Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue
P.O. Box 3215  /  Church Street Station
New York, New York  10008-3215

July 18, 2014 Update on Dante:  Dante is well enough to be adopted now.  He is a quirky character, even though he's "special needs."  His eyesight is impaired and we're not sure if it's because his "dry eye" was never treated or if it's natural aging (the vet estimates he's as young as 8, as old as 10), but he will need daily prescription eyedrops for the remainder of his life to keep enough tear flow.  He is completely deaf but quite the pip. He is vocal when he wants something specific (usually to come in or out) and if his waterbowl is empty, he'll clang and push it around until someone notices. He walks nicely once his initial excitement eases.  He does not like little fuzzies -- either dogs or cats -- but we're not sure how he'll do with dogs his own size or larger. Thus a meet and greet with any potential canine housemate is suggested.  We'd like Dante to live out his remaining years loved and fussed over since he seems to have had so little attention in his life so far.  Please email for more info about adopting Dante:

May 15, 2014:  As some of you know, despite no longer actively rescuing we haven't been able to turn our backs completely on needy bullies.   This boy --  the shelter has named him Dante -- was found on a Bronx sidewalk and taken to Manhattan Animal Care and Control. He has multiple infected wounds -- possibly weeks-old dog bites.  His spine, hocks and elbows are calloused, leading us to believe he was kept on concrete. He's just a mess right now and in a lot of pain.  The shelter shaved and treated his abscesses and will be releasing him to our custody. At this point, all we know about Dante is that he craves human affection and that he'll be on antibiotics for at least a few weeks while we evaluate his personality the best we can and determine if he has any other health issues.  We are looking for a long term foster or a foster-to-adopt within driving distance of NYC that can help us bring him back to health. Please email for an application if you are interested:  If you can help with his medical  bills, email us for donation info or the name of his vet.

2012:  It is with a sad heart that we announce the closing of Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue.  

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.

We remain responsible for all the dogs we placed, until the end of  their days, so if you adopted a dog from us and can no longer keep it, contact us and we will rehome your bullie in an equally loving household.  All prior adoption contracts remain in force, and this website and our Facebook page will remain available for training and health referrals, bully news, and other things "bull terrier."

We wish we could continue, and this has been a terribly painful decision; however, 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.  We urge you to support them:  their names and websites are listed below and they will adopt to this area.  
Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia (Serving a large portion of the East Coast)  Click here for their Facebook page.
Bull Terrier Club of America's Rescue Welfare Trust(the national breed rescue organization)  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 (not just your state, but adjoining states too).  Their website is not always kept up to date; they may have more dogs available than are listed.)  Click here for their Facebook page. 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 have foster homes in NY, NJ and PA and will adopt to those and abutting states)  Their Facebook page is

Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America rescue committee , the national rescue group for mini bullies. Find their application at or visit their Facebook page.  

Just4Keeps is a Toronto-based rescue that will occasionally adopt to homes near the Ontario border. or visit their Facebook page.

Ivy Roads Canine Rescue is another Canadian-based rescue that will adopt to homes close to Ontario. or visit their Facebook page
Do you live beyond the East Coast, or South of Virginia?  Than email us and we will tell you the reputable bull terrier rescuers closest to you.  

We recommend you meet any dog you wish to adopt as well as the rescue people involved; we do not recommend shipping a bull terrier or adopting from more than reasonable driving distance away. Long-distance adoptions become complicated, heartbreaking and expensive if the adoption doesn't work out. Everyone adopts hoping for permanence and a "happily ever after" but sometimes, through no one's fault, the match between dog and home isn't ideal.  A reputable rescue group will have an adoption contract outlining what expenses you, as an adopter, are responsible for if the adoption does not work out. And a reputable rescue will always take a dog back if you need to give it up.  Please look for these contingencies in any paperwork you sign. 

Rescue groups are staffed by volunteers and often have dogs available that are not shown on their websites yet.  Your best bet is to fill out an application first so they can try to match a bully with your family and lifestyle. As always, feel free to contact us for assistance or advice.

If you need to surrender your bull terrier or you know of a bull terrier in an area shelter, contact the rescue groups above to see if any or all of them can help.  

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, and 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! 

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is a public-private partnership developing creative solutions to the issues of animal care and control in New York City.  We encourage you to support their affiliated organizations, services and businesses. 

You can also find dogs on Petfinder and  Adopt-a-Pet     
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