Letter to Veterinarian

Dear Veterinarian,

My name is Robin Pressnall, and I’m the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Small Paws® Rescue, Inc.

Small Paws® Rescue’s mission is to locate and place unwanted Bichon Frise and Bichon Mix dogs who have been relinquished by their owners, or Bichons found in shelters who need medical treatments or surgeries.

Small Paws® Rescue is the largest breed rescue in the country and we have supporters in 27 countries across the world. We have been doing this rescue work for Bichons for 22 years, since the summer of 1998. We have rescued and placed over 16,000 Bichons and Bichon Mixes.

We are a not-for-profit charitable organization, described under the Internal Revenue code 501C3.

A copy of that decision can be viewed at the following web site address:
501C3 Status

Approximately 800 Small Paws® Rescue volunteers are located nationwide, and these volunteers foster our Bichons until they can be placed in permanent homes.

Our volunteer is fostering a Bichon or Bichon Frise Mix at this time.

We take full responsibility for the expense of any veterinary care incurred by this Bichon during it’s foster care, up until he or she has been adopted in a permanent home.

In addition, we also hope to be involved in the decision-making process regarding any major treatments or surgeries that may be needed.


This includes snarling, snapping, lunging, inability to have procedures performed, and biting.

All aggression needs to be reported to Robin Pressnall, Executive Director at 918-638-5854 or robin@smallpawsrescue.org.

We will make every attempt to move this dog to one of our rescue partners who has professional trainers and liability insurance.

With all of our rescued Bichons, these are the things we will need to have done, unless we have proof that they were already done by the previous owner or the shelter.

Altering. (Spay or Neuter)
Heartworm Testing and treatment if positive.
Fecal Exam
Teeth cleaning and extractions (if needed)
Lumps and bumps removed and sent to Pathology. (if needed )

For Bichons that come from shelters, we also require 10 days of quarantine to make sure they don’t have contagious shelter diseases that would go home with our foster parents and endanger their own dogs. The safety of our volunteer’s own dogs must come first.

We do ask for the following vaccinations.

1) 1 Yr. Rabies

2) Bordetella Bronchiseptica

3) Canine Distemper, the Adenovirus Type 2, and Parvo Virus.

We don’t use the drug “Rimadyl”on our Bichons. We’ve had several adverse reactions to our rescued Bichons, as confirmed by Pfizer, by this drug. Bichons seem to be very hyper-sensitive to it, and therefore, we don’t use it and do not authorize payment for it.

We often use a drug called “Metacam” as a substitute if that is ok with the veterinarian.

We also do not use the heartworm preventative known as” Revolution” because of numerous adverse reactions. 

At this time, I would like to authorize your office to treat the dog before you, up to the first $100.00 of veterinary care.

Any care that would be in excess of this amount would need verbal authorization from myself.

Of course, Small Paws® pays all Veterinary bills in a timely manner, and your office should assume the same in this case.

If you need a veterinary financial reference for Small Paws® Rescue, you may call Dr. Paul Blasso D.V.M. at Plainfield Veterinary Clinic (815-439-8700), or Dr Thaibinh Nguyenba D.V.M., Diplomate, ACVIM, (Cardiology), Medvet Columbus.  (We have completed 104 PDA heart murmur repairs at both Texas A&M and Medvet  Columbus Ohio over the past 21 years.)

Given the fact that we are a charitable organization, and do not make any profit from our rescue work, it is our hope that your office might consider offering a rescue discount.

In this way, we can fully utilize our charitable contributions to aid as many Bichons as possible.

If you can bill us directly, it would be much appreciated and we will get payment mailed out promptly to you. We pay our bills every Tuesday.

The fax number to send vet bills to is 918-445-5136.

If you would prefer to e-mail the vet bills, the e-mail address is dale@smallpawsrescue.org.

If you would prefer to mail vet bills, the address is:

Small Paws® Rescue Inc.
% Robin Pressnall
3316 S. 72nd. W. Ave.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74107

If you have any questions regarding the above, or need to contact me to obtain verbal authorization for further treatment, I can be contacted at the phone numbers or address listed below.

We are very grateful for any services you may provide for our Bichons, as it is our goal to serve as many rescued Bichons as possible.


Robin Pressnall, Executive Director
Small Paws® Rescue, Inc.
3316 S. 72nd. W. Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74107
Cell phone: 1-918-638-5854
Fax 918-445-5136
E-mail address: robin@smallpawsrescue.org