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Gathering our Resources

Hello supporters!

We’re not done! We just need to take a little breathing room and gather our resources. We’re still nursing broken hearts over the loss of the bunnies and our silly Duck.  We miss them dearly.

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In addition to our emotional broken hearts, we are slowing down as our master of maintenance must go for surgery and we’ll be losing his support for several months. Not to fear my friends, he’ll be back and ready to work in 2019! tumblr_mhmekrQNDC1qj6wguo1_500

Full disclosure has always been our motto and we stick to the truth regardless how painful it can be at times. We’ve been judged, both succeeded and failed, yet we continue to trudge forward.

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What does a breather, a break or gathering our resources look like?

It means we won’t be accepting any more animals into our foster care program for the next several months. We still have our permanent residents to care for and our barn to maintain. We will carry on status quo.

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We greatly appreciate your support in the coming months and the years that follow.

ps… start thinking about auction items for our annual Facebook auction starting in October 2018! After all, its hay time and hay is big $$$ and huge part of caring for the horses and goats.

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Illness Sweeps the Bunnies

This is a sad and tragic week for BCFS, not only did we lose our silly duck, but three of our rabbits succumb to a deadly upper respiratory infection.

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We took them to the vet and started on antibiotics and pain killers. We gave supportive care, gently feeding them with syringes to keep their digestive system working.

We sweated and cried when the vet said there was not more they could do to help our sweet bunnies.

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There is a heaviness surrounding the barn, but everyday we carry on feeding, loving, grooming and cuddling our charges.

We are deeply saddened at the massive loss.

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Farewell MT the Friendly Duck

MT, the wee black duck, came into rescue with his best pal Sweet Pea the goat. Clearly these two had a very solid relationship.

This morning I came out to the barn and found MT laying down in a doorway. I walked over and he didn’t get up, but quacked at me like he greets me every morning. I smiled, and then frowned, when I saw his back leg.

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Sometime in the last few hours MT was injured. His right back leg was unusable. I picked up MT gave him a cuddle and put him in a stall by himself with food and fresh water. He was thrilled and played in the water while gobbling up all the food.

I called the vet and made appointment to bring MT in for an assessment. Little did I know his injuries would be fatal.

I was smiles when I walked in and tears when I walked out. MT’s injury was too extensive to heal and his prognosis was not good.

Humanely Euthanize.

I cuddled MT as I watched the light leave his eyes. I cried on his weatherproof feathers and then felt silly when I saw both vets watching me quietly.

“I know its just a duck, but…. he was a really nice duck.” 

Dr. Marissa at Dunnville Vet Clinic gave me a hug and I took MT to the car to collect myself. I was starting to sob.

I stood by the car and cried over this silly duck. He really was a silly duck too. He would follow me around while I cleaned stalls and ate grain right from my hand. He talked to me when I was in the barn and his lovely quacks will be sorely missed.

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I’m sad, but grateful we did not let MT suffer. Maybe you can finally learn to fly MT. Our hearts are with you.

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Roscoe, 5 years old with Endless Border Collie Energy

One word to describe Roscoe: heart. He’s got a big heart and loves his people.

Roscoe would be considered a project dog, meaning he’s going to be a lot of work. He’s not one of those easy dogs that lounges around the house and asks for belly rubs.

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Roscoe is busy.

He hardly stands still for a moment, but he’s one incredible boy. Roscoe has been professionally trained by Scott Conway and is obedient and excellent on leash. A real “rally O” dog given more training.

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Roscoe can do it all!

Agility, fly ball, barn hunt… this dog can do anything and he likes to be busy. He loves hiking, camping, swimming and is incredibly brave.

Roscoe is a ball of energy and will stick by you off leash wherever you go. He’s a hang around the property kind of dog who simply wants to be with you.

He’s very excitable in the car and isn’t the best passenger. He would benefit from another similar sized dog to play with, but this isn’t necessary. His ideal home would be where he had a job.

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Farm life would be a great thing for Roscoe. He’d follow the farmer around all day long and never lag. I’m sure he’d pick up on herding and he gets along with all our farm animals.

Roscoe’s recall is amazing and I was even able to call him off a rabbit that had run out on the trail. He’s very devoted to his people.

Because of the nature of the border collar to nip we recommend a family without children with lots of space to run.

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Roscoe does have his down time and sleeps well through the night. He is crate trained, house broken and has impeccable leash skills.

If you take time with Roscoe and show him how to be the dog you want him to be, then you won’t be disappointed. Roscoe requires a great deal of exercise, so if you’re a couch potato he’s not the dog for you.

Roscoe requires a fenced yard, no kids and adults who are very active. He’s incredibly high energy. We want to find the right home for Roscoe and know that there is a perfect home out there for him somewhere. Don’t be shy! Come see this handsome fellow and decide for yourself.

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Tralee, a Male 6 year old bichon

Hello! My name is Tralee and I recently found out that I am, in fact, a dog.

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For years I had no idea what I was, merely surviving in a cage with many others. The water was slimy and my job was to make puppies.

I was rescued many months ago and have been trying to come to terms with my freedom. There are blue skies, fresh green grass and other dogs for me to learn how to be a dog.

This being a dog is serious business. 

At first I could only cower and shake when someone approached me or I would run away. I’m still not too sure about these humans, but this one I live with gives me belly rubs, but only when I’m in my bed and feel safe.

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Its taken me months to recover from living nearly 6 years in a cage. For the first while the humans left me to do as a please and that was a shock to me!

I was given fresh water, a tidy haircut (for which I was a very good boy), plenty of food and soft beds to sleep in, but I still preferred the floor.

What surprised me most were the toys!

I had no idea I liked toys and liked to play with them.

There are other dogs to play with and I really like my big/little brother Cecil. He’s helped me get settled and taught me how to play. I even think I’m winning this game by being on top!

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Sometimes Cecil and I like to cuddle and share a bed. I like my brother Zig too, but he’s often noisy and mom (I call her mom now) says he’s just “talkative”. DDA84122-C03A-49FE-93CC-58E51EBB6FAB Its nice to have a friend to cuddle with and fresh air, good food and good friends. I actually started feeling good about myself and would get really excited when mom came to the the sanctuary every morning. I even barked!
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I’d say the big day came when I joined the pack on their morning walk. It was a little scary at first because the world is so big, but after a couple of tries it was fun! Mom would lead the way and everyone would bounce around and play. Mom had tears in her eyes as she watched my tail go up and my tongue lolly out happily, because she knew it was time for me to find my forever home.

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Its taken me months and months to heal, but I think I’m ready for the love of a forever family. I am a special guy and will require a family with lots of love, patience, no kids, a fenced yard and quiet humans who are home most of the time. I get anxious when left alone, so I’d really appreciate another dog to keep me company and to continue my education on how to be a dog.

When I’m frightened I poop, so mom says we’re still working on house training. I’m going to live in the big house for a couple weeks while I wait for my new family to find me.

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Are you a special family that would give me the time and patience I need to love you? I will never be an outgoing dog, but I will be a loving one.

 

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Orphaned Kittens: Update

In April 2018, two teeny kittens joined the BCFS foster program after being found motherless and surrendered to the Niagara Falls Humane Society.

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It wasn’t long before our orphaned kittens were adopted together by a lovely couple and their Australian Shepherd/Collie mix.

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We received an update from the kittens’ new mama:

“The kittens are doing great!! They’ve become very comfortable in our home :) We ended up getting their names from all those toes!
The boy is now Knuckles, and the girl is now Mickey (after Mickey Mantle — his number was 7 and she has 7 toes on each front paw)

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They haven’t had any accidents, and have used the litter every time, are eating well and always exploring!They’ve had their first vet visit and first shots. The vet said everything looks good with them both, and they’re the right size for their (approximate) age.

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They’re doing very well with all of the new things they come across, like the vacuum and dishwasher – so many noises! They love to watch the dog outside and play with him through the glass. They love to take all of the dog’s beds – the one in the living room while we’re watching tv as well as the one in the bedroom while we’re sleeping.

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They love to run around the whole house, they get a great game of chase going from the basement all the way upstairs.They love their cat tree! They love to climb it, play in it and sleep in it. It serves as great protection and safety for when they don’t want the dog to bother them — it took them about a week to be comfortable with climbing to the top, but they can do it in seconds now! If we ever can’t find them anywhere in the house, they’re usually cuddled up in the very top of the cat tree, completely out of sight.

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They get excited when they hear the door open and run to see who’s coming in. They’re socialized very well, they are great at cuddling with anyone who picks them up! We’ve even had our friends dogs over, and they love them too!

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We honestly can’t get enough of them, and we’re so thankful that you chose us to be their parents! We can’t wait to keep watching them grow and continue to love them!”