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Volunteer Placement at BCFS

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Paint Party Update

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

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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:

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“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.

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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

 

 

 

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Bailey – Update

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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.”

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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.

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“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.”

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“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.

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

 

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Bailey’s 2019 Fresh Start—Adopted!

Bailey has met her perfect match! BCFS is delighted to announce our first adoption of this shiny new year with Bailey’s fresh start in life!

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This darling senior King Charles Spaniel mix entered our foster care program in December, and our hopes for Bailey’s perfect family in our first post for her are exemplified in the lovely couple who adopted her.

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Bailey is 11 years old, a senior but with a lot of spunk and life to live, ideal for her new dad and mom, Lambert and Linda.

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We’re so pleased they adopted Bailey this past week!

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She’s a girl who loves to cuddle and will thrive in her new home with her dad and mom who are retirees and have the time, experience with rescue dogs, and love to give Bailey.

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Bailey will have her family with her most of the time as she settles into her new home and life, and as the years go by.

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She’ll get daily walks and also has a completely fenced backyard to relax in, and have the run of the house which she’ll share with their three dog-savvy cats.

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This beautiful girl is in good hands. Linda and Lambert have already sent a quick update on Bailey, including her planned surgery to remove irritating growths on her eye and a dental:

“Just a short update on Bailey. She has adjusted to her new home really well and is part of the family. She loves her walks with me as well as relaxing on the couch with Linda. 

She goes in for her surgery tomorrow. As well as dealing with the growths by  her right eye lid, we have decided to get some dental done so she only has to have anesthetic once.”

We’re hopeful for a successful outcome for Bailey. Thank you, Linda and Lambert, for making Bailey a part of your family.

A little reminder from BCFS: Often, adopting a senior dog is a wonderfully suitable choice for retirees, seniors and middle-aged people who tend to lead more relaxed, quieter lives than young whippersnappers.

Senior dogs are usually easy keepers, not as much work as rambunctious puppies and younger dogs, already house-trained, know a lot of words already so are easier to manage and train, and they’re amazing company to curl up on the couch with, walk or just sit with or to listen to your thoughts. It’s a win-win for both the rescued dog and his or her family. We hope you’ll please follow our rescue work this year and consider adopting any of our future seniors!

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JAM FUNDRAISER

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

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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).

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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 traficantel@hotmail.com.

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.

 

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See What BCFS Did This Year, and Help us in 2019!

As we bid farewell to 2018, we wish to express our thanks and profound gratitude for your support. Whether you foster, volunteer, adopt, donate, host events, bid on our annual Facebook auction, or follow and share our work on social media, you enable BCFS to save lives and care for our permanent residents. Thank you.

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On this first day of the year, we’d like to show you how your past support helped BCFS save animals from late 2017 through 2018, what we believe in and do as our mission, and humbly ask that you make a donation in 2019. (If you can’t give, we understand—please  keep reading anyway!) :)

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BCFS is a registered charity and Canadian donations are tax-deductible. We’re 100% volunteer so every penny goes to the animals, and we are reliant on your kind donations.

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Rescued … and Adopted!

These beautiful souls are our “graduates” in the past year, who were all adopted* from December 2017 through December 2018.

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Clockwise from top left: Bud, Cricket, Kevin, Sweet Pea and MT, Scooter (formerly Scout), and Parker. Center: Annie (formerly Roxanne).

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Several, like Keller and Cricket, entered our foster care program earlier in 2017 and spent many months with BCFS before finding their forever homes. We appreciate our volunteer foster families!

And who can forget our epic rescue of eight puppies from Northern Ontario?

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They were all quickly adopted into loving homes by the end of last December. One pup, Cecil, was returned to BCFS because his family could no longer care for him, and he’s now a permanent BCFS resident.

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Cecil suffers from bilateral elbow dysplasia which was debilitating and made it uncomfortable for him to lay down. He had corrective surgery in October and is healing. We’re grateful to all who donated to Cecil’s surgery fund. Thank you!

What else did we do in 2018? BCFS continues to provide love, vet care and husbandry, stimulating activities, fun, nutritious food,  and a safe haven to our residents Splash, Chevy, Heidi, Elsa, and Zig.

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This year we said goodbye to our senior goat Nelly at age 20, who had been with us since 2009; Larney, our special needs horse whom we gave a peaceful and loving last year of life; permanent foster Cole, a senior Cesky terrier; MT the duck, and Bill the cat, with gratitude that we were able to give them peaceful sanctuary until their end of days.

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Some good news: Our permanent foster Harriette, who suffers from and is being treated for Cushings disease by our specialist foster family, is doing well and we’ll have an update post soon with more!

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BCFS’ Adoptions Coordinator and Reiki Master Silvana Cronier held another Pet/Animal Reiki Fundraising Workshop in September, teaching how to give Reiki energy and healing the animals.

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Our permanent resident Larney received healing Reiki energy to help prepare him to cross over. He was humanely euthanized several days later due to the progressive, incurable genetic disease called degenerative suspensory ligament.

silvanaportraitSilvana donated half the registration fees to BCFS. Thank you, Silvana!

BCFS was also fortunate to be invited to the Port Colborne Pet Valu several times this year, to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue.

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Pet Valu also honored us by selecting BCFS to be their sponsored rescue for their Thanks for Giving Event for October 2018! Thank you from our hearts!

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At BCFS we believe every animal matters, and we take in the animals who often need time in foster care to be rehabilitated, veterinary care to heal, training to become adoptable, and love to heal their wounded hearts.

We are especially proud of the number of senior animals we’ve rescued, this year and in the past.

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Every dog is an individual and some seniors may need special care while many are easy keepers. We’re grateful for the families who’ve adopted the “oldies but goodies” we rescue, and highly recommend it!

As we close this post and this year, BCSF hopes you value our work to rescue, rehabilitate, rehome and care for the most vulnerable animals. We are dependent on donations and can’t keep rescuing without funds.

Our biggest expense is veterinary care; 75% of our funds go to vet bills. Every animal BCFS rescues receives a veterinary exam, and if needed, vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchipping, and dental care. Some of our animals have required expensive surgeries, antibiotics for infections, or other medicines to heal them prior to adoption.

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Our permanent residents also need hay, grains, dog food, fresh produce, supplements, bedding, regular vet care, a farrier for our horses, supplies, heat and electricity for the barn. We hope you will consider a donation to help BCFS continue our lifesaving work.

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Thank you for your support, and may the New Year bring you and yours joy, good health, peace and a kinder world for all. Cheers to 2019!

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Scarlett: From Unwanted to Beloved

Wee moppet Scarlett is one of our most heartwarming rescues this year. This beautiful 8-lb. girl was discarded at the tender age of two, and she’s blind due to the loss of one eye and later blindness in her remaining one.

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But Scarlett was in New Jersey. When BCFS’ founder Amy learned of Scarlett’s plight, she asked for help getting Scarlett to Canada. And boy, did kind-hearted people step up! A team of volunteers took turns driving Scarlett the multiple legs of her 450-mile journey from New Jersey to Ontario, where she entered BCFS’ foster care program.

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So much heart and selfless work went into Scarlett’s rescue, and most heartwarming is that Scarlett now has a lovely home, a pup sibling and a mama who adores her.

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Mom Joy adopted Scarlett in May, just weeks after her journey from Jersey, and Scarlett fits right in with Joy and her Maltese-Shih Tzu mix Hailey.

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Joy sent us this happy update just before Christmas:

“Scarlett has made such progress and I can’t believe I have had her for 8 months now. The dainty fragile little princess I thought her to be is totally opposite now. She is super playful and friendly to everyone.

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She loves her walks. We go 2-3 times daily for approx. 40 min. I only wish Hailey was much younger so she could play with her. Hailey is not interested in that sort of thing so she will growl or go into hiding. I guess I will have to think about getting another young small dog just for Scarlett.

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She is venturing onto grass now to pee and poo. She scampers around almost running. It’s so cute to see. I was amazed at her in the snow and ice we have had. I thought she wouldn’t want to walk. She goes a little slower but she still goes the whole distance. That was a big concern of mine since the winter will be long and cold. What a relief for me. Hailey loves the winter and walks so much better when it’s cold. It’s a good thing I have Hailey because Scarlett follows her like her shadow and without a leash. She’s into the tree sniffing and everything else along the way.

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She has a really good appetite but I monitor her intake so she doesn’t become a fat little porker. I think she has put on about a pound. She is not boney as before. When they go for walks and it is wet and muddy I put the 2 of them in the bathtub together with about 2 inches of warm water to wash their feet. That is a real cute sight to see.

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She rarely makes mistakes in the house anymore, only when I go out when I come home she hears the noises of the garage door, car and front door that makes her nervous and excited. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch at night watching t.v. so they don’t get their later night outing and she can last till the following morning to go. Thank goodness for that.

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They have been walked this morning (out at 7:30 a.m.) and fed and now they are crashed on the couch-Hailey is on my right and Scarlett on my left. So that pretty much sums up the report. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Sincerely, Joy

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Thank you, Joy! We’re happy to have given Scarlett her second chance, and that she has a wonderful family and life now.

We’re not surprised that Scarlett is able to enjoy life even without sight, because blind dogs do very well and often learn to navigate their home quickly, as Joy described to us in a previous update. If you’re dog-savvy and thinking of adopting, don’t let a dog’s lack of sight stop you! They will surprise you.

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Eight months after BCFS rescued this tiny shih tzu, Scarlett shows us how she went from being unwanted in the world to beloved. It changed Scarlett’s world, and that makes the world a little happier place.

BCFS… saving the world one animal at a time

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Welcome Bailey – Cavalier King Charles Mix – Adopted

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Special Christmas Post: Ashton Update!

Ashton is a remarkable, loving dog who doesn’t let being ‘special needs’ interfere with his abundant love of life. His eyes never developed, so Ashton has been blind from birth and also has a cleft lip. His lip and nose may look unusual but fortunately do not cause him any health issues.

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Ashton had just turned two when we welcomed him into our foster care program one year ago, initially named Ashling. Within a short time, he became a foster graduate: his foster family adopted him in January 2018!

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Mom Leah, a longtime BCFS foster, is clearly head over heels in love with Ashton.

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And Ashton is equally besotted with Leah!

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We’re honored to share her joy and photos of this beautiful happy boy. Leah writes,

So what can I tell you about Ashton over the last year… well for starters he is the best pup EVER!!!! I was very hesitant to foster a special needs dog and I’m so happy Amy talked me into it.

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As he won me over so quickly I knew I couldn’t live without him (my first foster fail) I was worried he would get hurt at our farm or our other 3 dogs would pick on him.

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Well this dog is an amazing little creature. He is so daring and adventurous. He memorized our house (and several of our family members houses) in a matter of a few days. He runs and plays and doesn’t take any attitude from our very bossy chihuahua. He rolls in the snow and runs in the field like a free dog. You would never know he’s blind or special needs.

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He finds all the toys and hoards them on his bed. He jumps on and off our window seat and bed. He figured out how to open the doggie gate and get into the “dog free zone” aka our living room lol! He loves to learn and figure things out. He is an extremely smart little dude.

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I love watching him in new situations whether it be meeting someone new, going to a new place, meeting new animals as he is always full of happiness.

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This dog radiates HAPPINESS from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed. He makes me smile all the time and he loves to give kisses with his cute little face!!!! I brought him to dog camp back in September and he participated in several different dog sports including Rally, Rat Hunt and Musical Free style. He learned and performed an entire dance routine!!!! He is such a trusting dog.

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I’m so unbelievably joyed he came into my life because he makes life so much better! Blind dogs truly see with their hearts. Thank you BCFS for bringing this little fluff ball into my world! I will love him always.

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Leah’s update makes our hearts full and reaffirms our belief in special needs dogs. Thank you, Leah!

BCFS has rescued a number of special needs dogs over the years, because we believe every dog is worthy and every dog deserves the opportunity to live life to the fullest. And — we know that dogs are remarkable at adapting to what society considers a disability. Special needs dogs are able to enjoy life as much as any dog.

We are in need of foster homes for all the dogs we rescue, those who are fully able-bodied but particularly for special needs dogs. BCFS is a foster-based rescue. We cannot do the life-saving work we do without volunteers to temporarily care for these perfectly imperfect dogs in their homes.

We’ll have an entire post on that soon, but if Ashton’s story has inspired you with a can-do attitude to care for a special needs pup while they await adoption, please click here to fill out our online volunteer application.

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Thank you, and Merry Christmas from Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary!