Our Adoption Application and Our Process

Bichon FurKids Rescue adopts Bichons, Bichon mixes and their canine buddies to a person or family willing to provide loving forever homes, in which the dog’s health and well-being is taken care of responsibly.

We believe that adopting a dog is a commitment to the lifetime of the dog. We appreciate your willingness to complete this form so that we can learn more about you, your family and home environment. Because we take pet guardianship seriously, we will carefully check your references and statements. Not every person who applies and desires to adopt a dog from us will be qualified. People who work full time outside of the home and cannot provide doggy day care or for the dog to stay with a human companion while they are working, are generally not appropriate adopters for bichons, as this breed desires human companionship and being treated as members of a family.

After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation: Subject: Bichon Fur Kids – Form Submission Successful – Thank You!

If you do not receive an email from us right away, please review your application and check to see which questions still require an answer(s).

Once we receive your application, you will be contacted by our Application Coordinator, after which a home/yard safety check will be scheduled. The initial contact generally occurs within 48 hours of your application being received. We are, however, an all-volunteer organization — so please understand if it takes us a bit longer.

(Additional information as to our process can be reviewed on our web site under Our Process.)

Our adoption fee is $350 for dogs over one year. For puppies, under one year, the adoption fee is $500. We do not separate bonded pairs and there is a fee for each dog. Our adoption fee for senior dogs (over the age of 10) is $150. Our fees have not changed in five years. All of our dogs are up to date with shots, spayed or neutered, and ready to become a part of a forever family. They are also microchipped. All come with supplies including a bed, blanket, leash, collar, food, vitamins and training CD. Many are already trained and all are socialized.

Knowing and loving the breed as we do, we also want to point out the following: 1) More males than females are born therefore more males enter rescue, 2) Many females are ‘alpha’ personalities (dominant), 3) There are as many submissive males as there are dominant females, 4) Only a percentage of all males are ‘markers’ (and belly bands take care of that challenge quickly and easily) 5) With bichons it is all about chemistry – chemistry with you, with other dogs and other breeds.

We have many wonderful furkids looking for Forever Homes – and look forward to getting to know you through our adoption process.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Most of our dogs are in foster care in Southern California. Applicants located outside this area must be willing to come to Southern California to meet and adopt our dogs. When we have dogs in Northern California or Arizona, they are listed as such in our Available Dogs page.

In addition, all of our volunteers give unselfishly of their time. Since your adoption process will involve several of us, please let us know if you are working with another rescue group. We are happy to work with adoption candidates - and give priority to those who are not working with other rescue groups.

Your Home

Your Pets

Please provide contact information for your current vet or one you are planning to use: (Please note that there are vets we do not accept for our FurKids.)

Your New Dog

In the event that you are unexpectedly incapacitated or that the bichon could outlive you, who have you designated to care for this dog? This is a critically important issue to us - as we want each furkid to be adopted to his or her forever family.