EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: JAN's COTM is Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR)

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

JAN's COTM is Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR)

Team EFA's
Charity of the Month is...
Chicago English Bulldog Rescue
Nominated by Esse of EkNeverFeltBetter


This is Ava in holiday mode...

Ava fills up a lot of space but mostly the space that was left in our hearts when we lost our 14 year old Shih Tzu last June. My husband Gary and I tried a go at life without the joy and satisfaction of being pet parents but the void was deep, and did not lessen with time.

I turned to the Internet for comfort one day, searching for dogs that were adoptable. The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR) popped up online and presented a possible solution. I was immediately drawn in by the pictures of bullies needing forever homes. Picture after picture showed beautiful bulldogs who had been abused, neglected, mistreated and abandoned.

Suddenly tears gave way to excitement. For days I was haunted by CEBR until I decided to approach my husband about considering adoption once again. I brought him to the computer. We read and looked at the pictures together and with very few words we launched our journey together to become adoptive parents to one of CEBR’s bullies.

“ If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

(Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind)

After submitting our application online, CEBR began their very careful analysis of our suitability to take one of their bulldogs using their extensive telephone evaluation and follow-up home visit to determine if we offered a safe environment. Only after thorough scrutiny were we considered eligible and qualified as CEBR adoptive pet parents. Part of their analysis was to determine which dog would be best suited to us and our home.

Ava was chosen as the perfect fit... And she is! It’s been over 3 months now since Ava joined our family and as they say… we rescued her and she saved us!


"Welcome to the home of the English Bully rescue everyone is talking about! Don’t be fooled by our name, we cover a very large Midwest territory.

Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR for short) has been helping pure-bred bullies and their families for 3 years. We are a licensed Illinois shelter and a 501c3 charitable organization. The care we provide our English Bully rescues exceeds any you will find from a breed rescue…heck, any rescue! This love includes a high quality diet, the best veterinary care around from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality."

"We serve Chicago-proper and the surrounding suburbs, the state of Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southeast Wisconsin including Milwaukee. Made up of 100 volunteers, CEBR has rehomed almost 300 bullies and counseled hundreds of families to provide support, encouragement and training consults to help keep bullies in their homes.

The national economic downturn in the past few years has presented some unexpected challenges for CEBR with an unprecedented rise in bulldog surrenders both by owner families and various animal care and control organizations that turn to CEBR for assistance in appropriate placements. Our dedicated group of volunteers has enabled us to not only respond to this increased need for our services but also to strategically expand both our service area and our exceptional Rescue Program which focuses on puppy mill, dog auction, and large scale surrender situations."

To help them heal, please consider donating to our general medical fund or making an ongoing pledge as one of our Rescue Angels."

The Project ARK Rescue Bullies

"As part of our ongoing mission to help bulldogs in need CEBR will sometimes take on special missions as part of our Exceptional Rescue Program. These missions focus on puppy mill, commercial breeding, dog auction and large scale surrender situations where dogs are suffering, often in hopeless situations. We recently found out about two groups of bullies in Arkansas that truly needed our help and the weekend of March 5, 2011 we drove for almost three straight days to a desolate region of the South on a very special rescue mission dubbed Project ARK."

"Project ARK was a two-part mission. We first removed 8 bullies from a commercial breeding operation in a remote part of the Ozarks. We successful drove away with 3 breeding girls, 1 pregnant breeder mom, and 1 mom with three beautiful 3 week old puppies. These girls were living in outdoor kennels, on the cold earth, with little protection from the rain and elements.

The next day we completed the second part of our mission. We rescued another 4 bullies from a mill in Oklahoma. This mill is infamous for kicking or dropping its puppies and is the same mill that brought us Sally May, Tallulah, Sookie Sue and Dora. Finally, we were able to take in one last bully that originally came out of the Oklahoma mill, but had been housed by an animal hoarder for the past year.

So all in all, 12 beautiful females and 1 handsome male! A huge welcome to Jessie, Clara, Sugar Mama, Penny, Jade, Cora, Leo, Olivia, Juliette and Gigi along with the three yet to be named babies. This is the exciting and happy news. The unhappy part of this announcement is that all of these beautiful bullies came from conditions that any of us would find deplorable. Legal? Yes. Disgusting? Absolutely!"

We Need Your Help

Adele has her own blog

"In order to continue our mission of helping bulldogs in need we need your help. In addition to all of the spays, vaccinations and routine medical care, because of years of neglect many of the dogs that we take in require extensive medical care. We have taken in many severe orthopedic cases that require multiple surgeries and rehabilitation.

We are committed to giving each and every bulldog in need a great new life, but we can't do it without your help. We are very grateful for the generosity of our supporters and we know you love bulldogs as much as we do. Please consider contributing to our medical fund to help us to continue to help those bulldogs most in need. No donation is too small. Any amount that you can contribute will go a long way. Thank you!"

VISIT their website

READ Adele's blog

CHECK OUT their bullies

CONSIDER adopting

MAKE a donation







  1. So sweet!
    I've read about the swimming therapy for "swimmer puppy" before and how wonderful it works.
    Ava and Adele are so cute!!!
    What a great org.!

  2. Bullies are such special dogs! :)


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