Dear Bull-ievers,

        My name is Reed and, as many of you know, I am one of the namesakes of Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue. My mom rescued me over 12 years ago, when I was just a little tyke. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to leave my paw print next to every step in my mom's journey and have known nothing but unconditional love. She even says I'm the one who opened her eyes to the discrimination against pit bulls, which led to the opening of our rescue. So far, we have saved over three hundred pit bulls, seventy of which we have helped foster ourselves!


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by Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue

McCready AKA Reed

As I’ve gotten older, I have watched my mom become increasingly heartbroken after reading the stories of the homeless senior dogs being left behind at our local Philadelphia shelters. I think it's because she sees myself in every single one of them, and she truly can’t imagine what it would be like if I were to become one of the many forgotten or abandoned. Like so many other rescues, we want to help every one of these senior bulls. However, the amount of time senior dogs wait in foster care for their fur-ever homes makes this task utterly impossible; not to mention the cost involved in providing us seniors with the proper veterinary care, like senior blood work, necessary surgeries, dental extractions, and medications. As a result, often times rescues like ours are only able to take in one senior dog at a time, leaving dozens of other senior bulls in similar situations with minimal sponsorship or promotion in finding their hap-bully ever after.


           Unfortunately, senior dogs and pit bulls are often the most overlooked dogs in shelters, arguably making us elderbulls the most difficult dogs to be saved. And no dog deserves to die alone, scared, or unloved, especially the seniors, many of whom have been shown very little human kindness in their lives. For this reason, I have decided to launch my first campaign, “Saving ElderBulls.” I want to provide a single exclusive platform where all of the homeless elderbulls in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas can be promoted together; this will make it easier for potential adopters to find my fellow homeless friends and learn their stories. I hope to also promote the incomparable and undying love of senior dogs while raising item donations to help with the care of more local elderbulls. I even got my sister, Bella, to jump on board! Don't tell anyone, but she received her AARP card in the mail last month, and now seems to have become much more understanding of my plight.


            Help us show some love to my fellow senior bulls by supporting the Saving ElderBulls Campaign.

With many licks and wags,


We have added a fundraiser to honor all Bella-Reed senior dogs.  Please click on the DONATE button. The funds will be made available to Bella-Reed senior dogs that require treatment above & beyond what our normal adoption fees cover.


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Furever Homes Needed

by Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue

If you are a rescue in the tri-state area and would like us to include your elderbull in our classifieds, please fill out our online form here.

Hi everyone! 


My name is Rocky! Everybody at the shelter says that I'm an easy-going and loving kind of guy. I very much enjoy my walks and I know to never pull on my leash, unlike some of my fellow doggy comrades - just saying ;)

Even though I'm almost 10, I still have lots of energy to play with all of my human friends. This is not to say that I don't look forward to a good nap every now and again though! And although I will continue to enjoy my discounted meals at IHOP, I'm not quite ready for that old folks home yet! I've got an iron-clad bladder and the memory of an elephant people.

I also pawmise to always lean against you and encourage your pats when I need some loving; 

Distinguished, male, senior seeking new best friend. I am into cuddling, short walks, long naps, sunrises, belly rubs and an occasional treat.


however, I do not pawmise to always ask for pats at the most opportune times. What can I say? Too little cuddling is not in my vocabulary. 


Love, Rocky

Rocky is currently in foster care at Local Rescue or Shelter name

If You are interested in adopting  Rocky please contact local rescue name here.





Beds/Items Needed         Beds Wanted

Apply for Beds/Items

If you are a 501(C)3 rescue or shelter in the tri-state area that takes in senior pit bulls and need bed(s), toys, coats, or other supplies for your elderbulls and are willing to provide a photo of your senior using the item, please fill out our online form here and we will provide you with the available supplies requested as our stock allows.

Saving Elderbulls has set up an Amazon Wish List to provide orthopedic beds, cots, toys, coats, sweaters, ramps, steps, dental supplies, and joint supplements to senior pit bulls in the tri-state area.  Concrete floors in shelters are very uncomfortable for senior dogs. These supplies can better help senior dogs get adopted! Older dogs have a harder time getting up from a cold, hard floor, making them less desirable to potential adopters.

In addition, a bed and toy can help a 
shelter dog relax
Studies show

that potential adopters are more

likely to adopt a dog with a bed and

toy than a dog in a empty cage.

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Give the gift of comfort;

Donate a Kuranda Dog Bed!

Day in and day out, thousands of shelter dogs languish on cold, hard

concrete floors while seeking a soft place to rest in their cages. But

you can make a world of difference in a homeless pitty's life by donating

a Kuranda bed through out program. A bed donation can also be

made as a gift or in memory of a loved one!

Visit our Kuranda Wish List and  purchase a bed directly at Kuranda at a discounted price and it will be shipped directly to us.

How can you help us get more beds? You can help by spreading the word! Share our wish list link on your Facebook and other social media pages.


Tales of Elderbulls


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Submit your elder-bull tails here to be featured on our facebook page. We love to hear your success stories!

Maverick's Story

As Told by his Mom, Aubrey

I adopted my first senior pit bull, Rocky Raccoon, about two years ago. He was the sweetest soul and truly opened my eyes to how difficult it can be for senior pit bulls to find their forever homes! After his passing, I went on to start volunteering for Bella-Reed and successfully fostered an adult pit bull, Halo, and then not-proudly, but happily foster-failed my current senior pit bull, Maverick.

Mavvy had been seized for neglect in 2013, was then adopted out that same year, but was later returned to the shelter in 2017 due to his increasing age, growing medical problems, and a change in family dynamics. Honestly, when I first brought



Maverick home, I never thought that he would be staying forever! He was always extraordinarily well-behaved, but he showed a certain disinterest in just about everyone and everything; well, except for food, of course. For weeks, he kept his distance, trying to get a sense of his new environment and his new, somewhat crazy (I’ll admit it) person. He couldn’t care less if I was home or not, or quite frankly if he was going to be staying at my home or not. It had only been about six months since I had lost my Rock and I kept telling myself that I wasn’t quite ready to have another dog permanently hold my heart. And although the perfect family out there for Maverick, I was not going to be it. Little did I know…

About a month into fostering Maverick, I so vividly remember lying down for bed one night with my mind running a million miles a minute. I was the most stressed I’ve ever been in my life, trying to work and study for a huge test that I had coming up later in the week. Maverick was lying in his dog bed and I just quickly looked over at him before closing my eyes. I guess he knew I needed a friend because he got out of his bed, invited himself on to mine, and then laid his huge head on top of my chest. The dog lies in my bed every night now, happily breathing his


Buckus' Story

As Told by his


smelly breath in my face. I guess we both just needed a little time to accept that we weren’t getting our former lives back. Rocky changed my life by helping me find my passion for senior dogs, and when he died, Maverick healed my heart.


Throughout this year, I have been working to create an idea that would both honor Rocky’s memory, while also helping the current available, senior pit bulls in the Philadelphia area that are all in the same situation as Maverick. Bella-Reed has been so kind to help cultivate this idea and make it a reality in Saving Elderbulls by Bella-Reed. 


"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."

 -Sydney Jeanne Seward