Brussels Griffons. I cannot say enough about them. I appreciate all the work that NBGR does to ensure the welfare of every dog and in bringing Millie into my life!

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

NBGR is a non-profit you can support with 100% confidence! I have been involved on both the donor and adopter sides of NBGR. This organization puts every dog into a loving foster home and provides the very best vet care. My beloved Simon and Suzie came into my life with NBGR. Please consider a one time or monthly donation to this worthy organization!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got my first Brussels Griffonin 1998 at that time I was told about National Brussels Griffon Rescue. About two years later I saw a picture of a Griff that needed a home, I called and after I was checked out with my veterinarian, two references and an inspection of my home, I was approved to adopt Jackson (formerly Grover). Six months later I was asked by Kathy with NBGRescue if I was willing to take on another rescue, I was happy to help and we adopted GiGi.
In 2006 we fostered eight griffs from a hoarding situation we helped find homes for four of them but ended up adopting the other four.
Since then we have helped with donations and have fostered about a dozen griffs.
In 2011 we agreed to foster Chrissy who was found Christmas night with a perforated cornea. Chrissy was only about a year old and NBGR paid to have her eye surgically repaired, we fostered Chrissy for months of post op treatment and three different eye drops. After many months we adopted Chrissy as we only had GiGi still with us. In 2013 we fostered nine year old Max but we fell in love with him and failed fostering and adopted him. In 2017 we lost Max to a blood disease. Several months later we adopted Kiko but due to heartworm disease he died a year later.
There are volunteers in almost every state ready to take in a foster and love them like their own then with tears help find a forever home.
I personally have done home inspections to make sure the yard is fenced, the home is safe and all residents were in agreement about adoption.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NBGR was wonderful in helping add to my Brussel Griffon family. I lost my first dog & BG a few years ago and my very needy BG I still have was needing a friend. I contacted NBGR to help me find a new fur baby and they immediately sent me our sweet boy we have now. I was interested in seniors because they seem to be last to get selected and Chewy does not act anything like a senior. He was 11 when we adopted him and I will never forget how he popped up out of his crate when I went to pick him up. Goofy looking!! He has held up to that first impression almost 2 years later. Sweet as candy, stubborn as a mule, and snores like a freight train. He has been an amazing playmate for my other BG who is 12 and has made us more active by demanding walks daily and will not stop scratching his box where his leash is kept until we walk him. I will always come back to NBGR for future rescues.

4 Crystal Ratliff B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been involved with NBGR since about 2009. We’ve fostered several dogs and both our current dogs were adopted from NBGR. We love this organization! Everyone involved is dedicated to the dogs and the organization spares no expense to keep dogs in their care happy, healthy, and comfortable.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We'll forever be grateful to NBGR for rescuing our sweet Kiddo.  She was in tough shape when they found her, but her incredible NBGR foster-mom Lyn nursed her back to health.  The minute we saw her face online, we knew she'd be the perfect addition to the family alongside our first rescued Griff, Hanzo. To make sure that we were a good fit, NGBR sent someone to our apartment for a thoughtful screening.  Luckily Hanzo was on his best behavior, and we were approved for adoption!  When we first met Kiddo, she was a timid little thing, but with her new older brother showing her the ropes, she slowly came out of her shell.  Six years later she's blossomed into equal parts adorable and ridiculous.  This silly girl makes us laugh out loud every single day.  We can't imagine what her early years were like, but we count our lucky stars that NBGR was there to bring her into our life.    

6

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2012, I happened upon the National Brussels Griffon website and there they were: Molly and Chewy, a bonded pair. Although I have had dogs all of my life, I had never adopted. The NBGR's process is very thorough. I appreciate the way they ensure that dogs will be well taken care of. Four years later, I adopted one more, Sammy. His foster mom had two elderly Griffs that probably would not be adopted but the NBGR was dedicated to caring for them for the rest of their lives. That's what I love about this organization. They are committed to the animals. They insure that their medical and emotional needs are met. The Paws of Winter is a program that cares for Griffs that are seniors or that have special needs. The NBGR is supportive to the adoptive parents...only an email or call away. The network of volunteers make this huge sprawling country seem like a small, caring neighborhood community. They work together efficiently and in such a friendly manner.
I cannot praise this nonprofit enough. It is outstanding!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister, who volunteers with NBGR, one time asked me if I could keep a puppy for a few days because a family not far from me was desperate to get rid of it. I said sure, and Milo was dropped off very soon after. His hair was tangled and matted, but he was utterly delighted to meet us! From his boundless geniality and enthusiasm, you'd never guess he'd spent the previous 7 months in a puppy mill, a pet store, and a home where he was unwanted and neglected. In fact, he was so sweet and outgoing and lovable that we quickly realized we couldn't possibly part with him. That was 12 years ago, and Milo is still as super-friendly and cuddly and dear to us as ever. We will always be grateful to NBGR for bring him into our lives!!

PS Over the years, I have observed my sister in action on behalf of this group and have heard many rescue stories. The time, effort, and love these volunteers put into their work is truly inspiring! The people she works with are the kind who would jump in the car and drive for hours to fetch/deliver a dog in need - or would say yes on the spot when asked to foster a challenging rescue with costly health problems. In other words, they LOVE dogs and are fierce in advocating for their welfare. The volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful to those seeking canine companions - but the bottom line is not accommodating the people but ensuring that every dog goes to a safe, loving home.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Brussels Griffon Rescue is an outstanding organization run by the kindest and most empathetic people walking the planet who give countless hours of their time to alleviate the suffering of those most in need. The expertise and exceedingly high level of professionalism ensure the organization is run well and efficiently. The group is incredibly timely with a network of devoted well vetted foster homes and adopters to swoop in on any situation at a moments notice to provide much needed help. Over many years I have had the great opportunity to work with Vicki and was able to bring home Griff, Gordon, Coco 1, Coco 2, Oliver and Jock. This group of very special adoptees included a puppy mill rescue, a formerly obese pup, a diabetic pup, a pup with Cushings disease, and several with neurological issues and eye ailments. One sweet pup was given up blind and in ill health and we were able to provide end of life care and comfort and love of just one week. Another sweet pup was given by a wonderful older gentleman from a loving home who we still keep in touch with and send pictures.

The stories of logistics to get these pups properly vetted with much needed medical care and on to their new homes speaks to the dedication of this group with multiple drivers needed over many hours/days at times.

The success of the group is the result of the wonderful people who run it. The vetting that goes on is extensive and respected. Recently I decided to take in a pup from another organization and learned that other groups do not compare to NBGR in their ability to properly screen their animals and match to the best family. As much as these groups are working to help animals in need they may not have the expertise to successfully place these pups.

NBGR also works to help other similar breeds with courtesy postings and also pups who may not be fully BG. This is a wonderful organization that does not discriminate and deserves our support.

The group is also a wonderful resource for those of us who have adopted. I am amazed at the wealth of medical expertise and experience when I have called with questions in the past.

Thank you Vicki and NBGR for all of the incredibly wonderful selfless work to place these precious pups!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted twice now from this rescue. The experience has been so rewarding, and not just because of the 3 dogs I adopted. The people I have dealt with are so caring, yet extremely vigilant about how and where the rescues are placed. Extreme care is taken to make sure each dog goes to the right "forever home" as they call it. And it doesn't stop there, your contact in the organization is available to answer questions and give assistance anytime you need it. The depth of knowledge about the breed is amazing. I have been in touch with the woman who assisted me in my adoptions for nearly 10 years now-she's a friend. It's so comforting to know you have someone you can talk with. Here's a picture of my latest rescue-Mr. Murphy (king of our household!)

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with the Rescue in 2010. I couldn't adopt but called to see if I could give some assistance to some dogs I saw on the website; they had some medical problems I was familiar with. 4 months later, I adopted those same 2 dogs. That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship. I became a volunteer with the organization and am still one today, 11 years later. You couldn't find a more caring, dedicated group of people- all of them volunteers. Willing to go anywhere and do anything to help the sweet little monkey faces. Over the past 11 years I have adopted again and I treasure my relationships with the people that I work with. As a volunteer I am aware of how much it costs to "rescue"-veterinarian visits, surgeries, medications... I truly enjoy my volunteer status-I'm priviliged to belong to such a wonderful group. I've included photos of those first two little angels I.adopted so long ago.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The National Brussels Griffon Rescue is amazing. They go above and beyond for their fur babies and those that take care of them. I’ve fostered and adopted 3 Griffs and was a permanent foster to a super special senior Oscar. Oscar came to the rescue with an old injury that was never properly treated. He walked with a severe limp but oh was he a fighter and a charmer. I would allow him to walk as far as I felt safe then he would ride in a little Red wagon for the rest of the way. The rescue provided all the medical care he needed while he lived out his best days with us.. His bonded partner Ruby I adopted as a senior also she was such a joy. The rescue has allowed me to be a mom to these angels and they have stolen my heart over and over. I’m now the blessed mom of two little loves Gabby and Maggie. They were both owner surrenders. Gabby needed expensive surgery when surrendered which the rescue provided all the funds for. Maggie came looking very neglected and needed full vetting. They gave her everything she needed. I will continue to support this rescue in anyway I can and hope other will too.

7 Chris John N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2013 we found these two handsome gents through NBGR. They rescued them from an Ohio puppy mill. Their entire life up to that point had been spent in the mill...never knowing human kindness, human touch, or love. They were used solely for breeding. At the ripe old age of approximately 3 years, the breeder was done with them. Along with two other "cell mates", they were dropped off at a local vet in a box with written instructions for them to be destroyed. NBGR thankfully intervened and stopped this from happening.

We were in the market for one additional family member, however, seeing the bond that Russell and Hudson shared, it was a no brainer that we were going to acquire two.

Unsure and afraid of dog toys, leashes, hardwood floors, people, and just outside life in general...these two boys were clearly broken. They would sit in the corner, fearful of the world around them. Our hearts, along with theirs, were broken.

Through 8 years worth of love, treats, and gentle handling, these guys have come a long way. They are healthy, walk on a leash, get pampered at the groomers, play with toys, cuddle on the couch, have two new sisters they love dearly, and make us laugh on a daily basis. They're continuously learning that being held, snuggling, getting kisses, and going for walks are some of their favorite things.

With teary eyes I'm happy to report that they've been saved from being puppy producers, from being stuck in a cage their entire life, and that they are 100% spoiled rotten by their forever family. We love these guys to the moon and back, and look forward to many more years of rewarding progress. And all of this would not have been possible without NBGR. Our entire experience with all of their volunteers has been exemplary. This nonprofit far exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend them!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for NBGR for 16 years. My first experience with NBGR was as an adopter back in 2005 when we adopted our Otter from them. It was a great experience, and a excellent rescue to work with, and really caring people. A few years later I was approached about fostering for NBGR. I have never fostered but decided to try it. Turned out to be the best decision ever!! My first foster was a tiny ferrel Griffon named Pammie. She was a challenge but with support from the coordinators I was able to work through Pammie’s issues. I ended up adopting Pammie as she needed to stay where she was comfortable. As the years have passed my husband and I had the pleasure of many wonderful Griffs in our home. During that time I adopted 2 more sweet Griffs that I fostered.
I also help with processing the references on the adoption and foster applications. It’s a great way to meet people that share the love of the special breed. All the coordinators, and volunteers are caring and loving people who always put the needs of the Griffs first. I’m proud to be involved with this great non profit organization.
Jane D

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Ernie from NBGR in 2015 and Wiley in 2016. These boys have brought us untold love, laughter, and joy. NBGR has displayed incredible "above and beyond" dedication to giving another chance at life to dogs in need of a home, love, and medical support . Our lives have been greatly enriched by Ernie and Wiley, and we are grateful to NBGR for helping to bring them into our home. NBGR shows such compassion for animals in need, and they helped to make the adoption process smooth throughout.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 4 beloved dogs with the assistance of NBGR beginning in 2008. The wonderful thing is the friendships and support we still get from this dedicated organization. Each person involved is 100% committed to the health, happiness, and wellbeing of the dog. This is what rescue is all about! I am forever grateful to this team for the love we have received.

6 Tracey B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue goes above and beyond any rescue I know!

We adopted Bo from NBGR when he was 10. He is now 12. He is blind and diabetic. We were looking for one that may be overlooked or hard to place, and he was a perfect fit for us, since we already had experience with our other diabetic Griff. He's such a good boy and we are so happy to have him! But prior to coming to us, NBGR spent a lot, making sure his diabetes was under control (because it wasn't when he got there), as well as being otherwise healthy. After adopting Bo, NBGR asked if we would be willing to foster another diabetic Griff. We said, of course! So we got Lulu. What a character she was. Unfortunately, she ended up having more issues than just diabetes, including cancer. So she was going to be our "forever foster". NBGR spent a lot of money on that poor girl to make what time she had left was as good as it could be. She lived longer than expected, by almost a whole year! That's due to the care and compassion that NBGR is willing to do for these babies. After Lulu passed away, we were asked if we would foster Zoe and Patty (who had come from a hoarding situation). Again, we said, of course! Unfortunately, within just a couple of months, Zoe (who was on several meds as well as subcutaneous fluids) succumbed to her chronic kidney and heart disease. So she was put to rest. Fly high little princess! But Patty is still with us. She is 15 and blind. She too, is on several meds. And like Zoe, has chronic kidney disease, fluid on her lungs, enlarged heart, heart murmur, and since being at the rescue, has also had to have all of her teeth pulled, due to them being rotten and big whole going up into her sinus cavity because of it. But she's still a feisty little girl! But just think about how much this costs the rescue. The prescription diets alone are expensive, not to mention the medications and all the xrays, ultrasounds, MRI's, and office visits that these older fosters require. It's astronomical! Most rescues would not put forth the effort, let alone this much effort, to make sure these babies are comfortable and well taken care of. I just can't say enough about how impressed I am with the quality of care they provide.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have now adopted 2 Brussels Griffons from this rescue organization, and I have to say both times the process was effected incredibly professionally. The first little male was Big'N and I traveled a little way to meet him and the wonderful lady who had taken him when his mistress could no longer care for him. She spent a lot of time making sure I was the right person to adopt .She made sure I had a safe enclosed yard for Big'N, looked at where the dogs would be kept in the house, and asked me about my vet. Unlike some dog breeds, Griffs do not like to stay alone all day, and I work from home, so that was a plus for me. So happily I passed, and he was a joy to have. This March I was told of a female that needed a new home. I jumped in my car as fast as possible , and met Ruby, who is the new love of my life. The people who work for this rescue organization are the best, most caring people in the world. And they should be because these dogs are really something special .

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this organization! They are very professional and they care so much about Brussels Griffons. The application interview and selection process is very thorough. We got our boy 2 years ago after NBGR rescued him and brought him back to life, he is such a lovely sweet boy and I cannot thank NBGR enough for everything they did for him!!

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love NBGR! My sweet boy Dylan was adopted thru their rescue years ago. He was such a good boy. When he crossed the rainbow bridge I knew I’d rescue again. Then along came my big goofy boy Maverick into rescue! He has been such a fun quirky addition to our family. And he just loves his sister Daisy! I will always be grateful for this rescue and the joy it’s brought me from finding my little furry love bugs!

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NBGR is an amazing rescue organization that cares so much about Brussels Griffons. They are so thorough in making sure that each Brussels Griffon that they rescue ends up the very best home based on the particular dog’s needs. Before becoming a foster or adopting a dog from NBGR, they check personal references, vet references and also do a home visit to ensure that they are placing these precious dogs in a safe and loving environment. I became a foster in 2019 and was trusted to foster a senior, Morty, that NBGR rescued from a shelter in Florida. Morty adapted so well to my family and after realizing all his medical issues, we determined it was best that we foster Morty long term. Vicki and Darlene from NBGR are there for every question, concern or advice that I need while taking care of Morty. I feel honored that they have trusted me to take care of this little old man that we love so very much. I cannot recommend this rescue organization enough.

8 Judy B.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

11 years ago I rescued a 3 month old puppy from NBGCR. THAT PUPPY IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. His name is “Shepzel “ Sheppy “ and he was fostered from 3 weeks of age with his mother and 2 brothers by a local Griffon breeder. He had such loving care until he was ready to be adopted at 3 months of age.

I applied for adoption of Sheppy ( my name) with NBGCR and was fortunate after a thorough evaluation, I was approved to adopt this tiny boy. The Foster Mom said that Sheppy was the most intelligent pup she ever saw.

Sheppy was smarter than imagined. He knew to retrieve his toys by name at 4 months. He was an AKC Star Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen and an AKC Novice Agility Jumper. Sheppy’s greatest achievement was becoming a complex rated Pet Partner Therapy Dog at age one.

As a Pet Partner for 10 years, Sheppy is a member of the UCLA People Animal Connection Team (PAC). He visits hospitalized patients. He is a “Read With Me” Pet Partnerst local schools and Libraries and is supporting families in the UCLA NODA (No One Dies Alone) Program.
Above all, My Rescue Sheppy rescued me and so many others. He has made the world a better place.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say enough wonderful things about all that NBGR does. We have adopted two of our fur babies from them. They took them in when they needed a safe place to land and thought carefully about the needs of the each one before placing them. It’s not about the people, the dogs always comes first with NBGR and you can see that in everything they do!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 1998 we got our very first Griffon with the help of Margie Simon. She was the originator of National Brussels Griffon Rescue and I had many phone conversations with her until she was convinced I was worthy of a Brussels Griffon. No, our first boy was not a rescue. There were none available at the time and she directed me to a breeder that had one available.
But just because my little guy wasn’t a rescue didn’t mean Margie let me off easy. I started by checking Petfinders daily and reporting any Brussels Griffons on the website that were available for adoption. Eventually my husband and I were doing home checks, transporting, fostering and helping place Griffons. In March 2007 we started a yahoo website called Rescued Griffy Chat. It was for people who had adopted a Griffon from NBGR as well as foster parents to be able to connect and discuss all things Griffon. It had a long run until Yahoo shut down all their groups this year.
As the saying goes, you can’t have just one. After we acquired our first Griff, we have since had four more, two of which we adopted. Brussels Griffons are different from most breeds because they want to be with their human people all the time, even if just in the same room. But most are cuddly loving to sit next to you on the couch or chair. And especially in the big bed at night!
Having worked with different people in NBGR in so many capacities over the years, I had the opportunity to interact with many of the volunteers and understand the workings of the organization. The rescues come first, their health a top priority. People have donated over and above for special cases. The foster parents treat each rescue as if it were their own, loving them, instilling confidence, training and staying the course until the right home comes along.
Rescue is run by dedicated volunteers who will do whatever it takes, including using their own funds at times, to help each dog that comes into the program. The placement in the right home so very important.

The pictures are of our two rescues, Taylor and Louise. No longer with us physically but still deep within our hearts.

8 Brooke J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2016, NBGR had posted the little information they had on Daisy Mae and some pictures. We had already had one Griff but it was love at first sight and she struck such a chord that we knew she needed to be part of our family. We rescued her shortly after, but NBGR definitely did their due diligence in making sure Daisy was adopted to the right home. She was our little princess and we spoiled her for as long as we could. Sadly, we lost her in October of 2019 and she is missed dearly every single day. The folks at NBGR truly care about their rescues and ensure they find not just a forever home, but the right forever home for these sweet babies. There is no doubt that when the time comes to add to our Griff family, we will turn to NBGR as they are simply the best!
Cody and Brooke J.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2010, we lost our beloved Abby, a Brussels Griffon who we naively got through a pet store. After four months of grieving her, I convinced Bill that we needed a “transition” griff to help us through our grief. We turned to NBGR and rescued (or maybe they rescued us) our Pixie and Dolly. For six years, these two silly girls brought us such joy. When they left us—just six months apart—we agreed to wait several years before getting another dog. That resolve lasted about a year when, once again, we saw two delightful girls on the NBGR website. We drove from Houston to Kansas City to pick up KIMI and Kishi. I think we have made a difference in their lives; I know they have made a difference in our lives. The people at NBRG—Margy Simons, Connie Lawrence, Jan Carpenter and all the others—have dedicated their lives to ensuring that these precious fur babies find the perfect home. It is our joy to have been/be that perfect home for four of these babies.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our amazing Griffon Gabbie from NBGR in 2016, and I was impressed with the organization from day one! The dogs best interests are their number priority, and they go to great lengths to make sure the dog is matched according to its needs and the families needs. They REALLY care about all their rescues, and it is evident in everything they do. From phenomenal foster families, a rigorous screening process, medical care, and being available even after adoption for anything that might come up with the pup. It’s a great organization and it’s given my family the best furry friend we could ever ask for! :)

9 Neeve E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NBGR is an excellent rescue organization that cares so much about Brussels Griffons in need! I rescued my Griff, Pukky, from them in 2011 and NBGR has kept in touch with us all these years! Pukky crossed the rainbow bridge in October 2020 so I started volunteering with NBGR as a way to thank them for trusting me to be Pukky’s mom. Now I have a whole new appreciation of all the work NBGR does to save and improve the lives of Brussels Griffons all across the country! I am so proud to be a member of the NBGR family!