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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.