How to Rescue a French Bulldog

Interested in adopting a rescue Frenchie? Learn about all the French Bulldog rescue organizations, what you should know, and what the process is like.

French Bulldog Rescue and Adoption

Are you considering rescuing a Frenchie? Yay!

Rescuing a French Bulldog is one of these most exciting & rewarding moments in our lives!

But it can be really hard to find a reputable French Bulldog rescue shelter…

What to know when rescuing a French Bulldog

If this if your first time rescuing a dog, there’s a few things that you’ll want to know that are a bit different than getting a dog from a breeder

You may have heard about Frenchies’ ridiculous price tag, health problems, or any other Frenchie issue… but when rescuing a dog, be aware of the following:

If you’re about to bring home your new Frenchie, be sure to check out our puppy checklist.

How much does it cost to rescue a French Bulldog?

The cost for rescuing/adopting a French Bulldog can range anywhere from $0 to a couple hundred dollars.

Compared to buying a French Bulldog from a breeder, the costs of rescuing a Frenchie are much much lower.

According to U.S. News, the average costs when adopting a dog are around $100.

Where to Rescue a French Bulldog in North America

While you might not be able to a French Bulldog rescue shelter in your hometown, you might be able to find one that’s close enough to work with you!

Some of these organizations operate across the entire United States; just be prepared to wait some time before you’re up next to adopt.

Anyways, here are 11 of the most popular French Bulldog rescue organizations in the world.

  1. French Bulldog Rescue Network (North America)
  2. French Bulldog Village Rescue (United States)
  3. French Bulldog Rescue Shelter (United States)
  4. SNORT Rescue (Northeast US)
  5. Short Noses and Friends United Rescue (Midwest US)
  6. RescueMe.Org Florida (Florida)
  7. Adopt a Pet.com (Florida)
  8. F.R.O.G.S. (French Bulldog Rescue Of Georgia & Southeast United States) (Georgia)
  9. Norcal French Bulldog Rescue (Northern California)
  10. Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue (Colorado)
  11. Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (Illinois)

1. French Bulldog Rescue Network (North America)

The French Bulldog Rescue Network is the most popular place to find a French Bulldog rescue in North America.

The most popular place to find a French Bulldog rescue anywhere in the United States as well as Canada is the French Bulldog Rescue Network.

US & Canada

The FBRN has Frenchies available all around North America, however, it’s not guaranteed that your area will have an available rescue.

Keep your eye out!

Be sure to check back frequently to check if a rescue becomes available in your area.

Five dogs from the French Bulldog Rescue Network were featured on the Pet Parade Sunday.

Contact the French Bulldog Rescue Network

The FBRN has a notice on their site that they do not use Facebook Messenger to communicate at any time.

They will communicate to you through email.

2. French Bulldog Village Rescue (United States)

The French Bulldog Village Rescue is a non-profit organization of people from all over the US whose mission is to “rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home French Bulldogs and French Bulldog mixes.”

They have been operating since 2004, and are always looking for donations & volunteers to help these Frenchies.

As with most rescue organizations, availability varies from time-to-time. Keep an eye out for a Frenchie available for rescue in your area!

Contact the French Bulldog Village Rescue

Contact the French Bulldog Rescue Network

The FBRN has a notice on their site that they do not use Facebook Messenger to communicate at any time.

They will communicate to you through email.

3. French Bulldog Rescue Shelter (United States)

If you’re looking for a local French Bulldog rescue group, this rescue group directory is the perfect resource.

This isn’t a specific rescue shelter, rather, it’s a directory to help you find a French Bulldog rescue shelter anywhere in the United States.

Available in Multiple Countries

This directory also has a list of French Bulldog rescue groups in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the UK.

Do your homework!

Since there are dozens of rescue groups listed on this page, you’ll need to do some research on the ones you find in your area to make sure they’re legitimate.

4. SNORT Rescue (Northeast US)

Are you interested in rescuing any kind of short nosed dog? Then check out SNORT Rescue.

S.N.O.R.T - Short Noses Only Rescue Team - is based in the Northeast US.

5. Short Noses and Friends United Rescue (Midwest US)

  • Social Media
  • Located in the Midwest US (IA and NE)
    • Nebraska & Iowa
    • Omaha, NE/Council Bluffs, IA
    • They have fosters in other states within the Midwest from time to time depending on availability
  • Nationwide adoption available
  • “Rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming short nosed breeds in need”
  • 501(c)(e) tax deductible non-profit
  • They are “dedicated to raising money to remove dogs from the commercial breeding system and commercial breeder dog auctions, and raising money for those dog’s vet bills.”

Where to Rescue a French Bulldog Rescue in Florida

6. RescueMe.Org Florida

Rescue Me! is a referral service for dog adoptions– this means that none of the information here has been verified by them.

Regardless, it’s still a great place to check from time-to-time to see if any adoptions pop up in your area.

If you do go this route, just be sure to do your due diligence.

7. Adopt a Pet.com

8. F.R.O.G.S. (French Bulldog Rescue Of Georgia & Southeast United States)

This rescue organization was founded in 2016.

It is a private group on Facebook so you must request to join. Once your request is accepted, you’ll be able to post in the group & contact the administrators.

Where to Rescue a French Bulldog Rescue in California

9. Norcal French Bulldog Rescue (Northern California)

  • Wait times to rescue a Frenchie from here range anywhere from two weeks to a year+
  • You must live in California to rescue from here. Their adoption application states so.
  • They have a few Frenchies available for adoption as of the time of writing this article
    • They include tons of helpful information about the dog and their history (if they’re good with dogs, kids, etc… other bad habits & things you should know about the dog)

Where to Rescue a French Bulldog Rescue in Colorado

10. Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue (Colorado)

French Bulldog rescue throughout the Rocky Mountain region based in Colorado.

Where to Rescue a French Bulldog Rescue in Chicago, Illinois

11. Chicago French Bulldog Rescue

  • The CFBR was launched to “prevent French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft”
  • Dogs are rescued from animal shelters & puppy mills
  • Applicants must live within two hours to Chicago, IL

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between rescue Frenchie & one from a breeder?

When you get your Frenchie from a breeder, you can bring them home when they’re 8-10 weeks old.

A rescued Frenchie could be any age. The average age for dogs entering shelters is 18 months old.

With a breeder, you have more information about the dog’s genetic health history & pedigree.

Can I rescue a French Bulldog for free?

Yes, it is possible to find a rescue French Bulldog for free, however, there are tons of other costs that come with owning a Frenchie.

I highly recommend setting aside $1,500+ in case your Frenchie were to have a medical emergency and at least $100-$200 if you don’t have any dog supplies. If you’re not sure what you’ll need, check out our new Frenchie checklist.

Are rescue French Bulldogs aggressive?

It always depends on the dog’s history– dogs that have previous trauma are much more likely to be fearful & anxious which could escalate to aggressive behavior.

Signs of past trauma in dogs

Every dog’s past trauma will manifest in different ways, but these are some common signs:

  • Excessive barking
  • Fear of noises
  • Fear of people
  • Growling
  • Nipping
  • Destructive behavior

The effects of a dog’s trauma on their behavior can be both obvious & subtle.

If for some reason you adopt a Frenchie and they do not fit into your family’s dynamic (kids, other pets, etc.), many rescue shelters will allow you to return the dog to them.

Are rescue French Bulldog aggressive to Cats

For the most part, Frenchies are good with cats. If the dog has no previous trauma, you should have no issue bringing them around a cat.

Check out our guide on how to introduce your Frenchie to a cat.

Are French Bulldogs Good With Cats?

Do French Bulldogs get along with cats? Check out our guide on how to properly introduce your Frenchie to a cat, step by step!


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