There are times in rescue when sick dogs are just coming from all directions. The month of June and July, 201,4 has certainly been one of these times. By definition, rescue is “to free from confinement, danger, or evil; save and/or deliver to safety.”

On 8/5/14, Mary Scheffke, President of Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, made a facebook post about two French bulldogs in Oklahoma that were extremely sick. The owner had turned them in to the shelter or the shelter had taken them due their dire need for vetting care. When the dogs were taken to their vet and both were diagnosed with anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis, they realized that they could not afford to get these dogs the vetting care that would be needed to save their lives.

When I read the post, I called Mary Scheffke, and she explained to me that Chicago French Bulldog Rescue has been totally inundated with Frenchie intake. CFBR just was not in a position to take these two (2) girls. I offered to take them in to Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama if I could find a way to transport them from Oklahoma to Alabama. To make a long story short, one of our volunteers said that she would make this trip to save these dogs. There are very few people that will put their life on hold and make a 1,240 mile round trip in two days because of her love for all animals and their welfare.


Both frenchies have lived their lives outside in the hot and cold Oklahoma weather. As a result, they were covered with ticks and fleas. The initial receiving shelter did get some vetting including the removal of the ticks and fleas. Their vet also did testing and that is when they were diagnosed with anaplasma and ehrlichiosis. Both diseases are a result of ticks. Both are an infection of the white blood cells very much like Lyme disease. In addition, both have chronic dry eye that will required eye medication for the rest of their lives. The shelter staff told me that both dogs were “at deaths door” and if a rescue could not take them that they would not live.

Both girls are now back in Alabama and are at our veterinary hospital receiving IV fluids, doxycycline (stock bottle cost $1,200.00), vitamin B and possibly blood transfusions. They will be evaluated for any neurological problems associated with these diseases once they are stable. Our vet told me that these diseases are rarely seen in the South but it does seem to be more prevalent in the Midwest.

These precious girls now have names. The little pied frenchie is named Josette and the little brindle frenchie is named Chantal. Once stable enough, Chantal will need to be spayed. Josette had already been spayed at some point in her life. Of course, they will also need vaccinations. Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue is not worried about these vetting needs at this time due to their fragile condition.

As our friend and supporter of animals in need, I am asking for your financial help. These two frenchie girls deserve a chance to live. They deserve a chance to know that there are SO many people that actually love and care for dogs. You and I together can ensure that their health can be restored. You and I together can ensure that they will have a chance to be loved, cared for and be the “apple of some family’s eye.” They deserve to know what the inside of a home looks like and have a soft bed, clean surroundings, good food to eat and always have clean water. In other words, they deserve a future.

If you agree and can find it in your heart to financially help Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama turn this horrible situation in to one of hope, love and care, please see below how you can make a tax free financial donation. With your help, there can be two healthier frenchie girls with eyes shining of gratitude and love.


                                                  Jo-Ellyn Vincent, President
                                                  Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama

To make a tax deductible donation, please click on the donate button,

or you can mail a check to:

Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama
346 Willow Glen Drive
Alabaster, Alabama  35007

All donations go toward the care of the Bostons, as we have no paid staff but only dedicated volunteers who love the breed and want to help stop the abuse one dog at a time.