Bull Terriers are sadly one of the more neglected breeds in South Africa as people fail to understand the breeds and their needs; Dania Skone rescues and rehabilitates the breed.
Vereeniging, South Africa (23 June 2022) – The Adora-Bull Terrier Rescue and Rehabilitation was founded nine years ago by qualified behaviourist Dania Skone. She helps rehabilitate and rehome the Bull Terrier breed throughout South Africa.
Dania spent many years serving animals in need by working with the SPCA in Vereeniging. It was here she saw the dire position Bull Terriers were in. Bull Terriers have been vilified through the misconception of the breed’s requirements, their need for stimulation, play and to be part of a family unit.
“Among the most comical and mischievous citizens of dogdom, the Bull Terrier is playful and endearing, sometimes stubborn, but always devoted. These unique “eggheads” are exuberant, muscular companions who thrive on affection and exercise.
A Bull Terrier has been likened to a mischievous three-year-old child in a fur coat but with the constitution of an armoured tank. The breed is officially described as “obstinate” although “particularly good with people” and “of even temperament and amenable to discipline.”
They love people unconditionally, even vets, and absolutely adore children. They believe that owners exist entirely to be company for them, to be sat on, to share the settee with, to be played with, or to be walked with.”
Dania holds a diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviour from the Ethology Academy and is an associate member of ABC of SA (Animal Behaviour Consultants of South Africa). Thanks to all these factors, she has been able to run the Adora-Bull rescue and rehab in Vereeniging and properly care for the species.
The property is currently home to 57 Bull Terriers. The organisation not only houses rescue bull terriers at the kennels but also works with organisations throughout South Africa to home bull terriers living at various shelters.
One of the biggest expenses Dania and her team face is the vet bills for the dogs they take in. Most arrive in desperate need and are helped no matter what. Adora-Bulls also helps families who own bull terriers but cannot afford to cover the costs alone.
These hungry pups go through around 800kgs of food a month and 40 boxes of biscuits and treats. Dania works to teach them each good manners and make sure they have the skills needed before being adopted out.
The organisation is hoping to raise awareness so they can find more loving homes for the rescues. Take a look at a few of the Bull Terriers up for adoption below.
You can support the organisation via the website here or Facebook here.
Sources: Adora-Bull Terrier Rescue and Rehabilitation
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