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Get Our Pit Bulls Ready For A Loving Home

Saving pit bulls isn’t done by only adoption! Foster families play a big part in our program! Make A Stand Bully Rescue (MASBR) is a Texas based organization specializing in pit bull and bully-breed adoptions. As a “no-kill” rescue, our program strives to place healthy, social pit bulls and bully breeds in adoptive forever homes. But before we can place our pit bulls and bully breeds in adoptive homes, they reside with trained, volunteer K9 Foster Custodians.

K9 Foster Custodians provide love, training, and care to our program’s rescued pit bulls. We believe that our volunteer K9 Foster Custodians are our front line in saving lives. We work with our foster families on finding the right foster fit for each home. Then, we provide all necessary supplies. This includes funding all veterinary care and ensuring each dog has what he/she needs to thrive, while we carefully screen for the right adoptive home.

How Fostering Through MASBR Works

The first step in pit bull fostering with MASBR is to determine what time, space, and resources your home environment has available to a dog in need. We are flexible with our families and have opportunities geared for most! Beginning at temporary/overnight puppy placements and escalating all the way to senior, hospice pit bulls needing a final place to rest.

We take pride in our ability to provide all needed supplies to our foster families. As a foster with MASBR we will cover the following:

  • Dog food
  • Toys
  • Kennels and crates
  • Dog training tools
  • Cleaning supplies

Additionally, all veterinary expenses for the pit bulls and bully breeds in our program are covered by MASBR donors.

Matching You With The Perfect Fit

We work with you on finding the right foster fit for your home. MASBR takes into consideration the dogs’ ages, sexes, energy levels, play styles, behavioral needs, medical concerns, and length of stay. We ensure to never ask more of our K9 Foster Custodians than they choose to handle. We are firm believers in boundaries, and we strive to work within those bounds.

If this is the adventure for you, then let us be your foster family!

Upon submission of your pit bull foster application, you will receive contact from MASBR Director of Operations, Amanda Dowell. She will be your primary point of contact through the application process. If approved to join our foster family, Amanda will continue to be your primary point of contact, in addition to your local supply hub (i.e., families who have bulk foster supplies for your use, located in your area). If your application to foster a pit bull is denied, Amanda can provide feedback, upon request.

Thank you for your interest in fostering a Texas bully; we hope we are the rescue for you!

Foster Families Save Shelter Dogs’ Lives

There are an estimated 1 million pit bulls euthanized annually in America.

Pit Bulls and bully breed type dogs are the most euthanized type of dog in our country’s municipal shelters. Our dedicated staff works collaboratively with Texas shelters to save pit bulls and bully breed dogs facing imminent euthanasia. While we receive, on average, 100 “rescue requests” per week from our shelter partners, we only average 120 intakes annually.

We only commit to a shelter pit bull if we have all the resources and tools needed to help the dog thrive. One of the resources we never have enough of are compassionate individuals and families interested in joining our team of volunteer K9 Foster Custodians!

The Power of Our K9 Foster Custodians

K9 Foster Custodians commit to housing a dog (or multiple dogs) and begin the process of helping their foster pit bull(s) heal from past traumas and prepare for future adoption. Upon intake, all MASBR dogs receive quality veterinary care to address their individual health and physical needs. Then the dogs go to their K9 Foster Custodian where their emotional, mental, and physical needs are worked on and fulfilled.

MASBR works closely with each K9 Foster Custodian to ensure that any additional physical, health, training, socialization, medication therapy, and/or behavior modification needs are also evaluated, documented and fulfilled. The goal being to develop social, balanced, adoptable pit bulls and bully breeds who can be placed in traditional home environments.

K9 Foster Custodians save two lives with every dog they welcome into their home: the dog immediately pulled into rescue; and the dog who filled the empty shelter run.

A Volunteer K9 Foster Custodian – “Foster” – is the first line of defense in our rescue. These are volunteers (individuals, families, roommates, etc.) who agree to open their homes, hearts, and lives to a rescue pit bull or its mix for Make A Stand Bully Rescue. Whether for a weekend at a time, weeks or months, or even long-term hospice care, our foster families allow us to save hundreds of lives annually. We strive to make fostering easy and affordable (i.e., free!), and are always looking to expand our foster roster.
After your apply, you will receive an email response from our Director of Operations, Amanda Dowell, within 72 hours. If you do not hear from her and cannot find an email in your junk box, please email info@masbullyrescue.org. Amanda may require additional documentation from you and will schedule a phone conversation to discuss your application and next steps moving forward.
Not at all. We understand and empathize! Our team members work full time jobs, manage families, are enrolled in higher education and run the rescue in spare time. So long as your schedule or environment does not negatively impact our rescue dog(s), then please, come on board! We are a friendly, open, and supportive group who firmly believe where there’s love and patience, there’s a way to save lives.

Make A Stand Bully Rescue is an LGBTQ+ friendly organization that proudly works with all individuals and families. We do not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race or ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, medical or mental health condition, or disability. We strive to accommodate applicants living within extenuating circumstances or situations that might seem difficult. MASBR has and will continue to work with all families who are passionate and willing to open their hearts and homes to pit bulls and bully breed dogs in need.

When you foster for Make A Stand Bully Rescue, we provide the kennel, high quality food and treats, toys, training materials (as needed), cleaning supplies, and cover all costs associated with veterinary care, training, and boarding, as need, approved, and applicable. In return, our foster families provide a stable home environment, care, training and effort, and love to our rescue dogs. We work hard for you to succeed as a foster family, and will do what we can to accommodate your home and environment.
Yes, specific on the dog and/or the age group. Please note: MAS Bully Rescue will not pay pet deposit fees. If your apartment complex will not allow you to foster or will not allow bully breeds, we are happy to speak with them to see if we can make something work, but we will not break rules.
Yes, dependent on your plans to safely exercise and potty your dog(s) and/or the age group or personality of the dog.
Yes, dependent on the specific dog and/or temperament of the dog and/or your willingness to crate and rotate or separate if a problem arises.
Not at all! We work with YOU and your family on the best foster fit. If that means you have specific age group, sex, energy level, behavioral, or other preferences or requirements, that’s ok! We want this to be an enjoyable experience for you, us, and our dog(s).
Yes! We have “foster hubs” all around our state, currently including: DFW, Bryan/College Station, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Abilene. This means we have a designated volunteer who has bulk supplies and an established veterinary partnership in these areas. If you are not in one of these areas, please still apply. We are always open to expanding our reach.

Unfortunately, no. We are not currently in a position to expand beyond our state. That said, you can always send an email to info@masbullyrescue.org and we can recommend rescues or shelters in your state seeking fosters.

That’s ok, it happens. We may not be able to shuffle in the immediate moment, so we do ask for patience and understanding; but we will always shuffle and/or re/move a dog from your home within reasonable time allotment. We want this to be an enjoyable and successful experience for all involved.
Please understand that we receive this request regularly and oftentimes have to say “no.” This said, we occasionally accept a dog in this situation but ask fosters to understand and agree that they will foster said dog, regardless of behavioral or medical circumstance, until the dog is adopted or until another foster is open (in the event the dog is not a good fit). This can be a quick process or it can take months, so we do ask finders-willing-to-foster to consider the time commitment long-term fostering might be prior to approaching our rescue with a stray or owner surrendered dog.

Let us know how we can help!

We are a foster-based rescue which means we do not have a physical location to browse or meet multiple dogs at once. Our process begins with applying to adopt. Once approved to adopt, we can schedule a meeting with the dog(s) you’re interested in adopting.
After your apply, you will receive an email response from a caseworker within 72 hours. If you do not hear from us and cannot find an email in your junk box, please email info@masbullyrescue.org.
Not at all. We understand and empathize! Our team members work full time jobs, manage families, are enrolled in higher education and run the rescue in spare time. So long as your schedule or environment does not negatively impact our rescue dog(s), then please apply to adopt.
Make A Stand Bully Rescue is an LGBTQ+ friendly organization that proudly works with all individuals and families. We do not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race or ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, medical or mental health condition, or disability. We strive to accommodate applicants living within extenuating circumstances or situations that might seem difficult. MASBR has and will continue to work with all families who are passionate and willing to open their hearts and homes to pit bulls and bully breed dogs in need.
Yes, specific on the dog and/or the age group. That said, please speak with your apartment complex or leasing agent to determine if any breed bans are in place. Oftentimes, you have to ask. If you have a medical exemption (i.e., Emotional Support Animal, Licensed Therapy Dog, Service Animal, etc.) that allows you to keep an animal in your home regardless of community rules, please let us know. We do not need to know specifics, but may ask questions to ensure the dog you’re interested in will meet your needs or requirements.
Yes, dependent on your plans to safely exercise and potty your dog(s) and/or the age group or personality of the dog.
Yes, absolutely. All of our dogs are in foster homes prior to adoption, where we get to know the dog and his/her specific personality, interest, and likes/dislikes. We may require a meet and greet ahead of time and/or an adoption trial period to ensure the fit before finalizing the adoption.
Absolutely. You will be required to arrange transport and/or fund the expense of transport if we arrange. We work with a variety of ground and air transit partners and have adopted all over the country and even into Canada. The costs typically begin at $300 and increase from there.
Our adoption fee is $250. The fee ensures that the dog you have applied to adopt has its medical, training, social, and emotional-mental needs met during its stay in our rescue program. The cost to care for one rescue animal in our program far exceeds the adoption fee, but we strive to keep adoptions affordable, as our goal is to place social, healthy pit bulls and bully breed type dogs in screened, loving homes.
No. Texas (and the Southern United States) has a major pet overpopulation problem, especially with bully breeds. All animals adopted from our program are currently or will be altered at the appropriate age.
No. We do not permit our dogs to be used for hunting, racing, fighting, guarding, attacking, or other adverse purposes.
Pit Bulls and/or Bully Breed type dogs are not all-weather-tolerant. Their coats, breathing capacity, and overall body structure are not conducive for extreme heat (experienced in Southern States) or extreme cold (experienced in most of the Country and Canada). Therefore, we will not consider applications where dogs are strictly outdoors.
No. We do not permit any of our rescue dogs to undergo ear cropping, tail docking, tattooing, piercing, or other appearance-alterations for cosmetic reasons.
We do! We believe in ensuring the right fit is made between our adopted dogs and their new families. Sometimes that means a trial run before finalizing the adoption. Please speak with your individual caseworker about this process.
In most situations, yes, we will take our dog back. In the event that we cannot accept your dog back (as a result of extreme medical or behavioral concerns), we will discuss and/or work with you on finding an alternative solution that is best for your family and our dog.