Frost came to us through our northern Ontario contact — and we mean far north — polar bear north.
He was born into a home where the family poodle / terrier cross had a tryst with a husky. Spaying and neutering is not common in the far north and this is a frequent occurrence. They will be having their first spay and neuter clinic this fall 2015!
Our northern contact met with the family and asked if she could take the pup to a rescue in the south. The family didn’t initially agree, but with some persuasion they allowed the puppy to be released.
During the waiting our contact became concerned as she watched little Frost start to struggle physically. By the time he reached BCFS he had vomiting, diarrhea and was on the skinny side.
We immediately took him to our vet for neutering and treatment for worms and giardia – very common in the far north in people as well as dogs.
Like any good puppy he turned around quickly and his personality went from cautiously lethargic to slightly bouncy… with a side of trouble.
We’d had him for 8 days before the first application and then the second rolled into BCFS. We process all the applications we receive and match the best home to the dog. This is one time where the needs of the dog supersede the needs of the people.
One application listed agility and therapy dog as a future for Frost. There were five people who took part in the discussion of Frost’s future including our board of directors.
Given Frost’s personality and love of people we felt he would be an excellent therapy dog. Getting a job for a rescue dog is always an extra bonus that helps educate with the added bonus of bringing people and rescue dogs together.
With joy we announced Frost has joined Linda’s family and we couldn’t be happier!
Congratulations Linda & Frost and we look forward to the updates in his journey to becoming a therapy dog!
Never in a million years would I thought I’d have to fight so hard to do animal rescue. I knew there would be huge challenges to help animals, but I thought those would be with evil abusers – not animal officials in my own home town. — Amy Bremner, President of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.
Fighting for our Right to Help Animals
The Fort Erie council meeting on Monday August 10, 2015 was a violent roller coaster ride that turned into a mixed bag of new beginnings, while still being shackled to the old world bylaws.
The councilors will be reviewing the twenty year old animal bylaws for the next six to eight months to bring them up to date. We have been battling for positive change since 2012, so we aren’t excited by another delay, although they have asked that BCFS be included in the creation of the new bylaws, if and when they are eventually overhauled.
We do send out a big thank you to Marina Butler, Chris Knutt, and Mayor Redakop for defining the amendments listed below.
Sandy is a familiar face in Fort Erie, ON and she’s adding her two cents and a bit of research to our current animal bylaw situation.
Food for Thought
Dear Mayor and Councillors,
I am writing with respect to Beaver Creek Sanctuary and the proposed, reduction in needed services in the Fort Erie jurisdiction for both livestock and domestic animals.
Alpaca and Llamas
The issue applying to alpaca and llamas has clearly been a violation of standard. Both species have been designated regulated livestock, in their own group, under the division which includes sheep and goats, for some time.
We have our own alpaca supplier in our agricultural area, the removal of alpaca from the rescue, justified as exotics was not supported under any current law and could be construed as uneducated discrimination. http://www.alpaca.ca/
The outdated fostering regulations and fee are unique to Fort Erie. A quick sampling of surrounding areas show that neither fostering fees, nor impossible fostering property requirements are part of any bylaw.
In fact the fostering property laws and fees that are peculiar to Fort Erie prevent additional resources being made to this area in terms of animal intake, socializing and successful permanent or long term adoption.
Mississauga Toronto and Welland
Mississauga : No fostering fees . No fostering property restriction. Fostering determined by The Mississauga animal control. Alternate rescues within jurisdiction.
Toronto: No fostering fees. No fostering property restrictions. Alternate rescues operating within jurisdiction.
Welland /Port Colborne: No fostering fees. A direct quote “Why would we charge them? They are contributing time and attention to the animals.” No fostering property restrictions. Alternate rescues operating within jurisdiction.
Fort Erie SPCA
Furthermore , I would challenge all Councillors to ask whether the Fort Erie SPCA has absolutely adhered to all regulations required for fostering at all times in the past. I would suggest you may find the accurate answer does not support the current law.
I have been an avid supporter of the Fort Erie SPCA since 1988. Many of my animal family have come from there and many others I have known have received their support.
I have been involved here long enough to know that there could be much more done well in our area. We are a horse race center and rescue is a complimentary service and optic in support of our equine ambition.
Our SPCA (always open to more funding, and hard working in alternate fundraising), has cement cells, limited opportunity for socialization, and you can sign a dog out on spec, without home checks. (This is because of staffing, financial constraints.)
They do their level best to keep animals as long as possible , but seasonal intake ( i.e. feral cats ) mean that some long term residents may be in danger of euthanasia.
Shelters and Rescues
Beaver Creek has limited intake, excellent socialization, home checks, adopter support and vet and orthodontic services performed prior to adoption. They have dedicated assessed fosters, and documented adoption and re adoption successes.
Both Fort Erie SPCA and Beaver Creek Sanctuary have a capacity for international intake and participate in excellent public education events.
These two entities have the same concern for animal welfare, stringent regulations and policies and could be working in complimentary fashion to ensure the best outcome for abandoned, unwanted animals.
A change to outdated by laws, would be a great start. An open discussion with regard to the fostering land and fee requirements would be essential and a conversation with regard to transfer of private information in the interests of all parties (including new owners),could smooth out a process that would be acceptable to both Fort Erie SPCA and Beaver Creek Animal Sanctuary.
I also feel that, if a fair decision cannot be made today, I suggest a trial window of operation for Beaver Creek Animal Sanctuary be established while the old by laws, which are prohibitive to both local rescues and animal welfare, locally be rewritten in favor of better animal prospects in the Fort Erie district.
During that time councilors from the Town of Fort Erie should make visits to both facilities to ensure that they conform to the high standards of both animal welfare group and then make EDUCATED, substantiated determinations.
I am very much impressed and in favor of the continuation of Beaver Creek Animal Farms’ work with both livestock and companion animals. They are a long needed addition to our area and are a complimentary function to the Fort Erie SPCA.
Beaver Creek Animal Sanctuary meets and exceeds the high standards required by the town and operate at no cost to the town.
It’s time to change the way we deal with animal welfare!
The baby kitten came to us with some mangled back legs and only the tiniest bit of life after being abandoned. Mama Super Taz got to work supervising the baby’s care and giving loving kisses.
He made little noises and wiggled around as Taz watched carefully from her bed. She would gently sniff and watch over baby kitten as he slept warm and loved.
She never went far and was quick to alert me when he made the tiniest bit of noise. She’d come find me in the house and bark until I followed her to the crying baby kitten. She’d look at me like…
…well, help him!
Baby kitten made it through two feeding and I was hopeful after he had a large poop, but he suddenly started to decline.
He became lethargic and wouldn’t eat anymore. I could see his life ebbing away as I held him in the palm of my hand and encouraged him to hold on. I told him about all the people loving him, but it was too late.
I was quiet as I held him close to my heart as he took his last breaths knowing the comfort brought by the sound of a heartbeat. You are not alone baby kitten. I am here. I am here.
I knew he was gone when Mama Super Taz walked away with her tail hanging low. Her paws dragged across the floor as she sat far from me and looked grief stricken.
I was flooded with guilt.
What could I have done differently to help save this baby kitten? I slowly sank to the floor and Taz came over to lean against my hip, so we could grieve together.
Then I cried. I cried for this little lost and forgotten baby kitten. I cried for his litter mates already dead before we could get to them. I cried to pave their way to heaven.
Even the next morning I found myself weeping. I’m not really a crying sort of person, but I was incredibly moved by this little heartbeat struggling for life.
Even with the best intentions and interventions orphaned kittens under a week old have a poor chance of survival. I’m proud to say we tried and he died loved, warm and fed.
He died as Somebody’s Kitten — so many die as Nobody’s Kitten cold and alone. (See link for story of Nobody’s Dog. )
We can’t save them all, but we can make a difference and in honour of baby kitten and his short tragic struggle BCFS asks you to please spay or neuter a cat. Make a donation to BCFS or to the Ontario Spay and Neuter Clinic so we have fewer tragic kitten stories.
Its $65 to have a cat spayed or neutered at the clinic.