There are several reasons why Bichon Frise, and some other breeds for that matter, end up in shelters and rescue organizations. Their previous owners didn’t have enough time and money to take care of them. The owners died. Or the owners had to move to a no-pets-allowed location. This leaves a lot of Bichon Frise—adults and puppies alike—homeless. But they don’t have to be homeless forever if we welcome them into our own homes. When we rescue one, we give it another chance to have a new family. Although rescuing a Bichon Frise is usually a long procedure (usually lasting for a month), it is a very straightforward process. Here is a guideline if you particularly want to rescue a Bichon Frise puppy.
- Keep in touch with local rescue groups and shelters. Find and make a list of the rescue groups and shelters that specialize on Bichon Frise rescue. If you can’t find one, you can instead contact organizations that focus on all kinds of breed and tell them that you are interested in rescuing a Bichon Frise puppy. Ask them to contact you if they find a Bichon Frise puppy in need of a new home. Because many rescue organizations have put up their own websites, you can conveniently reach them online.
- Take note that rescue puppies are usually uncommon. Like in any other breed, rescue Bichon Frise puppies are small in number. In fact, you might have to wait for a couple of months before you can get a call from the shelter or rescue organization about an available puppy. This is why you have to be very patient.
- Determine if you are ready for the puppy training. If you choose to take home a Bichon Frise puppy, remember that you have to start from the very beginning as far as training is concerned. Although some of the puppies might have already started training, they still need to learn a lot. In fact, they most likely have not gotten past the basic training. As an adoptive owner, therefore, you need to commit a lot of time to dog training. Patience is also needed especially when it comes to housebreaking.
- Complete the adoption process. You will have to go through a meticulous adoption process when rescuing a Bichon Frise puppy. Your background will be thoroughly checked and your home will be evaluated. This is to make sure that the Bichon Frise puppy will end up in a loving family. So make sure to be available for the interview and house visit. A rescue representative will inform you of your schedule.
- Provide for the needs of the dog. A Bichon Frise puppy needs just about anything a dog of any breed needs: food, shelter, medical checkup, vitamins, medications (if necessary), exercise, and grooming. As a responsible pet owner, you have to meet all these needs and to give the dog love and care.
If you don’t have enough information on how to care for Bichon Frise
puppy, it will be best to ask guidance from other Bichon Frise owners.
Consult a veterinarian and dog owners as well. Especially if the Bichon
Frise puppy is your first pet, you need all the help that you can get.