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  • Many mini happy endings...

 

Alfie the Rottie

Four years yoked to scrap metal...

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Alfie

Put outside for being a puppy. Tied up for trying to escape. Muzzled for crying out of loneliness...

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Allie was a worn-out breeder...

Animal Advocates Society gets many pleas for help to pay medical bills for rescued dogs. Allie was a worn-out breeder saved by a family who needed her as much as she needed them. But when the medical bills mounted up beyond the single mother's ability to pay, AAS stepped in and paid $500 so that Allie didn't suffer.

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Angel has landed...

From rescuer, Crystal Kerr..."Sweet Angelo - he really is a gentle soul. I hope to hear about the day he is snoozing in the sun, secure in his own skin, with a full tummy and not a care in the world. It's hard to believe that can even exist for him, because all I see in my mind is a skinny, dirty, frightened dog, gulping down any scraps of food he found and being terrorized by every other dog and human he encountered. Can't wait to see the pictures of him happy in his new home!!"

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Annie and her pups...

We found Annie and her pups like this, covered in flies, wet and dirty, Annie's chain too tangled for her to reach the dog house (which was full of dirt), so Annie had dug a depression in the mud for her pups.

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Baha

"Hello Animal Advocates, Can you help us with a very sick puppy named Baha? I was looking at Prince George Freecycle last night and that is where I found a lady who posted that she had 2 puppies to give away. One of the puppies is the one that we rescued from this home and need help for.

Baha's condition is horrible. She has sores on her tummy, her legs, muzzle, and her eyes are red all around the edges. She has scabs on her stomach and legs and her muzzle from scratching so much."

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Barney

For more than twelve years Barney endured a life of misery on the end of a heavy chain that he had to drag. Twelve years of mud, ice, snow, numbing heat, flies, feces, urine, terrifying storms, lightning and thunder.

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Beau, the Kumsheen Dog

Animal Advocates gets many emails a day from people who know of a dog who needs rescuing, who can't rescue the dog themselves, and who beg AAS to.

Beau, the Kumsheen dog is one of many who, against all odds, we were able to find, rescue and give a real home at last.

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Bella

Eva and Frank lived down the street from Bella, a sweet but very sad Great Dane. For seven years they saw her chained in mounds of feces, stinking of urine, a magnet for swarms of flies. She chewed her wooden dog house because she had nothing else to do, all day, every day, for seven years.

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Bernie, Beanies, and Monty, Boop's babies...

Three of Boops' babies, rescued one at a time after they were sold to the "wrong" people.

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Billy...

In the rough world in villages up the coast of BC, Billy's story is all too common. He was put outside when just tiny. Starving, wormy, and cold, then run over by his "owner" who had put him outside. His hip broken, he still struggled to survive, creeping along ditches to try to escape the big pack dogs that harassed him and bit at his dragging leg. Thank God for Crystal Kerr who rescued him and flew him down to Animal Advocates.

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Bobby...

From the same fishing village up the BC coast where Billy, Angelo, and Patches were rescued from by the Crystal Kerr/AAS rescue team. Kids poked puppy Bobby in the eye with a stick. "Parents" wouldn't take him to a vet.

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Braille...

A beautiful purebred Akita, dumped at the pound with a deadly genetic disease.

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Brandy and Nikki...

Two old dogs, matted and ill, awaited death.

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Bubba...

Bubba gets out of prison.

"Finally I couldn't bear it anymore and simply removed him from the prison he had done nothing to deserve. I can't even describe to you the feeling that I get inside when I think of Bubba's wonderful life that AAS made sure he has now."

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Buddy the Kamloops street dog...

We were told that a number of women in Kamloops BC were terribly concerned about a street-person's German Shepherd dog whose spine and hip bones were alarmingly prominent. Some of these women bought food for Buddy.

But worse than hunger was how Buddy nervously cringed away from the man. The women asked Animal Advocates to help rescue Buddy...

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Buddy/Yoda...

The street dog whose owner regularly beat and kicked him right on the street of Vancouver, until an avenging angel stepped in.

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Cherie

If it weren't for a brave rescuer, sweet Cherie would have starved to death, imprisoned in a tiny crate.

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Chico...

Chico is about 8 years old. He is very happy with my dogs and very social. We are calling him Chico because he was a little cheeky with my husband - wagging his tail and barking when my husband tried to play with him.

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Chip (formerly known as "Billy")...

Chip is saved from destruction at the SPCA – thanks to quick action by Animal Advocates Society of BC and Chip's rescuer, Chip is still alive and happy.

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Chuck...

Bounced around like one of the balls he loves so much, now safe at last.

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Danny and Jasmine

These two dogs lived in the mud and feces of a backyard in East Vancouver Canada for three years – where their scant food was thrown on the ground, and water was often only what rainwater they could find...

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Diesel...

All alone... chained... -40 degrees in the Yukon... poor Diesel endured for four years until his rescue angels came for him.

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Dougie...

Sweet (and stinky!) Dougie rescued after being abandoned and fending for himself for months.

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Eddy...

He was seen in the freezing rain, his tether was tangled and he stood there, his head down, drenched to the skin.

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Ernest...

Last weekend an old hound showed up in our town. We named him Ernest. He is probably is 8-10 years of age and very sweet and good natured. He is very social with people and other dogs he has met.

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Gotza...

In 2003, I was up North on business, in Fort Good Hope, just below the Arctic Circle, staying at a bed and breakfast. It was 70 below with the wind-chill factor and I was snug in my bed when I heard a dog howling.

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Grover

The last dog gassed? Grover is saved from death twice. Funny-looking little Grover was afraid of men, so the pound in Elliot Lake, Manitoba labelled him "unadoptable". Being unadoptable got Grover put on the death list. Poor little Grover was the final dog waiting to be gassed.

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Hap

Animal Advocates got an email about a chained dog that is sadly, still common. It was originally sent to the SPCA, but when nothing improved for the dog it was sent to AAS. As you read Hap’s story keep in mind that the SPCA is the pound in this place, and since it does not do home-checks before or even after its "adoptions", Hap's abuser might have purchased it from the SPCA.

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Harley

Bad winters mean there will be a lot of frozen dogs. Many get rescued. A young Rottweiler named Harley was one of the lucky ones.

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Hopie

We were told that Hope had been a yard dog for a long time, rarely allowed inside. She never complained so not many people knew about her. Animal Advocates was able to rescue her.

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I found a terrified, matted, and filthy Lhasa Apso at the SPCA

It had been slated to be destroyed. The dog had been a stray for weeks and had been transferred around several times. The cute little guy shook my hand with his paw through the cage and touched my heart in a way that forced me to take action to help him.

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Jake

About ten years ago, the SPCA told several complainants, upset by a dog who had been chained for years in full view of a busy road, that they had had many complaints about that dog. One SPCA employee even said that they had had "400" complaints.

It was clear to one of those people that the SPCA would allow the dog to die on his chain...

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Jake the Parvo Puppy

Last night I got a call about two puppies. Both were throwing up and one was discharging blood. I drove down to Lytton and took the puppies to my house. The male was drinking fluids on his own but the female was not...

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Jasper

She told us that she heard that Jasper was about to be surrendered to the BC SPCA and having much reason not to trust the SPCA she went and got him before that could happen. She told us that she drove an hour out of town to go rescue him.

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Judith...

10 years on a chain. No blanket, toy, or bone. Often no clean food or water. AAS first saw her at night, lying in the frozen mud, being snowed and sleeted on. Lying in her own feces, surrounded by her own excrement.

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Keeda...

After a life in a crate this imprisoned girl blossomed into an affectionate, calm, confident and trusting soul.

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Keesha

Shortly after I moved to Charlottetown P.E.I. from BC I took my dog for a walk on the next street where I saw a white Husky chained to a small disgusting doghouse which was surrounded by body-holes that the dog had dug. There was no shade or grass around the area.

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Kito...

After six years, crouched in a basement stairwell on his chain, so afraid of anything unknown that his bladder and bowels emptied in fear when we called to him over the neighbour's fence.

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Little Dal...

This little Dalmatian pup was the victim of the dog-reselling business.

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Lucy...

This SPCA officer also proceeded to tell me that if I didn't get my dog medical attention within the hour, he would arrest me, for animal cruelty, and seize the dog. I begged him to help me find somewhere to take my dog, he said the SPCA would take her and fix her, but then they would put her up for adoption, and I would not get her back.

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Markus...

Markus is losing his will to live! He has been at Chilliwack Animal Control for over two months and during this time he has lost weight and is demonstrating how desperately he needs a family to call his own.

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Misty...

Only a puppy ... a smashed leg ... filled with beebee pellets ...

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Morgan...

Puppies like Morgan shouldn't have to be rescued from lives on the end of ropes. There should be a law against this in B.C. but there isn't, in spite of Animal Advocates' 10 years of asking municipalities.

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Nelly

A Prince George BC colleague, just one of several AAS colleagues watching out for feral cats and abused dogs in Northern BC, happened to see an ad on Craigslist for a used Rottweiler. The Rottie was being sold because "she wasn't a good guard dog"...

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Nelson

Another day in the life of Animal Advocates...

Hi, My name is Kristian, and I found a stray black lab with a very very sad story.

According to the many people in my neighbourhood and at the pound who I spoke to, he was originally found running around on the highway, very cold and scared. He must have been on the run for quite a long time to get so thin and bony.

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Nermal...

I just wish to God that I'd taken him when I first saw him, but at least the last year or two of his life will help to make up for all the years of loneliness.

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Nibbles...

After seeing the condition that Nibbles was in, Cache Creek vet, Dr Quinn Gavaga (always called Doctor Quinn), called our rescue colleague to tell her that Nibbles was starting to really deteriorate and the surgery couldn't wait. He opened her up and found her intestine had been torn and feces was leaking into her body cavity, and two feet of her punctured intestine had to be removed. Doctor Quinn gave her a 50-50 chance.

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Oscar

Oscar was thrown over the railings at the top of the stairs, and then given away when he couldn't walk. That "family" only kept him for a few days. And then - at last - wee Oscar got the luck that he had always deserved, the luck that would save him from a short, terrified life of pain. He was spotted by an Animal Advocates rescuer who bought him.

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Patches...

Another free-range dog from Bella Bella where it really is a dog-eat-dog world and tiny pups are put outside to fend for themselves - or die. Patches almost died. Hungry and scavenging as so many dogs must do in too many parts of BC, he ate rat poison - a large amount. If Crystal hadn't sent him down to AAS just at that time, he would have died a death of lonely agony in Bella Bella because within in a week of arriving in Vancouver he was near death. AAS and some very good vets saved his life (it took three blood transfusions) and now he has a "home" at last, with kids who he loves and is so good with. It would have been a great shame if Patches had died - everyone who met Patches on his road back to life said the same thing...this is such a nice dog. We are so glad you saved him. Click the link above for the story and pictures of Patches' ordeal and happy ending.

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Phil

One of Animal Advocates' long-time colleagues in Prince George BC found out that at the Prince George BC SPCA was an old dog who was going to be put down in two days. Her neighbour had "tried" him out and had returned him to the SPCA at which time she was told that he only had two more days to be rehomed or he was going to be put down...

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Roxie the roof puppy

She was only two months old when an Animal Advocates of BC colleague saw her teetering on the edge of a second-floor roof. She would peer over the edge, trying to judge if she could jump, then go back on the deck and scratch and cry at the door, unheard, or unheeded. She cried piercing puppy cries the whole time. If she'd been silent she may not have been heard and seen by our colleague and there may have been no puppy to rescue, just a corpse dangling on the end of the leash.

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Sandy...

We saw Sandy on an SPCA web site that said he was an old abandoned dog, with diarrhea that wouldn't stop and not doing well. We sent a supporter in to buy him...

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Shadow...

From this...owned by a "hunter" near Vanderhoof who allowed him off his chain a few times a year to go hunting....to this....I truly believe in fate, and that Shadow was meant to be with us. He will never again be chained,cold, isolated and lonely, and he will always be treated as a valued family member.

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Sheba...

Sheba was a "car lot" dog, an all too common life for dogs. Vancouver has many car lot dogs; some live at the car lot full time like Sheba and some are rented by the night. Those are the saddest.

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Sherman...

Sherman was advertised on Craigslist as a "Free Dog". He was originally owned by an older couple who kept him chained as a guard dog. He had been on the end of that chain for many years, never once allowed inside the house or given the opportunity to sleep on a comfortable bed.

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Skeeter I...

AAS got one of its many calls from a frantic animal-lover who had found a dog with the marks of abuse on it. Skeeter's mark of abuse was a collar that had grown into his poor little puppy neck, plainly telling the tale of chaining and neglect. AAS said we would take him of course, get him all the medical care that would be needed and get him into a foster home to be rehomed - that is what we do. Our photos tell a different tale, one of health and happiness...

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Skeeter II...

Chilliwack Animal Control (the Chilliwack pound) sent an email to the rescue network about a very young, ailing, pup who needed out, quickly. Only 8-weeks old, he had worms, lice, fleas, and was not doing well in a pound; in fact, there was some concern about how long he would last. AAS got back instantly and told CAC to get the pup to their vet as quickly as possible, get him treated for all the parasites, and board him in the warmth of the clinic until we found a foster home for him. We did - we asked Diane who has fostered so many dogs for AAS, and she said yes. When we got Skeeter he had a bladder infection, which Diane, with all her years of valuable experience, recognized. That day, Skeeter was in to our vet, and antibiotics were started.

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Spencer

When we got the call to help a wandering dog with no I.D. it was clear he had been hit by a car. His jaw was distended at a bizarre angle and one eye had hemorrhaged and was very red. Despite being overbooked, the vet made room for him and he determined that, yes, the dog was most likely hit by a car and his jaw was broken.

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Star

Muffled cries of distress were coming from a cardboard box in Prince George BC. It was 35 degrees below zero, and it was only by luck that a woman heard those faint cries. What she found in the box shocked her … a three-month old Yorkie-poodle pup with a thick rubber band around her muzzle. She must have been there several days because her lips and nose were so terribly swollen that they were almost beyond a vet's skill to save. She was weak and almost dead. Animal Advocates was asked for help. We said, "Yes, of course we will."

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Taz...

Animal Advocates got the call about Taz, a young Rottweiler cross, in 1998. We were told that Taz was the on her second litter of pups in a filthy backyard breeding operation in Burnaby. We went to the address and found a very sick bunch of dogs...

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Tillie

Email to Animal Advocates: "The situation is grim for this dog. She has been kept for four years in a cage measuring 8' by 14', and she is basically fed enough to keep her alive. I feed her whenever the owner is out. Often I give her water as well as she is not checked on a daily basis. Faeces is left in her cage (kept locked) for weeks at a time, and she is rarely walked..."

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Tippi...

...was sold by the SPCA for $110.00 to an AAS supporter with her teeth in this condition. We had her back x-rayed, we did a geriatric blood panel to determine her general state of health (good except she has a slight heart murmur that is not slowing her down at all, but may require medication in the future) and we had her plaque-covered teeth cleaned and two rotten teeth removed at a cost of $563.00.

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Trip

Night was falling and the puppy was howling and alone. There was no water, no food. My children and I walked over to the pup and sat with him because he was scared, shaking and obviously desperate not to be alone.

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Wheeler

From under the wheels of a parked 18-wheeler truck a tiny dog was seen running for its life by a kind man who managed to scoop it into his arms after a mad and scary chase for both of them. If the tiny dog ran back across the busy road, this time it may not have made it. The kind man took the trembling dog to his office where he gave it some water and made it a bed in box until he could take it home and feed it.

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Willie

Beaten in a dark and dirty pen. Then one day his hell ended...

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Willow

A lady went to buy a pup from a Great Dane breeder and saw Willow, an eight week-old puppy, walking into everything, barely able to walk, scared and crawling around. The breeder said she was going to put her down as she would be "no good". So the lady took Willow along with two more puppies. Willow adapted for most part, though needing to be guided when in a new place and still walking into things and hitting her head, which was not good at all. She was easily scared by sudden noises and movements.

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Zoey

AAS got this email, one of hundreds we get a year asking us to help an abused dog: "Two weeks ago we rescued a young dog who had been mainly in a crate outside in the rain and cold and heat for her whole life and the people who owned her moved away and left her! She was emaciated! We took her home in hopes of keeping her, however, she is an extremely active dog and we don't have time to train her properly."

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