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.

featured in our shopaBull web store

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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latest news

adoptaBull Lost a Dear Friend This Week

We are sad to announce that Robert James Dawson “Bob the Hawk,” 72 years old of Lake Villa, IL passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on July 21, 2015. Bob was husband to our volunteer and Director Linda Dawson. The Dawson's have been Bulldog owners for many years and were the among the early pioneers of English Bulldog Rescue in Illinois and Wisconsin. Most recently, the Dawson's opened their home to Mitch from adoptaBull and as you can see from the picture above it was a wonderful match for both Bob and Mitch.

Bob spent his career as an instructor of sociology at the College of Lake County. He also loved the music scene and played the saxophone in many local bands spanning a wide genre of music, including blues, rock, and jazz. Since retirement, Bob also owned and operated Hawkeye Saxophone Works where he repaired woodwind instruments.

Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda; his children, Michelle (Frank) Cunningham of Zion, IL and Edward of Lake Villa, IL; his sister, Meredith (the late Jack) Kinnel; a niece, Kathy Peters and her husband Bob Kral and a nephew, Russell (Elisabeth) Kinnel.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00PM until 6:00PM Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH, 1055 Main Street (Rte. 83) Antioch, IL 60002. Interment is private. For additional information, call 847-395-4000. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to adoptaBull (English Bulldog Rescue) at or to Chapin Jazz Studio (which provides funds for children to attend summer jazz music education programs) at 146 Center Street, Suite 4 Grayslake, IL 60030.

Your tax deductible donation to adoptaBull's Medical Fund can be made by all major credit or debit cards through our secure link below. You can also send checks payable to adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue, PO Box 06657, Chicago, IL 60606 to memorialize Bob's love of the Bulldog breed.

upcoming events

Robert McCormick Birthday & Cantigny Park 60th Anniversary Celebration

Location:    Cantigny Park
                 1S151 Winfield Rd.
                 Wheaton, IL 60189

Thursday July 30, 2015

Admission free (no dogs permitted)

Cantigny Park and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will be celebrating their 60th anniversary and you're invited to this special day in the park!

adoptaBull English Bulldog Rescue is proud to be a special invitee along with our friends from Save-A-Vet for this wonderful event.

Cantigny Dog Days

Location:   Cantigny Park
                  1S151 Winfield Rd.
                  Wheaton, IL  60189

Saturday August 1, 2015

For one day only, dog lovers can enjoy a fun day at the park with their "best friend". Bring your dog out and enjoy a special dog play area, vendors from the dog world and some specially trained pooches to entertain. All dogs must have current vaccination tags and be social with others.

This is one of our favorite events of the year so please plan to stop by and visit. Our adoptaBulls and all of our great merchandise will be there!

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 2013. 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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