2018 Recap

Here is a breakdown of how Multiple Breed Rescue did throughout 2018.

We saved 174 dogs! 

$70,000 was spent at vet offices throughout Ohio
$11,340 was spent on food
$131,661 was the total operating costs
$127,023 was brought in through fundraising, donations and adoption fees

As always, thank you for your support.  Remember that we are 100% volunteer run organization that relies solely on your donations.  Your support is so important to MBR's success.

“Social media helps dog from Lorain County with special talent find a furever home with a North Carolina Police Department in need of a K-9 officer.”

January 13, 2017 - - Multiple Breed Rescue (MBR) utilizes a network of social media sites along with web and print advertising to help find the best possible home for rescued dogs. For “Maya,” and a Police Department in North Carolina, this network helped create the perfect match.

A local family had purchased Maya, a Belgian Malinios (similar in appearance to a German Shepherd), as a puppy from a breeder. After having Maya for two years, they contacted MBR when they realized they were not equipped to train and care for her properly. A volunteer was sent to visit with the family and assess the situation. Maya was surrendered and placed in a qualified foster home. 

MBR contacted Mel McGrath from Paramount Dog Training for a professional assessment. He advised she was very well balanced as she demonstrated her willingness to guard her handler while also being friendly and sociable. The foster family began obedience training and discovered that Maya. was very toy driven, a quality akin to police K-9 training. "Hide and seek" was incorporated into her training as she also discovered how to use her nose to find her toy.

A police department in Warsaw, North Carolina saw the post on Facebook about this extraordinary dog.  They had recently been forced to retire their narcotics K-9 due to a neurological disorder. Officer Kennedy contacted MBR regarding Maya and after discussions with the foster family, sharing videos of Maya and hearing Mel’s assessment, Officer Kennedy has decided to assess Maya himself and will likely take her back to become a member of the Warsaw, NC Police Department.

Officer Kennedy will arrive on Saturday, January 14, to meet Maya at Paramount Dog Training, 10609 Briggs Rd., Cleveland at 12pm. MBR will be waiving her adoption fee as well as raising funds to supply Maya with a custom vest for her safety.

MBR's mission is to educate the public on the importance of spaying/neutering, pet overpopulation, proper care for animals and to assist animals in need.  Their focus is on animals that are often overlooked.  MBR is committed to assisting the forgotten, neglected and abused animals in Ohio.

MBR Receives Grant from Petco Foundation


Adopting an animal from a local rescue is exciting for all involved. Each adoption story is unique, for the person or family adopting, and the animal being adopted. During the month of October, Petco Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the national pet store chain, ran a program collecting these special stories. The participants were asked to write an essay about their adoption and why the organization they adopted from should be chosen to receive a grant.

Multiple Breed Rescue (MBR), along with Cleveland APL and Parma Animal Shelter, will be presented with their grant at 3PM EST on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Steelyard Commons Petco store. MBR was chosen for this award based on the entry of Loralie Austin.

A Rhode Island resident, Ms. Austin adopted a golden retriever mix in 2015 after finding the group on Facebook. She had tragically lost her young son in 2014 and had been carrying on his legacy of helping animals and animal rescues. When she came across the MBR group, she saw her son had also been a follower and felt it was a sign from him to join. After completing the application and the subsequent adoption, Ms. Austin discovered the dog she adopted (now named Austin) had the same birthday as her late son. As a thank you to the rescue, she shared her story as part of the Holiday Wishes program, and thus MBR was chosen to receive a $5,000 grant.

Tessa and the Bobble Heads

A Cleveland based rescue group was working with a man who could no longer afford to care for his female dog and her 5 puppies. He had already lost 2 pups and was on the verge of losing the litter due to poor nutrition for the mom and pups. After he agreed to turn the family over, Multiple Breed Rescue stepped in to help this starving family.

When Tessa and her puppies came to MBR they were no more than skin and bones. Tessa was very skiddish and the puppies resembled bobble heads showing just how under weight they were. The pups were also full of worms, which did not help their plight.

Tessa and the bobble heads had a long way to go. Theywould need constant care and watch to make sure they would survive. The first several nights were touch and go for a few of the puppies. MBR President, Amy Hunt, spent days earning Tessa’s trust, feeding, worming and caring for the puppies.

After weeks of healthy, high protein food and many doses of de-wormer, the bobble heads, now known as the Scientists, were healthy and ready to find their homes. The stark contrast from when they came into the rescue and when they left was amazing. From not knowing if they would survive the first night, to playful, happy, healthy pups who all received loving homes. As of December 2012, Tessa is still looking for her home. She still has a lot of work to do with trust, but she is coming along just wonderfully

Man moves to adopt his new best friend

Meet Cleveland, one of the 27 dogs rescued during a dogfighting raid in December 2011.Cleveland had a long journey from his days locked in a cage in a basement. He had to learn how to go to the bathroom outside, about toys and most importantly, learn what love meant. Yet, despite him overcoming these obstacles, his adoption was almost prevented by a case of discrimination.

After meeting Cleveland at the Paws-4-A-Cause event, Phil could not live without him. Multiple Breed Rescue processed his application, but when it came to the landlord portion, Phil’s landlord said “Pit bull? No way.” Without his landlord’s permission, Cleveland could not legally go live with Phil. So he made the decision, he would move. Phil began searching for a place that would allow him to have Cleveland as a part of his home. After searching for about a month, Phil found a new home in Burton, with a landlord who not only accepted Cleveland’s breed, but was thrilled to have a rescue dog coming to his home. Cleveland made the trek on June 30th and the two could not be happier.

Breed Specific Legislation is a very difficult thing for rescues to overcome. While the state of Ohio passed H.B 14, it is now up to individual cities and counties to adjust their laws. Landlords and private owners will always have the right to discriminate, but if more people work to advocate and educate on the danger of BSL and the truths about pit bulls and other bully breeds, more dogs can be saved. You can also look up Nitro’s law for information.