Update on Oliver

Update on Oliver

Adopted September 2016

Dog’s former name Oliver

What are the best things about your dog?
Oliver is the biggest dopey dope you’ve ever met… If he’s not on the couch, in our laps, or in my truck he’s out playing with his older brother Raymond. He’s such an awesome fit to our family and all the critters we have. Best guy with little kids too. We couldn’t be happier, the only thing needed is my bed back ?? Thank you Save a Bull and Leigh Harrel for fostering him he’s a whopping 69 lbs.  And WE LOVE HIM!

Tell us about your dog’s favorite activities, sports or training:
He LOVES to chill on the couch, but likes to play tug a war with his brother too.

Give us some examples of how your dog likes to spend his/her time:
On the bed or couch!!!! Or next to you on his back getting belly rubs. He is so funny! He loves to be on his back with all his legs up in the air

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments to tell us about?
Nothing out of the ordinary, he’s just wants to be on you or next to you ALWAYS!

How do people react to your “pit bull?”
Face to face, sometimes an eye roll of “oh no”!!! But once they meet him EVERYONE wants to bring him home.

What other stories do you want to share?
My husband had a heart attack 2 weeks after we adopted Oliver, he was such a great healing buddy… Between walks and snuggling.

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Lolly Pop, Meatball

FAST FIVE with Oliver

1. Food: Piggy or picky? PIGGY

2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? On

3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? Goes EVERYWHERE

4. Water: No way or splash all day? When he wants

5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Both

Submitted by Chris and Staci O.


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Give to the Max Day, dedicated to…

Give to the Max Day, dedicated to…

One of our favorite parts about Give to the Max Day is seeing the dedications that come with the donations. We know every supporter values the importance of the spay/neuter clinics, but we love seeing the real driver, the heartfelt reason, they are making a donation today. Donations today were dedicated to:

  • For Quinny!
  • For Zach and Molly – we miss you!
  • Frankie & Alice
  • From Mac and Mary & Bob
  • From the Cottle Family in memory of Milton.
  • In honor of Jolene Coleman
  • In honor of Norma Buddy and Dave — the Gavin Dogs
  • In honor of Thunder the wonder pup
  • In loving memory of our best friend Mikey.
  • In Memory of Baby Tabi
  • In memory of my father Jerry McDonald
  • In memory of my sweet angel Nellie
  • In Memory of Vinnie
  • Jefferson & Madeline – best granddogs ever
  • In memory of Kathy Carlson
  • Nova, Tillie & Duke
  • Opal
  • Fay
  • Thanks for all you do!
  • The crew of 5Pawz
  • To help pups like Linus find the right home
  • To my Jozee miss you everyday baby
  • To our first furry child Shug
  • To our sweet Ernest

Thank you again to everyone who was supported us so far and is yet to make a donation. You are a warm and wonderful part of the Save-a-Bull family and we appreciate your support today and every day!


Pints, Pit Bulls, and Patios

Pints, Pit Bulls, and Patios

Outside of our Fix Your Pit Clinics, Save-a-Bull volunteers love to be out in the Twin Cities supporting our community and hosting other events. Every February, we host a Bake Sale at Urban Tails Pet Supply where there are treats for humans and pups alike. In March, we offer winter relief by partnering with Butcher and the Boar for our Cabin Fever Reliever event. But as the weather gets warmer, you will likely find our Save-a-Bull crew on a local patio sipping on local craft beer.

For the past few summers, Save-a-Bull has been partnering with local breweries to combine pints and pitbulls. The Twin Cities area craft brewery scene is a bustling community eager to give back to local non-profits and we are fortunate enough to participate! We spend the summer nights at a different spot every few weeks where we drink beer, give away prizes, and bring out adoptable pups to potentially find their forever homes!

In 2016, we decided to launch the Save-a-Bull Summer Brewery Tour. The 2016 brewery tour consisted of 10 brewery partners who gave a portion of their proceeds of the night back to the rescue. In 2016, we were able to raise over $10,000 for rescue! After seeing the amazing support from the community, we knew we had to continue the fun.

In 2017, we visited 8 brewery partners where we were able to raise over $14,400 for rescue! This number is incredible and we are so thankful for our wonderful brewery partners and our event patrons for joining us for the tour. The proceeds from the brewery tour go directly to our dogs in rescue by providing food, treats, toys, and vetting care for our pitties before they move on to their forever homes.

In 2017, we had the incredible opportunity to partner with NorthGate Brewery to make a special brew, the All American Pit Bull Pale Ale, for our finale event in September!

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to: Sisyphus Brewing, LynLake Brewery, Indeed Brewing Company, Sociable Cider Werks, Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, Boom Island Brewing Company, Tin Whiskers Brewery, and NorthGate Brewing. Their support this past summer made the 2017 brewery tour our most successful one yet!

And we don’t plan on slowing down. We will be out again in the summer of 2018 visiting your favorite Twin Cities brewery spots. Follow along with us as we drink pints, pet pit bulls, and soak up the Minnesota summer sun. Be sure to check our website this spring for all the details of our 2018 tour.


Fix Your Pit; A Volunteer Perspective

Fix Your Pit; A Volunteer Perspective

In 2015, we officially launched our Fix Your Pit program and over the past two plus years, we have hosted and funded 11 clinics by partnering with Kindest Cuts at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. These clinics are so important to our organization that our volunteers jump at the chance to help! Our volunteers love attending our other fundraising events, but what they appreciate about these clinics is seeing the direct, positive impact our clinics are making in the local community.

On clinic days, teams of  nine volunteers assist the veterinary staff with a variety of jobs. Volunteer Cassie Riddle notes “The [vet] staff truly cares about the animals. Everything goes very smooth and the animals’ welfare is the top priority.”

Volunteers also greet clients, help check dogs in, and assist with paperwork. ”Many of the clients are anxious about leaving their dogs at the clinic. Surgery is an unsettling idea to a lot of pet owners, especially those that have never been to the vet before, but our volunteers are there to help clients feel at ease. “So many people are nervous to drop their dogs off, which tells me they really love their pitties.” says volunteer foster manager Lorelei Noire. “They want to do what is right, but might not always be able to afford it. I’m so glad we can make this happen for them.”

One of our volunteers’ favorite parts about working these clinics is walking dogs after surgery to gently wake them from their anesthetic. The kennel room following surgery is enjoyed by our volunteers as there is a lot of howls, lovingly called the “morphine moos,” coming from the pups!


When we initially launched our first Fix Your Pit clinic, we were only able to offer free spay and neuter services. As we hosted more clinics and interacted with the community, we realized that although spay and neuter was helping, there was more we could do to give back. So, we made the decision in 2017 to offer free vaccinations and microchipping at all 6 of our clinics for our clients who requested it.

Our Fix Your Pit clinics allow us to continue our rescue mission outside of just homeless dogs. Save-a-Bull volunteer Jolene Coleman says “The clinics show we support the community that supports the rescue, and that Save-a-Bull truly cares about reducing the number of pitties that are homeless or in shelters.” Further, our clinics aid in creating a healthier community while assisting pet owners in the area by giving services to their dogs they would otherwise have access to.

“Rescue isn’t only about foster and adopting,” says Lorelei. “It is about what is best for the pitties in the community and advocating for the breed.”

With your support today, we will fully fund 6 more clinics in 2018 that will include spay/neuter services, vaccinations and microchipping for low income families in the Twin Cities. When we asked our volunteers what they would like to communicate to you, our generous donors, on Give to the Max Day, the unanimous response was a HUGE THANK YOU! Jolene reminds us that, “without your continued support, this program would not exist.”  Volunteer Matt Guest echoes her thanks by saying “You are helping to keep dogs alive and out of shelters. I appreciate you all!”

From all of us at Save-a-Bull, thank you for helping us continue our mission of providing a healthier community for pit bulls in the Twin Cities area.

Your donations on Give to the Max Day make these incredible clinics possible. Please continue your support by giving today!

Adult dogs: the hidden gems of rescue

Adult dogs: the hidden gems of rescue

Everyone loves puppies! We love their whole body wiggles, their soft fur, and even their puppy breath. But in rescue, we don’t discriminate by age. We take in dogs of all ages and give them a second chance at finding their forever family. Save-a-Bull currently has 10 dogs seven month and older. Now that we have your attention with all this Give to the Max Day excitement, let us share a little more information about our adoptable adults!

Sweet Hallie has been with us for over a year. This adorable “white buffalo” as she is affectionately called around Save-a-Bull, is just over 4 years old. She is a master at entertaining herself! She loves toys and will toss them in the air before gracefully galloping after them. She can entertain herself for hours with play time! But, once playtime is over, she makes a beeline to the couch where she demands a snuggle time with her fosters.

Linus is a one-year-old tripod! Prior to coming to rescue, Linus experienced broken bones in his leg that required an amputation. However, only three legs can’t slow this boy down! This summer, Linus could usually be found in his foster’s pool. He loved having his toys thrown into the pool where he could swim over to retrieve them. Once he gathers them all, he brings them back to his humans and waits for them to be thrown back in so he can get back to swimming!

Jill, also known as Jillybean to her fosters, is a two year old sweetheart who has been in rescue since March.  Jill is a HUGE fan of her squeaky toys! She loves to chase them, chew them, shake them, and carry them around the house with her. While doing so, she squeaks the songs of her people the entire way! Her fosters are endlessly entertained by her playtime. We are sure, if Jill were a part of your family, there would never be a dull moment!

Ravioli is a mischievous little spit fire that loves to explore the world around him. At eight months old, he’s an excitable and fun-loving dude! In exchange, he will happily give you unlimited kisses, Netflix and chill, long lazy weekend mornings in bed, and the ability to learn tricks in a snap! He also loves car rides, brewery patios, and is a certified foodie who hasn’t met a snack he didn’t like. This boy is smart and funny, is great company, and could very possibly be your best friend ever!

Royal is a sweet 8 month old pup who came to rescue in May. He has a lot of personality and enjoys being near his people! He wants to be as close to you as possible. He is a unique pup as he is one of the only dogs from our rescue that has part hairless breed – and he’s also a leftie! Still looking for his forever home…



Coral is a 3 and a half year old, white pittie who LOVES her foster family and their kids! The children in the house love to keep her entertained with her toys and Coral is happy to oblige. However, she also enjoys her downtime as well. She is the sweetest snuggler. She has even been known to pick snuggling with her foster family over the delicious smells of bacon cooking in the kitchen.


Vince is the oldest of our available adults at 5 and a half years young! Vince loves to show his love to his fosters by drenching them with kisses and snuggling his face as close to theirs as possible. This pitties is definitely going to need snuggles in the winter as he was unimpressed by his first snow experience. He saw the white stuff and ran his brown butt right back into the house! Vince would love a forever family to help keep him warm and loved this winter.

All of these older dogs are available for adoption. Did you see one that would be the perfect addition to your family? Fill out an application today!

Linus, Royal, Hallie photos by Tangerine House of Design