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Popcorn is All Smiles in His New Home

It’s a good feeling to open our email and find a note from a BCFS adopter letting us know that the animal they’ve adopted from us is happy, and is bringing them joy too!

On January 24th we shared the happy story of Popcorn’s adoption to new parents Penny and Dean. This sweet bichon cross spent months in BCFS’ foster care program after being neglected in a hallway for a year. With lots of love and care Popcorn became a cheerful little guy ready to forget his past and embrace his future.


Penny sends this quick note to let us know Popcorn is settling in well in his new home:

We are extremely happy with Popcorn, he is bringing much happiness and joy to Dean and I. Barbara has brought him along to where it is very easy for us, we walk him at least 3 miles a day, he is wonderful and we feel/hope he is enjoying us. Thanks again ….

popcornupdatefeb3expclarityPopcorn is one happy pup, with mama Penny!

Smiles all around! Thanks to Penny for updating us and to her and Dean for choosing to adopt this lovely little guy. No dog should ever be neglected and we’re thrilled for Popcorn to have a happy new life and second chance.


Making great matches between adopters and the animals we rescue is crucial to us, to adoptive families and to the dogs like Popcorn we rescue! Thanks to our dedicated fosters like Barb, dogs with emotional wounds have time to heal and be socialized.

Popcorn is a young boy at only four years old, so he has a lot of years ahead of him to spend with Penny and Dean, and in just weeks he’s already settled in happily!


Naji Adopted! From Starving and Sick to Healthy and Happy

Naji’s story has such a happy ending, we’re thrilled to share it!

Remember Naji? This loving black Lab/Rottweiler mix was near death when two caring paramedics found him in the middle of a dirt road last summer and rescued him. He was so emaciated from starvation his bones stuck out, and he could barely lift his head to look at his rescuers.

Fast-forward six months: Naji’s foster family nursed this sweet boy back to health and they’ve officially adopted him! BCFS board member Dave and his family fostered Naji and he couldn’t be in better hands. Today Naji glows with health.

naji2picstextNaji’s transformation with lots of TLC from BCFS board member Dave and his family

Naji’s heroic recovery began when the paramedics who found him last July came back to search for him after their shift, found him under a trailer and took him home for a night. They offered him kindness, gentle hands, food, water and a safe place to sleep. They gave him a name, too: Naji. It’s derived from the Arabic word “safe”, and also an African name meaning “rescued and saved”.

By the next morning Naji had already improved and after a week at the humane society for the waiting period, he was legally transferred to BCFS. He’d been so starved, left to fend on his own on the farm where he’d been born, Naji’s bones still stuck out on his arrival into our foster care program.


Naji’s Foster Care and Recovery with BCFS

Naji was fed and given water carefully, every two hours, so he didn’t vomit out what he consumed. He started to gain a little weight.


Naji also got the veterinary care he urgently needed. He was covered in lice and fleas, had the contagious disease Giardia which causes diarrhea, and worst of all, Naji had life-threatening heartworm disease. For the safety of BCFS’ animals, Naji had to be kept isolated at first due to his Giardia.


Naji’s life was imperiled by having heartworms, and heartworm treatment is expensive and dangerous. BCFS’ board considered options and consulted with colleagues in Mexico who deal more often with heartworm. We decided to proceed with heartworm treatment for Naji in the hopes of saving his life.

naji-close-up-900x576Thank you from BCFS to everyone who donated for Naji’s heartworm treatment!

We extend our gratitude and thanks to the medics who found Naji for raising $1,250 of the funds needed to cover Naji’s heartworm treatment, and to every kind soul who donated. Sometimes it takes a village to save a precious life like Naji’s and this loving boy had a village who cared.

BCFS board member Dave stepped up to foster Naji and his rehabilitation continued for months during his heartworm treatment. Naji got to hang out with BCFS animals like Elsa and they became fast friends.


And even napped together.


It didn’t take long to learn that despite his harsh, unkind start in life, Naji is pure love. He loves everyone, animals and people. He was quick to pick up on leash-training and is happy to walk loose-leash. Naji’s had the care and devotion of his foster family to help him through his many months of heartworm treatment.


Thank you to BCFS board member Dave and his family for taking this ailing, needy boy into your care, nursing him to health and giving Naji a forever home! Leadership by example, the best of all.


Sweet, Loving Chihuahua – Here’s Lucky!

A few days ago we shared a photo of our newest rescue pup Lucky on our Facebook page, with the happy news that though we’d expected this little guy to have behavioural issues, he’s a charming lover!

lucky2-4-17rotatedexp“Give me a belly rub, please!”

We’re pleased to introduce you to Lucky, a Chihuahua estimated to be about 7 years old.


Foster mom Leah has been caring for Lucky since his arrival into BCFS’ foster care program and sends this wonderful news:

I just wanted to update you on Lucky. When Amy told me she had been contacted to take in a Chihuahua with behavioral issues I was a little worried. I have had two Chihuahuas in my life and they have definitely been a handful. I expected a dog similar or much worse than the Chihuahuas I have experienced. So I was surprised when the other volunteer showed up with a very cute and extremely skinny Chihuahua mix.

luckyleahrotatedsharpLucky and foster mom Leah

Nathan and I think he looks like an African wild dog in mini version. He is nothing like I thought he would be. This dog is sweet, kind and very loving. I do believe he may be older than seven as our Chihuahua is seven and he looks much older. He looks at you with pure love and wisdom in his eyes.

He has shown no aggression towards our dogs and seems quite fond of them. He follows me everywhere like my shadow and often wants me to pick him up and snuggle. He even followed me in the shower this morning lol!!! He wasn’t even upset that he got wet!!!

He snuggled in our bed last night between us and gave both of us kisses. He even seems to really like Nathan – the first foster we have had that has not been crazy scared of men. He was playing with both of us yesterday. While I worked on the living room last night and painted he snuggled up on the couch and fell asleep.


I went over to see him and he immediately rolled over with a big smirk on his face and let me rub his belly. He loves tummy scratches.

He has had no problem with house training. He hasn’t quite figured out how to use the dog door but I have let him out several times and he goes when I ask him. He has been eating very well and figured out where the water dish is. Overall I am extremely impressed with his awesome personality. Nathan already said that he knows we will have a hard time letting this one go. I will update you more once he’s been here longer! Have a great day!!

Thank you, Leah, super update! Lucky came to BCFS from the North Toronto Animal Services shelter. They determined he needed socialization, as he was unsure with other dogs and had some aggression during veterinary care.

This little fella will benefit from being fostered in a caring home with Leah and Nathan, and the companionship of her dogs. Lucky has had a dental, been brought up to date on vaccinations and is neutered.

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If you have lots of love and belly rubs to give Lucky, please download and complete an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at scronier@rogers.com.

Thank you for considering adopting Lucky. This sweetheart deserves a happy life and home.


Bergen Thrives in Foster Care – Update!

Bergen is rocking his foster care stay! We’re happy to report he’s doing great. This healthy three-year-old shih tzu cross has been in a specialized foster home since November.

bergenatrayes11-24tenBergen and his big senior rottie friend Ben

After Bergen escaped his first adoptive home on October 31st and survived outdoors on his own for several days, we decided Bergen needed specialized care and training to further socialize him and reduce his flight risk.

Bergen went to stay with our longtime fosters Raye and her husband Paul, who also care for our permanent Cushings foster Harriette, have adopted apricot poodle Abby from us, and have fostered several of BCFS’ rescued dogs, especially puppy mill dogs.

bergen&pippaabbycropsharpBergen hangs out with Abby (formerly Pippa), also a puppy mill survivor

Raye sends this wonderful update on Bergen’s progress:

He is a lovely gentlemen who does not dart for the door anymore or try to get out of the gate. He is housetrained, walks wonderfully on a leash and can’t wait to go for a walk.


He comes for scratchie as we call them and he is very food motivated. He has not shown any food or animal aggression, as a matter of fact he loves the cat.

He has learned to sit for a treat and go kennel when we are leaving. We leave him uncrated at night and he sleeps with our Rottie Ben.


He is forming a bond with Ben and loves to run circles in the back yard.


Bergen would be a great addition to any family who has a furry friend who needs a buddy and has a fenced yard for them to romp in.


If size matters, Bergen looks larger in pictures, he is about the size of a spaniel and 25 pounds.

3dogsBergen’s a small guy, especially compared to his large-breed friends

We’re thankful that Bergen is doing so well in foster care. This handsome fella came to BCFS in early autumn last year along with his two brothers Ruger and Fenton who are since adopted.


Bergen was adopted on October 30th but due to his instinct to escape, he managed to run away from his new home the next day. His family and many community members in the Hunters Point area of Welland searched for him and one family succeeded in trapping Bergen in their backyard, then called BCFS. His family decided he wasn’t the right fit for them and Bergen returned to BCFS.

bergenamybrentrescueAmy and Brent bringing Bergen back, grateful to everyone who helped find and capture him

Raye and Paul have since been working with Bergen to help him get over his urge to escape. They’ve also been socializing him further – Bergen is a puppy mill survivor and dogs rescued from puppy mills always benefit from the companionship and teaching of other dogs.

4dogsexpstraightenedBen, Abby and Harriette are good company for Bergen

Bergen is learning how to be a dog and to feel comfortable, welcome and safe in a home environment. This is one of the pluses of a rescue like ours, giving animals the time and foster home environments that prepare them for life with a forever family.

Bergen’s Ready for Adoption!

Thanks to Raye, Paul and Bergen’s dog and cat foster siblings, Bergen is ready for a family and permanent home. He needs a family with a fenced yard, another dog to be Bergen’s friend, and without young children because kids move too fast for him.

If this charming young guy is stealing your heart, please download and fill out an adoption application, and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at: scronier@rogers.com.

Bergen will make a sweet family member for you and playmate for your dog!