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* Bijou, female - IN
Dargo - Adopted!!!
Gemma, female - OH
JR - Adopted!!!
Mischa - Adopted!!!

S Central Region:

* Maverick, male - MO
Ruger - Adopted!!!
* Samantha, female - KS

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Angel, female - NJ
Apollo - Adopted!!!
Dakota - Adopted!!!
* Gidget, female - NJ
Malory - Adopted!!!
** Roy, male - MD
Ruger - Adopted!!!
Sassy, female - NJ
Susie, female - MD

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

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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.

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.

Ringo 1-2 yr old neutered male - TN

Fee: $275
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Ringo, An energetic 1-2 year old male, with an off switch

Ringo is a very loving and energetic young dog that loves to play. He likes to play with his foster Malinois sister, loves his stuffed animals, chases the ball and tugs. But, most of all, he just likes to be with his people. He would love to crawl up in your lap, if he would only fit! He is a little thin, but once he fills out he will be a big boy. He is about 2 years old and there is still a lot of puppy in him. He loves people and gets along well with other dogs and is good with dog-savvy children, He is house trained, but does think the couch is the best place for him to hang out when he is inside.

Ringo is up to date on shots, is neutered, heartworm negative and on heartworm preventative. He walks well on a leash, but needs to be reminded not to pull. He knows the basic commands; sit, down, and stay and is crate trained. Ringo will chase cars and potential adopters must have a secure, fenced yard. He will stay close to you when outside, but the probability is there for him to take off after a passing car. Even with a fence, he should not be left outside alone for long, as he, like most mals, will find a way out if there is something on the other side that interests him.

He loves to go on car rides, but you will not enjoy it as much if you do not have him crated. He gets very excited and bounces around, barking (right in your ear) if not restrained.

Ringo loves to play fetch and play with his toys. Video:

For more information about Ringo, please contact: Janet

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

Sam 12 yr old spayed female - TN

Fee: $100
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Sam, left homeless when the economy hit her family hard

Sam is a wonderful, healthy, spayed female, 12 years old – though you would never guess that from her energy level. Her family, who got her as a young pup, took excellent care of her. Due to economic setbacks, they recently lost their home and were forced to move into a place that would not allow her. They were devastated and turned to rescue to avoid having to surrender her to a shelter. At her age, it is unlikely that she would have been considered adoptable and many shelters euthanize seniors within 24 hours of being turned in by their owners. Heartbroken as they were over having to let their lifelong friend go, they could not bear the thought that their misfortune would cost their loyal companion her life.

Sam was raised with children and Yorkies, so she is good with even small children and small dogs. She even had cats as part of her pack, so although no guarantees can be made, with a dog savvy cat and proper introductions (including supervision) she should be just fine. She is that much of a love! Of course she is house broken, well mannered, utd on all shots, and has been on heartworm preventative throughout her life. While in rescue, she has been fully vetted, including blood work and has been ruled totally healthy. All that she needs is another family so she can give all the love and devotion she has in her heart. And they will be one lucky family as she has a lot to give!

Her family had been told she is full blooded Malinois. To be honest, we are not certain, but there are a lot of variations within breeding lines. What we are sure of is that she acts like a Malinois – same sense of humor, energy, and devotion that we love in our Mals. She is a relatively low maintenance, content with just exercise and companionship, being with her people.

Will you give Sam the chance to give all the love she has in her heart to another family? She will reward you ten fold!

For more information about Sam, please contact: Janet

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

Zena 3-4 yr old spayed female - NC

Fee: $275
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Zena is a Mal Gal looking for her heart human. She has moderate drive, and just wanting someone to be her very own.

Zena is a large female that wants to belong to her own person. She is a nice girl that is learning basic obedience. She is being trained in German.

Zena very much wants to please but parts of her hold back on obedience. This is  gradually changing though, as she has been worked with positive and firm methods. It seems like somewhere in her life she had a rough start, and maybe some rough handling that makes her hold back a bit. She is learning to hold eye contact which anyone that owns a  mal knows this is a natural for them. When first asking for a down she was very unsure about being corrected meaning she was almost bracing for a correction. Once she has found out that the correction isn't coming she has started to relax and is going into the down much quicker. She responds well to patient, positive training, which is clear in the expectations and reinforces when she gets it correctly.

Since I have not had her around children and  don't know her background I would like to see her placed in a home without children. She would do best as the only dog. She needs a fair owner and not someone that jerks and yanks a dog into position. You need to be firm though but being firm  doesn't mean you man handle.

She has been good with all the adults she has been introduced to. If you let her go up and meet them she has been great.

She  doesn't like sudden movements coming at her. She does however recover very quickly. But with sudden movements, you can see that glint of bracing.

She does run and chase a ball but is not what I would call a ball crazy dog. She is learning to bring it back. When she first started she would bring it back but drop it  within 4 to 5 feet of you.

She walks well on a leash and if she starts to pull a simple reminder and she comes right back into a nice walk.

Zena is a loving gal, looking for a person who will continue her training and will patiently reward her devotion with a matching devotion. More than anything, she wants someone with whom she can bond, and belong. Will you be the one to be Zena's heart human?


For more information about Zena, please contact: Janet

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

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