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Lyn Harral
ABMR Webmaster

UPDATE: Voting continues in the 2014 Celebrations Shelter Challenge. We are maintaining our lead in the state category but it can change almost overnight. Your daily vote, through March 30th helps at all stages.

UPDATE: With each and every one of your VOTES and Shares you have helped American Belgian Malinois Rescue WIN the First Prize of a $1,000.00 grant from the State Level. ABMR also won the $1000.00 story challenge with Heather and Mica’s story… So that brings the total up to $2,000.00 for this round alone. Pretty impressive amounts just for placing your votes daily.


Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Tazz came into rescue after having survived an F5 tornado event. He is a 2-1/2 year old male, a wonderful goofy boy. As chance would have it, we had to cancel transport to his long-term foster home in the north when we could not fill the run. However, on that very day, a wonderful application was filed for Tazz, a family in Florida, and it turned out to be the perfect home for Tazz.

tazz last picture with foster family

Transport quickly filled for the following weekend and armed with his “stress” ball and a happy send-off, Tazz headed to Pensacola FL where he would meet John and Cody LaBonte, who were driving all the way up from St. Petersburg FL to meet him.

tazz and barbara

A huge thank you to all the “angels” who touched Tazz on his journey to his forever home – to ABMR Coordinator Debra Reid who brought Tazz into rescue and fostered him until long-term foster could be found. To transport monitor Carol Aulick. To drivers Karen O’Brien, Barbara Pretzsch and Suzanne Rivers, and to driver John LaBonte and the LaBonte family for giving him the perfect home.

tazz with family in milton

Tazz fit right into the LaBonte home and as you can see from the pictures, is truly enjoying his own back yard and playmate. Where he would have ended up without all those wonderful people who helped him on his journey – nobody knows – but because they cared enough to help Tazz, because they took the time out of their busy lives, because they made room for one more… Tazz is home!


If you can foster, drive, identify, evaluate, do home visits, donate funds or help in any way – please seize the opportunity and help save a life!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Sheba is a 4 year old female who came into rescue after being seen on a Craigslist posting. The poster was asking a rehome fee of $100. Volunteer Angela Maddux contacted the seller and a FB friend offered to pay the $100. When Angela went to pick up Sheba the owner declined the fee and simply stated “just make sure you find her a good home”.

leaving ga

Angela fostered Sheba and that perfect home quickly appeared. It just so happened that quite recently another of Angela’s fosters, a GSD with another rescue, had gone to a home in WV and a neighbor of that adoptive home heard about Sheba and applied for her. It was a perfect fit. The home visit was done and transport was worked out, following the same route and with some of the same drivers that Angela’s GSD foster had followed a few weeks before.

rock hill handover mary

Our thanks to all the people involved in bringing this wonderful girl into rescue and getting her to her forever home – Angela Maddux, ABMR State Coordinator Janet McSwain, Cheryl (who offered to cover the fee had it been necessary and without whose offer things could have turned out very differently for Sheba) and drivers Angela Maddux, LisaMarie Fillipazzo, Janet McSwain, CeeCee Sheppard, Mary Boltz, Christine Sigmon, Lea Dwyer, Russell Shrewsbury, Debbie Jarvis, Ila Kerns and adoptive mom Linda Robinson.

are you my mom

You just never know the road you will follow, but everything fell into place for Sheba and she is such a lucky girl. We look forward to hearing about all her adventures, all because of some very wonderful people who didn’t walk away.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

ABMR NEEDS YOU! Take a minute to vote for ABMR each day.

Help Malinois Rescue earn a $5000 grant!


Lyn Harral
ABMR Webmaster

UPDATE: Voting continues in the 2014 Celebrations Shelter Challenge. Your daily vote, through March 30th helps at all stages.

UPDATE: With each and every one of your VOTES and Shares you have helped American Belgian Malinois Rescue WIN the First Prize of a $1,000.00 grant from the State Level. ABMR also won the $1000.00 story challenge with Heather and Mica’s story… So that brings the total up to $2,000.00 for this round alone. Pretty impressive amounts just for placing your votes daily.


Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Roscoe is a 12+ month old male Malinois who came into Rescue in Florida in 2013. He was very ill when brought into rescue but under the watchful eye of Foster Mom Terry Siess he recovered and in December of 2013 made the trip to his long-term foster home in Indiana with Julie Codding and family. There he blossomed into a wonderful young male, gaining weight and confidence. The videos that Julie posted to FB showed a happy youngster who was discovering the joys of life with a family, toys and 4-legged playmates.

handsome roscoe

julie and roscoe one last hug

Effi Kapoulis and Larry MacLean, who had previously adopted from ABMCR, became aware of him and contacted Julie with questions about Roscoe, and that wonderful match was made.

roscoe in gaston

Today Roscoe is headed from Indiana to Detroit where he will cross the border to meet his forever family. Life could have been so very different for Roscoe – but because of the dedication of his foster families, ABMR Coordinator Sara Flynn Kramer, and the wonderful drivers who helped Roscoe on his journey today… Pam Tracy, Kristine Krummen and Lois Taylor… he is one very happy pup with his very own family. These pictures were possible because Terri, Julie, Pam, Kristine and Lois gave of their time and resources to help this boy reach his new life. Special thanks to Lois who transported Roscoe through customs at the Canadian Border. You are all such amazing, caring people, and so so very necessary in the world of rescue. THANK YOU!!!


Larry, Effi, Yukon and Roscoe – wishing you many, many years of incredible adventures to share.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Jessie is a beautiful 2 year old female who was originally brought into ABMR when found to be wandering the streets of Miami. She is a fun loving, happy girl and today her she made the ride to her forever home. Back at the beginning of January she was transported to Missouri, to her foster home with Tina Skiver and the search for the perfect home for her began. That perfect home turned out to be with Suze Frentz and her family in South Dakota.

jessie w lea and brian

jessie lea and brian standing

Jessie loves riding in the car and she certainly seems to have enjoyed her trip north. After posting for drivers, we received a wonderful offer from Lea and Brian McCandless to transport Jessie from Kansas City all the way to Sioux City Iowa to meet her family – how wonderful for Jessie to get practically a straight-thru ride.

All of our heartfelt thanks to foster Tina Skiver, ABMR State Coordinator and driver Taylor Haywood who transported from Osage Beach to Kansas City, to Lea and Brian McCandless who took on that 225 mile leg, and to driver and new forever home Suze Frentz and family.

jessie new fam better

Best wishes for a very wonderful life Jessie!! You’ve earned it!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Friday, March 7, 2014 – Pretty Lauren, a 7 year old female Malinois has been waiting at The Dog House in Pompano Beach, waiting for ABMR Foster Coordinator Julie Bear to find her a foster home. And, once again, Julie has found that very special place for Lauren, a place for her to grow and blossom, to find out what she is all about. Brett Walker is that new foster dad and he is eager to receive Lauren.

Timing is short but plans are made and on Friday morning Lauren departed Pompano Beach with Kay, headed to Ft. Pierce to meet up with Doug, then on to Ocala where Brett is waiting to meet her and take her north to Georgia and home.

It was a long trip but Lauren did very well and quickly selected the best spot in the house to “settle in”. Thank you so much to Julie Bear, Kay Wright, Doug Kramer and Brett Walker for giving Lauren the chance she needs for the life she is dreaming of.

lauren settling in

Lauren should be up on the website for adoption in a few weeks, after Brett has had ample time to evaluate her so that we can locate the perfect home for Lauren. We wish Lauren and Brett many excellent adventures.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday and Sunday – October 19 and 20, 2013 – Lily and Leo were 7 month old littermates who came into rescue after being pulled from a shelter in Arkansas. Leo’s leg was broken, but with the fantastic work of his foster mom, Marie Stacks in Little Rock, he had healed and was ready to go to his forever home in Florida with Matthew Willey.

Lily was fostered by John Segars in Pine Bluff. She is described as a super sweet cuddle bug who is full of typical Malinois puppy energy.

lilly6john miller leo and lily oct 2013

Lily and Leo were both headed to Florida, so they began the transport together. Their drivers were Marie Stacks, John Segars, Tammy Culverhouse, John and Nadia Miller, Robert and Karen McGuigan (Lily’s new mom and dad), Mickey Tener, Bonnie Kisko and Larry Willey (Leo’s new family). A huge thank you to all those who touched these sweeties on transport, their foster families and a big thank you to John and Nadia Miller who took a 325 mile leg along with Mickey Tener who took a 334 mile leg and also overnighted Leo on Saturday night. THANK YOU!!!

This team made it look easy, great communication and superior handling, keeping Lily and Leo relaxed and comfortable on their long trip – the dogs did well and everyone enjoyed themselves. Leo did have a bit of a fright when confronted with the biggest dog he had ever seen (okay, it was a horse!) but this weekend was all about the adventure and the forever homes waiting for them.

Happy Lily

Update: Both Leo and Lily have done very well in their new homes. This is Lily, so very happy with her new family.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, February 8, 2014 – Tango has been fostered for the past 12 months by Bridget and Michael Russell in Woodstock GA. They have been searching for the perfect home for him and they have finally found it. They describe Tango as a sweet boy, a little shy at times, who likes to give hugs and is very gentle when accepting treats.

bridget and michael with tango in monteagle

tango and savannah backseat riding

He is headed to his forever home outside of St. Louis, Missouri. There is another Malinois, also an ABMR rescue, in the home, who is just waiting for a buddy to play with.

jan and tango

Transport filled fairly quickly and we watched the weather as Saturday approached. Cold… snow… yup, it’s February! The Russell’s drove the first 2 legs of Tango’s transport and while it was very difficult to let him go, they knew it was the road he needed to travel and they had prepared him well for this trip. They had snow on the first few legs but the roads are good and they made excellent time, actually arriving to final meet site almost 30 minutes ahead of schedule.

Tango’s angels are foster parents Bridget and Michael Russell, drivers Jan Saylors, Sarah Karafa, Savannah Schue, Gary Hettler, Bruce Cohn and new adoptive family Chris and Parmelee Fehnel. You can tell by all the beautiful smiles that Tango was enjoying his trip – it was almost as if he knew he was going home.

On meeting his new family at the last meet site, Tango immediately jumped up on his new mom and gave kisses – “Hi mom, it’s me, I’m finally here!”

tango and savannah in paducahsaran and tango in oak grove kytango and bruce in caseyville

tango and chris and parmelee in caseyville

Tango’s new buddy, Brava, is waiting at home for Tango to arrive. Thank you so much to everyone who made this day possible for Tango and his new family. We wish him a wonderful life!!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2013 – What a long road this little girl has traveled in her 7 short months of life. Her journey began somewhere in Texas where she was picked up as a stray. She was pulled from a high kill shelter and kenneled in Magnolia with Tammy at Tri-County K9 until we could get her moved to Taylor in Missouri to foster. Taylor worked with Jade on manners and set about finding that perfect placement for her. Now she is headed to her forever home in Delaware.

jade with adam and lonna

on floor with blanket at the callenders

This was one of those transports where it took some heroic effort to make it happen for Jade and we had an amazing team working together to get her home. She left Columbia on Saturday morning, with drivers Adam and Lonna Wood, then traveling eastbound with Carol Dixon, Beth Beck-Marts and Mike Carrigan to Columbus OH. Jade overnighted with Ron and Cheryl Callander while Mike spent the night in a nearby hotel. Ron and Cheryl gave Jade the royal treatment as always and had her back to the hotel to meet Mike on Sunday morning.

jade saying goodbye to Mike

Mike and Jade were on the road at 8:30 a.m., headed 4 hours away to Cumberland MD. There Mike and Jade met Heather Roche who transported Jade the next 160 miles to meet in Annapolis MD with Linda Jessen, Jade’s new mom. WHAT AN ADVENTURE!!! WHAT A TEAM!!

jade heather and mike in maryland

Our never-ending thanks to TX State Coordinators Paula Sherrouse and Lee Ann Doyle; MO State Coordinator Taylor Harwood who fostered Jade in Missouri; to her incredible transport team of Adam and Lonna Wood, Carol Dixon, Beth Beck-Marts, Mike Carrigan (who drove 470 miles and then turned around and drove 470 back home), Ron and Cheryl Callander, Heather Roche (who bribed Jade with fries to keep the peace as Jade was getting a little tired of driving by then) and Linda Jessen (Jade’s forever mom and last leg driver).

jade and the jessen family

She is a beautiful girl; she impressed all who touched her on her trip home; and her new family was very excited to receive her. Wishing Jade a wonderful future filled with adventures and snuggles…

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 2013 – Lovey is a 7 month old female who is headed from boarding on intake, to her foster home with Paige Tate in McLean TX. Cynthia is taking the first leg from Magnolia to Denton, and overnighting Lovey. Lovey will then continue on the next day with Lisa and Paige.

lovey pretty girl

Cynthia is a first time driver for ABMR. We urge all drivers to pass along their observations so that the receiving home has a chance to prepare. Cynthia wrote a wonderful report and I thought all potential drivers might benefit from what she experienced …

“She’s a cutie that’s for sure! My mom came along to be navigator (and hand me cookies :-) ) and we got an early start because that’s just what we do and you never know what’s on the road ahead. We took the I-35E route through Dallas and down I-45 because I-35W through Fort Worth is torn up with construction plus a big urban redesign project was celebrating completion. We sailed south and were going to be way early when WHAM we ran into traffic headed to the Texas Renaissance Fair. So we ended up arriving only slightly early and Tammy was there to meet us.

Lovey was in the exercise yard playing with a young yellow Lab after having taken a swim in the water bowl. Tammy hadn’t had a chance to bathe her as the airline called and she ran those pups over for an early flight. So Lovey is a little on the stinky side but who cares when she is so cute. Wild, but cute! She kenneled up with minimal resistance and off we went. She settled down very quickly. No pacing or panting, no whining, just an absolute dream. We drove straight through without an exercise break for her as I was scared to try to leash her since she is a wiggle worm, and a strong one at that. She arrived at Tammy’s with a collar that looks like a hospital bracelet (no loop to hook a leash) so it was a good thing I had a spare collar with me. I’ll carry one from now on.

pretty girls

Once we got home and pulled the car around back (within the fenced yard) we opened the hatch to get her out and that’s when she started pawing frantically at the crate door. I’m sure I would do the same after 4 1/2 hours so I can’t blame her. Definitely a two-person job to keep her still and hook the leash. I will drive to tomorrow morning’s rendezvous with Lisa with the leash already hooked on.

Lovey has since calmed down and is resting quietly in her crate in the garage. Our weather is nice and mild so she will be comfortable. My impressions of her are positive. She allowed me to sit next to her on the ground while she ate and even reach out to touch her bowl. She stands on her hind legs to get a better view of the kitchen counter and garage workbench so she will be a future counter surfer unless discouraged. She’s affectionate and gives kisses but is easily distracted. I think she’s just so overwhelmed by all the new sights and smells that she can’t help herself. I’m sleeping on the sofa tonight to keep an ear on the garage. Tammy advised me to withhold food in the morning but she ate well tonight. I have the extra food and paperwork to pass on to Lisa. I’ll send photos separately. What a day! I had a blast. Call on me anytime. Cindy”

Lovey’s awesome rescue team included ABMR coordinators Paula Sherrouse and Lee Ann Doyle, Tammy McDowell at Tri-County K-9 who boarded Lovey while we searched for a foster home, and drivers Cynthia Vranesa, Lisa Leffingwell and Paige Tate who is also fostering Lovey. Everyone had positive things to say about this happy wild little girl – we wish her many adventures. Thank you, everyone, for your efforts!!

UPDATE: Lovey was recently adopted!!! Have a wonderful life babygirl!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Travis is a 10 month old neutered male. He is a friendly, happy, gentle but strong boy who was with Jennifer Harrison, ABMR State Coordinator for Georgia. He was headed to his foster home in Polkton NC with Matt Norris.

Travis tim and robert

travis matt and tina daughter

Travis’ Angels include – Jennifer Harrison, Timothy Conover, Tina Chiavetta and Matt Norris.

travis and matt

Thank you to all of Travis’ Angels who got him safely to Matt – Awesome team!! Don’t these pictures just say it all!!!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, January 4, 2014 – Rocket is a 3 year old male pulled from MDAS, having been brought in as a stray. He was moved to the Dog House in Pompano Beach for vetting and evaluation. A foster home was finally found and on January 4 he made the trip to Orlando.

rocket with wendy kaplan

rocket with tom's daughter

rocket with tom

A huge thank you to drivers Wendy Kaplan, Rita Wolf, Thomas Wilk and Sara Flynn Kramer. He was reported by the vet hospital and kenneling staff to be a very friendly boy, and he certainly was.

rocket side head

You made the difference for Rocket, a second chance at a happy life. Thank you so much!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

December 13, 14 and 15, 2013 – Briggs is a 4-5 year old neutered male. He was originally pulled in Tennessee and spent a good amount of time in a kenneling situation before a foster home was found. In August he made the trip to Vikkie Lewis in Toledo OH, where he settled in. Briggs is a fun-loving boy who absolutely loves to be around people. Vikkie took him thru obedience to put some polish on him and they continued to work with on his anxiety and excitement in meeting new people. In December it was decided that Briggs needed to move to a new foster home where they could more readily address his anxiety in being left alone.

Vikkie and briggs in upper sandusky

December 2013 was a struggle against the weather and our first attempt at transport failed. The second attempt, for the weekend of December 14 and 15, was posted and we began to fill the run. Again weather was a huge obstacle but we persisted and changed plans to fit offers.

briggs with the callanders in Columbus on dec 14 morning

On Friday, December 13, Briggs left Toledo to spend the night in Columbus with Ron and Cheryl Callander. On Saturday he traveled down to Logan OH and spent the night with Cheryl Lee. And finally on Saturday he made the trip to Fayetteville.

enjoying his bed callanders

Briggs’ angels on this trip included Vikkie Lewis (his first foster mom and driver), Ron and Cheryl Callander, Cheryl Lee, Donna Skaff, Russell Shrewsbury, Erin James Crook, Berniece Peterson, Ken and Gavin Johnson and the Kimsey family (present foster home).

cozy in logan oh

Briggs thoroughly enjoyed the attention and special treatment from all his wonderful handlers. We can’t thank you enough for braving the lousy weather and making this trip not only happen for Briggs but for making it so enjoyable for him. You were a fantastic team!!

briggs with cheryl grandson in logan

briggs at home with new foster family

Briggs has flourished in his new foster home and every day is a wonderful adventure for this big goofy boy. He dearly loves people (all sizes!!) and gets along well with others. There are frequent posting on the ABMC FB page on Briggs by his foster family. He is a very special boy and is looking for the perfect home!!

ken johnson and gavin with briggs in fayetteville

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

Saturday, January 4, 2014 – Jessie is a 2 year old female, very sweet with people. She finished treatment for Ehrlichiosis and while still painfully thin she is putting on weight beautifully. She has a foster home waiting for her in Osage Beach.

jessie with savannah

We didn’t get a lot of pictures on this run but she certainly enjoyed herself and made new friends along the way. Thank you to drivers Cathy Kushner, Savannah Schue, Linda Swoboda, Candy Thomas, Taylor Harwood, Shelby Vohsen and to foster mom Tina Skiver. We don’t have too many runs thru this area so were very happy to find some new drivers. THANK YOU!!!!

jessie in osage beach

Jessie is settling in and we should see her up on the adoption page soon – we know the perfect home is waiting for this wonderful girl! Have fun Jessie!

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

December 18, 2013 – Roscoe is a 1 year old male who was in foster care with Terry Siess. He had been very ill but was now quickly recovering under her watch. A foster home was located with Julie Codding in Indiana. Terry became aware of an acquaintance who was headed from FL to Ohio and was able to take Roscoe along on his trip north. Lucky Roscoe – he had a great ride!

roscoe and sharon lafuse

Once to Ohio, arrangements were made to transport Roscoe from Columbus OH to Shelbyville IN to meet his foster mom.

roscoe meeting Julie

Our un-ending thanks to drivers Roger O’Sullivan, Sharmon Rudin, Sharon Lafuse, Mike Carrigan and Julie Codding. Thank you to Terry for once again stepping in to get Roscoe the medical care he needed and to get him stabilized for transport. Thank you to Julie Codding who is fostering Roscoe currently. We look forward to hearing of all his adventures. Thank you all so much for getting Roscoe “down the road” towards his forever home.

Lin Karrels
ABMR Transport Coordinator

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