saturday afternoon happenings.

Posted: November 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

it has taken me almost a full year to partially rehab shyla….with great time and effort we have finally conquered popcorn.
vinny and rocket helped me with this.

shyla used to very cautiously remove the offered single piece of popcorn gently from my fingers by the edge of her very front teeth. it was like she thought it might sting her or something..then she would drop it on the floor and walk away in disgust. she eventually got tired of rocket or vinny rushing in to gobble what she thought was beneath her. to prevent this she started taking the offending popcorn as delicately as she could and then burying it in a blanket but her roomies still found it which pissed her right off. just because she didn’t want to eat it didn’t mean she wanted them to eat it so we entered a stage of popcorn stale mate.
so for awhile i had to put popcorn rehab on hold because i really didn’t want rocket or vinny to be injured.
but today i decided to try once again and lo and behold shyla got it.
first i hand shyla one single piece which she cautiously takes and very slowly eats. then i give rocket his half a dozen pieces and vinny his full handful and viola..they all finish at the very same time, ready for the next go around…safely.
apparently rehab is a bit of a process that needs time and patience and sometimes a few months of a break.
but now hurray! i can eat popcorn again!!

(and brooklyn didn’t get any popcorn because she slept thru the whole darn rehabbing thing!)

saints warmly welcomes three old and broken newbies…

molly2 is an utterly sweet 14 yr old poodle who lost her home due to incontinence issues.

mcgruff is an elderly pug with health issues who was picked up as stray and never reclaimed..he is ridiculously fun!

and tyler is a super affectionate 17 yr old one eyed, really messed up cat whose owner went into facility care.

all three of them are lovely and we are in love with them all and i doubt any of them are in need of prolonged popcorn rehab.

i am so sad to report that little bear has passed away

Posted: November 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm

he started cluster seizuring early this morning and was rushed to the vets, sadly he was unable to recover.

little bear was an odd little elderly dog, he lived in his own world. he wasn’t a fan of other animals or of people either.

little bear hated to be held or restrained in any way. whenever he absolutely had to go to the vets for anything, he was sedated as soon as he arrived there.

and yet there were times that you would see that he was happy…he would roll around on his bed, he really was very attached to his bed. very occasionally if you sat with him, he would suddenly climb up on your lap. and….. he really did enjoy a gentle butt scratch.

but little bear marched to his own drummer, he was clear with what he was comfortable with and with what caused him stress and we adjusted his world to suit him the way that he liked it best.

he may have been an odd little dog who was difficult to connect with, but he was our little odd dog and we all deeply loved and will miss him.

our much loved poppy has passed away.

Posted: October 31, 2018 at 5:59 pm

i didn’t want to post this yesterday, i was just too freaking sad.
i remember when poppy came here several years ago…an emaciated little bag of bones, abandoned up on a mountain during a time of terrible storms.
we all felt so very sorry for her, she had been thru a horrible time.
poppy started off in the house, she was just too frail to send out to the barns.
and poppy liked being a house pig so when she was ready we moved her over to the mp building to be their resident princess.

sometimes folks would tell me tall tales of poppy chasing them around the room trying to bite them but i knew this was not true.
they were misunderstanding her overatures of pig pal-ness..she just wanted to share a snack or two!
eventually folks got to know her better (or maybe she did settle down in her enthusiasm) and everyone fell in love.
poppy was so special to all of us, she was a gift that enriched our lives.

a few weeks ago poppy developed an infection. we hit her hard with multiple antibiotics but she just couldn’t recover. yesterday the vets advised it was time to let her go.
poppy passed peacefully surrounded by love.
we will so miss this special girl, she was a great friend to us.

rest in peace our sweet little pig…i hope ellie, petunia and all of the others were waiting to welcome you home.

12th Annual Wishes 4 Whiskers A Success

Posted: October 30, 2018 at 8:00 am


Saturday night we raised a record $56,700. We want to thank every person who bought a ticket, sponsored an animal, sponsored a table, donated in lieu of attending, purchased an auction item and participated in our live sponsorship. It really does take a community to build something worthwhile. And Saturday evening a community, bonded by their love of the crippled crew that reside at SAINTS, came together. The staff, volunteers and especially the crippled crew thank our community.

“We pledge to love them, to care for them, and make their dreams come true. We promise each of them that they will never be alone again.”

our lovely pink has passed away.

Posted: October 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm

despite several weeks of multiple antibiotics, we lost her anyway.
pink was a lovely bird..a great friend to crosby (rip) and a great friend for bif.
bif will really be missing her sister today.
rest in peace pink, you were greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Willow passed away suddenly this morning.

Posted: October 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm

He had surgery earlier this week in an attempt to remove a large bladder stone. He seemed to be recovering well but this morning the staff discovered he was unsteady and twitchy. He died within a few minutes. I believe he most likely suffered a stroke and threw a clot, poor boy.
Willow was a sweet little rabbit and all of his caregivers are so sorry to have lost him.
Rest in peace Willow, you were loved and will be greatly missed.

Rosa passed away suddenly this morning.

Posted: October 15, 2018 at 11:57 am

The barn staff were with her, she was up and eating her breakfast when she suddenly fell over and was gone. We think she had a massive heart attack.
While the sudden-ness of her passing was really upsetting to our staff, I think it was a blessing for Rosa. She has been having trouble with her arthritis in her knees lately and intermittent gastro/intestinal issues these past few months, she was absolutely ancient in goat years.
Thankfully the weather was great this weekend and Rosa enjoyed hanging out in the sun. Her previous mom came to visit her on Saturday and brought her some treats.
Her passing was instanteous, fear and suffering free.
It was a kind death for this special girl who will be so greatly missed here.
Rest in peace Rosa, you were greatly loved.


SAINTS Annual General Meeting – October 21 St. 12:30 PM

Posted: October 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

We will be holding our AGM
Date: October 21st, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: SAINTS Shelter 33860 Dlugosh Avenue Mission, BC

Everyone is welcome, members and non members.


A Happy Thanksgiving post (with a bit of a twist.)

Posted: October 6, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Thanksgiving weekend..I am working all weekend so it’s no big deal to me except…..
I am thankful for a few special turkeys who are important to me.

Firstly..SAINTS welcomes Ophelia…I am calling her Phee. Phee came to us as her turkey home was downsizing this week and her mom said Phee didn’t want to be eaten.
Phee is an 18 month old lavendar heritage bird who is currently molting. She is super cute now and when her feathers come back in, she will be stunning.
I am grateful for Ophelia, she is a truly sweet and lovely turkey.

We introduced her to Bif and Pink but Pink is not well and Bif is being overly protective of Pink. So I am also grateful to Bif for caring for and protecting her friend who is not feeling very good. It is nice to have a loyal friend at your back. We gave Phee a house next door for now.

And then there is Pink, who is not feeling well. She is having problems with her feet and when we xrayed them, her arthritis is pretty bad. Luckily we were giving her pain and anti inflammatory meds so that was ok. However, Pink also is struggling with an upper respiratory and chest infection. The vets put her on 3 different antibiotics…2 they sent home with her and one I had to get from pharmacy.
Today I went into London Drugs to fill her prescription.
The Pharmacist asked me does Pink have any allergies?…..
I said she was allergic to Thanksgiving,
he laughed. Then he said Holy Smoke this medicine is expensive, are you sure you want it?
I said it didn’t matter, she needed it so she was going to get it.
He said, no really, it is crazy expensive…
curious, I said how expensive is crazy expensive?
he said…$1000.
a grand? for 2 weeks?
Holy Shit.
Then he said wait a minute…I can get her 50 mg tabs instead of 100mg tabs in generic form but you would have to give her 4 pills a day instead of two.
She is already getting pill popped 4 others a day so what is 4 more..right PINK?
So the damage came in at $250 for the 2 weeks of meds..whew, that did not hurt quite so bad.
The Pharmacist are sure you want me to order this? $250 is still a lot.
I said for sure go ahead and order it..Pink is a super nice turkey, I will pick them up as soon as they come in..
I would have paid the $1000 for her meds if we had too..but I am REALLY thankful for generic meds….and a nice pharmacist who found them for us!
Love you Pink and Happy very glad you get to celebrate this holiday in an unusual turkey fashion…. SAINTS way.
(sorry that we have to pop 8 pills into you for the next two weeks tho…that”s a lot i know.)

Our sweet little Zoey has passed away.

Posted: October 3, 2018 at 11:36 am

Zoey and Zsu Zsu came to us several years ago, they were the senior sheep of a hobby farmer who suddenly became ill and wanted a safe place for his last 2 elderly girls to spend the rest of their lives. Quite a few of our animals over the years have come in by request of my coworkers. Zoey and Zsu Zsu were neighbors of one of the occupational therapists that I worked with and she too wanted a safe place for them to land.
Initially both Zoey and Zsu Zsu were shy with us. They did not like to be touched and watched us from a cautious distance. Over the years they became more and more trusting. As Zoey’s age related dementia progressed, she became out and out friendly and sought us out for treats and affection.
This past year has been a difficult one for Zoey as she hit her very late teens’, she became more and more demented, she started to lose a lot of weight and became blind in one of her eyes. We separated she and Zsu Zsu from the younger, more rambunctious sheep, started feeding her more grains and soaked hay cubes and she replaced the weight that she had lost and actually was starting to look a bit chubby. Several months ago she banged her blind eye on something and ended up with a very large abscess that had to be drained and due to the aging process, she developed arthritis and needed pain control added to her comfort regime.

Altho Zoey was a frail and elderly sheep, she was also a tough cookie. She weathered each and every physical challenge like a warrior and found her way back to enjoying life again and again.
On monday afternoon we noticed she had a bit of a green discharge from her nose and on tuesday we had the vets out right away, she was so old and frail we did not want to risk waiting too long. Dr Ben came out and diagnosed that our special little girl had pneumonia and gave her a long acting antibiotic injection right away.

Sadly it was just one challenge too many for this sweet gentle girl. She slipped away early this morning and we are all so very, very sad.
Zoey was a great little sheep in so many ways and she has left a big hole in not only the barn yards and in Zsu Zsu’s heart but in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

rest in peace our very dear girl, it has been our honor and pleasure to care for you here.