If you currently live in Oregon and are thinking about buying a Bichon Frise, consider rescuing one instead. Best known for their small, sturdy statures, fluffy white hair and playful and affectionate personalities, these dogs make excellent family pets. But Bichon Frise dogs are not for everybody. They require a moderate amount of exercise and have significant grooming needs. If you have a loving home to provide to an orphaned Bichon, rescue a Bichon Frise in need.
Find a Bichon Frise to rescue in Oregon. Locate an orphaned Bichon Frise online at Adopt-a-Pet or contact the Oregon Humane Society. They will be able to direct you to local Bichon Frise rescue organizations or direct you to orphaned Bichon Frise dogs currently housed there.2
Complete the adoption application. Most rescue organizations require you to fill out an extensive questionnaire. Be ready to answer questions about your family, your home, your financial situation, your past experiences with pets and your reasons for rescuing a Bichon Frise dog. Have a list of references readily available including personal references, veterinarian references and dog groomer references. Some rescue organizations also require a face to face interview before you finalize the adoption.3
Pay the adoption fee. Many Bichon Frise rescue organizations require you to cover the costs that the dog incurred while in there care. This typically includes the cost of food and related supplies, the cost of veterinary care, spaying and neutering and micro-chipping. Donate additional food, supplies or money to the Bichon Frise rescue organization if you wish to help support their continued work.4
Make your home safe. You're likely rescuing a full-grown Bichon Frise, but you're not familiar with the dog's history. Puppy-proof your home to ensure that you provide a safe and lovely environment to your newly rescued dog. Move poisonous plants, medicines, chemicals and insecticides out of the dog's reach. Check your backyard fence to make sure that it is completely secure. Unplug any electrical cords that your Bichon Frise may chew on.5
Know how to care for a Bichon Frise. Every dog breed has unique traits and needs. Speak to your veterinarian about how to provide the best care to your Bichon Frise rescue dog. Some common health problems in the breed include skin allergies, dental issues, bladder infections and ear infections.