Category Archives: Rescue Life

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Fundraising!

Last year was a struggle to keep BCFS financially floating and this year BCFS has done well to tread water, until now…

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It’s difficult to admit that we’re getting low on funds, but it’s not surprising as we didn’t have our big open house this summer.

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We’re also building and that takes its toll on our pocketbooks and our time. We’re hoping to continue our good works and re-open in the Spring of 2016 in our new location, but until then we’ll be tightening our belts.

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Halloween Creepy Carnival Fundraiser! 

Thank goodness for the Halloween Fundraiser this Sunday, October 18, 2015 from noon till 4pm at 5 Forks Rd in Welland. I’m hoping we raise enough to keep us afloat.

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Donations

A few dollars here and there isn’t much to ask to help the animals. We are 100% volunteer and 100% of our funds go to help the animals. Nobody takes a salary at BCFS!

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So, if you can’t make it out to the Fundraiser please consider making a donation to BCFS via email: mybremner@yahoo or our website donation page.

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Third Annual Facebook Auction! 

Or consider bidding on items for our Facebook Auction… you’re going to buy Christmas gifts anyway, so why not help an animal along the way? We are unable to print calendars this year, so consider an item from the auction!

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We greatly thank you and so do all the animals.

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Meeting with the Mayor – September 2015

Amy’s Desk

I woke up at 7am on September 2, 2015 from a nighmare. I was locked in a cage with a cold concrete floor and I couldn’t escape. There was sobbing and terror all around me.

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This was not one of my better dreams and the acid in my stomach caught fire as I remembered today was the day. The glimmer of hope to find a place to keep my dream of BCFS alive. Today was the day of the big meeting.

Time to put on my game face

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The Meeting.

The meeting to determine the fate of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary was set and we were notified that the Welland SPCA had been invited. My past experiences with the SPCA could be construed as somewhat less than favourable, so you can understand my trepidation and downright panic.

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Power in Numbers

On September 2nd, 2015 the President of BCFS went to the meeting armed with the Operation and Adoption Coordinators. We walked into the board room at the Wainfleet Township Hall to five new faces.

Five? Gulp.

The representative from the OSPCA sat in her uniform and offered a cautious smile and her hand to shake. Was she being friendly?

Forgive our hesitation, we aren’t used to this kind of welcome. Sitting to her right was the head of the Welland Humane Society and SPCA who smiled warmly as he shook our hands.

We were paranoid – was this a tactic to lull us into a false sense of hope?

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We were also introduced to the Town Planner, Chief Building Inspector and the By-Law Enforcement Officer.

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Then the Mayor walked in with her shampoo commercial hair and wowed us with a bright smile. She lit up the room with a comment about loving the country lifestyle of Wainfleet.

It felt like we were on a reality TV show. It was very surreal.

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The first question: What does BCFS do?

We pulled out calendars, magazines, pamphlets, business cards, media information and pie charts. We talked about helping animals. About doing a small, but very quality job of improving lives.

Saving the world one animal at a time…

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We handed over letters from our large and small animal vet and the SPCA duo smiled and said we see no problem with BCFS.

What? Say that again?

We would classify you as a kennel and do an annual inspection. Is that okay?” said John, the head of the SPCA in Welland and District.

The BCFS team had a moment of hysterical deafness.

Seriously? What?

They laughed. We laughed. We were laughing. What?

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Zoning – The Catch

So, what’s the catch? Zoning and Building Permits are the catch, but they were willing to work with us.

We are not zoned correctly to be a kennel, but if we go through the process and pay the $2000 we can change our zoning to include kennels. It takes a couple of months, a great deal of time and several meetings, but they are willing to work with us.

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We may have to alter our building permits, which is more money, but a small investment to continue our good works.

Welland Humane Society and SPCA.

They’ve offered BCFS the use of their training facility and would like to share resources. They’d like to give us some information regarding international rescue.

They are going to give us a kennel license – which means no more dog bylaw limit issues.

If you’d like to send a big shout out to thank the Welland Humane society or are looking for a friend to adopt check out their website: Welland Humane Society

They want to work with BCFS.

I am at a lovely, wonderful and peaceful loss of words….

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Fort Erie Animal Bylaws Force Suspension in BCFS Dog Rescue

Never in a million years would I thought I’d have to fight so hard to do animal rescue. I knew there would be huge challenges to help animals, but I thought those would be with evil abusers  – not animal officials in my own home town. — Amy Bremner, President of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.

Fighting for our Right to Help Animals 

The Fort Erie council meeting on Monday August 10, 2015 was a violent roller coaster ride that turned into a mixed bag of new beginnings, while still being shackled to the old world bylaws.

The councilors will be reviewing the twenty year old animal bylaws for the next six to eight months to bring them up to date.  We have been battling for positive change since 2012, so we aren’t excited by another delay, although they have asked that BCFS be included in the creation of the new bylaws, if and when they are eventually overhauled.

We do send out a big thank you to Marina Butler, Chris Knutt,  and Mayor Redakop for defining the amendments listed below.

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The Maltipoo Dreams…

I had a dream one February night. It must have been the cold freezing my brain that brought on the crazy maltipoo dreams. I couldn’t remember a colder winter than the one of 2015, but I digress…

I’d like spin a little yarn for your entertainment about a dream detailing the largest  intake of dogs by Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.

The Dream: A Tail of Too many Maltipoos

I sit in the old farm kitchen waiting and I am not comforted by the glow of the fireplace or the feel of the warm terracotta tiles under my feet.

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I pace the worn floor fretting at our next intake. There are stalls to clean, dogs to walk and farm animals that need tending, but I’m wrapped up in a tight ball of tension as I wait for the crazy pack of Maltipoos (maltese / poodle cross puppies).

Or, at least, the potential of a crazy pack of maltipoo puppies.

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Help Save a Life! BCFS Now Recruiting Foster Families

Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary is inviting responsible foster families join our team! By temporarily opening your home to a dog in need, you can help save a life and BCFS can accept more dogs into our rescued dog foster program.

Becoming one of our foster families is a great way to have a “hands on” experience with rescued dogs and the BCFS organization. Here’s how it works …

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Time… the great and powerful healer…

The Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary family has suffered the tragic loss of one of our beloved sanctuary animals. We are struggling to find our balance so we can continue to walk the walk of animal rescue.

It will take time  before we are ready to jump in with two feet or four paws and we greatly appreciate your patience during this time of healing.

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We miss Poco more than we can express and hope our tears pave his way to heaven. Poco is the worst cruelty case we have encountered and we hope that he has finally found peace. We love you Pokes.

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