The QCBR Story
We Are Their Voice
Queen City Bulldog Rescue (QCBR) opened in February 2017 and is dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned Bulldogs.
Bulldogs are arguably the highest maintenance breed of dog, being predisposed to a variety of medical conditions requiring specific and expensive care.
Most bulldogs we rescue had been in a loving home and lost it through no fault of their own. An owner had passed away or a family lost their home. Others were unclaimed strays and still others were left behind when they were no longer convenient.
All had met the same fate, abandoned, forgotten and without a voice.
QCBR is here to be their advocate.
Rescuing and Education
Run solely by committed volunteers, along with our dedicated foster homes, veterinarians and trainers, we are able to rehabilitate and rehome bulldogs in Ohio, Kentucky and their surrounding states.
We also serve as a resource to our community by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership to ensure this expensive and high maintenance breed is properly cared for.
When a dog and family adopt each other, our payoff comes in seeing the dogs transform; from sad and scared in high kill shelters, to safe and happy bullies with their forever homes and families.
Helping Our Community
Having a strong desire to help our neighbors and their animals along with the grand introduction of our very first brick and mortar space, it swells our hearts to announce QCBR: THE PANTRY.
The Pantry opens its doors to those who are facing financial hardships within our community to help them feed their dogs on a no questions asked basis. So long as we have food, it’s open for the taking.
A Letter From Our Founder
I have always had a desire to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and have actively taken on this responsibility ever since I was a young girl.
Growing up, while other kids were asking for the latest toys or video games, I would ask for a dog breed book, which I would then enthusiastically study for hours upon end until I knew every single page from its cover to the index.
My passion for animals had always been evident but it wasn’t until my early teenage years that I began to dedicate time and energy to their welfare. With the support and blessing from my parents, I began fostering for a local rescue.
Within my first year of volunteering, I had rehabilitated, cared for and successfully placed countless dogs into new forever homes and quickly volunteered for various positions gaining more responsibilities.
For as many success stories I was able to be apart of, unfortunately there were some that aside from extreme efforts, were lost.
It was these medical cases that opened my eyes and allowed for my first experiences in veterinary medicine. While rescuing I was introduced to the diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of diseases and diagnoses. It was through these experiences I began to realize my love for animals went far beyond just the basics.
I was fascinated, intrigued and challenged by each new medical case I experienced and was eager to learn at every presentable opportunity. After spending multiple years fostering I eventually took on roles of volunteer and adoption coordinators while also becoming a veterinary assistant at a local animal hospital.
This exposure allowed me to work side by side with a veterinarian and permitted invaluable experiences that further developed my love for the veterinary medical field. It was also during this time I was introduced to my first Bulldog and my life would be forever changed.
I quickly realized Bulldogs were unlike any other breed of dog I had been exposed to. These gentle, comedic, albeit insanely high maintenance creatures were the perfect combination that enabled me to simultaneously exercise my passion for medicine and rescue work while instantaneously making my heart sing!
Fast forward a handful of years, two bulldogs, numerous veterinarian surgical procedures and thousands upon thousands of dollars later, here we are today! Queen City Bulldog Rescue is truly a passion project that was initiated in an attempt to help first time bulldog owners feel supported (something I wish I had) and to create a community of like minded people who have a passion for a group of canines who are genetically labeled as underdogs through and through. Currently, Registered Nursing pays my bills while Queen City Bulldog energizes my spirit and fulfills my heart and soul.
I am beyond proud of what QCBR has evolved into since opening our doors in 2017. We pride ourselves in making our adoption process an enjoyable experience and find our organization’s ‘secret sauce’ to be the monumental relationships we are able to build and sustain with our alumni far beyond our dog’s adoption dates.
I encourage anyone with the slightest interested in becoming a member of our tribe to make the connection whether it’s volunteering, fostering, adopting, utilizing The Pantry or simply reaching out as one dog lover to another. We would absolutely love to have you and I promise we don’t bite!
There is no doubt life would be easier without a bulldog. My bank account would be more impressive and my heart far less damaged.
I’ve often times received question as to why I own and advocate for arguably the most man made, in bred, high maintenance breed imaginable, especially due to my most sincerest passion for rescue.
I never have a hallmark answer.
However, I feel compelled to mother this breed and support those with similar desires because I’ve seen first hand what one can look like in the hands of a careless owner. I own one because even if small in number, I know that profit driven breeding will be decreased due to spay and neutering, even if only by a single dog.
I put my heart and soul into ensuring that at least one creature, who was born with the odds stacked against them, will have a safe, loving home with hopeful subsequent years of a comfortable life.
My love for this breed is so genuine that if educated owners aren’t a guarantee, I hope to see a day where bulldogs are a breed of the past. When they are no longer bred because their suffrage and comfort mean more than our own selfish satisfaction of having their companionship.
Owning a bulldog isn’t easy. But I’ll chose this life time and time again. Why? Because it’s worth it.