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* Dargo, male - IL
* Gemma, female - OH
* JR, male - IA
Mischa - Adopted!!!

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Jill, female - TX
Romeo - Adopted!!!

Northeast Region:

** Angel, female - NJ
Dakota, male - DC
Hachi - Adopted!!!
* Malory, female - NY
* Roy, male - MD
* Ruger, male - NJ
Sassy, female - NJ
Susie, female - MD

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Southeast Region:

Abbey, female - FL
Cami - Adopted!!!
Elsa, female - TN
Gunner, male - FL
* Lincoln, male - NC
Missy, female - FL
* Sofie, female - NC
Tawny - Adopted!!!

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These Rescues are currently available in the Southeast area of the country. If you are interested in adopting one of the Malinois profiled in these pages contact the foster home listed in the profile.


Many police officers/trainers/SAR groups approach Malinois rescue looking for young dogs to train. Most of our rescued dogs are not suitable for these types of jobs. Some of our rescued Malinois are actually dogs that have been rejected by police departments due to their inability to do the job. While we are not opposed to adopting dogs out as working dogs, we adopt only to individuals, never to organizations or police departments. Most of our rescued Malinois have had difficult beginnings in life. The majority will make fantastic family pets, but most of them do not have the temperament needed to work day after day with a police officer or in search and rescue. All dogs adopted through Malinois rescue will be spayed or neutered prior to placement.

Abbey 3 yr old spayed female - FL

Fee: $275
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From Abbey's foster mom:
My name is Terry and I take care of you. You were rescued from Miami Dade Animal Control way back in the beginning of January.

We think you are about three years old. There were no foster families available to take you into their home, so you were placed into a boarding kennel. At least you were safe. You spent 5 months there. Listening to the deafening barking, living on a concrete floor, different neighbors next to you, no one to love you. It broke my heart and I went there to visit you. We went for a lovely walk, where you were just an angel. So nice on the leash, not interested in the other dogs that we came across. You did not pull on the leash, you were very respectful of me. The green grass felt so good under your feet, that you rolled in it, loving every minute. I took you home.

Your new foster home, on 5 acres, with 7 others Mals patrolling the property. I know that it was overwhelming at first. I understand that you displayed a bit of a snarky attitude. You were never aggressive, never a fighter. I am so pleased that you settled in so nicely with everyone. And Abbey you are such a wonderful baby sitter for those little puppies. You would never hurt a little dog. Thank you for being such a lady in the house. I have to say sometimes I forget that you are here; you are so quiet, and non intrusive. I am not a big user of crates, but I know that you love them, and you find the crate as your castle. I am very proud that you keep your castle neat and clean.

When we are together I can see in those big beautiful brown eyes that you are starving for love and attention. Your gentleness when you carefully place your paws on my chest. Your sweetness when I stick my hands into your dinner plate, or pet you while you are eating. Thank you for not destroying my house when you are left loose in there, thank you for knowing to go potty outside.

I promise you Abbey that I will find you a forever home with a family who will love you more than life itself! Who will take you with them for walks and who will play with you. A family that will continue to teach you the basics and manners that are required of a big dog. So counter surfing has to stop, and no more begging while the humans are eating dinner. Maybe a family with kids that are old enough to understand dogs. And maybe even a family that has another dog so you have a companion. And don't worry Abbey, I know that you think CATS are eatable. Really they aren't, so I will make sure there are no cats.

Ok Abbey my search begins…where is that perfect family who wants a perfect Malinois named ABBEY.

For more information about Abbey, please contact: Sara

If you want to apply for this dog, click Abbey's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Sara, Abbey's coordinator.

Elsa 1 yr old spayed female - TN

Fee: $350
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Elsa – 1 year old athletic gal ready for anything

Hi, I'm Elsa and if you are looking for a gal who combines brains, brawn and beauty, look no further! I am an active gal, who ended up in a shelter for some reason – my story really isn't known, except that I kept jumping out of my owner's fence and getting picked up by animal control. After awhile, they stopped paying fines to get me back and signed me over. Another rescue pulled me (and I was glad to get out of there), and almost immediately adopted me to a home. That family returned me 24 hours later, saying that I was too focused on their cat. Well YEA!!! I guess I do have a pretty strong prey drive, so cats aren't something my new home should have. Same with really small kids – I might get too focused on them too. But my foster mom has lots of dogs, all sizes, and I am good with them. I actually really like other dogs, though I can be bossy at first so proper introductions and walking together are necessary so I know that we are supposed to get along. I am also great with people, and have loved going to events and meeting new friends.

I have moderate drive, and I do have an off switch. Even so, I am active and I would benefit from some training. I like to please my people and I catch on quick, if I do say so myself. I would like a home that wants to do fun, athletic things – hiking, running, agility, just about anything that is active and fun I would like to try. I have food drive and I like to tug, and I can be quite fearless. I don't think I would want a super competitive performance home - I do not have over the top drive. But if you want a smart dog as a fun partner, I may be the perfect fit for you. Oh, one other thing – I can clear a 6 foot fence like nobody's business, so although a fence would be a good idea for me, you can't just leave me out there unsupervised. I still need to be under command and doing something with you. Otherwise, that squirrel or dog on the other side might be enough to tempt me to just take off.

I LOVE water, at least chasing water coming out of a hose. I have been swimming, as you can see in my video, but my foster mom says I don't seem to totally love water, as I haven't wanted to go swimming in her pool. I am not sure – maybe it is chlorine I am not fond of. Maybe with some encouragement that would change.

Here is a video of me when I was with my first rescuer. As you can see, I am a LOT of fun and will try lots of things.

Of course I am spayed, and up to date on all my shots and house broken. I am crate trained but need a very sturdy crate as I have been known to break out of light weight ones. I sleep nicely in my crate at night though.

If you want a smart girl, that can play and snuggle, and would be devoted to you, I certainly would like to meet you. I am ready for a forever home of my very own.

For more information about Elsa, please contact: Janet

If you want to apply for this dog, click Elsa's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Janet, Elsa's coordinator.

Gunner 18 mo old neutered male - FL

Fee: $275
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Gunner is a high drive, exceptionally sweet and biddable, approximately 18 month old neutered male Malinois, who has had a tough start in life.

Currently he weighs in at about 70 pounds, and is 26-27" at the withers. He was adopted from the Orlando animal shelter by a well-intended woman and her granddaughter. Unfortunately, they didn't have any experience with high drive, pushy Malinois. They ended up contacting ABMR and we found a great foster home for him! The "Nothing in Life is Free" protocol is the basis for all his training currently, and it is strongly suggested that be implemented in his forever home. Since he's been in the foster home, he's learning to have a soft mouth and a solid "sit" when treats are given, too.

He is UTD on all his shots and is on HW and flea/ tick prevention; he loves being brushed, and having his nails done with the Dremel; crates easily and is happy to eat in his crate; his teeth stay white and pretty because he brushes daily. Gunner knows some obedience commands, and will happily learn more. He will need daily exercise, both physical and mental! As a running buddy he would thrive, but you also could work him by retrieving a hidden ball or toy a couple times a day, or introduce him to tracking. Gunner has a solid retrieve, and will now bring the ball or toy to hand. He did okay with the foster family's 5 year old female Australian Cattle Dog and with their young female Malinois, but would do best as an only dog or with a submissive female. He shows strong guarding tendencies toward the other dogs when toys and food are out, and likes to think the best toys are not the ones in front of him, but the toys or treats the other dogs are engaged with. His prey drive is high, and he shouldn't be in a home with children or small pets of any sort because of it.

It is apparent that Gunner had little to no socialization as a young dog, and he was exhibiting his fear reactivity by aggressive behaviors. Since his food drive is also very high, the foster parents have found food to be a successful means of redirecting Gunner to more appropriate responses. He has done exceptionally well in new environments and with new people, but it may be necessary to continue with the socialization exercises for a few months after he is adopted.

Gunner needs to be in a home with someone who is very familiar with working line Malinois! He is not for the first-time owner, nor is he a good candidate for pure positive training. Gunner is one of those pushy, opportunistic Mals!! That being said, he does NOT do well with the old school, heavy handed compulsion training either. Gunner needs a firm, fair, consistent hand, and does exceptionally well with timely corrections (he has been worked on a Herm Sprenger pinch collar) followed immediately by a reward for right behaviors. If too much pressure is unfairly put on him, he will increase his level of resistance rather than shut down. The majority of bad behavior in Gunner has been created as a result of assuming he knows what the handler wants of him, when in fact he may just be unclear on what is being asked.

If you think you are the right home for Gunner, please do give him a chance to show what a lovely boy he is by filling out an application. Gunner is one of those very special dogs who will be a once-in-a-lifetime "heart-dog" for the right person!

For more information about Gunner, please contact: Wendy.

If you want to apply for this dog, click Gunner's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Sara, Gunner's coordinator.

Lincoln 9-14 mo old neutered male - NC

Fee: $350
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Lincoln was found lethargic in a ditch in North Carolina, happily a good Samaritan took him in,

Gave him food and water and he found his way to ABMR. Once taken to the vet it was found that he was a very healthy boy who just needed to put on some weight. Lincoln is a big boy measuring 26" from the withers and weighing 65 pounds.

Lincoln is house broken, crate trained (does beautifully in his crate) and has "sit", "down", "spin" and "drop it" down well, we are currently working on "stay" and his "leave it" is getting better every day. Lincoln is working on his loose leash and recall skills. Lincoln would benefit greatly with further training. Lincoln is toy and food motivated, and has a lot of potential.

Lincoln is a fun and happy boy, and gets along well with other dogs, but he is stronger than he realizes. A home with dogs around his size and no cats is best. Lincoln has done very well with my dog savvy 9 year old, but he can be skittish around quick movements, and is very mouthy in play so he needs a home with children 12 and above or no children at all. Lincoln needs some confidence building so a strong but gentle hand is required. A firm verbal correction usually cuts unwanted behaviors but every once in a while Lincoln will see how far you will let him go. Lincoln is submissive to my male shepherd mix, and I would expect him to be submissive in most relationships with other dogs. Lincoln wants to play all the time-he is still very much a puppy, so a home with dogs of similar energy would be best. Lincoln is ready and roaring to go when you are. He loves going on a good run, sniffing all the worlds smells on a long walk and hiking. Tugging is a favorite past time. I would prefer that Lincoln go to a breed experienced (familiar with all those funny Malinois quirks) and active home.

Lincoln settles well indoors, he does have an "off switch". Lincoln has very nice house manners. Lincoln does not counter surf, although he has been caught knocking down the trash can a time or two.

Lincoln rides beautifully in a car and does not need to be crated while in one. Lincoln is sometimes afraid to get out of the car once the ride is over, but if you walk in the house without him, leave the door to the car open, and give him a minute or two, he will follow you in.

Lincoln makes a good watch dog. When a person approaches your home, he certainly lets you know all about it quite enthusiastically. However, once you open the door and accept your visitor, Lincoln follows your lead and gives them a good sniff and gladly accepts them as well.

Lincoln is a lover, with big sweet soulful eyes. He likes to put his face close to yours and look into your eyes and sniff you. Lincoln will make someone a wonderful companion.

For more information about Lincoln, please contact: Kelly

If you want to apply for this dog, click Lincoln's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Kelly, Lincoln's coordinator.

Missy 3 yr old spayed female - FL

Fee: $275
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Missy is ABMR's Current Featured Malinois!

Missy is a 3 year old Malinois that came into rescue with 3 very tiny puppies.

She was found on the streets of Miami and fostered with Terry in Florida. Missy and her 3 puppies went to Terry's house to grow, learn love, and be a part of a family. The family there is large with 4 other adult Malinois, there are cows, pigs, horses and cats. Missy does have some trouble with such a large family. She is very good with the farm animals. My cats are very dog smart, and Missy would try to eat one if she could. Even though Missy is ok with all the other dogs, she is definitely an ALPHA female. I would seriously recommend her as being the ONLY dog in a home. She easily feels offended if she is not the top dog of any attention.

Missy is very good in the house, she has had a few accidents when she gets stressed out. She does not chew on things, and she has learned that sleeping on the bed or couch is awesome. When Missy first arrived at her foster's house, she did not know what indoors was. She ran through the screen, and she ran into the sliding glass door so many times that they had to place a visual strip at her height so she would see it. Now of course she knows about the doors and screens. She knows about carpet, tile and wood floors. She is not crated, although she will crate. She travels nicely in the car. Missy is a dog that will love you and protect you. She is good with strangers, and is good with children over 10 years old. I have not introduced her to younger children.

Missy is a type that will hold you close to her heart. She will do everything for you and with you. She is so desperately wanting to feel important in someones life. Will it be you?

Missy update:
Missy has been spayed and all her puppies have been placed into loving forever homes. Missy is also searching for her forever home. Now that she is spayed and her female hormones have gone into seclusion, she has turned out to be a super wonderful dog. She is playful and active. Loves to swim. She is very good in the house, (no more accidents). She is protective of her property, but she shows no aggression. She will bark at a stranger and may be a little fearful of a stranger at first. She remains the alpha dog, and I still recommend that she be the only dog. She is with 4 other Mals at my home and she does get along very well with them. Every once in a while fur will fly, but never any blood or a vet run. So I do not oppose to her going to a family with another dog. I certainly do not recommend cats, I think she probably would kill one if she could get a hold of it. I have 2 cats but they are wise to the Mals and stay out of their way. Please give this gorgeous Malinois a home to call her own. She is a snuggle bug and she will give you and your family her life, her unwavering love.

For more information about Missy, please contact: Terry

If you want to apply for this dog, click Missy's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Sara, Missy's coordinator.

Sofie 3 yr old spayed female - NC

DOB: 6/4/2011
Fee: $275
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Sofie is being rehomed as her owners have become ill and need to find a new home for the dog they adore. Here is their description of their beautiful Sofie:

From her first day with us, Sofie has brought nothing but laughter, joy and an enormous amount of love into our lives. She enjoys attention and being close to us (her pack). She has been completely perfect inside the house. Sofie is a "morning dog" in that she likes to rise early. She is a real sleepy head at night and has many nights gone into her crate in our bedroom to retire for the night before my husband and I went to bed.

We were able to leave her for up to 6 or 7 hours at a time in the house, running free and she was perfect. She did not harm anything in the house the entire two years that we had her. If bored, she would sometimes chew on the blankets we had in her crate.

She loves winter weather and is very frisky at that time of the year. She hates hot weather and does not like to take long walks in the hot summer time. When she returns from a summer walk, she will just collapse on the floor and rest for a long time. She loves to play in the sprinkler in the summer time, but detests being bathed.

Sofie hasn't been around a lot of other dogs since we've had her. We have two male dogs in our neighborhood and she loves both of them, but because she (like most Mals) plays very rough, one of the dogs (a German Munsterlander) shys away from her. She does not like the female rescue dog that lives next door to us. That dog, however, is very nippy with people and not very friendly acting when she has been around Sofie. Sofie needs another well mannered dog(s) to play with who can hold their own physically with her.

Sofie will do the Malinois "clack", which unless you are familiar with this breed, that can be a little unnerving. If you stare at her in her eyes for any length of time, she will "clack" toward you.

We went on many walks each day, but she really needs a fenced back yard or safe outdoor area to run in. She has a tendency to want to run after cars or bicycles, so any new owner should be aware of that. She loves to chase squirrels and at her former foster home she chased a deer once so far that they feared she would not return.

In summary, Sofie is a highly intelligent, loving, strong, athletic dog. She is very sensitive to yelling, and if something would fall on the floor with a loud clang, she would run. She is afraid of vacuum cleaners and of "long stick like objects" (i.e. a broom, fishing rod, etc.) She LOVES to eat and go on walks or run around outside and chase her ball.

For more information about Sofie, please contact: Marcia

If you want to apply for this dog, click Sofie's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Marcia, Sofie's coordinator.

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