The following article is part of an ongoing effort to help homeless dogs in and around Toronto find suitable and loving homes. Sometimes this effort extends even further, since there are so many dogs that find themselves in dire circumstances. Currently, the need is great but the homes are few. Your help is desperately needed.
A Bichon Frise/Poodle mix that knew no other life than being used for breeding was so matted with urine and feces when she arrived at the Westminster Pet Sanctuary that a major grooming had to be done. On top of that, this sweet dog also has some health problems due to spending about 9 years at the hands of a heartless owner.
“April has been forced to produce litter after litter in her 9 years of life,” stated a representative of the sanctuary. “She has known nothing other than what we call ‘bred and boxed.’ We are told this girl will need a special spay done in addition to having massive dentistry done and a mammary tumor removed, plus of course a HUGE grooming, as literally urine and feces is deeply matted from her fur to her skin.”
April is also hypothyroid but vets at the sanctuary have started her on medications for that and she is doing much better. And it seems her spirits have picked up as well, since she has come to realize that there are people who will treat her kindly.
“April was so excited as we allowed her to run free in the dog park. Her feet have never touched grass before; she loved it so…”
If you would like more information or believe this adorable dog might fit well with you and/or your family, please contact the Westminster Pet Sanctuary at [email protected] and put ‘Pet Inquiry: April PFId#17519311’ in the subject line.
Westminster is a dedicated, hard working, registered charity and a no-kill sanctuary. All of its members and volunteers are unpaid so 100 per cent of donations go toward animal care. Their animals are not kept in cages. In order to better socialize them – they live as members of their families either at the sanctuary or in a foster home.
The sanctuary has never euthanized an animal due to space limitations, money, illness or age. If a pet is medically fit, it is put up for adoption. Terminally ill rescues stay at the sanctuary so they may enjoy their remaining time surrounded with love and all the comforts of a safe and happy home.
Westminster Pet Sanctuary
Alternative Email: [email protected]
Did You Know
Seneca’s faculty of continuing education and training offers a seminar with Kerry Vinson, Canine Behaviorist entitled Understanding Canine Behaviour on October 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Markham Campus, 8 The Seneca Way in Markham, Ontario. Register by calling 416.493.4144 or online HERE.