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Bichons and Buddies

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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Editha C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jeanine along with the Bichon and Buddies connect beautiful sweet dogs with their forever families. Their website is easy to use and you can read a little bio of each of the pets up for adoption. I drove down an hour away from home to get my little guy Hank (Clancy) where one of the volunteers was able to give me more information about him. Five***** to this awesome goup!

3 Evelyn15

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work that Jeanine and the rest of the B&B team does is truly one of a kind. They have provided us with one of the greatest gifts of our lives and also ended the struggle of a homeless dog. To call them heroes in an understatement, truly they are angels walking around.

With Bichons and Buddies, what you see is what you get; an honest organization that does the impossible to find secure, safe, forever homes for homeless pets. Their facility is great but instead of giving us all the bells and whistles with an over the top facility they put all their finances to the care of the dogs (grooming, massive medical bills, flea control, beds, food, toys and leashes). They take all the “unwanted” dogs, those ready for euthanasia, the sick and broken, the unloved, the scared and provide them with the biggest gift of all; a second chance, a chance to be loved and love.

Their adoption process is such a great and supportive one. They are not there to push any dog on you for the sake of getting them adopted, they make you feel comfortable, give suggestions, and in the end you make the decision. After you adopt, you have this sense of kinship because the moment your dog settles in you can’t believe your heart could any bigger. It’s magic.

Our previously rescued dog gained a sister and we gained bigger hearts.

If anyone belongs on your Top-Rated list, it's Bichons and Buddies.

2 Kari15

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet Hayley from Bichons and Buddies this last July. I have also fostered for Bichons and Buddies. I loved working with them. The staff was kind and so helpful. I knew when I was going to adopt my second dog, that I wanted to go through Bichons and buddies. I knew they took excellent care of their dogs and really wanted to place each dog with the right family.

2 Darlene21

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Polly from Bichons and Buddies on Halloween of 2011. Small dogs are hard to find on Vancouver Island if you're looking for a rescue dog, so we looked online and found a link to B&B. Polly had been turned in with life-threatening health issues. They took her to the vet and had her surgery done, and when she was healthy enough she was flown up to Canada to join us. She is the most wonderful dog we could imagine, and we can't thank Jeanine enough for saving her and all the other dogs B&B rescues. She was so much help in guiding us through the process and making it as easy as possible for us. We have nothing but positive things to say about our experience.

2 Linda318

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a precious little Maltese/Bichon mix from Bichons and Buddies in 2007. I didn't know how profoundly affected I would be by bringing that little dog into my life. I have often felt that I was the one rescued when I brought my little Gucci home. I have watched Jeannine over the years work tirelessly to save dogs from "high kill" shelters, placing them with people who provide loving homes. Bichons and Buddies will rescue sick and injured dogs that would not survive without their intervention. They provide the medical care and love they need. They nurse these helpless little creatures back to health until they can go into a loving home. On Facebook, I see an endless stream of adoptive parents who, like me, have found these special little dogs have given us much more than we could ever give them. I've volunteered and donated and tried whenever possible to help raise funds so that Bichons and Buddies can continue their work. I know that it takes an incredible amount of love and personal sacrifice to do what this organization does. If any organization belongs on your Top-Rated list, it's Bichons and Buddies.

2 Joyce47

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a Bichon and found this organization on the Internet They had pictures of all the cuties with a description of each. Their site is extremely easy to navigate. Anyway, I found him!! I called immediately and they advised they were having an open house on Saturday (it was Thursday) and he like all the others would adopt out fast. We jumped in the car and drove the 21/2 hours and the three of us, my husband, myself And Dylan fell in love. He was everything we ever wanted and he needed us as much as we needed him.
He has been our baby since day 1 and that was 31/2 years ago.
Without this wonderful organization of caring and loving people there would be more doggies on the streets. Jeannie and her staff will rescue on a moments notice.they love and care for these little nuggets.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a bichon female in 2009 and returned to adopt another dog. We are very happy with our dog Phoebe. She is such a blessing and a bundle of energy. Bichons and Buddies were great at allowing us to see all the dogs available and educated us on how to live with other rescues which we have three in total. I have recommended them to family and friends. They are very professional, patient and courteous. And most of all they take good care of their dogs. :)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bichons and Buddies are doing a fine work rescuing dogs and finding great home for the dogs.
The dogs are bring great joy to the families that receive them.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichon and buddies is a wonderful organization that brought my husband and I to our baby, a maltipoo. In our search for the perfect dog they were able to describe each dogs personalities and history without searching a database. A tremendous amount of love and carre goes to each dog. They were also there if we had questions once we brought our doggie home. Love them!

2 Gaby C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is extremely dedicated to their cause and goals. They have the passion and energy with what they do and are currently doing.

4 Suzanne68

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two and a half years ago we adopted our dog from Bichons and Buddies. Although we live in Victoria, B.C. Canada, the process went very smoothly. Jeanine Curcione took the time to find a match for our family and then arranged to have our new family pet flown first to Vancouver and then on to Vancouver Island. Jeanine arranged for a volunteer in Vancouver to meet Arby at the airport, fill out the customs paperwork and keep him company while they waited for the connecting flight. Arby arrived healthy and happy having been looked after by volunteers every step of the way. There was great communication before and after. There are many other families in the area who have adopted dogs from Bichons and Buddies and we have formed our own local alumni group!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichons and Buddies is a warm and welcoming rescue. When I arrived to meet the dogs, Jeanine made sure I got to know them (she lent me her office for 45 minutes while I played with the dogs) and she had some thoughtful recommendations about which dogs I might connect with. I finally picked my dog Ziggy, who was being treated for fleas, and so she gave me medication and supplements to assist with the remainder of treatment. Aside from the difficulty of choosing just one dog when I wanted to love all of them, the adoption process was smooth and easy. In the time following, I have been keeping up with Jeanine and Bichons and Buddies through email updates with photos, which are reposted by the Bichons and Buddies' facebook page in adorable paw-print framed graphics. There is a great little community there, and even some alumni groups have formed! I'll always be grateful to this organization for rescuing the love of my life, Ziggy!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a Bichon Poodle mix in December 2011. My husband and I were looking for a non-shedding dog due to his allergies and we stumbled upon Bichons and Buddies via Petfinder. Once we checked out their website and saw a picture of our now Pickles, we fell in love and had to have him right away. Jeanine met us on a Sunday night to allow us to meet him. Although she had recently saved him from a Lancaster shelter and he was not yet neutered, she carefully helped us through the process and always answered our emails and phone calls right away.

Three years later, Jeanine also helped us when we found 2 stray dogs. She allowed us to post one of the dogs on her website and to house the other in her facility. Luckily both dogs found amazing permanent homes. This organization is truly something special and we will always support the outstanding work they do.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichon and Buddies is the benchmark non-profit organization with regards to the saving of abandoned dogs. Jeanine was professional and responsive during our contacts with her. Her volunteers were very caring and were able to match us with the perfect dog. We have had Gus for 3 months now and he has become an important member of our family. We have and will continue to recommend Bichon and Buddies to our friends and family members who are looking to adopt.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Willis, a cockapoo rescue with distemper, from B&B and are so happy. Willis was in quarantine but was being walked when we were walking one of several of the dogs we checked out on the website. He hadn't had any of the nervous system symptoms and was in treatment. He stole our hearts and my daughter knew he was the one. We knew there was a risk but he was so loving and gentle and came home with us as foster family, now we adopted him.

He is now gaining weight and playful and loving life and improving every day. Jeannine has been by several times to make sure he is improving and always helps us out with questions and suggestions. We were impressed with all the dogs we could meet and walk and try to get to know. The staff was very helpful and you really know that they love the dogs they are caring for. They helped us getting set up for caring for Willis and were always helpful if we had questions.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been blessed and our lives have been changed due to our interaction with Jeannine Curcione and Bichons & Buddies. We adopted Luci, a very special, special needs Bichon in 2002. She came to us after Jeannine rescued her and stayed with her during her surgeries for a leg amputation and kidney removal. Luci was on her way to be euthanized when rescued by Jeannine. We didn't think Luci would live past a year but was with us for several wonderful years. She enriched and changed our lives. Lucy never forgot Jeannine, and when she would come to visit us, Luci always remembered her.

We now have another family member named Maddie that we adopted through Jeannine. It is our understanding that Maddie was difficult to place, We think she is also very special and are grateful that she is with us today. Thank you to Jeannine Curcione and Bichons & Buddies.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bichons and Buddies is an outstanding organization that saves the lives of 100's of abandoned dogs each year. They work tirelessly around the clock. I am enormously satisfied with their professionalism and integrity, as well as their passion for the health and safety of the dogs in their care.

Review from Guidestar