If you have questions about our Bichons for Adoption please e-mail us at adoptionspf@smallpawsrescue.org 


Hello! This is Robin Pressnall, Executive Director of Small Paws Rescue® Inc. Thank you so much for your interest in Small Paws Rescue®! I am going to include in your request for information, a recent press release, and news stories!
If you would like, this is a brochure that you may print!

Each breed has a rescue organization for their breed. Small Paws is the largest breed rescue in the country, with over 800 volunteers and over 6000 members in 20 countries.

Small Paws has rescued over 8000 Bichons in the past 13 years from across the country. We rescue Bichons from shelters, from puppy mills, and from owners who can no longer take care of them due to a variety of circumstances.

There is an increase in the number of owner surrenders we see, because Small Paws is becoming so large now with greater visibility.

Small Paws® Rescue has been invited three times to appear live in New York City

on the Fox cable news network, on their morning show, "Fox and Friends."

Many thanks to Fox News!

We've had exposure on Discovery Channel's "Animal Planet", twice over the past 13 years.

First on Animal Planet's "A Pet Story" and more recently on Animal Planet's Series "Dogs 101"

We've also been featured
in many media articles , including the best selling book "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul".

We even made the national news on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,
as well as having numerous articles in newspapers, and other television news stories across the country.

The more people who know that we are available, the more people who take advantage of our rescue services.

Because of our extensive and proven screening process, it is very rare when an adoption doesn't work out, however it does happen. Sometimes it just isn't a match and other times things can happen such as a death or illness with the adopter, causing the Bichon to come back into rescue with Small Paws Rescue®.

If an adoption doesn't work out we try to find another match for the adopter. I would say that 99.5% of the time, the first adoption works out wonderfully!

Bichons have a wonderful temperament! They are cheery little lap dogs! But, when they have been abused or neglected, as with any creature, their personalities are affected. We make sure to fully disclose any abuse or neglect that has happened previously with one of our rescued Bichons.

Many of our Bichons come from commercial kennels. (Puppy Mills) They have been there for one reason, to breed and to make a profit. They haven't been held or loved. They haven't been socialized around other people. They are called "breeding stock" and are treated like farm animals.

 In most cases, their food is dropped to them through a food chute, and their water comes from a rabbit bottle. These are breeding operations, operated on a large scale.

  These Bichons' teeth are in desperate need of attention and most times they end up losing some teeth.


The Bichons that come from commercial kennels don't know how to relate to people or household sounds. They only know how to relate to other dogs, because they haven't been around many other people and they have never been in homes before they were rescued.  Rehabilitation of a Puppy Mill Dog 








     When we place a puppy mill rescue, we only place those in a home with another socialized dog. That pet dog will teach the rescued Bichon to be a pet and family member, and not a farm animal as they have been before.

In the beginning we often placed the kennel rescues in homes as an only dog. Little did we know that 100% of those placements would end up coming back to us in just a few short weeks.

 As soon as we realized that these Bichons from the puppy mills need another dog in residence, it became one of our hard and fast rules.

If you need any further information, I am so happy to speak with you!

Thanks so much, Robin Pressnall

 1. Small Paws® Rescue is a 501C3 Not-for-profit Nationwide organization and our name is federally protected by Trade Mark. We have an actively involved Board of Trustees. You can see our Board of Trustees here!

2. Small Paws® Rescue pays all vet bills for all of our foster Bichons. To date we have rescued over 7500 Bichons in the 11 years that we have been operating.

3. Small Paws® Rescue is the largest breed rescue in the country at this time. We have over 6000 members and over 800 volunteers and will accept any Bichon or Bichon Mix, regardless of age, health condition or location, as long as it is not harmful to other dogs or human beings. We pay between $35,000.00 and $50,000.00 per month in vet bills and
we post these vet bills publicly

4. Small Paws® Rescue believes it is better to fly a Bichon to a new forever home on a commercial airplane, and to open up a foster home than to let one die in a shelter or in a puppy mill, because we don't have a place for that one. Small Paws® Rescue has never turned down a Bichon in need. 
Small Paws Rescue: Shipping Dogs on Airlines...The REAL Scoop!

5. Small Paws® Rescue believes in doing whatever it takes to save a Bichon, even if it is an extraordinary surgery or treatment. Here are a couple of examples.
We have completed 77 Heart Murmur repairs.
Baby Harley Fights for His Life

Small Paws® Rescue: Elvis Has Braces on His Teefies!

6. Our members believe strongly in rescuing Bichons from Puppy Mills.
Rehabilitation of a Puppy Mill Dog

7. Small Paws® Rescue actively seeks media attention to bring the plight of these Bichons to the public is to begin to address the problem of puppy mills, and to recruit additional, much needed foster homes and volunteers.

Small Paws® Rescue has appeared on the Internationally syndicated cable program, Animal Planet in two separate episodes, Animal Planet's "A Pet Story",  and more recently on Animal Planet's Series "Dogs 101" which shows in reruns weekly.

Small Paws® Rescue is also frequently published in various newspapers and television stations across the country. Here are a few of our news stories.

To the rescue: Small Paws looks Out for the Bichon Frise Breed

Jody Keil Writes the Editor in Wisconsin!

Small Paws, Big Fight

Small Paws Rescue Saves the Bichon Frise

Small Paws Bichons Assist in Recovery from Eating Disorder

Rescue Volunteers Do Big Jobs

Puppy Mill Dog Granted New Life

Small Paws Assist Homeless Dogs

To the Rescue: Small Paws Saves the Bichon Frise

8. We encourage our members to share our newsletters with anyone they choose. Many are shared with entire churches and civic organizations.

These are just a few of the programs that Small Paws® Rescue has implemented! We are very proud of these programs!

1. The Small Paws® Rescue Blanketeers

Small Paws® Rescue Ebay!

3. The Puppies for Griever's Program Small Paws® Rescue: How To Adopt Puppies

4. Our Petfinder's Page has anywhere from 150-200 Bichons available for adoption at any one time. 
Small Paws® Rescue : Available for Adoption

With Small Paws® Rescue, many Bichons, usually 50-100 are in various stages of quarantines from the puppy mills, heartworm treatments and surgeries, and are not yet listed on our Petfinder's Page. Some are in permanent hospice care where loving volunteers care for them...until God takes over.

6. We have an Airline Transportation Department, under the direction of Lynda De Hart at
BADEHART@aol.com. This group of people make reservations for each of the Small Paws® Rescue Bichons to fly to their forever home. We have flown over 5000 Bichons without incident. We believe it is the safest and most economical way to transport!

7. We have a the
Small Paws Rescue Online E-Store which operates 7 days a week, under the direction of Linda Langford at SPR_Gift_Shoppe@langfordhome.com. We market many items with the Small Paws® Rescue Logo! The Small Paws Rescue Online E-Store

8. We have 18 experienced and professional Team Leaders, who oversee the rescued Bichons and the volunteers in their areas.

National Team Leader
Joanne Raus

Kathy Moore


Derek Phillips


Cheri Sisco

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Joanne Raus

Susan Garrison

Georgia and Louisiana

Laura Casteel

Indiana, Illinois

Sara Pace

Kentucky and Ohio

Linda Fausey
Sharon King

Cindy Leigh

Minnesota, Iowa
Renee Drown

Jan Crowl

North and South Carolina
Kathryn Smith

Ohio and Kentucky
Linda Fausey
Sharon King

Oklahoma, Northern Texas,
Cindy Leigh

Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska
Debbie Fahey

Sheryl Street

Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho
Carrie Rogers

Andy and Lori Foster

South Texas, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota, New Mexico 
Glennda Bruce

9. We have 25 adoption processors who thoroughly screen each applicant for Veterinary references, and complete two in-depth phone interviews. You can find out a lot about how an applicant will treat a future dog by the way they have treated dogs in the past.

10. We openly believe in the miracle healing power of prayer, and have a prayer ministry operating with each and every newsletter.

11. We have post adoption counselors who check back at least twice on each Small Paws® Rescue to make sure all is going well in it's new adoptive home.

12. We have Spay/Neuter Coordinators who checks to make sure that all adopted puppies are spayed or neutered by the age of six months.

13. We have a legal team which has been credited with saving many lives when there is a shelter that refuses to work with rescue, when another Bichon rescue organization is trying to interfere with our fund raising efforts, or when someone is illegally using our federally protected trade marked name.

14. We have a department which makes and sends out beautiful sympathy cards to anyone who has lost a loved one, be it human or canine. The card department is manned Stephanie Hunter at
SPRfluff@aol.com . We send several of these out each day. We also send Thank You cards out for every donation received by check. Online credit card donations, receive adorable E-Cards, made specially for Small Paws® Rescue!

15. We believe in spaying and neutering! This makes less work for us down the road because in six short years years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs. (This information comes from the Humane Society of the United States.)

16. Our "Bonded Pair" program insures that when two bonded dogs come into rescue, they will stay together, even if one is a Bichon and one is a one eyed, one horned, pink, purple people eater. We feel that when pairs come in together they are going to stay together, because they have already lost their people, and their homes. These are a just a few of our bonded pairs that we have placed in loving homes, together!

Scarlett and Rhett

The Captain and Tenille


17. Legacy Gift Giving  If you would like to leave a gift that will help Bichons in perpetuity long after you are gone, we can assist you. We are also happy to be named as guardians for your Bichons.

18. Small Paws® Rescue operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is never a day, including Holidays, that we aren't available to take in Bichons in need.