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Juju Update! Puppy Mill Mama finds Loving home!

When you find the right home for a difficult to place dog a picture often tells the entire story. Juju was one of those terrified puppy mill dogs who never really trusted anyone… until she met her forever family.

juju with al

This is Juju sitting with her daddy Al, who is war veteran and understands patience and time. Yes, dogs can suffer from PTSD and Juju is a prime candidate. A puppy mill mama for many years she watched as her children were taken away from her far too early and sold in a pet store.

Today Juju has found her home and the pictures tell the story of her peace, joy and love.

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Whether its with people or animals Juju is finally connected on many  levels.  Below is Juju with her big sister learning to chill at home.

juju and lab

Until weeks later with much patience and love Juju finds her place in her new soft bed with her loving family. It feels so good to get it right.

juju relaxed

Well done everyone. Well done.

cole and bailey

The Crushing Truth about Animal Rescue

BCFS is a foster home based rescue, similar to most of the rescues that operate in our area. BCFS has a central location that the new foster animals initially go for assessment before placement with a foster or forever home. The dogs are generally vetted and screened before they leave. We do our best to fit the dogs to the homes AND the homes to the dogs….  but, sometimes we make mistakes.



Cole is a thirteen year old Cesky terrier whose owner was entering a nursing home due to advancing dementia and Cole needed to find a new home. None of the owner’s family were willing to take Cole, so a caregiver contacted BCFS about surrendering him to our foster program.


Cole came to our barn and got along well with the other dogs. He showed no interest in cats and loved people. After two or three pets he’d roll over for belly rubs. We thought he was a delightful old man.

We thought a foster home with another elderly dog would be a good fit, so Cole was transported to his new foster home where he met Bailey.

Bailey is a senior shih tzu who was adopted by his family from BCFS. Bailey is a grumbly old man who likes his bed, his people and his food – not necessarily in that order.


It wasn’t love at first sight between Cole and Bailey, but it wasn’t world war three. It seemed everyone was happy enough avoiding each other until the tragic event.

cole and bailey

The Tragic Event

Bailey’s Dad was having a late night snack and both dogs were watching him eat when the fight broke out.

Bailey was rushed to the emergency vet hospital where his right eye was removed. The emergency vet said that there was damage to his left eye as well and Bailey would likely be blind for life.

The foster home called BCFS and asked us to remove Cole from the residence immediately. They told us the story and said they didn’t want Cole in the house when Bailey returned from the hospital.

c bailey post attack

A BCFS volunteer drove, first thing in the morning, to retrieve Cole and bring him to the sanctuary in Wainfleet.

We spoke with Bailey’s family expressing our shock, regret and disbelief. BCFS offered to pay Bailey’s initial vet bills and offered any help or support the family needed.

Who’s to Blame?

We’ve always believed in the truth. Accidents happen and people make mistakes. Hindsight is 20/20 and if we could change the situation we would, but we can’t. We’ve all got to live with the outcome – especially Bailey.


This isn’t the first dog injured by a foster dog and people in rescue will understand, but the public isn’t always as kind.

When Bailey’s family asked if they could share their story on social media we asked that they write with compassion, not only for themselves, their family and Bailey; but also for Cole and BCFS.

Cole’s Fate

Cole arrived at the barn in the morning shaking badly. He refused to come out of his crate until the need to urinate became too great.  We had to put him on a leash and gently lead him outside to potty.

Cole didn’t eat for 24 hours and was terrified. It wasn’t until a volunteer sat on the floor and called Cole over did his tail wag ever so slightly.


We found Cole had traumatic injuries along his jaw line and under his chin. Puncture wounds where his teeth were abscessed and into the soft tissue of his neck. He is scheduled to have dental surgery where the vet will treat the punctures.

The Ugly Truth

There’s an education point to be made that people need to socialize their dogs and make provisions in the event they are unable to care for their animals.

You can put it in your will and set aside money for their care. You can make arrangements with friends and family to decide where the pet will go or you can contact a rescue and make arrangements ahead of time.

Cole is a rare terrier whose owner loved him, but he didn’t get the socialization he needed to make him good with other dogs. Is thirteen years old too old to learn new tricks?

The Future of BCFS

How does this affect BCFS?

Volunteer burn out is a very real thing and a documented concern among volunteer groups. Especially, when dealing with so many sad tales.

When board members, foster homes and volunteers are making life and death decisions you can imagine the immense pressure. It’s tough to keep a rescue running under such stress and scrutiny; which is why many rescues don’t survive to their two year anniversary.

BCFS is 100% volunteer based and nobody gets compensated for their work. Sometimes this work is too emotionally draining and we lose volunteers.


We go through many highs with successful adoptions and happy animals given fresh lives, but often these wonderful highs get buried under one massive low – loss of life or limb is devastating.

In this instance Bailey has lost his vision, his family must learn to live with the trauma & devastation,  BCFS has likely lost a valuable volunteer & foster home and we may lose Cole.


Right now there are no answers, so we will do what we do best: 

We cuddle our animals and dream of a world where every animal is loved, cherished and has a forever home. We still hope to save the world one animal at a time, but we  realize that saving the world comes with a great price tag.

Sometimes good intentions are simply not enough…



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Monique Looking for a Family to Love

Monique’s personality is much like her stature – unusual, unique or perhaps even extraordinary.

She’s from the far north Ontario where she not only survived, she was a very young mama. She’s Boozoo’s mom!


She loves her people and seems to have endless energy. She gets along with dogs she knows like Blue and Ziggy, but we’d like to see her go to a home with no other pets. She’d rather be the queen of her home.

Growing up in the north means she learned to hunt early in life, so we don’t recommend a home with cats or small dogs or small animals. She just wants to be with her people.


She sticks like glue and you don’t have to worry about her wandering off. She comes when she’s called with delight and joy. She’s seeking family love.

Monique would love to have a family with children to love. Having been a mama herself, she loves children and would love to go from bed to bed to bed giving all good night cuddles.

Monique does have lots of energy and would do well in a home who loved the outdoors. Monique would be a great camp dog, loves car rides and is compact enough to travel easily.

Monique plays in the snow March 2017 

Monique looks like a big dog, but only weights 25 pounds – she has incredibly short legs.

IMG_3117Monique is crate trained, but would prefer to sleep in your bed. She’s housetrained and will potty on command. She pulls on a leash, but takes correction well. Its not that she’s ill-behaved, she’s just so excited to go for a walk with you that she forgets her manners for the first few minutes.

Are you the right family for Monique? Lots of active kids? Taking her to soccer games, baseball and camping? Lots of walks and hiking? She’s your loving girl.


Please fill out an adoption application if you’re interested in Monique and come out and meet her! She’s a doll.




Boozoo is “the best thing to ever happen” to his new family!

Boozoo is one of the wonderfully unique Northern dogs BCFS has rescued. He came into our foster care program in early November along with his mother Monique, and we quickly learned what a charming lover Boozoo is. Boozoo just loves and wants love from his people.


Just a little update Bowe is doing so well! He has such an amazing little personality that develops more each day. We are so in love with him! Here is a little photo of the three of us :)


She further wrote:  Yes of course you can use the picture! That was taken Valentine’s Day. Bowe has changed so much you probably wouldn’t recognize him. He’s no longer scared of brooms or house hold sounds. He has figured out how to play with toys and make them squeak. He loves chewers!! The dog bed we bought him has been donated because he never used it .. he sleeps in
our bed. He’s the best thing to ever happen to us :)


BCFS is an all-volunteer charity and we get paid in happiness, not dollars. We love what we do and one of the things that makes us the happiest is seeing how happy the animals we’ve rescued make their new families. We save lives and help make people happy through the animals we rescue.


Animal rescue costs money, from paying the bills to heat our cozy barn for the animals all winter, to buying hay and food for them, to vet bills for vaccinations, surgeries, dentals, spay/neuter, microchipping and any care they need.

We rely on donations to keep saving animals and appreciate any amount you can give – donations of even $20 add up and really help us offset our expenses. No amount is too small. If you can give for the animals, we appreciate your donations very much.



Raymond aka Walter Update

Do you remember “old man Walter”? Blind and mostly deaf with a sway back and love of nipping? Arthritic with horrible eyes. We did our best with the eye drops, but nothing worked.


Walter is now called Raymond by his forever home and they called to let me know that Raymond would be having both of his eyes removed. Bilateral Enucleation – just like Splash our blind pony.


He hates the drops, the eyes are painful and they don’t serve their purpose – vision. Raymond has no vision, so after much discussion, consultation with a canine ophthalmologist the decision was made.

No more drops, no more man handling… just sweet relief


Walter had his eyes out January 26, 2017, he did well for the surgery and is in recovery mode.

We’re waiting for a further update from his family.

BCFS hopes for a speedy recovery.


Is Lap Kitty Mitsy Purrfect For You? – Adopted

Please meet lovely Mitsy! BCFS is delighted to welcome this 11-year-old female grey tabby into our foster care program. Don’t let her age fool you, she’s still a playful girl with a shy, lovable personality and beautiful eyes.

Mitsy2expsharpSweet, shy Mitsy loves one-on-one time being petted

Mitsy’s foster mom says she’s a very affectionate cat who will love to curl up on your lap to be petted.


Shy Girl Looking for Love

Mitsy would be an ideal companion for a retired person who could show her a lot of affection and would appreciate the warm company of this sweet lap kitty. She’s good with people and kids but will be shy at first and will hide until she’s used to her surroundings. A little patience and gentle care will help bring her out of her shell and warm up to you.


Mitsy’s very timid with other cats and socially awkward with them. She doesn’t know how to accept attention from other animals and will run away and hide. Mitsy would love a home without other animals.


Mitsy is spayed, litter box trained and up to date on her rabies, HCPC and FEIV vaccinations, and she had a dental in February 2013. She’s healthy and at age 11 she has years of life and love to give you.


This pretty grey tabby is waiting patiently in BCFS’ foster care program for her forever home. If Mitsy would be the purr-fect kitty to curl up on your lap, please download and fill out an adoption application, and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at: scronier@rogers.com.

Thank you for considering Mitsy!


Bergen’s Become a “Perfect Gentleman”!

Bergen has always been a lovely boy but with specialized foster care by our longtime foster “miracle-worker” Raye and her husband Paul, he’s made huge progress!

DSC02036cropexpBergen learned from his foster siblings that the back of the couch is a comfy place

Bergen is a puppy mill survivor who spent the first three years of his life locked in a cage. He’s had to learn about life and the outside world at 3 years old that most dogs learn from puppyhood.

As a result, Bergen had a strong instinct to flee new surroundings and escaped his first adoptive home in late October. Since coming back to BCFS he’s been cared for by Raye and Paul and their dogs who are the best teachers for Bergen.

bergenatrayes11-24threeBergen learns from Abby, Harriette and Ben about life in a real home

Raye sends us this new update on Bergen’s progress:

Bergen has become a great little dog. He is housetrained, both dog and cat friendly, and crate trained. This guy is a perfect gentlemen on a leash as well as at the dinner bowl, he is food motivated and sleeps beside our bed at night. You would never guess he is a puppy mill survivor, he is now calm, cool and collected.


He has taken his cues from my older male rottie and as a puppy mill survivor he needs a buddy to help him continue to understand his new world.


DSC02034croppedexpBergen’s foster sibling Ben peeks over the back of the couch

After so long being caged I think he has earned the right to have a fenced yard in his forever home to run free and frolic with his buddy and new family.

We think so, too. Thank you, Raye! Bergen will benefit further in a forever home with a fenced yard and a dog friend to romp with. He’s smaller than he looks and is only 25 lbs., about the size of a spaniel.

snowwithrottieexpsharpcropBergen and his big rottie friend Ben

After Bergen’s unhappy start in life, this sweet boy deserves the best life and family we can give to him. Puppy mill dogs suffer immeasurably and he just wants to be a real dog for the rest of his life.


Can you offer that life to Bergen? Loving hands, kind words, a warm bed, good meals, fun walks, a fenced yard and a dog sibling to be his friend? Bergen will pay you back in devotion and joy.

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

Thank you for following Bergen’s story with us and considering this sweet young boy for adoption. Please share and help some lucky family find their newest family member, Bergen!