The mission of ABARS is to find homes for unwanted Bullmastiffs that come from shelters or are owner surrenders from people whose lifestyle or financial situation has changed. Occasionally ABARS will get Bullmastiffs that have been abandoned at a local veterinarian’s office or from a good citizen that has found the dog and exhausted all means to locate the dog’s owner. ABARS is not a placement service for our members’ unwanted or returned dogs.We do accept owner surrenders from people who have purchased their dogs at pet shops or backyard breeders, but most of the dogs we place are of unknown origin and unknown age. ABARS will not re-home a Bullmastiff that has any history of aggression to adults or children. ABARS cannot accept for placement, dogs that are Bullmastiffs mixes – we only take dogs that are known to be Bullmastiffs or can be represented as such. The Bullmastiffs are neutered or spayed before they are adopted and receive all the vet care they need so they can be represented as being in good health. 

We rarely have dogs under six months of age and the average age of the dogs we place is around two years. Anyone interested in adopting a dog must first complete and return the adoption application to the National Rescue Coordinator, Virginia Rowland. We prefer that it be done on line if at all possible. Anyone adopting a dog must pay a fee which will reimburse the Rescue Service for the expenses involved in adopting the dog from the shelter and getting the necessary veterinary attention.

If you can volunteer by fostering, identifying, or transporting dogs in need, please download, fill out and e-mail the Volunteer Application to Virginia Rowland at: and volunteer. We are always looking for new volunteers to join the American Bullmastiff Association Rescue family.

Download the volunteer list for more information or if you have shoes you would like to donate. Thank you for your generosity!

Donate Microchips for ABA Rescue Dogs — Only $11.95 per microchip

Donating microchips to ABA Rescue is an affordable way to show your support for Bullmastiff rescue and help ensure every rescue dog receives a permanent form of identification. If you would like to make your donation in memory of a friend, family member, or beloved dog, please include this in the special instructions section of your order. Thank you for your support.


The ABARS 2018 calendar is now available to order! It’s bigger and better this year — it’s a 16-month calendar!! — and we have not gone up on the price from previous years. 
This popular calendar includes a beautiful photo and heartwarming story of a different ABARS rescue dog each month. Calendars are full-color, high quality monthly calendars that are 11×17″ when opened. Calendars are $20 each, two for $30, (price includes shipping). You can place an order using Paypal via – please include your address and state
“Calendar” in the comment section OR checks can be made payable to ABA Rescue and sent to Virginia Rowland, PO Box 300, Templeton, MA 01468.