Letter to Veterinarian

Dear Veterinarian,


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





We are National Bichon Frise Rescue and Adoption.

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. We have been doing this rescue work for Bichons for the past 25 years, since the summer of 1998. We have rescued and placed over 17,000 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.

We would appreciate your practice taking us on as a client. 

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 25 years.)

Our volunteer is fostering a Bichon or Bichon Frise Mix in need of veterinary care 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 into a permanent home.

We also need 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 possible 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 boarding to give you time to treat these dogs, and us time to secure foster placement.

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 prefer to use Metacam over Rimadyl on our Bichons. We’ve had several adverse reactions to our rescued Bichons, as confirmed by Pfizer, from Rymadyl. Bichons seem to be very hyper-sensitive to it, and therefore, we don’t use it if Metacam is ok with the Veterinarian.

We also don’t use the heartworm preventative known as” Revolution” because of numerous adverse reactions to Bichons. 

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.

If not previously paid by credit card, Small Paws® pays all Veterinary bills in a timely manner, every Tuesday morning.

Given the fact that we are a charitable organization, 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. If you are unable to bill, I can give you our credit card over the phone.

Our Fax number is 918-445-5136

Our e-mail address is robin@smallpawsrescue.org.

Our 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.

Most Gratefully,

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