The weather may be turning cool, but our hearts are warmed by the update and sweet photos we’ve received from Tralee’s adoptive family.
Tralee spent nearly six years in a puppy mill cage, and many months in our foster care program before his adoption in September.
His adopters Sheryl and David write,
“Tralee is such a joy to have around. Mad acts every morning, and very busy along with our poodle Bailey chasing squirrels and generally getting into trouble . Still a little nervous on his walks, but getting more secure every day.”
Tralee has a fenced-in yard to romp in with Bailey!
Couch puppy bookends!
“He has taken to the couch like a champ, and enjoys racing through the house stealing every slipper he can find. We just love him to bits and are so glad to have found him.”
Tralee enjoying the sweet comfort of a real home and family
Snoozing is better with a friend!
The meek little boy who arrived so frightened, so broken, so unschooled in being a dog, has been transformed and will continue growing into his new life.
Tralee healing at BCFS
Like other puppy mill survivors – the few who are fortunate to get out alive and to a rescue or shelter that devotes the time and intensive, patient, loving care to heal them – Tralee suffered from his past trauma, neglect and lack of socialization.
Gradually, Tralee passed milestones that would seem tiny to most, but are big steps for dogs confined in a cage for years.
He went from cowering and pooping in terror to learning housetraining, began sniffing hands in curiosity and wagging his tail, playing with toys, welcoming affection and belly rubs, walking on a leash in the big scary outside world (a work-in-progress!), playing with other dogs and learning from them, and experiencing joy.
Tralee and Cecil at BCFS
We’re grateful that Tralee found the perfect family to love and be loved by. Sheryl and David have experience with puppy mill dogs, and their poodle Bailey is the canine friend and teacher Tralee needs to continue growing into the dog he was meant to be and love life.
Tralee is at last experiencing the joy and love every dog deserves. Thank you, Sheryl, David and Bailey!
Remember the eight Husky/Lab/Shepherd puppies BCFS rescued in November, 2017 from the far north of Ontario?
This epic rescue involved flying them partway, then a 40-hour round trip drive for the amazing volunteer “C” who weathered a snowstorm to bring the pups safely to BCFS.
Takota was one of those lucky puppies, and we initially named him Lemon.
We knew he was a special boy who’d need a special home. All the puppies were in high demand and quickly found loving homes. Takota was just a wee fluffball on his adoption day.
His new family was thrilled with him and sent happy updates expressing how well this laid-back boy fit in with their family, including their dog Maizy and cat Taz.
Mom Cindy sends us this wonderful new update and photos:
A great update… When we renamed Lemon “Takota”, I chose the name as it means “friend to all “in the translation I found. Now after almost one year with us, it is soooo appropriate! Takota is the happiest animal I have ever been blessed to encounter, and everyone.. from neighbors, to repairmen, to the vets and technicians there, to the puppy play center he goes to on Tuesdays, love him.
My, how you’ve grown, Takota!
He always has that huge tail wagging and thinks everyone and everything is wonderful. He and Maizy are quite a pair and he now can keep up with her when they play.. though he is only 50 pounds to her 80.
He has learned to quietly creep onto the bed after we fall asleep and manages to worm his way in between Ed and I, but if he sleeps with us he sleeps in till almost 6 am so I usually pretend not to notice.
He eats everything and anything – from stray cat poop, tree leaves, weeds, and clumps of mowed grass….goose poop is apparently quite a delicacy as walking through the goose field and road is like walking through a mine field. He loves to swim , he runs more like a horse – both front legs forward at the same time, and he still manages to get under the bed o sleep with the cat in he mornings.. then we have to work on getting him to crawl out as it is a tight squeeze. Not the brightest in the pack, but definitely the sweetest.
Thank you again for going out on a limb and letting us adopt him. I am sending some photos – the one in the car baffles me – he has the entire back but this is how he always sits when we are driving anywhere. Best Wishes, Cindy
Thank you, Cindy, for your wonderful update and for loving this sweet boy! We’re happy and gratified to know Takota has such a caring family, friends and good life now.
BCFS was so thrilled when Petvalue selected us to be their sponsored rescue for their Thanks for Giving Event for October 2018!
We showed up for the adoption weekend with several animals in tow. Splash made an appearance with her buddy Elsa (who surprised us by being a good goat, maybe not a nice goat, but a good goat).
Adrienna was kind enough to come out and volunteer her time to help wrangle Elsa!
Splash was amazing with her wrangler at her side. Megan did an amazing job speaking to the public about her favourite subject: Splash!
A nice relaxing ride to start the weekend! They look so happy!
Roo was at the store too! She’s an eleven year old min pin looking for a quiet loving home. She’s doing great in her foster home. House trained, walks well on a leash and lots of energy! If you’re interested in adopting Roo please fill out an adoption application from our documents and forms page.
Cecil was feeling well enough to come out to the store to thank all the people who donated to help animals. He was a wonderful gentleman!
Cecil is chilling at the store from the safety of his x-pen. Cecil is not allowed to play, run or roughhouse for another couple of weeks. He was so calm and relaxed.
Special thanks to the volunteers who came out to help! Especially our esteemed organizer Silvana and our new volunteer Kimberly with her daughter Kaiah. You can see Cookie made a cameo appearance and quickly fell asleep. She’s a senior who struggles with chronic ear infections. Also in this picture Cecil and Roo.
Thank you to all our bakers! The bake sale raised $200!!!!
Finally a huge thank you to the staff of Petvalue for choosing BCFS and for your kindness and help this past weekend. Karen!!
Thank you to our community for supporting BCFS, so we can continue rescuing one animal at a time!
We are in need of Auction items for our November Facebook Auction! We have two seniors and Cecil for vet visits. We have the potential for more animals come November, not to mention the care and management of our permanent residents. Its hay season.
We can’t do this without your support! Please consider an auction item to donate! Gift Certificates, framed animal pictures, animal themed baskets and coach bags are on our list.
We are 100% volunteer based and nobody takes a paycheque. Everyone volunteers their time for free to help animals. We have several permanent residents of BCFS and these animals require care and often special care.
Take a look around and see if there’s something you can donate that would bring much needed funding to a solid, organized, well run rescue with a facility onsite and a history of quality work.
Oh Barbara, what can we say about you? You’re a typical pug with weepy eyes and prone to ear infections, but you are a champion snuggler and you love your people.
Barbara loves two things in life: eating and cuddling.
She’s a very laid back, happy girl who gets along with other dogs and cats. She enjoys short walks to explore her neighbourhood.
Her foster family was visiting BCFS when Barbara came to the farm and dad watched her stumble out of the transport crate and into his arms. It was like they were long lost friends.
Barbara is an older girl, so we recommend a home without small children. She’d even make a good condo dog where she can cuddle and watch the world go by, but she’d also enjoy a fenced yard where she could nap in the sunshine.
An easy keeper as long a keeping her face clean isn’t considered a chore. With the right diet we don’t foresee any future medical costs.
Most of Barbara’s teeth were removed when she was dumped at the shelter and she is up to date on vaccinations. Would you consider giving a home to a senior?
Sweet little Roo was dumped at a shelter with a prolapsed rectum and a mouth full of abscessed teeth.
A rescue was notified of the condition of this sweet minpin and wheels were set in motion. First order of business was to vaccinate and plan for surgery to remove rotten teeth and surgically repair her bottom.
This rescue was not set up for frail wee dogs, so BCFS was contacted to see if we had a spot for a recovering 11 year old minpin. You know we would say yes.
Roo came to our doorstep with only a few teeth and a sore looking bottom. It had only been two weeks since the surgery and she needed some recovery time.
We set up a heated bed for this little girl and she’s so happy to be warm, fed, watered and loved. She certainly is a little button who’s a very easy keeper. She’s house-trained, likes to stay with her people and gets along with other dog / cats.
She’s a bit fragile, so we don’t recommend a home with young children.
Roo would love to find her forever home with loving, patient people who understand her needs. Lots of naps, meals on time and gentle walks.
If you’re a wee stray kitten lost in a cornfield, you’d be incredibly fortunate to be found by our friends at The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary (TAMS).That’s what happened to little Kernel, discovered while they were picking corn for their sanctuary’s resident animals.
Although Kernel was weak, all alone and had an obvious eye infection, life had good things in store for Kernel. Since The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary doesn’t rescue and adopt out, we were happy to take him into our foster care program.
Kernel was bewildered by it all when he arrived in foster care, but soon his hisses turned to purrs. He was dewormed and vaccinated, his eye infection treated, and the vet gave us the good news that Gus was negative for feline leukemia and feline immunodefiency virus.
Kernel is now adopted! And this little survivor has a new name: Gus.
Gus has a family now: new mom Tonia and her daughter Jessa
In addition to his new human family, Gus has an older feline sister to teach him proper kitty manners as he grows — four-year-old rescue Freya, as well as a guinea pig named Jimmy.
We’re delighted that this wee furball was in the right place in a cornfield, at the right time to be found by the right people, to come to us and now into a loving forever home. We look forward to Gus growing into a handsome adult — though won’t be surprised if he develops into a cornball! 😉 (Pun intended)
Thank you, Tonia and Jessa for welcoming Gus into your home and hearts! Our thanks to TAMS as well for reaching out to BCFS to help Gus have his happy ending – and a happier start in his young life.
Thank you to the Wonderful Reiki Practitioners who made the third Pet Reiki Fundraising Workshop a great success. The world is a better place when people focus on helping to heal animals.
Silvana (pictured above with her canine partner Lexi) is a Reiki Master and animal lover who is passionate about using Reiki energy to help heal the animals at the Sanctuary. The success of the last Workshop on October 15, 2016 prompted her to continue teaching other Reiki Practitioners how to best help the animals.
Silvana Explains the Process
Animals are Divine Beings with souls that play a very important part in our lives. Animals will respond to Reiki quicker than people. This is because they do not have blocks like we do from rigid mindsets. They are able to accept the Reiki energy for what it is without trying to analyze it. A few examples of how Reiki healing can help animals is with pain relief, minimizing stress caused from changes of ownership or other home circumstances, it helps with grief, and it has been shown to boost the immune system.
The morning of the workshop was spent going over the practical part of Pet/Animal Reiki, using the manual Silvana put together as a guide. Cookie & Cecil were on hand to receive energy and loving from the Practitioners.
The BCFS Farm
Each animal accepts Reiki in their own way. Some enjoy hands-on while others prefer Reiki beamed to them from a comfortable distance.
Larney, a 19 year old Hannovarian has a genetic disease called degenerative suspensory ligament. He is not a healthy horse and the vet has recommended euthaniza, but BCFS was trying medications to make him comfortable. There is no cure and it is a progressive disease. His back end struggles with this disease. Larney received plenty of Reiki and love from the Practitioners. When it is time for a person or animal to pass on, Reiki will assist in making the transition as peaceful as possible. In Larney’s case, all the Reiki energy given to him proved to help him in a peaceful passing.
Splash our blind pony had glaucoma and inflammation in her eyes which caused her extreme pain. She had been blind for a long time and removing her eyes merely took away the pain. She is in her early 20’s and is very healthy otherwise. Splash loves on hands Reiki.
Chevy is a French Warmblood with a suspensory ligament injury but is not crippled like Larney. It’s mostly healed and he is sound (not limping). He’s not in any pain and is a healthy guy otherwise. He’s about 19 years old. Chevy can be stand offish and usually accepts Reiki from a short distance away, but he made an energetic connection with Diane and allowed hands on and soaked up some loving from Kymberley.
All of the BCFS’s residents enjoyed receiving Reiki energy, in the manner they wanted and the Practitioner’s had wonderful experiences getting familiar with the BCFS residents.
A big thank you to volunteer Megan who was on hand to help with Elsa as some goats are territorial and will head butt strangers because they don’t belong. Megan is excellent at handling all the animals at the Sanctuary and very knowledgeable as well.
What the Student’s had to say about the Workshop.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in the Reiki training. Silvana created a warm, safe place for us to learn and she was a great teacher. Our time with the animals, practicing Reiki on them was such an incredible experience. To be with them with the intention to love and share Source energy for their healing was truly amazing! Thank you Amy and Silvana and all the animals at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary!!! Warmly, Kymberley
I would highly recommend Silvana’s Animal Reiki Workshop. It was informative and fun. She is a thorough and compassionate teacher, with the highest integrity. A wonderful winning experience for student and our furry friends benefiting from the interaction. Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary is a worthy cause. Terry Marie.
Cecil has been diagnosed with Panosteitis (bone inflammation or growing pains) as well as bilateral elbow Dysplasia. Cecil finally qualifies for the much needed elbow surgery that will end his life of pain. There is an 85% chance that Cecil will fully recover in 5 months and lead a normal life without pain. He is only 11 months old and without surgery Cecil’s life of pain will continue and he will have a much shortened life. Funds raised from this workshop will go directly to help fund this important surgery for Cecil. BCFS does have a Go Fund page set up to help with costs. If you can help, please Click to donate
Silvana has received requests from Practitioners who could not attend September 22nd to run another workshop. She is looking at possibly running it again in November of this year. If you are interested, please contact Silvana directly at email@example.com.