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Valley Animal Center: Saving Sammy

IN THE October 8 ISSUE

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by Allix Ollivier


Sammy, our sweet two-year-old Terrier/Pit Bull mix, was rescued from the CCSPCA seven months ago. The reason Sammy has been at our shelter for so long without being adopted, is that his ears chronically bleed due to a very bad ear crop. Sammy is in constant need of medical attention because of his ear issues, and that has played an adverse role in getting him adopted. This would not have been a problem, had he not gotten his ears cropped n the first place.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Blue

IN THE July 16 ISSUE

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by Charlie Jones


I never realistically considered fostering a dog, much less a Pit Bull, a breed about which I had heard so many horror stories. One night, though, while catching up on Facebook, I came across a post which had been forwarded by a good friend who had recently adopted a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy from Fresno Bully Rescue. The post said that a female SBT and her three pups would be taken to a kill shelter the next day if no one was able to foster her immediately, because her owner was no longer able or willing to care for them.

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by Melanie Daniel


When Fresno Bully Rescue first rescued Roscoe from the streets, the eight-week-old puppy had a severe case of Demodectic Mange. After months of daily baths and doses of medication, his Rescue family watched this fearful, hairless, scabby puppy transform to a silly puppy with white and grey fur. When he was six months old, Roscoe was transferred to a temporary foster home, and after two days, his foster mom realized she couldn’t let him go. So on October 3, 2012 Roscoe finally found the forever family he’d been searching for.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno Bully Rescue is working toward moving to a new location so we took some time to chat with their director Bridgette Boothe about the move.

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Turtle the Painting Pit Bull

IN THE April 9 ISSUE

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by Turtle


Hi! My name is Turtle! I started out life in a bad place. My vet believes I was used as a bait dog for dog fights. When I was rescued I was around two years old and I only weighed 11.6 pounds! My ears had been cut off at my head and I was covered in mange and bite wounds.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Chaz Finds A Home

IN THE December 19 ISSUE

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by Becky Holly


The holiday season is all about connections—connections with family, friends and community. Earlier this year a beautiful, young, large male entered our lives at Fresno Bully Rescue. We named him Cass (now Chaz). At about one year old, he had puppy energy in spades and weighed approximately 85 pounds. Our wonderful volunteer, Jennifer Andrew, chose Chaz and worked with him to teach him valuable skills. Chaz quickly blossomed and showed just how much love he had to give his future forever family.

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by Karey Wedemeyer


My dog, Blue, died in July of this year. Anyone who has lost a pet understands how very difficult this is. The heartbreak is deep. Your house doesn’t sound the same. Paw-pitter-patter silence is almost unbearable. Toys, blankets, and food dishes are left in place because removing them doesn’t seem right. It’s been a tough time, yet there is also a side of me that feels content and grateful.

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by Karey Wedemeyer


When Bruce arrived at Fresno Bully Rescue he was what you could call “rough looking.” He had nubs of ears bitten down to tiny flaps of flea-bitten scar tissue. His tongue had been ripped in two places and left on their own to heal, leaving two open slits. The scars on his large face, body, and head were too many to count. His past was unknown, but judging by his looks, the Selma SPCA, where he was left abandoned along with another female Pit Bull (Candy), and a small Chihuahua, assumed the worst. A possible fighting dog or bait dog was most probable. They contacted Fresno Bully Rescue and requested help.

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Bentley: My Pit Bull Friend

IN THE August 1 ISSUE

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by Laura Ducourant


I have always loved Pit Bulls. I remember seeing my neighbor with his Pit Bull when I was young and I knew that one day I would have one too. I got my first Pit Bull when I was 14 years old after begging my mom for months on end. She finally gave in and I ending up going to the animal shelter, picking out a beautiful caramel colored Pit and naming her Mama. That dog showed me what loyalty truly was. She protected me when an ex-boyfriend was abusing me and never left my side. She passed away years ago, but I always wanted another Pit Bull.

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Zora The Pit Bull Foster Mom

IN THE June 20 ISSUE

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by Karey Wedemeyer


There are always those volunteers who go that extra mile. These volunteers stand out as shining stars and can make a big difference in an organization with their hard work and dedication. They come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, and one of them happens to be an eight-year-old Pit Bull named “Zora.” Zora has fostered over 100 puppies for Fresno Bully Rescue!

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by Karey Wedemeyer


What’s that you say? DEAF DOGS ROCK!
When Nola found herself at a local municipal county dog shelter, she had no idea that her chances of finding a home were slim. Although beautiful and with a wonderful temperament, Nola was also a pit bull with special needs; she was deaf.

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by Stacey Walls


As a long-time Fresno Bully Rescue volunteer and a kindergarten teacher, I have always looked for an opportunity to combine my passions. This past school year proposed such an opportunity! As part of a student-run project earlier in the school year, we were researching which animals might make a great class pet along with what would be needed to care for that pet. Of course some of my students suggested that a dog would be a fun class pet, so I asked Fresno Bully Rescue to visit my classroom with a shelter dog.

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by Karey Wedemeyer


To some people, Billie would appear to be the least likely dog anyone would want to adopt. She was old, in her last years, and sitting in the stray building at the Fresno SPCA. Her breath did not resemble the sweet smell that puppies blow in your face, nor would she be the best exercise partner with her tired legs. Yet, Pablo and Melani saw only a beautiful little dog that had endured a hard life, and who so badly needed a loving home.

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by Karey Wedemeyer


When the emaciated, badly injured, young Pit Bull arrived at Abby Pet Hospital on September 30, 2013, we could tell that he had a tragic history. He was originally found by a Good Samaritan; he had a horrific leg injury that appeared to be days old by the time he came into our care. We assumed that he had been hit and run over by a car, and then left to roam the streets with a broken and degloved leg.

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