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Whiskey – Adopted

Please welcome Whiskey! He’s a 10 month old husky/dachshund mix who came down from far northern Ontario into BCFS’ Foster Care Program.

He’s smart, sweet and loving. A little shy, but very social with both dogs and people. Whiskey has shown no interest in cats. He’s housebroken and is getting better on leash walks.


Whiskey has a sweet personality and those short little legs make him a delight!  He’s very friendly and loves belly rubs!

If you’re interested in meeting Whiskey please fill out an adoption application and then email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at:  

Please share and let’s find Whiskey a forever home.


Mini Horses in need of a Trim

Horses need special care. They need special feed, special hay, veterinary care for vaccinations, teeth floating and most importantly:  hoof care.

Horses’ hooves grow like toenails and if you don’t trim your nails and take care of your feet it gets pretty tough to walk.


Those professionals who specialize in horse hoof care are called farriers or blacksmiths. BCFS needed to find a new farrier and having Doug out for the first time to trim all the horses was a very wonderful experience.

Doug was patient and kind. He stated, based on his experience, these mini horses hadn’t been trimmed in at least eight to twelve months.


Much like human toenails, horse hooves start to curve upwards when left to grow without any care. Eventually, the hooves get so long it starts to affect the ankle and entire leg.


The horses go lame and limp painfully around until their hooves get trimmed. If ignored for too long this can have chronic long term effects of horses’s legs and their ability to walk.


The horses who stay at BCFS have a fine gravel paddock that does a little natural hoof trimming as the horses walk around, so they do well for 10-12 weeks between trims. Most of the time they need to have their hooves shaped – especially Autumn who wings out when she walks.

The mini horses are doing well now that they’ve had their first set of vaccinations and hooves trimmed. They will be ready for their forever homes before the end of December.


If you are interested in adoption one of the mini horses please fill out an adoption application and submit to our coordinator Silvana!

Thank you! 



Upsy Daisy! Three year old female Shih Tzu – Adopted

Another Ohio Puppy Mill Mama comes to BCFS…


Upsy Daisy is a wee, three year old female shih tzu from a puppy mill and she’s missing her tail. We don’t know why her tail is missing or what happened to this sweet pea. Upsy Daisy is itty bitty at only 9 lbs.

resizeupsygusdayoneGus works his magic to make that little tail wag!

She’s shy and fearful but willing to love and we think she’ll come around quickly, especially with the help of a little friend. Upsy Daisy really loves other dogs, so she needs a forever home with another friendly dog to help her come out of her shell and blossom.


Despite her puppy mill beginnings, she’s a happy little dog who has no real behaviour issues. She does need to be housebroken but her foster mom is working to teach her that.

A Little Friend…

For a puppy mill dog, bonding with another dog and seeing how their dog friend trusts people is a strong way to help them learn to love people, too.

If you have a loving heart, a friendly dog who will befriend Upsy Daisy, and a forever commitment to adopting, please complete an adoption application for Upsy Daisy and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at:





Sweet Merle Chi Leandra – Adopted!

Tiny sweet bean Leandra has found her new Mama and forever home! A happy tail for this one-year-old merle chihuahua, cuddling in the arms of her new mom!


Leandra was dumped at a shelter by a puppy mill and panicked at the shelter. Locked in a cage, she bloodied her paws from pacing and digging to escape.

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In BCFS’ foster care, Leandra recovered in a comforting, soothing and loving home playing tug-of-war and getting into mischief with her foster sister Folger, a yorkie. She ran, explored and experienced green grass and freedom.  Most of all, she healed.

LendraIMG_0390resized Leandra was adopted exactly one month after entering BCFS’ Foster Care Program ~ we knew she was irresistible and would be quickly scooped up! Leandra is a very sweet little girl, only six pounds, who is plucky and endearing.

We’re so happy that from her sad start, Leandra’s now healed, vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, dewormed, and off to enjoy the rest of her life with her forever family!


Thank you to Barb for fostering Leandra. BCFS relies on our amazing fosters to temporarily care for many of our rescued animals. If you’re interested in fostering a rescued dog, please fill out a foster volunteer application and send it to Amy Bremner at

We also rely on donations to do our life-saving work and would appreciate, especially during this giving season, a donation of any size to help us keep helping the animals.

You can donate by credit card through PayPal at this link: or by email to, or via cheque to Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, 2930 Bowen Rd, Stevensville, ON L0S 1S0.

BCFS is a registered Canadian charity. Donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated.


Magic and Miracles – Sweet Sundae finds her Forever Home

It’s so quiet now that she’s gone to her forever home and I’m sad. Sometimes that happens when we hold so tightly to those so sick that we get attached. Densely and closely attached. So strong is this bond that it hurts when they leave.


Sundae has been with us for months and months while we healed her body and her spirit. She grew into a beautiful dog who shines with health and love.


As I watched the car drive away I saw Sundae struggle to get back to me and the tears fell hard onto the ground. This is what we do as foster parents – love and love and love and then do the hardest thing ever: let them go.

My mind understands, but my heart still breaks, sometimes along the edges and sometimes straight through the middle.

Sundae is one of those straight through the middle fractures.

I take a slow deep breath and let her go to a loving home. I let her go, so I can help the next one, so I can do what so few can do: love, heal and let go.


I wish for Sundae to forget me and instead only have eyes for her forever mom. I wish Sundae nothing but happiness and health, but my heart still aches now that she’s gone.

She will be forever loved by her new mama and I will forever love them both. I am so grateful for my big heart as it breaks so often.

Happy Tails my sweet ray of joy and sunshine. All my love to you and your new family.


your forever foster mama….


The Mini Horses and Ponies Have Arrived!

Wow… what a crazy weekend of prep and transport to bring these four wee equines into the Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Foster Care Program.

We are supposed to be pulling fence at Little g Ranch in Wainfleet, but we had to take a break and rescue some mini horses. Special thanks to Megan for all her help in making this surrender a successful one! She’s our chief horse wrangler.

Please meet…

ONE: Annie – a stunning blue eyed mare who is a large (class B) mini horse – rideable – up to fifty pounds. At 14 years old she has lots to offer. She is very good natured, but is more comfortable if you ride her without a saddle. She’ll happily do whatever you ask in her simple halter and lead. She has foundered in the past and needs to have her hooves trimmed at regular intervals and needs to be kept off fresh grass. annieresized

TWO: Montana – This 14 year old mare is a former show mini horse who knows walk, trot, canter. She was neglected for a period of time, but is now thriving. She’s delightful and easy to handle.


THREE:  Heidi – This wee tiny girl is smaller than Gus our big dog, but much sweeter. She’s a mini horse who is close to 20 years old and came from a prestigious line of mini horses. She’s a delightful little mare who seems to love everyone.


Four: …. and the young  mini horse colt JB. This young man will be turning two in January 2016 and will be gelded (equivalent of dog neutering) December 2015. He has not been handled much and is a handful. He’ll need an experienced home at least for the next six months until those hormones settle down. He’ll certainly make a flashy cart mini horse!


Size is all about perspective, so here are some photos that give you a better idea of size. These mini horses are quite small and used more for pulling carts than riding. Although the medium sized Class B mini horses can be ridden by small children.

JB meeting Turtle and Autumn.


Splash is the appaloosa pony in the back held by Brent who is 6’3″ and in front of Splash is Montana and in front of Montana is Heidi. Love this picture!


Here is Brent with sweet Heidi… Brent is 6’3″ and not a little guy. Heidi’s head barely reaches his hip. She is a very wee mini horse.


From left to right is Annie, Montana and Heidi. They look normal sized, until you put them next to a regular sized horse…


Like our beautiful blind horse Splash.


 The Difference between a Mini Horse and Pony: 

Miniature horses 

The designation of miniature horse is determined by the height of the animal is usually less than 34–38 inches (86–97 cm) as measured at the last hairs of the mane, which are found at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered “horses” by their respective registries. They have various colors and coat patterns.


Miniature horses are friendly and interact well with people. For this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain natural horse behavior, including a natural fight or flight instinct, and must be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal. They are also trained as service animals, akin to assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Miniature horses are also trained for drivingequine agility and other competitive horse show type events. Mini horses are considered too fragile to be ridden. 

Shetland Pony

The Shetland pony is a breed of pony ranging in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches (7.0 hands; 71.12 cm) to an official maximum height of 11 hands (44 inches, 112 cm) at the withers (11.2 hands (46 inches, 117 cm) for American Shetlands). Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes.

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Today, Shetlands are ridden by children and are shown by both children and adults at horse shows in harness driving classes as well as for pleasure driving outside of the show ring. Shetlands are ridden by small children.



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The Ponies are Coming!!

The call came a month ago from a family looking to re-home two mini horses. Heidi: one very small, sweet palomino mare in her late teens and JB: a very rambunctious paint colt under two years old.


When I went to meet the family and the ponies she confided in me that she had a total of four equines looking for a home.

The other two are also miniature horses who are looking for forever homes, preferably together. The darker of the two is a former show mini horse named Montana and her best friend Annie has two blue eyes.

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The family said they were downsizing due to age and their only goal was to ensure these beautiful mares went to loving forever homes.


Many thanks to Melinda who sponsored their vet care allowing us to accept all four equines into the BCFS Foster Care Program. We will be welcoming these four on Sunday, November 29, 2015.

They will be getting their vet checks done and heading off to their foster homes.

The equines will be up for adoption once cleared their vet check.


Thank you to all those who have helped bring these four into a safe place. Special thanks to Michele from Sandarro Farms for fostering the fiesty colt JB!


If you are interested in adopting any of these equines please email an adoption application into our adoptions coordinator!



Foster Mom Update – Pippa

BCFS’ mission includes rescuing animals and educating people.  The story of the plight of the mill dogs and the long term consequences must be brought to light. Our rescued Pippa is an example of the terrible consequences of puppy mills.


Healing at her own pace…

Pippa is a 4-year-old apricot poodle with a broken spirit who came into BCFS’ foster care program this year after being dumped by a mass breeder at a shelter. She’s been making positive progress but has a fear of people and any strange noises or sudden moves.  She’s so terrified she pees and poops, as we noted in our previous update.

Foster mom Raye has gently cared for Pippa and worked to instill a sense of security and confidence in Pippa, with the help of Raye’s own dog Sally and her permanent BCFS Cushings foster Harriette.


Raye sends us this new update on Pippa:

I have finally hit a milestone in Pippa’s life with humans. She will now seek out a snuggle from me.
If anyone strange to her comes in the house she freezes and pees on the spot, and if a stranger attempts to touch her she will freeze and poop all over them.  Any loud noise and she is off like a bullet to hide,  leaving a trail of pee or poop behind.
The good news is if people are quiet and ignore her after several meetings she will not pee or poop when they come in provided they do not make a move towards her. She still has to wear a short leash for those times I do not have the luxury of time to coax her to come.
Men can be a  special problem in her life. It has taken weeks but she will now come in from outside when my hubby opens the door. He used to have to open the door and stand across the room. She will also take a treat from his hand and will try and mooch at dinner with our pug. My hubby can join her in a chair that she has already been in with out her running. Other men who come into our home she reacts to them like they have the plague.
On those quiet days when no company comes and she can play or snuggle with my small dogs life is good and her house training is intact. She also loves to go for walks on a leash in our quiet neighbourhood and is wonderful in the car.
She could be adopted by a very understanding household that has a  small dog, no children and a quiet lifestyle. She is a very high risk dog for being hit by a car. She is fast and panics running blindly through an open gate or door – I have no doubt she will run right into traffic.
The family would have to be on guard for the rest of her life.  It may also take weeks for her to approach or for you to be able to pick her up. A lot of patience will be required.

Thank you to Raye for her update on Pippa’s progress and her generous heart in fostering this innocent victim of puppy mills.

If you have a quiet home, a big heart, a small dog who would befriend Pippa, and the patience to give Pippa the love and care she needs, please complete an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana Cronier at

Pippa and every dog deserves the chance to love and be loved, and to have a good life. She also has ongoing veterinary care needs and BCFS would greatly appreciate a sponsor for Pippa’s vet care.  If you would like to sponsor Pippa, please contact BCFS’ founder Amy Bremner at

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Why Adopt?

Puppy mills are mass breeders who keep dogs in often squalid conditions, confined in cages for years unsocialized and poorly cared for, to breed puppies for sale in pet stores or online.  They damage dogs’ bodies, minds and spirits. Sometimes the damage takes years to heal, or may be irreversible. The cute puppies available for sale often have sad, sick mothers left behind in a puppy mill, churning out litter after litter for profit. When their breeding ability is used up, they’re killed or dumped at shelters.

We hope Pippa’s story touches hearts and helps people understand why adopting dogs from a legitimate rescue or shelter is necessary, instead of purchasing a dog. Please adopt, don’t shop!