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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: NorCal Bully Breed Rescue (NBBR) is a foster based 501(c)(3) non profit rescue that takes in unwanted, stray, and medically compromised dogs which would otherwise be euthanized. NBBR's job is to provide a healthy and loving temporary home while looking for forever homes for our bullies. In addition, NBBR is committed to promoting responsible ownership of bully breeds, fighting against breed discrimination, spaying and neutering pets, and reporting dog fighting.

Results: NorCal Bully Breed Rescue (NBBR) was founded in 2013 and in the last five years has rescued over 600 dogs. The rescue focuses on medically compromised in the shelter system but also takes in owner surrenders, strays, and some healthy dogs from shelters. Over the last several years, NBBR has developed a strong foster support network of over 70 fosters, of which, at least 45 are fostering year-round, often times fostering more than one NBBR dog at a time. Our rescue program has grown in size, but more importantly, NBBR has grown our ability to train our fosters through enhanced protocols with an emphasis on safety and medical care. NBBR has put a community emphasis on promoting responsible ownership of bully breeds, fighting against breed discrimination, spaying and neutering pets, reporting dog fighting, and demonstrating to the community that bully breeds are loyal, loving, and wonderful forever companions. Throughout the years, we have strove to to educate the public on what a wonderful breed these dogs truly are. All of our adoptable dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. We ensure the safety of our dogs by doing extensive home checks and participating in all "meet and greets" with other dogs in potential adopters homes. We specialize in rescuing pit bulls, however no animal in dire need of rescue is turned away. We have recently put an emphasis on senior an hospice rescues and are seeking funding to continue to pursue this special cause.

Target demographics: Dogs in need. Specializing in major medical dogs and puppies with deformities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 dogs

Geographic areas served: The Sacramento California Area

Programs: Contact with animal shelters and the public regarding abandoned dogs and attempted placement of dogs via facebook, website, etc. And vet care for dogs.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely fantastic experience with this rescue!!! They support their foster homes 100%. They supply everything needed to foster a dog and even supply moral support in the form of a foster support page on Facebook!! Definitely recommend fostering for them and adopting from them. ❤️❤️❤️

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is run by two very evil people. They harass anyone that leaves a negative review on yelp, they try to publicly shame any foster parents they don't like or agree with. They use people for their money and kindness, I hope they lose their non profit status. The dog I tried to adopt was severely deformed and had multiple health problems. They said nothing about it, just that he had short legs. NO. He had a deformed head, his brain was not fully developed and he was mentally slow. His back legs were deformed and one was shorter then the other. This left him over compensating on his bowed front leg so it twisted his spine permanently which lead to hip dysplaia. He is in unbearable pain, can't safely walk more than a few feet before he needs to be carried. My personal vet met the dog, worked with him and verified that he is not going to survive long, and that it would be best if he was humanely euthanized to keep him from suffering, which he sadly is.

Please seek other organizations to foster or get a rescue from. Do your homework. They are horrendous, just look at how they respond to people on Instagram, with hate, threats and harassment.

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Absolutely awful. After I gave them real and constructive criticism on how they treat potential adopters, WHOEVER runs the instagram account verbally attacked me and told me that I "wasted their time" and that they wanted to REFUND MY DONATIONS, which I have been making monthly for the last two years. The fact that they wanted to refund donations which can potentially help the dogs they have in need is so selfish and stuck up. They'd rather keep their pride than put their rescue dogs first. I will also be posting the very rude conversation I had with them on every social media platform that I am on. The worst part is is that the dogs will be the ones who suffer. But I will NOT support an organization like this. They should not have the opportunity to have a 501C3 and I will be making sure everyone knows how terrible they are.

2 Animals rock

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all dogs in their care. They have a trainer working with them to ensure that all foster homes are suitable and will meet the needs of the dogs who are waiting for their forever homes. They have strict adoption policies which is absolutely a good thing. I've seen too many animals being placed into homes where the animals have then been abused or neglected. NBBR makes sure to do everything they can to avoid such nasty situations. Sometimes that means turning down applications from people who feel that they would make a good match for the dog but if even one thing is not right, NBBR will always put the dog's needs first. Above all else.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Does anyone have any recommendations for dog rescues that take sick dogs? My dog may need abdominal surgery he’s only two years old. He hasn’t a aggressive bone in his body. He’s a pure bred American bully and a love bug to anyone he meets children or adult cat or dog. I don’t have the heart to put him down over money. Please if someone can help

7 Paige K.1

Client Served

Rating: 1

This is a very unprofessional organization. I have raised pit bulls my whole life and never had any issues. I have one at the moment and was looking for a friend for her to play with. This organization treated me very poorly and said they would never give me a dog beucase I shouldn't put two dogs in a pen together or I would come home to a dead dog.. they also told me I couldn't take a dog if I didn't crate it, which I don't understand why you'd rather have a dog in a crate then a huge fenced in yard.. I will definitely be taking my business else where and I advise others to also!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

To make a very long story short, I volunteered to foster a medically needy dog. I was told by Leslie that I was a great fit! What ensued after was nothing but strange and unprofessional. I wanted more info and expressed concern over the dog they wanted to give me and I was chastised for not reading the website, told I couldn't foster unless I was willing to crate my own dog (which is fine, but lets talk on how to properly do that when my dog has never been crated), treated rudely when I asked questions ("I'm sorry you didn't understand my email, seemed pretty clear to me"), and was just treated plain rude. Seems they want you to take ANY dog without meeting you or seeing your home, expect that you don't ask questions or ask for support! VERY unprofessional and rude.
I contacted another rescue and they were happy to answer all my questions, offer to meet me at an adoption event, offer to put me in contact with another foster to ask questions, etc.....
Leslie needs to have a Volunteer Coordinator that interacts with potential volunteers so that she can concentrate on the dogs and not turn people off!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I cannot believe how bad of an experience this has been. I tried to adopt one of your lovely dogs. The person I was chatting with was extremely rude when I have been nothing but accommodating to make sure someone could be here for a home check. Claiming I wasted their time is an insult. I was told someone would call me shortly on Tuesday. I waited for a phone call all day on wed didn't get one.When I let them know because I wasn't sure they got my number they got rude telling me some one would call me. Got a call on Thursday in the morning that someone would be here at 4. No one showed got a call at 4:44 saying some one would be here at 5:30 no one showed. Finally got a call after 7 saying they would be here at on Friday at 11:00 made sure I took my lunch so I could make time no one showed up until 11:30. And then to ask question like if I am still with my wife. What does it matter my house and my family would love the dog regardless. For your information my wife and I are still married like that should of mattered. You guys are a joke and it doesn't matter if you volunteer you don't have to be A**Holes!!!! Please think twice before contacting this rescue.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Well I saw coco on Facebook saying she was ready for her forever home, so I posted a comment , I want her but can't afford the adoption fee, got a response asking me what the fee was and I stated $200-$300, I go Lt a response we will waive the fee to the right home (smiley face heart eyes), I responded ah nice, then I receive a response go fill out a app, I stated will do, A day gos by waiting on a response from my land lord(my neighbor, I know him personally), and my room mate a family friend and a friend or the land lords family. Then I receive a comment on the page asking if I have filled out the app yet, and I reply waiting on response from landlord, receive another comment "ooooohhh....ahh. Sorry we don't adopt to renters Next time find this information out before waisting time, I reply ?why don't you adopt to renters? Your page says you assess renters and possible candidates, and the application doesn't say anything about not allowing renters it says do you rent a how or apartment and does the landlord allow you to have a bully breed, then I get the response, we said no and by the way you don't even have the adoption fee, if you want a dog so bad go to the shelter and get on I am not going to argue with you and plus we only adopt to renters that are family's of the landlord or know them personally, (landlord is my neighbor and friends, and friends of my roommate) they start assuming stuff, I respond sorry I have to wait for a response from my landlord aka neighbor and you just lost a future support or and adopter cause of that attitude, then I receive a response " don't be sorry we said No....

And I left it at that, I went back to screen shot it, but right after she said no she went back and deleted everything, sad to say I lost my hope on getting one of my favorite breed of dog, thru a rescue i actually liked all because of this conversation

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Very unprofessional, unethical rescue. They saved a puppy that will very obviously have a poor quality of life and I commented that maybe he should be humanely let go and they threw a tantrum fit for a 2 year old. A group in the publics eye should maintain some professionalism. I've worked with several rescues and it was disappointing to come across one that gives us a bad name.

11 Edith T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have a lot of respect for people who work for nonprofits. Often time they don't get pay enough money but they do it because they are passionate for whatever the cause they believe in.
I thought about not posting this because I don't want the poor animals to take the blame for our mistakes but I decided to post because I don't want people who have had bad experience dealing with nonprofits thinking they are all the same.
I learned about this dog, Buster on NorCal Bully Breed Rescue page that Buster needs a foster home and he's running out of time. Since I'm not going to be around for the holidays, I am asking my coworkers who has the capacity to foster him till I get home. When I asked NorCal Bully Breed Rescue what are some of the limitations and what makes a family ineligible for fostering an animal (I saw on the post someone applied but was denied). I got a NASTY response from them.... I couldn't believe it. They didn't realize that their unacceptable behaviors might just be the actual death sentence to those poor animals.
If you have similar situation with this organization or other nonprofits, please don't get discouraged and don't overlook the bottom line. . That this kind of behavior does not define and represent the rest of the nonprofit workers who are fighting so hard to make sure our community is a better one.
If you have any capacity, please consider adopt or foster an animal.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Rescue goes above and beyond for dogs! They have saved so many dogs that didn’t have a chance. I can’t say enough good things about them.

23

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This was probably one of the worst experiences of my life. Beware of this rescue, Wolves in sleeps clothing.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A NorCal Bully Breed foster dog: Carlos
http://www.norcalbullybreedrescue.com/

Meet Carlos. He stands about 14 inches tall at the shoulder, weighs a strapping 35 pounds, has a short corkscrew tail, and this tongue. This tongue that insists on sticking out. It's become a trademark for all who know and love him.
Carlos is a dog I foster through NorCal Bully Breed Rescue. Why do I foster? Because it saves lives. Carlos was found nine months ago, wandering town, skinny, with a massive cleft palate and a prolapsed rectum. We would later discover he was also heartworm positive. Given all of these medical issues, any of which could have killed him, Carlos was labeled “rescue only.” In other words, not available for adoption to the public. The reality of this label is that Carlos would die if a rescue didn't step up to save him. Enter NorCal Bully Breed Rescue.
Carlos is one of numerous dogs NorCal Bully Breed Rescue has saved from death this year. Instead, rescued dogs are given an opportunity to flourish with a family. That is why I give my time and effort to this cause: to save lives. The problem of pet homelessness is man made, and we must work together as a community to defeat unnecessary animal euthanasia.
Tonight I was told yet again, “you can't save them all.” Challenge accepted. Together, we can.

Review from #MyGivingStory