about us

our provide the best English Bulldog rescue care in Illinois, Southeastern Wisconsin and Northwestern Indiana.

our goal...
to reinvent English Bulldog Rescue in our service area and provide the best outcomes and experiences for the bulldogs in our care, for our adoptive homes and for our volunteers.

our credentials...all of our officers are members of the Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network (BCARN). Our leadership team has over 50 aggregate years of rescue experience and currently cares for 22 bulldogs as personal pets.

our philosophy...
we walk our talk when we say Adopt-Don't Shop. We do not buy bulldogs for our program from private individuals, breeders or at auction. Bulldogs are surrendered to our care by owners, shelters, legal authorities and puppy mills at no expense to rescue or our donors.

our plan...please read our Surrender, Adopt and Volunteer pages to learn more about how adoptaBull is reinventing English Bulldog Rescue for our clients and supporters.

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Struggling To Find The Right Food For Your Bulldog?

Your Pet Chef Lisa Hennessy will help you explore the option of a raw diet in her newly released cookbook. Lisa's book demystifies feeding a raw diet and is loaded with important information on nutrition and healthy eating for your best friend.

The Your Pet Chef Cookbook guides you through preparing your own food at home. Lisa's recipes are gluten and grain free and can be served raw or cooked.

Read testimonials from happy canines that love the Your Pet Chef system including three featured adoptaBulls.

If you are not up to preparing Lisa's recipes at home and live in the Chicagoland area, Your Pet Chef will customize a diet to your pet's needs and deliver your food right to your door. Click any link to learn more about Your Pet Chef's custom diets and home delivery.
Order your copy of the Your Pet Chef Cookbook here and Lisa will donate $5.00 of the proceeds to adoptaBull.

shop our partner shops

We are excited to welcome Our Partner Shops to the adoptaBull family.

These great companies have pledged to give back 20% or more of your purchase to adoptaBull to help us care for the bulldogs in our program.

Their support helps us bring great products to you without using donation dollars to fund an inventory. Just another way that adoptaBull is reinventing English Bulldog Rescue in our service area.

Please check out all of these great partners at Our Partner Shops.

adoptaBull Partners With Amazon Smile!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to adoptaBull. 

It's easy and fully integrates with your existing Amazon account. Just log in to your Amazon account from any device and visit Select adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue as your charity of choice.

Any time you shop at Amazon, be sure to launch from so adoptaBull receives credit for your purchase. Click the logo above to learn more about this exciting program from the Amazon Foundation.

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Help Us With Amazon Smile doesn't get easier than this to give back no cost to you. It's easy and fully integrates with your existing Amazon account. Just log in to your Amazon account from any device and visit Select adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue as your charity of choice.

We all shop at Amazon and it's a HUGE help.

Congrats to Our trainaBull Academy Graduates!!
It was graduation day on Sunday, November 22nd and we're excited to welcome 4 new graduates to our trainaBull Academy alumni.

This was definitely a Cum Laude class with high achievers and we hope to see them in our Graduate School program launching in 2016.

Watch for updates on our 2016 program. In addition to our Bulldog Fundamentals class at our training locations in Lockport and Frankfort, we will be launching an Interactive Agility Class and our Graduate School Program.

We want to congratulate our current graduates, all of our 2015 graduates and their owners for their accomplishments this year. You made a major commitment to the well being of your Bulldog and we salute you!

Our Bubbles is Adopted!!

Many of you will remember Miss Bubbles from our August Meetup event and our Labor Day Telethon and we are incredibly pleased to announce that Bubbles has found her forever home.

Bubbles is one of the most wonderful girls we have had in our program but her congenital incontinence issues made adoption tough for many of our applicants. We held out for our beautiful girl and her perfect family fo
und her from our outreach.

Bubbles now shares a home with a dog with issues similar to her's and enjoys a sun-room with her stay at home Mom that can help her with her special needs. It doesn't get better than this and CONGRATS! Site Gets Noticed!

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We are excited to announce that our website received recognition from as their 2015 Best English Bulldog Site. This recognition is especially important to adoptaBull because we have tried to make our site an informational  resource for all English Bulldog owners as well as a site to promote our efforts in rescuing English Bulldogs.

Vetary brings additional information resources to our site and we will be adding their educational links to our Resources tab this week.

A huge thank you to our volunteers and supporters that have made adoptaBull's website and Facebook page a "go to" destination for English Bulldog owners.

upcoming events

Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Fair
Arlington International Racecourse
Arlington Heights, IL

Friday December 4, 2015
Saturday December 5, 2015
Sunday December 6, 2015

We are so excited to bring our Bulldog crafters back to this great show as adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS AT ARLINGTON PARK RACETRACK AND NOT LAMBS FARM.

Stop by our booth #728 on the second floor and select from our huge stock of all breed ornaments, pick awesome canine stocking stuffers, pick up your Christmas cards.

NEW THIS YEAR- We're doing custom engraving! we have 5 great styles of custom engraved holiday photo ornaments PLUS our full collection of dog ID tags, Military ID tags and Luggage tags. Stop by and get personal with adoptaBull. These make great gifts!

We regret that you cannot bring your dog to this event but there will be lots to bring home to them.

Kick off your Canine Christmas shopping at adoptaBull's Holiday Lights Fair.

Get the show details here!!

Skokie Valley Kennel Club  Dog Show
Donald A. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

Saturday December 5, 2015
Sunday December 6, 2015

Each December the Skokie Valley Kennel Club hosts an all breed dog show featuring conformation, obedience, and rally in Rosemont, Illinois. SVKC members welcome newcomers and those who are interested in dogs. Their shows are designed to make dog shows a fun, interesting and educational experience for exhibitors and spectators.

adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue is excited to have been invited to participate in the the 2015 SVKC show and we hope you can join us.

This is a double feature weekend for adoptaBull. Visit us at Arlington Park to shop or Rosemont to see the Bulldogs. Both events are located in the same general vicinity by expressway so plan on spending the day at two great events!

Get the show details here!!

Chicago English Bulldog Meetup Group "Swimmin' With Santa"

5262 S. Kolmar Ave.
Chicago, IL

Sunday December 13, 2015
(12 NOON-2:00pm)

Santa loved hanging with the bulldogs at our 2014 Christmas party and it's on his calendar again for 2015. NEWS FLASH- Santa has finally gotten with the program and decided that Mrs. Claus needs to join the parties and not be left back at the North Pole with those disgusting little elves. We are incredibly excited to welcome Mrs. Claus to this year's event joining her husband.

Please join us for a bulldog pool party (with lifeguard), photos with Santa and a goodie bag for each bulldog, and a pizza party for all of our human guests.

One of our biggest fun events of the year so get it on your holiday calendar now! Your RSVP for this event is especially important so we can prepare for the pizza party so please be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend.

Please RSVP here!

our BCA Rescue Network connection
We are proud of our close association with the Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network (BCARN). BCARN is the national non-profit organization that assists hundreds of rescue volunteers across the US with their mission of helping Bulldogs in need.

BCARN established the nation's "best practices" and code of ethics for English Bulldog rescue and provides financial assistance to local volunteers across the country.

Four of adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue's Directors are active in the BCARN organization:
  • Greg Shives- Director on National Board and Division II Coordinator
  • Linda Dawson- Division II Member
  • Amy Pilafas- Division II Member
  • Laura Wesseln- Division II Member 
To learn more about BCARN and what it means if you are looking to surrender a bulldog, adopt a bulldog, volunteer or donate to a bulldog rescue organization, please visit their website at:

adoptaBull is a 501c3 Charitable Organization
adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue is recognized as a 501c3 charitable organization by the U.S Internal Revenue service. We are also registered with the State of Illinois Charitable Bureau Trust.

You can find all of our financial documents at

What does this mean for you? It means that your donations to support the bulldogs in our program are tax-deductible if you file a U.S. tax return.

Donations from supporters like you are critical to the success of our program. We sincerely appreciate any amount you can give to help these very special dogs.

how can you help?
Your donation will make a huge difference on the number of bulldogs we can help in 2015. Just click the donation link to the left to send a donation.

We're a dedicated group of volunteers and are looking for others to join us in our important misson. While we require English Bulldog ownership experience to volunteer as a foster home, let's talk if you have a passion for the breed and want to help us with your skills.

adoptaBull respects the time that our volunteers devote to helping us achieve our mission and we are committed to providing the best volunteer experience.


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