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 January 8th 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 lLife-time 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
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
The people that make it happen