Delana Comes Out of Her Shell – Update!

When we rescued 7-year-old Delana in September, this wee girl had spent years as a puppy mill mama, confined to a box. She was shy and fearful but began to blossom in foster care with other BCFS dogs, including her daughter Allura (now renamed Molly) and three sons.

delanaalluraIMG_3072Delana with daughter Molly behind her at BCFS

Delana happily found her forever family with new parents Marilyn and Bill in October.

delanaIMG_3325A perfect match: Delana with Marilyn and Bill on adoption day

Since then, Delana has been learning “How To Be a Dog 101”, as she gets settled in with her new family and gets to just be a dog, not a puppy mill breeder, and to have a real home and family. Marilyn has kindly sent us two updates on Delana’s progress:

Delana is in the land of ‘NO MO SNO’ and enjoys 4-5 walks a day. People comment on how well she walks on the leash….tail up…trotting along like a queen. She knows which neighbours have treats for her and will take them from their hand. Delana has gone from hiding behind the couch in October to being a lap lump in December. In the morning she jumps up on the chair with Bill. The rest of the time she shares the chair with me. However, her favourite spot is on the couch in the lanai.


We have discovered we have a smart little dog who learns very quickly. It’s great to watch her become a dog more and more every day. I enjoy reading about her family…and Beaver Creek on Facebook.

Marilyn is referring to our posts about Delana’s daughter Molly and her three sons Fenton, Bergen and Ruger. All are adopted except for Bergen who’s in a specialized foster care home. He’s available for adoption and we’ll be providing an update on Bergen soon!

Marilyn sends a further update on Delana:

Delana continues to be a mixture of curiosity and anxiety. The neighbours keep commenting on how much she’s improving. She wants to be around people and is accepting head pats…on her terms. We bought her a Kong and put dry dog food in it. As expected it frightened her…but not for long. Now she’s a pro at emptying it.

Every morning I get help making the bed…as you can see she likes “pillow lounging”. She’s a very smart little dog who keeps us on our toes!


Thank you, Marilyn! We’re so happy for Delana to be coming out of her shell day by day, gaining confidence, meeting neighbors and getting used to people, being loved by her family in the comfort and security she’s always deserved.


Thanks to Marilyn and Bill from BCFS for giving Delana a happy home and life, and for your wonderful updates!

BCFS loves hearing from our adoptive families with updates on the animals we’ve rescued and rehomed. If you’ve adopted from BCFS and would like to send an update and new photos to us, please email our Lead Writer and Director of Social Media Lori at: Thank you and happy tails!


Please, come in…

We watch the animals come in until the numbers start to alarm us, but we hold strong, steel our nerves and stick to our process for intake. It’s a comfort to have a process and know where to start. This is the telltale sign of solid seasoned rescue.

Process. Procedure. Bylaws. Mission Statement


Assess the Animals

Do any need emergency care? Do any need special treatment?

Start booking Vet appointments. Back and forth, and back and forth from home to Thorold Veterinary Hospital or Dunville Vet Hospital. Hours spent driving, waiting, meeting and learning.



After the animals are initially assessed by our vet we move into the treatment phase. Do they need spay or neuter? Dental? Specialist appointment? Ultrasound? Blood work? Vaccines? Heart worm testing? De-worming? Microchipping?

How long does treatment last?? Can we find a foster home? Is this dog ready to find their forever home? Do they need more time, attention, special behaviour training?



They need to be listed on Petfinder, Petango, entered into our pet points software and write a post for the website.

We need pictures and stories. Wordsmiths must get to work. We need to capture the dogs, accurately describe their personality, behaviour, training, leash walking and house training. Are they afraid of thunder? Loud noises? Children? Cats? Other dogs? Horses? Pigs? Goats? Snakes? Mongoose? Wait? Mongoose?

newgraphicearly2016Now, we’re ready for the adoption process.

Typical conversation:

BCFS: we’ll need an adoption application before we can arrange a meet and greet.

Applicant: I’m not comfortable giving you that information

BCFS: Please give us as much information as you feel comfortable with and we’ll go from there

Applicant: Why can’t we just come meet the dog?

BCFS: Because we have criteria that must be met before we involve a foster home and the dog. It’s in everyone’s best interest.


For every adoption there are at least 10 emails back and forth, a few phone calls, a meet and the adoption itself. We are volunteers. We do this because we love animals, not because we have a ridiculous amount of spare time.

If we don’t get back to you right away, we’re doing our very best. We also have lives, families and our animals that need special care.


If you don’t like the way BCFS does things, that’s okay, there are many different flavours of rescue to choose from when searching for your best friend.

Use a search engine like Petfinder or look for a specialty rescue if you’re seeking a certain breed. We are happy when a dog finds a loving forever home, it doesn’t have to be through BCFS. Do your research and most of all:

Adopt, don’t Shop. 




A Family and Home for Popcorn!

All dogs deserve a loving forever family, but it’s a little more poignant when a dog who was neglected finds his true loves. Popcorn was left in a hallway for a year without grooming or care until BCFS rescued this sweet bichon cross, and now he’s happily in the arms of his new family!

popcornadopted1-19-17cropsharpNew parents Dean and Penny adopted Popcorn 

It’s gratifying to see Popcorn find his new home and know he’ll never suffer neglect again. Popcorn’s foster mom and her dogs provided the stability, care and socialization Popcorn needed to overcome his neglect.


Popcorn learned to walk well on a leash, played well with his foster siblings and loves his toys!


His foster mom said he was quick to bond, and after a short time he got used to being picked up. This handsome little guy is a charmer.


popcorn12-8fromtammy2We love Popcorn’s winning smile!

In foster care 4-year-old Popcorn had the chance to blossom and heal, and he became a happy-go-lucky little guy. Now he has even more reason to be happy.

Thank you to his new family Dean and Penny for adopting Popcorn!


Adopted! JuJu Finds a Family

BCFS is delighted to share the good news that a sweet, shy Jack Russell cross who’s been in our foster care program for almost 6 months has found her forever home!


Congratulations to JuJu on her adoption, and congrats to her new family!

BCFS rescued JuJu on July 28th, 2016 and she made great strides while in our foster care program.


JuJu was deprived of love for a long time but had the benefit of time, love, patience and her foster family – including her foster dog siblings – to feel secure, gain confidence and learn to trust again.



JuJu’s foster mom said she was a “gem” in foster care and this sweet girl loved being picked up for long cuddles in bed.

jujunov24sixexpRescued dogs like JuJu do well being fostered with other dogs

JuJu watched her foster mom’s other dogs for cues to learn from them, and enjoyed long romps outdoors with them off-leash.



She’s still a work-in-progress on leash training but we’re confident she’ll finesse it with her new family.JuJuadopted1-12-17JuJu adopted in her new home!

We’re so pleased that JuJu has found a forever family to call her own. Thank you to her new family for seeing JuJu’s sweetness and loving her!

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Monique & Blue: Northern Adult Dogs

Monique and Blue are dogs rescued from the far north of Ontario: a reservation called Sandy Lake to be exact, where life was tough and survival required living off the land.


You ate what you could catch or scavenge. That’s why these dogs have a high prey drive and will go after small animals – including cats and other small dogs. Even if they’ve been good with small dogs in the past (like this picture) it is not safe to house them long term with any animal.


It was survival.


This type of lifestyle did increase their prey drive, but it decreased their aggression towards people. It was unacceptable to be aggressive towards people (because those dogs were shot), so their greatest qualities are their incredible connection with people.


They will be protective of their families and they will be standoffish or even aggressive with other dogs – depending on the other dog. These “northern dog suriviors” managed to live because they had to stand up for themselves. They had to fight for their place in their world.


Life isn’t like that in Southern Ontario, but it’s difficult to ask a Northern Dog to not chase a rabbit or perhaps a small dog that looks like a rabbit?


The northern dogs tend to be tight with their people families and will accept other canines (of greater or equal size) into their canine pack. There will be some scuffling to determine the pecking order, but ultimately the human in charge is at the top.


If you’d like to adopt Monique or Blue please consider wisely the following points:


2. NO SMALL DOGS (under 25 pounds)

3. Fully fenced yard

4. No children under 8 years old

5. Previous Dog Experience.

6. Time to walk and exercise a dog


The Northern dogs are some of the THE most incredible dogs we’ve ever had the pleasure of rescuing, but when they come to live in the South as adults their learned behaviours could be considered – negative, mostly due to their high prey drive.


Monique is more excitable than Blue and Blue is more quietly thoughtful than Monique. They both have their qualities.

At the end of the day it depends on what fits in best with your home. Both dogs are very respectful of people, but will test limits with other dogs. If you have an aggressive dog at home already – neither Monique or Blue are a good match.

We hope there are a few families out there that might be the perfect home for Blue or Monique. They could go together (as they get along well), but they are not a bonded pair.

Please send in an application as per our adoption process if you’d like to meet either Blue or Monique. You will not be disappointed — they are lovers first and, only fighters by necessity.




With Heartbreaking Sadness: Goodbye Hershel

Never has there been a more plucky, lovely, friendly, curious and happier pig than our Hershel.


He was always well loved, cared for and fed. He welcomed each day with a few oinks, a couple of chews and a bit of squealing. He was a little saucy at times… it was our favourite part.


It’s crushing to know that we’ll never hear Hershel’s happy noises again. My eyes fill with tears knowing I’ll never scratch his favourite spot behind his ears or give him a belly rub.


Hershel has left us to join Autumn, Gus, Misiu, Gizmo and many more over the rainbow bridge. He has left a hole in our hearts and our lives.


He managed to touch so many lives…


… and not always the human kind…


To help mend the pieces of my broken heart I picture Hershel in a soft warm place where he can eat endlessly without gaining an ounce. Where there are no unnecessary head-butts or diets.

hershel fireplace

The water is always clean and fresh, the grass is always the best spring kind, the grains are plentiful as are his friends.


At the end of his day Hershel will crawl under the down comforter upon a soft mattress to sleep curled next to the people who have passed along.


…. some friends are forever…

naji and hershel

Sweet dreams Hershel…. we hope you know how much you will be loved and missed.

10461362_10154344531425316_4133875019489581149_nLove forever and always,

Mama Amy


The Fabulous Four – Adoptable Dogs at BCFS!

Are you looking for love in 2017? Love that comes with a wagging tail and sloppy kisses? If you don’t mind a little drool, BCFS may have your next best friend waiting for you!

Here are the four adoptable dogs currently in our foster care program. JuJu, Monique, Popcorn and Bergen are all waiting for their forever homes!



Do you like to give cuddles? Then JuJu may be your girl! She’s a sweet Jack Russell cross who loves to be picked up for long snuggles in bed. JuJu came into BCFS’ foster care program on July 28th and is very shy, but after months of fostering she does enjoy cuddling. She gets along well with other dogs, whether it’s curling up with them…


Or frolicking with her furry friends on long walks…


JuJu is a work in progress for both housetraining and leash training. A home with a fenced yard and another dog to play and curl up with would be perfect for her. She’s spayed, microchipped, up to date on her vaccinations and waiting patiently for a family to call her own!




Monique is one of the very special Northern dogs who make wonderful family members and people rave about. She’s approximately three years old, a healthy husky/dachshund mix who came to BCFS along with her son Boozoo (since adopted) on November 1st.


Monique is a lovely girl who loves to romp outdoors and gets along well with other dogs, but cats are not suitable companions for this girl since Northern dogs tend to have a higher prey drive. A home with a fenced yard and another dog to play with would be fabulous for happy Monique.


She’s spayed, dewormed, up to date on vaccinations and has many years of love to give the lucky family who adopts her.

boozoowater2Who doesn’t love to play in a good puddle?  Monique (l) and her son Boozoo in November

Monique is delightful and seeking a loving family of her own.



You gotta love that winning smile.. Popcorn came to BCFS from a neglect situation after being left alone in a hall for a year but he’s blossomed in our foster care program.


Popcorn is a 4-year-old bichon frise cross who will quickly get attached to you, follow you everywhere and give you all his devotion. He loves to play ball and with his toys and gets along well with other dogs and cats.


Popcorn is young and healthy, neutered, up to date on vaccinations, walks well on a leash and ready for his forever home!




Bergen is a sweet, shy puppy mill boy who came into BCFS several months ago along with his brothers (since adopted) Ruger and Fenton. We also rescued his mama Delana and sister Allura.


He’s a shih tzu cross who needs to be adopted into a home with a fenced yard and another dog to give him companionship and guidance. Bergen will play rough but won’t challenge another dog for top spot.


Bergen was adopted to a family at the end of October but escaped his new home the next day and gave us all quite a scare as he went missing for three days. Fortunately a family trapped Bergen in their fenced backyard and he came safely back to BCFS. You can read more about Bergen’s tale here.

Bergen is currently with a longtime specialized foster family that is experienced with puppy mill survivors and working with Bergen to reduce his flight risk.

bergenatrayes11-24threeBergen lounges on Raye’s couch with her dogs Pippa/Abby and our permanent Cushings foster Harriette relaxing on top

Bergen is smaller than he looks, he’s only 25 lbs. and good on a leash. He’s shy but will make a wonderful family member if you’ll give him one-on-one attention and time to trust. He’s neutered, healthy and up to date on vaccinations and looking for his forever home!


Are any of our fabulous four adoptable dogs right for you and your family? If so, please download an adoption application and when completed email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at:

Thank you for considering adopting one of our fostered dogs! They are all unique and deserving of love and lifetime homes.


2016 Year in Review!

A new year is a time for new beginnings, and that’s what BCFS made in 2016.

It takes a lot of planning, hard dirty work, sweat, money, worry and hope to build a new sanctuary from the ground up. But that’s what we’ve done, building on the initial groundbreaking and construction we started in August 2015.


We’re proud of our bright red new barn and Q-hut, our beautiful stalls and fenced enclosures.




Work has continued all year to make our Little g Ranch a refuge for unwanted and unloved animals. Here in our care, dozens of permanent and foster animals have found healing, love, warmth, comfort, training and sanctuary this year.

zigtuckersawyeranimalsbcfscroppedProverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” BCFS goes together, with our supporters’ help

We made a new beginning by relocating to our new sanctuary in Wainfleet. It’s tucked away in a secluded, wooded location that affords our animals the privacy, peace and serenity, and safety they deserve.


In April 2016, the big day came and one by one, we moved the animals to their new home. Our blind pony Splash…

splashmovingdayapril2016Trusting blind pony Splash is led into her trailer on moving day

Hershel, our pot-bellied pig who was fostered while we built, came home to his friends here…

hershelandzigWe were glad for our old friend Gus to live long enough to experience Little g with us.


While we were busy building and relocating our permanent residents to our new location, we were also rescuing, fostering and rehoming many dogs, including one of our longest-term fosters, Verena.

Puppy mill mama Verena arrived in January frightened and unfamiliar with the world outside of the cage she’d spent eight long years in. During more than 7 months in our foster care program in 2016, yorkie poo Verena learned to love, trust and live as a dog, and found her forever home in August. Verena is just one of our success stories this year.

In all, during 2016 BCFS rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed – or provided permanent sanctuary to – dozens of animals. Including these souls for whom BCFS was their last chance:




We also successfully rehomed the mini horses we rescued in November 2015 – including an unexpected but beautiful fifth mini horse, Cooper who was born to mama Montana and papa JB, all of whom found forever homes through us.

amy montana cooper


We decided one of the mini horses we rescued, Heidi, was more suited to a permanent home with us due to her age and health issues. She’s happily living with our blind pony Splash here at BCFS.


heidibrentHeidi, Brent and Splash shortly after we rescued Heidi

Amy writes,

Heidi began to deteriorate in late September 2016 and we were very worried. Dr. Sherry (our large animal vet) came out to assess the wee mini horse. Heidi has swelling to the left side of her face and Dr. Sherry said it was likely a tooth abscess. 

We started Heidi on a regiment of antibiotics with little success.  After weeks of medications Dr. Sherry started talking about removing the tooth, but that’s a big deal with horses. They have to cut open the cheek to access the back teeth. It’s a big procedure and minis don’t generally do well with anesthetic, but we wanted to try.

This was on a Friday afternoon and Dr. Sherry promised to make some calls on Monday. On Saturday afternoon Heidi showed signs of colic and severe discomfort. She was drooling foul smelling pus from her mouth and was rolling in the stall.

We called our emergency vet line and Dr. John came out to see our skinny little mini. I told Dr. John that we’d been fighting a tooth abscess for weeks and he said “… well, lets have a look.”

Dr. John stuck his big hand in little Heidi’s mouth and searched blindly for the offending tooth. “Ah” said Dr. John as there was a popping sound and Dr. John pulled a molar broken into four pieces out of Heidi’s mouth! Pus and blood oozed out of Heidi’s mouth as she dropped her head to the ground. I stared in amazement at Dr. John: he was our hero!

Dr. John treated the colic and gave Heidi more antibiotics, but he said she should be just fine.

It’s December and Heidi is doing great! Eating and pushing around Hershel the pig just for fun. It was touch and go through the fall for Heidi, but she’s made a full recovery!



Speaking of Splash, we’ve worked to ensure her lack of sight doesn’t prevent her from living life to the fullest. This year we’ve been fortunate to have our volunteer Megan come work with Splash, taking riding lessons, building a relationship of mutual trust, and making some pretty impressive strides together.


Splash relies on Megan to be her eyes, and that’s enabled Splash to take walks and even canter on the shores of Lake Erie. Splash has happily gotten wet in the water’s edge.

splashmeganseptember24th2016Splash also learned to pull a wagon, no small feat for a blind pony. Click here for video! The exercise and new learning experiences are part of what we do in providing lifelong sanctuary for this sweet pony.



In February we rescued a baby goat we named Elsa whose mama had abandoned her in the snow. Elsa got ‘round-the-clock care with bottle feedings, naps on Brent’s chest, and a village of caring volunteers who came to feed, play with and socialize Elsa.

Even though Elsa is growing up, she still thinks she’s Amy’s lap goat.



Elsa outgrew her hijinks in our dishwasher and on our kitchen counters, and eventually moved to the barn to hang out with our senior goat Nelly and beloved pot-bellied pig Hershel.



Believe it or not Nelly is still hanging in there! She’s going to be 18 years old in 2017 and she’s still the boss. She’s battling tumours in her udder; one burst at the end of September 2016 and she’s been much more comfortable since.


She’s on pain killers for her arthritis and manages to make her rounds.


Hershel is still going strong and you can hear him greet you in the morning with his happy snorts. He had his tusks trimmed in September 2016 by Dr. Sherry who trimmed his hooves then as well.


With he cold weather he spends most of his time in the heated barn, inside his igloo (when Nelly isn’t napping inside the igloo). He still loves his people and his treats.


Blue is a white husky with blue eyes who came to BCFS as an adult from the far north. He was special to our northern connection and was the pack leader in his home town.


This means Blue has some issues, so he’ll be staying on at BCFS to manage his behavioural issues.


Blue’s favourite thing is to run through he bush and patrolling the fence lines of HIS FARM.

Blue has taken full ownership and responsibility of the property and animals of BCFS. He tolerates little shenanigans and we’re thrilled for the extra protection.


Zig has also come a long way in his quest to find his place at BCFS. He’s friendly with strangers and we’re 57 days without a bite!

img_2422Zig has a special attachment to Amy and Brent and demands pick up cuddles every morning. We’re happy to have found a place for a dog that had no place left to go.


Sanctuary and Donations

Our sanctuary has large areas to run, play and heal. Where animals are given the time and direction needed to feel good and to feel loved.


Our biggest cost aside from veterinary care is hay for the large animals. The price of good Hay has gone up to $7 bale and it’s only December. If anyone knows a good hay supplier who can help BCFS please contact me at


These forever residents rely on us, and on you and your support, for their lifelong care.img_2420