Every week a number of furkids become part of Bichon FurKids. They are in foster care - and some are not yet listed on our web site. While these little ones are living in homes with their foster families, these new FurKids are receiving lots of love, learning how to walk on leashes, ride in cars, frolic in the grass - and experiencing being around children, other dogs and sometimes cats! Our goal is for them to become the very best dogs that they can be - and to find their Forever Homes as soon as they are ready.
We add new FurKids to our family each week - so please check back often.
And remember, the first step to adopt any of our FurKids is to complete our Adoption Application - and then to schedule your home safety check.
Spring Bichon Bash
May 17th 10am -3pm
Irvine Animal Care Shelter
Stay tuned for updates and more information. To receive your invitation, please email
Each month a very special little angel comes into rescue – a little bichon whose needs are greater than the others. Each of these little angels has a special story to tell and is an inspiration for those of us that rescue and love them.
Three years ago this month, a very special little angel named Nicholas became a FurKid. His story is probably the most dramatic rescue for Bichon FurKids yet. “Nicky” was hit by a car, dragged behind it and thrown into a dumpster to die. His will to survive, however, was so strong that Nicky cried out – and a homeless man with a huge heart found him and called animal control. The story that follows is a unique and very special one.
Click here to see and hear Nicky’s story in his special feature. Maybe you will be the forever family this special angel deserves and is waiting to meet.
Like us on Facebook to be in the "know" about the latest news and updates about our furkids. Currently we have more than 4000 friends who post pictures, testimonials, and updates on their furkids and bichons who are not furkids, too! Don't forget to share and continue promoting our organization so that we can continue rescuing more and more bichons & bichon mixes. Thanks again for all your support.
“Making a Difference in a Dog's Life”
Hi Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our second newsletter of 2014. Our cover story is about a very special little FurKid named Raffles! He is a special little guy for a number of reasons, having survived being a young pup on the street, then being a part of the shelter system and then adopted by a BFK volunteer. My FurKids and I got to know Raffles very well, as he was a weekly visitor to our home. We found him to be playful, happy and an equal opportunity lover. (Raffles loved people and other dogs equally.)
Although Raffles’ Mom made provisions for BFK to care for him, if she were to pass before him, that sadly did not happen. Instead, her children opted to euthanize him, as awful and horrible as that sounds – and was. Fortunately for Raffles, a very caring vet (Dr. Nissen with Palomar Animal Hospital in Vista (www.palomarvet.com)), recognized that this was a little guy with a lot to give and many more years to live – and she contacted BFK. We immediately made arrangements to help Raffles and find a place for him in our community.
An important part of our rescue philosophy, and one that you will hear about throughout this year, is helping bichons whose age, disability or illness might make them less adoptable. Since Raffles saw Dr. Nissen in August, he and his owner both became ill. His owner passed - and Raffles was diagnosed with diabetes. While that is a very manageable issue, it does take a dedicated owner or foster. As a result, Raffles has become the newest FurKid in our Forever Foster program. The goal goal of that program to medically maintain, feed and care for these FurKids.
With Raffles’ situation so close to our hearts, we want to ask you to consider how you are providing for your own FurKids. It is important to have your future caregiver given instructions and a copy of your will or trust – so that he/she can intercede and take care of your beloved FurKid(s.) Unfortunately Raffles’ Mom did not give BFK a copy of her will, although we know she made provisions for him. We are so grateful that Dr. Nissen reached out to us so that we could do what she wanted. And we know Raffles is too!
Please mark May 17th on your calendar and save the date. That is our Spring Bichon Bash and will be held at the Irvine Animal Care Center. We hope that you will join us to meet Raffles and many other FurKids and their families. If you did not receive an invitation, please email and we will be certain to send one to you.
Please also note that Pupologie at 123 N El Camino Real in Encinitas is celebrating its 9th Anniversary in March and is featuring BFK as the Rescue of the Month. Every Tuesday 10% of all treat and toy purchases will be donated to BFK – so please shop and enjoy the wonderful products that Pupologie offers!
We always love to include photos and anecdotes from our adopters - and hope you will enjoy reading about Petey and his family, as well as Morgan and her new friend, Milly.
So please sit back and enjoy our newsletter. It is filled with photos of you and your FurKids. See who you recognize and please continue to send us your photos throughout the year! Click on the link below and read it online -- or print it out for reading offline.
Please sit back and enjoy our newsletter. Click on the link below and read it online -- or print it out for reading offline.
Marti, Judy and the Editorial Team of Bichon FurKids
P.S. Please like us on Face Book to be in the ‘know’ about the latest news and updates on our FurKids. You will find us at http://www.facebook.com/bichonfurkids. And for those of you who make recurring donations to Bichon FurKids, we appreciate your support and promise you it is used only for the care of our FurKids!
Fostering is the lifeblood for all rescue organizations, as it allows us to save lives and give those little fluffs we rescue a loving and safe home in which to transition. At Bichon FurKids, we can only rescue a bichon when we have a foster home ready and willing to embrace him or her.
Learn more about our Foster program and let us know if you want to become a Foster Mom or Dad. Email , please.
As our economy continues its roller coaster ride, more and more furkids are entering rescue each week.
Please visit our Available Dogs page to see all the furkids in need of forever homes.
See our Jr. Volunteers in action making soft personalized fleece blankets for FurKids like Snowball to enjoy!! We would like to thank and honor all the volunteers who dedicate their time and heart into these thoughtful gifts.
If you would like to become a Jr. Volunteer and help with this project, please email
Bichons and Bichon mixes need to be groomed regularly. When not tended to, their hair (not fur) tends to grow very long and then mat if not brushed or combed. The kindest thing we can do, when we take in a dog in this condition, is to shave it down.
In a matter of weeks, beautiful, white, healthy hair will grow. So, if you see a dog that's available and it's a little short on hair... know that it will be a beautiful white, fluffy, haired darling within a few weeks. Read Ace's story.
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