Small Paws Rescue Inc., North Shore Animal League America and Petfinder are three resources that connect rescue groups offering adoptable Bichon Frises with individuals seeking to adopt the breed. Small Paws Rescue is the largest single breed rescue in the United States, and Petfinder is an online animal re-homing database.
As of 2015, Small Paws® Rescue of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has rescued and re-homed over 10,000 Bichon Frises since its founding in 1998. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) group accepts owner surrenders and pulls dogs from shelters. The group's estimated monthly veterinarian bills range from $25,000 and $50,000, and the group covers the expense of flying a dog to a new home. Small Paws has been featured on Discovery Channel's Animal Planet, Inside Edition with Deborah Norville and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
Founded in 1944, North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York, is the world's largest no-kill pet rescue organization and offers breed-specific adoption help. The group often obtains purebred Bichons after participating in puppy mill rescue efforts. They also foster Bichon Frises that need to be re-homed until a suitable adoptive situation is found.
Petfinder is a searchable Internet directory of adoptable animals. The database is updated daily and limited to only nonprofit groups in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Individuals wishing to adopt a Bichon Frise enter their zip code, dog breed choice and age and gender of pet. Search results are sorted geographically, showing Bichons available for adoption within either 100 or 500 miles.