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N Central Region:

Ace - Adopted!!!
Bones, male - IL
Katia, female - IN
* Moxie, female - WI
Kona - Adopted!!!

S Central Region:

* Bravo, male - KS
Apollo, male - AR
* Thor, male - AR

Northeast Region:

Cole - Adopted!!!
Grimm, male - NY

Southeast Region:

* Ace, male - SC
Cairo - Adopted!!!
Carl, male - TN
Izzy, male - AL
* Leif, male - GA
* Lucas, male - FL
** Marlon, male - FL
Pepper - Adopted!!!
Reagan - Adopted!!!
Troy - Adopted!!!

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Southwest Region:

Kitasa - Adopted!!!
Zoie - 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.

Ace 6 yr old neutered male - SC

Fee: $300
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Ace is a neutered, housebroken male malinois that spent his whole life isolated in the backyard.

Ace is a neutered, housebroken male malinois around 6 years old. He had spent his whole life isolated in a backyard without any affection & had never been inside a house prior to being rescued. Because of his isolation, he's been listening to a lot of talk radio to get him accustomed to a wide variety of human voices. Now all he wants to do is hang around on the couch and snuggle up to people. He's affectionate and loves to give kisses. He has been exposed to thunder, high winds, fireworks and gunfire and doesn't react fearfully. He has been around a wide variety of animals, including strange dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, horses, cows, deer, rabbits & small lizards. He doesn't show interest in them even though I know he sees them. He's somewhat interested in live snakes or snake dens. The thing that gets him going is finding a snake skin on a walk and then he gets very animated, pouncing on it, snatching it up and waving it around in the air and devouring it like it's his favorite food. Left to his own devices, he might eat a snake, too, but if a snake is nearby, Ace will probably let you know.

Ace gets along very well with the other spayed female foster dog. If she solicits a hug by leaning against my shins, Ace runs over and leans against her other side. He doesn't do that to my own male. As time has gone on and Ace has developed more confidence, there's sometimes a little growling between him & my male but he has never shown teeth and he's never growled at all at the female dog. Ace can live with male & female dogs but he shows a preference for females. Since he spent most of his life alone, it would be preferable for him to have human or canine companionship around all the time. That means he needs a family that will let him live inside the house, he will never be an outside dog again.

Ace has met people from a little under 2 years of age on up to elderly and is well-mannered and a little reserved. Once he realizes the strangers will pet him, he'll seek more affection and can be pretty persistent. This could lead to small children getting toppled over. He's a very velcro dog and will almost always want to be near you but he crates on command except at mealtimes and will sleep quietly in his crate at night if you don't want to let him sleep on the bed. He asks for dances. I have no idea how he came by this but his adopter should be prepared to dance with him. He's got a wide variety of vocal sounds, some of which I still don't understand. He's not much of a shedder but the other dogs have taught him to enjoy being vacuumed with the hose attachment. He's very motivated by affection and food. He's a little homebody now that he's learned about petting, couches & comfy houses. He wants to go outside to eliminate & then head right back inside and snuggle up again. He doesn't enjoy riding in cars like most other dogs. He generally curls up on the back seat or floor and goes to sleep. No panicking, peeing, barfing or pooping in the car though, he'd just rather stay at home on the couch with you.

Ace is still learning how to play with toys and other dogs. He doesn't seem to understand the activity. He's an extremely hard chewer so he'll need constant supervision with toys. He's a dedicated nudist and will chew off bandanas, safety vests, etc, if you don't watch him. He's fine with his collar & that's it. He has very strong ideas about this and has even chased down the elderly foster female and stripped her little grippy socks off her paws one-by-one until he made sure she was barefoot again.

Ace is a low-energy Malinois but he wants a lot of affection, snuggling and petting. He won't exercise you to death but he might lick you to death. He is ready for his forever home where he can show you all the love you could ask for.

For more information about Ace, please contact: Angela

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

Carl 2 yr old neutered male - TN

Fee: $100
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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.

Izzy 1-3 yr old neutered male - AL

Fee: $325
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He has an obsession with his Kong toy and it has to be with him in his crate...it is his pacifier

Izzy is a young male adult estimated to be around 1-3 years old. He is neutered and up to date on all his vaccines. He is crate trained and enjoys sleeping in his crate at night. He has an obsession with his Kong toy and it has to be with him in his crate...it is his pacifier!

Izzy has been treated for his skin allergies with medication and weekly medicated baths. His hair has finally started to grow back and he is looking so handsome! Izzy needs to stay on his special diet with his sensitive skin and stomach food.

Izzy gets along with all dogs his size and he will let a dog know in a nice way when he has had enough. Izzy can be a grouch when he is tired and likes to be left alone to take a nap in his crate when he doesn't want to be bothered. He is very energetic and hyper at times, but he calms down quickly after exercise. He loves going on walks and his leash training has improved with him wearing a gentle leader. He is very treat motivated and he is currently in obedience classes to work on his basic manners.

He is one goofy boy and the sweetest cuddle buddy ever! He thrives for attention and just wants to be loved. He will sit in my lap to get belly rubs all day long! Izzy will make a great companion for an active pet home. He would be great at agility because he loves to climb up on things or search and rescue because he loves to be busy and use that nose!

For more information about Izzy, please contact: Marcia

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

Leif 1 yr old neutered male - GA

Fee: $325
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A chance to live with your very own heartthrob ~ Meet Leif Garrett

Leif Garrett is exactly as you imagined in the dog version of a heartthrob. He came into rescue half- starved and literally looked like a walking head. He is constantly happy and somewhat difficult to photograph because he is always smashing his head into a human so he can get just a little bit closer. He actually asks if he can join you on that comfy chair because "yes.yes there is room for an extra 70lb guy that will flip on his back pretending to be a kitty", that signature Belgian roll.

Just a few days into foster care this big lug seemed to know nothing, and each experience is met with joyful exuberance and gratitude for showing him how dogs should be treated. Due to his gentle nature and extreme need to please he is picking up all aspects of training very quickly. He is crate, large outdoor kennel trained and hops in willingly and immediately goes to sleep. Zero barking or anxiety when kenneled and will pass out for hours. He loads immediately in a crate in the vehicle and will one day tell his friends about "that fun moving couch" he had in foster care. He is a great guard dog when in the house or back yard and will announce when someone is walking on the street but is learning to quiet when asked to do so. In less than 10 days he has a pretty good on leash heel with no pulling and is learning to walk perfectly on the left side.

Although the animals he sees on a walk are interesting he doesn't seem to have much prey drive which may translate OK to cats, but unable to test in this single animal home. When changing out his collar he panicked and threw his head into the new collar to put it on quickly as if to say "I need to belong, put it back on quickly". Zero food aggression and although currently severely malnourished, politely and quietly eats his food.

Although everything seems new to him he immediately trusts all humans. Children are especially drawn to him due to his super friendly nature. Within 72hrs of arriving in foster care he was tossed into two separate group hikes with other dogs and humans. After a brief "dog discussion" he happily ran alongside the other dogs to enjoy the day. We were able to remove the longline on those same hikes because of his solid recall and a quick turn from a straight whistle. Goes nuts for delicious treats but will very gently accept that grain free dog biscuit just to be polite as if to say "Thank you but you and I both know that there are hotdogs and cheese nearby so be a pal and next time give me one of those instead". When presented with 10 various toys politely took each of them in his mouth one by one as if to say "for me? really?" sort of like the winter warlock accepting his choo-choo. As he is encouraged to play with toys, likes to grab the toy and will only offer it back with a trade, so having two is a good idea until he understands a release command. He is housebroken and is starting to walk toward the door when he wants to go outside. Does not use his very large outdoor kennel and will hold it for 6hrs vs "pointing it outside" as his foster human suggested. Non-destructive, but will be happy to pick-up that shoe you left behind but immediately stops at the words "no sir" and is immediately apologetic.

Leif Garret is a 1 year old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd/Great Dane? mix. He measures 28 inches at withers and weighs 70lbs, and he is not finished filling out. He is neutered and up to date on all of his vaccinations.

Leif is HW positive and is currently on a slow kill HW program due to his young age. Basically these heartworms haven't been around too long so a slow kill method simply includes antibiotics and a monthly heartguard chewable tablet. He is available now within a Foster-Adopt program where a potential match would simply take custody of him now and ABMR would cover medical costs until he tests negative for heartworms. This could be a few months or up to one year. Leif's future could include therapy work whether this is at nursing home, children's hospital or library program where children can read to a dog. He will happily put his big head as close to them as possible and lay quietly on the ground for additional attention. If you are interested in seeing more of Leif's adventures simply go to the American Belgian Malinois facebook page and enter his name in bottom right of the banner at "search this page".

For more information about Leif, please contact: Cj.

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

Lucas 6 yr old neutered male - FL

Fee: $250
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LUCAS - Porky No Morky

You might remember Lucas, he was quite shall we say, hmmmmm, well............FAT. In fact he was quite grotesque. It felt cruel to see him at his beginning weight. He lived with an older couple who let him balloon up and then who abandoned him at a shelter. Thanks to the wonderful care from his Foster Mom he has been shedding the pounds and learning to love. At six years old he is just coming into his own and Foster Mom reports that he is a very nice boy. He has been more energetic since the weight has been coming off. And, he could not care less about other dogs or animals; he just wants to be around people. Please give Lucas a second shot at a good life. He'll reward you w it's love and attention.

For more information about Lucas, please contact: Sara

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

Marlon 9-10 yr old neutered male - FL

Fee: $150
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Marlon's foster family is still confused why someone would have gotten rid of such a gentle giant.

Marlon is a 9-10 year old Belgian malinois looking for his forever home to rest his head and be someone's companion. His foster family is still confused why someone would have gotten rid of such a gentle giant. Marlon is around 78 pounds now, and could use a few more pounds to fill out, he is a big boy!

He is so loveable and easy-going, not ever showing any sign of aggression but he does get annoyed by the young (puppy) malinois in his foster home. He just merely wants to be by his human and relax the day away. Ideally, he would be best suited for a home that has older dogs, as he isn't amused by the rough-housing that the younger dogs exhibit sometimes. Marlon will simply remove himself from the situation completely and go outside and find a quiet place to lay down until all the 'action' subsides. He tolerates a cat in the home and small 10lb poodle, but does get anxious around them. He shows no signs of aggression but is kept separated as to not put him in an uncomfortable situation in the first place.

He doesn't get on the furniture unless invited and is completely content laying at your feet. He has no weird quirks or negative habits to speak of, although he may have an occasional accident if left out for extended periods. He will crate but currently is left out while his fosters are gone with no issues. He is pretty vocal when they come home from work, greeting them with a deep bark, followed by very vigorous tail wags!! We have dubbed him 'Mr. Nibbles' due to his excitement when he hasn't see you in a while...simply mouthing your hands getting his big head in position for your love once home. He walks well on leash and listens well to basic commands. He is currently learning basic commands, as he was not ever taught any.

Due to his vigorous tail wagging, he has a spot on his tail that is currently healing due to hitting it on our furniture. Overall, he has settled in well, even dealing with the stress of our recent move due to us purchasing a house. All-in-all, he is the perfect guy for a laid back lifestyle! He graciously accepts any strangers into the home and is content just receiving love and attention from anyone willing to show him the love that he deserves.

For more information about Marlon, please contact: Angela

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

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