In recent years, as many as 300 English bulldogs and their families have turned out from all around the Midwest for this event. It is the largest fundraiser that the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue holds each year. The volunteers and rescue dogs depend on revenue fromthis event to pay for the medical expenses and care for the 90-100 dogs the group rescues each year.
The event will feature a Howl-o-Ween Costume Contest with bulldogs dressed from spooky to silly. In addition there will be a Bulldog Agility Course, which is a sight to be seen! The highlight of the day is a Rescue Parade featuring dozens of rescued bulldogsproudly marching across the stage while their individual stories are narrated to the crowd.
Other activities include: a Bully Bake Sale, Bully Spa, silent auction, entertainment from the 101.9 the MIX, lunch from 11:30-2pm, and a cash bar from 11am – 4pm.
The rescue averages $800in medical expenses for each bulldog they take in. Every CEBR rescued bulldogundergoes a complete veterinary examination including vaccinations and is spayed and/or neutered tohelp control the overpopulation of unwanted pets and pets used for dog-fighting purposes. Eachbulldog is evaluated for temperament to determine the type of family he/she would best fit into. Theyare then placed in their new ‘forever’ home and provided life-long support from the CEBRorganization.
According to Amy Pilafas, a CEBR volunteer, “We are dedicated to finding new homes for every English Bulldog that needs us and have a waiting list of families that want to help out and rescuea needy dog. That’s why we’re hosting this fundraiser, to help us help these rescue dogs.”
English Bulldogs are placed into CEBR’s care for a number of reasons, most commonly: health issuesor aging of the dog or owner, family changes including new babies and divorce, improper care leadingto behavioral issues, and sadly, emotional and physical neglect. Many people purchase bulldogs notrealizing how expensive, time consuming, and attention-loving they can be.
Tickets for Bully Bash 2012 can be purchased immediately online at www.ebullymatch.com
Prices are $30 for adults, $10 for children under 7. On event day, ticket prices are $35 for adults and $15 for children under 7. The ticket price includes lunch and beverage. Raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle are also available on the website.
About Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, Inc.
The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, Inc. (CEBR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization, licensed shelter with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, dedicated to adoption, rescue, education and the general well being of pure-bred English Bulldogs.
Headquartered in Chicago, found on the Web at http://www.ebullymatch.com, the group has 75+ volunteers, and has placed over 235 needy English Bulldogs in homes over the past 24 months. Backed with a 100% volunteer network, CEBR is able to service Chicago and surrounding suburbs, the majority of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa and parts of Missouri. Without a bricks-and-mortar shelter, CEBR is supported through the generosity of donations and a dedicated foster-care network.
CEBR provides referrals to behaviorists, veterinarians, breeders, and other resources, in addition to serving as a hub of information on bulldog-related topics. Most of CEBR’s volunteer network have years of experience owning, breeding, rescuing or simply caring for English Bulldogs.
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