RSPCA wants ‘bullies’ to stop being judged on their appearance

While no one likes a bully, the RSPCA says it’s time to give the canine version a second chance.

As one of the top five dog breeds registered in New South Wales, bull breeds are one of the most common types of dogs brought into RSPCA.

Out of over nine thousand dogs that RSPCA New South Wales cared for last year, the top two mixed breeds were English Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

The unfortunate reality for these loveabull pups is that they can often have a long wait to find their new home, with bull-type dog breeds waiting 20 days on average compared to other mixed breeds who generally spend around a week less waiting for a new home.

RSPCA New South Wales spokesperson Brendon Neilly says it’s time to see our beautiful bullies in a different light.

“Unfortunately, these dogs are often thought to be aggressive, uncontrollable and untrustworthy. Ultimately these dogs are like any other breed and if they’re trained and given lots of love and affection then you will see that they’re irresistibull, adorabull, huggabull and make great family pets.

“At the RSPCA we love our American and English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Arabs, Bull Terriers, Bull Mastiffs, well the list goes on,” he said.

“We want to help our bull-type dog breeds find a loving new home and break negative perceptions surrounding animals that just happen to look a certain way.

“From April 15 to 28 a desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, behaviourally assessed and vet checked adult bull-type dog breed at the RSPCA can be yours for just $199… and that’s no bull!”

To give a second chance to an RSPCA ‘bully’, check out the bull-type dog breeds included in the promotion at or visit your local RSPCA in NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC WA and NT.

Read up on the 5 facts you need to know about bully breeds here.

For more information, or an interview with a RSPCA NSW spokesperson, please contact RSPCA NSW Media

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From 28 April to 7 May 2018 at all RSPCA NSW shelters and Care Centres you can adopt a 'bull' type breed from RSPCA NSW for just $199.

Sadly, a lot of bull breeds like Mastiffs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers have negative stigmas attached to them thanks to the media and public perception. Bull breeds are the most common crossbreeds we see come through our doors at RSPCA NSW and generally spend the longest amount of time in our shelters, waiting to find their forever families.

We’re hoping that through our #Adoptabull campaign, public negative stigmas can be changed and these breeds will no longer be associated with ‘bad behaviours’, because when given a chance, they make amazing family pets! These dogs are LOVE-a-bull, HUG-a-bull, KISS-a-bull, ADOR-a-bull and SAVE-a-bull!


Offering a discount is a great incentive to bring more adopters into RSPCA NSW’s facilities to meet our fantastic residents. We know that by offering discounts we encourage people to give a loving home to one of our amazing animals.  Normal adoption procedures apply, so even though the adoption fee is discounted, the same time and effort goes into matching each animal to the right family.

The following breeds are included in this promotion. This offer applies for crossbreeds and purebred dogs.

  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Australian Bulldog
  • Bull Arab
  • Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature)
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Cane Corso
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Mastiff
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

RSPCA NSW always wants to ensure an animal goes to its perfect forever home. Therefore, normal adoption procedures apply even when a reduced fee is offered. Once an interested adopter has expressed interest in an animal, RSPCA NSW staff will begin by ensuring the animal is the right match for the potential new home. For example, a dog who prefers a quiet, mature household may not be well-suited to a home with young children. An animal attendant will then provide the interested adopter with details about the animal, including the services or treatments the animal has received e.g., desexing, microchipping and parasite control. They will also discuss the animal’s diet, and any medications or regular treatments the animal may require e.g., flea and intestinal worming treatments, and vaccinations, including the dates when these are due. Each new owner will go home with an animal health check card. This will include important, individual information about the animal, including the date when the animal received parasite control and vaccinations. If relevant, the card will also tell the owner when the animal will need to undergo desexing stitch removal, or if ongoing parasite preventatives or vaccinations are required. Following the adoption, RSPCA NSW is also able to provide over-the-phone support if the new owner has a question or concern.

All RSPCA dogs come desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, up-to-date on internal and external parasite control and checked by a veterinarian. All dogs available for adoption have also passed behaviour assessments.

Adult ‘bull’ breed dogs will be $199 to adopt during this promotion. Some dogs may need to be registered with your local council at the time of adoption. Registration is a one-off, lifetime payment.

The discounted adoption rate is available from 28 April to 7 May 2018 only and there are no rainchecks. RSPCA NSW cannot put a hold on our animals, as this could prevent them from going to their forever homes sooner. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the discounted adoption price outside of the set dates.

You can view all of RSPCA NSW’s animals available for adoption here. This website refreshes every 20 minutes or so, so be sure to keep checking throughout the promotional period!

This offer is valid at all RSCA NSW shelters and Care Centres. You can view a full list of our shelters here and learn more about our Care Centres at Rouse Hill and Tuggerah here. Please note, this offer is not valid at RSPCA NSW Volunteer Branches or NSW Petbarn adoption locations.