Animal Rescue Profile: Paws in Need Animal Rescue

This month’s animal rescue profile is Paws in Need Animal Rescue.

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Paws in Need is a small, shelterless animal rescue based in Edmonton.  They rescue stray, homeless and owner surrendered animals.  They provide loving foster homes for all their animals while they are rehabilitated medically and behaviourally before they are available for adoption.  Paws in Need also is a big practitioner of force free training and will only use force free training on all of their animals.

Right now, Paws in Need really needs foster homes.  With the winter approaching, like so many rescues, there are so many animals they want to take in and save but do not have enough foster homes.  Please click HERE to learn more and HERE to become a foster home.

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Interested in learning more and helping Paws in Need:

Click HERE to adopt

Click HERE to volunteer

Click HERE to donate

Click HERE to follow them on Facebook (where they always post adoption events)

Animal Rescue Profile: Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement (FARRM)

This month’s animal rescue profile is FARRM.

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They are an organization that not only rescues dogs and cats, they are an animal sanctuary that rescues abused farm animals.  FARRM was established in 2013 in response to a number of unwanted Potbelly pigs.  Since then, they have rescued and found new homes for hundreds of animal including goats, sheep, horses, cows, rabbits and chickens.  They believe that all animals lives have meaning and purpose and promote a vegan lifestyle. Their Mission Statement can be viewed HERE.

Recently, FARRM made national and even international headlines when one of their animals, Daisy, a blind goat with severe anxiety, was taken from their sanctuary. Thankfully, Daisy was safely returned after many pleas from the owners of FARRM and she was reunited with her best friend, Merlin the blind sheep.

Please note: FARRM was sadly accused of faking Daisy’s dissaperance and the person who runs FARRM was harshly criticized for offering a $10,000 reward. First, Daisy was stolen as she was found warm and dry on the side of the road after days of pouring rain. She also makes a loud screaming noise when her name is called so it’s impossible that she was “hidden” on their property in order to solicit donations. As for the award, Melissa, was willing to put up her own money and go into debt to find Daisy. Why? Because she’s family.

Even though they will be closing for the winter, FARRM does offer opportunities to take a tour and meet the animals.  Information for tours can be found HERE.

Interested in learning more and how you can help, here’s how:

Click HERE to adopt

Click HERE to sponsor an animal

Click HERE to donate

Click HERE to purchase items for FARRM & animal art (if available)

Click HERE to volunteer

Click HERE to view and attend any special events they are hosting

Click HERE to follow them on Facebook

I have to add that they are one of my favourite social media accounts to follow. Not only do they take amazing photos of all their animals, the captions of some of the photos have made me laugh so hard a few times that I actually have cried. They are an account that no matter how your day is going, you can go there it will bring a smile to your face an automatically brighten your day.

Why I Volunteer With Animal Rescue

I occasionally get asked the question “why do you volunteer with animal rescue?”.  The answer to that is simple, I love animals and want to help any way I can.

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I’ve always had a bond with animals (specifically dogs in my case), that I can’t describe.  I’ve always been a dog over people person and find as I get older, the more time I would rather spend with dogs over people.  Maybe it’s because I know no matter what, animals will always love you regardless of who you are, what you say or what you do.  They provide unconditional love and support and are always there for you.  They never judge (ok, maybe a little bit).  They never criticize and they will never intentionally hurt you.

I choose to volunteer with animal rescue because I find it rewarding and bring me happiness.  Is it always sunshine and rainbows? No.

Animal rescue is hard.  It breaks your heart, makes you angry, frustrates you and really makes you hate some people.  But, it’s worth giving back and helping out a cause I feel so deeply passionate about.  Maybe so passionate people may find it annoying, but everyone has their own quirks.

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There’s also no rule stating that if you volunteer with animal rescue, you can’t volunteer with another cause (ie. poverty, kids, the environment, social justice, cancer, ect.).  There’s no such thing as a “more deserving cause”, and that’s true when it comes to both volunteering and financially donating to.  It’s an argument that I have heard and have read for years and it’s something that frustrates me to no end.  If you feel passionately about a cause, get involved and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not a worthy cause.

So how do you go about becoming a volunteer?  Contact a local rescue group or shelter in your area and ask them if they are looking for volunteers.  Most rescue groups will also post volunteer opportunities on their website and have an online volunteer application form to fill out.  If there is a specific area you want to help with (ie. home checks, website or social media, photography, event coordination, fundraising) make sure to list that on the application form.  You can also specify how many hours a week you want to volunteer for (as most rescue organizations don’t list a minimum or maximum number of hours required).  You can also volunteer with as many rescue groups as you want.  I currently volunteer with two and plan to put in more volunteer hours in the fall.  I may also start volunteering with a third local rescue as well.

So find your cause (even if it’s not animal rescue), follow your passion and give back.  I guarantee you will find as rewarding as I do.

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Animal Rescue Profile: Alberta Bulldog Rescue

This month’s animal rescue profile is Alberta Bulldog Rescue.

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Five years ago, we adopted our squishy face French Bulldog/Boston Terrier, Max through Alberta Bulldog Rescue.

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Alberta Bulldog Rescue is a shelterless, non profit organization that was founded back in 2009.  They focus on rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing French and English Bulldogs.   They primarily take in dogs that are personal surrenders, breeder surrenders and rescue transfers.

As of right now, they have been forced to do a freeze on intakes.  This is due to taking in dogs with multiple medical issues and not having the funds to cover all the costs.  If you are able to DONATE, please consider doing so.  Even $20 will make a difference.

Along with donating, you can help out in other ways:

Click HERE to adopt

Click HERE to volunteer

Click HERE to Like them on Facebook

Dolly’s DNA Results

One of the the many questions we were asked about Dolly (and I’m sure many mixed breed owners can relate), was “what is she?”.  The problem was, we did not know. We made guesses based on what she looked like, her temperament, and even her body size, but we still didn’t know.

As Dolly was rescued from the illegal meat trade in Thailand thanks to Soi Dog and brought over to Edmonton thanks to Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society last year.

 

She was listed as an “unknown” breed as it was extremely hard to tell what she could be. Thankfully, her former foster mom asked me if I would be interested in doing a DNA test to find out what breeds she was (as there was no chance she was even remotely purebred, especially coming from the streets of Thailand).

We decided to use a company called DNA My Dog as Dolly’s former foster mom had used them before on both of her dogs and other former foster dogs.  The great thing is that it’s super easy to do, as you swab the inside of their mouth, place the swabs in the envelope and send it off for a lab analysis. The samples can be viable for up to 3 weeks in the envelope, so even with slow postal service you can still get it analyzed without expedited services.  The results take on average two weeks to get and the company that does it is Canadian (automatic win for me).  The hardest part out of all of it was the waiting. I’m sure I bumped their online ranking a few spaces with how often I was refreshing the page to see if her sample had been progressed.

They asked us to write down our guesses as to what she might be.  We thought for sure there was some level of terrier in her (Rat Terrier was a strong guess).  Many people who saw her thought she had Lab and or possibly Border Collie.  It was just so hard to guess as purebred dogs are few and far between over in Thailand and they definatly do not end up on the back of a meat trade truck.

So what is she?

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The results came back with her listed as Akita, Brittany and Chow Chow.

She’s listed as Level 2 Akita which means it’s her predominant breed.  She’s roughly 37-74% Akita meaning one of her parents was an Akita or Akita mix.  It’s not surprising as they are a breed originally from Asian countries.  I was quite surprised at first until I looked at some photos of Akita’s and saw the resemblance.

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What I was also impressed with is that not only does DNA My Dog break down the percentage of breed, it sends you some information about them including health concerns.  Apparently Akita breeds are known to suffer from auto immune skin disorders, so that makes sense considering all of the skin issues Dolly has.  Dolly also loves to chase anything that moves and loves to carry around things in her mouth (such as socks and Freckles sweaters).

I honestly had to look up what a Brittany breed of dog was.  Apparently they are a Spaniel.

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This breed makes up about 20-36% of Dolly’s DNA.  This is listed as a Level 3.

The temperament of this breed describes Dolly perfectly.  She’s a good natured and sweet girl.  She also has a joy for life and is very enthusiastic about things she loves.  She is also a very sensitive dog and does not respond well to stern treatment.  She is very timid when she becomes scared.

The one that really surprised me had to be finding out she’s also 20-36% Chow Chow.

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That is one breed I honestly could not believe she has in her.  She does not have really any of the behavioural traits of a Chow Chow but, there was one health concern that caught my attention.  Chow Chow’s can develop an inward rolling of the eyelid and when Dolly arrived in Canada, she had to have surgery correct and inward rolling eyelid.  I suspect she’s on the lower percentage of Chow Chow, and as she was a level 3 for Chow Chow, that’s not surprising.

The results were surprising but, they do make sense after I’ve had a chance to do some researching on each breed.  If you are interested in finding out what your dog is, you can go on the DNA My Dog and order a DNA kit.  The results may surprise you.