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French Bulldog Rescue Network Gets a Healthy Paws Grant

08/22/2015 by Colleen Williams
August 22nd, 2015 by Colleen Williams
        

French Bulldog Rescue NetworkWe’re proud to announce French Bulldog Rescue Network as a recipient of a Healthy Paws Foundation Every Quote Gives Hope grant! FBRN received $500 to use on much-needed medical care for its animals, many of whom are seniors or have chronic conditions like diabetes. The rescue group works with Frenchies across the country, working tirelessly to find homeless pets forever homes.

The nonprofit has helped hundreds of dogs, rescuing pups from high-kill shelters to pair them with the perfect pet parent. FBRN is one of the top-rated organizations on GreatNonprofits – a website that rates and ranks groups – with over 50 glowing reviews. “Match.com and E-Harmony have nothing on FBRN,” says one satisfied adopter. “We found our perfect match.” Most importantly, French Bulldog Rescue Networks wants to make sure its Frenchies are in actual forever homes. Roughly 20 percent of rescue dogs are returned to shelters, so it’s very important to ensure a dog’s lifelong care. After a home and vet check, FBRN asks prospective pet parents to sign a contact stating they’ll return the pup to them, not another shelter, if the placement is not a good fit. New pet parents are also encouraged to get pet insurance for their new fur babies, especially with Frenchies’ frequent medical issues – high veterinary bills are a common cause of dog abandonment.

French Bulldog Rescue Network spends over $375,000 yearly on veterinary care for its animals, making sure they’re happy and healthy before placing them. The French Bulldog breed is more prone to medical conditions like ear infections, corneal ulcers, cherry eye, and allergies. Last year each FBRN dog received $811 in vet care on average.

French Bulldog with his toy Huggy Bear is one of those medically-needy dogs; the three-year-old Frenchie has received over $3,500 in care for a variety of ailments.   After starting life as a stud dog for a French Bulldog breeder, Huggy Bear was neglected and sent to a kill shelter with his brother. Severe and chronic ear infections led to a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA) surgery, which removed infected tissue from his inner ear. Huggy Bear’s other ear also required surgery to remove polyps, small growths which can be cancerous. Despite all this, the 31-pound pup remains cheerful and friendly, living up to his name. Huggy Bear is currently being fostered in Virginia, but he still needs a forever home!

Every Quote Gives HopeThe Every Quote Gives Hope grant helped fund Huggy Bear’s various surgeries. “Huggy Bear and everyone at FBRN thanks you very much for your contribution,” said Donations Coordinator Susan Congdon in an email. For more information about French Bulldog Rescue Network, visit their website and like them on Facebook! To learn about the Healthy Paws Foundation and Every Quote Gives Hope program, stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for more grant recipients.






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