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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR) is a 501(c)(3) that was launched to protect French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft. We rescue them from animal shelters and puppy mills. We help families and individuals that can no longer care for their Frenchies. We are shepherds of the breed working to educate about French Bulldogs and most importantly, placing rescued Frenchies into loving homes.

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68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Submitted application, never responded or followed up. They require a lengthy application and a $10 fee per application but you never get any type of response. Don't waste your time or money.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue! They take pride on rehabilitating the french bulldogs that come in. They don't rush and have them adopted out in a matter of weeks, this is why they have no dogs returned to them after adoption. They take their time to make sure the dogs is matched up to the perfect forever home.

Review from Guidestar

4

Donor

Rating: 1

I have donated a significant amount of money to this organization over the last year or so as I thought it was a reputable charity for my favorite dog breed. Recently, it seems that stories have started to change about one dog in particular, Poppy. When I saw this, I asked a legitimate question. “Why is the story changing about where she came from and what happened to her? We were told she was a backyard breeder and she was the “worst case of neglect CFBR had seen”?! I was met with an immense about of negativity and malicious words by the person who responds on social media which I am told is the owner/ president. Furthermore, I was then blocked from their page for asking probing questions. All comments asking questions about why her story changed have since been deleted. Only praise and happy comments have been kept! As a donor, and supporter I have the right to ask legitimate questions. I could understand if I was being offensive or rude. But I simply asked why her story and photos were changed / deleted. Lastly, I found out I wasn’t the only one who got blocked for asking for clarification....several other people on Instagram messaged me privately stating they also were blocked! This is not a charity. It seems as if the president is running a shady, money making operation that might as well be a distribution center for abandoned frenchies and not an actual rescue. I have a friend who applied for a dog and paid the fee and was then told after she paid the fee that dog had been assigned to another family BEFORE she inquired about the availability of the dog. But CFBR kept the application fee of course! That is dishonest. In the end, the ones who end up hurting are the dogs! Shame on the president of this company. Take your donations elsewhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for CFBR for many years and they are consistently, 100% dedicated and devoted to helping French Bulldogs and other pups in need! They stop at nothing to make sure dogs they rescue receive the utmost in care, physically and emotionally. Their adoption process is second-to-none resulting in many happily ever afters for foster dogs and adopters alike!

1 Julia W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

CFBR is Amazing! We just adopted our first Frenchie from them. The process was very well organized & they have a huge network of people to help you after you adopt. They help so many very sick & mistreated Frenchies & help them find their forever homes. We are forever grateful to them for making our family complete again!

2 Joy M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my Midge from CFBR in September of 2013 after my first Frenchie died. She was a mess, she had just had bladder surgery for stones, was being treated for ear infections that she had had all of her life. A member of the Rescue escorted her from Chicago to Los Angeles and I cried the minute I saw her. She was 10 years old and certainly deserved better than her previous owners had given her. The rescue was great, entrusting me with her care. I became a part of the CFBR family and I am so grateful for their love and support. Midge just passed away this last Valentines day and I am still part of the family. Never a more loving, giving group of people that do the best for every Frenchie that comes into their care.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

CFBR goes above and beyond to rescue helpless Frenchies, and other breeds when there’s a critical need. My Roxy and Mya were being sold online, and a wonderful volunteer found the listing. CFBR bought them and gave them to Leigh Casino, a volunteer who fosters CFBR rescues. I applied to adopt them and have been their mom for four years. Thank you, Mary Scheffke, LeighCasino, and all the other wonderful volunteers who helped save my babies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

from what I’ve noticed from watching their Facebook page and Instagram, they literally shame every previous owner in every new rescue post. I literally just recently saw a post complaining about how the long nails a new dog in rescue has. They took pics of before and after. Are you kidding me? They are nails. Trim them and don’t make a big deal about it! If you’re doing this for the “betterment of the dogs” you wouldn’t boast of even the tinyest things you do/have done for them. They say that an animal is in horrible shape but looks amazing after a week. They call many dogs “mill rescues” but the dogs are all seemingly already social which would point to some “stretching of the truth”. They seem to want the sympathy too boost their egos & donations, and yet post little to nothing on the multiple of thousands of dollars they pull in from their constant donation begging. Let me get this straight: the dogs are donated, their medical costs are donated, fosters donate their food and time and efforts, then this rescue charges a hefty fee to adopt the dog. Where does all this money go? Where is the transparency in where all these donations are going? The numbers that they are bringing in compared to the numbers that they are admitting to spending on medical care do not add up. DONATE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

2 Jennifer461

Donor

Rating: 5

This rescue goes above and beyond to help not only the dogs but the French Bulldog breed. They take in dogs that no one else will. They make sure to place any available dog in the best and most suitable homes possible.
There are many aspects to a successful rescue and this one has some of the most outstanding volunteers I have ever seen.
Time after time I have seen this group make miracles happen for the most broken little dogs that have been neglected, mistreated, and abused.
I have supported this group for many years and am often in total awe of their works.

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5

Donor

Rating: 5

I just want to say that I personally have not seen many rescues that go above and beyond the way CFBR does. From the founder to the volunteers and the people who donate to this rescue, they have one of the best support systems possible for a rescue. They truly put the DOGS first. I have followed and supported this rescue for a few years now and am truly amazed by them each and every day. There is a great network of people who pull these dogs from some of the most dangerous and deplorable conditions imaginable. The dogs are brought in and given the best care from the get go....they are fully vetted, bathed and pampered. They are put in foster homes that know the breed and cherish each little personality that comes into their care. I am PROUD to say that I am a CFBR supporter !!! You guys ROCK !!!

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chicago French Bulldog Rescue is comprised of living, caring people whose main concern is about the dog. Quality of life, joy and love and good health. I am in awe of what they do and am proud to be a volunteer.

2 Lauren E.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CFBR is absolutely amazing, thoughtful, and caring with all of the little babes they take in! No matter what the circumstance, they are always willing to provide the best care, which can be seen in how well the pups are doing in their foster homes and forever homes. My little Lucy would never be where she is now without the care CFBR took with making sure she was safe and in a healthy home!

4 Shelly Stannard F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were very interested in the French Bulldog breed, so we got involved as volunteers. Experiencing the care and time taken with each of our 6 foster dogs has given a lot of insight into this rescue. It is very personal to each dog and their needs. The adoption process can take time based on the readiness of the animal. We have enjoyed being volunteers who transitioned into adopters. We found the love of our lives in our Violet and are so grateful that the support of the CFBR community continued after the adoption. Through happy pictures and then frightening injuries/illnesses, we had a strong group of experienced owners to help us through everything.

4 alik

Client Served

Rating: 5

I understand how some can become frustrated with a smaller rescue like CFBR as it takes longer than “normal” (as we are now all accustomed to a very fast paced life) at times to get a response or find fits for these specialized dogs. It’s a small group of very dedicated board members overseeing some very high need and medically fragile cases as well as the dogs that are up for adoption. I have joked that it may be easier to adopt a child from oversees than it is to adopt through any specific breed rescue. I have felt that frustration myself when trying to adopt but I understand the process now that i am on the other side as a volunteer foster home. This rescue is dedicated to taking the time to making sure each dog is mentally and physically healthy before being placed. The goal is to find the correct fit once and not have the dog uprooted more than necessary. If you haven’t heard back from someone or have not made the cut for a specific dog that you have applied for, don’t take it personally. Try again. It took me a few attempts of reaching out over a good span of time. Eventually the right fit was made.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experiences with the founder of this rescue and everyone that is involved with the rescue has been far above the standards of what some other rescues provide. CFBR insures the best vet care and that each dog is happy and healthy before being placed for adoption. Each dog that finds their way to Mary is truly rescued in every sense of the word. The before and after pictures are testimony to that.

Review from Guidestar

2 sschultz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group of caring wonderful people. Have adopted 3 great dogs, any time I has a question I feel comfortable calling or reaching out to rescue to help.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support this rescue 110%. I have adopted 2 french bulldogs from this rescue and was so impressed with the process and dedication of the volunteers that I joined this amazing rescue. Its all about the health and welfare of the dogs. I will continue to volunteer and support this rescue.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've loved the French bulldog breed forever and knew I wanted to adopt a rescue and give them the best life ever. CFBR was so thorough in their adoption process, making sure to match the right family to their perfect dog because they really are looking for a "forever home". They have quality fosters who really get to know the dog before they will consider them ready for adoption and stay connected to offer help and answer questions. The Before (intake) and After(ready for adoption) photos show how much effort & care they put into rehabilitating and the benefit of having a knowledgeable breed specific Rescue. We

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7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a rescue from CFBR almost 2 years ago. I was (and still am) impressed with how thoroughly they screen potential adopters because it really is all about the best home for the dog. They know these dogs very well! They spend quality time in foster homes and extensive vetting if needed. CFBR didn't just rescue the young and easy to adopt out, they take the elderly, the special needs and mill dogs with no history and look for the best match of a committed forever home. These dogs don't need a revolving door home.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

After losing one of our dogs suddenly to Cancer, we knew we wanted to rescue an older dog. When we found the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue we were enamored. They had an available senior Frenchie up for adoption who we just fell in love with. In my thorough and emotional application, I expressed why he would be such a great fit for our family and our family the best fit for him...CFBR took the time to read my every thought on the matter and moved the process along for us accordingly. From our interviews, to our homecheck, they were thorough, kind and professional. I so appreciate how particular animal rescues are when selecting homes for these animals they are entrusted with, but in my experience many can be downright mean in the process. NOT CFBR!! They were kind and explained why they asked what they asked, shared their process with us and in the end, they did choose us. After adopting our Frenchie, we immediately became part of this family. From the follow up with his foster mom throughout the years to the private Facebook group all of the adopters are a part of...It is a support system like no other. I adore the supporters of this organization like family. When we lose an animal we all grieve and heal together. When we have a concern we have a network full of ideas and support. This nonprofit has made my life so full of joy. The work they are doing for this misunderstood breed is the best in the country. Thats why we drove out of state to adopt from them. If I won the powerball tomorrow I'd give it to them. They will pull an animal for any situation just to give it a chance. I am so grateful to have found them!! We know when we are ready to adopt again in the future we will do so through them because their dedication deserves continued support.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Guinness almost three years ago from the CFBR, and we (me and his brother Hugh) have been grateful ever since. The process for adopting is thorough, but very reasonable. I was walked through the whole process and was able to understand Guinness' story and his needs when I met him through Mary. I am forever changed by this little (30 lbs) guy!

3 Montean L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster volunteer for Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. I am fostering a senior french bulldog. Through the help of CFBDR , Mya (pictured below) got the best medical care including much needed dental work. She was a dog that lived in pain every day until she was rescued. The CFBDR staff is very dedicated an will assure a rescue gets all aspects of care needed...physically and socially. I donate on a monthly basis to this great rescue.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for my newest family member after losing my sweet boy the previous year. I was fortunate enough to be selected to be my special Hazel's momma. They do a wonderful job vetting people so pups are safe and loved ,as they deserve the best. When interviewed and met by the organizers and volunteers I could not have been more impressed by the kindness, love and care that they invest In these sweet pups. They also ensure the best medical care for these pups. I can not say enough about the work and live everyone puts in to transform these pups and improve us- the adopters lives by finding the best fit

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted twice from CFBR. The person who runs this organization is very experienced with French Bulldogs and in both my adoptions hand picked a special dog that would work in my family.
I live in Washington and both times I drove to get my new girls. This last drive the volunteers teamed up and met me so we wouldn't have to go all the way into Illinois. Great people to work with. These folks really care about these dogs and make every effort to find the right dog for you.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great rescue. The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue really cares about making sure the dogs are ready to transition into their forever home. They also pick great homes for their dogs.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So thankful for a group of rescuers that puts each animal's health first; you won't find a churn and turn organization at CFBR. These dogs are in a true home environment with their foster families as they heal physically and emotionally, it's a great rescue format and allows CFBR the time to find the home that fits each animal the very best, leading to more successful adoptions and fewer animals returning to the system. We had our adoption application in for over a year and it was worth every moment; this volunteer run organization has some serious breed experience and dedication to what can sometimes be a very thankless endeavor. You have our deepest affection for creating a caring, well run rescue that puts the dogs first!

4 Cindy M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Frenchie, Nov, 2015. She had been saved thru a puppymill auction, Oct 17, 2015. I fly back to Chicago to pick her up. We live in Washington state and the group was so wonderful to work with. Since we are in Washington, we cant foster so I have done other fundraisers for CFBR. Our little girl is 2 now and has healed our hearts twice now when we lost a frenchie 2 yrs ago and most recently our last English bulldog. She is an amazing girl and can never thank CFBR enough for her.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

In a word: elitist.
It's one thing to be thorough and aim for excellence; it's another to be perfectionistic. Our experience with this organization, after sending a pristine application, was total absence of communication or follow-up for 3 weeks. I even thought our application was lost.
These people are willing to overlook an excellent home for an arbitrary abstraction of a perfect home. This is why great dogs stay in their foster system for months after becoming available, despite a flood of highly qualified applicants for one dog. This elitism is unprecedented and unacceptable in a world where adoptable shelter dogs are in high supply. But perhaps if they actually found homes for these dogs, their organization would cease to have a purpose.

3 Maggie48

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little guy Toad and I was absolutely impressed by the whole process and how thorough they were. He could not have been a better match for us and our other dog. The process was smooth, they were quick to respond (considering it's all volunteer run), and we are so grateful to have Toad. Thank you CFBR!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated and worked with CFBR for a few years now. I am a dog trainer in Chicago and have worked with a number of rescues throughout the city and hands down this rescue has some of the hardest working, caring and dedicated volunteers. They care so much about the well-being of the French Bulldogs they rescue and make sure they are placed in loving homes. My boyfriend even adopted one of their Frenchies and I was so impressed with their entire process. This rescue is a class act start to finish!

Review from Guidestar

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little clown, Magoo, from CFBR. The application, phone interview, and home check were all guided by volunteers who understand that re-homing a dog, integrating them into new atmospheres, and compatibility are all necessary for dogs that did not get a fair start in life. Mr Magoo came to us fully vetted, clean, healthy and ready to be loved and we could not be more grateful!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for this wonderful rescue we never would have been matched with our Maggie Mae. We have had her a little over 3 years and I cannot think of our life without her she is such a wonderful dog. We are from Minnesota and would adopt from them again. CFBR is the best. Thank you all.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What can I say, I was matched up perfect with my little Panda girl 2 1/2 yrs. ago. What a wonderful caring rescue. They never stop worrying or caring about the babies they rescue.
They try to help any frenchie that's in need.......... I believe they are Angels for these babies.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is by far the best I know. Everyone involved makes sure that every rescue gets the very best care and is shown so much love. The founder of CFBR is the most selfless person I know, there isn't anything she wouldn't do to help a frenchie. I have never hesitated to donate and will continue to do so.

2 Sue_115

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough amazing things about this rescue. They will go to any length to save an animal in need. Truly! Once in the rescue, the dogs receive top notch medical care. The rescues are not available for adoption until they receive a clean bill of health, which could cost thousands of dollars per dog with this bread. All dogs are loved, socialized, and cared for in experienced foster homes, not a shelter. In this way, any potential physical and emotional issues can be worked with/overcome prior to adoption. In addition, the group provides continued support and contact through a special "adopters" group. They provide valuable resources for continued care and support for this breed. Mary, the rescue president, is amazing! She will reach out to anyone that had questions about their Frenchie, whether it involves questions related to medical, socialization, referrals, you name it! She is such a strong advocate for the breed.

We adopted our beautiful Cooper through this rescue. He was an owner surrender, and we thank God every day for him! I have volunteered for this rescue for almost 3 years now, and I can personally say they are a wonderful group of people. I look forward to working with them for many, many more years!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, although since having a baby last year I don't get to participate as much as I would like to in helping out the rescue. I also am a donor. I know that CFBR is focused on the best interest of each and every dog they take in. They make sure every dog taken in has proper veterinary care as soon as possible. CFBR also focuses on making sure that each dog is placed in the perfect home. I think all the volunteers and donors know how special Chicago French Bulldog Rescue is and I'm more than happy to support them now and in the future.

Review from Guidestar

3 3piedFrenchies

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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I have been involved with Chicago French Bulldog Rescue for about six years. First I was just a donor & admired their work so much that I wanted to be a part of it. Seeing what these dogs looked like before and after rescue, I never doubted where my donations went. I became a volunteer and helped out in any way that I could. I was so impressed with the leadership of the rescue & my fellow volunteers. I quickly realized that these Frenchie's could only be saved with more foster homes, so our family signed up to foster. CFBR offers it's foster dogs everything possible. They take in French Bulldogs that are handicapped, seriously ill & one's that are emotionally shut down. The rescue offers everything possible to the foster dogs and there is never a time that medical care is too much. It is certain that they will absolutely receive the best care possible in CFBR. Anything & everything that any of my foster dogs needed, they received. The rescue works diligently to make sure all of the dogs in it's care, are placed in the best homes possible. As the rescue grows, I continue to be impressed with the dedication and cooperation of the group. I have volunteered with other rescues and CFBR is truly all about what is best for the dogs.


After years of fostering, we decided it was time to add another French Bulldog to our home & of course, rescue was the only option for us. We adopted an ex mill momma over a year ago. She came into rescue with a list of health issues that were all quickly tended to by he rescue. Without CFBR, I honestly do not believe that she would be alive today. I have been connected with CFBR from almost every aspect-donor, volunteer, foster home, & adopted (client served) from the rescue. As long as CFBR is around, they will have my full support.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate and help spread the word about how wonderful CFBR is. I am in awe time and again how CFBR volunteers work together to rescue dogs from neglect, harmful and dangerous environments. They put health, safety and well being first each and every time, as it should be. CFBR provides veterinary care above and beyond to make sure each dog is taken care of through adoption. CFBR does so much good for Frenchies in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do a little of everything for CFBR. I started as a volunteer and jumped up to foster a dog when we were a very small rescue, maybe a year or two old. I have since been involved in many aspects of the rescue. I continue to foster and know first hand how carefully we determine behavior and address health concerns prior to making a home match. I have been involved in most puppy mill rescues since joining and have carried these babies into their first safe home and watched as they have grown to be the loving and confident dogs they were meant to be. I have conducted intakes for dogs who were loved, but couldn't be taken care of any longer by their families and who entrusted CFBR with finding a new home to love the pup. These people have trusted me, and I don't take that role lightly. I have visited the homes of volunteers and adopters to guarantee they had what it takes to meet the needs of one our dogs. I know that each of our foster-parents has a place in their heart for each foster pup they have, and all of our volunteers follow the journey of each dog that comes through rescue. We work as a team, supporting one another and our adoptive families. This is why we are careful in selecting new parents. It needs to be a match for both the dog and family.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, have donated to the rescue, been a foster parent, and also have adopted 2 French Bulldogs. This is my first experience volunteering for a rescue and I can not stay enough wonderful things about all the people involved in the rescue. Mary puts her heart and soul into this rescue, and this is very apparent when you get to work with or talk to Mary. I have never met a more dedicated group of people who really have only the best interest of the dogs. The other volunteers have been very welcoming and have help me in any way they can. Cate has been a mentor to me; helping me as a new foster dog parent and volunteer.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my Frenchie back in 2010 and was inspired to volunteer for CFBR as a result. As an adoptive family and s foster family, I love how CFBR is always there for support. Whether it is advice, help, or making new friends, CFBR is always there.

Mary and her group of volunteers know what it takes to help the frenchies and they will band together to help save them!

3 Ella and I

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a client served and was given the gift of a beautiful French bulldog who was saved from one of the worst puppy mills around. The rescue does not leave any stone unturned and no detail is too small when picking the right home for this breed. The focus on this breed is vital given their growing popularity and the mills that are servicing this demand. As a volunteer there are so many opportunities to help and meetups to be apart to help others in this dog community. The pure willingness and joy that volunteers get from their efforts that they give freely to the rescue is proof that things are being run with the utmost integrity and care.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for this group a year ago, and I have been extremely impressed from the minute I was introduced to the group. The volunteers in this rescue are the most selfless, caring people who are willing to go above and beyond to help the dogs in need; it's a group that is supportive and really works well together. In this organization, the dogs' needs always come first; their health is top priority. Care is provided immediately to ensure that the dogs are in the best health when they are adopted. The foster homes also provide ultimate care for the rescued dogs and the foster parents work extremely hard to help the dogs trust people, to bring out the dogs' personalities, to teach the dogs some manners and to love them unconditionally. So, when one adopts a dog from Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, he/she is one lucky person! Not only will one receive the love and support of an amazing group of knowledgeable and caring people, he/she will also receive endless love and laughs that only a Frenchie can provide!

Review from Guidestar

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating to Chicago Frencg Bulldog Rescue for several years now. We admire their willingness to do whatever it takes to get dogs out of dangerous and unhealthy situations. Their dedication to the rescued dogs is unending and uncompromising. They find the perfect situation for each individual dog, and they help create loving families . They use their resources wisely, network well and they get results.

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chicago French Bulldog Rescue changed my life in ways I will never be able to re-pay! My husband and I had fallen in love with the French Bulldog personality but it was important to us that we only adopt from an honest and reputable rescue organization. A friend told us about CFBR and I called right away because I wanted to do my own research to make sure they were legit. I thought they would be annoyed that I was asking so many questions but they couldn't have been more pleased! The thought and detail they put into matching us with the right dog was incredible. We thought we were rescuing a dog but it didn't take long to learn that our little Henry rescued us! We have stayed in contact with this incredible community of volunteers for 3 years now and they have all changed our lives in the best possible of ways!! Thank you CFBR for all that you do!

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have four French Bulldogs. I wanted to honor the breed that I love by helping those French Bulldogs not as fortunate as mine.
Having worked with other rescues, I was and am constantly amazed how organized, efficient and thorough this rescue is. Seldom is a rescue able to address every crucial medical concern that their foster dogs have. However because of the excellent reputation and generous donors CFBR has, we have been able to do so. What an incredible feeling it is to be able to give my fosters the medical care, love and nutrition they need and see them thrive and blossom under our care until they are placed with their forever homes. It is my pleasure to work with this group!

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love CFBR! I had never had a dog before and was a little nervous about what it would all entail. The organizers and volunteers were very thorough in matching us with our little one, guided us every step of the way, and even after a year, they continue to answer any questions we have about dog ownership. CFDR changes our lives and we couldn't be happier!!

2 Jeni W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an incredible experience with the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. They were incredibly thorough, and really passionate about finding the perfect home for each pup, and I was thrilled to be selected to be Hudson's new forever Mama. The foster mom was so amazing, and flexible with her schedule, but also super well informed of what type of home would be best for Hudson. It really shows how much this organization cares about each and every French bulldog, and the personal attention they pay to each one to ensure that it is the right fit for everyone involved. If I could adopt more Frenchies from this organization, I absolutely would! Highly recommend!

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I both volunteer for and donate to the CFBR. I have never worked with a more focused, caring group who truly make it 110% about the dogs!

When there is a need and a shout out for ANYTHING, from transportation, fostering, intake or monies needed, the incredible reaction from the volunteers and Board of Directors is remarkable!

My personal free time is limited but I am so proud to be involved with such a stellar organization!

I have driven across the country to help on a moments notice, become a temporary "bank" to get the cash to the group when our bank was closed, been involved in countless intakes, place our pups, go out on home checks and interviews and the BEST is that I have been blessed by being owned by one of their saved puppy mill stud dogs now for 5+ years!

CFBR rocks!

Review from Guidestar

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with different shelters, rescues, and other dog training groups for over 10 years. The first time I met the volunteers & board of this group, I was hooked. There isn't a more caring group of people that you could meet. I ended up fostering a dog for them and was awed by the care they take in making sure that every dog that comes into their care is vetted to the fullest & completely evaluated before they enter their forever home. I'm now a lifelong volunteer because I'm so impressed by this rescue

Review from Guidestar

2 Amber-James K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor and volunteer for this group. I am in IN but I get updates regularly through Facebook etc and have always been proud of all the work they do. I am amazed at how quick they are to help a frenchie in need and just the love they have for these dogs. I think they do a great job placing dogs in the best homes possible and I find that very important.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful rescue! They work so hard to save so many dogs and work diligently to have them placed in the best homes. I adopted my frenchie from cfbr..she was so sick and barely made it through the night when rescued. With the right medical care and love they saved her life. She has brought my family so much love and joy. I am forever grateful to this wonderful rescue!!

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chicago French Bulldog Rescue is a wonderful organization. They care so much about their dogs that they do not just let anyone adopt one of their dogs. They screen each and every applicant to make sure they are the right fit for the dog they would like to adopt. In my opinion every rescue should do this. They want their dogs to have the very best family. I was honored to be chosen as one of those families to an adorable, wonderful, almost blind French bulldog puppy named Bowie. They saved Bowie from a life of unnecessary breeding. They took him to an eye specialist right away as well as the vet and gave him the proper care he needed just like they do for each and every frenchie that comes into their,rescue. Mary is wonderful and cares for each one like they are her own. Bowie's foster mommy Sarah Gray loved my Bowie and I could of not of asked for a better foster mommy. She gave Bowie all the love and neutering he needed. I am so honored she chose us as well to be Bowie's family. To the volunteer who went and picked up Bowie from the lady in a parking lot, thank you! All of you are their Angels. All the frenchie's that have been saved take a little piece of their foster parents and Mary's heart with them when they go to their forever homes. When we are ready to adopt again I will be adopting from Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CFBR is an incredible organization that goes to great lengths to save, rehabilitate and rehome French bulldogs. Very few rescues take such extreme measures in meeting all medical needs of fosters and finding the perfect forever homes, regardless of how long it takes. Mary has a passion and love for this work that is never ending and is the key to success. CFBR is run with integrity and no matter the situation, the focus is always on the best interest of the dog. I am honored to be JoJo's mom, which allows me to be a part of this family where no one tires of family photos and advice is just a click away!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CFBR has tirelessly saved countless Frenchies and placed them in loving homes. By relying on a vast network of volunteers, this non profit brings positive outcomes from less than positive situations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have been involved with this rescue since 2013. The volunteers with CFBR are the most dedicated, honest and caring group of people you will ever meet. We mainly help with fundraising projects and know first hand that 100% of the donations go to help rescuing and pay medical expenses of the dogs. What I admire about this rescue is that they think of the dogs first, the care and love they give to every single dog that comes into their rescue is truly commendable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the utmost respect for this rescue. They are the best. I am an older single woman that was very lonely until I adopted Fiona. She was a five year old mill mama that needed me or so I thought. In fact, I was the one that needed her. She was fostered by Cate and was taught the basics in life from her and her frenchies. It did not take too long until she became bonded to me and we are now a family. I had such a great experience with adopting Fiona that I decided to adopt another frenchie. My requirements were that she needed to be an older dog and I really wanted another mill mama because they need to find out what the good life can be and CFBR matched us up with Zoe. She is seven years old and a mill mama. It is not easy for these dogs to adjust so we are still in the beginning stages. Fiona and Zoe make my life worth living again. We winter in Florida and these dogs make such great companion dogs and they travel great. I would recommend this rescue to anyone looking to adopt. Mary is a very caring person and does a great job with matching dogs with families. Thank you to all of the great people involved with Chicago French Bulldog Rescue especially Mary and Cate! You guys really rock!!!!!

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am the fundraiser for the rescue. I have a 20+ year history of working in the Chicago non-profit landscape. Fundraising, non-profits and legitimate and accurate accounting of organizations with a 501(c)3 status has been my entire career.

I would never associate myself with any organization that wasn't completely honest and forthcoming about their financials and how their money is used. We take donor stewardship very seriously. When you donate to the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, you can be guaranteed that your donation is used to help rescue French bulldogs in need. No one is paid a salary and there is no facility, so 100% of your donation goes directly towards rescuing and vetting dogs.

The dogs come first in this organization. There are zero exceptions to this rule.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization dedicated solely to the health and wellbeing of the French Bulldogs they rescue. No expense is spared to be sure the Frenchies are as happy and healthy as possible. Many of the animals have lived in horrific situations, but that is all behind them as soon as they enter the loving foster homes of the rescue volunteers. The president of the organization has dedicated her life to these animals. She is a selfless crusader for each and every animal that enters the rescue. I am proud to be a long time supporter of Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

CFBR's process is thorough and matched us spot on.

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved working with this rescue. I adopted my dog from them 3 years ago. When I was looking, I was not sure what I wanted..but found my dig here. The adoption was done in a very professional, yet personal manner. All paperwork was fully explained and I adopted a very healthy dog that was spayed, up to date on vaccines, flea, tick and heart worm protection. We also got a dog bed, collar and leash. I stay in touch with the rescue, have had questions, and have gotten answers. So, yes, I highly recommend this rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We applied at this rescue to adopt a French Bulldogs and they were amazing. They went through a lot of effort to match our application with a dog that would fit best in our home. We had phone interviews and spoke with the foster parents. By the time we drove down to meet our new dog, we knew he was a great fit in our family. The transition went well and we still keep in touch. They are a fantastic organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with CFBR and adopting Augi (formerly Sid) was by far one of the greatest experiences my partner Ken and I have had. Having the chance to work with Cate Bernhardt was an absolute pleasure. She made us feel completely at ease and kept the excitement going throughout the process. The most amazing part of it all was how well she nailed in in pairing us with Augi. Don't get me wrong, we put a lot of time, effort and heart into our application, but the fact that she pin-pointed this dog's personality and demeanor to match our family to a T is remarkable.

What some view as simply "getting a new dog" was so much more than that for us - we were adopting a new kid and bringing a whole new piece to the puzzle. We've since formed a friendship with Cate, the foster family and other CFBR families, something totally unexpected. The organization and people went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our experience was nothing short of amazing.

My partner is a Vet-Tech at a wonderful animal clinic in downtown Indianapolis, Mass Ave Animal Clinic. The staff and two Veterinarians are beyond amazing and just happen to have a knack for bulldogs and skin issues. Our experience of building relationships with the folks at CFBR have resulted in Ken's clinic becoming a referral to another CFBR family and their pup, which ultimately is a blessing for both parties.

Augi is a total toy-hoarder, and we were warned about that. His foster family sent him home with us and included his stuffed alligator - the only time he separates from it is if his toy-lamb is left unattended by his (also-greedy) sister...he even takes it to do his business outside!
He is a major cuddle monster, loves to give kisses, ornery at times, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Augi definitely has a sophisticated yet goofy personality. He gets so excited to see us and loves his walks downtown in the city. We may have adopted him from Chicago, but he is now a true Colts fan and love wearing his jersey on game-day!

Having now had Augi in our home for nearly four months, he quickly adapted to his two older sisters (Boxer-Mix, Brooklin and English Bulldog, Halle). They are a three's company like no other and we love having him in our lives. You can check out their adventures on Instagram @ThreeHoosierPups

Thank you to Mary, Cate and the entire CFBR team for making our experience one to remember. There will come a day when we will be ready to add another little one to our crew and there's no doubt in our minds that it will be another Frenchie through this organization!

- Mark & Ken Clarke (..and Augi, Brooklin & Halle)
Indianapolis, IN

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and foster home for CFBR for almost 2 years now and I have first hand experience and have seen the many puppy mill dogs that have had their freedom bought by CFBR. They come to us shut down and never having ever felt love from human hands. They have medical conditions that have never been attended to and many of them are still intact for the next person to exploit had CFBR not stepped in. CFBR spares no expense to free them and then get them the medical attention and love they so very need and most of the time their adoption fees don't even cover the expense. But that is never an issue and it never stops CFBR from doing whatever is necessary for the Frenchies. CFBR is one of the few, if not only, rescues that will pay for a dog's freedom and I hate to think of all the Frenchies that would never have found their forever homes or never will, if CFBR and their donors had not stepped up. CFBR is a family made up of many wonderful volunteers, donors and supporters and I am proud to be one of them!

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this organization for about one year. We fostered a French Bulldog that we ultimately adopted. This organization is very thorough during the interview process as it ensures that these dogs are placed perfectly in their forever homes. As many of these dogs are rescued from puppy mills, the foster families are very educated in knowing how to patiently assist these dogs in trusting humans again. This breed can have multiple health issues which can be very expensive and this organization is very honest about any issues these dogs might have when they are finally well enough to be adopted. All of the volunteers I've met are completely dedicated to this organization. They work tirelessly to rescue these dogs from horrific conditions. I can't say enough good things about CFBR.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never witnessed a rescue group go above and beyond as this one does! They are willing to spend the necessary funds to get these dogs what they need and adopt them out ONLY once all their medical and emotional needs are met. I would recommend adopting from this group to anyone looking to adopt a French bulldog and feel they are by far and away the best rescue out there to work with on any level!

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have assisted this organization on a number of occasions and am completely impressed every single time. Truly a professional group of volunteers that will place dogs into loving, wonderful forever homes. This is not an easy process by any means. I'm just thankful that all of the volunteers keep the dogs' best interest at heart. Great group of people with huge hearts.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This organization, Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, disappointed me many times.
- CFBR shows you the frenchies they rescue from puppy mills but then none of the dogs are actually posted for adoption so you will never be able to apply to adopt one or even know what happened to them.
- I gave a monetary donation, saw CFBR rescue 10 or so dogs and only 2 were posted for adoption on their website. CFBR then said all of the remaining dogs were already spoken for.
- It’s unclear if you are even approved after submitting an application and whether or not you will be put on a waitlist.
- CFBR’s process is very confusing with no way to get clarification because inquiries go unanswered or the answers are contradicting.
- Previously, CFBR clearly stated on their facebook page that they pre-approve celebrities putting them to the top of the list which is unfair.
- CFBR will match you with a dog that they then decide later you can’t adopt.