Happy Tails – Tales of Adoption
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We received an update on Miss Oreo and this is what her new mom had to say:
“Some of you might remember Oreo, and I just wanted to give you guys a little update on her life. She grew up into a very beautiful kitty and is loving life more than ever! Most unique, special, and loving girl I have ever met. I am forever grateful for her!”
This is Hobbs! We got him from baps close to a year ago. When we went to baps, he was the last dog we “seen” and be basically chose us. We took him home a week after our visit and he fit right in with our family. We have had our ups and downs but he taught us a lot. With his crazy antics and loving personality, it definitely wouldn’t be the same without him here.
Thanks for the perfect match BAPS 🙂
Cinderella is doing great!! She loves going outside on the deck and meowing at people passing by. She loves her cuddles with her mom (and whoever else is willing to give her all the attention). She’s quite spoiled and absolutely hates if she can see any part of the bottom of her food bowl. She loves being around people…a bit of a social butterfly! We all love her so much and she is the purrfect fit for us!
We have another Tim update for you!!
We received another Tim update and as always we were thrilled to hear from his family! Here is loving the family’s new kitten! It took awhile to train him not to pick the little guy up in his mouth, but he definitely wants to cuddle and play with him all the time!
I just wanted to drop a quick note letting you know that Periwinkle (aka Peri) is doing great! I asked him in February of 2015 when he was seven months old. He just celebrated his second birthday. Here’s such a character. He’s my little copilot and security officer. He checks anybody that comes near truck. He goes everywhere with me in my semi and has developed quite a dislike for highway patrol and the DOT. When I get pulled over for routine traffic stops, he’s always sitting on the back of the passenger seat waiting to give them a piece of his mind. He’s back-pawed a few lol.
Thanks so much to BAPS for finding him for me!
Aquarius & Aries
We just wanted to update you and thank you so much for the two amazing additions to our home. They have adjusted well and love how we spoil them daily…from laser pen races to a cat scratch arch or many toys and the occasional treats! Here are the happy girls at home chillaxing after some hard play…Thanks again BAPS!
PS. Did we mention their new names are Cleo and Layla?
Hi! I am Winslow and am I ever a lucky boy!! Back on March 26, 2011 my mom, auntie and I were rescued by two caring BAPS personnel. Can you imagine that someone had just duct-taped us up in a box and left us outside in the cold? I was the only surviving kitten from my litter and even at that just barely fought through the struggles thrown my way. My mom was too young and didn’t even know what to do with me!
That’s when I met my foster mom, Serena. She took great care of me. I know I was high maintenance with being a preemie (I was the length of a human thumb!), but she did everything for me and because of her I am here today to tell you my story! She bottle fed me every hour for the first month and a half of my life and when she was busy working at the shelter my Auntie (now my furrever mom) would help take care of me.
There were times where I felt like I couldn’t fight anymore because of the infections, my stage three heart murmur and my under-developed internal organs, but the tears on my foster mom and furrever mom’s faces, made me determined to live.
I was behind on all sorts of normal kitten development, often weeks behind, but my motto is that all good things come in time, right? I am proof of that!
I just celebrated my 5th birthday and boy oh boy am I ever loved! I not only have my two fur siblings, but I have two little people to call my own! My human brothers LOVE me!
I have been doing great aside from having some tumors in my mouth removed (they were benign) and having the majority of my teeth removed. Who really needs teeth anyway?! I still eat hard food and am in fact the “fluffiest” of my siblings! Mom seems worried about this, but I just say that there is more of me to love!
I am so lucky and thankful for the second chance at life that BAPS and their staff gave me!
Just attaching a picture of Mitchell who was adopted from Brooks Animal Protection Society in 2013. He is the sweetest and most lively member of our fur family. He keeps everyone of his fur family members on their toes and has a special way of inspiring each one of them to join in the fun. We would like to thank you for rescuing our little guy and allowing us to be part of his journey, our family wouldn’t be the same without him!!!~ Just another “Happy” adoptive family!
Jar Jar…The camping cat! We brought him with us for a week to the lake. He loves lounging around in the camper and is in charge keeping it bug free! Such a great cat.
Waldo is doing well, and he’s getting use to his new home. He’s done really well with potty training and has been so friendly with all my family and playful with other dogs. I’ve started doing some clicker training, as well as tried getting him use to walks on a leash. I hope it’s ok but I’ve changed his name to Aston, wasn’t really feeling Waldo. Anyhow here are some pictures since I’ve gotten him.
BAPS received a sad, but very touching and heartfelt update on a great pup who had an amazing life. We thank Neeki Ryder and her family for giving Ozzy such an amazing life! He couldn’t have dreamed of better.
“I am writing this letter to let you know how much what you do matters. We said good-bye to Ozzy, our cherished furry family member this week. In December of 2004 my husband and I came out to the Brooks SPCA to select a puppy from a new litter. They were only five weeks old and had already had a tough life. This was the second female dog the owners had left out to roam and get pregnant in a six month period. The owners had left her in the basement to give birth to her puppies on the cold cement ground, without even a sheet to keep them warm. An employee from your shelter had come to rescue them at 4 days old, and by that point only 8 puppies out of the 15 had survived. Seven of Ozzy’s brothers and sisters had frozen to death on the concrete right beside him.
When we came to the shelter they let Ozzy and his siblings out to play so that we could select which puppy we would take. One by one as the puppies grew tired they went back into the pen to sleep with their mom, but Ozzy, instead of joining his siblings came to snuggle in my lap and promptly fell asleep. Ozzy chose me that day for his forever home, and I am so grateful for the many years that this incredible dog blessed us with his companionship.
He was a one in a million dog. Every one that knew him recognized his very special spirit. He had an incredible spunky personality, lover of fetch, swimming, my running/hiking partner, stealer of food. He loved Marmite on toast, apples and raspberries fresh of the bush. He travelled with us on countless camping trips, Kelowna and Vancouver Island. He had a vibrant personality but at the same time was such an old gentle soul. I truly believe that when God made him he broke the mold.
He was four when we decided to add a human baby to our family, and I truly equate him to “Toothless” from the movie How to Train your Dragon, because when he played with kids it was like he actually retracted his teeth and was all gums. He was the gentlest of souls and never was I ever concerned he would hurt a flea. We added yet another human baby when Ozzy was seven and again, he loved each of our kids so much. Whenever either of my sons was under the weather Ozzy was always nearby keeping watch. He just knew.
I want to thank you, as a shelter, for giving me such a gift. Without your tireless work to protect those less able to protect themselves, we would not have been blessed with this incredible creature for twelve and a half wonderful years. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do. The loss is so raw and palpable right now, but I know that is only because what we had together was just that incredible.”
As each day goes by, this crazy, young pup is getting closer to being one year old! It’s creeping up fast! Originally Diggle was a foster pup. BAPS had received a litter of puppies at a very young age and were in need of fosters and I was in the middle of convincing my son that we were not going to get another puppy…I thought fostering would curb the puppy craving. Instead, we became foster failures! 🙂
Diggle LOVES car rides! If he can sit up front and watch everything, he is one happy boy! He enjoys walking, but we are still working on leash manners. He has become a pretty good football player with my son in the living room. He even sort of likes the cat! He isn’t much of a cuddler, BUT don’t try to move too far away from him! I love that I have gotten to watch this pup grow up every day! We love our little Diggle!
Hi Everyone,It’s been a wonderful since we brought Yukon home and we just realized we haven’t even sent an update yet! Sorry for the wait – hope you weren’t worried!Every morning and night, we go for perimeter walks of our property and he walks right beside our dog, Molly. Actually, the two chased chipmunks up trees and played in the sunshine together for the better part of this morning – they get along great! In the afternoons, Yukon likes to roll around in the cool gravel in the shady parts of the driveway. He seems to really love tummy rubs, truck rides to Timmy’s, his tug-a-war rope, chasing grouses, and getting hugs and kisses. Each night we tuck him into his (giant!) bed with his blankie and his stuffed bear and each morning he greets us with a great big tongue and wagging tail. He sleeps pretty solidly – we don’t hear a peep from him all night! We spend a lot more time outside than we used to, so there’s big benefits for the whole family.
We are certain he is the PERFECT fit for us! Yukon is one of the best dogs in the world – he is very loyal, gentle, and affectionate and listens to commands well. We are lucky to have met him and so grateful you guys took such amazing care of him! Thank you a million times over!
Please see pics attached and if you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.
The Bray Family
P.S. We were able to find the food you guys gave him – thanks again!
Lola (was Doll Girl)
Lola is healthy and happy!! Today she is snuggling with her cat brother, amidst the couch cushions. She is a true joy to have in our family! Lola continues to love to play and talk and eat!! Thank you for allowing me to adopt her!
Sorry for the late update but just thought I’d let you know Tazi is doing fantastic!!
We renamed Goby…His name is now Oreo! He is just such a joy and a wonderful addition to the family! He walked in here like he owns the place and didn’t mind either dog at all, even Minnie who is 100 times the size of him. He has his own litter pan, food and water dish, but he is in such a scramble to get out of the bedroom in the morning to eat and drink from the big cats stuff! He is super happy, active and friendly… Oreo is such an amazing addition to our family…
We love our Oreo!
Just dropping you a quick line to let you know “Roo”, now renamed “Tucker” is doing great! My 2 year old just LOVES carrying him around and snuggling with him. Tucker also adopted a friend of his own, a little cow rattle of my daughter’s haha. He naps with it & drags it all over the house.
Thanks for all your help!
Things are going great in California, I swear Mr. B has grown visibly in the past week and a half. He’s had a few adventures at the beach and gotten to explore a Golden Gate park a bit. We’re working on recall so hopefully he’ll be able to be trusted off leash in due time. He’s pretty good walking on a leash at the moment; very responsive to pressure and doesn’t pull with brute force or stall. He has gotten a bit more comfortable so he’s pushing some boundaries (mostly with regards to playtime) and were starting clicker training at the end of the week so hopefully creating that avenue for communication will put us both at ease. He’s quite clever though and is already doing a great job with sit, lie down and stay so I’m excited about training.
He’s found a good dog walking group where he gets to romp around with some other playful dogs at some of the beaches around the city. I’m attaching some photos of him so you can see for yourself how he’s doing (and growing!!).
We recently got a wonderful update on one of our pups who certainly didn’t last long at the shelter before winning over his new family! Here’s what they had to say:
“The drive back to Edmonton was a little hectic and ended up with me in the back seat with DeNiro so he would relax and get some sleep (he truly is an oversized lap dog!). However, he settled in right away. Him and Willis have already started binding and playing with each other. We could not have gotten a better family member fit for us, so thank you!”
It has been close to ten years since I drove out to your wonderful centre and met my greatest love story – Jack. I adopted Jack in the Spring of 2007 and I have spent every day for the past decade filled with love and gratitude for that fateful day and this incredible being I managed to fall in “love at first sight” with. Jack is a big, handsome, happy, active 11 year old old boy and we have sadly just learned that he has Osteosarcoma. For a moment while I can see through my tears I have to tell you what a gift this dog has been to my life, and what a gift BAPS and other adoption agencies are for families. Truly – this dog saved my life, and provided me with joy, love, laughter and adventure in a desperately difficult, and continues to bless us with these traits long into incredibly happy and beautiful times of my life. Jack has thrived every day, and even with cancer continues to be his goofy, playful self which brings my husband and I endless happiness, and then many tears. While we have no idea how long remains with our amazing dog I know that my gratitude will extend to you forever for being the source that connected me with him. Thank you so much for what you do – you change lives for the very best.
~Lots of love from Kira & Jack