As we bid farewell to 2018, we wish to express our thanks and profound gratitude for your support. Whether you foster, volunteer, adopt, donate, host events, bid on our annual Facebook auction, or follow and share our work on social media, you enable BCFS to save lives and care for our permanent residents. Thank you.
Through all seasons, BCFS cares for our residents and is here to rescue needy animals, with your support
On this first day of the year, we’d like to show you how your past support helped BCFS save animals from late 2017 through 2018, what we believe in and do as our mission, and humbly ask that you make a donation in 2019. (If you can’t give, we understand—please keep reading anyway!)
BCFS is a registered charity and Canadian donations are tax-deductible. We’re 100% volunteer so every penny goes to the animals, and we are reliant on your kind donations.
Permanent resident Elsa gets up to her shenanigans!
Rescued … and Adopted!
These beautiful souls are our “graduates” in the past year, who were all adopted* from December 2017 through December 2018.
Top row, L-R: Keller, Tralee, Peppa. Middle row: Dexter, Ashton (formerly Ashling), Panchito. Bottom row: Squash, Lacey and Maggie (formerly Mitsy)
Clockwise from top left: Bud, Cricket, Kevin, Sweet Pea and MT, Scooter (formerly Scout), and Parker. Center: Annie (formerly Roxanne).
Top row, L-R: Gus (formerly Kernel), Roo, Barbara. Middle row: Blue, Scarlett, Rocky (formerly Roscoe). Bottom row: Mickey and Knuckles, Leo, Bailey (*Note: Leo is still available for adoption and Bailey has an adoption pending).
Several, like Keller and Cricket, entered our foster care program earlier in 2017 and spent many months with BCFS before finding their forever homes. We appreciate our volunteer foster families!
And who can forget our epic rescue of eight puppies from Northern Ontario?
They were all quickly adopted into loving homes by the end of last December. One pup, Cecil, was returned to BCFS because his family could no longer care for him, and he’s now a permanent BCFS resident.
Cecil suffers from bilateral elbow dysplasia which was debilitating and made it uncomfortable for him to lay down. He had corrective surgery in October and is healing. We’re grateful to all who donated to Cecil’s surgery fund. Thank you!
What else did we do in 2018? BCFS continues to provide love, vet care and husbandry, stimulating activities, fun, nutritious food, and a safe haven to our residents Splash, Chevy, Heidi, Elsa, and Zig.
Blind pony Splash and volunteer extraordinaire Megan went barrel racing this summer! Splash trusts Megan to be her eyes.
Permanent residents, clockwise: Heidi, Zig, Chevy and Elsa
This year we said goodbye to our senior goat Nelly at age 20, who had been with us since 2009; Larney, our special needs horse whom we gave a peaceful and loving last year of life; permanent foster Cole, a senior Cesky terrier; MT the duck, and Bill the cat, with gratitude that we were able to give them peaceful sanctuary until their end of days.
Farewell… always remembered and loved
Some good news: Our permanent foster Harriette, who suffers from and is being treated for Cushings disease by our specialist foster family, is doing well and we’ll have an update post soon with more!
BCFS permanent foster Harriette in 2015. Update coming in the new year!
BCFS’ Adoptions Coordinator and Reiki Master Silvana Cronier held another Pet/Animal Reiki Fundraising Workshop in September, teaching how to give Reiki energy and healing the animals.
Our permanent resident Larney received healing Reiki energy to help prepare him to cross over. He was humanely euthanized several days later due to the progressive, incurable genetic disease called degenerative suspensory ligament.
Silvana donated half the registration fees to BCFS. Thank you, Silvana!
BCFS was also fortunate to be invited to the Port Colborne Pet Valu several times this year, to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue.
Pet Valu also honored us by selecting BCFS to be their sponsored rescue for their Thanks for Giving Event for October 2018! Thank you from our hearts!
BCFS’ founder Amy at Pet Valu with permanent resident Cecil and little Roo, who was adopted
At BCFS we believe every animal matters, and we take in the animals who often need time in foster care to be rehabilitated, veterinary care to heal, training to become adoptable, and love to heal their wounded hearts.
We are especially proud of the number of senior animals we’ve rescued, this year and in the past.
Every dog is an individual and some seniors may need special care while many are easy keepers. We’re grateful for the families who’ve adopted the “oldies but goodies” we rescue, and highly recommend it!
As we close this post and this year, BCSF hopes you value our work to rescue, rehabilitate, rehome and care for the most vulnerable animals. We are dependent on donations and can’t keep rescuing without funds.
Our biggest expense is veterinary care; 75% of our funds go to vet bills. Every animal BCFS rescues receives a veterinary exam, and if needed, vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchipping, and dental care. Some of our animals have required expensive surgeries, antibiotics for infections, or other medicines to heal them prior to adoption.
Heidi also had dental surgery to remove bad teeth
Our permanent residents also need hay, grains, dog food, fresh produce, supplements, bedding, regular vet care, a farrier for our horses, supplies, heat and electricity for the barn. We hope you will consider a donation to help BCFS continue our lifesaving work.
Thank you for your support, and may the New Year bring you and yours joy, good health, peace and a kinder world for all. Cheers to 2019!