All posts by Lori Sirianni


Handsome Yellow Lab – Here’s Mayo! – Adopted

Please say hello to Mayo! Mayo is an 8-year-old yellow lab and the newest pup in BCFS’ foster care program.


He’s a handsome, big fella about 100 pounds who loves people and other big dogs, but needs a home without cats or small dogs.

True to the nature of this playful breed, Mayo loves the water and playing fetch.


He’s looking for someone to play with, who’ll throw him balls and sticks and maybe even romp with him in a pond, lake or pool. Would that be you?

This young at heart boy is healthy and hoping the perfect family comes along to love.

If Mayo could be your best friend, please download an adoption application  and when completed, email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at:

Thank you for considering Mayo, and please remember to share our posts online!


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.



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:

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:

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!





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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.

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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

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:

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



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!


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!