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Posted on: February 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Bulldog adoption process update: Almost 19,000 apps received; 20 dogs rehomed

Photo of adopted bulldog with forever family

Orange County Animal Services has already rehomed 20 dogs and it has received almost 19,000 applications for the rescued bulldogs and other breeds being made available through a special adoption process.

Animal Services wishes to take this opportunity to thank the community for all of its patience and support during the past several months. A large-scale animal seizure of this kind could not be undertaken and completed without such support. “The seizure of these dogs depends upon donations of food and treats, as well as new homes,” according to Bob Marotto, Director of Animal Services. “It also depends upon pro bono and discounted services as well as some extraordinary efforts from volunteers and staff.”

To facilitate the rehoming of so many dogs in an orderly and humane manner, Animal Services created a special adoption process. Dogs are being made available weekly in batches ranging from 6 to 12. More details about this special adoption process are available at Interested individuals are urged to review all of the information provided on that page, which includes information about how people are notified if they are selected to adopt an animal and the timetable on which the process of adoption must occur.

Animal Services is underscoring the importance of education about bulldog breeds, some of which is available on the page above, due to the serious health issues and concerns that can often be characteristic of these breed types. Because of these concerns, the special adoption process ensures each adopter understands the costs and ongoing care that may be associated with these animals.

Animal Services looks forward to all of these dogs moving into new, loving homes. Some of the matches made already have been nearly picture perfect, thanks to the outpouring of community interest and support.

Donations are still being received to help offset the costs of care for these dogs, which became almost 80 in number after the birth of three litters from dogs that were pregnant when they arrived at Animal Services. Food, treats and other assorted items may be dropped off at Animal Services during regular business hours. See more details about items needed at Monetary donations should be identified as donations to help care for the seized dogs. They may also be sent to the Animal Services Center at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill, or they may be made online via Orange County’s Community Giving Fund at

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