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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Bichons and Buddies is dedicated to the rescue of homeless and unwanted Bichons, Bichon mixes and other small dog breeds, ensuring they are placed in a forever home that will provide them with the love and care they deserve.

Target demographics: save the lives of homeless and abandoned dogs.

Geographic areas served: Southern California and Seattle

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organisation. Jeanine is a natural at placing the these precious dogs with the right owner and their forever home. Its a huge task not only the introduction, but the vet fees, grooming, time, calls, email's and organising fosters & transporters. Even booking flights for the little cuties is all part of keeping the non profit moving & saving more furry little lives.....
All this as well as working part time too!...
Great job Bichons & Buddies!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are such a great rescue for pups. They step up to help when so needed. I have one of the pups they saved.

Liane Abel D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Elwood 9 years ago from Bichons and Buddies. When we first got him he had some pretty bad intestinal problems. Jeannie paid for all of his medications and vet visits until he was well. This took about a month. Elwood still wasn't adjusting and we considered bringing him back. Jeannine asked no questions and was happy to have us return him. We ultimately decided to keep him (best decision ever). Jeannie made it all so easy for us first time dog owners. We highly recommend them.

Merry R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost 6 years ago, I went searching for a dog for my 90 year old mother who was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. My dad was very ill, at the end of his life and she was lonely and had been asking for a pup for a long time. I made it my mission to find just the right dog to fit in with my ailing dad, his aides and my mom. In my search, I found Jeanine Curcione and Bichons and Buddies. I realized that we were not necessarily the average rescue applicant but Jeanine took on the challenge. When I discovered her website, she had just posted an impassioned plea about rescuing older dogs. That's exactly what I was looking for. An older dog who was trained, housebroken, good on a leash with a wonderful personality. I found Maury! 9.5 yo bichon who was an owner surrender. He was everything we were looking for and more. The absolute perfect fit! When my dad passed away, I moved in with my mom and brought my two cats with me. Maury took it all in stride and loved every one of us. We loved him back and for 5.5 years he brought pure joy and happiness into our lives.
Jeanine Curcione is the most caring, unselfish, giving, thoughtful woman who truly cares about the pups she rescues and the homes she places them in. This is the most worthwhile charity.

Robyn H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted two dogs from Bichons and Buddies. We already had a female from a previous rescue, and both times Jeanine made sure it was a good fit for everyone. Bichons and Buddies truly cares about each dog they place and goes above and beyond when it comes to veterinary care and dogs who need a little extra help. We were so impressed with Bichons and Buddies that we began volunteering as a foster family and it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. Amazing organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The founder of this dog rescue is caring, smart and thoughtful in running her nonprofit. Thank you, Bichon and Buddies for being a valuable part of our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could go in for days about this organization. I’ve fostered with them on and off for nearly a decade and what amazes me more than anything is the commitment to the dogs they rescue. We have rescued a seemingly healthy dog who ended up needing $5k in surgery which was done with no hesitation. I admire Jeanine and this organization.

Nora MacClelland L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We’ve indirectly worked with B&B for years and are so impressed with the level of dedication in getting these dogs out of high-kill shelters and into loving and compassionate forever homes. We’ve helped get these dogs processed through Canada Customs and every one coming through has been a gem. Jeanine saves lives every day and gives these dear souls something they’ve always deserved—a home where people love and greatly value them as members of the family.

Carol G.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer walking dogs at Bichons and Buddies. I have seen them take in dogs that are so scared, they cower in the corner of their kennel; and I have watched the TLC change these dogs into loving and adoptable pets. They take on dogs with major medical problems and pay to help bring them to health....often receiving much less money than they put into them. Finally, I have seen so many people find their loving best friend, and we all take such joy in the pictures they send and the comments of how grateful they are for finding the perfect pet for the.

Fancypants1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Raises so much awareness for rescuing the babies!!!!!!

Dana V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 6 year old Chloe was adopted from Bichons and Buddies after being left at a high kill shelter for having epilepsy. I adopted Chloe, a bichon/poodle mix 2 years ago and her medication has been taken care of by this shelter ever since. I cannot speak more love of this rescue and all they do. Chloe has been such a loving addition to our family and we will be forever grateful to Bichon and Buddies for helping us ❤️

Gail R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Got my Pixel 8 years ago this fall. With appropriate training he has developed into a wonderful loving dog. My life would not be as complete without him. Jeanne was so good about answering all my questions and shipping him to Canada.

1 Linda D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Alvin shortly after Bichons and Buddies took him in, got him the medical care he needed as well as a good grooming. The founder of this organization gives selflessly for the best outcomes for the dogs she takes in. I continue to support this organization because I believe in their mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted the sweetest guy named Alvin. Bichons and Buddies graciously took him in and got him to Seattle! We adopted him the day after he arrived in Seattle. He warms our hearts everyday. His personality and loyalty is stellar. This group works diligently to help their rescues out! Even though I obtained Alvin after he arrived to a partner rescue in Seattle I’m forever grateful Bichons and Buddies stepped up for this guy!

Galit F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichons and Buddies has now placed me with two of the sweetest and cutest pups that ever graced the earth. Jeanine cares tremendously for the dogs she rescues — while also being pragmatic and wonderful to prospective adopters. In my experience, that’s a rare combo in this field.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichons and Buddies gave us the love of our life, Albert. He was a 4 year old Bichon Poodle mix who they rescued from death row. He was the best dog ever, loving, eager to please and in his youth, a tireless, high flying tennis ball retrieving machine.

Rhonda Rauch M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichons and Buddies completed our family. Enzo, pre ious name Dillion, is happy, joyful, playful a great cuddler and likes to jump on our bed and sleep in his spot. Our lives would be so much less everything without him.

Jodie3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had just lost one of our two dogs. Our Lab was terribly lonely. I found a dog at the B&B site I liked and the owner suggested we bring our lab to meet him. We did, but the little dog was afraid of us. The owner said she had another dog she thought would be perfect for us. She brought him out & he came bounding over to us, tail wagging. Jeanine has a gift for knowing which dogs are a match for which people. She also made sure we fostered Otis for several days before adopting him permanently to make sure we were the right home for him.
She really cares about each & every rescue!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichons & Buddies is one of the kindest, most dedicated & hard working rescue groups I have ever encountered. They use our Vet, so I know from him how many pets they have helped to save. Personally, Jeanine, the owner was amazing in helping us to find the perfect dog for us. She got to know us & what our lifestyle was & was very patient & thoughtful in matching us with our Otis. I recommend Bichons &Buddies 1000 %

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1 Lisa M.15

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Teddy from Bichons and Buddies in 2014. It was an easy and wonderful experience! Jeanine, the owner, is terrific! She is a real life hero!

I consider Teddy to be my "fur-st" child. He is the most loving, sweet, smart and wonderful dog in the world and I can't imagine life without him.

I've referred many people to Bichons and Buddies and will continue to do so!

I can't thank Jeanine and Bichons and Buddies enough for our Teddy!

Ann H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jeannine at Bichons and Buddies is a saint. She found our amazing Bichon, Ringo, in a high kill shelter in North Central a day away from being put down. She groomed and neutered him and made him look so adorable that we just had to adopt him. That was 9 years ago and he has brought joy to our lives ever day since. My children did some volunteer work over the years and this organization is so welcoming. They have also found dogs for multiple friends. Jeannine knows how to match the right dog in the right home so it's a great match.

Nancy G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve traveled from Northern California to Bichon and Buddies twice to adopt dogs from them. They are caring and careful who they adopt to, and fully vet their dogs before adoption. I would not hesitate to adopt from them again and have recommended them several times.

Kates S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichons and Buddies is a fantastic organization headed by the ever compassionate Jeanine and wonderful volunteers. They rescued my dog Eddy from a high kill shelter, he had been a stray and was in rough shape, no hair, mange and a black eye even. They cleaned him up and got him all the medical care he needed. Eventually he was fostered out to a Canadian rescue group, which is where I was lucky to find and adopt him, as Jeanine works tirelessly to spread the word far and wide, and to do what it takes to find these dogs loving forever homes, wherever that may be. When we were interested in finding another dog for our pack we contacted Jeanine.

As I am actually allergic to dogs, I needed to find another low/non shedding small dog. Because Bichons and Buddies primarily rescues small and many times low/non shedding dogs, they are a rare find in the world of dog rescues, allowing people like me to be able to live the dream of having a dog, one that is rescued and needing a loving home, not bred for monetary gain. Many people with allergies could provide a wonderful home to a little non shedding dog but do not want to pay a breeder thousands of dollars to perpetuate an industry they don’t agree with, yet have a very hard time finding low or “hypoallergenic” dogs in shelters or rescue groups.

Jeanine’s non stop efforts to fit the right dogs with the right forever homes ended with me going down to LA to adopt our second pup Apple, whom she had pulled from a high kill shelter, after medical help and being fostered by her volunteers she knew we were the right family for this dog. Eddy and Apple are now best friends, healthy and full of joy and live a truly blessed life in Canada. Our whole family loves them to death.

Jeanine works tirelessly and often at her own expense to save the lives of desperate dogs who deserve to live beautiful lives and to find the perfect family for them. Cannot recommend enough.

Dauna S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This review is all the way from Alberta, Canada from a very grateful adoptee of one of Bichon & Buddies Rescue. He is the love of our family & we will be forever grateful for the opportunity of having him be part of our family. It has been 5 years now & life just keeps getting better with our furbaby Rudy. I will try & add a photo taken recently of our 3 year old granddaughter bonding with Rudy ❤️ Such a precious moment. It is only through a non profit like Bichon & Buddies that these precious pups are given a second chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our fiercely handsome poodle cross from Bichons and Buddies March 2012 & truly believe that it was one of the luckiest days of our lives. I don't know what it is about rescue dogs that make them the most loving dogs on the planet, maybe they have loved & lost and are so ever grateful for another chance. Jeanine is truly a dedicated founder of this organization & has saved many precious lives, we are blessed to have our puppy Rudy as part of our "Fur Family"& will be forever grateful!!!! Sissons Family from Canada

Adam F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beloved springerdoodle through this organization and they were thoughtful, caring and professional at every step of the way. Best rescue org in town!

Rob G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

In Spring 2008, we were looking to adopt a nonshedding family dog to bring into our family of four, which included boys age 3 and 5.

We were introduced to Jeanine at Bichons and Buddies, who had us fill out an application form and interviewed us. She said she would keep a look out for a family dog that would be great with kids.

A few weeks later, the phone rang. Jeanine wanted us to meet a 2.5 year old bichon/poodle mix, "Angelina", who she had rescued from the Ventura Animal Control Center. Angelina was emaciated and scared, tail tucked between her legs, but Jeanine saw her potential.

We brought Angelina home for an overnight trial and fell in love. She had extremely bad kennel cough, couldn't smell, could barely eat, but it was clear that she desperately wanted love and attention. We called Jeanine asking if Angelina had been de-barked, because she never barked. Jeanine said "she's just sick - she will get better."

For the first two days, our little sick Angelina simply cozied up in our 3 year olds lap whenever she could. When he pet her gently, you could just see the genuine appreciation in her eyes for the attention and care.

In about a week, Winnie wagged her tail for the first time with us. In about a month, she barked for the first time A few weeks after that she learned to chase a ball. Her hair grew out, and she became the sweetest, most loyal dog you could ever imagine adopting.

Several years later, our son was laid up on the couch with a cold. Nothing serious, but Angelina was now returning the favor, and she sat in his lap, cheering him up. I took a second pic, both attached.

This is just our story, but Bichons and Buddies is responsible for 100s if not 1000s of these stories.

Thank you Jeanine. Thank you Bichons and Buddies!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune to work side by side with Jeanine for 7 years as one of her volunteers for Bichons and Buddies. During that time, I probably spoke to Jeanine every day and spent a minimum of 10 hours per week working side by side with her. Never once did I witness her commitment to saving every dog ever wane. Regardless of how exhausted or overworked she was, she would do whatever was needed to benefit the welfare of her dogs. Rescuing dogs is her life's mission. Unlike many many rescues Jeanine saves the dogs that are injured, unhealthy and elderly. She will do whatever is needed to bring a dog back to health. I have seen her take home dogs and spend hours upon hours nursing a dog back to health. Moreover, she commits to the dogs she rescues for life. She has aided adopters who have struggled from unexpected financial and medical issues; she has re-homed dogs that have been given up due to divorce; her dogs and her adopters are her number one priority. She accomplishes this while also holding down a demanding full time job. Jeanine truly is a miracle worker and the world of is a better place because of her.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We rescued three females from Bichon and Buddies and we couldn’t be happier.We now have five bichons named the Moo’s. Jeannie really cares about these beautiful little dogs . She makes sure that these rescues go to the right homes that will give the dogs all the love and care they deserve .

Terri B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years ago I was looking to adopt a Yorkie. As fate would have it, I ran across the photo of the cutest little girl who was dropped off at the Carson shelter and rescued and cared for by Bichons and Buddies. You could tell their dogs were well taken care of. The staff was very professional. They were also understanding enough to let me foster the dog for a week to make sure she and my cat would get along. They really seemed to cared about placing their dogs with the right owner. Needless to say it was love at first site for all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to tell you how much Bichons and Buddies means to me! A little over 2 years ago, I adopted my sweet Rosie from them after they rescued her and many other dogs from a hoarding situation in Palm Springs in the dead of summer. The conditions were horrible and there was hardly any water. Rosie had lost a litter of puppies and was nursing a dog she "adopted" when they rescued her. When they first brought her to the vet, she did not look well. She had an infected eye, an infected mass on her ear, a hernia, a broken jaw and was half the weight she should be for her size. But she was a fighter and Bichons and Buddies ensured that she got the best care, which included placing her with a loving and nurturing foster mom who nursed her back to health. By the time I adopted her 6 weeks later, she had had 5 surgeries, including the removal of her eye. Yet she was the strongest, most loving being I had ever met. And from the moment I adopted her, Bichons and Buddies has continued to help in any way possible and have been an invaluable resource for advice and support. They've even covered vet visits and her recent dental surgery needed for her pre-existing broken jaw. But even beyond that, when my Rosie was diagnosed with aggressive mammary cancer in March, they were there every step of the way, sending articles, referrals, helping with expenses that her insurance didn't cover and they even paid for a consult with a homeopathic doctor. They have truly gone above and beyond anything I could have expected when I first adopted Rosie. And now, I am happy to report that my sweet girl is cancer free and thriving!!!!! And all because Bichons and Buddies took a chance on this scrappy, sick love bug 2 years ago. She loves me, food, car rides, food, belly rubs, people, food, her ball, food and visits with her foster mom! Bichons and Buddies is truly a GREAT nonprofit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2015 I lost my Dad to COPD. A month after he passed, my dog Bozley had to be put down. Needless to say it was an awful time in my life.
I was on Facebook and saw two dogs on the Bichons and Buddies page.
I called Jeannine who was so sweet and helpful.
I filled out the application for the two boys and not even five hours later I was introduced to Andy and Travis. I took them home the same night and I can't even begin to express how much they have lightened up my life.
It's been three years since they rescued me and I can't thank Bichons and Buddies enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can not express my appreciation to Jeanine and Bichons and Buddies for the work they do. I wouldn't have my lovable, funny handsome little Harry ( Harpo) if it weren't for them. I am blessed every day by his presence and unconditional love. Thank you , thank you, thank you.

Mary Ann Tecce

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in Nashville Tn. and my elderly aunt fell and broke her hip and shoulder. While she was in the hospital I contacted Bichons and Buddies through a rescue friend. I needed a foster for her 2 Chihuahuas that had been boarding for 3 weeks so I could fly out there and drive them back with me and her car. Thanks to the dedication and love this rescue has for all these dogs in need, I was able to coordinate the transport and safe return of the dogs AND my aunt! They would have went to the pound and potentially been euthanized.....After 3 months they are all reunited and thriving again! Thank you for all you do!!

Barrie Susan M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had dogs my entire life. I spent several years volunteering for a Golden Rescue. My experience with Bichons & Buddies was fantastic. Truffles now 9 years has been the sweetest dog in my life. I’m so grateful for him and Bichons and Buddies! Bichons and Buddies took care of his neuter, his initial dermatology. He is my cuddled, kisser, spooner, & best boy ever! The happiest boy and fantastic dog brother to 2 large sheepdogs who passed away and now a young small rescue from Thailand. 10 stars to Bichons & Buddies & Truffles AKA Prada my live teddy bear ❤️

Amanda G.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I initially contacted Jeanine in the summer of 2017 with an interest in rescuing a pup. Through her affective questioning and selection process I was able to meet my sweet dog, Sia. Jeanine was accommodating, thoughtful and knowledgeable about what my needs were and matchd me with just the perfect dog. I will be forever grateful to her and the work that she does.

Tracey L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

i live in Halfmoon Bay BC, Canada. I came upon Bichon and Buddies one night while online. I was so touched by the stories and the dogs i really wanted to give one of their rescues a home. I contacted Bichon and Buddies and got the process started. I saw a few photos of dogs and with the help of Jennine decided which dog would be the best match for me. I adopted Mr. Lo aka Milo..(formally Porter). B &B had Mr. Lo flown up to Vancouver where i picked him up. B and B was well organized and getting Mr. Lo to Vancouver couldn't have been easier.
Mr. Lo has been the best dog..he makes me laugh everyday and i am so thankful B & B saved him from the shelter. He has an awesome life here on the coast with his fur siblings and I can tell he is grateful for the loving home he landed up in! B and B does amazing work and without them many amazing dogs would not be able to go on and live the happy lives they deserve. I am grateful for the work they do...and i am grateful for my wonderful little Mr. Lo!

Client Served

Rating: 5

7 years ago B&B rescued “Nova” off the streets/owner surrender it said & Ginger’s Rescue from Seattle flew him up here to Seattle where we met him. If it hadn’t been for B&B, the World (more importantly my husband & I) would have never experienced Kava Bear! The World’s Best, most patient, loving, athletic dog who is a Wags to Riches story (street to catwalk). He loves boating, swimming, fetch, the beach, playing in the sprinklers, has done some modeling, SUP boarding, hiking, biking, snuggling, dressing up, you name it he is game! He is quite smart as well: knows sit, stay, leave it, cookies, stretch & speaks as well: bedtime, wake-up, show us what you want (scratches with his paw, paws up, use your words, how was your day, etc. if it wasn’t for organizations like B&B, a truly amazing dog would not be pictured below. Kava Bear represents what can happen when you take a chance on a rescue dog and what you will gain in the end. He is a perfect example of why B&B does what it does so that these amazing dogs can have a chance & we can experience these grateful dogs. Thanks again for doing what you do!!
Kava has his own instagram @kava_and_kolach

Sarah D.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two not just great but incredible dogs Harper & Kai because of Bichon and Buddies. The care they put into rescuing the dogs that do not seem to have a chance is beyond words. Harper was saved by Bichon and buddies and they provided him with a needed hip surgery and physical Tharapy. We have had him for years with no further complications and everyone says how he is just the most amazing Dog ever. Kai also was saved and had to recover from a broken arm. Not as complicated of a story as Harper but both not easy rescues but incredible loving dogs to my husband myself and our 3 year old. Not only has the rescue found us our amazing family. They help us solve any problem he have run into along the way even years later. I must say best rescue ever!!! Thank you.