Fresno Bully Rescue: The Tale of Dakota’s Adoption

Nov 19, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures

by Terese Shaw

Terese Shaw is a Rescue Adoption Coordinator for Fresno Bully Rescue. FBR shares their animal rescue adventures with us now every other month.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
After Dakota’s adoption, I do—and I’ll always remember
how her special adoption was.

Dakota came to our rescue just over three years ago in late December in terrible shape. She was skin and bones and covered in scabs and cuts. Despite her rough condition, she was incredibly affectionate and loving. In the care of FBR, she quickly blossomed into a beautiful, muscular, and majestic dog.

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Skip forward to September 2016…

After reading through an adoption application, I gave the applicant a call, “Hi, my name is Terese, I’m from FBR and am calling about your application for one of our Pitbulls.” Much to my surprise the applicant thought we had German Shepherds on site, but after explaining that FBR was a bully-breed specific rescue, the conversation continued.

After interviewing him on the phone, most importantly, I learned that this potential adopter had a physical disability which required him to use a wheel chair. In an instant, I knew Dakota would be perfect. She was smaller in size, super easy in a home, gentle, and you’d never find a more loyal girl.fresno bully

The following weekend Dakota’s potential adopter came to meet her and to see how she’d do with the wheelchair. According to the adopter, for him it was love at first sight. Just as expected, Dakota was perfect, walking next to her hopeful new dad like a champ. After her new dad passed the home visit, the day arrived for Dakota, after waiting 3-1/2 long years, to go to her forever home. The little gal that was found two days after Christmas, abandoned and starving, was going to live happily ever after. She’s never looked back, has flourished, and been the perfect companion for her new dad. Proving again how amazing and loving a Pit Bull can be in any situation.

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  1. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. Happy endings are lovely in a book and even better in the real world of rescued animals.

  2. What a great story. Having had the privilege of working with a certified therapy dog, I know how special Dakota is for her dad.

  3. Thanks for sharing that story. I have a niece by marriage who does Pitbull rescue and it’s so rewarding for both her and the dogs. So glad Dakota found such a wonderful home.

  4. The resiliency of dogs never ceases to amaze me. Dakota has had a rough journey, but the road is smoothing out now. She is a blessing to her new family, and is blessed in return. “Thank you!” to rescue angels everywhere!


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