New FBRN boy Mike is what some of us call a “true” rescue. His story is particularly sad, and the reason that we are glad FBRN exists. Mike lived most of his two (!) years as a breeding stud, caged up in a garage. He lost an eye as a puppy, and cataracts in his remaining eye limit his vision significantly. Mike was also reportedly attacked by a Rottweiler in his original home. Eventually, his owner sold him off to someone else, who quickly realized she was overwhelmed and sought our help. When Mike finally made it to FBRN, he had scars and open bite wounds, and was skinny, filthy and starving.
Mike has been with FBRN for a couple weeks now, and although he has a number of medical challenges to address, we are thrilled to say that things are looking up for this boy. Mike's foster mom has discovered that he is a sweet, easygoing boy who appears crate-trained, is playful with other dogs and – despite his past experience with humans - very loving to his foster family. she says Mike simply wants “love, toys and food,” and is glad to oblige.
Besides his limited vision, Mike also has nystagmus (a rapid, involuntary movement of the eyes) and a head bob. These issues can be caused by a variety of things, including a tumor, infection or trauma. With no medical history to guide his care, Mike needs various diagnostic tests to figure out what is going on, and what treatments he needs.
FBRN has many generous donors, and their support helps us meet our regular, ongoing expenses. However, it’s hard to prepare financially for a rescue like Mike. As you can imagine, his tests and subsequent medical care will be very expensive, and FBRN really needs the help of its supporters to meet this financial challenge.
If you are as touched by Mike and his story as we are, we are hoping you will consider making a donation toward his medical care. We have already seen fantastic progress in just a few short weeks and hope that with more time, great vet care and lots of hard work, we can get him back to full health and started down the road to the good life he should have had all along.
Veterinary Costs Are Our #1 Expense
Thanks to Trevor Wood of the Nova Scotia Community College for putting this infographic together for us!
Like balloons, like yeasty dough, like young people's spirits in springtime, vet costs rise and rise. The better the technology and services available, the more clients pay, and that's a good thing! It's wonderful that we have MRI's available nearly everywhere nowadays--we remember not so long ago when MRI's were only for people, and animals had to be sneaked in after hours if at all.
Take a look at these numbers for routine procedures. If you live in New York or Los Angeles, you will laugh ruefully at the idea of a neuter costing only $350, but in much of the country, especially the Midwest, that is the going rate. For some people, the cost of a spinal surgery is way out of reach no matter where they live.
We are so grateful to our monthly donors and sponsors who help us pay the bills and make it possible to take in truly needy rescues who don't have anywhere to go. Thank you for your steadfast dedication to our Frenchies. We could not do it without our sponsors, donors, and friends.
Tucker in IA
Tucker has two very important questions for any potential adopters: 1) Do you have a ball? 2) Can you throw it? If you answered yes to both of the above, then congratulations—Tucker wants to be your dog! This pretty pied boy with the delectable freckles is feeling much more secure now that he’s got a firm leader and a consistent schedule, and his silly Frenchie personality is really shining through. If you can provide a structured environment free of any canine competition (along with a ball and the ability to throw it), then Tucker might be your perfect match. Why not check out his bio and see if he’s the dog for you?
Gold Paw Sun Shield Tee
We’ve been fielding requests for a summer-weight popover for years and we’ve finally found the right fabric – a lightweight stretch jersey with a UPF50 rating that blocks 98% of the sun’s UV rays. Super comfortable indoors and out and perfect for all sorts of applications beyond sun protection too: skin conditions, wound care, topical medications, and as an anti-anxiety calming aid that can be worn all day.
FBRN's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home French Bulldogs in need from commercial breeding kennels, import brokers, public shelters, private rescue groups, owners or Good Samaritans. Our organization is comprised solely of volunteers who nurture and foster these dogs as well as provide education and training. Our goal is to place healthy and happy French Bulldogs into forever homes.