Re-home purebred Bullmastiffs ...and other Molosser breeds
The Rescue Barn is a
private rescue group intended to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home
molossers/mastiff breeds in need. We are active members of The American Bullmastiff Association. Our Rescued Dogs stay in our personal care from time of surrender to time of adoption and are an immediate part of our Rescue Rehabilitation Training Program. To visit our
Available Dogs, please call for an appointment or
look thru the "ADOPTABLE" pages.
Barn accepts and houses a small number of animals at one
time and welcomes new dogs only when there is appropriate
space and available time for our assistants. Please have
continued patience while looking to add a Bullmastiff to
your home or when surrendering a Bullmastiff to our
The Rescue Barn currently provides Rescue and Re-homing service for animal companions in
Connecticut and the immediate surrounding states. We can offer and arrange
transportation for surrendering and for adoptions outside of Connecticut. For
the National Bullmastiff Rescue Program, visit the Parent Club at
Rescue Barn Residents:
Gentle, Ridiculously funny and BIG ... a half grown Mastiff
Angel is a one of a kind. She came into our Rescue Program with a very chaotic beginning. She was found as a stray living in a barn and was taken into a dog loving home. What they didn't consider was although the family loved dogs, Angel didn't.
So for several weeks or months, Angel lived locked in a room to protect her from hurting the other dogs. Not only was she a stray, now she was a closet case. She began developing bad habits and bad behaviors to get out of the locked room. She was learning to dislike other dogs even more. Rather than addressing her original issues, more were developing.
Fortunately Angel is very young and her mind is willing. She was welcomed into our Rescue Rehab Program and slowly Angel has been working diligently at learning positive behaviors. It has been a
few months since she arrived and I have reluctantly held from posting her but ALAS she gets an A+ from us here for her AMAZING progress.
Angel is devoted to her caretakers and takes training to heart. She has a mind like a sponge and really accepts what is taught to her. Angel is willing to accept other animals but not quite ready to "play" but we've made enormous progress from a gal who was breaking down doors. She needs more rehab concerning "other dogs" but her heart is with her home. She would be best suited in a home with no other pets.
She's a pleasure to be with, a lovely girl to have and a super fun girl to laugh with. Angel is ready to meet potential adopters in hopes to find someone as special as she is and willing to help her grow up into a kind lady. For now she's a fun puppy (haha huge) girl who just needs some simple direction.
Angel is a Presa Canario/Mastiff mix, two breeds who are entirely, unendingly devoted to their family.. Angel will absolutely be your furry angel if you allow her into your hearts.
Look for Angel on Facebook ("Bullmastiff Rescue") where we will continue to post all *new*, updated photos all the time (along with videos)
Would you like to donate to Angel's care, rehabilitation, training and toys? She has been in our Program (start date Nov 17th, 2012) with INCREDIBLE and IMPRESSIVE progress.
Your support is necessary and absolutely appreciated. Pray for "Angel" to find her new home in 2013!
Rescue Barn Resident:
Sascha is a very pretty (beauuuutiful), red brindle Bullmastiff. She is a LOVELY purebred Bullmastiff rescued by Animal Control in FLA. She was found as a stray at under 70 lbs, just purely skin and bones. From off the streets, to shelter living, to a boarding kennel and now foster care, she has made an AMAZING comeback and is nothing less than a stunning, beautiful, kind gal.
She has been comfortably living in foster care where she was spayed and updated on her vaccinations. Her time ran out in foster care and she was moved to a boarding kennel where she has been living for SEVERAL MONTHS! Sounds like a rough life...nah, Sascha's luck doesn't run out, she was taken care of like a PRINCESS! The ACO and the Boarding Kennel Director fell head over heels and now this girl is ready for finding a home.
Sascha wasn't finding a suitable home out of the boarding kennel where she couldn't possibly show off her attractive couch skills, so once again, her time ran out. How could such a special and beautiful gal be euthanized just for not finding a home to adopt her? She was picked again to go back into foster care... lady luck I guess.
With ABARS Rescue Sascha hitched a ride on a rescue transport from GA to her *new* foster situation in Connecticut where she will now have the necessary training, unlimited care and as much TLC as she needs to find her a home, and without "running out of time".
Sascha is now getting ready for her forever life as someone's forever companion. She is working very hard on learning about proper manners so she will be looking for a home with NO cats or small animals to chase and no other dogs (or an owner willing to work together with us introducing Sascha into a dog/relationship). Sascha needs an adult home with plenty of spare attention to share with her.
She's AMAZING! She's going to be the best friend someone has ever found.
This very sweet, affectionate girl will require a securely fenced yard, some additional
training and lots and lots of happy love. She is looking for a home without children so that she can have all of the attention to herself to grow up as a much loved family pet.
Sascha is without any health problems. She is very easy to have. She's one big, happy muscle and ready for the couch!! She adds a lot of love to her space (be prepared to share her couch), I am excited for her to find a special family to be a part of. This gal is a challenge and a pleasure!
Watch for Sascha on Facebook ("Bullmastiff Rescue") where we will continue to post all *new*, updated photos all the time. Sascha is pure pleasure.
Rock Star is a loyal Mastiff
Puppy who is attracted to the Ultimate Family Model. He takes his work as a
family man seriously and becomes the center of attention quite easily. Rock Star
is one year old and working on making it thru maturity and adolescence without
getting into too much trouble.
Super sweet, super big, happy and fun... Rock is an impressive male who needs a whole lot of attention. He was surrendered to our program by his owners who couldn't keep him for financial reasons when Rock was increasingly in need of professional training. Rock is a lovely boy with his family. He is sweet, quiet, kind and loads of fun. He needs proper re-socialization with introductions to strangers to control his fear and confusion.
Rock is doing very well with his training. He is very patient and will do well with an experienced owner with a stable home. He is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations and ready soon for adoption.
Rock Star on Facebook where he has his OWN page. We will continue to post all *new*, updated photos all the time.
Rock is a big healthy Mastiff puppy. He has a huge heart and a giant will to run and play. Please have a securely fenced yard to adopt Rock.
Cole is the loveliest Black
Cane Corso Puppy ever to steal our hearts..
Cole was surrendered as an adolescent puppy to a local shelter in MD. After a few weeks, the shelter workers found him "too difficult" for adoption. He was a happy and fun loving pup with 130 lbs of excitement to control on a leash (and had never been on a leash). He was the equivalent of a Baby Stallion ready to run in the fields.
After welcoming Coal to our Training Program, we realized Cole is a "special" dog. His needs are "different" as are his abilities, Cole learns slowly, becomes very upset easily and progress is equal to the patience given. Cole is a strong, excitable, genuine baby Corso who needs constant one on one care. He will do best in a stable environment as many of his needs and behaviors bounce off the sensitivity and emotions of his environment.
Coal has grown up in our Program, he has been with us since December of 2012 and has made enormous progress in a basic and slow training program. He is a HUGE part of our hearts, our playground and our home and will make a very special companion for a unique family.
Coal will require a "special" owner with time and patience to spare.
Batman is a snuggle hunk of a senior Cane Corso. He is a beautiful male, extremely loyal and very quickly becomes very attached to his human companions. There is nothing about Batman that suggests "old" other than his long history. He loves to play and snuggle all day!!
Batman was a NYC Stray, living on the streets trying to survive in the dead of winter. He became very ill with parasites and was infected with heartworm. With severe weight loss, a heavy cough and draining ear infections, Batman was taken into the shelter to bring him to safety where he became even more ill by contracting pneumonia! This gorgeous senior was fortunate to have been chosen by Rescue Angels while "on death row" at this high kill shelter in Manhattan.
He was brought to foster care for some TLC and recently was accepted into our Rescue Program. We've had the pleasure of caring for Batman since March and watching him develop into a strong healthy boy while he learns proper behaviors and gradually gains appropriate weight with his new healthy nutritional program.
Batman has been doing extremely well as a Rehabilitation Resident; playing ball, learning to trust, using his confidence only where necessary. Unfortunately, Batman is still in need of Heartworm Treatment prior to his availability for adoption.
Batman is beyond handsome, his heart is HUGE with affection and appreciation.
Batman on Facebook ("Batman Corso") where we will continue to post all *new*, updated photos all the time.
Buddha was an owner surrender from a loving family environment. After 7 years of companionship they found themselves in financial disgrace and had to give up Buddha for his care to be continued as needed Buddha is a sweet, gentle senior Bullmastiff with a silly, happy temperament. He is a lounger and will take in the sunshine most afternoons. He is good with everyone he meets and friendly with other pets, he originally came from a show breeder with an excellent, well established pedigree.
Buddha has chronic skin issues (feet, ears and eyes) which are controlled thru diet, clean environment and DAILY maintenance. Just think if it as a child with
allergies to dust and mold. He has a beautiful coat and strong tight muscle. His feet are an issue with "interdigital cysts". He has probably dealt with this discomfort most of his life (nobody likes walking on sore feet). His maintenance becomes routine; wiping his feet dry, using soaks, powders and cleansing products. if kept clean and dry, his feet maintain a health condition.. He may also require occasional medical care thru a veterinarian.
He was brought to foster care for some TLC and to find a loving home who will appreciate his elder age. He is one of our favorite residents and will make an AWESOME companion to a forever family willing to share their home with him.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
What would you do if you lost your father or your best friend, if he suddenly passed while helping your friends during a state of emergency, if his generosity overwhelmed
everyone, even himself?
On Monday, November 5, 2012, that's exactly what happened to Mugsy's dad… His human companion, his best friend, the guy he spent every daybreak and nightfall with, was suddenly taken from him just one week after Superstorm Sandy took his home.
THE HORRORS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY
When Sandy made landfall that terrifying October night, more than 100 miles south of Queens near Atlantic City, the storm pushed an incredible amount of water into New York Harbor and Jamaica Bay. That water rose — and rose — and rose — coming over the banks into the streets and driveways, basements, living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms of residents in many towns including Howard Beach, New York, the place Mugsy called home.
Less than 24 hours after the water rushed in, the sound of generators and emergency sirens echoed through the streets of their town. The water reached higher than seven feet outside the homes, flooding basements and first floors completely with water levels of 4 to 6 feet inside the homes. Families were forced to relocate, evacuate, and move out.
Now, a month later, the devastation still echoes in the lives of so many families of Howard Beach. Walking through neighborhoods there, you will find entire families and friends living on second floors with the first floor gutted, floors pulled out, debris and mold overcoming the homes. Many are unfit and unsafe to live in. It will take months before the homes are inhabitable again.
HOWARD BEACH, NY WAS MUGSY'S HOME
This was Mugsy's neighborhood. Mugsy is a gorgeous 2.5 year old Cane Corso / Terrier mix. He was raised in a loving home environment and took his job seriously as a canine companion and guardian to his immediate family of three - his dad, Gary, along with Gary's 86-year old mother, and his 20-year old son. In a word - tragic.
Because of Superstorm Sandy, the family had to take temporary shelter with friends, sleeping on sofas, and making the best of a situation that will take months to rebuild. Unfortunately, the friends who are taking care of the humans are unable to accommodate Mugsy.
MUGSY'S DAD DIED CARING FOR OTHERS
Gary, Mugsy’s human companion, was a caretaker himself. The days following Sandy, Gary walked door to door handing out coats from his own closets to people in the neighborhood and to the Hurricane Relief Center across town. He did whatever he could to be certain his neighbors, his family, and friends were ok. On November 5th, after caring for his neighbors, Gary returned home to Mugsy, where he tragically suffered a heart attack and died. How any one family could suffer so much is beyond comprehension. Gary took care of others. Everyone who lived in that home depended on him. And now he is gone. He lived his life caring for others right to the very end. Friends and family are helping the best that they can. And
now we need to pool our resources together to help Mugsy - for Gary, for his family, and for Mugsy.
MUGSY LIVED ALONE IN THE WRECKAGE FOR WEEKS AFTER SANDY
Mugsy remained alone at the house for weeks after the storm passed, without the family he knew, without his dad. He lived in the home’s storm damaged first floor. There was no heat, no love, no walls, no blankets, no sofas, nothing. Everything was damaged. Mugsy is a survivor. His strength amazed the neighborhood as he stayed all alone in a house that ONLY Mugsy still believed his family would return to.
Can you imagine for a moment if you said goodbye to your pet one day to run an errand and never returned? Can you imagine if, at the same time, your pet, who snuggled on the rug at your feet or on your lap on the couch, was now alone, confused, and surrounded by debris and cold cement floors? Can you imagine if you left this earth and there was nowhere for your pet to go and absolutely nothing you could do about it? I can’t.
Mugsy was at least blessed to have a wonderful young man down the street walk and feed him each day while he anxiously waited for his master to return. But life is hard in this Howard Beach neighborhood. This young man and his mother also lost everything in their home's first floor and are struggling to get back on their feet and define the new normal in their lives. Something had to be done if Mugsy was ever going to have a chance at a normal life again. Leaving him alone in that house for 23 hours a day would destroy him.
A "MASTIFF ALLIANCE" WAS FORMED TO HELP MUGSY
Fortunately for Mugsy, many people responded when we started to network his urgency. His story captivated those involved in his “rescue” and on Thanksgiving Day, he was taken into foster care for boarding and socialization with Mary Hannigan
(Bullmastiff Rescue Barn).
If they hadn’t rescued him that day, Mugsy would have been surrendered to the NYC ACC with hopes that the "Urgent" community could network him and find a home. But we all know that after what Mugsy’s been through, he needs an opportunity to decompress before going into any old home. He needs to reset, relax, learn to trust again. Sending him into a home without this preparation could put him and the family at risk. There is nothing sadder than a dog who gets a second chance and then ends up being euthanized because he was misunderstood by his human counterparts.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Now here is another element in this truly tragic story that demonstrates how amazing and compassionate people can be. This "Mastiff Alliance" agreed to help Mugsy without any financial “commitment”. They agreed to help Mugsy based on donations alone. In return, I promised to share Mugsy’s story and do whatever I could to raise funds for him. Holistic Pet Services even arranged to have Mugsy neutered. This will help with his behavioral training.
We need your help sharing Mugsy's story and contributing whatever you can for his care. Boarding and rehabilitation costs alone are estimated at over $500 per week. This doesn’t include food or vet visits. Not surprisingly, Mugsy is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Losing all of your structure as well as your physical home is trying, to say the least, especially for an animal whose nature depends so much on stability and companionship.
Mugsy was born a protector and raised as a family dog. Please help him get the care he needs so he can trust again and be adopted into a loving home. I would love nothing more than for Gary to look down and see that Mugsy is on his way to finding a new home and family to love.
Let me also share that Gary's family is deeply moved by everyone's generosity and support. They are suffering on so many levels and cannot begin to express their appreciation for our help. I will maintain contact with them and be their voice when it's too hard for them to speak. And rest assured, the Mastiff Alliance as a whole, will be Mugsy's voice and help him to recover.
Watch for Mugsy on Facebook ("Mugsy Cane Corso/Terrier Mix") where we will continue to post all *new*, updated photos all the time. Mugsy is such a nice boy.
The photos above are some of the 25 Bullmastiffs who were surrendered in Nevada by their breeder who could no longer take care of them. ABARS is in desperate need of donations (ANY amount) for the medical care of these 20 + dogs, they also need volunteers who can foster these dogs. These beautiful dogs will be available for adoption after rehabilitation.
Feel free to
inquire about our
Rescue Barn Adoption Application so that we may review your current living
environment and expectations and keep you in mind when an appropriate Resident becomes
available for adoption here at the Bullmastiff Rescue Barn.
The Rescue Barn
Resident Programworks on a few things. We give our dogs total
time, appreciation and attention. We do not take more dogs than we
ourselves can handle and we remain firm in this policy so our dogs can have
100% care and nobody is left out when they are fostered under our
responsibility. This being said, our limit for "Rescue Residents" is up
to four dogs available for adoption at a time. We generally try to have only
one dog in our care so that individual dog can benefit from all of our focus
can be rehabilitated and re-homed appropriately. This is why when you visit our "adoptable" rescue web page, you will often times only see one dog taking center stage. Once this dog is adopted and securely in his/her new family, then we accept another dog into our program and post his/her availability and needs on our "adoptable" page. Currently we have more than one due to the overwhelming inquiries by owners for Rehabilitation
and Re Socialization.
Rescue Resident will stay with us, in our immediate care from the time he or she
is surrendered by his/her owner until the time he/she finds a suitable and
appropriate forever home (however long or short this may take). During his/her
time here with us, he/she will receive necessary veterinary care, proper
training, re-socialization and rehabilitation and or tons of attention and love.
We are situated
on several lovely acres in the quiet Southwest corner of Connecticut. Our own dogs as
well as our Rescue Residents have individual paddocks to enjoy outside
time as well as their own special cozy living quarters for inside space. We have
been owned by and share our home with Molossers since 1990 and are lifetime members in
good standing of the American Bullmastiff Association.
We have an in
depth application process both for those giving up their Molossers, as well
as for those looking to adopt our Resident Molosser Rescues. The more we know about the
dog, the previous environment, the medical history, the potential new family and
their established environment, the better we can match the needs of the
Residents in our care to the expectations of the families looking to add a
mastiff breed to their homes.