Category: “#ThrowbackThursday”

so saints welcomes…

Posted: August 6, 2015 at 8:19 pm

kyle…. a middle aged, unclaimed, stray, broken, paraplegic, somewhat biting, dachshund who was dragging himself around on the streets all alone and was covered in friction wounds from his dragging efforts. not sure how exactly someone loses a parapalegic dog, its not like he could run away fast or far. this was not a new injury…quite an old one, his hind legs have atrophied so he became disabled quite a long time ago but he couldn’t have been lost very long or in his vulnerable condition, he certainly would be dead.
anyway… I am thinking his loss might have been intentional. and that makes me feel really sorry for the poor little guy…even if he can sometimes be a bit of an asshole.
oh well..we all know I like dick headed dogs so kyle and I are already fast friends.
and he is freaking adorable!

also welcoming squishtopher…a very senior cat whose owner passed away. he is very sweet, has a very unique but quite horrible name and very badly needs a dental. he came right over to his pen door tonight to meet and greet me…he is a lovely old cat.

and a sweet good bye to Mario and Collin who went back home with jenn and jiv. they were so happy to get to go out of the gate. they are no longer homeless dogs and they both know it and were glad their abandonment…oops, I mean… going to visit grandma vacation, was over!

#ThrowbackThursday to last year’s Open House!

Posted: June 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm


More photos from last year’s event are available on our Facebook page, click here.

Come meet the saints this weekend at our Annual Open House Sat/Sun 11AM-3PM 33860 Dlugosh Ave, Mission BC. Hope to see you there

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#throwbackthursday – Stripe the fridge queen

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Stripe was a beautiful torti well into her twenties. She seemed like a permanent fixture at saints for many years living happily on top of the fridge with her private double cupboard suite with her soft bed, cat box, fresh food and occasional bowl of fresh milk. She would greet everyone who walked in with a head-butt and of course they would oblidge with some pets and kisses. She passed away a few years ago but we still miss her meows from above.


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#ThrowbackThursday – Loving & Losing Lexi

Posted: May 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

One this day, five years ago SAINTS and Carol lost Lexi.

Since Carol first created saints in December of 2004 she has loved and lost hundreds of animals. Carol is often asked how she can do it? It is true that it is sad and hearbreaking. However, it is also rewarding – each animal we love and lose, takes a peice of us when they go but they added much more by simply being in our lives and we are fuller because of them.

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the perfect dog

by Carol Hine

lexi was not just my dog..lexi was saints dog…she belonged to each and everyone of us.

she was the best dog in the world…i can’t even list all the goodness that was in her…because every goodness that ever existed, existed inside of her.

she was truly the perfect dog.

and no one except us, ever wanted her.

big, black and hairy…crippled and old.

she never had a single inquiry, no one ever asked if they could give her a home.

and what the world outside of saints all missed out on was a dog who loved me more than i have ever been loved in my life.

and she was absolutely determined to demonstrate and prove that love and her loyalty to me, day after day after day.

she made us slow down to wait for her, she made us wait for her to catch up, she made us remember not to forget her and she made us smile and laugh as she took all of her short cuts.

and the only time she ever made me cry was since she passed away.

i am so blessed and humbled to loved like i was by lexi.

i really miss you lex….but i know that somehow, you will always be with me….good, good dog…the very best, most perfect dog.

#ThrowbackThursday Easter with the saints

Posted: April 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

Check out these bunnified SAINTS from Easter’s past …







The volunteers were also good sports and let me don them with pink ears

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And would you believe it Carol did too with Mini Me (RIP) and Big Buddy (RIP)


Hope you all have a wonderful Easter long weekend with your friends and family! Special thanks to our amazing volunteers for their extra efforts and time over the holidays.

#ThrowbackThursday – Emily the cow who’s life came cheaply

Posted: April 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Life comes cheaply written by Meghann Cant Bennett July 3, 2009

The gate swings open and she stumbles in.  She stands there for a moment, staring at us.  Then a shove from behind and she lurches forward.  Wide-eyed, she comes to a standstill a few feet in front of us, her legs splayed and unsteady.  She is young, very young.  I can see her dried up umbilical cord.  And she is beautiful.  Blue-grey eyes surrounded by long, white lashes in a mostly white face, a soft pink nose, knobby knees.  The baby is so unsure of herself, taking a few awkward steps back and forth, always keeping a distance between her and the stockmen.  She eyes everyone warily and I imagine how terrified she must be.  How many hours ago was she born and taken from her mother?  24?  48?  She cannot be more than a day or two old.

The bidding begins.  I cannot believe my ears.  Ten dollars, five dollars, two dollars…my heart breaks.  How can her life be worth so little?  Motion from behind me and Carol has bid.  There are no other takers.  For two dollars – less than the price of a hamburger  her life has been saved.  I look at the faces of the farmers around me and imagine they are thinking how foolish we are, wasting our money on an animal destined never to be productive.

Bewildered, she is corralled through another gate into a holding area.  The bidding continues, but I cannot take my eyes off of her.  She lies down in the sawdust.  As I watch, an older cow in the adjacent pen turns her head sideways to fit through the horizontal metal bars of the railing.  She sniffs the baby and slowly, tenderly, begins to lick her.  The baby responds immediately, stretching her neck out and sniffing the older cow.

Suddenly the noise of the auction disappears and all I can focus on is this one peaceful, heart-wrenching moment.  A cow, having had her babies taken from her who knows how many times, comforting a weak little baby, who has just lost her own mother before ever really knowing her.  I quickly blink back tears, feeling that they are out of place in this place of commerce.

The baby, Emily, is now worlds away from the auction, along with Todd, another calf rescued by SAINTS.  Although they are warm, fed, and cared for, the two are struggling to survive.  Who knows how much colostrum they received from their mothers, that essential first milk full of protective antibodies and nourishing calories?  So, they live, day to day, feeling weak and sick, their bodies under attack because they were never given the right start to life.  We love them and hope for them, long for them to grow stronger, to turn the corner.  But we wait.

And I am struck with the thought that, day in and day out, all over the country, tiny, helpless calves are trucked from barn to auction to barn and sold for just a few dollars.  They may live or they may die.  As an investment, they are not worth much, so little is invested in them.  But for me, they have opened my eyes to the reality of animals as commodities, a reality that I will not be quick to revisit, but am grateful to have experienced.

So, for Emily, the little calf that Carol bought because she saw her true value, I have written this story.

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As you can see Emily has grown into a large, healthy, happy and very sweet cow.

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#ThrowbackThursday – The story of Tucker

Posted: April 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

Remember blind Tucker? He found the best ever dream home with Tom & Linda. Check out this great storywritten by Kendall from K9h2o

This is what makes what we do so worth it – to see that these animals can have a happy ending to their lives filled with love and valued for who they are.


#ThrowbackThursday – Vancouver Foundation gives dogs a second chance

Posted: March 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

In 2010 SAINTS was selected to receive a generous grant fron the Vancouver Foundation. They also made this beautiful video about former saint Rose (RIP). After her horrible life, Rose was someone real with precious value to us and to anyone who has heard her story. She was a truly great hearted dog –



#ThrowbackThursday – Carol Hine as Nurse Doolittle although they might want to change the name to “Nurse Dooalot”

Posted: March 20, 2014 at 8:27 am


Nurse Dolittle’s multi-species sanctuary eases unwanted animals through their final years

Carol Hine is like a Nurse Dolittle to the animals, providing the only multispecies sanctuary for elderly and special needs animals in Canada.

By Vancouver Sun July 19, 2011- Link to article here:

Carol Hine – Photo by Ric Ernest
Carol and Ellie Mae the Pink Princess – Photo by Ric Ernest
Carol Hine with Emily and Ziggy – Photo by Ric Ernest

#ThrowbackThursday – Cole’s Song and Pac the Puppy

Posted: March 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

You’ll recognize this guy. His picture is at the top of the blog. Cole taught us to live life fully, enjoy every day, let go of the past because the tomorrows are worth way more than the yesterdays …. and that one day a crippled old neglected stray can become a wanna be wild dog with a soft bed and couch and a whole family of very good friends. It is a good way to end your life’s journey.

Read Cole’s song – Blog Post from 2010 here

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Do you recognize this puppy?

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It’s Pac!
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