The Rescue of 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.

Dear Animal Advocates,

I was told of you by a dog rescue group in Washington where I live. Can you help a dog in Lytton, BC? The dog 'lives/roams' near a river rafting campground East of Lytton off the Thompson River.

A few weeks ago I saw the dog in these photos I took, hanging timidly around the campground. For the three nights I was there, this dog came down out of the hills where I could hear dogs howling. I fed him what I could, hoping that he would find his way "home" when I was gone. But when I got home I phoned the company and they told me he was still there, begging.

The dog is extremely malnourished and I've honestly never seen one so skinny. I hope AAS can help!

By the time AAS was told of this dog and we phoned the river rafting company, it was closed for the season and the dog had disappeared. AAS has many connections to rescuers all over BC, so we put out the word, asking if anyone lived near the reserve and could help who we were calling the Kumsheen dog from the area he was seen in.

Very quickly a rescuer told us that Kumsheen was chained inside a carport near her. And then, "Today, just by chance, I saw the dog off his chain, running down the road so I followed him until I could pull in front of him, stopped the car, opened the door, and he jumped in. He couldn't stop smiling even when we got home to a houseful of dogs he didn't know."

Vet care, neuter, vaccines were quickly done and paid for by AAS and then we began looking for a trustworthy, active, and known family for the dog we renamed Beau.

AAS found that loving, trustworthy, active family, known to us for many years. These photos are truly worth a thousand words...

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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