On rare occasions, we also take in other breeds, primarily when they come as part of a PAIR along with a bichon. We serve families as far north as Massachusetts, as far west as Ohio, and as far south as North Carolina. The region where MOST of our activity occurs is the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware region also know as the "Delaware Valley." Our offices are situated in New Jersey, but our rescue efforts are far-reaching!
If you are interested in adoption outside of our region, please visit www.bichonrescue.org to locate a volunteer or organization closer to your own geographic area.
If you are interested in helping our cause, there are a variety of ways you can do so. Contact us for further information about various volunteer options or click here to make a donation to our cause.
Bichons are surrendered to our rescue organization for a variety of reasons, including divorce, birth of a new baby, lack of training during puppyhood, and many other reasons. While some bichons have serious health or behavioral issues associated with neglect or abuse, most are "regular" pets who can no longer stay with their families.
We endeavor to find the best possible home for each and every dog we take into rescue. Prospective adopters should bear this in mind and try to be patient as we review each application and evaluate each dog's personality to find the BEST possible combination. The average stay for a bichon is about 6 to 8 weeks; this gives us the opportunity to fully evaluate the dog's individual personality and needs, and also affords us the opportunity to complete our screening process with each interested family.
Bichons require large amounts of exercise and companionship in order to remain happy and healthy. While it is true that bichons do not shed, this does NOT necessarily mean that a person with allergies can live with a bichon. Allergies can be caused by dander, saliva, or other things. In addition, bichons are a high-maintenance breed. They require daily brushing and frequent professional grooming. They often live 18 - 20 years and beyond, and nearly ALL of those years are quality, puppy-like years.