All posts by Silvana Cronier

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Volunteer Placement at BCFS

Jordan is camera shy but her chicken Squeak is not!

I was asked to write about my experience at Beaver Creek. To start off, my name is Jordan and I am a Sheridan College student, currently graduating Animal Care. For my 2 week placement I decided to go local and volunteer my time at BCFS.



I was initially very hesitant, I’ve worked at farms and rescues for livestock before so the idea that I’d be mucking stalls most of the time didn’t bother me. Most of my adult life, I had been petrified of horses. I’d had lectures on horse anatomy, behaviour and genetics, so I understood the scientific aspect of them, but they just seemed so big and unpredictable that I would rather do anything else than work around these giant beasts with hooves that could break bones and deliver powerful kicks.

Then I met Splash.


I was nervous, of course, trying to hide it so as not to make a fool of myself in front of Megan. I offered her my hand to smell, talking in a low voice. She was blind, having had surgery to remove her eyes long ago, so I expected her to spook in her stall. Even though she had no eyes to set on me, she looked ever so kindly at me and snuffled at my hand for treats. I smiled after a minute, my fears immediately dissipating. They weren’t so bad after all.

Over the two weeks, I grew even more fond of Splash, Heidi and Chevy, the three horses currently residing in the rescue.


Heidi watched from a distance as I mucked the pasture. I eventually learned she loved scratches behind the left ear the best and would lean her little head as hard as it could go into my hand.


Splash would check in on me while I was in the pasture, coming up to me every time she heard the squeaking of the wheelbarrow as I pushed it to the next spot. She demanded pets, which I gave her, and she would rest her head gently on my shoulder for a few moments as if to calm me down before trotting away. She was gentle and sweet, an old soul if I ever saw one.


Chevy was nosy and childish, but always careful with me. He seemed to hold as still as he possibly could while I groomed him, glancing back at me every time he shifted his stance. Although he was pushy when it comes to treats, Megan would come over and push him away if he was being a brat and stealing treats from little Heidi. Eventually I mustered up the nerve to be less cautious with him and shove him away when he was being silly, which gained some measure of respect.


Elsa the goat was a little brat, but even through her near constant headbutting I loved her all the same. She was constantly trying to get me to loosen up and play with her, which was funny if not a little painful.



Cecil, Ziggy and Mickey were my constant helpers and companions, following me everywhere with wagging tails and happy faces. Even Ziggy, who at first was more than reluctant to accept me, was all too happy to take treats and even let me pet him a little!

Megan with her dog Mickey

My time at BCFS helped me understand the animals there beyond the textbooks and lecture notes, and gave me a sense of community in my short time there. Although I won’t be logging quite as many hours as I did these past weeks, I will happily be returning to help out when I’m needed.

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I would like to thank the BCFS volunteers, as well as Leisa at The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary, for making this the highlight of my school year.


Paint Party Update

We’re pleased to announce the first Paint Your Pet Party to raise money for Beaver Creek was a success!


Although the crowd was a little smaller than Wendy’s usual events, the food was great and the paintings were beautiful!

We asked our host Wendy Maloney how the event went and this is what she had to say:


“Our first Paint Your Pet event for Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary went well. Everyone had a fun afternoon and enjoyed some great, healthy vegetarian/vegan food at Magical Mediterranean Munchies.”

“Thanks to all who came out to support BCFS! You can follow Wendy Malowany Art Studio on Facebook.”  Click here for Wendy’s facebook page

Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the talented help of Wendy and the folks at Magical Mediterranean Munchies! We’d like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to the people that made this event what it was, and helped raise money for the sanctuary.


Terri pictured above is the owner of Magical Mediterranean Munchies.  Her food is authentic, homemade, gluten free (other than the fresh baked whole wheat pita) and dairy free.  Click here for Link to Magical Mediterranean Munchies website

Wendy is running a pet photo contest for February.  If you are interested in entering you pet please click here for the link Pet Photo Contest





Bailey – Update


Our first adoption of the new year has settled into her new home wonderfully, we couldn’t be happier that Bailey is doing well!

We reached out for an update, and this is what her owners Bert and Linda had to say:

“Bailey has adapted well to her new home and her 4 legged siblings and has become an integral part of our family.  Bailey is a real sweet dog and we couldn’t be happier with her.  She fit in immediately, it’s as if she’s always lived with us.”


Earlier in the year, Bailey underwent surgery to remove a growth on her eye, as well as some dental work while she was under anesthesia. The cone of shame is a bother but we have to admit, it’s pretty cute on her!

Bailey’s made lots of friends, inside the house and out.


“Bailey is Linda snuggle buddy.  Lots of cuddle time in the evening.”

“Chloe our 20 year old Cornish Rex cat has really taken to Bailey. Bailey does get a bit annoyed when Chloe walks over her or sits on top of her.”


“As soon as we let Bailey out in the back yard she makes a b-line out to the side fence to see if our next door neighbour’s dog Sadie is out. Bailey wants to be friends with everyone.”

Bailey’s update is inspirational for all of us at Beaver Creek, as senior dogs are often overlooked at shelters and rescues.  Bailey’s story proves senior dogs can be just as loving and playful as any other dog.


Thank you Bert and Linda for giving us a sneak peek into yours and Bailey’s happy lives together!




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We have had a lot of fundraisers over the years but never one as tasty as this one.


2 x 4 Jam Company from Virgil, Ontario is running a jam sale to help the animals at Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary.   Most of these delicious jams are made from local fruit from their farm, except strawberries as they source those from Jordan and the figs are Turkish.  Jams are made in a health inspected kitchen, all done by hand and homemade in small batches.  They make between 6 to 9 jars per batch.  All jams and butters have between 3-4 ingredients and no preservatives.

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Jams/butters can be purchased 3 for $10.00 or $4.00 per jar.

The jams are sold in 8 oz jars except for Jalapeno & Fig Jams as they only come in 4 oz jars.

The following flavours are available:

Peach, Cherry (sold out), Strawberry (sold out), Grape (sold out), Pear (sold out), Apricot (sold out), Nectarine (sold out), Purple Plum, Golden Plum (sold out), Sugar Plum (sold out), Red Plum (sold out), Apple Butter, Pear Butter, Jalapeno (sold out), Fig (sold out), & Plum butter (sold out).


Orders can be made by contacting Lisa at 2 x 4 Jam Company via her facebook page at Click here for Facebook Page Or Text/call her cell 289-257-1971 Or email her at

Thank you 2 X 4 Jam Company for wanting to help the animals at Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary with these mouth watering jams.

These Yummy jams won’t last long, don’t delay, get yours today.



Welcome Bailey – Cavalier King Charles Mix – Adopted

Meet Sweet  Bailey.  Bailey is a Cavalier King Charles Mix with the sweetest disposition.


Although she is 11 years old she still is very spunky and loves to go for walks.


Bailey loves her people and loves to cuddle.  She is good with dogs and as far as we know cats are not an issue.  She has had limited exposure to children (10 years and up) and is fine with dog savvy children.


She is house trained and crate trained.  Bailey would make a wonderful companion for someone who is home most of the time as she really does like to spend her time with her people.  She is also very good being at home with another dog.


Do you have  enough love in your heart for this sweet girl.

If you are interested in meeting Bailey please fill out our adoption application  Click here for on-line form.


Candle Sale

Christmas is just around the corner.   Are you still looking for a gift for your special someone?  Why not purchase a candle and help Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary in the process.   It would truly be a wonderful gift for the animal lover in your life.   Or purchase one for yourself and make your house smell inviting this holiday season.

We have a limited supply of Soya candles left over from our candle fundraiser and they are going fast.

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Candles pictured above come in small – 10 oz (jar included in weight) for $15.00, medium – 11.5 oz for $20.00 and large – 20 oz for $35.00.  Scents are Tropical Twist (Ecalyptus), Pure Innocence (Vanilla), Bayberry Cinnamon, Lemongrass & Citrus Balsam (Everygreen).

Don’t delay, contact Silvana at                     today to order your candle.


Beavercreek Farm Sanctuary is 100% volunteer based and all money raised goes directly to taking care of the animals. merry-christmas-dog

Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.




Kernel (Gus) Update

Kernel (renamed Gus) was a wee stray kitten lost in a cornfield who was rescued by our friends at The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary (TAMS).  This adorable kitten was quickly adopted by Tonia and her daughter Jessa.

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First order of business was to introduce Gus to Tonia’s female cat Freya.  Gus, although small, has a large presence and thinks he is the king of the castle.  They are both still figuring out who is the boss.  Gus still has a lot of energy to burn and Freya is just unsure of him but we are confident, in time, they will be great friends.


Gus is a feisty little guy, playful and bounces around all over the place, climbing on everything!

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He is a typical kitten who loves to play.


Especially with the laser pointer.

For Video, click here

Don’t let his size fool you.  He can also be very destructive.

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Tonia & her daughter Jessa love the Halloween season and always put up a Halloween tree.  Gus assumed the tree was there for his enjoyment and as you can see did a good job of destroying it.  LOL

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Kittens can be a handful and even though Gus is going through a very destructive phase right now, mom Tonia loves him to bits.

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Another Successful Pet/Animal Reiki Workshop Fundraiser

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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.

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Elsa & Heidi

The Workshop! 

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.

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Terry giving Cookie lots of love & Cecil stealing Cookie’s bed.

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.

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Zig prefers Reiki at a 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.

Larney being given Reiki energy by Dana, Teresa & Kymberley.

Read Larney’s story here

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.

Terry & Brenda giving Splash Reiki energy.

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.

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Diane giving Reiki to Chevy on left and Kymberley enjoying Chevy’s company on right.

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.

Diane giving Reiki energy to Chevy & Cecil laying down absorbing some as well.

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.

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Megan with Elsa.

What the Student’s had to say about the Workshop.

Kimberley showing Larney some loving,

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

Terry giving Splash Reiki Energy,

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 lies this way due to his painful joints.

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


















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Kernel, 8 week old kitten

Kernel the kitten was found by Leisa, from The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary, and her volunteer Victoria while they were picking corn for , “The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary” residents . He had an obvious eye infection and looked poorly in general.


Kernel wasn’t sure about the whole rescue idea and it took quite some time, because for  a sickly looking critter he could move !

Once home his eye infection was treated, he was dewormed and rehydrated. Attempts at socialization were met with little hisses that quickly turned to snuggling and very loud purring !


He was then taken to the vet where he obtained a clean bill of health including testing negative for feline leukaemia and feline immunodeficiency virus . He had his advantage treatment and his first vaccinations . The vet confirmed he is 8 wks of age.


Kernel is now out of isolation and is making his presence known ! He is vocal and a bit confused about this new life, but settles quickly with reassurance into a tiny purring machine !


TAMS is forever grateful to BCFS for uniting with us in the spirit of helping as many animals as they can ! Since TAMS does not rescue and adopt out , we appreciate their willingness to step in and provide adoption proceedings when these circumstances occur !