The earliest recorded mention of a UK Bulldog Rescue crops up during the 1960s - but it wasn't until 1978 that things became official
SHEILA ALCOCK 1960s - 1978
The first mention of rescue crops up in February 1969. The then editor of the London Broad sheet; Sheila Alcock writes:
“LOVING HOMES WANTED: Three bully bitches require affectionate homes …. Will you let me know if there is a spot in front of your fire for these little characters?”
Ads crop up in many of the broadsheets, which at that time were bi-monthly; October 1971 “STOP PRESS: A 7½ year old bulldog needs love and care – owners going aboard”
April 1972: LOVING HOME WANTED: A lady has been taken into hospital very ill and will not return home. A sad story in itself but it has left an eighteen month old bulldog…” This dog was being cared for by the RSPCA" – sadly, many of the centers these days won’t release dogs to breed rescues, but it would appear that in the early 70s things were much different.
In June 1974 Sheila writes: SOS! SOS! SOS! Affectionate homes urgently needed. Sheila tells of 2 old bulldogs of seven and nine that need a home having been rescued in a state of near starvation" also of a dog who’s too boisterous to have around the new baby" (oh how things have changed …. Not!) Except in this instance the owners want their money back and are asking the same sum they paid for him (which is not stated).
Sheila makes a plea in this issue for people to contact her that are looking for a bulldog so she can draw up a waiting list!
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