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Cecil needs Surgery!

Cecil needs quality of life surgery. Click to donate 

In a nutshell…. Cecil’s background story:

Coming by plane and automobile the 8 puppies made their way from the very far Northern  Ontario thanks to help from a large group of incredibly dedicated women that we had the pleasure of working with over several days. We can’t thank them enough…

We coordinated, begged and borrowed to get these puppies south. We got them to Dryden, ON  and then got a bit stuck.

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BCFS is so lucky to have had a volunteer drive the forty hour round trip transport to bring all the puppies to Southern Ontario!

The puppies arrived through a snow storm into clear cool skies of Southern Ontario on November 12, 2017 in the late evening. They were thirsty, tired and hungry. They snacked lightly, drank deeply and fell into a lovely sleep.

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It’s tough to be around puppies and not laugh out loud at their antics. They dance like nobody’s watching. They play with abandon.

Cecil – black and tan male

What can we say about Cecil? People would call him a Runt. He’s a quarter the size of his siblings and came in sick. Very sick. He had multiple seizures, dehydration, kidney infection, bladder stones and exhaustion. We took Cecil to the vet and had him stay for the day to get IV fluids and antibiotics. He’s doing so much better.

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As Cecil began to grow we noticed in January that he was limping. We took him to see Dr Aunt Rachel and there were so many possibilities. His condition was poor and he was getting worse and worse with his mobility.

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We took Cecil to the VEC in Toronto to be assessed by Dr. Mason (internal medicine) and Dr. Ringwood (surgeon).  We learned Cecil had panosteitis (pano) a painful bone virus that is also known as growing pains. He should out grow the pano with time and is currently on pain meds.

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Cecil was also diagnosed with bilateral (both) elbow dysplasia. He lays like this to take the weight off his elbows. The only cure is surgery and with surgery he has an 85% chance of living a completely normal life.

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We had to wait several months for the pano to improve before we could do the surgery, so he’d be able to to weight bear with less pain.

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The surgery is approximately $6000 and we are fundraising to cover the cost to give Cecil a normal life. Any donation is greatly appreciated and can be made via our donations page or our goFundMe page: Help Cecil

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Help Cecil learn to lay like a regular dog…

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Calling all Bakers!!! PC PetValue Oct 13 at 11am.

We’re looking to run a bake sale at the Thanks for Giving event at the Port Colborne PetValue on Oct 13, 2018…. please have baked goods at store by 11am.

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If you are interested in baking please email mybremner@yahoo.com, so we have an idea of quantity.

Make your speciality! Animal or Thanksgiving themes would be wonderful!

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We have two new dogs in rescue, Cecil needs surgery and its time to buy hay.

Roo the 11 year old female minpin
Roo the 11 year old female minpin
Barbara the 11 year old pug
Barbara the 11 year old pug

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I know its been a rough year for BCFS, but are going to carry on and continue to help animals! One heartbeat at a time.

Thank you and all the animals of BCFS thank you too!

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We are also looking for auction items for our 2018 FB Auction to start in November! Please donate!

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Larney, Put to Rest.

It was a short walk to the damp grass and Larney stumbled a few times, but he kept following me to where he’d be at peace.

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Dr Bob was quiet and somber as he pulled out the medication that would end Larney’s pain. It was windy and the rain was intermittent.

Even the sky looked sad

My heart was thumping as Dr Bob depressed the plunger on the syringe and Larney got sleepy. He started to waver and in a flash his eyes said thank you and then the light was gone

There was no question: it was time.

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We tried all sorts of medications and other alternative care, but Larney’s body was giving up. His eyes still bright, but his body was thin and fragile.

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He passed quietly and peacefully with Brent, Dr. Bob and Amy by his side whispering sweetness, like how much he was loved. I was crouched in the damp grass stroking Larney’s incredibly soft muzzle when I felt the bite of a mosquito on the bit of flesh exposed on my rump. Not sure what that means…

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As we walked back to the barn Dr. Bob said,

“I’m sorry for your loss. This is the toughest part of having animals.”

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Larney will be particularly missed by his BFF Splash. They used to share hay and graze together before Larney’s sudden deterioration made him stall bound.

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Grief is merely the price of love.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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 !

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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 !

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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!

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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: https://youtu.be/hbCKpZSn4EU

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Growing Up Fast!

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

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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!

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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.

Pet/Animal Reiki Fundraiser – Sept. 22, 2018

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Adoptions Coordinator & Reiki Master Silvana Cronier will be running another Pet/Animal Reiki Fundraising Workshop with half of the registration fees being donated to BCFS to help care for the animals.

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Calling on all Reiki/Energy Practitioners who are animal lovers and feel a strong connection with the animal kingdom to come out and learn valuable skills in giving Reiki to animals.

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The Workshop will run from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at BCFS’s new farm location in Wainfleet.  Workshop fee is $100.00, with half going directly to BCFS and a charity donation receipt will be provided to each Practitioner.  Practitioners will receive a reference manual, a certificate and be able to work hands on with the animals at the farm during the workshop.  Practitioners will be required to have either their Level 1 Reiki or any other Energy Healing Certificate to attend.  Pre-registration is required before Friday September 14, 2018.  Lunch will be provided.

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Click on link below  to register on-line

Registration Form

Follow link below to read about previous workshop

Previous Workshop

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Goodbye Bill the Cat

Bill the Cat died peacefully in sleep on Tuesday afternoon while it rained outside. He was napping in the computer room when his heart must have given up and he passed. This was not expected and we’re suffering from shock at the sudden loss.

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What we will miss about Bill the Cat…. 

Seeing him sleep in the garden.

The crunching sounds he makes when he eats.

The kitten alarm clock. Walking us at all hours.

The kitten snooze button was Brent putting a hand on his body and he’d start purring and enjoy a cuddle.

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Bill the cat walked heavy. We could always hear him coming or wondering if we had an elephant in the house.

The way he’d claw his way up the side of the bed to sleep with us.

He would gently paw Brent’s hand to get attention. If that failed he’d lick your head or claw at any available body part.

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How he loved to hide in the hostas.

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When he would sleep outside he would be so still we often said we should draw a chalk outline.

Mostly we miss Bill the Cat’s breathing and heart beat.

He was a nippy cat and would often nip at Brent when he was giving him attention. Or scratching.

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Kitten in a box.

Kitten belly rubs were a big no-no

Worrying about him when he would go on his adventures.

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We’d be searching for him around the cottages and he would meow and run to us.

How he welcomed our new tenants and the impact he had on visitor’s lives. Everyone always asks about Bill the Cat.

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Cat hair on everything.

We miss booping his nose.

That he was an internet sensation:

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We love and miss you Bill the Cat.

 

 

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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.

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

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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!

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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.”

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Ale has the prettiest green eyes…

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And Ginger is a big fan of naps…
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Who doesn’t love pretty pink kitty toes?

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

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Adopted! Sweet Pea Finds the Perfect Home!

We’re delighted that our little Sweet Pea has at last found her forever home, and she lucked out with the perfect new family, two-legged and four-legged!

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This adorable goat came to BCFS in the summer of 2017 along with MT, her duck friend.

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They were enjoying life with our animals in foster care while awaiting their forever home, when MT sadly suffered life threatening injuries last month and was euthanized.

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Fortunately, we heard from a lovely couple experienced in animal rescue that they were interested in adopting Sweet Pea. They’d just lost one of their goats and wanted to give Sweet Pea a good home with their female goats, donkeys, ducks, chickens, cats and dogs who were also rescued!

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Sweet Pea off to her new home

Sweet Pea may find her new family of kindred spirits helps ease her loss of MT, with whom she was closely bonded. She’s already making friends with all the animals, and Jim writes, “I should note that neither Isabella or Betsy had ever shown an interest in being elevated, before she arrived.”

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They have a spacious farm and barn that’s heated in winter and cooled with fans in summer, which Sweet Pea has already made her home sweet home. She has two acres of fenced pasture to graze and romp in with her new friends, too!

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They write, “First pasture with everybody at 4:30″.  Sweet Pea fits right in!

We’re thrilled to already have new photos and updates on Sweet Pea from her adoptive dad and mom, Jim and Faye, whom Sweet Pea has clearly taken to.

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Inside the barn. “Our dogs don’t seem to be an issue for her, and the donkeys and goats think she’s swell.”

They understand rescues have a period of adjustment in a new home, are patient and say their own animals introduce new ones into the family. Sweet Pea should have a smooth transition and her happily-ever-after with such a friendly welcoming committee!

We couldn’t be happier for Sweet Pea, and are grateful to her new family for giving her the loving home she deserves. Thank you, Jim and Faye!

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