To the world you are one person, to a rescue dog, you are the world!

Meet Hope - Hope is sponsored by Stephanie McComb and Brad Miller, Lisa Baxter, Shelly Conner, Adaptive Enterprises LLC, the Neeley Family, William & Dana Curry, Jeananne Forgey, Kristen & Donnie Payne, Nicole Headlee, Tracy Sutton, Kimberly & Christopher Lucas, Andrea & Todd Baumer and Amber Morgan


Hope is a stray

Intake Date: 11/21/13

Last Update: 07/01/14

Location: Indianapolis, IN


Age: 4 years

Gender: Altered Female

Weight: 56 lbs

Energy Level: Med low

Color: Mostly white with dapples and a brindle backside

Good with other dogs: Mostly ignores, but with sight/hearing issues caution should be exercised

Good with cats: Ignores them at the vet's office

Good with kids: Unknown

Object Agression: None displayed thus far

Special Needs: Hearing and sight issues, see below

Medications: Maintenance dosing of oral arthritis meds and eye drops for dry eye, monthly heartworm and flea preventative

Crate Trained: 

House Trained: See below

Adoption fee: $550

Shipping: IBR does not ship bullies




Hope came in with 2 cherry eyes, dry eye, inner ear infection (both ears), fleas and a terrible skin infection. She will be evaluated by the vet and more information will be available as soon as we know it.


JANUARY UPDATE: Hope has improved dramatically since arriving in rescue. Her eye, ear and skin infections are now all gone and her hair is growing back. All blood, urine and organ function tests are normal. A bad tooth was pulled, but she still needs a dental cleaning. It's easy to tell Hope feels much better overall and her personality is emerging.


Hope's hearing is still questionable, she seems to hear only high tones, i.e. responds to a whistle by not to voice commands. Her eyesight is also limited to light vs. dark, but her vet says her eye health has greatly improved. Dry eye meds will be a lifetime requirement. She is awaiting the scheduling of surgery to repair her cherry eye. Her foster mom leaves lots of lights on and turns lights on ahead of entering rooms and it has helped Hope navigate well in the house. She functions well with established routines and in an environment she can memorize.


Hope has learned about getting treats. After several tries of rubbing a smelly treat against her jutting lower lip, she opened her mouth and her foster mom popped it in. Now she is all about it and even knows which cabinet those delicious things come out of. She recently learned the joy of McDonald's fries, too.


Hope walks well on a leash. She is a good, calm car traveler. Housebreaking continues to be a question, though. She seems to understand the principles, but either has no background in trusting someone to take her out if she "holds it" or cannot last long. She may never be a dog that can be left for 8-10 hour work days. She also seems to be fine with other dogs and cats, but doesn't see or hear jostling/aggression coming, so caution is needed.


Hope has a pronounced right shoulder limp, which continues to be checked but may just be her conformation - she has big ol' bulldog shoulders. They are perfectly sized for good hugs, though. Despite ear infections being gone, a head tilt remains as well. Again, may just be how she is. It's rather jaunty!


Hope works hard to stay close to her person. Two baby gates and a bent metal crate have proved to her foster mom that she believes she should sleep in the room where her person sleeps. Her foster mom has a hard time continuing to think she's fragile because of her initial health problems. She's all bulldog! She also recently figured out a way to climb up on an ottoman and has decided one of the big leather chairs is quite comfy. She's worked out her own way of easing up and down from it.


MARCH UPDATE: Hope's eye surgery is completed and she is doing great! She clearly feels better and is more functional and responsive to her surroundings. She will always have vision limitations and will need to continue Cyclosporin eye drops.


Upon X-raying, her right front limp was found to be due to arthritis in her elbow. She will continue to need Rimadyl daily to help with that. Her coat has grown back in though, and she is looking so pretty!


Hope continues to be a delight to her foster mom, she is such a sweet soul. She does an awkward little shuffling dance of joy to greet her mom when she comes home. Hope wants nothing more than to be warm and fed and to be right by the side of her person.


House training remains a challenge, but her foster mom believes she "gets it" and someone whose schedule has less than her current 10-12 hour work days would be able to make great progress with Hope.


Hope is okay with other dogs and cats, but her limited vision and hearing will impact her interaction with them. She will do well in a home where she can memorize the layout and routine, as well.


JULY UPDATE: Hope continues to be a sweetie! She has been to the kennel a couple times while her foster mom was away and has captured the hearts of all the employees there.


Hope's foster mom says that all her concerns about Hope's limited eyesight and hearing have been erased during her interactions with other dogs. She holds her own. She even used her foster sister as her personal guide dog during the trips to and from the kennel. Hope just stayed right on her tail all the time. She totally figured that out on her own!


Time at the kennel also seems to have improved potty training. This reinforces Hope's foster mom's theory that she "gets it" when frequent enough trips can be made, not limited to her long work days.


Now that Hope's medical issues have been resolved, she is ready to find her forever family! Is it you? Please consider this sweet girl  when filling out an adoption application.

Welcome Bette to IBR! - Bette is sponsored by Amii Bischof & Scott Haines


Bette is an Owner Surrender

Intake Date: 05/26/14

Last Update: 08/12/14

Location: Indianapolis, IN


Age: 3 years

Gender: Altered Female

Weight: 45 lbs

Energy Level: Medium

Color: Brindle

Good with other dogs: No

Good with cats: Unknown

Good with kids: Yes

Object Agression: None noted to date

Special Needs: None

Medications: Joint supplements and pain medication as needed for luxating patella, eye drops for dry eye, monthly heartworm and flea preventative

Crate Trained: Yes

House Trained: Yes

Adoption fee: $550

Shipping: IBR does not ship bullies




Bette is a very sweet girl. She is well-mannered, knows the commands "Sit," "Down," "Stay" and "Shake" and she walks well with her harness.


Bette does have unpredictable dog aggression, so she needs to be the only dog in the house. She does have a history of going after other dogs, with the last instance being in April. Her former owner did state that a training collar used had no impact on her pulling if there is another dog around.


Bette is not known to chew on anything that isn't a toy and doesn't have food or territory issues. Her foster mom is still getting to know Bette, but thinks she is a really sweet girl just trying to find her place and has had no trouble with her so far.


JULY UPDATE: Bette has been to the vet and received a clean bill of health. She is current on all vaccinations, micro chipped and spayed. She will need to continue having eye drops in her left eye for dry eye. She also is on joint supplements for a luxating patella in her left leg. It has slipped out of place twice in 15 months, but she has not had any trouble with it since coming in to rescue.


AUGUST UPDATE: Nothing new to report with Bette. She has not had any problems with her luxating patella since coming in to rescue, so the joint supplements seem to be helping keep her condition stable. She is just waiting to find the right furever home!


Bette is a very sweet girl that gets along with every person she meets and loves to play with her toys. However, she HAS to have a home with NO other dogs, as she has unpredictable dog aggression issues. Her foster mom does not take her anywhere that she knows there will be other dogs to try and control the issue.


Please consider sponsoring Bette's vet care while she is in rescue. If you think you'd like to adopt Bette when she is ready, mention her name when filling out an adoption application.

Please help us welcome DJ to IBR! - DJ is sponsored by Jen & Dave, Mollie & Jon Krider in memory of their bulldogs Pumbaa and Georgia, Mary Rita Allen, Ashley & Matt Moore, Seth Ratcliff and Shannon Sitgreaves


We will share more information about DJ as he settles into his foster home, so please check back regularly for updates!


We do know DJ will need some veterinary care, so please consider sponsoring him. If you think you'd like to add DJ to your family when he is ready, mention his name when filling out an adoption application.

Meet Betty Boop! - Betty Boop is sponsored by Amber Morgan


Betty Boop is an Owner Surrender

Intake Date: 07/14/14

Last Update: 07/25/14

Location: Indianapolis, IN


Age: 5 years

Gender: Altered Female

Weight: 55 lbs

Energy Level: Low

Color: Fawn

Good with other dogs: Yes

Good with cats: Yes

Good with kids: Yes

Object Agression: None

Special Needs: None

Medications: Monthly heartworm and flea preventative

Crate Trained: Yes

House Trained: Yes

Adoption fee: $450

Shipping: IBR does not ship bullies




Betty Boop is just a sweet, loving little doll! She has only been with IBR a short time, but she is a perfect little lady! She follows her foster mom around everywhere and is always happy to see everyone. When her tail wags, her whole body wiggles.


Betty Boop is good with dogs, cats and kids (her foster family includes a 4 year old human child). She is crate trained, but doesn't need to be in one as she is not destructive and is house trained. She is just the perfect companion who loves sleeping on her dog bed beside her foster mom every night.


Please consider sponsoring Betty Boop's care while she is in rescue. If you're interested in adopting Betty Boop, please mention her name when filling out an adoption application.