All posts by Lori Sirianni


Min Pin Roo: Adopted and Loving It!

You’ve heard of rags-to-riches stories about humans, but in rescue there are similar stories for dogs whose tales begin in dire circumstances and end in joy. Roo’s story is one of them.


From shelter—to rescue—to-rescue—to happy home

Roo is a senior miniature pinscher who, at age 11, was dumped at a shelter with painful abscessed teeth and a prolapsed rectum. Her first lucky break came when a rescue took her in and treated her medical conditions. Roo was vaccinated, her rotten teeth were removed and her prolapsed bottom was surgically repaired.

The rescue wasn’t set up for her long-term care, so BCFS said yes to accepting Roo. How could we say no to this sweet bean?

roobedcutecropexpsharpComfort, love, care, and time, at BCFS

How happy this lovely, vulnerable little min pin was with the simple things in life: a heated soft bed, food and water, foster sibling pups for company, gentle walks, love, and time to recover.

Then, Roo’s life took another good turn when a family saw her story, and as her new mom wrote, “When I saw her, Roo, I knew I could give her a home for the last few years of her life.”

Roo-andadoptivemomAlana11-2-18twoSealed with a kiss: Roo and her new mom Alana

Roo, at eleven, was a good fit with Alana, Michael and her new senior siblings — a 13-year-old female shih tzu and 11-year-old male min pin. They’re a trio of Golden Pups!

rooupdate11-27-18twoexpcropsharpSeniors like to keep warm in winter!

Roo and her new siblings eat soft food which is easy for a girl without too many teeth like Roo to chew, they have a fenced yard, and from these new photos mom Alana sent to update us, soft beds by a cozy fire!


Alana sends an update:

Hello Silvana, just want you to know that little Roo, has just blended into our family beautifully ❣️

We love her so much already ❣️

I am on the couch recovering from a total knee replacement, so both Michael and I are home  full time, all the pups seems to love that!

Couldn’t be better for them!

Thank you for her, for as long as we have her!!!!!

Alana , Michael, Bailey & Zeus

Well, maybe Zeus would not thank you as much as us!!!

We are tickled pink to hear how well Roo is fitting in, how comfy and loved she is, and happy to have helped make her “rags-to-riches” story come true.


Thank you, Alana and Michael, Bailey and Zeus for welcoming little Roo into your home and hearts!


From Foster to Forever: Barbara’s Adopted!

One of the saddest things in the world is when a senior dog is dumped at a shelter, so we’re especially happy for the sweet pug Barbara we brought into our foster care program.

Eleven-year-old Barbara’s become a foster graduate! Her foster family says they “fell in love with Barbara” while caring for her!


Who could resist such a sweet senior girl with big googly pug eyes and a tongue that hangs out from having so few teeth? Best of all, Barbara is super-cuddly and loves nothing more than to snuggle (OK, well, maybe food!)

barbara11yroldpugcroppedBeautiful grey lady Barbara’s sweet face!

Barbara has lots of companionship, now, too: new parents Shaun and Debra have three children and a senior female sheepdog who is the same age as Barbara. She has the run of the house and a securely fenced-in yard to play in.


We’re beyond happy for Barbara. No dog deserves to be dumped in their golden years and we’re glad she came to us and found her forever home. A wonderful outcome for Barbara to be adopted by the people she’s come to know, trust and love.

Thank you, Shaun, Debra and family!


Tralee’s Transformation – Update!

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.”

traleeupdate4Tralee has a fenced-in yard to romp in with Bailey!
traleeupdate3Couch 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.”

traleeupdate2Tralee enjoying the sweet comfort of a real home and family
traleeupdateSnoozing 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.

traleeaugust3rd2018Tralee 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.

tralee9croppedTralee 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!

Be all you can be, Tralee!



Northern Pup Takota (formerly Lemon) Update!

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.
lemon-nowTakotaHis 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.

takotaupdateoctober2018cropsharpMy, 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.


Adopted! Wee Kitten Kernel is Now Gus

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.

kernelrenamedGusadoptionpicrotatedGus 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.


Roscoe, Now Rocky, Is Loving Farm Life!

Have we mentioned how much we love getting pupdates on dogs we’ve rescued? Especially seeing how happy a dog like Roscoe is after his adoption August 25th. Roscoe has a new name to go with his new life: Rocky!

roscoerockyupdatecroppedRocky lovin’ the farm life 

Dad Larry writes to us,

Rocky is very playful.  He is enjoying being in the farm!  He also loves his truck rides.  Rocky is fitting in nicely.

We’re so happy that Rocky loves his truck rides, since he was a bit excitable in vehicles while in foster care. But by the smile on his face on his way home the day he was adopted, Larry’s truck and company was the magic touch.


Five-year-old Rocky is perfectly suited to Larry’s farm, with lots of room to run and get the exercise a high-energy border collie needs.

roscoerockyupdate2Run, Rocky, run!!


Thank you, Larry, for giving Rocky a wonderful home and letting us know how well he’s settling in. It’s gratifying to see such happy outcomes for the pups we dedicate ourselves to rescuing. This handsome boy is livin’ the dream!



Tralee: From Puppy Mill to Rescue to Happy Home!

Life wasn’t kind to puppy mill survivor Tralee during his first six years, but this plucky little boy has had a change of fortune. After months in BCFS’ foster care program learning how to be a dog, Tralee has found his forever home!

traleeadoptionseptember2018threesharpcroppedTralee’s “Gotcha Day” with Sheryl, David and Baylee!

Tralee has not only gained a new mom and dad this month, but a new brother — five-year-old rescued mini-poodle Baylee! Puppy mill dogs do much better when they have other dogs to learn from. Even better, new parents Sheryl and David have experience with puppy mill dogs. Their rescued bichon Bella was a puppy mill survivor who recently passed from old age.

We’re delighted to have just received an update and short video from Sheryl:

“Just a short note to let you know that Tralee is settling in just fine. The cooler weather today is so much nicer, and the boys have been out back doing mad acts and running like little bandits. He’s gaining more confidence every day and as you can see from the video, he’s pretty relaxed. :) He’s just a little cutie pie and we are really enjoying him.”

Cute video clip here:

During his endless long days and nights in a puppy mill cage, could Tralee have ever imagined the life he has now?

traleecuteSafe at BCFS, Tralee awaited his forever family

It’s a wonderful new life indeed to look forward to, from a big soft bed and toys to his new playmate and teacher Baylee, to a family who’s home much of the time with him, to a fenced-in backyard and when he’s ready, daily walks on a river path. Most of all, the patience, understanding, love and time he needs to continue growing, learning and trusting.

tralee side view

In his months with us, like many puppy mill dogs, Tralee has had a long road to learn everything that dogs usually learn from puppyhood. Caged in the puppy mill for most of the first six years, he’d clearly received no socialization or experience with the outside world.

At first, Tralee was anxious and would cower and shake or run, poop in fear, was terrified of men, and seemed flat with none of the joy dogs usually express. He didn’t seem to know he was a dog, or how to be one.


Over time, Tralee began to come out of the shell he’d withdrawn into, found his voice, began to cuddle and discovered he loves toys.


He learned from his foster siblings and took comfort in their presence, as well as taking his behavioral cues from them.


Tralee started showing curiosity, sniffing hands, wagging his tail, learning to go for walks on a leash, and welcoming affection. All good milestones for him to pass.


After many months of rehabilitation, Tralee bounced and played with his friends during morning walks with the sanctuary pups, and Amy knew it was time for Tralee to find his forever home.


His recovery from the deprivation and trauma he suffered for years will continue with his new family.

Sheryl and David have the experience and knowledge of puppy mill dogs Tralee needs, and have a plan for Tralee’s integration into his new home and family, including his own dishes and toys, gradual access through their home, yard and outdoor walks, taking their cues from him, sensing when he wants loving or when he needs a little space, patience and positive reinforcement.


Thank you to Sheryl, David and Baylee for welcoming Tralee into your home and hearts, and changing his world.



Rescued Kitty Marlo is Growing Up

A tenuous beginning

When BCFS brought a mama cat slated for euthanasia and her six tiny kittens into rescue in April, we weren’t sure any would survive.


Mama and three of the kitties didn’t make it, but we’re happy to have saved and found happy homes for the remaining three siblings. Marlo is one of them.

marloGingerAle2The three survivors: Marlo and siblings Ginger and Ale

Look how tiny he was in early June, when new mom Kailee adopted him!


Growing Up Fast!

Fast-forward to the present: Marlo has grown in leaps and bounds, and become a handsome young male.

marloadoptionupdateMarlo with happy sister Emma

Mom Kailee writes,

He is doing great! He is a wild child with the appetite of an army. Marlo and Emma are slowly learning how to play nicely with each other, but Marlo likes her most when she is still and sleeping, lol!


We predict Emma and Marlo will become inseparable friends! Thank you, Kailee and Emma for adopting this boy who got such a shaky start in life, and giving him a loving home.


Roscoe Gets His Dream Home – Adopted!

Some of us fall in love with certain breeds and stick to that beloved breed when adopting, which is how Roscoe lucked out finding his new dad!

roscoeadoptedrotatedA perfect match: Roscoe and Larry, his new dad

Adopting the same breed has the advantage of knowing their characteristics so well. We “get” them. Who better to understand border collie/black lab mix Roscoe than new dad Larry, who’s had two previous border collies?

We’re happy that Roscoe has been adopted into an ideal home — a farm like Amy knew would suit high-energy Roscoe best, with a new dad experienced with border collies. This is what we strive for, to match each dog with the most suitable family and home.


Roscoe is five years old with an incredible amount of energy who likes to keep busy and needs a lot of daily exercise.


In foster care with BCFS he’s impressed us with agility, fly ball, barn hunting, hiking, camping and swimming, and with his bravery!


Burning all that abundant energy off during the day lets Roscoe relax so he’s a good sleeper at night, with the bonus of being crate-trained.

roscoe3Even super-active dogs need some downtime

Roscoe’s an obedient boy who’s had professional training by Scott Conway, and has amazing recall. This handsome boy is superb on a leash, which he’ll be kept on until he’s acclimated to his new home and knows his boundaries.


He’s such a great dog and we’re so pleased he’ll be a wonderful companion for Larry, after losing his last rescue border collie to cancer recently. We hope Roscoe’s affection and energetic presence bring his new dad joy for years to come.

roscoeadoptedonwayhomerotatedHappy boy Roscoe on his way home with Larry

We knew Roscoe is a keeper and are thrilled he’s found his perfect forever home. Happy trails, Roscoe!


Sibling Kittens Ginger and Ale – Update!

We love getting updates on our adopted rescues, and were pleased to hear from Ginger and Ale’s adoptive family, with new photos of these adorable kittens.

kittenupdate3Ale, left, and Ginger have settled into their new home

You may remember these siblings came into BCFS rescue in April, along with their four siblings and mama.

kittenupdate-originalpicwhentheywereinrescueGinger and Ale were just wee kitties at rescue

Sadly three of the weakened kittens passed in their sleep and mama had to be euthanized, due to a spinal cord injury caused by trauma. Ginger and Ale were adopted together in June and their surviving sibling Marlo went to a different home.

Cuties Ginger and Ale are growing up!


Ginger and Ale’s mom and dad Denielle and Liam write,

“The babies are doing well and we are very happy to have them.  They love to nap and play and sleep together all day.  They also love to wake us up at 5 every morning for their breakfast.”


Ale has the prettiest green eyes…


And Ginger is a big fan of naps…

Who doesn’t love pretty pink kitty toes?


kittenupdatecollage2Surveying their domain from atop their tree is tiring. Time for a snooze!
kittenupdate9Ginger gets a belly rub from mama Denielle
kittenupdate5rotatedEvery kitten deserves to be cherished like Ale

Thank you Denielle and Liam for your wonderful update and the sweet life you’re giving Ginger and Ale!