It was with a sad heart in 2012 that we announced the rescue hiatus of Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue, although we still pull and place the occasional dog. Please continue to check our website and Petfinder page. As of September 5th, 2013, we have two adoptable bull terriers in New York City. Write us for pictures and descriptions:
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
the Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue Facebook page.
We are forever grateful to our supporters and adopters and most of all to the dogs, who kept us humble and introduced us to so many good and decent people.
And although we no longer rescue on a full-time basis, we remain as a resource for those with questions and as a helping hand to other reputable rescue groups who continue to do this wonderful and necessary work.
If you would like advice about adopting, about bull terriers in general, or veterinary, health or training references or referrals, contact us at
Here are some bull terrier rescue groups who adopt to this area. All are 501c3 federally-recognized charitable organizations. (Many of these rescues have dogs available that aren't pictured, so it's always best to fill out an application and inquire.)
Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia (Serving a large portion of the East Coast)
Click your state and neighboring states on their map to see some of the available dogs and to email the rescue coordinators in your area. (Their website is not always kept up to date; they almost always have many more dogs available than are listed.) Feel free to contact us if you are having difficulty navigating their website or reaching their representatives.
Blue Ridge Bull Terrier Club (based in Virginia, but adopt to other states in the region)
Recycla-bull Terrier Rescue (Based in South Carolina) www.rcbtr.org
If you're interested in a miniature bull terrier, contact the Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America rescue committee, the national rescue group for mini bullies. www.minibull.org
If you live beyond the East Coast,
email us and we will tell you the reputable bull terrier rescuers closest to you.
Unfortunately, we can not recommend the other bull terrier rescue organization working in this immediate area. And adopting a bull terrier from an all-breed group can sometimes be risky. Some rescuers know the breed better than others.
If you are in New York City, Animal Care and Control's Safety Net Program offers free and low-cost training, vet care, boarding, supplies, and landlord/tenant advice to help people keep their pets. They can be reached by phone at (917) 468-2938. Not in New York City? Check with your local shelters. They may offer similar programs. And if you have a legal issue preventing you from keeping your bull terrier, see if any of the resources at the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals site can assist or contact us and we may be able to put you in touch with appropriate legal counsel.
Finally, we can't repeat this enough, if you need behavior, health or training assistance and/or referrals, please
email us. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience with this wonderful but crazy breed and if we don't know the answer, we'll find out who does!