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Dexter’s Christmas Wish Fulfilled — Update!

Lovable St. Bernard Dexter was 7 years old when he came into BCFS’ foster care program one year ago. He must have asked Santa to bring him a loving family last Christmas, because that’s just what he got when he was adopted in January.

dexteradoptionpicjanuary2018Dexter’s “Gotcha Day” with Aaron and Sonja, January 2018

So to spread a little Christmas joy, we have a wonderful update on Dexter and his new life to share with you. His mom and dad Sonja and Aaron sent these new photos and write,

“Dexter has thrived out here in the country enjoying all the trails and adventures.”


“He has the loudest snores and loves sleeping in our bed (even if he isn’t supposed to). He has amazing energy and always wants to come with us wherever we go.”


“His cat brothers Dolce and Jimmy enjoy his company too. It has almost been a year since we adopted him and could not imagine our lives without him!”

We’re thrilled for this big 150-lb. boy, to love the life he’s found with a family who cherishes him.

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Now he’s spending his first Christmas with Aaron, Sonja and his cat brothers ~ and Santa paid a visit!

DexterUPDATEXmas2018sharpexpDecember 2018: Dexter was such a good boy this year, Santa paid him a visit!

Ho, ho, ho, from all of us at BCFS to Dexter and his family!


Takota Update — All Grown Up!

Northern pup Takota’s mom Cindy explained to us in her last update that Takota’s name means “friend to all”. In the year since Takota was adopted as a puppy, he’s become living proof of his name’s translation.


This joyful boy, who came into BCFS’ foster care program from Ontario’s far north last year with his seven Husky/Lab/Shepherd mix siblings, is now best friends with his family’s adult dog Maizy.

Growing up with Maizy to play with, show him the way and be his best friend has been wonderful for both Takota and Maizy. And we have video clips! :) We took still frames from Cindy’s videos to preview her delightful short clips of Takota:


1) As a puppy playing with Maizy in their yard — Click to see video


And, 2) As an adult romping with Maizy! Click to see video

Clearly these two are best friends! Dogs are incredibly social, and having a canine friend can help bring out the best in both dogs.

Cindy also sends a note:

Thought you would like to see how handsome this little boy is!!! It has been a little over a Year… he has been wonderful for Maizy… his calmness helps her.

While he has not been anywhere near an angel… ate our thanksgiving carrot cake off the counter as well as Ed’s nice head phones, he is 100% love and the most popular puppy at his Tuesday puppy play.  Thank you again for letting us adopt him!!! Cindy

Well, the carrot cake and headphones might not have survived, but what Takota lacks in manners, he makes up for in lovability.

lemonpuppycroppedsharpPuppy Takota before his rescue. We knew he was special!

Takota has been given a life of joy, fun and love from his human, canine and feline family (he has a kitty sibling, Taz, too!) All because volunteers worked so hard to enable BCFS to rescue Takota and his siblings, and because Cindy and her family chose to adopt. We’re grateful to all.


As the year 2018 winds to a close, we hope the wisdom and compassion in the #AdoptDontShop message continues to spread and be embraced. Puppy, adult, or senior, healthy, sick or disabled, BCFS is there for them all.

BCFS ~ Saving the world one animal at a time…



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.




Candle Making BCFS Fundraiser

When my friend Cyndi asked if I wanted to make candles as a fundraiser for BCFS, I hesitated briefly.

I am not a crafty person and I found this project daunting, but,  I said yes.

I considered it an adventure. I walked into Cyndi’s amazing Victorian painted lady home, into her warm kitchen and saw the supplies sprawled across endless soapstone countertops.


Her house smelled like essential oils mixed with soy wax. It was warm and inviting. We enjoyed a quick salad and then rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

I glued the wicks to the bottom of the jars and positioned them with plastic holders, while Cyndi was in the kitchen proper doing some incredible math in her head, mumbling to herself and glaring at the the little kitchen scale on the counter beside the stove.

“Zero” she said. “Come on scale, Zero!”


I had no idea there was so much measuring and weighing in candle making. The wax must be at a certain temperature to accept the scents and then must cool before being painstakingly hand poured at a slow speed into the various jars.

Then we wait. With our reward of  red wine.

The candles turned white and the scents filled the house. We sat on the couch chatting and enjoying our wine.


Apparently, I can handle this crafty stuff, especially when it comes with wine. lol.

The candles will be available for sale starting this Sunday, Dec 16, 2019 from 3-5pm at the BCFS barn. Please email for directions or if you’re interested in buying candles.


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?

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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.”

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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!

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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!


Leo 11 year old blind shih tzu

We can only imagine a dog’s life before they came to BCFS. Regardless of what people say about loving their pet…

… the pet’s body tells another story. 


This is the case with eleven year old blind shih tzu named Leo. 

The family claimed love, but Leo was flea infested and his legs and undercarriage were covered in heavy mats the fleas had taken up residence.

When they set him on the ground covered in Avon skin-so-soft “to help the itching” Leo ran around the barn scratching and crying in discomfort. Even the family acted alarmed.

This poor guy was being chewed up by fleas. As we cuddled Leo the fleas jumped onto our skin and crawled. We continued to cuddle the filthy, flea infested dog because that’s exactly what we do.

A simple flea bath and a dose of revolution took care of the flea infestation and Leo slept for 24 hours. We had to wake him up to go for potty breaks.


We then noticed that Leo’s anal glands were causing him a great deal of pain. We gave him some painkillers and antihistamines to help when we started cutting out the heavy matting. Leo cried in pain at points and it took nearly three hours to patiently clip out the mats with frequent breaks.

Leo was so uncomfortable that when he was awake he cried in discomfort. He was confused, disoriented and in a panic ran around the living room. We used cuddle therapy to calm him down, along with a sweater and a heating pad.


Once we got him shaved down from the mats that left sores on his skin and his right front leg was swollen from having a mat that went the circumference of his limb.  We noticed he also had an eye infection.


We’re questioning a urinary tract infection as well from the frequent urination. Turns out we were correct on the UTI and he is being treated for rods in his urine.

The good news? He eats like a horse! He a monster cuddle bug and he’s easy to handle. He will be very special needs and reminds me a little of my Baby Jackson.

He loves people, especially children, but as he is entering his golden years we recommend a house without small children. A quiet place he can live out his days being cared for appropriately and loved.


Leo hasn’t been vaccinated in years, nor heartworm tested. He’s received no flea or heartworm treatment or any veterinary care since 2015. Beyond the lack of physical care Leo looks down right sad. The emotional turmoil is catastrophic.

The family had multiple traumatic events and did the right thing by surrendering Leo to BCFS. One look at this little guy in pain and we couldn’t say no.

Leo is up for adoption pending his veterinary visit. He’s 11 and is blind, with a head tilt that tends to spin him in circles. He loves to be outside and will potty outside if taken regularly. He’s great on a leash and gets along with other cats and dogs, but doesn’t need a canine companion.

Leo is definitely  special needs are you able to care for a baby Leo as he enters his senior years? He certainly has lots of spunk left! Don’t worry… he’ll get cuter as he heals.


added to end of article Dec 7: We took Leo to a specialist who stated based on Leo’s behaviour and physical exam, she believes Leo has a brain injury and a spinal cord injury. We are not speculating on the type of trauma. His head tilt, walking in circles or aimless wandering will be a permanent condition with few treatment options.



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!


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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Volunteer Day: November 17, 2018 10am-4pm

BCFS will be opening its doors to approved volunteers on November 17th, 2018 from 10 am – 4pm.

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Please fill out a volunteer application from our website and submit it online for approval.  Applications


This will be a day of deep cleaning the barn before winter, items organized in the storage area, fencing repair and paddock clean up.


We will also be building a shed or “leanto” for the horses in the coming weeks.

Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. 


We’re also looking for someone to provide a lunch.  Vegetarian  chili or sandwiches would be great!


A community event!

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