AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
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.
A NOTE TO POLICE OFFICERS, SAR GROUPS
AND OTHERS LOOKING FOR WORKING MALINOIS:
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.
Angel 1.5-2 yr old spayed female - FL
Angel is a beautiful girlie, who was found in a shelter in south Florida with a litter of 10 puppies who were less than 2 weeks old at the time.
Angel was fostered with her puppies and was a wonderful mom. She stayed in with them until they were all placed and now is ready for a home of her own. Even around her pups she was always good with her foster mom. In fact the first night that she was there she got her foot caught in some shelving and was not only stuck but in pain. Even in that brand new environment she allowed her foster mom to turn her around to help free her foot which allowed her to get back to her pups.
Angel gets along with other dogs her size, is still very playful, and plays hard. Her playing style is not for the weak of heart, but the dogs she plays with LOVE HER and she is a ton of fun.
She will cuddle and lean in to you, and is starting some obedience training with her new foster mom Vicki.
She is easy to work with and train. She is very sensitive and will do very poorly with a heavy hand. She has an old injury on her back rear leg from the hock down. It doesn't slow her down, but it gives you an indication of the hard life she had before coming into rescue. She likes everyone but she really lights up and is especially interested in pleasing men.
As with most Malinois, no cats, no tiny dogs, and recommend no children (maybe teenagers). Angel is a special dog who will win your heart if given the chance she deserves.
For more information about Angel, please contact: Sara
If you want to apply for this dog, click Angel's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Sara, Angel's coordinator.
Carl 2 yr old neutered male - TN
Carl – special needs, vision impaired but sees with his heart
Carl is a young Belgian Malinois who was 2 years old at the end of June 2016. He was purchased for a dual-purpose working or protection prospect. He entered rescue when a vision problem was discovered that made him unsuited for work. Both pupils are completely dilated and do not respond to light. This is not due to injury, as he has not been mistreated, he has been in a loving home where he was socialized with a family with older children and other pets, including cats and dogs. He has good ball drive and will enjoy nothing more than playing ball with you until he just lays down, tired. He is house broken and crate trained. He travels well with folk he knows but can be reactive to strangers so getting him out in unfamiliar environments with strangers can be an issue.
Carl's eyesight issue was evaluated at UT's veterinary school, department of ophthalmology in April. The condition he has is a fairly rare (in Malinois) disorder called progressive retinal atrophy caused by a genetic mutation (so no injury and no toxic exposure was involved). This disorder is what causes his retinas to remain dilated. Being progressive, it will get worse. Carl is already completely blind in his right eye and severely compromised (80% vision loss was the estimate) in his left. He will eventually, probably before too long actually, be completely blind in both eyes. There is no treatment, so there will be no ongoing expenses associated with his disorder, but there is also no hope for improvement. His condition is not causing him any pain, so there is no discomfort. He is expected to live a long, full and happy life. As you know if you have watched the videos of him fetching, he is compensating well, and is enjoying life with is foster family. We are going to do our best to place him in a home where this will continue and get better.
Now, as to what we have learned temperament wise since he came into foster care. Carl has a working dog mentality and will need a home that will exercise him and keep him active. He tends to be fearful and somewhat reactive when in new situations, and he will bite. His foster dad took a great deal of time with him when getting him out of the crate after he was transferred into our care, and wore welding gloves and a very heavy quilted jacket. Not quite a bite suit but close. Carl did bite him. In fact, his foster dad said that his new owner/handler needs to be prepared to be "bit with intent" at least a couple of times before he trusts you. However, it only took him a couple of days to build the trust with Carl, and then, his foster dad describes him as a complete love. BUT that also means that he will probably never be approachable in public by folk he does not know. He will need to be managed very carefully, and I will not be approving a home with children under teen age unless the home has extensive training credentials - the risk of a serious bite is just too great. After he trusts you, learns your smell and sound, he is engaging and affectionate, and trustworthy.
With other animals, again, he needs to build a comfort level and trust. He will need to be introduced very slowly to others, particularly if the other dogs have dominance tendencies. In his foster home, he was initially introduced to a JRT and a pit mix, both easy going dogs, and he was indifferent to them. But dominance displays or growling put him on the defensive and activate his reactivity. Over time, he was introduced to all of this foster home's dogs and he now does well with them all, but his new home will need to have the experience and discernment to read ALL the body language and to know their own animals well enough to provide the space, facilities (crates, kennels, separate areas) and time for all animals to get used to each other. Discussions on management of introductions will be part of the interview process. He needs a home that will keep him active, and will continue his training and socialization.
If you think you have what it takes to go slow and win this boy's heart, know that it will be totally worth your time and effort. Carl is a wonderful dog, with a HUGE heart and that spark and loyalty we love so much in this breed. He is very affectionate, and he enjoys nothing more than just curling up with his owner on the floor having his belly rubbed. He also enjoys his neck and the sides of his muzzle being scratched.
He is current on all vaccinations to include rabies and has tested negative for heartworm and has been on heartworm preventive since being tested. He is neutered.
For more information about Carl, please contact: Janet
If you want to apply for this dog, click Carl's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Janet, Carl's coordinator.
Ice 6 yr old spayed female - SC
Ice is about 55lbs and a complete love bug who likes to snuggle and be with her people.
She is looking for a best friend and is extremely loyal. She is not extremely drive, but she does love to tug on her stuffed animals with you and she has a very good "out" or "release". She also loves for you to chase her around and try to get her toys and wrestle around with her on the ground. She carries her Kong just about everywhere she goes.
She is a very well-mannered inside dog and absolutely fits in to whatever schedule we have going on. She is very people friendly, but will alert by barking if someone knocks on the door or when a vehicle pulls up. Once we are aware of the guests, she has been very happy to meet new people. We have not had any children visit sincehas been living with us, but I feel as if she would be very accepting of them, with guidance and introductions.
She LOVES her crate and spends a lot of time in it even when the door is open. She is a toy hog and will go through the toy box and put them all in her crate or hide them from our resident dog. She does not get along with other females, including our personal dog. However, she is wonderful with the cat and she gets along well with my neighbor's male. It may take careful introductions with most female dogs asseems to be selective.
She is very intelligent and knows her basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come, shake (with either paw), crate, kennel, load (car), down (off furniture), etc... She understands basic conversational commands such as where's your ball? Are you ready to go? Hurry! The famous "Ah-Ah-Ah!" (as in "don't you stick your nose on the counter"). Since we reside on a large farm she has not been taught to walk on a loose leash, but her off leash skills are great.
Ideally, I would love to see her go to a home with some acreage so that she has the freedom to run and play. She loves chasing squirrels up the nearest tree then bark at them. She minds off leash and will happily go to her outside kennel on command or come inside when called. She doesn't run off other than the occasional squirrel chase or deer sighting that distracts her, but stays in range of the farm, and home.
Ice would be delighted to be an only dog, but with proper training and introductions, can do alright with other non-pushy dogs who will let her get plenty of attention from her people. Being people focused, not canine focused, she does not necessarily share people and toys well with other dogs, so interactions will need to be monitored and managed to avoid conflicts, particularly in the beginning.
She is current on h/w preventative, flea meds, all shots and she is in good health overall. She has an old injury to her right front leg that gets a tad arthritic in the cold or if she is crated for several hours at a time.
Check out her videos to see this elegant lady:
For more information about Ice, please contact: Janet
If you want to apply for this dog, click Ice's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Janet, Ice's coordinator.