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N Central Region:

Mischa, female - IA

S Central Region:

Jill, female - TX
Romeo, male - MO
Tivva - Adopted!!!
Tre - Adopted!!!

Northeast Region:

Angel, female - NJ
* Dakota, male - DC
Hachi, male - OH
Hailey - Adopted!!!
* Roy, male - MD
* Sassy, female - NJ
Susie, female - MD
Zeus - Adopted!!!

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Southeast Region:

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

Southwest Region:

Ha Nis Krah - 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.

Cami 14 mo old spayed female - NC

Fee: $275
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Cami is a fun girl very willing to learn something new.

She is learning to focus although sometimes she gets distracted but is easy to get back.

She enjoys chasing a ball but is not over the top and is more treat motivated then ball. She is learning to sit and down and come when called.

Cami needs someone that is experienced with the breed and will continue her training. She is not a dog that would do well left alone all the time because she enjoys the interaction with people.

She has tagged along on some of the K9 training to get her out and about and has had fun riding up and down in elevators and hanging out with the people. She has done well coming into new environments. She doesn't seem to be afraid of anything and rides well in car.

Her down side is that she does prefer a kennel to a crate. We have been working on the crating and she willing goes in and lays down. She doesn't like to be left by herself but is getting more and more use to it. This will require additional work from whoever adopts her.

She can be a little overzealous when meeting new people. She likes to jump up and say hello. We are working on getting her to sit or refocus on us.

She is a happy girl that wants very much to please. Like some malinois she can be a busy little girl.

She will NOT be considered for a working home because she lacks the ball drive and focus at this point.

Cami will not be placed in a home with younger children however she will make a wonderful pet for someone that enjoys spending time with their dog.

She is current on her heart worm vaccinations and flea and tick.

If she is adopted close enough to where she is being boarded we will be glad to offer you three free training sessions with her to help you learn her commands and work with her.

For more information about Cami, please contact: Marcia

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

Missy 3 yr old spayed female - FL

Fee: $275
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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.

Tawny 8 mo old spayed female - FL

Fee: $350
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Hello! My name is Tawny. I was found in a shelter by ABMR after my owner turned me in.

I was so confused and afraid. I did not understand what I had done wrong to wind up in a terrible place – though to be honest, it was a bit better than when I was with my owner. He kept me in a kennel where I could not even run around at all. I was very sick and weak from worms, hungry and looked so bad. The worms are all gone and I am feeling so much better now. My Mom has also given me lots of good food so I am not as skinny as I was and my coat looks a lot better too.

A stranger came and took me away from that place. She brought me to her home where I met two other dogs just like me! And another dog who looked different and scared me, but was kind and understanding. I got a bath (which I hate by the way), food, fresh clean water and a bed of my own. The other dogs were so good to me! They told me it was alright and not to be afraid. Stryker (one of the Malinois) was awesome! He would run around the yard for me to chase him. He knew my legs were weak (from never getting out of my kennel) and I could not run as fast as he did, but he encouraged me and played with me anyway. My legs have gotten stronger and stronger, and though I still can't quite catch him, I am getting a lot closer. With exercise and a lot of games, I know I will continue to get stronger. I did not know what toys were and have since found out they are great! I love them and am learning how to play with them with other dogs and even people!!

I still am very shy and unsure of people, but I am trying so hard! I greet everyone with a huge smile so they know I am a loving girl. I am getting better in the car (I used to get scared and try to hide) and walking on a contraption called a lead.

I would love to have my very own family! Mom said not to ask for a home where they want me to 'compete' because I am not interested in those type of activities. I am just not that sure of myself yet. I probably would like older children (they can play with me) but little tykes and cats probably would not be good with me. I really want a family to love me, cuddle and watch dog movies with me.

Mom told me to tell you that I still have a long road ahead to being the perfect dog. She said I would need to go places with my family and attend something called obedience school (not sure what that is – is it fun?). But she said to be sure to tell you that even though I am very shy, I do love to be petted and I try so very hard to please people.

Please consider adding me to your family! I promise I will give you all the love I have and be a loyal and faithful companion!

For more information about Tawny, please contact: Janet

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

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