Bichons and Buddies has been dedicated to the rescue of homeless and unwanted Bichons, Bichon mixes and other small dog breeds since 2004, ensuring they are placed in a forever home that will provide them with the love and care they deserve.
I started rescuing dogs 14 years ago after I found a sweet little bichon who I later found out had been tossed out of a car. Although we've come a long way with public awareness of our homeless dog crisis, not much has changed in terms of the staggering numbers of innocent lives that are killed every day due to lack of space in the multitudes of shelters across Southern California.
Bichons and Buddies has placed over 3,000 dogs in the last 14 years. Our only financial support comes from donations and every penny goes to the staggering costs of vet care, temporary housing, grooming and supplies.
After 14 years of doing local adoptions it became clear I needed to change the pace and format of my rescue. I have worked simultaneously with Ginger's Pet Rescue in Seattle since 2010 by flying some of our rescue dogs to them every month. Incredibly, there are almost no small non-shedding dogs in Seattle shelters – or any of the surrounding shelters for that matter. Seattleites embrace the young, the old, and the infirmed and are committed to rescue dogs. Each dog we rescue receives all the vet care necessary, from spay/neuter to dentals and sometimes even extensive orthopedic surgery necessary to repair broken limbs. They're professionally groomed and are then temporarily housed in a combination of foster homes (for which we never have enough) and a cage-free doggie boarding facility where we get to know their individual personalities. After making sure they are healthy physically and mentally, they are flown on Alaska Airlines to Seattle where they are welcomed into waiting foster homes which often are "foster to adopt homes, meaning it is most likely their forever home. From that point it's a collaborative effort between Ginger and myself in choosing the best fit for each pooch. The result is a happy home for a once homeless little dog in a very short amount of time.
This synergistic relationship between Ginger's Pet Rescue and Bichons and Buddies has enabled me to continue saving lives while reducing the intense time commitment which adopting dogs entails. The one thing which has remained the same is the enormous expense incurred from the point we get a dog out of the shelter to point they're ready to find a home.
How can you help me continue to save dogs?
Please consider renewing your support of Bichons and Buddies to help us continue saving lives.