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Volunteer Meetup & Dog Foster Workshop, Sunday Feb 22

The next BCFS Volunteer Meetup is scheduled for  Sunday, February 22  at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, 11am to 1pm.

PLUS Foster Dog Management Training with Guest Dahlia Ayoub, Master Dog Trainer, Mighty Mutts.  Dahlia will conduct an interactive workshop to help our foster families (or those considering fostering) manage all manner of tasks, from introducing new fosters to resident animals, setting up your home for success, foster care expectations, reading dog body language, managing meet and greets, and best practices for transport.

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Shih Poo Diagnosed with Cushings Disease, Support BCFS Harriette Fund

Our sweet senior lady Shih Poo Harriette has just been diagnosed with Cushings Disease. If you are not familiar with this affliction, know that it’s a particularly challenging one.

Here’s a good synopsis from Kate Connick’s blog post:

Cushing’s Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a common condition in older dogs, often mistaken for the aging process itself. Dogs gain weight, lose hair, urinate in the house, and make owners begin to prematurely consider euthanasia. Yet Cushing’s disease is treatable and that treatment can result in a longer, more comfortable life for the dog and its owner.  [link to full article here]

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Video Teaser, Furever Home Featuring Daisy Mae and The Cast of BCFS

It’s been a fascinating experience to be first hand participants in the making of a documentary TV series. From interviews to broll, learning the lingo to setting up shots, the television project is coming together minute by minute.

Here’s a little teaser from the first episode of Furever Home, the TV series being produced by Judith Keenan and Furever Network for broadcast on The Pet Network, featuring our hard working volunteers and the rescued dogs of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary!

This episode is all about puppy mill survivors. The story of rescue, rehab and re-homing our fostered American Bulldog Daisy Mae is the narrative that forms the heart of this episode. Daisy is now leading a wonderful life in her furever home, thanks to her new mom Jennifer!

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Judith is working double time to get the entire episode done early this winter, then it’ll be off to The Pet Network for their review, feedback, final edits before scheduling.

But don’t hold your breaths quite yet folks, it can be quite some time from completing Episode One to finishing all SIX episodes, then awaiting the broadcaster’s air date.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to get “sneak peeks” to keep you in the loop!

With special shout outs to Amy, Brent, Megan, Laura, Jennifer Martin and the entire cast of characters who have made an appearance, lent a hand, watched some footage, or posed for a picture – it takes a team to make a show!

More about Furever Home here!

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2015 Calendar Helps Keep Beaver Creek Animals Safe and Healthy

Our 2015 Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Calendar is hot off the press and ready for gifts, walls and offices everywhere! Our annual printed Calendar is one more way we raise the funds to help all of our rescued animals and animals in our permanent sanctuary care stay safe, get healthy, and for some move on to find their perfect furever families.

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Please consider donating for a Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary 2015 Calendar. One for $20 or three for $50. You won’t be disappointed!

MAKE A CALENDAR DONATION

ORDER YOUR CALENDARS from AMY BY EMAIL

Thank you again to Nancy Campbell for doing an amazing job in designing our second calendar; and to Judith Keenan at Furever Network and George Bailey for additional photography.

 

 

 

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Fall Facebook Auction Restocks the Coffers – More Rescuing to Come!

It takes a village.  We at BCFS have a mantra that we lean on in times of question: Help the animals. We can help more with a village than as an individual.

Insomniac fingers were flying as we neared midnight on November 10, 2014. It was the last and final round of bidding, and our supporters had had their eyes on certain items since the moment we published them. We commend you for sticking with the process!

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Adopt a Senior Pet Month at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary

We don’t really need a special month to sing the praises of our ‘well tempered’ adoptable dogs, but if the world is on board with November being Adopt a Senior Pet Month we are too!

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Running an animal rescue, and more specifically a sanctuary that often takes animals considered ‘hard to place,’ means our team is, de facto, a champion of senior pets. “They are low maintenance,” states Amy, “and have a lot of experience that makes them wonderful companions. Anything that brings more awareness to their amazing qualities is a good thing in my books.”

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Any dog seven years or older is considered a “senior,” but the size of the dog is also factored into the reckoning –  the smaller the dog, the later in life they are considered a “senior.” And of course different species are considered senior at different ages. Resident Clydesdale horse Autumn is 23 years old, and Amy feels she is just now reaching her golden years. A horse’s chronological age certainly plays a role in whether he or she is considered old or not, but many feel it’s important to consider the horse’s physical condition, mental condition, history, and any health problems that might be present to know what is “old” for a horse.

Gus and Autumn are both seniors in their golden years.
Gus and Autumn are both seniors in their golden years.

Be aware, like any creature human or animal, senior pets have their own peculiar quirks.  “They drink your whiskey and smoke your cigars,” warns Brent, “and sometimes they get forgetful and poop in the house. But we still love them no matter what.”

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Senior Chihuahua Chichi shakes a mean tailfeather!

Use this month to educate people on why it’s awesome to have an older pet! Help senior pets find homes — tell one person this month why senior pets are great companions and you’ll be helping people and dogs in need!

Visit our Adoptable Animals section to read more about them here on our website.

Chihuahua Senior Chihuahua looking for a home

 

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Furever Home TV to feature Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary

Furever Home TV on site with Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, following stories at the front line of dog rescue for upcoming series on The Pet Network.

An exciting new development for our charitable rescue that is sure to help us reach our goal – educating the general public about animal rescue and animal welfare.  The documentary series, Furever Home, produced in collaboration with cable broadcaster The Pet Network. will be spending the next few months living here on the farm. And when we say “living,” we mean actually residing here at Beaver Creek’s Sanctuary 24-7,  immersed in the daily flow of life in our animal rescue organization.

“When you work on the front lines of animal rescue, you do tend to get so immersed that some of the fundamentals of outreach get overlooked. Having Furever Home here shooting, interviewing and observing with fresh eyes is having a terrific effect on how we grow, a benefit we could not have foreseen when we agreed to host the project.” – Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Founder Amy Bremner.

In documentary television parlance, this process of film and television production is called being “embedded.” Its similar to the process a journalist would undertake when they accompany their subjects into the front lines for a feature or in-depth news story. Imagine, for example, a military zone or a political campaign. Although animal rescue does not involve armed insurgents or suspiciously-financed politicos, it certainly does have its share of conflict and subterfuge. We hope to help the TV crew capture a taste of that to share with audiences; especially viewers that may not be aware that rescue organizations even exist.

Read the Feature Story in Toronto Star about Furever Home Doc TV SeriesFurever Featured in the Toronto Star

Furever Home TV Producer Judith Keenan, herself an active animal rescuer, explains “to get the best perspective on how a dog transforms through the three “Rs” – Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-homing – you have to know where the dog in starting from upon first arrival, see the incremental steps in healing, and be witness to the sometimes-sweet, sometimes heart-breaking end result – getting the dog a furever home. There’s no more effective way to watch that happen than to literally be there as it does. You have to gain the trust of the dog as well as its caregivers to get the real story.”

Read more about Furever Home TV

furever home TV series Furever Network is the online home base for Furever Home TV – you will find more behind-the-scenes segments as we move through production this fall – check it out on Furever Network here!

About The Pet Network

the pet network tv seriesFor Canadians who love pets, The Pet Network is the only television destination entirely dedicated to delivering entertaining and informative stories about the beloved animal companions who share our lives.

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Facebook Auction Closes First Round Bids; More Great Items to Come

Tonight at 6pm we closed the bids for the first 14 items in the Beaver Creek Auction on Facebook!  A huge “thank you” and good karma to our supporters who have won their coveted packages by virtue of being the highest bidder!

Visit Beaver Creek Auction on Facebook to see all the winners!

Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary is privileged to count many donors in their camp. That’s why we are able to offer even more great stuff in Round Two! Watch the Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/beavercreekauction – for more items going live tomorrow, Tuesday October 21 starting at 6pm.

Christmas Warmer Basket – never too soon for holiday shopping

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For the info geeks families – a whole collection of “How It Works”facebook auction

Faux Fur glory – as modeled by donor, volunteer and Fab Gal Gayle!

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Jackson is very excited, you will be too – come on over :)

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Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary Now Registered Charity 828253435RR001

After months of paperwork, research and development Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary achieved its Registered Charity Status 828253435RR0001

Acquiring this title allows us to apply for corportate and government funding  to help more animals.

Thank you to all those who have supported us and followed in our adventures.

In the next year we are hoping to take further steps to expand our sanctuary and we look forward to future endeavours with our established friends of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.

If anyone has experience writing or applying for government grants, knows organizations that support animal rescue or works for a corporation that supports registered charities please contact Amy at mybremner – at – yahoo.com.

Cheers!

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Turtle magic