Frequently asked Questions about our Rescue

 

 
 
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           Frequently Asked Questions About Bichon Frise Rescue:               
 
 
 
 
 
 As with most UK dog rescues we have seen a high rise in dogs needing to be rehomed , as you can imagine this can slow down the process for helping you as quickly as we'd like, but your patience is appreciated so we can get the rehoming process right for both dog and owner.
 
Thank You
 
 
 
 
Question:
Who are Bichon Frise Rescue UK?
  
 
Answer:
 
Originally established in the 1970's , Bichon Frise Rescue is an official Kennel Club recognised & non profit rescue organisation listed in the KC Breed Rescue directory and website.
 
We rehome Bichons that are handed into us, and are run entirely by volunteers who give up their own spare time, and make sure our Bichons are rehomed to suitable homes and owners.
  
We also provide advice and information on the breed if new Bichon owners should need it,  also if owners have problems with their dogs but don't want to hand in.
  
Many times advice is all people need, and their Bichons can then remain in the home enviroment, without the need to hand into Rescue.
  
 Question:
 
Do you have Bichons I can come and view ?
 
Answer:
 
No, Rescue isn't a centre, sanctuary or kennels. Bichons that come into rescue are handed in to many of our helpers that operate from their own homes all over the UK on a voluntary basis.
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Question:
 
Why do Bichons come into rescue?
 
Answer:
Bichons come into us for various reasons, marriage breakdowns, owners that are unable to cope due to change in home enviroment ( starting a family/moving home), lack of knowledge about the breed, change in work patterns/employment etc..
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Question:
 
How do I apply to adopt a Bichon?
 
Answer:
 
Firstly research about the Bichon Frise, this little dog is a wonderful character, but like most breeds does better in certain enviroments, they don't like being left alone, consider the grooming costs ( Bichons are groomed every 4-6 weeks), insurance and vets bills, if you would still like to apply complete an application form and return to Bichon Frise Rescue.
  
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Question:
  
What happens next?
 
Answer:
 
Your application will be assessed by our helpers, we receive many applications and if your application seems to fulfill our criteria, a helper will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time for a homecheck.
  
If you don't have any contact from us within a 4-6 week period after returning your form to us, your application has been unsuccessful.  
 
Question:
 
How long will it be before I hear from Rescue regarding a homecheck?
 
Answer:
 
If you are successful with your application , we will contact you and aim to come out and home check as soon as we can, but this depends on where you live and if we have a volunteer available in your area/region to do a home visit.
Please remember our organisation is run by volunteers who help rescue in their own free time, and in certain parts of the UK we have more coverage than others.
 
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Question:
 
If my homecheck is successful how long will I be waiting for a Bichon?
 
Answer :
 
This depends, some people state on their forms they would prefer a young bitch under 2 ( this could be a long wait) some owners don't mind and would like a dog or bitch up to 7 or older, this gives rescue better scope to rehome one of our Bichons, it also helps rescue if potential new owners can travel to various areas if there is a Bichon out of their city in foster with a helper.
 
We also have quiet periods in rescue where Bichons arn't being handed in but as in any rescue, we have equally busy periods.
 
If your form is successful, and you are homechecked & approved & a suitable dog becomes available,  this process can be much quicker, sometimes within days - to a couple of weeks, dependant on the circumstances of the match of dog to home & vice versa.
 
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Question:
 
How much does a Bichon cost from Bichon Frise Rescue?
 
Answer:
 
You do not " Buy" a Bichon from Rescue, we are not a cheap outlet for Bichons, we  suggest a minimum £150 donation per Bichon  if you successfully adopt from us, the donation helps with the running costs of Bichon Frise Rescue.
 
 
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Question:
 
 
I need to hand in my Bichon, as I can't keep him/her, what can I do?
 
Answer :
 
Please contact Rescue, and we will endeavour to help you, Rescue has a waiting list of potential owners so we aim to get a home for every dog, not a dog for every home.
 
 Question:
I need some advice about  my Bichon but don't want to hand him/her into Rescue, can you help me?
 
Answer:
Rescue is here not only to rehome Bichons but we can also give advice if you need to talk about issues you are having with your dog ,  Telephone : 0845  6196390 ( This is a 24 hr Information Line, but you can leave a message)
 
Please leave a message with brief details plus your land line number ( sorry we don't return calls to mobile phones) and a helper will contact you as soon as they can.
 
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We hope the above has answered the most frequently asked questions, should you need further infomation please feel free to contact us using the " contact us " form.