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, Trinity and Josie, the latter which was adopted through the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue. Kathy’s family also includes two Golden Retrievers who are therapy dog certified and who volunteer 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
Qualifications include 20 years of operations management experience in the proprietary trading industry, including overseeing financial operations. She has 5 years membership with Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, NFP, INC, A member of the Chicago French Bulldog Meetup for 5 years, 7 year association with Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. She has 46 years dog ownership as well as volunteering. Janie found it in her heart to take in a frenchie with juvenile epilepsy and take him into her heart and care, even though he had a short life span due to his health- she went above and beyond to make sure this little boy had every medical need addressed to his very last day in their home and hearts. She also has adopted a frenchie through Chicago French Bulldog Rescue that was taken care of poorly from a puppy mill rescue and this little girl is living the life of a princess now with her other frenchie and lab. Janie is responsible for finances for the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue., assists with home interviews, transport and phone interviews as well as vet checks on applicants.