Many people say they want to "adopt" a Frenchie.  This can have more than one connotation.  True, there are many dogs in need and you may be just the right person, with the right home.  Also, considering the price people expect for this breed, it can infer "I can't afford" a Frenchie so I'd like to adopt one instead.  This is a very admirable thing to do.  However, they are not free by any means.

Some adoption and re-homing organizations compete with other similar organizations.  They acquire some of these dogs by quickly retrieving them before their competition or anyone else does.  This includes their owners and their breeders even private citizens on local shelter, waiting lists.  There are incidences where some rescue groups discredit the owner and or breeder to avoid returning the dog.  They keep score if one organization rescued more than the other, boasting this information. 

What if the owner is on vacation or a business trip and not aware their dog went missing.  The care giver was irresponsible and didn't keep track of the dog. Peoples lives may get complicated and the dog leaves home.  If it were your dog, it  would be gone swept up and you'll never see again.  And, if you did find your dog on a rescue group web site, you'll never get it back without proof of ownership. Proper identification is a contract, with the breeder and registration papers or at least the later.  A pedigree is also helpful.   Dogs have even been hidden and kept away so they can't be found.  The rescue groups sell those dogs too, for donation and reimbursement of vet bills.

Another, is when a dog is abandoned possibly due to death of the owner and left at a shelter.  Some dogs no longer get along with others and become unhappy and destructive.  Some are horribly neglected and develop serve health issues.  Divorce is disruptive for pets too.  Kids move out, change of address maybe pets are not accepted at the new location.  French Bulldogs can have some costly problems.  People also surrender dogs to rescue when they cannot, afford medications or handle their dog's dependency.  Abuse is a major reason some dogs develop bad temperaments and become biters and placed in rescue.  French Bulldogs should not be people aggressive.  If a dog has become so deeply deranged and is a danger to people is better for all, the dog is put safely away.

Rescue attempts to rehabilitate aggressive dogs, sick, injured and neglected dogs too.  The dogs definitely should be spayed or neutered at the very least before placing them in a new home.  This is one of the costs the adopter pays for.  In the mean time, the rescued dog may go from place to place, house to house until they find a new permanent home and that might be yours.  Ode to have a wonderful French Bulldog - it can be a tough way to go.  If you're not paying the high price for the dog initially, you might make it up in vet bills later.

Excessive breeders, careless with the placement of their pups, bad reputations of not keeping good care of their dogs or facilities, are often denied the privilege of knowing their dogs have been rescued. This might be a good thing, however I feel the breeder should know and why, if their dog is in rescue and will not be returned.  The breeder should have the second right to surrender the dog, leaving it in the rescue system. Quite frankly, some breeders just don't care and that is sad.

I am not against rescue groups and feel they play a very much needed role in preserving the breeds.  I am against some of their practices and some of their motives.  Personally, all my pups or if I place a mature dog. If the new owner cannot keep the dog he/she has to be returned to me. I provide a legal agreement that emphatically states, I do not authorize the surrender of any dog I've bred or placed, with any rescue organization or shelter.  I will rescue my dogs.  I will discuss an alternate home, perhaps a relative, friend, etc., but absolutely no outside rescue should be necessary.

I am aware of a rescue participant that solicits for Frenchies to rescue.  Perhaps intending to build a case against certain breeders and importers.  They've gone to great lengths to receive a surrendered Frenchie and shipped across the state.  They knew the breeder, located less than two hours away and intentionally didn't let them know.   It appeared the dog rescued, had more to do with carrying out a revengeful plot between rescue participants. The dog was hidden away and displaced for over a year before being adopted.  Another incident when a mature, un-spayed female needed a new home.  She had been living outside in the desert, with a breeder of larger dogs that abused her.  She was said to have bite marks and scares on her body.

The breeder didn't want the female Frenchie back. As a result the neglected and abused, un-spayed female was traded to another breeder in the desert.  At the age of five she had her first litter.  This rescue participant sold one of her pups to an adopter, on the rescue organizations, waiting list.  I am at least glad the pup would be neutered and have a loving home.

If I had the chance I would have purchased the up-spayed female.  She should have been spayed and placed in a loving home. This being a couple of reason, I am very protective of my dogs, who has them, may breed them and who places their offspring. 

That being said it is good to know, the majority are happy cases with great new homes for rescued dogs in need of love and stability.  There are many good rescue people out there.  There are some nice dogs even puppies received into the rescue system.  Please consider how much you're willing to handle before deciding to take on a rescued dog. 

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