Director and President | Chicago French Bulldog Rescue
Born and raised in Chicago, Mary Scheffke first encountered French Bulldogs, or Frenchies, at an IKC dog show. After her first encounter, which left her covered in Frenchie kisses and completely in love with the breed, Mary knew she had to bring these incredible dogs into her life. A professional dog trainer by day, Mary first began her career in the industry at age 8. After encountering Frenchies for the first time nearly 10 years ago, Mary quickly became an expert in the breed, offering her training knowledge to those who participate in her Chicago French Bulldog Meetup and beyond. Mary founded and launched the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue in late 2007 in response to a growing need. With a strong network in Chicago, launching the Rescue was a natural progression. Many Frenchies are found homeless as a result of health problems or families who can no longer care for them, and after establishing the Rescue, assisted Frenchies now have hope. Through creating and building the Rescue, Mary hopes to educate those involved with Frenchies and raise awareness about the breed.
Director and Secretary | Chicago French Bulldog Rescue
Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Kathy Miranda first encountered French Bulldogs, or Frenchies, in Europe a few years ago during an extended vacation. Before encountering Frenchies in Paris, Kathy and her husband had no idea the breed existed. A retired EMT, Kathy fills her days at home, caring for her three Frenchies: Neo, Echo and Josie, the latter which was adopted through the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. Kathy’s family also includes a Golden Retriever who is a therapy dog certified and who volunteers often. Kathy assisted in launching the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue in late 2007 in response to a growing need to rescue, care for Frenchies as well as educate the masses about this unusual and loveable breed.
Treasurer | Chicago French Bulldog Rescue
Janie Jenkins is a lifelong animal lover and dog enthusiast that has been involved in dog rescue for the majority of her life. She became involved in anti-puppy mill activism in early 2008. Her life’s passion took hold after she adopted a 5 year old French Bulldog, rescued by the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue from an Amish puppy mill in Ohio. Ruby changed my life. She is my inspiration and the reason I will never stop fighting to end puppy mill cruelty. In her five years at the mill, she was forced to breed nine times. When she first came into my life, she did not know how to be a dog. Ruby would flatten to the ground in terror with every loud noise; she avoided eye contact and was afraid of open spaces. What she endured mentally and physically in that puppy mill was inhumane. Watching her transform into the happy, confident, trusting and sometimes bossy girl she is today keeps me fighting for the dogs. I am forever grateful to the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue for saving her. Janie has been the Operations Manager for a Chicago based proprietary futures trading firm since 1991. Janie knew she could easily mesh her passion for animal rescue with her business experience. She has been a Director with the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, NFP, INC, since 2008. She is responsible for finances, assists with home interviews, transport and phone interviews as well as vet checks on applicants. She is also a foster failure, several times over.