In 1991 a shelter called Kitty Murphy who was then the president of the American Brittany Club. Kitty contacted Ann Murphy, an ABC member near the shelter, and with the rescue of this Brittany, the American Brittany Rescue was born.
American Brittany Rescue, Inc is not part of the American Brittany Club. We are a separate organization. We are a cooperative effort of Brittany owners, breeders & fanciers who believe we have an obligation not only to our own dogs and the dogs we produce, but to all dogs of our breed.
We are a growing group of volunteers in the U.S. and Canada dedicated to rescuing homeless Brittanys. Through the years, many wonderful, dedicated volunteers have helped us grow into a forward looking, innovative non-profit organization. In 2006, 15 years after our inception, nearly 1,000 Brittanys were rescued by over 700 volunteers. Those numbers continue to grow. ABR works cooperatively with vets, shelters and other rescue groups to save as many of the Brittanys we find out about as possible.
The purpose of the American Brittany Rescue, Inc is to take in abandoned, lost, or surrendered Brittanys; to evaluate them; to provide all necessary veterinary work; to provide rehabilitation when needed; and to place them into suitable permanent homes.
It is also ABR’s purpose to provide education and support for these new owners; to promote responsible dog ownership; and to provide public education for the humane care and treatment of all domesticated animals.
American Brittany Rescue, Inc will accept only pure bred Brittanys, based on visual inspection or AKC papers. All dogs deemed to be pure bred Brittanys will be assisted. If a foster home is not immediately available, we will place him on our website and begin looking for an appropriate home.
All Brittanys placed through rescue will be spayed or neutered before placement, vaccinations will be brought up to date, the dog will be wormed if necessary and checked for heartworm. Other tests may be made at the discretion of rescue.
If a breeder can be identified, s/he will be notified and given the opportunity to take the dog back or assist in its placement. If the breeder does not wish to take responsibility for the Brittany, it will be altered, immunized and placed in accordance with rescue policy.
All adoption applicants will be screened to assure that they are able to provide a loving home appropriate for a Brittany. Screening includes a home visit and a vet reference.
American Brittany Rescue reserves the right to refuse adoption to any applicant deemed unsuitable, based on oral interview or past history.
ABR prefers to place dogs in homes where they will be part of the family - living indoors with their families. Many of the dogs who find themselves in rescue got here because they were causing problems which have been solved by making them part of a family and teaching them the manners that requires. Many of our rescued dogs hunt in their new homes, do therapy work, compete in obedience and/or agility. We can’t guarantee that any rescued dog will be good at any of these activities, but we do promise that we will make every effort to be sure that any dog we place with you will be one we believe will be a welcome new family member.
No personal information will be released about the previous owners or breeders of a rescued Brittany to the adopter(s) unless mutually agreed upon by all parties.
American Brittany Rescue will provide follow up to assure the dog and its new family are doing well and will remain available for consultation at any time.
If, for any reason, the adoptive family becomes unable to keep their dog, rescue will take the dog back or assist in finding a new adopter, who will also be required to sign the American Brittany Rescue Agreement.
American Brittany Rescue also provides educational material to the community informing them of the need for spay/neuter, responsible breeding, and taking responsibility for the dogs we produce.
All funding for American Brittany Rescue comes from private donations, fundraisers, and adopters of rescued Brittanys.
Although efforts are made to reimburse foster homes for all expenses incurred while caring for each Brittany, some monies will inevitably come out of the care provider’s pocket.
American Brittany Rescue, Inc has educational materials available which provides information on the genetic diseases common in our breed, things to think about before considering breeding your dog and tips on finding a responsible breeder.
Adopting a Brittany
- Please educate yourself about Brittanys. Brittanys aren’t for everyone. If you’ve never met any, we’ll be happy to help you do that so you can be sure that this is the breed who would best fit into your family.
- Look at the dogs on our website. It probably makes most sense to look at the ones in the states around you first. Those are going to be close enough for you to visit with before making a choice and they will be the easiest to transport after an adoption is finalized. But you are not limited to those dogs. We are looking for the best home for each of our dogs. If the best placement is several states away, we’ll find a way to make that happen.
- Talk to the person listed as the contact for any dog you’re interested in. This will be the best way for you to find out if this dog may be the one you’re looking for and for the foster person to see if their dog may meet your expectations.
- Complete the online adoption application. Even if you don’t find a dog you think might be a fit right now, the adoption application will give us information we need to help you find the right dog.
- The adoption process includes an interview, a home visit and a reference check with your vet. It’s possible that the foster person you’re working with may conclude that you would be a wonderful adopter - but not for the dog they have.
- ABR and all our resources will be available to adopters for the life of their dog. If problems or concerns arise, we will do everything possible to assure a favorable outcome.
- If you are not able to care for your adopted dog any longer, ABR will take him back and find him a new home.
Brittanys can make wonderful family dogs and excel in many areas, but they are not for everyone. They are active, playful, energetic dogs who require personal attention every day. If you'd like to learn whether a Brittany is a good choice for you, your family and/or your lifestyle, please read Choosing a Brittany. Although many rescued dogs do hunt with their new families, our primary concern is finding homes where they will be a valued member of the family.
If you'd like a sweet, loving, playful companion, please check out our Brittanys Needing Homes section. If you don't see a dog in your area, and are seriously interested in adopting a Brittany, please go to the Regional Coordinators page and get in touch with the volunteer nearest to you. If you'd like more information about rescue, please explore this website. The Message Board is a good place to talk with other Brittany people and ask questions.
Thank you very much for visiting our site.
Terry Mixdorf— ABR President
Robin Egan— ABR Board Chairperson