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RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS 6

Duke & Duchess Animal Rescue Society

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Animal Rescue Foundation

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Pit Bulls for Life

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Beagle Paws Rescue

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Paws For Life

COVER Hi there! Our names are Myrna, Micah and Maxine. We are very active Mastiff X puppies who came in with our mother. We have wonderful temperaments and unique personalities. For more info on us contact Rescue For Life at (780) 702-6151 or email info@rescue4life.org.

10 Second Chance Animal Rescue Society 12 Morinville Veterinary Clinic 12 Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation 13 Grande Prairie SPCA Photo courtesy of Blue Flower Photography

14 Edmonton Humane Society

FEATURES

14 Hinton & District SPCA 15 Camp Cocker Rescue

5 TAIL OF THE MONTH

15 Rescue 100

No Shelter Here

15 Spay Neuter Action Program

8 VOLUNTEERS...

18 Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation

Make the rescue world go round.

19 Whisker Rescue Society

16 WHERE’S CORA?

22 Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection

Why rescue organizations do what they do.

23 Alberta Dachshund Rescue 24 Barrhead Animal Rescue

20 Bunny Dating What you need to know about bonding rabbits.

25 Little Cats Lost (Trap-Neuter-Return) Society

27 Quilly Boy

26 Rescue For Life

A Rescuer’s story.

23 SAFE Team

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29 Tea Anyone?

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Tea Cup Pigs...really is there such a thing?

31 PET HOROSCOPES Publishers: J. Hunter & V. Marando Sales: Personal Best Marketing Pet Rescue Magazine is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals by raising awareness and promoting adoptions of rescued pets. Our goal is to provide an up-to-date pictorial directory of shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations in Alberta. Pet Rescue Magazine cannot guarantee the health or temperament of any animal offered for adoption through this publication. We try to keep information as current

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and accurate as possible; however, we cannot guarantee the availability of a specific animal. Prospective pet parents must contact the organization directly to make certain a particular pet is still available or to inquire about the adoption process.

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Tail Of The Month by Jamie Hunter

No Shelter Here by: Robert Laidlaw

No Shelter Here is a wonderful introductory for younger generations and sure to be a book the entire family will learn from. From what dogs need to have a quality life to serious issues and those who face them, Rob Laidlaw gives young readers a fair but realistic view on today’s canine world. While learning simple facts about acquiring a dog, their needs and responsible ownership, they are also exposed to several realities in the canine/human realm. When it comes to the impact humans have on “Man’s

Best Friend” there are sensitive issues that can be extremely difficult to discuss, let alone explain. Laidlaw gently explores various topics such as research, racing, chaining and puppy mills while featuring what he calls “Champions” from around the world and what they are doing to create change. There is even a few “Champions” right here from Alberta that are mentioned for their work on First Nation Communities! If you, or a young person you know, are interested in adopting a dog, rescuing a dog or just learning about dogs in general, this is a fantastic resource that is sure to educate & inspire. Anyone can be a champion for pets, everyone should be a champion for pets, and this book is sure to inspire those with a passion to know that they too can make a difference. Is your child a Champion for rescued pets? If so we would love to hear from you! Please email us at rescuemag@shaw.ca if you know someone making a difference.

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Duke & Duchess Animal Rescue Woof! Woof! I’m Chester. I’m so happy that I am running around in circles because I was sprung from the pound and life is really looking up! I am a Great Pyrenees X with a very gentle nature. I’m an all around good boy and will make a wonderful family pet.

My name is Cody and I was hanging on to Chester’s tail when we were sprung from the pound! My foster mom said I was really stinky and a mess of knots. I wonder if stinky might be a code word for lucky because I sure feel good now! I am about 2yrs old and likely a Lhasa “Designer” X.

I am an 8mth old small Shepherd X named Finley. I was abandoned but ARTS alerted DDARS and I was quickly rescued. I am very friendly, a quick learner and good with other dogs & kids. I appear to be house trained already too but toys aren`t something I’m familiar with just yet.

My name is Kerry and I put my little paws together and prayed that somebody would get me off the chain I had been living on and my prayers were answered! I am a 35lb, 3yr old, Border Collie. I am a happy-go-lucky little girl who loves snuggling, people, kids and other dogs.

Don’t I remind you of that old Elvis song? I ain’t nothing but a hound dog! I’m also well behaved, pretty, and just love everyone. My name is Lily. I love to cuddle and I am about 1yr old. I am so tolerant and gentle that when the two resident puppies play tug-o-war with my ears I just sit still like the sweet girl I am.

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Animal Rescue Foundation My name is Pecano and I am one amazing cat. I love to relax in the sun and get cuddles from people but my favourite time of day is treat time!!! I adore children and have lived in a home with another adult cat, although it did take me some time to adjust.

My name is Rain and I am a smart 4yr old beauty. I need a home with experience handling my breed and some of my issues. I do have slight separation anxiety but I’m not destructive. I am also shy with strangers, but I warm up quickly with positive reinforcement. I know tons of tricks, walk great on leash and bond very quickly. I would prefer a home with no children or other animals. ARF is a registered charity operating out of foster homes in Calgary, Alberta. For information on these or any of our available dogs or cats, please visit our website. All of our available animals are spayed/neutered prior to availability and are current on their vaccinations.

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Pit Bulls For Life My name is Rush and I am a high energy, confident and loveable boy. I have attended obedience classes, private training and even protection training. I adore the treadmill and will soon be weight pulling! I will need structure and leadership in my new home as well as exercise every day.

My name is Keera and I am a loveable girl who has been mistreated in the past. As a result I need structured socialization when meeting new people and dogs. I love running, going for walks and cuddling up. A patient owner to guide me, and stable male dog in my new home would be ideal.

My name is Diesel and I am a middle aged Pitbull with a puppy attitude. I would love going for walks, car rides or just hanging out at home. I haven’t been around many dogs and get very excited but with proper introduction I would do well with females my size.

Hi, I am Butch! I walk well on a leash, learn quickly and enjoy my walks. I do alright with new dogs but I do tend to get excited when I first meet them. No cats or small dogs though please as they move to quickly for me and I would rather chase then get to know them.

My name is Mistahi, it means precious in Cree. I am currently under treatment for a severe case of Demodex Mange. Although not contagious I may struggle with this for some time. I have a sweet nature and a very loving personality that I can’t wait to share with my new family.

I’m Fitzy. I was named after the NOW 102.3 radio host and I am 4mths old and already 40lbs! I am a lazy boy who is very happy, loves naptime and is full of mischief. I can be a tad grumpy when meeting other dogs but I’m working on that and learning the rules of living with a family.

I am Apollo and everybody always picks on me because I am the smallest but my big brother helps me out when I need it. I have a kind & gentle soul …when any of us pups get yelled at I usually run and hide! I love to learn new things and earn special treats.

Hi, my name is Aries. I am a typical playful and curious puppy. I love to cuddle but I am okay hanging on my own too. I tend to be a bit on the high energy side, any runners out there? I would love an active and caring family to love forever.

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Volunteer Appreciation Submitted by: Paws For Life

Jo-Ann Siebert enjoying a relaxing afternoon with the dogs diligently with her own dog Spencer so he could overcome the issues he portrayed around other dogs.

make the rescue world go round Jo-Ann has played an integral part of the PAWS for Life Foundation for as many years as I can remember now. She currently holds the position of volunteer coordinator but is often found doing far more than would be outlined in such a position. Her dedication and commitment to the animals that come into our group is evident to all the people who see her with them as well as in the outcome of all the animals she works with. Jo-Ann first got into helping the animals in our group after working very 8

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As Spencer was starting to get better with being around other dogs, Jo-Ann came across this terrified tiny little dog that was running free in her neighborhood with seemingly no home. After spotting this dog on several occasions and never being able to get close, she decided she needed to do something before the worst happened to this poor little thing. She talked with several other people in the area and although many of them had seen the little dog; no one knew where he came from. Jo-Ann and some of the others made attempts to catch the dog, but to no avail. After some time had passed with still no luck in capturing the dog, Jo-Ann borrowed a cat trap hoping that would bring success. She caught a number of other animals during the first week (which were all released) and finally caught the little dog she was trying for. He had a huge lump on his side and was absolutely terrified. Jo-Ann followed procedure for lost and found pets in the city and turned him in to the Animal Care & Control Centre. After being unclaimed, the scared little dog was

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transferred to PAWS for Life Foundation, which made Jo-Ann extremely happy. While he was with us, he was groomed (the lump turned out to be a big mat) and he worked with a trainer to help him overcome his fear. After only a few days “Bennyâ€? (as he is now known) was willing to come out when people came into his room, then he started to play fetch. After a while he befriended a cat, and began accepting other dogs to come near him. His training continued for a very long time, and Jo-Ann was always sure to come in for a playful visit regularly. About a year and a half later, Jo-Ann took Benny home to see how he would do in a home environment. He did wonderfully, of course a few accidents and incidents along the way, but overall he did great. Jo-Ann has since adopted Benny, and has been known to take him to work with her on occasion. Having seen the dierence that she was able to make for Benny and her own dog Spencer, she has gone on to foster many other dogs with confidence. The dogs that have been fostered with JoAnn became better mannered, more socialized and overall more adoptable. Jo-Ann continues to foster one dog at local stories...local people...local pets


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time, helping them to overcome any problems they may have. Jo-Ann also coordinates all the volunteers for any events that PAWS for Life Foundation is going to participate in – like adoption events, fundraisers, and dog-walking nights. Her efforts are invaluable to our rescue group, we are truly grateful to have such a thoughtful, dedicated, committed and overall outstanding volunteer among us. prm

I am Bree the Boxer. I am really shy at first but I warm up quick. I am trying really hard to be good but I need lots of reassurance. I have had several litters in my 5-6yrs. I also have numerous scars from being beaten up by other dogs but I still like other dogs and cats too! I have a very trusting and kind soul and I’m looking for a very special family.

They call me Annie, this is what I looked like when I came in, but you should see me now! I like other dogs and cats too. They say I am blind because of previous head trauma causing haemorrhaging in my head but I hide it really well. The good news is that the haemorrhaging is subsiding and my eyesight is beginning to come back.

I’m Sadie. I am a 3yr old Miniature Pinscher that has a lot of love to share with people, other dogs, cats - anyone who wants a little loving really! I could probably stand learning a few manners ...but I am so cute, do I seriously “need” manners? I know some neat tricks and I’m crate trained - isn’t that good enough for now?

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Hi, my name is Pixie and I am the sweetest little girl that you will ever meet. I just love life, and everyone I meet, but I would really LOVE a new forever home. A family that can take me for daily walks and who likes to snuggle at night would suit me just fine.

Our names are Shelby and Buddy and although we aren’t from the same litter we have lived together since we were puppies and hope to be adopted together. Beagles are like potato chips -you can’t have just one! We love people and are super-duper with kids. Our bags are all packed and we are ready and waiting to meet our new family ...could it be yours?

My name is Tuppence, but you can call me Tuppy. I am a senior but that means that you just don’t have to deal with all that puppy stuff like housebreaking or teaching me manners! I love going for walks but also enjoy just chilling out on a comfy bed. I am the perfect companion. Would you please adopt me?

www.beaglepaws.com ~ (780) 488-4636

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Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS)

Adoption Events February 4

Tail Blazers 7520 Gateway Blvd., Edmonton

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PetSmart 13680 - 50 Street, Edmonton

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Paradise Pets #50 580 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert

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Sadies K9 Stay & Play 8521 Argyll Road, Edmonton

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Noah’s Ark Pets & Supplies Morinville

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Sadies K9 Stay & Play 8521 Argyll Road, Edmonton

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Paradise Pets #50 580 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert

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Infinite Pawsilbilities 10012 - 167 St., Edmonton

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Posh Pooch Hotel and Daycare 3803 - 99 Street, Edmonton

My name is Holly and I have spent a lot of time at the vets office. Ivy is my sister and sadly two of our siblings passed away. I am 4mths old and a fairly quiet little girl - but that often changes quickly with us pups! My foster mom says Ivy and I look like little black bear cubs.

They called me Ivy and I am about 4mths old and likely a Collie/Shepherd X. I love to play, even when the big dogs growl at me. I am crate trained and currently working on my housetraining. I adore cuddling up and play nice with the other dogs & cats in my foster home.

They call me Sugar Rae and I’m about 6mths old. I am a very sweet gal and can’t wait to show my new family how much I love them. I am likely a Shepherd/ Collie X, and I have been good with other dogs. I am already crate trained and also have my level one puppy class!

I’m a sweet, 2-3yr old, petite Husky/Shepherd X named Kaylee. I weigh about 20lbs and I am already house & crate trained. I am quiet, affectionate, loyal and low maintenance. I also give the BEST good morning and welcome home hugs ever. Try me!

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Hello, I’m Meela. I am a beautiful large Husky X around 70lbs. I came from the pound as well but had a large tumor on my side. No worries though, it’s gone for good now. I am a couple of years old and very loyal. I love to talk and I’m already crate trained and good on leash.

My name is Zoey and I’m a 1yr old mixed breed with some Shepherd, Rotti and who knows what else! SCARS thinks I’m the ultimate “Designer dog”! I have soft fur that doesn’t seem to shed too much and I’m only a few inches taller than my Cocker Spaniel foster brother. I’m a little shy but I get along well with other dogs & cats. It is obvious I haven’t been treated well and I need someone who is patient to help me rebuild my trust & confidence.

My name is Shaya. I am about 1yr old. I am very pretty as you can see from my modeling session. I like everybody and everything. I have been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, so I’m ready to go to my new furever home. I hope to meet you soon!

Hi! I’m Anna, a sweet-natured girl with hairy toes! I’m just over 1yr old and great with other cats. I also love people and dogs too if they don’t chase me!

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Morinville Veterinary Clinic Everyone calls me Kanga. No, I do not hop around on my two back legs, but I am a very loving girl! I like my own space and would do really awesome in a home where I am the only kitty and can have all the love and attention to myself.

Zoey is my name and being cute is my name. I love long walks in the moonlight, caviar, and my own bed (just joking I’ll share with you!). I need a place where I can run and play with a family that I can give lots of hugs and kisses.

My name is Twilight. I love to play with everyone. I am a very sweet girl, but can be a little shy at first. I am looking for a family that will give me lots of cuddles, a nice warm bed and some treats.

My name is Kolby and I am a Terrier/ Shepherd X. I am very sweet and I love to be cuddled. I get along well with other dogs and cats. I have been crossing my paws hoping for a new family to come adopt me very soon. I’d really like to start sleeping on the bed again… just kidding!

Alvin, Theodore and Simon …yes we are named after a troublesome threesome but we promise we are really very good! We like to play, cuddle and our engines always run really loud when we get attention. We do love each other but if it means getting our forever homes we can be split up.

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Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation - Edmonton Hey there! My name is Marvin and I’m just sitting here chilling and waiting for a new loving home. I am a 1-2yr old Lab X and the best way to describe me is as a big Goofball! I love to ham it up. Life hasn’t always been this fun though, it’s been pretty tough. I often feel a tad intimidated with new people but as soon as I feel comfortable, watch out because the game is on with kisses and cuddles! I like other dogs and cats; I’m even ok with it when my foster cat sister slaps me. I am already crate & house trained, and I LOVE Kleenex. I really enjoy pulling them out of the box ...one by one!!!

www.pawsitivematch.org ~ (780) 267-2591

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Grande Prairie SPCA Koda here! I came here last October. I am a handsome Husky X around 1.5yrs old and I just love everyone! I also really like going for walks, playing and just cuddling up. I don’t want to wear out my visit here so please come and check me out.

Marker is the name and cuddling is truly my game. I am a 1yr old Shepherd X. Everyone tells me I am a delightful boy and I tend to agree. All I want is a warm home, a full dish and someone to love me. Will you be my Valentine?

My name is Potter, not Harry, just Potter –but I’m still magical!!! I am an 8mth old Terrier X and everyone just adores me. I have a LOT of energy and adore going for walks, runs or playing. Lets meet ...everyone needs a little magic!

Hi I’m Loretta. I am a very charming and gorgeous Tabby around 8mths old. I am very playful and will chase nearly anything that moves! I also really enjoy snuggling up and lots of attention when playtime is over. I hope my new family calls soon.

My name is Glenn and I’m a charming Tabby around 7mths old. I came to the shelter last August with my litter mates but now I am the only one left. I love to chase things so NO MOUSE IS SAFE where I am! I like others cats and I love to cuddle.

Half Pint is my name. I am a male gerbil but they don’t know how old I am and I’m not telling! I came here last August and they quickly found I am very friendly and don’t bite. My favourite thing to do is run in my ball and tease the cats.

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Hinton & District SPCA I’m Raven. I am a Border Collie X. My pups are finally weaned and now I’m ready for my very own, well deserved, home. I am well socialized and love everyone.

They call me Raine. I am a wonderful & well socialized Border Collie X who will make an excellent family dog. I am about 3-4yrs old and I LOVE going for walks.

My name is Musqaw and I have HIGH energy! I would do best with someone who is a distance runner or a climber as I am really good at climbing fences!

We are Raven’s babies. We are likely Border Collie/ Heeler/ Lab crosses. Our names are Astina, Hanta, Ameo, Kita, Lina & Chava and we are about 3mths old. We take take a lot of time, patience and attention but if you’re committed we’ll be your best friends forever.

www.hintonspca.com ~ (780) 865-2800

Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) My name is Shirley and I am 4yrs old. With my coloring I am dressed to the nines and ready for any black tie event! However I would be just as happy to stay home and cuddle with you. Please come down to the shelter to meet me, you will fall in love and want to take me home!

I’m a 1yr old Dwarf Eared rabbit named Sammy. I enjoy being held and keep my area clean. I think carrots are the best things in life and I am looking for a family who will make sure that I can keep enjoying them! Just like all rabbits adopted from the EHS, I have already been neutered.

I am M’Lady, a 2yr old Shepherd X. I came to the EHS with a litter of pups. They have all been adopted but I am still here waiting for my forever home. I’m looking for a patient home to help me come out of my shell. I can hardly wait to curl up on the couch with you.

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Spay Neuter Action Program I’m Eddie! I’m a talkative boy who was found as a stray trying to live with some of the feral cats. Luckily I’ve been rescued and I’m all ready for a new home. Do you want to be my one and only Valentine? Our names are Oh Henry & Sandy. Sadly, our owner needed to go into an assisted living home and could no longer keep us.

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My name is Mandy and I am a sweet girl who was found in the country as a stray. I have since been to the vet and now I’m all ready to find a new forever... and ever...home! Do you have room in your home and heart for me? Our names are Jose and Kittikens and we were surrendered due to allergies. Jose has been declawed and we must be adopted

We are very loving cats who both love to be brushed and held. We would love to be adopted together but if it means we can find the right permanent homes we can be separated.

My name is Mickey and I am a Chestnut colt of the Quarter Horse type. I am not yet 1yr old and although shy on arrival I have been really warming up. I was still nursing when I arrived but have now been weaned. I like to know what’s going on. I stand well for brushing and I’m working on balance when my feet are picked up. I also lead well outside, in the arena and in the barn areas. I have a lot of zip in my personality and I’m sure to be plenty of fun to watch progress through training!

www.rescue100.ca together. We are a little timid and still adjusting to these large life changes but we’ll come around.

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My name is Violet and I have a heart of gold. I am very affectionate and sweet despite having a difficult life. I am looking for a special family to cherish me forever. I have so much love to give; all I ask for in return is lots of cuddles and kisses, long walks and a warm spot on your bed.

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Cora?

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By: Lori Trudgeon

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magine for a moment what it is like to be an abandoned animal. There is loneliness, fear, hunger, and thirst. Danger is everywhere—you become sick with no one to help; you give birth to babies with no means to protect or feed them; you face a slow death—either from extreme temperatures, starvation, illness or injuries. You are a joyful spirit, but you never smile. You need someone to take care of you, but you are alone. Now imagine for a moment that a loving hand is extended and soon you are warm, fed, and your fear and pain are gone. Imagine you are lucky enough to find someone who cares. Imagine looking into that person’s eyes and feeling trust— feeling safe—maybe for the first time. You are finally home! There are thousands of dogs and cats in Alberta that are suffering right at this moment. But hundreds are saved from that suffering every day because of animal rescue. Some people find the notion of animal suffering so troubling they can’t even think about it, don’t want to hear about it and can’t imagine how anyone could choose to focus their time and energy on it. Their compassion—in the face of such an overwhelming situation—collapses. But thankfully there are people like you who know that ignoring their plight will not make the problem go away. It is only through recognizing and talking about animal suffering that we can create lasting change. And there are so many ways to help animals. Even the smallest of good deeds makes their world and ours a better place. Our goals, however daunting, are not insurmountable—not impossible— and we prove it every single day. In the process of saving even one anilocal stories...local people...local pets

mal, there are probably a dozen human lives that are touched for the better along the way. Each animal’s life is precious, and each rescue story makes us feel triumphant and fills our hearts with love. We are bonded to animals. They bring us joy. They make us feel special. Somehow they complete us, and we them. 2011 has been an amazing year for SCARS. From January 1 to early December 31, SCARS rescued 857 animals (391 dogs, 326 puppies, 90 cats and 50 kittens), and we have rehomed 776 animals (384 dogs, 294 puppies, 77 cats and 21 kittens). We think that’s amazing and we hope you agree! In case there is any doubt why SCARS is so important — meet Cora. Even though winter has been warmer than normal this year, it was a bone chilling day when we got the call from the staff at a northern landfill site Cora about a mother dog living amongst the garbage. That day the staff had been instructed to fill the pit, but before they moved in the bulldozers they reached out to SCARS for help. When a SCARS volunteer arrived, the mother dog who has since been named Cora, was nowhere to be seen. With the calling by a local lady who frequents the dump to feed the dogs, Cora poked her head out of a pile of garbage. She barely managed to squeeze her body out because of the weight of garbage that had piled up on top of where she and her babies were hiding. At first she was reluctant to leave the pit but luckily the food being offered was too tempting to resist. pet rescue magazine

It took a little more coaxing before the volunteer was able to load Cora to the safety of her truck. Observing where Cora had emerged from the pile of rubbish, everyone had a good idea that her pups would be there buried somewhere in a mass of discarded human trash. Next came the not so fun part of digging through the garbage, but then the volunteer happened on an old chair that was tipped upside down. Huddled together in a “puppy heap” were 10 little pups, about a week old. Carefully, and one by one, they were removed and each pup was returned to a very worried mother. It’s been a couple of weeks since the rescue of Cora and her pups. The pit was filled and Cora has turned out to be a loving and gentle girl. She and her little “dump” family, as they have affectionately come to be known, are doing well and are available for adoption. This family is just one of hundreds of success stories SCARS can recount. There are no small roles in animal rescue. It takes a community of caring people to save an animal. The northern pounds continue to be full and SCARS will continue to work hard to find more foster homes and to raise the funds needed to accept these animals into our care. In 2011 SCARS also expanded its cat rescue operations from northern communities adding another dimension to their brilliant work so far. prm February/March 2012

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Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation (WHARF) My name is Frappucino and this is my baby Macchiatto. We were rescued from the pound with my 8 other

babies whom have already been adopted. I am super friendly and very pretty, even though my ears are damaged from frostbite. My baby is also the cutest little guy out there! I am Stevie and I am cute as a button. I am small and I love to play so I’ll be sure to keep you on your toes and chase you around. When it is bed time though my new family will have to make sure to keep me warm and snuggle me until morning! My name is Pluto and I was found running the highway. I had no idea where I was off to but I was searching for someone to love me. I am a really great boy to have around and will make a lucky family very happy. Please adopt me! I’m Highway. I came into care because I was seized from my home. I am a 2yr old girl that has lived my life tied up and was bred and bred. I didn’t even have a name. I get along great with dogs and cats, but I am still a little timid with people. 18

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My name is Josephina and I am a beautiful girl that really just wants to find her very own forever family. I am a pound cat but I really didn’t like it in there especially when people would come in only for kittens! I am really friendly and would make a very good lap kitty.

I am Jordan and I came into care with a severely broken tibia. It is now fixed but I will always be a little lame. It doesn’t stop me from always wanting to be in your lap though! I love to snuggle and I am a very low key kitty looking for a low key home. I’ll make you smile everyday.

My name is Widget and I have very beautiful markings. I am a social kitty that will sneak into your lap and curl up into a little ball. I also love to explore and will keep you laughing as I try to get into all the places I shouldn’t be. I will do great with everyone and everything.

I am Trax and I was found all by myself on a really cold night. I was crying and someone followed my tracks to find me …I was so happy that I jumped right into their arms!!! I am so snuggly and I purr up a storm whenever I see you. I promise to be your best friend forever!

I’m Onyx and I am a small adorable girl with really big eyes. I’m super social and really quiet; I also love everyone and everything. My house manners are great and I am already house and kennel trained. I was all by myself and I am so grateful to have people around.

I am Bently and I was rescued from the pound where I was surrendered because my family didn’t have time for me. I have crooked teeth and my tongue always sticks out but that only makes me SUPER DUPER adorable. I love kids and like to make sure they are safe & warm all the time.

I’m Cal! I was rescued from my previous home where my owners abandoned me with little food or water. I was skin and bones when someone finally realized that I was inside all by myself …they figure I was in there for about 3 weeks. Now I am healthy, happy & ready for my new home.

My name is Grimm and I am a GREAT dog with a submissive and gentle nature. One of my eyes is a beautiful blue. I came from the pound. I am submissive, polite, gentle and already house & kennel trained. I am also good on leash and can’t wait to find my new home.

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Whisker Rescue Are you looking for a Baby diva? You found her! My name is Baby and I am 4yrs old. Every diva knows how important staging is, and true to form, I give stunning solo performances whilst climbing cat trees! I also know how to be a lady and prefer to be the only feline diva in the house.

My name is Fonda and I am 2yrs old. My babies have been weaned and I am finally ready to find a home of my own...and maybe pursue my acting career! When I’m not acting I can be found kneading fuzzy pink blankets, chasing laser lights and tracking down treats.

They call me Ghost and I am 1.5yrs old. My favourite holiday is Halloween and I’m hoping my new home will always provide lots of treats! In return I promise to love you forever and haunt your heart with my sweet and slightly hesitant manner.

Looking for someone a little spicy? My name is Ginger and I could be your boy! I was rescued as a timid stray but now I enjoy the company of others and can’t wait to keep my new people warm on these cold winter nights!

I am a wonderful girl named Gloria and I love it when the sun shines! I am 2.5yrs old and was originally rescued with my kittens. I am a quiet gal who is naturally an introvert -until you unleash my extrovert side with treats that is!

My name is Jasper and I am 2yrs young. I was a stray before rescue and I am looking for a loving and patient family to love me. I am still pretty quiet and a bit shy but my tender heart and gorgeous whiskers will surely win you over!!!

I am 4yrs old and they call me Kimi. I was rescued years ago as a feral kitten so it was hard for me when my family gave me up. I am loyal and have adjusted well but I need a home that understands I need time and patience to settle in.

My name is Shy and I am 3yrs old. Underneath my distinct tiger stripes lurks a loveable gentle boy! I came in from Animal Control so they don’t know my history but one thing is for sure...I’m going to need a new name!!!

Sebastian is my name. I am an 8mth old sweetheart that is always on the lookout for new friends! Among my hobbies is finding the purrfect round container to nap in, spying on my Facebook friends and planning my world tour.

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Bonding Rabbits

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Pre-requisites For A Successful Bond Between Rabbits. Even though rabbits are a social pet you’d hardly see them going out for dinner, or dining on a dinner of lettuce and carrots. All bunnie lovers know the best diet is hay, pellets and water. So what about bonding and bunnie dating? What is it and where can you get help to do it? A bond between rabbits means that they tolerate each another to the point of being able to live in the same habitat. Rabbits are social creatures and many people decide on getting a second. This may or may not work out as planned if you don’t follow some simple introduction rules. Sometimes, pet rabbit owners give up and end up keeping the rabbits separate permanently, but it is never too late to try again. Rabbits meant to be bonded must have been altered for at least a month before you can start the introductions between the two. Gender will play a subordinate role at this point as the rabbits have been desexed. Note that young rabbits can be unpredictable and extra caution when calling them a bond is advised. If you’re new to rabbits and would like to adopt one or a pair into your home you can be sure that the people at New Beginnings Rabbit Rescue will be more than willing to give you a course in appropriate bunny care. However, if you’re considering giving a second bunny a home then it is a good idea to take your rabbit bunny-dating. You can bring your spayed or neutered rabbit to their shelter and New Beginnings can see if she or he will “hit it off ” with one of theirs. This does not eliminate the need for more bonding sessions, but it can make them easier though they say. Social bunnies make great pets, best you “hop to it” and consider giving a rescue bunny or two a home! Each bonding situation is unique, please email New Beginnings Rabbit Rescue at championsrabbits@ gmail.com with specific questions.

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Simple Tips For Bonding Your Rabbits • Take an in-charge role for the introductions: bonding can be stressful even for the rabbits’ owner! • Set-up a completely neutral space for the meetings, this is paramount to avoid serious territorially motivated fights. • Have stressors ready. Stressors are things that will startle the rabbits in the event that there is a fight. Your job is not to let a fight occur. You can read your rabbits’ intentions by their ears and tail. • Stressors are usually a type of noise, such as from a vacuum cleaner, a motion sensation, such as a car ride, a strange place, such as your empty bath tub, a very confined space, such as a small box to fit both rabbits, an unpleasant feeling such as a squirt of water on the rabbit’s forehead. It depends on the rabbit which ones will be effective. Start with less stressful ones first, e.g. vacuum cleaner as a noise, or having the rabbits on your lap in a box and rocking them. • Wear protective gloves, rabbit bites can be deep. • Don’t give up when the going gets tough. Bonding requires patience, patience and patience. • If a fight occurs, you need to allow for a cooling-off period and start over. Rabbits can bear a grudge but they can also overcome one!

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Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection (NASAP) My name is Broomhilda and I’m 2yrs old. I’m a very sweet and loving cat that is incredibly gentle with people. I sure hope I’ll be the lucky one finding a home soon. Isn’t there someone out there that will appreciate all the love I have to give?

I’m a handsome fellow, wouldn’t you agree? My name is Casey and I’m a 1-2yr old boy with a gorgeous coat. I love having my belly rubbed and playing with toys is my all time favorite past time. Please call today –I’m truly one special cat!

Why hello there, I’m Gemma! I’m a 2-3yr old Torti who came to NASAP from the streets with my four little kittens. I was such a dedicated Mom that all my babies grew up strong and have since been adopted. I’m hoping it’s my turn soon!

I’m Keiki. I’m a wonderful adult Torti with a gorgeous long coat. I’m a huge fan of meal & play time, but what I love most is a comfy spot beside you on the couch. I’d be a great fit for an adults-only home with no other animals…there so much of me to love!

They named me Shilo. Don’t I have stunning blue eyes? I’m a striking longhaired Himalayan and if you like the strong silent type I may be your guy! I’m a bit on the shy side but I love attention and will be your best buddy in no time.

They call me Darby and I am a Cocker Spaniel around 3yrs old. I came from a breeding kennel and I really enjoy being brushed and getting lots of attention. I am very social and good with other dogs. I am overweight right now but I’m slimming down.

Hi I’m Zoe! I am a 3yr old Lab/Collie X. I am already house and crate trained and generally a well behaved house dog. Do you like my quirky ear? Most people find it really cute. Please call today if I am the dog for you.

I’m a large & gentle 6yr old named Newton who is used to children, other dogs and cats. I am an all around good guy and a great family dog. I”m house & crate trained and not a speck of trouble to have around.

My name is Sprocket and I am an 8yr old Springer Spaniel X. I bond quickly and love being with my people, day and night! Strange noises and things I’m not used to scare me a bit. Please call if you are looking for a quiet loving & friendly companion.

My name is Tasia and I am a 18mth old Lab X. I am an incredibly friendly and happy little girl who loves to play with other dogs and snuggle up for lots of hugs and kisses. I am already house trained and sleep nicely in my crate at night.

My name is Khloe and I am one of ten puppies born to Gracie who was found abandoned. We were born mid November and will need all the training and direction that every puppy needs. I am an active, well socialized and happy puppy. Come meet us!

I am a chocolate Lab X around 2mths old named Melba. I was found abandoned in the country but I am very friendly and well socialized. I’m a typical puppy and try my teeth out on everything but I’ll outgrow that soon.

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Saving Animals From Euthanasia Team (SAFE Team) Hi I’m Lexus! I am a very sweet girl and I ADORE people. I also do quite well with other cats and I love having my ears scratched. I am a total lap cat; I will curl up and keep you warm for hours. All I really want in life is to find my forever family.

Hi we’re Jeresy and Milli. We are sisters and would like to be adopted together. We are quiet, sweet girls and we both love to roll over for belly rubs. Although we can be a bit shy at first we are always friendly and can’t wait to find our forever home.

Hello my name is Tippy and I am a 14yr old gentleman whose owner passed away. It’s very sad but they’ve promised to find me a new loving home where I can live out the rest of my years. I am a super friendly gentle giant and I just love attention.

Our names are Princeton and Stanley. We’re brothers and we adore attention. I am a little bit more outgoing then

Sylvester here, I am a very playful young boy that is FULL of personality. I love other cats and I am extremely laid back, not to mention super duper handsome! If you’re looking for a guy to keep you laughing I’m surely the one for you.

Hi I am ZsaZsa! I love attention and although I can be a bit shy at first I settle in fast. I like to spend my days playing and looking for cuddles. I do great with other cats and can’t wait to meet my new forever family ...could it be with you?

my brother Princeton who can be a bit shy, but we are boatloads of fun to have around and we promise to keep you entertained for hours!

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Alberta Dachshund Rescue Hi, Lola here. I am a beautiful 6yr old blind Mini Dachshund. Don’t let my blindness bother you, it doesn’t bother me and I get around very well with my great nose! I love to cuddle all day and sleep in my crate all night. I would do best in a family without young children.

I’m Lilly. I am a 16mth old Mini Dachshund. I have a bit of a back issue that causes me to have some incontinence but I have had some acupuncture and chiropractic treatments that have helped me to get around quite well. I am truly the sweetest dog and I just LOVE everyone!

I a very handsome 5.5yr old named Monty. I would love a home where I could have access to a dog door as I have always lived in a kennel type setting. I am somewhat timid but I am warming up faster now. I would like a stable environment without any small animals or small children.

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My name is Callie and I am a 2yr old Border Collie. I am a little shy at first but I love attention and will do anything for praise! I also love belly rubs and going for walks. I am very smart and will make a really great family dog.

Hello my name is Dolly and I am an 8yr old Labrador X. I am gentle and shy but gaining confidence every day as I venture into this new part of my life. Can you please consider giving an old gal like me a second chance at a great life?

Levi here… I am an older Golden Retriever and the people at B.A.R.S. tell me that I am a fantastic dog! I am very well behaved and already know my basic commands. I do have some separation anxiety issues but I’m working hard on that.

Sammy is my name and energy is my game! I am a house & crate trained 1yr old American Eskimo X. I am still working on basic manners but I am catching on quickly. I would do great in a home where my new owners can set boundaries for me.

I’m Bandit and to be perfectly honest, I am a bit of a pushover. My submissive nature may stem from a little abuse in the past but I am a very gentle dog. I am quickly learning basic commands and I play well with other dogs.

Happy Valentines Day! My name is Coral and I am 5mths old. I was rescued with my littermates but we are now enjoying life in loving foster care. I love to play and can’t wait to find a family to call my very own.

Fancy is my name because I’m a very fancy gal! I am a 5mth old Calico and I was rescued with my littermates, Tabitha & Coral. My foster mom calls us the three musketeers because we love to play together all day long.

My name is Herman and as you can see I am a very handsome and fluffy boy. I am about 4mths old and Penelope is my sister. When I was rescued I was semiferal but with foster care I have become a big playful love-bug!

Why hello there! My name is Kiwi and I am a very loving 1.5yr old Shepherd X. I had a litter of pups a few months ago but they’re ready for their own homes now and so am I. I am learning a lot and have really blossomed in my foster home.

Lily is what they call me; I am a very sweet 6mth old Heeler/Collie X. Previously I was strictly an outdoors-only girl so I am just discovering the rules that come along with living inside a warm home. I am a quick learner and always do my best to please.

Hi there! My name is Penelope or Nellie for short. I’m Herman’s little sister. I am about 4mths old and my foster mom says I am a little mischievous! I also LOVE to play with toys. Can you please give me a forever home?

Hi, I’m Teddy and I am a very handsome 1yr old Scotch Collie X. I love to be where ever my people are and get along great with other dogs. I would really like a loving home where I can have lots of room to run and great toys to play with.

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Little Cats Lost (Trap-Neuter-Return) Society Peek-A-Boo, my name is Chai. I am a 5mth old tabby girl that came here with my brothers and sisters. I love sitting on my condo tower and looking down at everyone playing. I am a little small for my age, but that’s what makes me so cute!

I am a little girl called Nityri and I love playing and frolicking around with my brothers and sisters. We all make a great team and have invented the game of Pawball. I’m only 5mths old and I’m already a handsome little dude!

Well here we are, we’re Gracie (Grey) and Zoe (Tuxedo) and we are sisters! We came from an industrial area when we were just tiny babies. We’re only 14wks old and still getting used to people. Gracie likes to give a little hiss when she first meets you...Ha Ha!

Hello everyone, my name is Mocha and I’m a purrfectly, pretty girl! I love to cuddle and purr and will be your BFF if you want me to. I love all girly things and think my brothers are a pain sometimes, but I still love them as we play lots while we’re waiting for our homes.

Red here, if I say it myself I am the most friendly, wonderful, charming, loveable, handsome, 5mth old kitten you’d ever want to meet. My sisters tell me to “get over myself” but well I just can’t help it. I will make the best cat ever if you’ll just give me a chance.

Sully here, I’m named after a character in the Avatar movie. I’m a precious little 5mth old boy who would love nothing more than to find my forever and ever pet parents. I love to play and then like to “crash” for a few zzzzzz. I’m a good boy please adopt me.

My name is Tsu’Sey, named after a character from Avatar. I’m a 5mth old boy and handsome as a motion picture! I love to play, at all the stuff kittens like to do.

Nellie (Grey) and Zozie (Black) here and we really need a special patient home. We are 1yr old and have been in care since we were little. We are a bonded pair, just like sisters and both of us are shy of new people, especially Zozie. However, when we get to know we can trust you we are super nice friendly girls. We’d just like to say, never judge a book by it’s cover.

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Rescue For Life I am a 6 mth old handsome little guy named Arya! I was found living with a bunch of puppies. I love dogs, cats, and especially people. My favorite past times are playing, chewing and eating. Can I be your one and only Valentine?

Our names are Sheldon and Sophia and we are about 4mths old. We are Shepherd/ Collie/Rotti crosses and we are already kennel & house trained. We had Demodectic Mange but we are all better now.

Looking for 150 lbs of LOVE? Then you have found it! I’m Musqua. I am a Rotti X and under 2yrs old. I am good with dogs and even better with people! You won’t find a better, more handsome, and playful package!

My name is Masie and I’m so pretty that everyone says I’m wearing eyeliner. I’m about 18mths old and weigh around 40lbs. I love other dogs & get along fine with cats. I am an active girl in love with life and I can hardly wait to love my own family!

My name is Pepper and I know I look sad but I just got rescued in this picture. I am actually really THRILLED about my new life. I can’t believe my luck!!! I just love my food, bed, kennel, and of course everyone who dotes on me.

I wandered into someone’s yard during -40 degree weather and I somehow managed to survive! My name is Kiva and I am looking for a new forever home. I am great with dogs, cats, and of course I just love people! I am a Shepherd/Collie X.

I am a 1yr old Husky/Shepherd X named Oden. I LOVE to play with other dogs but I can still be a bit fearful. I am a fun & active dog so if you like to run, bike or mush then I may be your perfect match. No kitties please!

My mother was hit by a car and passed away. I am smart, curious, playful and I love everyone. I also love to cuddle and may even give you a little nip on the chin to remind you not to stop petting me. I am a Lab X called Cara...maybe you could take care of that if you adopt me!

My name is Dexter and I am a very handsome 3yr old Lab X. I’m great with dogs, cats and people too. I am very smart and love having a job to do. I enjoy tracking and would love agility. Get ready to get fit if you adopt me.

My name is Piper and I am about 2yrs old. I weigh roughly 45lbs and I am extremely sweet natured. I am just finishing weaning my puppies and looking forward to finding my new home. I am great with other dogs, cats and children.

My name is Austin and I am a 1yr old Husky/Malamute X. This is my best friend Aurora and we are looking for a home together. She is a quiet & submissive 3-4yr old Husky/Lab X and we were both rescued with Sarcoptic Mange that had developed into secondary skin infections but we’re all better now. I have an older pelvic fracture and I am missing half my tail. We are both great with other dogs and ok with cats.

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“Quilly Boy” A Rescuer’s Story

By Rachel Glube - Rescue For Life When I get home from work, my second job starts. For me, just driving home has obstacles that most people never even encounter. I have to cross a community every day that has a lot of stray and abandoned animals and that can be challenge if you are into rescue at all. I have chased horses back to their homes or off the highways and often stopped to pick an animal up from the dump. Sometimes I get a phone call or an email regarding a desperate plea for a family needing help with a pet and I will leave work early just to go and help the animal out. On November 15th, 2011 I made my forty minute drive home from work and felt relieved to not have seen an local stories...local people...local pets

animal in distress on my journey. I was not home for longer than twenty minutes when the phone rang. I almost did not answer the phone. Letting it go to voicemail can be a temporary relief. Then the internal nagging starts to set in and I worry if something is wrong with a foster home or if someone else with an animal needs help. That evening I did pick up the phone right away. I rushed out to the reserve breaking all legal speed limits. I knew if I had other volunteers with me they would be infuriated with my aggressive driving. I got out in record time, trying to get there with a bit of light still around. No such luck. The sun had set and the winter evening chill was in the air. I

know this reserve like the back of my hand and as I raced along the ice roads I worried what I would find. I was told it was bad and if I am called about such a situation, I typically expect the worst. I pulled into a driveway that I had passed a thousand times but had never driven up. I was not sure I was in the right spot. I got out of my car and I called in the darkness, towards the house that was lit up. It was the right home because someone opened the door and told me to wait. I paced while waiting. A few minutes later the family came out of their home. Deep down, I just wanted to be home with my dogs and cats. Deep down, I did not want to be worrying about someone else’s problems. But very deep down, I knew it was my concern to make sure this phone call to me ended with resolution.

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“Quilly Boy” - A Rescuer’s Story cont’ from page 27

I was greeted by a warm but concerned family – parents and exuberant children. They were relieved I had come out to help them with their injured dog. When I arrived, no dogs were around. Of course, I was curious to see this injured dog. I know in these communities, quite often if I get called out, the situation must be dire. So, yes I was curious. As the darkness settled around us, my anxiety grew slightly as they called out and no dogs came running. I know dogs settle for the night. Part of me did not want this to be a wasted trip but a much bigger part of me was concerned for just the life of this dog. A few minutes of calling go by. My disappointment only grew as the seconds ticked by. Happy children were trying to shovel details of this dog’s injuries into my ears. Sadly, they didn’t seem to be phased by the fact that this dog was suffering. By this point, I just wanted to see this dog. I just wanted to get him in my car and get going to the clinic. Finally, in the distance, I hear the snow crunching, paws beating on the ground, and as they approached I could hear dogs panting with excitement. They arrived in the darkness and I could only see shadows of two dogs. They seemed happy and both were clamouring all over me for attention and affection. For a brief moment, I thought everything was ok – just initial impressions of two happy dogs. But then the smell of infection wafted by my nose. They continued clamouring and one of the dogs jumped to give kisses and I could feel a wetness across my cheek. As I wiped my cheek clean, I could smell the odor of infection on my fingers. I was worried, yet I still could not see anything. I accepted the fact that something was very wrong with one of these dogs and I asked for help getting the injured dog into my car. I profusely thanked the family for calling and helping me and my last words were that I will be back to give them updates. I got into car and I half expected that this dog would be happy to see me. After all he was happy with his family, seemingly unaware of his major injuries to his face. This was not the case at all. For the 90 minute drive into the emergency vet clinic, this dog decided that his injuries were so embarrassing that he could not bare to show me his face. Instead, he planted his back end on my seat and buried his head somewhere in the floor. When I arrived at the emergency vet clinic, I told them I had “another one”. I explained the situation of this dog in my car with an abscessed face but I had yet to actual see it. They came out to help me get him out of the car and this poor soul 28

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still did not want to show his face. When we finally got him into the clinic we realized that half of his face had abscessed off from porcupine quills that had entered two months before but had not been treated properly. He was nervous being indoors. Being around all those people that cared and were looking at his face. But there was nothing mean about this dog even though half of his face was an infected mess. We made arrangements to have him stay at the emergency vet clinic overnight until we could transfer him to our regular clinic the next morning. I went home that evening with a worried mind. A little worried about what this vet had told me. He made me aware of the fact that perhaps this boy could not be saved if the skin grafts did not take as he was missing so much of his face. In the end, what kept me optimistic that evening was the fact this dog was bouncing with life and happiness at the fact that people were paying him attention. He seemed to have no pain response and he seemed not to mind that his face was so badly damaged. It was unimaginable and unacceptable to have any other thoughts cross my mind except how were we going to fix his face. The next morning I transported Quilly Boy (as I nickname all the quill boy dogs) to the Crestwood Vet Clinic for further treatment. Often when I arrive, the question of the day is “What have you brought in today?” Well of course that day was no different. I walked to the back of the clinic carrying this gentle boy in my arms and I placed him on a table as many of the staff watched while doing their morning work. One of the vets asked what happened. My too nonchalant response was “It is just quills.” their response was “Just quills? Half of his face is missing! Is his eye there?” For the first few days, just IV antibiotics and supportive therapy were provided. No surgeries could be performed until some of the infection could be brought under control. As the meds, rest, and TLC worked their magic, the infection was controlled and slowly we realized that he still had his eye and still had full vision too. During the next month the wonderful staff at the Crestwood Vet Clinic provided reconstructive surgery and top notch treatment for this deserving boy who we eventually named Bronson. Bronson had numerous surgeries to debride and repair his face including surgery to move his neck skin up to cover the missing skin on his face. This amazing staff also managed to save an eye that we could not even see when he was rescued. Not once did Bronson ever fail to show his love of life and the love for the people who helped him along his journey of recovery. local stories...local people...local pets


Bronson sported colourful bandages around his head for the first couple few weeks. His daily bandage changes slowly diminished to the point where he did not need any more bandages. But he continued to sport his big cone that he seemed to be unaware he was even wearing – love me and my big cone too! The big reveal of his varying surgeries always came in photos from the vet clinic as his head was always wrapped in bandages when we visitBronson after surgery ed. Once his bandages were removed, Bronson had to get used to having a slightly different face and he had to stretch out his new skin on his face – in fact, in the beginning he looked like he was permanently smiling on his injured side.

A little over a month later, Bronson brings smiles to so many people. He is a little awe-inspiring with his genuine love of life. His furry “neck cheek” is testament to his past and the only reminder to us – he appears to have no memories as he enjoys life to his fullest. He attends Rescue for Life events and is the ultimate ambassador of rescue, recovery and of course future re-homing – Bronson is looking for his forever home! We have promised everyone involved with Bronson that he is going to get the most perfect matched home for him. prm

Tea Anyone? What rescues are saying about the myth of teacup pot belly pigs Virginia Marando

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t the Rescue And Sanctuary For Threatened Animals in Southern Alberta, Lucie Cerny is seeing an increase in the influx of what was a 1990’s fad craze – little pigs. Known by many in the pig rescue world as potbelly pigs, the Tea Cups, Micro-Minis, Ultra-Minis, call them what you will, are requiring rescue in droves. Most of these pigs originated from breeders who suggest to prospective purchasers that these little porkers will grow no bigger than a small breed dog. Don’t be fooled! Unfortunately, this is an over exaggeration with some of these supposedly miniature pigs topping the scales at 80 to 250lbs.

told is that the breeding parents are only three to four months old. It’s easy to see why one could “get taken in” if you haven’t done your research because the parenting adults will not mature in size until they reach four to five years of age.

Originating in Vietnam, potbelly pigs are smaller than their European cousins, or farm pigs, which normally weigh in at 1000lbs plus so one can see why they’ve assumed the moniker of “miniature”. However, rescue organizations will tell you there is no such thing as a “Micro Mini” or “Tea Cup” potbelly pig and that it is a marketing tactic used to boost the sale of these animals. Rescuers will also tell you that in order to create the illusion of tiny pigs the pictures you often see on web sites are those of pigs only a day or two old. Another ploy to get people to believe that these pigs will be forever small is to show the breeding parents, what isn’t

Before opting to bring any pet into the home, any responsible pet guardian will do their research. Responsibility means understanding the commitment one is entering into, and the care and environment that is required for the wellness of the animal. Pigs, however cute, are pigs and come with their own set of rules to keep them happy, healthy and in an environment best suited to them. It appears that many people caught up in the fad have missed this phase of cognitive reasoning and that is why the potbelly pig, known as the “yuppy puppy” in the 1990’s, has joined the ranks of yet another exotic pet species requiring rescue. prm

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