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The Ponies are Coming!!

The call came a month ago from a family looking to re-home two mini horses. Heidi: one very small, sweet palomino mare in her late teens and JB: a very rambunctious paint colt under two years old.

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When I went to meet the family and the ponies she confided in me that she had a total of four equines looking for a home.

The other two are also miniature horses who are looking for forever homes, preferably together. The darker of the two is a former show mini horse named Montana and her best friend Annie has two blue eyes.

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The family said they were downsizing due to age and their only goal was to ensure these beautiful mares went to loving forever homes.

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Many thanks to Melinda who sponsored their vet care allowing us to accept all four equines into the BCFS Foster Care Program. We will be welcoming these four on Sunday, November 29, 2015.

They will be getting their vet checks done and heading off to their foster homes.

The equines will be up for adoption once cleared their vet check.

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Thank you to all those who have helped bring these four into a safe place. Special thanks to Michele from Sandarro Farms for fostering the fiesty colt JB!

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If you are interested in adopting any of these equines please email an adoption application into our adoptions coordinator!

 

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Foster Mom Update – Pippa

BCFS’ mission includes rescuing animals and educating people.  The story of the plight of the mill dogs and the long term consequences must be brought to light. Our rescued Pippa is an example of the terrible consequences of puppy mills.

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Healing at her own pace…

Pippa is a 4-year-old apricot poodle with a broken spirit who came into BCFS’ foster care program this year after being dumped by a mass breeder at a shelter. She’s been making positive progress but has a fear of people and any strange noises or sudden moves.  She’s so terrified she pees and poops, as we noted in our previous update.

Foster mom Raye has gently cared for Pippa and worked to instill a sense of security and confidence in Pippa, with the help of Raye’s own dog Sally and her permanent BCFS Cushings foster Harriette.

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Raye sends us this new update on Pippa:

I have finally hit a milestone in Pippa’s life with humans. She will now seek out a snuggle from me.
If anyone strange to her comes in the house she freezes and pees on the spot, and if a stranger attempts to touch her she will freeze and poop all over them.  Any loud noise and she is off like a bullet to hide,  leaving a trail of pee or poop behind.
The good news is if people are quiet and ignore her after several meetings she will not pee or poop when they come in provided they do not make a move towards her. She still has to wear a short leash for those times I do not have the luxury of time to coax her to come.
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Men can be a  special problem in her life. It has taken weeks but she will now come in from outside when my hubby opens the door. He used to have to open the door and stand across the room. She will also take a treat from his hand and will try and mooch at dinner with our pug. My hubby can join her in a chair that she has already been in with out her running. Other men who come into our home she reacts to them like they have the plague.
On those quiet days when no company comes and she can play or snuggle with my small dogs life is good and her house training is intact. She also loves to go for walks on a leash in our quiet neighbourhood and is wonderful in the car.
She could be adopted by a very understanding household that has a  small dog, no children and a quiet lifestyle. She is a very high risk dog for being hit by a car. She is fast and panics running blindly through an open gate or door – I have no doubt she will run right into traffic.
The family would have to be on guard for the rest of her life.  It may also take weeks for her to approach or for you to be able to pick her up. A lot of patience will be required.

Thank you to Raye for her update on Pippa’s progress and her generous heart in fostering this innocent victim of puppy mills.

If you have a quiet home, a big heart, a small dog who would befriend Pippa, and the patience to give Pippa the love and care she needs, please complete an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana Cronier at scronier@rogers.com.

Pippa and every dog deserves the chance to love and be loved, and to have a good life. She also has ongoing veterinary care needs and BCFS would greatly appreciate a sponsor for Pippa’s vet care.  If you would like to sponsor Pippa, please contact BCFS’ founder Amy Bremner at mybremner@yahoo.com.

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Why Adopt?

Puppy mills are mass breeders who keep dogs in often squalid conditions, confined in cages for years unsocialized and poorly cared for, to breed puppies for sale in pet stores or online.  They damage dogs’ bodies, minds and spirits. Sometimes the damage takes years to heal, or may be irreversible. The cute puppies available for sale often have sad, sick mothers left behind in a puppy mill, churning out litter after litter for profit. When their breeding ability is used up, they’re killed or dumped at shelters.

We hope Pippa’s story touches hearts and helps people understand why adopting dogs from a legitimate rescue or shelter is necessary, instead of purchasing a dog. Please adopt, don’t shop!

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A Thoughtful Update – Little g Ranch

Building is an incredible endeavour! 

We lose sleep over weather, manufacturers, transport times, contractor schedules and funding.

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We eat, drink, sloth our way through this adventure enjoying the highs and enduring the lows.

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Little g Ranch has become its own entity with its own heartbeat and its own agenda. It has risen and became real, based on our dreams, hopes, goals and aspirations.

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With desire we started and with sheer will we finish and create Little g Ranch – the home of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.

We build… We Dream… 

Our dream. How often do dreams come alive? How often do dreams become goals? Do you know why it doesn’t happen often?

 It’s a heck of a lot of work!

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We’re tired. We’re a little snippy. We’re working our buns off to make this dream come true, while working full time, caring for farm animals and continuing to rescue dogs like Sundae, Zig and Lendra.

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We’re doing it with the help of friends, family and volunteers.

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We build as penance for not protecting those we vowed to keep safe and for the ones we can’t save. Love grows each time we place an animal in a new forever home. It’s no longer how we live – it is our life and we love it!

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From Amy’s Desk

Yes, the farm is my childhood home. Yes, it is painful to leave this house. Yes, I’ve seen this house heal or bring peace to many souls.

The farm is a series of structures, fencing, roads and pastures. We can’t take them with us, but the love found at the farm will be packaged carefully and transported to the ranch.

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We’re taking a big leap of faith and hope beyond hope that this is the right decision for you, for us and for the animals.

While the gears of rescue click and roll,  the creation of the future home of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary at Little g Ranch is the constant background noise of wheels on a gravel road.

Thank you for tagging along our journey.

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Leandra – Merle Chi looking for a forever home – Adopted

Leandra has entered the BCFS Foster Care Program from a mass breeding facility who did a “dump run” to the shelter.

Leandra’s a very sweet wee bean at only six pounds and about a year old who found her self locked in a cage at the shelter and she panicked.

The staff were horrified to find Leandra’s kennel smeared with blood from her paws from pacing and digging. She never gave up trying to escape and her plucky attitude is what will make her into a stellar forever home dog!

Leandra has finished her antibiotics and pain killers to help her paws heal. She’s been treated like a princess as she kicked up those sore paws in the soft warm comfort of her foster home.

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Barb has taken on the role of healer and all around doggie caregiver for sweet Leandra until a loving forever home is found.

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  • Spayed and up to date on shots, microchipped and de-wormed.
  • Paws healed
  • 1 year old female merle chi
  • Needs work for house training and leash walking
  • Home with no small children
  • A home with another small dog is very welcome

 Foster Mom Update November 17, 2015 : 

On the trip to the vet Leandra got an all OK. Leandra is starting to play with Folger (yorkie), they do a tug of war with some toys. She also knows what ‘no’ means.

Pictured below is Leandra cudding with sister Folger, a yorkie. I’m not sure what she got into cause the smear of orange on her forehead. Silly Puppies!

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This little girl is very playful and very affectionate. Her pads are healed and she better get adopted soon or we’re going to have to keep her! Very sweet girl.  

Have you got room in your heart for six pounds of wee puppy? She’s just over a year old and looking for her forever home!

 

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Hollingswood Update

Our old man Hollingswood has gone for a vet check up that included a senior blood panel and x-rays.

His blood work came back normal. He’s not suffering from kidney problems and his liver function is normal. We believe Hollingswood is fourteen years old and he’s seen some rough times, but isn’t ready to cross the rainbow bridge just yet!

He’s missing a toe and has spondolysis in his back, but everything is where it should be – including his hips.

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We’ve started Hollingsworth on cartrophen injections once a month for the arthritis pain and he gets a little metacam now and then, but over all this tough fellow is hanging strong.

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He enjoys his short walks and time outside, but spends most days chasing rays of sunlight across the sun room floor or curls up in his heated dog bed to ease his old bones.

Do you have a little heated dog bed that could use some attention? Consider adopting a senior dog who’s still in good health and has some time left to share love.

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Sundae – Foster Mom Update

Sundae came into the Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Foster Care Program in dire need of medical attention.

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Months later sweet Sundae has finally come into her own.

This beautiful girl has healed. Physically and emotionally. We’ve removed 18 lumps, dental, spayed and treated multiple infection sites.

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She is ready for her forever home.

Sundae still suffers from separation anxiety, but has made huge strides towards being a happy dog.

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Her ideal home would have another small dog to help with her separation anxiety. She would do well with dog savvy children who would be kind and gentle.

Sundae gets along well with everyone – including cats.

We are now accepting applications to find the perfect forever home for Sundae.

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Volunteer Day at Little g Ranch!

Volunteer Days! 

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Having Fun!!

We’ve had three successful volunteer days where familiar volunteers were welcome to check out the progress and try their hand at staining, building, door installation and fencing.

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We also have a few posts in the ground getting ready to stretch fencing. This is laborious work that can be time consuming and dirty, but its all to benefit the animals, so dig in!

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Jerry sure had a lot of fun driving the skid steer with the auger! Keep them straight Jerry!

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So many posts and so little time… wishing for less rain please!

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Sister Amy is helping load up the horse trailer with posts… or was she unloading?

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Brent and Amy are always doing the hard work! Go Brent!

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Our little rescue is coming together as we work on infrastructure and buildings. Little g Ranch is really starting to look like something and we couldn’t do it without the help of our dedicated volunteers!

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Thank you all for your hard work, team work and desire to help animals!

We’re looking forward to our open house in the Spring of 2016.

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Meet Zig! Shih Poo Mix

BCFS is delighted to be rescuing this handsome little boy named Zig! He’s a one-year-old Benji-looking mix coming into BCFS’s foster care from the SPCA Serving Erie County.

Zig is an excitable young boy who gets along well with other dogs and cats.  He’s neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations.

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Zig had a rough start living homeless with his people. When it got to the point they were unable to care for him Zig found himself at the shelter.

The family tried again to care for Zig, but after a few months he was returned to the shelter.

The lack of stability in Zig’s life has left him wary of strangers.

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Zig is anxious when cornered and has shown signs of fear aggression. The foster family and our trainer Lauren are working together to build Zig’s confidence and teach him that the world is a kind loving place.

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A dog-savvy home that has experience with fear aggression is our only hope  for Zig to find a forever home.

Zig is not suitable for families with young children due to his fear aggression. We are continuing to work on his issues and maintain hope for his future.

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If you’re interested in adopting him, zip to our Documents and Forms link here and download an adoption application. When complete, please email it to our Adoption Coordinator Silvana at scronier@rogers.com.