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Frequently Asked Questions

Phone: 305-666-8870

Where can I see the dogs that are available for adoption?

The most current information about the bulldogs we are fostering is right here on our site. Click here to see our Recent Rescues.

I would love to adopt an English Bulldog from your group! What do I have to do?
If you are interested in adopting one of our bullies, the first step is to fill out the required paperwork. You can find it right here.

I can't download your application. Can you mail one to me?
Yes, we can mail an adoption application to you, but first, please mail us a self-addressed, stamped envelope ($.39) to:
Buddies Thru Bullies

Adoption Application Request

P.O. Box 15938
Plantation, FL  33318

I don't live in Florida. Can you ship a dog to me?
EFFECTIVE April 1st, 2004, Buddies Thru Bullies will no longer ship dogs by air. All adoptive families are responsible for arranging transportation, and for picking up their new dogs. Currently, our dogs are being fostered only in Florida. Applicants will need to come to the foster home where the dog is located, and must use ground transportation to get their new bulldog home. The safety and welfare of the dogs is our primary concern.

How much is your adoption fee?
The cost of each Bulldog is determined by the age and condition of each animal. Adoption fees range from $100 to $450.

Do the bulldogs come with papers?
Although we specialize in English Bulldogs, in 95% of the cases, AKC papers are not available. Should we receive a dog with AKC papers, there will be an additional $10 charge if the new adopter chooses to obtain them.

I'm going to be in South Florida in a couple of days & I'd like to see the dogs. When can I visit?
We appreciate your enthusiasm! However, BTB is not a shelter or boarding facility. There is no central viewing place. All of our bulldogs are kept in private homes throughout South Florida. This gives us the opportunity to assess the dog in a typical home setting. Plus, nothing beats the warmth of a loving home, especially to a bulldog we've rescued. If you are interested in adopting a specific dog, and the paperwork has been completed, arrangements can be made in advance to meet the dog.

Do you know of any rescue groups closer to me?
If you'd like to find a rescue closer to you, please try these links:
On the Rebound Rescue
Bulldog Rescue Railroad
Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network

Don't forget to also try your local shelter!

Tell me about how I can adopt a bully from BTB.
We have a very involved adoption procedure. It takes more than a few weeks to process each application after we have received all the completed paperwork. The adoption application is several pages long and requires additional information from what the membership application provides. BTB requires a COMPLETED application before we do any processing; we want to be sure each family is qualified to adopt.

I saw one of your bulldogs on Can you tell me more about him/her?
For specific information on a dog, please email Please allow 7-10 days for a response.

I saw on your website that "this dog is in the process of being adopted." What exactly does that mean?
These bulldogs will remain listed on the
Rescue Pending page until all paperwork has been completed and the adoption has been finalized. If for some reason, the adoption does not go through, the dogs will once again be placed on the pages of available dogs. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about these dogs - just email

The bulldog I'm interested in has dry eye - what does this mean?
Dry eye means that the dog's tear duct is not producing enough tears. Bulldogs are predisposed to having dry eye, and if caught soon enough, it is usually treatable with daily eye drops. For more information, please read
Dry Eye: A potentially vision-threatening disease by Dr. Susan Carastro.

What is heartworm?
Indoor and outdoor dogs (and cats) can get heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition, where worms reside in the heart and major blood vessels of dogs, cats, and other species of mammals. When caught early enough, heartworm can be eliminated. It is also easily preventable with reasonably priced medication you may have heard about, like Heartgard, Filarabits, and Revolution. Heartworm is not contagious to you or to the other animals in your house.

I want a young dog. Do you have any puppies?
It's very rare that we (or any rescue group) get puppies surrendered to us. The dogs we get are the ones that people keep until they outgrow the "cute" puppy stage. When the fun has worn off, the owners abandon the dog & we end up with it -- health problems & all.

If you are looking for a young dog, you should look for a reputable breeder. (Make sure it's not a puppy mill!) We suggest you start your search by going to The BCA. Another way is to go through the Bulldog Webring (which you can find on our front page) and surf around to find a breeder.

I've checked with breeders & pet stores near me, and they all want too much money for a bulldog! I think a rescue dog will be much cheaper for me.
$1000 might sound like a lot to own a Bulldog, but BELIEVE ME, the costs do not stop there. Bulldogs take an extraordinary amount of care, including cleaning their wrinkles daily, wiping their tail (yes, underneath too) and cleaning their paws. Without daily care and maintenance, you will have frequent trips to the Vet, costing a few hundred dollars a visit. We speak from experience.

If you are serious about getting a rescue dog, understand that they are often older and already have problems that will require special care. If you are not willing to invest a lot of time and money into a bulldog, then maybe you should look at a breed this is less delicate.

I'd like to help out and foster a bulldog. What do I need to do?
At this time, we only allow fostering in Florida, specifically Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Other areas in Florida are determined on a case-by-case basis. In the future, we hope to expand our fostering program. For more information, please email

Argh! Your site has annoying pop up ads! Get rid of them!!
We apologize about the pop-ups. You don't have to deal with it - just click to close it before it opens. Try hitting ctrl-w quickly.

Let me explain why we have pop-ups. Because we are a not-for-profit rescue organization, we try to find different avenues for donations and funds. Please do not deter from visiting our website because of this. This only serves to benefit our rescues.

Please understand that we are a group of individuals committed to our rescues. If you can overlook the pop-up by understanding that we have only the best intentions to our bulldogs, then please try again by closing the pop up immediately. That way, it does not appear again.

For questions about the website, please email

For questions about the dogs, please email

Last updated May 25, 2006

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