NISBTR has 3 main aims:
1. To rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted, abandoned and neglected Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
2. To raise awareness of the plight of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, in particular the relentless, unnecessary and irresponsible over-breeding of them, and to redress the balance of negative press toward the breed.
3. To actively encourage responsible dog ownership.
Sadly, the plight of SBT is not a new phenomena and is reflected throughout the UK. Rescues have been working tirelessly and beyond crisis levels for many, many years and despite their efforts the problem has only gotten worse, not better. Whilst there are some all breed rescues and sanctuaries that do help Staffordshire Bull Terriers, there are many that do not. Prior to the establishment of NISBTR there was no breed specific rescue for SBT in the whole of Northern Ireland and, to date, we remain the only one, making our rescue work even more important and in demand.
The dogs that come into our care come from three main sources; Council Dog Pounds (including welfare cases), other all breed rescues, and surrenders from owners under exceptional circumstances.
All the money used to run NISBTR has been raised and/or donated by our dedicated supporters without whose help we could not survive. Our rescue dogs receive the very best in health care provided by Stephen McClean and his excellent team of veterinary nurses at Vets4Pets, Bangor, Co Down. If they are not already, all of the dogs are neutered/spayed, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped (in accordance with NI law). Any immediate and subsequent medical attention is also provided. The dogs are placed on healthy and balanced diets, and whenever necessary are given specialist dietary food. All of this costs money, so we work very hard in a variety of ways to fundraise.