The rescue of a chained puppy named Trip

AAS has paid $753 in bills to save Trip's little life, but the real work and the person who really saved his life is long-time AAS rescuer Crystal Kerr (more about Crystal)

While visiting a small town on the northern end of Vancouver Island, I came across a puppy who was chained to a clothesline.  I was quite shocked because it was so small, yet on a chain.  The puppy looked to be about 9 or 10 weeks old.  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.  While checking him over, I noticed that he had a herniated umbilicus and was very bloated.

My kids and I knocked on the door of the house to talk to the owner of the puppy and to see if there was anything that we could do to offer help...suggest water, or shelter for the puppy or see if possibly they didn’t want the pup.  The owner finally answered the door, and said that he was keeping the puppy and that dogs belong outside and that it would be fine, and not to worry about the bump on its belly.  He laughed when I mentioned wolves and cougars, which are in abundance on that part of the island.

We had to leave, but I worried about the pup through the night and went back the next morning to find that the pup was still alone on a chain and crying.  I felt awful and called AAS to see if there was any way that if I could convince the owner to let me have or buy this puppy, AAS could help with vet bills and finding a foster home.  AAS said, Yes, buy the pup, Yes, we will pay for it, and Yes we will pay the vet bills.

I ended up buying the puppy off the chain for $40...and with AAS help, took this little pup into the vet for an exam and vaccinations...turned out that the pup, which we called Trip because he was always under our feet, and wouldn’t be out of our sight, had a particularly dangerous and infectious type of parasite called cryptosporidium, which if left untreated can be fatal.  Trip was put on medication, which had to be increased and re-dosed because the infection was so aggressive.  The vet said that there was no doubt that he would have died slowly, on the chain untreated.

After much expense (on AAS part), worry and veterinary work, Trip’s health was finally cleared and he has had his second set of vaccinations and is due for neutering (and hernia repair) in two weeks.  We were able, after much searching, to find an incredible, loving home for Trip, with a family who is active and warmly accepting of a mixed breed pup with potential long term health problems from such a poor start.

Thank you so much to AAS for doing what most don’t.  I was so desperate and so worried and had no idea what to do with about this pup, but AAS, as stressed, limited in resources, money, time and foster homes, literally helped me save another life.  And for this pup, his life is big. 

Thank you AAS.


There has been such a flood of appeals for help this year that we may not be able to reply very quickly or at all to more appeals.  AAS is now so well-known for its experience in all animal welfare and rescue matters that we are asked for advice and help from all over BC, Canada, the U.S. and the world.  For years I have answered each and every appeal with detailed advice that I have learned from 20 years of rescue, advocacy and animal law. Our high standards are well-known to the public, that is why we are so often asked for help and advice.
We are currently working on so many projects that I am sorry to have to say that we may not be able to respond to all the cries for help we hear as quickly as we want to.

AAS ethical standards are simple and straightforward, but a lot of work: Every rescued dog is given the exact same love and care that I give my own dogs.  Anything less can't be morally justified.  To weigh the costs, to kill, or to rehome without paying to make the dog well in body and spirit is not true animal welfare: it's moving as much product as fast as possible and to demand money for unwell product is a business, not a calling. 

Judy Stone

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