French bulldogs are becoming increasingly popular all over the US. They have great characters, their coats are easy to care for and their size means they are adaptable to most lifestyles.
But where should you look if you live in North Carolina and are hoping to add a French bulldog to your family? Your two main options are a French bulldog breeder in NC or to look for a rescue French bulldog for adoption.
If you have decided that you would prefer to give a rescue dog a second chance, we’ve helped you out by compiling a list of the best French bulldog rescue centers in NC, as well as a few other options to consider during your search.
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The good news is that as French bulldogs are so common, it is not too difficult to find one needing a new home. That said, it is important to make sure you and the dog are a good match- take your time on any big decisions.
We’d recommend checking pet rescue websites first as many Frenchie rescue centers use them to advertise their available dogs. It is also a good idea to contact the rescue organizations directly as they may have dogs that are not yet advertised.
Make sure they have your contact details and remember to check their websites or visit them regularly to check for new arrivals.
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French Bulldog Rescue NC - Pet Adoption Sites
1, 2, & 3 Petfinder, adoptapet, & rescueme
Before you visit any rescue centers in person, it is a good idea to check out the pet rescue websites.
These websites can save you considerable time and travel expense as you can search for all available French bulldogs in North Carolina. You can also narrow down your search by specifying the age and sex of the dog you are looking for.
French Bulldog Rescue NC - Rescue Centres
There are many dedicated French bulldog rescue organizations in the US. Although there aren’t many based in NC, many of the rescues use foster homes so it is worth looking at Frenchie rescues and bulldog rescues in neighboring states.
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Here are some French bulldog rescue organizations that cover North Carolina:
4. Bullies 2 The Rescue
Bullies to the rescue is based in Indian Trail, NC and has foster homes throughout the neighboring states. It is run entirely by volunteers and takes in English and French bulldogs to rehabilitate and rehome.
Their dogs are placed in foster homes and thoroughly assessed, before being carefully matched with new owners.
Bullies to the rescue does not advertise available dogs on its website.
If you would like to apply, firstly you will need to fill out an application form on their website. You will then have a telephone interview and a home check.
Once you have been approved, you will be invited to join their private Facebook page, where they advertise their Frenchies and bulldogs for adoption. If you see a dog you are interested in, they will put you in contact with the foster home so you can find out more and arrange to visit.
Adoption fees range from $600 to $1500 depending on the age and health of the Frenchie. All dogs are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before rehoming.
It is worth noting that Bullies 2 The Rescue do not place dogs in homes with children younger than 10 years old.
323 Unionville- Indian Trial Rd W, Unionville, NC, 28079 US
5. French Bulldog Village Rescue
The French Bulldog Village Rescue has foster homes all over the US, so there is a good chance that it will have Frenchies within travelling distance of NC.
The FBVR is run by volunteers and foster carers who take French Bulldogs into their homes, assess them and then rehome them responsibly.
If you see a dog on their website that interests you, fill in the application form for that dog. You will need to submit this with a $10 application fee.
Your references will be checked, then you will have a telephone interview and a home check.
If the adoption is approved, you will need to arrange to collect the dog as they strictly do not ship dogs.
All Frenchies from the FBVR are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before rehoming. The adoption fees vary but the average is $400- $600.
P.O. Box 719, Conshohocken, PA 19428.
6. French Bulldog Rescue Network
The French Bulldog Rescue Network is run by volunteers throughout the US and Canada. It has foster homes in a number of states so you may find a French bulldog for adoption near NC.
Available dogs are advertised on their website, along with their location.
If you see a dog that you think would be a good match, you will need to submit an application along with a non-refundable $10 fee.
If they think you can provide the right home, a telephone interview, and a home check will be carried out.
The FBRN do not ship dogs as they like the foster family and the adopter to be able to meet in person. This helps the adoption process run smoothly and is less stressful for the dog.
All Frenchies are neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, and adopters are made aware of any ongoing health conditions. Adoption fees vary from $400 to $900 depending on the age and health of the dog.
41 Crossroads Plaza Suite 232, West Hartford, CT 06117
Other dog rescue organizations in North Carolina
The following organizations take in dogs of all breeds, so they may occasionally have Frenchies and Frenchie mixes for adoption.
7. South Charlotte Dog Rescue
South Charlotte Dog Rescue is an NC based organisation that rescues and rehabilitates dogs of all breeds.
It cares for dogs in foster homes and has regular adoption events in NC so that potential adopters can meet the dogs.
Before you adopt a dog, you will need to submit an application, including references, and have a home check. The adoption fee is $295 for puppies and slightly less for older dogs, this includes neutering, parasite control, microchip, and vaccinations.
PO Box 184, Waxhaw, NC 28173
8. Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption
Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption cares for rescue dogs at its shelter and in foster homes. Although it takes in dogs of all breeds, it may occasionally have French bulldogs for adoption.
Available dogs are advertised on its website and the shelter is open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.
You will need to fill out an application form and then the organization will contact you to arrange for you to meet the dog, if you have not already done so.
Adoption fees are $235-$250, depending on the age of the dog. All dogs will be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before leaving the shelter.
Very young puppies will need to be neutered at a later date and adopters will need to leave a $100 neutering deposit to ensure this is done.
42 Deep River Road, Sanford, NC 27330.
9. Second Chance Pet Adoptions
The dogs at Second Chance Pet Adoptions are housed in foster homes around Raleigh, NC. Details of adoptable dogs are on the website.
Once you have identified a dog you are interested in, fill out an application form and wait for the organization to contact you.
If you and the dog are considered to be a good match, a meet and greet will be organized, followed by a home check.
Adoption fees vary from $325-350 depending on the age of the dog, this includes neutering, microchip, heartworm testing, parasite control and a collar.
You must be at least 21 years old to adopt a dog from Second Chance Pet Adoptions.
6003 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 133, Raleigh, NC 27607-5148.
French Bulldog Rescue NC - FAQ's
Why should you adopt a French Bulldog?
French Bulldogs can make fantastic pets, but many of them find themselves in need of a new home through no fault of their own. Very often this is due to a change in family circumstances or a bereavement.
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Dogs can find this very traumatic, and the sooner they find a new home, the better. By adopting a Frenchie, you are giving them a second chance in life and the opportunity to be loved once again.
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What should you consider before you adopt a French Bulldog?
As with all dogs, you should consider whether you will be able to meet their needs and provide them with a stable and loving home for the rest of their life.
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Frenchies do not require a lot of exercise compared to other breeds, but they will need a daily walk and the opportunity to play. They will need good quality food, training and healthcare- including regular vet checks and parasite control.
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French Bulldog Rescue NC - Final Thoughts
Adopting a dog is a big commitment, so don’t rush your decision. There are usually plenty of rescue organizations with French bulldogs for adoption in NC and the surrounding states, but finding the right match is very important, so be prepared to wait for the right dog.