Raising Frenchies from the Ashes, with TLC
Hello, my name is Teresa Cargill and I am the very proud Founder of Phoenix French Bulldog Rescue, registered Charity No. 1171943.
I live with my family, 4 French Bulldogs and a Bulldog; but those doggie numbers may increase at any time! I have been around dogs for all of my life; I spent almost 30 years living with rescued Rottweilers before becoming involved with showing and breeding French Bulldogs for several years, but I now spend all my time managing their rescue and promoting the health of the breed.
Phoenix was established at the end of the end of 2016 and set loose on the General Public on 8th January 2017 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was a nerve-racking time as we hit the button and prayed we would fly. Our team had been rapidly assembled after having acquired much experience within other dog organisations and rescue groups; there had been no plan to start a new rescue group after the departure from another, but it was very obvious that our beloved breed needed us and we were not about to put our combined years of experience to waste when we could continue to use it for the good of Frenchies. Many of us had worked together previously and we knew that the team dynamics were perfect to get our Phoenix rising.
We applied for charity status immediately and were delighted to achieve this on 8th March 2017. I am a Trustee (Chair) along with my husband, Steve Cargill and my daughter, Kimberleigh Dhillon. We all bring something different to the table and hope this sets a good balance. Phoenix has a real family feel and we promote this within the Team too because enthusiasm runs very high here, but a work-life balance is important to us.
I head up a Team of volunteers from across the UK, who work tirelessly and endlessly to ensure that a French Bulldog in need can always have a safe home to go to. We operate using various social media networks and have no ‘base’ – apart from the office in my house and several dining room tables around the country! All our dogs are placed into pre-assessed, loving and knowledgeable foster homes, no kennels, ever. This allows us to assess the dog properly – no dog behaves ‘normally’ in a kennel and many are already traumatised and behaving out of character due to the change of home and circumstance. Dogs stay in foster care for a minimum of 2 weeks, maybe much longer if they need to be mended physically or behaviourally, after which they may be adopted by the fosterer or are made available for adoption applications. The Management Team discuss and select the very best-matched home from all the applications received. All dogs leave Phoenix with 5 weeks insurance from Agria and a lifetime contract – we monitor and visit our dogs at regular intervals and if the worse should ever happen and the new home is unable to keep the dog it comes right back to Phoenix – safe forever.*
Sometimes, people just need advice and support to be able to manage and keep their pet, at other times they need our non-judgemental, professional help in rehoming their dog. As much as we can often be heard to say that it is ‘all about the dog’ we never lose sight of the fact that there is often a broken-hearted human at the end of a surrendered dog’s lead. We will never judge and all our volunteers are mindful of this. Other dogs may be genuine ‘rescues’ and our Team are well-versed in collecting these and seeking appropriate medical attention immediately, before they even reach their specialist foster homes where the real mending can begin. All our dogs receive the very best care, medically and psychologically, during foster and afterwards in adoption.
I am very proud of Phoenix French Bulldog Rescue and not just for myself but for the Team and our volunteers and followers; yes, always a capital ‘T’ for Team because they make this charity what it is and they deserve that special status. Without a great Team we could not offer the Frenchies the help that we do, we could not support you when you need us, we would simply fail to be effective. Without our volunteers we could not do home visits, collect dogs, deliver dogs, hold fundraising events, we could not pay our vet fees from the donations that they make. And without the AMAZING followers we have we would not be here at all, we could not help the dogs, form great friendships and change lives, human and canine; we would cease to exist. Yes, I am proud to be a part of this Team, and this Phoenix is truly flying higher by the day and raising French Bulldogs from the Ashes. We are delighted that you have found us.
Updated March 2020
*Except in cases of severe aggression