BCFS Celebrates Our First Grant! Thank You to the City of Niagara Falls!

BCFS has worked hard since our inception in 2010 to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted animals, provide a safe haven for our sanctuary’s permanent residents, prevent animal cruelty and abandonment, and serve the needs of our community.

We believe in our mission and the value of the work our 100% volunteer organization does to serve animals and people, so we took a big leap of faith in November and applied for our first grant.

BCFS is thrilled that the City of Niagara Falls believes in us, too, and awarded BCFS a $7,000 Sleep Cheap Charities Reap grant!!

IMG_1504expresizedThank you to the City of Niagara Falls for believing in animal rescue!

A Sanctuary Celebration!

We were so excited to receive this grant for the animals and our plans for expanding our work, we had a little celebration at the farm! Of course BCFS animals were invited, and they were the life of the party!

IMG_1508expsharpresizedOur rescued baby goat Elsa, stealing the show!

A group photo of happiness that BCFS is growing with this amazing grant!


Amy and Brent’s rescued shih tzu Super Taz kept warm snuggled inside BCFS’ VP David’s cozy jacket.

Heidi the tiny miniature horse is happy in the company of Adoptions Coordinator Silvana , VP David and blind pony Splash:


BCFS makes special efforts to serve children and teenagers like Sydney. By welcoming them to our sanctuary to volunteer, engage in activities with animals and/or help socialize them, BCFS promotes caring, compassionate attitudes towards animals and strengthens the human-animal bond.

Splash&SydneysharpresizedSydney with BCFS’ blind pony Splash

Annie is one of the four miniature horses BCFS rescued in November 2015, the perfect size to help nurture young Triin’s love for animals. Annie has been adopted and is living her life with her new family!

IMG_1478expsharpresizedAnnie puts a smile on Triin’s face

Triin’s older sister Lauren is BCFS’ volunteer dog trainer. Both sisters and Lauren’s adorable dog Roseanne were on hand for the festivities!

IMG_1520expsharpresizedLauren volunteers her time and expertise as BCFS’ dog trainer

The celebration moved indoors to the cozy farmhouse and Elsa, the baby goat BCFS rescued in January was hungry. Elsa loves her bottle and Sydney loved feeding adorable Elsa!


Did we mention how much Elsa loves her bottle?


The Sleep Cheap Charities Reap Grant Process

As newcomers to grant writing, it took a big team effort for us and many hours to complete the detailed application form for the Sleep Cheap Charities Reap grant. We reached out to friends and colleagues for advice who generously gave it.

Founder Amy and Adoptions Coordinator Silvana spent hours poring through BCFS’ records to itemize all the animals BCFS has rescued, and provided the foundation and points to note about BCFS’ achievements and future plans. The emails flew back and forth with volunteer writer Lori who wrote the grant application, which the BCFS Board of Directors provided input on and Amy edited for the submission.

Then we waited, and word came that BCFS would receive a $7,000 grant!

That’s a significant sum for a small charity organization and will enable BCFS to help care for our rescued animals and work towards our goals. Exciting times await!


It’s bright horizons ahead for BCFS and we’re grateful for this generous grant from the City of Niagara Falls. We will use it wisely to care for our sanctuary and rescue animals and to implement our ambitious new programs – stay tuned!

BCFS is a wholly volunteer registered charity number 828253435RR0001 and  your donations are tax-deductible. Please consider making a donation to further our rescue work and help fund our planned programs to help children, seniors and the disabled. Click here to make a donation.

Thank you, we appreciate your generous support!

2 thoughts on “BCFS Celebrates Our First Grant! Thank You to the City of Niagara Falls!”

  1. Congrats on your grant from the city of Niagara Falls. What a wonderful gesture on their part and in believing in you as do so many other people.

    I am wondering however, when your new facility will be opening, if it hasn’t already and exactly where it is located as both myself and my husband would love to come and see the new facility. Thank you and wishing you much continued success.

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