Lauren and Major

Love-A-Bull Adoption Story: Lauren and Major (fka Jim)

Lauren and Major

Major, fka Jim, is a happy pup in his forever home!

Love-A-Bull is sharing the adoption story of Lauren in Austin and her Adopt-A-Bull alumnus, Major (fka Jim). Interested in adopting from us? Check out our current list of Adopt-A-Bulls here and find out more about what we ask for in adoption applications.

In Lauren’s words, her adoption story:
“It was difficult to know where to start because I can’t say enough great things about Love-A-Bull! I was devastated after the loss of my Boxer, Samson, and was struggling to cope with daily reminders in my empty house that he was gone. I wasn’t sure if I was entirely ready for a new dog in my life, but like most people, I was finding myself with extra time and less responsibilities due to the pandemic and it seemed like the ideal time to adopt. Although I would have loved to get another goofy Boxer, I felt that since I own my home, it was better to get a Pit Bull because there are so many out there that need good homes and many places won’t allow them. I’ve always had great experiences with Pit Bulls and knew that their reputation was undeserved, as most that I’ve met have been friendly, well behaved, and just love attention.
I started looking at local shelters and was completely overwhelmed by the amount of dogs that were available! I had spent hours filtering through and compiling a list of dogs that I wanted to meet to see if I could find a good fit. The biggest obstacle was that my boyfriend has an incredibly sweet 9-year-old female Pit/Corgi mix, Brena, and it was essential that the two dogs would get along since we will be combining households soon.
About a week into my search, I was introduced to Love-A-Bull through a close friend and neighbor whose friend had just meet an adorable Pit mix that his friend was fostering. After applying to meet him, I received a phone call within a couple of hours from Love-A-Bull adoption coordinator/board member Sara, who asked me screening questions to see what characteristics I was looking for and what my lifestyle was like. Having a dog is a huge responsibility and I appreciate an organization that takes that seriously and does everything they can to make sure that their dogs are going to a good home.
The meet-and-greet with Brena and the dog I had reached out about didn’t work out (he had a little too much energy for her), but Sara and fellow Love-A-Bull board member Kailyn assured me that the perfect dog was out there. My focus was always on getting the right fit for our family, and I still can’t believe how much work they put in to make sure that I got the right dog! About a week later, they contacted me about meeting another pup they had been fostering, and they were absolutely right about the perfect pup being out there!
I can’t imagine that I could have found a better dog on my own! Major (fka Jim) has been such a wonderful addition to our household! He is amazing with other dogs, kids, people, etc. I regularly get compliments on how well he is behaved when we’re out on walks! He and Brena get along great and play all the time — she had to teach him how to play tug-o’-war, and it’s one of their favorite games now! It seemed like Major hadn’t really had any experience with toys, but now that he’s gotten the hang of them, he’s super playful but also knows when it’s time to chill out on the couch.
Lauren and Major

Brena and Major enjoying their pup playtime together!

He’s such a sweet and loving dog, I feel so grateful and lucky to have him! He’s really come out of his shell in the two months that I’ve had him and his overall confidence has improved, but his core personality of being calm, gentle, and sweet melts my heart every day.
I cannot overstate enough — working with Love-A-Bull was the easiest and least stressful way to adopt the perfect dog that I could imagine! Since they rescue dogs from shelters all over Texas that might euthanize, or underfunded shelters that aren’t able to give the best of care, I have the added bonus of feeling like I saved a life (even though they really did!).
Most simply, having Major has had a positive effect on all of us. My coworkers have commented that I’m happier, Brena is happy to have a new friend that she can play and run with, and my friend who introduced me to Love-A-Bull has a high-energy rescue, Seamus, who also looks forward to play dates with us as much as Major does!
I feel like Love-A-Bull is more of a matchmaking organization than a rescue, and they are easily the best at what they do! There are so many unknowns that you might encounter when rescuing, and Love-A-Bull minimizes a lot of those factors by pre-screening the dogs they rescue and fostering each of them before introducing them to prospective pet parents. I will absolutely use this organization in the future when I’m ready to add more members to the family, and would confidently recommend them to anyone looking for a new dog. Having Major in my life has been the best gift and makes me so thankful that I was referred to Love-A-Bull!”
Thank you, Lauren, for sharing your story. We’re so happy for you and Major!
Lauren and Major

Major relaxing in his forever home!

Good Girl Gidget Love-A-Bull

September 2020 newsletter — Shop for a Cause

Dear Friends –
 As the world has seemed to slow down and grow more quiet, we are trying to navigate new challenges. Volunteers are going back to work, fosters are taking a MUCH needed and deserved break, we are looking at processes to avoid burn out….but the number of dogs needing saved is still increasing. Fostering not only saves lives, it will give you purpose and passion and we need you!! We are in desperate need of fosters for adult dogs. We provide everything you need to foster for us and you become part of the Love-A-Bull family. Will you help us?
Click HERE to learn more and fill out an app.
Our Country Singer puppies went to their forever homes last month, scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to see the results of Kenny Rogers DNA testing!!

Love-A-Bull Board of Directors,
Lindsey, Crystal, Kailyn, Sara, Roxy, Amber

We wish you a safe – and of course socially distanced – Labor Day!Alumna Pup Tofu says, “Don’t forget the ice cream sandwiches!!!”

Check out this article from Animal Fair – Labor Day Do’s and Don’ts with Your Pup – HERE.

EVENTS
Love-A-Bull Events Committee Meeting
Sunday, Sept. 13th, 5-6 p.m. – Join us!! We will be talking all-things National Pitbull Awareness Month, which is in October! New volunteers who have completed orientation are always welcome. You can find dial-in information in our Love-A-Bull Volunteers Facebook group. Email amber@love-a-bull.org with any questions!

Love-A-Bull Christmas Photos are Coming!
This year we are doing a special Christmas photoshoot fundraiser, set for Monday, Nov. 30th … at the Driskill! Come see this beautiful space all decked out for the holidays, and get a gorgeous set of digital photos from our volunteer professional photographer, to use in your holiday cards! Yes, dogs/ your Adopt-A-Bulls are welcome! We’ll have nine 15-minute timeslots available at $125 per family starting in late September. Keep an eye on our social media pages and our next newsletter for the official announcement and RSVP opening!

ADOPTIONS
Aria, Tonka, Raven, Heather, Jazzmin, Cali, Gabe, Anubis, Clayton and Kohola.
Check out our Facebook Page for their adoption family photos!
Check out our current
Adopt-A-Bulls!

To learn more about our pups or fill out an application for adoption, click HERE.

SHOP FOR A CAUSE
We are all shopping online these days and LAB have several new partnerships where a portion of your purchase goes back to us!! Whether you’re looking for some tasty coffees to try, chocolates, vegan food, pet supplies, or more — check out our updated Shop for a Cause page here.

  • Thank you to Cuddle Clones, who donated a portion of their July 2020 proceeds to us! The donation was about $500, which helps us provide heartworm treatment for one dog, or spay/neuter surgeries and microchips for five dogs! Cuddle Clones makes custom products based on your pet, from face masks to stuffed animals.

  • Good Girl Gidget is donating 25% of its $25+ orders from August through October 2020 back to Love-A-Bull! Based in Austin, TX, Good Girl Gidget sells tees, tanks, decals, totes and pins. All merchandise is included in the fundraiser other than Black Lives Matter merchandise.

  • We’re proud to be partnering with Hypnotic Dog, which is graciously giving back 10% of all sales in September, to Love-A-Bull! Isn’t Adopt-A-Bull alumna Kohola gorgeous in her new collar? Check them out, and help us save more lives! https://hypnoticdog.co/
If you or your business would like to partner with us on fundraising opportunities,
please email amber@love-a-bull.org
FOSTERS – Call to Action!! 
We are in desperate need of fosters for adult dogs!! We provide everything needed to foster and we match you with a dog, with your kids and current fur babies in mind. If you are interested in fostering, click HERE for an application. Help us save lives!!
VOLUNTEERS – 
  • Daytime Transport – We need volunteers who are available during the day, who can help us pick up dogs at shelters, transport dogs to our vet for appointments, take dogs to and from their foster’s house and meet and greets. Vehicles that can fit a crate are ideal, but not necessary.
  • Newsletter – We are looking for a volunteer who is interested in creating our monthly newsletter!! If you have a passion for writing, let us know!
Interested in volunteering? Click HERE or reach out to getinvolved@love-a-bull.org.

We are excited to start planning for Pitbull Awareness Month in October. We will have several things going on during the month. We need donations for our Silent Auction!! If you or your business would like to donate, please email outreach@love-a-bull.org. Thank you!!

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
In response to rising cases of COVID, the Best Friends Animal Society is offering free veterinary consultations through its Best Friends Vet Access app. When you sign up using the code BFHELPS, you will be granted 30-day access to the app, which will allow you to video chat or text one-on-one with a licensed veterinarian. Download the Best Friends Vet Access app HERE.Also, be sure to donate or join the Love-A-Bull fundraising team for the 2020 Strut Your Mutt Day by Best Friends Animal Society, HERE.
GUESS MY BREED

The Wisdom Panel DNA test came back for Bailey – fka Kenny Rogers – of the Country Singers pups!

Here are the results!
25% American Staffordshire Terrier
12.5% German Shepherd
12.5% Chow Chow
12.5% Great Pyrenees
37.5% of Breed Groups: Terrior, Asian, Middle Eastern and African, Herding

Also, they can expect him to be between 60-90lbs!!

Dwight Love-A-Bull 100 Adoptions

August 2020 Newsletter — 100th Adoption for 2020!

Dear Friends –
Since the start of Covid in March, we’ve adopted out 86 dogs and puppies!! We couldn’t have done it without our amazing fosters and the support of our community. As the world continues to push through uncertainty, we are still moving at full speed to save as many dogs as we can from the rural kill shelters we partner with. Fostering not only saves lives, it will give you purpose and passion!! We provide everything you need to foster for us and you become part of the Love-A-Bull family. Will you foster for us? Click HERE to learn more and fill out an app. Love-A-Bull Board of Directors,
Lindsey, Crystal, Kailyn, Sara, Roxy, Amber

EVENTS
Love-A-Bull Events Committee Meeting – August 5th
Help us plan virtual events through 2020! Per Austin ordinance, gatherings of 10+ are now banned through at least Nov. 12th so we need to continue redirecting fundraising efforts entirely online. We’d like to meet as a committee to discuss virtual workouts, contests, fundraisers, trivia, raffles and more!

If you know of any businesses or individuals who would like to help us with fundraising in the community, please email Amber at amber@love-a-bull.org. All are invited – Dial-in for our Aug. 5 committee meeting: https://meet.google.com/trr-xzxi-qhi or by phone 470-242-8571 PIN 451 288 991 #

Strut Your Mutt Virtual Fundraiser – Now Through Oct. 24th
We are excited to participate in the 2020 Strut Your Mutt Day by Best Friends Animal Society! This fundraiser is live between now and Oct. 24, which is officially the virtual Strut Your Mutt Day! Register for our team here or to walk with us virtually through ResQwalk, a free mobile app that lets you raise money. Throughout the year, Best Friends will announce a ResQpool of cash and other helpful resources that have been provided by some generous corporate sponsors. You can help Love-A-Bull earn a portion of this pool by downloading ResQwalk and hitting the pavement! Download ResQwalk here.

LADY LOLA + WHY PREVENTATIVES ARE IMPORTANT!!

From the shelter to her foster, she would not let go of her bowl. She had such a need for security, it would break your heart. We saved her, preparing for what we thought would be another big litter of puppies, to find out she wasn’t pregnant at all. She was so neglected, that she was in stage 3 Heartworm Disease. She was not full of puppies, she was full of inflammation and abdominal distention and fluid, and without treatment, she would die. Stage 3 comes with coughing and difficulty breathing, weight loss, tiring easily, even fainting. This is why preventatives are SO important!!!!

She’s one of 13 dogs we’ve taken in since the start of Covid that has been heartworm positive. Dogs receive an initial injection, followed by a 30-day period of rest, and then two more injections that are given 24 hours apart. Many dogs will also be treated with an antibiotic called doxycycline. Did you know, treatment costs about $1500?

Lola is now on her way to a healthy life and going through heartworm treatment in her foster home. Lola loves attention and belly rubs and is very affectionate. She is a silly girl and will be a great companion who will make you laugh often. She gives lots of kisses and is a loving cuddle buddy. Lola is up for adoption!!! Click HERE for more information and to fill out an application.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS
Axînia Maria-Izabela (IG: @little_raccoon_artist) from Romania drew this beautiful image of our Lola for us!!! It got us thinking about fundraising! Would you contribute to and/or buy a digital adult coloring book of Love-A-Bull dogs? Would you be interested in lending your time and talents to draw the dog of someone who donates a specific amount to us? Just want to make a gorgeous drawing and share with your social media fans to raise awareness? Reach out to Amber at amber@love-a-bull.org!
ADOPTIONS
All of our 12 country singer puppies found their forever homes in July: Faith Hill, Loretta Lynn, June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Shania Twain, Reba McIntyre, Wynona Judd, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers.
Also adopted out – Leo, Sadie, Penny, Cowboy, Jim, Clyde, Maya, Pam, Mo, Curly, Sandy, Theo, Molly, Brutus, Larry, Frodo, Meredith and Dwight.  Check out our Facebook Page for their adoption family photos!
Check out our current Adopt-A-Bulls!
To learn more about our pups or fill out an application for adoption, click HERE.

DOGS BOND GAME PARTNERSHIP – AUGUST 5TH LAUNCH
We are excited to share a unique opportunity that came our way! We have partnered with the dog-loving creators of an upcoming family-friendly board game called Dogs BOND. Yes, that’s right — a board game about rescue dogs! They are committed to donating a portion of their annual sales to their partner rescues like us! Dogs BOND will launch through a Kickstarter campaign on Aug. 5, which will allow people to pre-order their game sets. Join the Dogs BOND mailing list and place pre-orders when the link is available on Aug. 5! The more they grow, the more they’ll be able to contribute to rescues like ours!

SHOP FOR A CAUSE
Did you know we have several new partnerships where you can Shop for a Cause and a portion of your purchase goes back to us? Whether you’re looking for some tasty new coffees to try, chocolates, vegan food, pet supplies, or more — check out our updated Shop for a Cause page here.

FOSTERS – We are so proud that our supporters have truly stepped up to foster so that we can continue to keep pulling dogs from local shelters. We are saving lives! If you are interested in fostering, click HERE for an application.

VOLUNTEERS – We are overjoyed with the response received from our social media plea for transport volunteers. Transport is a constant need and we are excited to have you!!

Help Needed – We are moving out of our storage unit in central Austin on Saturday, August 29th from 9:30am to 12:30pm and need 4-6 volunteers with trucks/SUVs who can help us!

If you are interested in volunteering reach out to getinvolved@love-a-bull.org.

Kristin Boulder Dom Love-A-Bull Adoption Success Stories

Love-A-Bull Adoption Story: Kristin and Boulder (fka Dom)

Kristin Boulder Dom Love-A-Bull Adoption Success Stories

Kristin and family, with Sadie, left, and Adopt-A-Bull alumnus Boulder (fka Dom), right.

Love-A-Bull is sharing the adoption story of Kristin in Austin and her Adopt-A-Bull alumnus, Boulder (fka Dom). Interested in adopting from us? Check out our current list of Adopt-A-Bulls here and find out more about what we ask for in adoption applications.

In Kristin’s words, her adoption story:

“My husband and I lost our 14-year-old dog in March and were absolutely devastated. We are both huge dog lovers and this was really hard on us, and it was right when COVID-19 hit, so everything was up in the air. Less than two weeks later, a neighbor posted in our neighborhood Facebook group that a friend in San Antonio was fostering a sweet dog named Sadie, but unfortunately the foster mom couldn’t keep her anymore and the organization wouldn’t take her back. We come to find out this is not a reputable organization. We met Sadie and instantly fell in love with her and adopted her on the spot.

We loved her, no matter if she was a pit bull or any other breed. My husband and I have no concerns over pit bulls or any bully breeds, so we didn’t even think twice about her breed when rescuing her. Actually, my dad rescued a pit bull from a terrible situation, where they were just keeping her to breed her and once she couldn’t have any more puppies they didn’t want her anymore. She was the sweetest dog, so I knew pit bulls were good dogs but I didn’t know much about the breed. We rescued Sadie and did a lot of research on pit bulls and their breed and misconceptions and quickly came across Love-A-Bull.

We just rescued Sadie and wanted a companion for her and started following Love-A-Bull to see if maybe we could rescue from this organization. We had our heart set on one dog from Love-A-Bull, and after a meet-and-greet going really well, we brought him home and Sadie was not a fan of him. He was too young and playful and didn’t take corrections and it was really stressful constantly watching their every move to ensure it didn’t end up in a fight. After a few days and lots of tears, we decided to take him back to the Love-A-Bull foster. My heart was broken that Sadie may not be a good companion for another dog and that we may be a single-dog family again. But I wasn’t ready to give up and neither were Lindsey and Sara from Love-A-Bull. We stayed in contact and they messaged me saying that they found the perfect dog for us and for Sadie. What organization can do that? They know their dogs so well and the adopters and want a perfect match. And it was a perfect match indeed! Sadie and Boulder (previously named Dom) are two peas in a pod and cannot be separated. They were obsessed with each other from the minute they met and never had any growing pains.

Sadie has quite a bit of anxiety and fear from her past situation, and you can tell that she was abused and is very protective of her home and her family. On walks, she would never go up to people in the past and now Boulder does and she follows along and trusts that he leads her. He has calmed her fears down quite a bit and made her much more relaxed in the house.

Sadie and Boulder do everything together. If one is smelling a spot outside, here comes the other to join in. Boulder loves his hard bones and will so kindly share it with Sadie if she comes over. I love that the two of them will just be chewing on one bone, basically their mouths in each other! They love to wrestle upstairs where we have carpet or play tug of war. If one of them has a toy downstairs, the other will get it in their mouth and they will carry it upstairs together to play together! We both work from home most days and these two are the perfect definition of Velcro dogs. From the moment I wake up until bed, they follow me everywhere and love to be close to me, even during conference calls.

I have so much appreciation for the animal shelters and I have always rescued my dogs, but didn’t know there could be such personalized attention like Love-A-Bull gives. This team does so much for pit bulls and rescuing them and ensuring they have great homes. I am now a volunteer with the organization and have since focused my donation efforts toward this organization only. I am a huge advocate for the breed and now having two of my own pitties, I cannot imagine ever having another type of dog.

Thank you, Love-A-Bull, for completing my family and bringing us so much joy.”

Sadie Dom Love-A-Bull

Sadie (left) and Boulder (right).