HOW CAN I HELP?
If you do not have the time and ability to provide a permanent home for a Bichon rescue, there are numerous other ways to help the Bichon Rescue Effort:
The Bichon Frise Rescue Effort is an all-volunteer program, so financial support is imperative. Some of the costs incurred in the rescue effort are:
- Initial veterinary care expenses (including medication expenses)
- Grooming costs
- Spay/neuter expenses
- Boarding and food expenses
- On-going veterinary expenses
- Expense for crates, collars, leads, and food/water bowls
- Transportation costs
- and many more
While donations are received from new owners adopting rescued Bichons, these do not cover all the costs of the effort. For example, the specific costs associated with a particular dog may exceed the donation received and funds are expended on dogs that may not be ultimately placeable.
If you want to make a donation, please use any of the “happy tale” PayPal buttons on this site, or make a check payable to: Bichon Frise Club of America Rescue (or BFCA Rescue)
1 Dolphin Dr
Massapequa, NY 11758-7916
Remember, every little bit helps!
Although you may not be able to provide a permanent home for a rescued Bichon, maybe you could provide a foster home. After a dog is rescued and determined placeable, then during the time the Rescue Representative is waiting on a prospective owner and screening, the dog may need a foster home. This could be a matter of days, weeks or months. It is hoped that you would be able to provide food and care for the dog including grooming.
DONATIONS OF EQUIPMENT
Crates, Crate Pads, Collars, Leads, Food and Water Bowls. These are some of the items that are needed in the rescue effort. You could donate new or used (in reasonably good condition) items and bring or send them to a regional Rescue Representative.
DONATIONS OF TIME OR TALENT
Rescue Representatives can always use an extra pair of hands. You could assist a Representative by helping to pick-up and transport a dog that is being rescued or help wash and groom (some times this may mean “shave”) a rescue. Maybe you could transport a dog to and from a veterinarian, or pick up a dog from the airport. If you have any training experience, you could help train a rescue before it is placed.
EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Learn as much as you can about the Bichon Frise and tell others about the characteristics of the breed and how to properly obtain one. Inform others that while the Bichon is a wonderful dog, it is not a breed for everyone. The Bichon requires an owner to be committed to providing more time and financial resources than many other breeds.
- Inform others of the time and expense associated with grooming.
- Inform them of the personal attention that this companion breed demands.
- Inform others that they should be prepared to take more time and work harder in housebreaking.
- Insist to those, who may not be interested in rescue, that they wait (however long it may take) to obtain a dog from a responsible breeder who is concerned about the health of Bichons being bred, the resulting puppies, and how and to whom the puppies/adults are being placed.
- Insist that they do as much research and perform as many “checks” as they can about a breeder from which they may be contemplating obtaining a puppy.
- Tell them to inquire about the types of health/ genetic tests (i.e., concerning the eyes, patellas, and hips, etc.) that are being performed on the sire and dam before breeding. Also, if these tests are being performed, tell them a breeder should be able to produce documentation supporting such.
- Tell them to ask about information in order to contact others who have previously obtained Bichons from the breeder.
- Insist that one should not ever purchase a puppy from a pet store, uninformed backyard breeder, broker or puppy mill. Inform others that a broker may even have an adult male and/or female on the premises which is just a “front” for selling the puppies that the broker has bought elsewhere.
- Tell others to never, never, never, get in a hurry to obtain a Bichon (or any dog for that matter).
Of course, if you think that someone may be a “special” person who can provide some extra love and in some instances extra care, suggest that they might consider making a home for a rescue. There are Bichons out there waiting for love!