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Meet Those "Crazy Animal People" at Bully Breed Rescue!

Meet the faces behind the dogs of Bully Breed Rescue, a non-profit pit bull rescue based in New Canaan!

Hello, new friends, thanks for stopping by to read our first Bully Breed Rescue blog post!

As you'll see in our profile, Bully Breed Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue focusing on dogs characterized as Pit Bulls. We are a group who as individuals couldn't be more different, but together we work towards a common goal for the dogs we love so dearly. We take dogs out of the worst of situations- sometimes moments from death- and dedicate our time and resources to rescuing, rehabilitating, training and finding forever homes for these precious, misunderstood dogs.

Are you picturing a bunch of hippie weirdos with houses full of dogs? We are actually relatively normal and completely approachable. Since this is our introductory blog, and since pit bulls and animal rescuers are both terms that bring certain images to our minds, I thought I'd use this post to introduce the staff of BBR.

First, there's Benni, the President of Bully Breed Rescue. Benni lives in Stamford with her 3 full time dogs and fosters homeless dogs when she is able. Not only is Benni one of the founders of BBR, she handles all of our taxes, paperwork, and finances.

Heidi is the Vice President of BBR. At just 25 years old, Heidi dedicates the vast majority of her time to hands on care of the dogs. When we get a call about a dog in need, Heidi is the first on the scene and the ultimate decision maker when it comes to the care and wellbeing of our adoptables. Heidi lives in New Canaan and has two of her own dogs, both rescues.

The Secretary of Bully Breed Rescue is Peggy, aka Pegs. Peggy works hard to ensure things at BBR run smoothly, from difficult tasks to simply coming to events to be an advocate for the breed.

If you are interested in volunteering for Bully Breed, Melissa is the lady you want to contact! Melissa has been with BBR as Volunteer Coordinator for about 2 years, and works hard to recruit new volunteers, to show people the ropes, and to make our events successful. Melissa lives with her fiance, Keith, their puggle, Lola, and their foster-turned-forever, Buddy Buttons.

I am Kayte, the Foster Care Coordinator/Apparent Blogger of BBR. My job is to find foster homes for our adoptable dogs to help them transition to life in a household. I have been with BBR for about a year. I foster for BBR when I am able, and I foster for a cat rescue, too! I live with my boyfriend, Tommy, our rescued dogs Precious and Chewy, and our foster-turned-forever cat, Pip Pip.

Chris is the lady responsible for the proper handling of our dogs. She is our Dog Coordinator, the mastermind of scheduling, the secret dog whisperer and more! Chris lives with her two dogs, Dori and Reilly, and is currently fostering adoptable BBR dog Drake!

We have recently started an education program, reaching out to schools, youth groups and boys and girls clubs. Noelle is Bully Breed Rescue's Director of Education. She compiles educational material, books speaking engagements at area schools, and comes up with interactive educational activies. Noelle lives with her husband, Anthony, and their two dogs, Tug and Gemma.

The Creative Director, Kristy, comes up with posters, flyers and decor for our events. She is a Jack of All Trades- whenever a creative solution is required, she is our go-to girl! Kristy lives with a couple of very spoiled Chihuahuas in addition to fostering kittens for other rescue organizations.

Blake is our Fundraising Coordinator, coming up with clever ways to raise money for the dogs (as we are currently 100% dependent on donations, fund raisers and our own money) in addition to working with our Event Coordinator to make our events financially successful to enable us to rescue more dogs! Blake lives with her two fosters-turned-forever: Presley the Cat and Sugar the Pit Bull.

Which brings us to Rachel, our Event Coordinator. If you are interested in hosting an event to benefit BBR, she is your girl! In fact, she may have already reached out! Rachel lives with her fiance, Dante, and their pit bull.

We are a diverse bunch, to say the least, but with our combined skills and different views, we make a very well rounded group. Between all of us, there is someone for everyone to relate to, and the most important bond we share is our love of dogs!

Please come meet us at one of our events, which can be seen at www.bbrinc.org. If you are interested in adopting, fostering, volunteering or becoming otherwise involved in what we think is a pretty fun rescue, please email BBRCT@yahoo.com.

Thank you for reading, and please keep an eye out for info on our upcoming events, adoptable dogs and more!

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Amazing1740 June 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Thank you!! I actually ran out of room to write. If I had more room, I could have wrote for days. LOL
tonypct June 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM
As a dog lover and owner, who had to put down my beloved family member, a 13 year old Yellow Lab, one year ago this July 4th, I will put my dog ownership and responsibility level against anyone on this site. I've never accused anyone of being an irresponsible dog owner here. For those of you who are responsible Pit Bull owners, more power to you. But even responsible dog owners make mistakes. And making a mistake with a Pit Bull, like leaving a gate or door open, can have devestating consequences.
Liz Hoffmann, Executive Coach June 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Dogs are all individuals - just like humans. And just like with humans, you cannot judge whether a person is dangerous or not based on their race, color, or creed. Statistics back this up: “A study performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, analyzed dog bite statistics from the last 20 years and found that the statistics don’t show that any breeds are inherently more dangerous than others." One of my dogs (who has since passed) was a big shepherd mix with some scars from prior abuse. He was also the sweetest dog that ever lived (IMHO). At a local park - a golden retriever aggressively went after him. He did not respond in kind, and the golden's owner intervened and pulled her dog off of him. However, everyone assumed that my dog had been the aggressor because he looked like a junk-yard dog. Again, you cannot judge a dog from looks or breed - as they are all individuals and should be evaluated as such. Good luck Bully Breed Rescue with your wonderful & important rescue work!!!
Stephanie Oda August 30, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Great work. thank God for you "animal nuts." Maybe some of you can help me. Does anyone here know what happened to Tommy, the beautiful grey and white Tabbly late of Holmes Avenue, Darien? He was a cat of many names, including Kingston, Moggy, Grie-grie, TLGC (The Little Grey Cat), and finally, and most unimaginatively, Tommy. Tommy was five years old and had adipted me. He had an owner (sort of), but priactially lived in my house on Holmes Avenue. I fed him and often sheltered him in rain or snow. I had to move away, and poor Tommy tried to adopt the family who bought my house. He was loved by eveyone, but essentially homeless. In about July of this year, he became ill and was being fostered by an animal organization in Stamford. I have been trying to find out what his fate was. His owner doesn't know. I need to know if Tommy was adopted or is he gone to cat heaven. Spread the word and contact me if you know. thank you. Sincerely, Stephanie Oda Formerly of 90 Holmes Avenue, Darien. Odasan@aol.com
Carl Kolchak August 30, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Last I heard, Tommy was seen loitering outside Orem's Diner in Wilton. They now call him Sanisloda.

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