Baby Esmeralda was found as a stray with multiple bite wounds on her head and face, presumably by a larger dog. When she was found, she was unresponsive and in shock, unable to move or stand. At first, they really thought she'd have to be humanely euthanized because of how bad her condition was.
Luckily, the amazing team at Abbey Vet Hospital was able to save this little sweetheart. Her skull is fractured in a couple spots, and her eye is still there; however, it is possible it will need to be removed (they are waiting on the swelling to go down a bit more before deciding whether the eye is okay to stay or if it needs to be removed). The chances of her being able to see out of the damaged eye is very very slim though- only time can tell right now. She'll have weekly vet visits with us, and we will keep everybody posted about her progress on our Instagram networks!
In the few days she has been with us, she has made it quite apparent that, despite her horrific previous encounter, she has NO fear of other dogs....or anything it seems! She's just like your typical puppy- spunky, mischevious, fun, and very impressionable. We are teaching her how to practice safe boundaries with her foster siblings and friends, and showing her what things to teethe on, and what things NOT to teethe on ;) Unfortunately, because of her injuries, she has to be monitored very carefully during play time, which we can tell is driving her little puppy self crazy! Don't let her injuries fool you..she WILL keep you on your toes!
After some basic training and socialization, Esmeralda will be such a spunky addition to a very lucky family out there!
Apply to adopt Esmeralda, or just look up more information about Fresno Bully Rescue, at www.fresnobullyrescue.org
Keep up with Esmeralda's progress by following her foster mommy, our co-owner, on Instagram here.
Look through Esmeralda's progress through her hashtag #oneeyedezzy here.
Esmeralda has been adopted and is now in her fur-ever home! She has two awesome brothers, who are also rescued, that keep her entertained all day. You can follow them on Instagram at @oneeyedezzy
Doug and his sister roamed into a strangers backyard one day looking for food. After nobody claimed the pair, the stranger contacted Fresno Bully Rescue, who couldn't say no to them. Doug's sister was placed in a wonderful foster home, and Doug came to us while he waited for his fur-ever home. Doug is quite the character, but not in the way you'd probably imagine a 3 month puppy. He is cool, calm, collected, and wise beyond his age. We've just never met a dog quite like Doug. If we had the room, we may have tried to keep him!
He was only with us for a few weeks before the PERFECT home was found. His mom fought hard to adopt Doug, and he could not have been luckier. Upon meeting, we knew it was the perfect match. She couldn't keep her eyes off of him, and he loved her pets and kisses. It was a done deal!
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Doug now lives with his human and her roommate, and gets daily trips to stores, play dates, and time to play at the dog park. We are so happy for this ham and his new mama. You can continue to follow his adventures on Instagram at @go_doug_go_
Ryder was brought into veterinary care by his owners and was diagnosed with parvovirus. He fought through the awful sickness and when he was ready to go back home, his "family" never showed up. Ryder then became part of the Fresno Bully Rescue family, and ended up in our our foster care. Though he was only with us for a short time compared to most of our other fosters, it wasn't long before he stole a piece of all our hearts. He is such a happy and well-rounded puppy, you would never think he was once a sick pup fighting for his life. His resilience is inspiring!
Ryder has been adopted by a wonderful family who are treating him like the son he is meant to be. He has since been renamed "Milo". You can continue to follow Milo and his adventures on Instagram at @_milothepit
You can view his progress while in our foster care on his foster mom's Instagram @noelaniig
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Ryder, now called Milo, lives happily with his mom, dad, and new fur-brother. You can continue to follow his adventures at @_MiloThePit
Xena was found as a stray by a good samaritan and taken into the care of Fresno Bully Rescue. Shortly after, she came to us as our foster pup. She was diagnosed with mites, which is very treatable, but other than that, she was healthy, happy, energetic, and ready for her forever home. A very active family came forward interested in adding her, which seemed absolutely perfect for her considering her energy level. It took a lot of patience, guidance, and persistence, and it was all worth it in the end.
Xena now lives with her doberman sister, two human siblings, and her parents who often take her on camping and beach trips.
These 3 adorable boys were taken in by a police officer. A woman, who was living out of her car with over 10 dogs, was trying to sell these pups as "purebred bulldogs". The officer convinced the woman to surrender 3 of the 6 pups to him where they could be immediately taken to the safety of a home. Mind you, it's over 100 degrees right now, and being confined to a car is no way for a dog to live. After the 3 boys were placed in foster care with us, the wonderful officer went back to look for the woman in an attempt to rescue the rest of the pups and work with her on proper pet care. Unfortunately, he did not have any luck getting any of the other dogs surrendered, and the only lawful thing the animal control could do was issue a few tickets and citations. The officer, animal control, and Fresno Bully Rescue are all still actively working together to help the woman and her dogs.
The boys were such well-mannered house guests and we enjoyed every moment we were lucky enough to spend with them.
All 3 pups have been adopted into their furever homes, and you can even continue to watch Corey (now named Mako) grow on Instagram at @Mako_Pibbles.
Sparky is a handsome, kind, gentle meatloaf who was originally found as a stray in pretty awful condition. He had several wounds and, on top of that, he had mange that needed to be treated. As it usually goes, he came to our foster home and immediately integrated himself peacefully into our pack. He is by far the easiest, most polite foster dog we have ever had. He has several quirks that lead us to believe he was definitely someone's dog before. Fortunately, he found himself some more reliable humans and has been able to receive ongoing treatment for his mange.
At this point in time, he is doing a "trial run" in a home with a family that is interested in adopting him. I have been keeping close contact with them as he tries to get familiar with his new surroundings and the new critters (kitties) there. It is possible that he will come back with us should it not work out; however, if it does, he will be happily adopted.
I will continue to keep everyone posted on his progress on my Instagram page.
Sparky was officially adopted on April 17th after his trial run with the original interested adopters did not go as planned. He was only back with us in his foster home for a short time before another amazing family came down for a meet and greet, which resulted in his official adoption! We are so happy with the way everything worked out for everybody involved. Sparky ended up in a wonderful home with two loving parents and an elder sissy, who he has bonded with beautifully.
Update- Sparky's elder sissy unfortunately passed away. However, Sparky's parents ended up adopting another Fresno Bully Rescue dog, and now he has another wonderful sister! You can continue to follow his journey at @bubba_formallyknownassparky
Peach was surrendered by her owner to Fresno Bully Rescue, along with her brother and sister. Her siblings were placed in wonderful foster homes (both are now adopted) and Peach came to stay with us, wonky tail and all. It wasn't long before she caught the eye of a fantastic couple, who ended up adding her to their family.
To see photos and videos of Peach while in our foster care, check out the Instagram hashtag #PeachThePibble
Her forever family changed her name to Coda, and you can view updated photos and videos of her in her new home here.
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Peach, now called Coda, has been adopted by a wonderful family, who later ended up adopting another rescue pup to be her fur-brother! You can continue to follow her at @ItsCodaPup
Murdock is a blind, nine week old pup and was thankfully taken in by Fresno Bully Rescue. He's generally in good health, but has been diagnosed with something called Micropthalmia (which basically means his eyeballs never grew with the rest of his body). It could have been something the mom ate while pregnant and pup was in gestation that caused his blindness, but we don't know for sure. Though he is essentially blind, there is a possibility that he might be able to see a little bit of light. At this time, the vet thinks there is no need for surgery to remove his eyes unless they start to cause him pain, and based on his demeanor and attitude, he does not seem to be uncomfortable at all. He has a small swelling in between his eyes from a small puncture that we are treating with occasional hot compresses. Other than that, his heart and lungs are strong and he is an extremely brave and happy puppy.
Murdock has no fears. At times his blindness is hardly noticeable when watching him play and act like a regular pup. He definitely does not let it stand in his way and, though he may need a little extra guidance occasionally, Murdock truly lives life to the fullest.
As Murdock matures, we will continue to see how his personality unfolds and share our special moments with his fans on Twitter & Instagram.
To apply to adopt Murdock, read about Fresno Bully Rescue's requirements, or donate to his vet care, click here.
View Murdock's gallery while in our foster care by searching the hashtag #MurdockThePit.
Murdock was adopted by wonderful couple and their female dog, who is now Murdock's sissy. You can continue to follow his adventures at @MurdockThePit
Moose had a tough start at life. He had a serious case of mange, needed eye surgery, and didn't have owners who loved him when he was found as a stray by Fresno Humane. For about a month or so, he was taken care of by the Fresno Humane volunteers, with no interested adopters to be found. Before ever meeting or hearing about him, I contacted Animal Compassion Team and let them know I had space in my home for a foster should they need one. Fate seemed to bring Moose and I together and, when I finally got to meet him, I knew he would be our next foster pup. He was goofy, sweet, charismatic, and an all around happy-go-lucky guy.
Once we brought him home, he immediately settled in with the rest of the pack. While sharing his adventures and progress on Instagram, Moose continued to steal hearts from around the world. He met with a nice family who decided that they wanted to take him home with them. Unfortunately, an unforseen family tragedy led to Moose's return and continued search for his forever home. He was back with Animal Compassion Team for only a few days before another wonderful family came forward wanting to adopt him. They did a short "trial run" and, as predicted, they fell in love with Moose and his quirky personality. Finally, he was officially adopted.
He now lives with his sister Jellybean (one of our former foster's babies), his bulldog sissy, and some kitty friends. His parents keep him active and happy with car rides, trips to the dog park, hikes, and lake visits. Though he may have had a rough beginning, his ending is a story of triumph, love, and dedication. You can continue to follow his adventures at @moosethehippo
Maple was found with two of her siblings wandering around in an orchard by a good samaritan. When nobody came forward to claim the lost pups, Fresno Bully Rescue stepped up and placed them all in loving foster homes. Maple came to us as the "runt" of the group, but quickly ate her way to a healthy puppy belly just like the rest of her siblings.
She was only with us for a short time (as the puppies usually are) before she was adopted by an awesome family. They continue to send me updates letting me know how wonderful she has integrated into their home, and how much they truly love her.