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NEW Volunteer Rules!!

Most rules stem from experience and our rules for BCFS volunteers are no exception. We’ve learned our lessons and now we need to set a standard and a guideline that volunteers will be expected to follow.

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Volunteer Training 

To Volunteer with BCFS you must complete our training course and to become a foster home with BCFS you must complete both our volunteer and foster home courses.

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Expectations and goals will be clearly outlined. Paperwork will be filled out, signed and explained. In mid 2016 we will be running these courses as needed, likely on a monthly bases. Please check the website for dates and times of the courses.

The Board of Directors

Our bylaws are not up for debate. We are run by a board of directors and all decisions will go through our board. The decisions of the board are final and non-negotiable.

Student Hours

You must be at least 14 to volunteer with BCFS.

If you chose to work at BCFS for your student hours you must complete the volunteer training course.

Come to BCFS prepared to work hard and get dirty. If you have an aversion to either labour or dirt please chose another venue to volunteer.

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No. You will not be permitted to ride horses on your first day. Yes, you will be expected to clean stalls and interact with the animals on your first day.

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Put your cell phone away. If you want to play on your phone: stay home. You will be asked to leave if we see you on your phone repeatedly.

Rules

Respect our rules. They have been created firstly for the safety of the animals and secondly for the safety of our volunteers.

Animals can be unpredictable, so you need to maintain a healthy respect and focus on your task while working with them.

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Running, loud and disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated – you will be asked to leave and you will not be welcome back.

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We are a fun loving group of animals lovers who want to keep the rescue about: Helping Animals…  and sometimes that means shoveling manure.

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Meetup muckin’ – everybody can do it!

 

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Adopted! Montana Is a Foster Graduate!

Montana’s good news isn’t just one mini horse adoption, but two!

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After BCFS rescued this 14-year-old former show mare in late November, we learned she was pregnant. Her former owners hadn’t gelded young mini colt JB, and Montana plus two other mini horse mares were exposed to him for months.

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Montana has been in foster care since her rescue, and her foster family fell in love with her. We’re not surprised – Montana is easy to handle and a delightful mare!

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Fortunately, her foster family has also committed to keeping Montana’s foal once the baby is born, in accordance with her adoption contract. This pretty mama and her baby will stay together, a happy outcome for both of them.

Montana had been neglected for a time before we rescued her and hadn’t received proper veterinary care. We’ve trimmed her hooves, dewormed her and brought her up to date on vaccinations, and with good care Montana is thriving now.

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We’re glad this lovely mare is healthy now and has found her forever home with her as-yet-unborn foal.

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BCFS had frisky JB gelded in December after we rescued him. This handsome, rambunctious young colt is still available for adoption.

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We reiterate our plea to spay and neuter all companion animals, to please stop overbreeding and bringing more unwanted animals into the world. It burdens rescues and shelters who must find forever homes for them.

Fortunately, Montana and her unborn foal are two of the lucky ones, and BCFS congratulates and thanks their adoptive family on their new family members!

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Adopted! Charlie Finds His Forever Home

When we introduced you to chocolate lab/Chesapeake Bay cross Charlie in February, we mentioned his special liking for men. Sure enough, Charlie has found his perfect new dad!

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Congratulations to adoptive dad John from BCFS! We can tell from the smile on John’s face and the relaxed, happy way that Charlie acts with him that we’ve made a good match!

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Charlie is a high-energy 4 year old boy who loves to play ball! In fact he wants to play all day and can amuse himself for hours with his ball, but playing is always more fun when someone throws the ball for him.

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Labs are good-natured dogs and Charlie’s no exception. He’s a big galoot at 90 lbs. but luckily Charlie is well-trained. He sits, lies down and stays, and he walks well on a leash.

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With spring on the way, Charlie and John will have lots of mild weather for walks and playing outdoors, or just hanging out together.

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John sent us a quick update since adopting Charlie and says he’s doing really well with no problems at all. Charlie’s had good nights and great walks, and John says he’s “just a really good boy all around”.

John’s taking it slow introducing Charlie to his son’s dog Trent, and his 8 year old grandson is impressed with Charlie! We’re so happy to hear that!

Charlie is very people-oriented and will be a wonderful companion for John and his family, putting lots of smiles on their faces for years to come.

Congratulations and thank you to John for adopting Charlie!

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Trixie’s Dog Park Fun and Foster Mom Update – Adopted April, 2016

Trixie came into BCFS’ Foster Care Program on a snowy day in January, fearful of people but eager to meet and befriend new dogs. She’s a beagle cross who had been abandoned in a crate for three days without food or water.

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It’s heartwarming to see how BCFS’ foster parents like Tammy and her husband Chris socialize and heal the spirits of dogs like Trixie. Sometimes rescued dogs heal and socialize quickly, and sometimes fearful dogs like Trixie need time in a dog-savvy home environment to flourish.

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Foster mom Tammy has sent two updates this week to us, along with photos and this fun, sweet video of Trixie’s playtime at the dog park, romping with her dog friends:

Video of Trixie at the dog park in her pink sweater

As you can see, Trixie is a high-energy girl, perfect for an active family who likes lots of walks and playtime outdoors.

We’ve taken some stills from Tammy’s video – what fun Trixie has!

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And more fun!

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In her first update, Tammy wrote,

Our walks and trips to the dog park are her favorite times of the day. She will jump and bounce all the way to the front door like Tigger when she hears her leash. I can not tell you how much her smile warms my heart!!

This weekend was very exciting for Trixie. I had guests over, I told them all to ignore her, and to not make eye contact with her. Within 15 minutes Trixie was taking cookies and licking fingers. She is doing better..

We went to the dog park again this weekend, Trixie had a BLAST playing with all the dogs and running in the MUD.. Once we got home she went right into the tub. She is calm and quiet for her bath, she lets me touch her all over and is not afraid of the water on her face.

She’s in LOVE with Chris now, he can do anything to her too, picks her up, pats her all over without any fear.

A BIG step forward for Trixie, who was terrified of men when she was rescued! Then Tammy wrote,

I’m not sure when this happened but I have noticed Trixie has taken to napping on the couch and recliner rather than in her crate during the day. I think this shows how comfortable and relaxed she is. Yeah!!!

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Trixie likes other dogs and would do well in a home with a dog friend to learn from.

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She has also learned to match our activity level, if I am watching TV she will sit and relax but she is always ready to play fetch or play with her toys at a moment’s notice.

We are still working on her fear of people by taking her to Global Pet Foods, doggie school and by having dog wise friends over.

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It takes Trixie about 15 minutes to relax. I tell people to NOT make eye contact and to let Trixie come to them. So far so good. Treats help too!!!

She still needs work on her fear of people or she may be the kind of dog that will always be frightened of the world and if that is the case she will need the right owner.

Would that be you? Are you a dog-savvy person with the heart and patience to help Trixie have the happy life she deserves?

If so, please fill out an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at scronier@rogers.com.

You can also read Trixie’s previous foster mom update here to see how far Trixie has come since her rescue. We’re so proud and thankful for the caring, patient work our volunteer foster families do.

BCFS… saving the world one animal at a time.

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Spay and Neuter… Why?

In the past few months there have been a great number of harshly worded attacks against BCFS regarding our strict and strong stance on spaying and neutering.

Let’s make this perfectly clear:

BCFS will NOT adopt an animal to a home with intact animals or to any breeding program. 

Let me tell you why…

 

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  1. Dog on Dog abuse.

When you have an unaltered pet in your home and bring in an altered pet the unaltered pet gives excessive and unwanted attention to the altered pet.

There are extensive behavioural issues for unaltered animals. Especially, intact males, including everything from marking territory to aggression – these behaviours can been seen in intact females as well.

Did you Know?   If you have an intact male it is recommended to provide him with a sexual outlet at least twice a year to avoid increased behavioural issues from pent up sexual energy. Yes, you’ll be your dog’s pimp – doesn’t that sound inviting?

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Harriette spayed female was surrendered with Ozzie – an intact male. For six years Ozzie was constantly licking, humping and terrorizing Harriette, until she gave up and would just lay there taking the abuse.

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The emotional trauma is sad enough, but the physical damage Ozzie inflicted on Harriette was extreme. She had chronic, painful ear and skin  infections from his constant licking. The family put Harriette on steroids to combat the extensive damage. The excessive steroid use  eventually lead to her developing Cushing’s disease.

All of this could have been prevented by neutering Ozzie.

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2. Unwanted Breeding

How many times have we heard “oh, we keep them separated“. You can’t. That’s an irresponsible statement. You don’t watch your animals 24/7 and here’s proof:

We had four mini horses surrendered in November 2015. None of these animals received vet care and the only male was intact. The owner promised us he was kept separated from the mares – mostly.

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We just found out that one of the mini horses is pregnant and due in April. Here is a family who can’t properly care for the four mini horses they have, and they let the horses create more unwanted horses. Had the foal been born at the surrendering family’s farm would they have received any vet care?

We don’t know for sure if the other two mares are pregnant, but we do know they were exposed to the stallion for months, so chances are that BCFS can expect more babies in the coming months. Thanks to not gelding this guy…

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There are so many animals who need homes. Please stop breeding more. Millions are euthanized or slaughtered every year, and yet, people still think it’s okay to breed more. This greatly taxes shelters and rescue organizations.

3. Too Many Animals / Animals for Profit

There are too many unwanted animals in this world and BCFS is at the front lines seeing these animals destroyed. Not enough room in shelters or rescue groups. Not enough hands to help so many that are unwanted.

Out of that cute puppy phase? Dumped at the shelter.

Like these puppies:

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Just have a look at all these unwanted dogs… and we are a small spoke in the big world of rescues.

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We can name many puppy mill rescues who come in horribly neglected like Moses.

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Then there are the dogs who are simply ignored, locked away and abandoned – like Muffin.

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Those who breed don’t see the animals in the same light as rescue groups. There is a philosophy in rescue that sees breeding as negative as it puts a monetary value on a life.

Whether you breed horses, dogs or factory farm you are contributing to a socioeconomic problem where animals are seen as $$$ rather than loved for their souls.

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4. Cancer risks for the unaltered pet

Just ask Sabre…

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Sabre has a tumour on her ovary and over 9 mammary gland tumours. Pathology report on one tumour is benign, but there are so many to remove. Our vet has removed three of the breast cancer tumours, but states there are so many…. Sabre is riddled with breast tumours – completely preventable by spaying.

Even at 11 years old spaying her  will decrease her chances of reoccurring breast tumours by 50%.

Sabre’s family surrendered her to BCFS in the winter of 2015 with extensive ear infections, massive flea infestation and blood work revealing dehydration – her electrolytes were way out of whack.

Sabre is 11 years old and was never spayed.  The most common type of tumour in female dogs is the mammary tumor—especially in (unspayed) dogs between the ages of five to 10 years-old.

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The best way to prevent breast cancer in female dogs is to spay them before they go into heat for the first time—just another benefit of spaying. By doing this, dog owners can practically eliminate the chances of their dog developing mammary cancer.  – from the article Breast Cancer in Dogs by Bobbi Leder. 

If Sabre had been spayed she wouldn’t be riddled with tumours. Did you know that dogs with breast cancer do not respond to radiation or chemotherapy? It’s a death sentence for unspayed dogs.

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Spay and Neuter

Dunnville Vet Clinic is running a spay and neuter clinic in March 2016. Check them out! Dunnville Clinic

From Amy’s Desk…

We know this post will offend many people, but please remember we see the damage from not spaying and neutering every day on the front lines.

We heal these animals and will always strive to decrease the pet population. We will never change our minds on this goal.

Please put rescue organizations out of business and learn about responsible companionship with animals.

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Thank you.

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Puppy Mill Mama Verena Waits for Her Forever Home in Foster Care-Adopted

Imagine spending the first 8 years of your life in a puppy mill cage, not being a dog in your own right, only a breeder who is repeatedly impregnated to create litter after litter of puppies.

No loving hands, no walks or warm bed, no soft voices praising you, no socialization, no haircuts or baths, no life. Your puppies aren’t your own, but commodities to be sold for profit.

That’s the heartbreaking life 8-year-old yorkie poo puppy mill mama Verena knew, until she was rescued and joined BCFS’ Foster Care Program.
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Verena was shockingly unkempt and matted as many puppy mill dogs are, on her intake December 31st.

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This shy girl was groomed and bathed, had a fresh dental and teeth cleaning, was brought up to date on her shots, and spayed.

Under all that matted hair emerged a petite girl with big ears and sweet brown eyes that held a look of vulnerability but also hope.

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It’s for real. Verena was safely out of the puppy mill and in foster care.

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Verena’s foster mom sends us a touching update on her progress:

We have made some progress with her. She will eat treats from my hand now and has started to share beds with Sally.

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There has been very little barking. The house training is improving but as we all know readjustment for well socialized dogs takes weeks where puppy mill dogs can take months.

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I think Verena needs her forever home to be filled with patient adult people whose hearts are filled with compassion for this little lady who endured 8 long years in puppy mill prison. She needs a furry friend for company and to help show how to become a wonderful lady. Most of all she needs unconditional love. Hope we find somebody soon so her new life can begin. 

Does that describe you? Are you patient, compassionate and willing to give Verena unconditional love? After all she’s suffered, this sweet pea deserves her second chance in life, to be loved, happy and simply a dog like she was meant to be.

Verena is only 8 lbs., too fragile for a home with small children. If Verena captures your heart, please fill out an adoption application for her and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at scronier@rogers.com.

Thank you for reading Verena’s story and considering making her a member of your family.

Please always adopt, don’t shop. Verena and countless more dogs like her are the mamas and papas suffering in puppy mill cages to produce pet store puppies. Buying a dog from a store or online continues the cycle of cruelty.