French Bulldog Saviours (FBS) originally started in 2013 when Lindsey Scanlon, the founder, saw a very badly abused French Bulldog. It was on one of the many websites, that allow the sale of dogs with no regard for their welfare.
She paid for the dog (Dolly) herself, just so that she could take her far away from what was obviously a life of hell. It was Lindsey’s mission to love her and mend her. She set up a Facebook page to help raise funds for Dolly’s huge medical need,s and was blown away by the generosity of the Frenchie-loving public. Not wanting to turn her back on other French Bulldogs in need, Lindsey made the decision to set up Dolly’s Angels, and,with the help of the public, raise funds to rescue other Frenchies from a life of turmoil and neglect.
Fast-forward to 2014, and Lindsey realised that the breed was in deep crisis due to over-breeding, celebrity endorsement and the illegal importation of huge numbers of French Bulldog puppies. The rescue needed to expand and rebrand in order to apply for charity status and by the end of the year Dolly’s Angels had become French Bulldog Saviours.
In 2015 FBS was awarded charity status, giving us a platform to inform, educate and spread the word about the dangers faced by this beloved breed.
Bulldog Rescue has been in it’s current form since April 2001 and is made up of 4 staff members and approximately 80 volunteers. It is goverened by a board of trustees and managed by a team of five made up of 3 staff members and 2 trustees
BDR offer a Rescue and Rehoming service for pure bred bulldogs across the UK, who, for whatever reason cannot stay where they are. Our aim is to always do our best for every bulldog we are asked to help. We will subsequently stand by him for the rest of his life, offering support, education and advice to his new owners whenever it is required.
Only a few bulldogs end up in rescue because they have been abused, mis-treated or abandoned, the majority of bulldogs looking for a second chance are simply victims of circumstance – ie: divorce, new baby or a change in the family situation. All the owner wants is a good pet home and by using our rehoming service they are going some way to ensure the new home is the right home first time. Homes are selected on a system of area and suitability from our extensive waiting list of people across the country, in most cases we are able to work within the dog’s own area and find a home that matches his criteria.
South Essex Wildlife Hospital are a rescue, rehabilitation and public advice charity officially formed in 1995 by Sue Schwar as a result of there being no wildlife care or rescue anywhere in the area.
Initially this began as an interest and was operating from her home, however demand was so high that she had to find a more suitable location. This is how the hospital came to be formed and now runs from its current home in Orsett, Essex.
In their early days they were seeing only a few casualties each week, that number has now risen and they often get between 50 and 100 phone calls a day and frequently have 200-300 patients (or more) in the Hospital at any one time
Now the new Hospital and Education facilities have been built, South Essex Wildlife Hospital are able to deal with a lot more casualties and orphaned wildlife
No sick, injured or orphaned animal is turned away, requiring that the hospital operates 7 days a week. Staffed by paid veterinary staff, a handful of dedicated volunteers and Sue herself, who often have to work in hazardous conditions, late at night and in adverse weather. South Essex Wildlife Hospital cannot always guarantee to come out and collect an animal but will always accept one brought to South Essex Wildlife Hospital
South Essex Wildlife Hospital have the only hospital facilities of its kind within our area, covering most of Essex, East London and North Kent.
The cost of food, equipment, fuel and vets bills is met solely by public donations, for which they are extremely grateful. Without this valuable support, SEWH would cease to exist, and would be unable to prevent the suffering of many stricken wild animals in urgent and desperate need of their help.