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Meew Meew

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MEEW MEEW

Breed: Domestic Shorthair
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Size: Small

 

Energy Level: Low as I am not feeling my best 
Litter trained? Yes 
Kids? Possibly, as long as it's a quiet home
Cats? Possibly, with proper supervision, socialization and separation! 
Dogs? Unknown
Medical Needs: recovery from current dermatology issues that may be ongoing, and general yearly checkups, currently on specialist vet food 

About Me:

Hi, I'm Meew Meew!

I have been in the care of WAG for a couple of weeks, after joining the Critical Care program. I'm a sweet young kitty that the staff and volunteers are still getting to know. I have been having issues with a skin condition for some time, and recently took a turn for the worse. The staff at Coast Mountain Vet have been looking after me and have just carried out a biopsy to find out what it is that is bothering me and most importantly - how we can fix it! I am currently hanging out at the shelter wearing a fabulous but functional onesie (which makes me look super adorable), and being treated with some meds. My favourite thing is to climb into the humans laps and have a long snuggle, I must say I have won them all over instantly. I make it hard for them to leave my side.

I am looking for a quiet, calm home to help me recover and give me the best chance at healing and being the happy healthy cat I once was. I have previously lived with other animals, but for the moment we are not sure if it is the best idea whilst I am unwell.

UPDATE: 08/05/22

"WAG was able to continue with her veterinary team Coast Mountain Veterinary Services after a biopsy, we have a diagnosis! Meew has a very rare condition called Feline Idiopathic Ulcerative Dermatosis, this answer is just step one to get Meew healthy again, its a long road to recovery but we are always optimistic. Despite the pain she must be feeling, Meew is the most loving kitty, she's very affectionate and would love a shoulder to perch on. "

My Purrrfect Match

  • Will be ready to commit to me long term and not give up on me 
  • Will keep my health in mind and take me into the vet for regular checkups, its possible that I may need specialist food too 
  • Will give me time to adjust to my new surroundings
  • Will provide lots of enrichment, scratching towers, toys, catio etc.
  • Will set me up for success if I am expected to move into a home with other animals or children (TBC)
  • Will keep me safe and happy, and loved forever

I am little but I am BRAVE and I am definitely a fighter! Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters and Critical Care Fund donors. Without you it would not be possible to take on cases like these and give these animals a second chance.

Please keen an eye on my profile for further updates!

 

My Story:

I was with my previous home since I was born, they loved me very much and made me a member of their family. However, due to my declining health they were no longer able to provide me the care they knew I needed.

If you cannot adopt at this time, please consider donating to Meew Meew's care as part of WAG's Critical Care Program. 

MJ

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MJ

Breed: Shepherd X Lab Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years old 
Size: Large

 

 

Energy Level: Medium/ High, currently on REST
Training Goals: Socialization and basic training
House trained? Occasional accidents 
Kids? Yes, with proper supervision & separation
Cats? Unknown 
Dogs? Potentially with proper supervision & separation
Medical Needs: Finishing up her current course of vaccines, healing of leg fracture, then yearly checkup veterinary appointments

About Me:

Hi I'm MJ!

I am new at WAG having arrived only last week. I am very friendly and happy go lucky, despite being in pain from a broken front leg which has been a problem for a while. I have been told to rest up until my upcoming repeat X-Ray and checkup at the Vet. After this, we will know more about my injury and the best plan to heal it. For now, I am decompressing - getting to know the staff, volunteers and my new routine at the shelter. Please check back for updates.

I put a smile on the face of everyone I meet! I like other dogs but I just want to RUN and PLAY and have fun, as I am very much still a puppy at heart. My new friends have discovered that I love balls and toys and long grass. I would run forever if I could and it wouldn't get into trouble with my doc. The staff do let me play games like food puzzles, snuffle matts, kongs and crunch on ice cubes to keep me entertained. They even pretend not to see me destuff my new toys and make a mess. I am currently learning about harnesses and leashes and all of the things that will keep me safe and help me with my healing. I am pretty savvy and am quick to learn new things. They are also feeding me lots of donated treats and healthy food to increase my weight and help me build more muscle. Not forgetting the meds to keep me comfortable with the pain from my leg, but I am a very strong brave girl.

I would like a calm home with a family able to give me lots of love, fun and socializing at my own pace. Once I recover I am keen to go on lots of adventures, and have enjoyed playing with other dogs in my past.  Some new things can make me a bit unsure and I need my family to be understanding that they'll need to work with me during this big life change and give me time to adjust. A trainer may be useful to give me a good foundation as I learn the basics.

 

My perfect match:

- A family with patience and understanding that a lot of things are new to me, I may need time to adjust to my new surroundings

- Be proactive with my training, using a WAG approved trainer that will help me gain confidence and give my family the tools they will need 

- Eager to learn more about dog body language so you can understand what I'm communicating to you!

- Be ready for the 10+ year commitment

- Loves big bouncy playful dogs with a lot of personality!

- Will be able to help me in my recovery and rehab 

- Will keep me healthy and happy with proper exercise and yearly vet visits

If you're dedicated to providing a safe home using only fear-free, positive reinforcement training methods, please fill out an application below:

My Story:

I was surrendered to WAG in late July as one of three new Critical Care Cases. The people who cared for me knew that WAG would be able to help fix my broken leg and find me a forever home to suit my needs.

If you can't adopt at this time, please consider donating to the animals that call WAG home!

Honey

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Honey

Breed: Poodle mix
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years old 
Size: Small

 

 

Energy Level: Medium
Training Goals: Socialization and basic training
House trained? Working on it! 
Kids? Potentially older kids in a calm home
Cats? Unknown
Dogs? Potentially with proper supervision & separation
Medical Needs: dental work if needed & dental checkups, then yearly check veterinary appointments

About Me:

Hi I'm Honey!

I am new at WAG having arrived only last week. I was nervous and fearful of my new environment at first, but soon became friends with my new caretakers. I haven't properly met any of the other shelter residents yet as the staff are still getting to know me and my ways. I'm sure my profile will be updated as they learn more.

What they do know, they have fallen in love with. I am ADORABLE and love to sit on their laps in reception whilst they work away on the computer trying to get us all adopted! I previously didn't have a lot of outdoor adventures so I am still getting used to life and exploring outside in the big wide world.

I am good at walking on leash and have been very brave. I am only teeny tiny compared to all the other dogs here, but I love to run around in the big grassy yard and steal all of their giant toys for myself. I am pretty agile and can be crafty at trying to escape my kennel.....the staff have had redesign the set up just for me as I am able to squeeze through the bars! And, as you can see, I have a beautiful underbite smile, something which is being looked into as I may need some dental work in the near future, I will know more about that soon. I've also been told to put on some pounds; I really like food and treats so I don't think that will be a problem for me! I've already had a bit of a makeover this week, as my fur had got PRETTY long. Now I am just PRETTY CUTE, even if I do say it myself and I look tons younger.

I am working on my toilet training, and am tolerating being brushed/ trimmed/ bubble bathed at the WAG Spa as long as I get lots of hot dogs in return. I would like a calm home with a family able to give me lots of love, fun and socializing at my own pace. Some new things can make me a bit afraid and unsure and I need my family to be understanding that they'll need to work with me during this big life change and give me time to adjust. A trainer may be useful to give me a good foundation as I learn!

 

My perfect match:

- A family with patience and understanding that a lot of things are new to me, I may need time to adjust to my new surroundings

- Be proactive with my training, using a WAG approved trainer that will help me gain confidence and give my family the tools they will need 

- Eager to learn more about dog body language so you can understand what I'm communicating to you!

- Be ready for the 10+ year commitment

- Loves small sweet cuddly girls with a lot of personality!

- Will be able to care for my dental issues going forward

- Keep me healthy and happy with proper exercise and yearly vet visits

If you're dedicated to providing a safe home using only fear-free, positive reinforcement training methods, please fill out an application below,

My Story:

I was surrendered to WAG from a loving family in late July. They knew that WAG would be able to find me a home that I would thrive in and would get me the medical care that I needed to improve my health. I am one of three new critical care cases.

If you can't adopt at this time, please consider donating to the animals that call WAG home!

Rocco

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Rocco

Breed: Hound X Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 9 years old
Size: Large

 

 

Energy Level: Medium  
Training Goals: Basic training, settling into a new home
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, with proper supervision & separation
Cats? Potentially with proper supervision & separation
Dogs? Yes please!
Medical Needs: Daily wound management, including cleaning and bandage changes. Awaiting next steps for his medical plans. When he is healthy enough he will need eye surgery to correct his entropion condition and a dental surgery as he has multiple broken teeth.

About Me:

Hi I'm Rocco!

I am a big beautiful boy looking for my forever home! I have been bravely living with a serious injury for months, but am now in a foster home after being given a second chance at recovery.

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UPDATE AUGUST 6th 2022:

WAG has now received the results of the biopsy and the answers are not what we expected, or hoped for. Sadly the wound is not a hygroma as previously believed, but unfortunately a cancerous mass. WAG will continue to do the best we can for Rocco, and we are so grateful for our community support. We are heartbroken at this development and now await a follow up appointment to find out more. Rocco is spending his time in his foster home having days filled with extra fun and joy and of course, adventures. We will update when we are able to.

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Rocco has been receiving daily cleaning and bandage changes for a necrotic and infected elbow wound, believed to be a hygroma. When he came to WAG the wound was massive and so infected our veterinarian said it was the worst she had ever seen. Because it is on his elbow, is it incredibly difficult to get the wound to heal, with the constant pressure of laying down and mobility of the joint.

**WARNING - SENSITIVE PHOTOS FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE - SHOWING WOUND CLEANING AND HEALING JOURNEY**

Our goal is to help reduce the size of the large open wound until it is at a point that it can be surgically closed. Fortunately with his progress so far - we were given the go ahead to have a biopsy carried out. Now we must patiently wait for the results to see if he is a candidate for the surgery that could help him. He is currently being kept comfortable in a special foster home alongside another dog and is stealing the hearts of everyone he meets on his journey.

We can't deny that Rocco has a lot of obstacles in his way on his road to recovery but he still has lots of spunk left and is happiest when he is out and about walking and running around. He loves walks and is a social butterfly who loves meeting new people and dogs. He likes to howl when the train goes by and stick his cone head out of the car window. For this reason, we are trying everything we can to help get this loving boy back to his healthiest self! We are so proud of how brave Rocco has been, he's learned to trust and now easily let's his foster parents clean his wound and change his honey bandage daily. You can check out photos of his wound journey if you scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Rocco will need an adopter able to change bandages (or willing to learn), someone committed to his recovery and possible future rehab, someone who believes in him and will give him days full of fun, adventure and love, no matter what.

If you are not in the position to adopt Rocco, please share his story or donate to his care if you are able to. He is just one of the many critical care cases we are dealing with this summer sadly. Without you we would not be able to try for animals like Rocco.
We also want to once again thank our partner vets at PVH and Coast Vets for all of your medical help and advice. As well as our current fosters, for all your hard work and love.

 

My Story:

Rocco came into our care at the end of June after his wound deteriorated at his home. He was very well loved but the injury was no longer manageable.

Rocco is a special boy who deserves a fighting chance. We are all fighting and cheering for him and appreciate everyone’s support so far.

WAG is now fundraising for:

-  surgery costs
-  medication, bandages & aftercare
-  and frequent recheck appointments

As well as anything else that Rocco will need!

 

**WARNING - SENSITIVE PHOTOS BELOW - SHOWING HYGROMA CLEANING AND HEALING JOURNEY**

Rocco

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This is Rocco, he is a beautiful, sweet, senior boy who needed WAG’s help for an injury he has been living with for months. We have been helping him get the medical care he so badly needs. However, due to the severity and location of the necrotic wound he may not be a candidate for a surgery he needs to survive.

Currently he is a palliative care case, we are working hard behind the scenes trying to make the best decisions for Rocco and help manage his pain. While we don’t always post these types of cases because they are truly hard, heartbreaking and sensitive.

We just wanted to say Thank You from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who donates to our Critical Care Fund and to our Foster Homes! Without you we would not be able to try for animals like Rocco.

Rocco has been receiving daily cleaning and bandage changes for his necrotic and infected elbow hygroma. Although he is a long ways away from being able to have surgery to close his wound, we are hopeful the daily cleaning and wound management are progress in the right direction. If things continue to heal, the next step is to do a biopsy to determine if his wound is cancerous. Rocco has a lot of obstacles in his way on his road to recovery but he still has lots of spunk left and is happiest when he is out and about walking and running around.

 

 

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For this reason, we are trying everything we can to help get this loving boy back to his healthiest self!

So how can you help? Rocco’s top 3 things he needs right now are:

 

  • A confident medical foster who is located in the Whistler/Pemberton area who is able to assist with daily medical needs and help get Rocco to his weekly check-ups. For information on how to foster, please head to our website https://whistlerwag.com/foster-program/

 

  • Donations of his medical supplies needed for his daily bandage changes. You can find a list of items we need the most on our Amazon wish list “Rocco Critical Care Needs” via our website
    https://a.co/etUpled

 

 

 

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Rocco is a special boy who deserves a fighting chance. We are all fighting and cheering for him and appreciate everyone’s support so far. He has a long ways to go but we are hopeful

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Scooby

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If everyone could give a warm welcome to our newest Critical Care case, Scooby!
Scooby came into our care after being involved in an accident with a car, unfortunately because of his injuries, it was decided that the best route for this fella was a Femoral Head Osteotomy surgery.
On Tuesday, Scooby headed down to Squamish and received the best care from Dr. Lane of @Points East West Veterinary Services
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Surgery went great, and then he went off to his new foster home where he can receive the aftercare he needs and have a calm environment to recover in

Without the dedication of our Veterinary teams and foster homes, we wouldn’t be able to help those in need like Scooby, we are so grateful to have your support!

And of course without YOUR generosity and donations to our Critical Care Fund, we are always able to say ‘yes we can help!’ to the animals who need us the most!

WAG is now fundraising for 

- surgery costs
-  medication
-  aftercare
-  and recheck appointments

As well as anything else that Scooby will need!

www.whistlerwag.com/donate

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Gizmo – Adopted April 2022!

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Gizmo

Breed: Collie/Terrier mix
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years old
Size: Medium

 

Energy Level: In recovery from surgery at the moment
Training Goals: Basic Manners
House trained? Yes
Kids? 15 years+
Cats? Yes, but with supervision and separation
Dogs? Yes, but with supervision and separation
Medical Needs: Ongoing Check ups with her medical team 

About Me:

Gizmo has been in a foster home since her surgery and they had this to say! 

 

Gizmo bio:
Thoughts on a perfect home: a medium (at the very least) active woman who would appreciate a very
affectionate, smart dog. Someone who would like to do things with their dog and doesn’t mind a “Velcro-dog” and a dog that would prefer to go on couches. I bet Gizmo slept with her previous owners. She would work well in an apartment.
Can be submissive but warms up quickly to women, hesitant with men (she rolls over, no fear-aggression).
Very sensitive. Soft commands are all that are needed. She is very happy to please.
A very happy dog… wags A LOT! 

She is SMART and would love someone who could teach her tricks and give her mental stimulation. With that intelligence, she knows how to ‘work the system’ and could be a good ‘manipulator’ LOL I bet she would do well with some forms of agility training.
She is fine with cats and dogs. Since she is so demanding of human attention, she should be placed with really easy going dog(s). She has given my dog a couple of growls and snapped at my dog when Gizmo was getting attention from us. My dog Charlie did do a reprimand one day when Gizmo was too excited in Charlie’s face, Gizmo listened so that shows good doggie sense. She would sleep next to Charlie if given the chance but my dog has never been into snuggling with other pups/dogs in the years of fostering.

She is not food focused. We can eat our meals right next to her and she doesn’t beg or bother us.
Being a bit of a monkey, I do not know if she would steal food from a coffee table but I would hazard a guess that she would not.

LOVES:
- belly rubs, snuggling and being right beside and touching people
- balls and fun squeaky toys. Once healed, she’ll be throwing toys around for herself in no time.
- to be with people, touching them but she can settle into her bed while I am working or doing things
around the house. I just say “go to bed” and she’ll go to it.
- Squirrels. She likes to watch “squirrel TV” outside my patio door. Watches… no barking or whining.
- A bolster bed – seems to be her preferred bed format.

Perfectly housetrained. Doesn’t need to go out right away in the AM. Example, nighttime pee around 10pm and goes out around 9am-ish for pee/poo after her meal.

Not sure about children. When she gets excited, she chomps her teeth at you in the air. It is pretty funny and cute. So that chomper action can connect with fingers and she will air chomp in front of your face in you are low down. So that makes me think older dog-respectful children would be best.
Easy to give meds to.
No separation anxiety.

She can get underfoot, especially first thing in the morning and when you come back to the house.

Things to note:
- She does alert bark at the door and when people come into the house. Beyond that, she is quiet in
house.
- I think she would be an escape artist so if placed at a house/townhome, it would require thorough
fencing with no gaps.
- No idea how she is on leash as she is still on very limited activity and no idea if recall would work
outside of our yard.
- Not a huge water drinker. I mix in water with her kibble to ensure better hydration.

My Story:

WAG was called late one night about a dog who desperately needed our help.
No one saw what happened to the poor girl, but she was found on her doorstep crying, bloody and unable to walk - from the extent of her injuries and road rash, it is suspected she was hit by a car.
Gizmo went to Mountain Side Veterinary Hospital, and received excellent care and lots of TLC from the amazing staff. Her radiographs showed that she has a shattered femur and pelvis.
After consulting our veterinary partners and medical specialists, Gizmo will need to have one leg amputated, and then be on strict rest to heal her shattered pelvis. This will be an intense procedure, a long recovery, and it wont be cheap, but with your help, we can provide Gizmo the care she needs!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who donates to WAG, and to the incredible team at Mountain Side Vet Hospital, as well as the amazing team at Eagleview Veterinary Hospital.
Please consider donating to our critical care fund – this fund allows us to say “yes!” to these animals who need us the most.

 

Gizmo; In Critical Care

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Gizmo will need to have one leg amputated, and then be on strict rest to heal her shattered pelvis.

WAG is now fundraising for an amputation surgery, medication, hospitalization, aftercare, and everything else that Gizmo will need.

Gizmo is currently unable or unwilling to urinate on her own, which is still a concern, however, we are hopeful that as she heals, this will resolve.

Gizmo deserves this chance and you can help gift it to her by donating to WAG's Critical Care Fund by clicking the button below!

Thank you to the incredible team at Mountain Side Animal Hospital and Eagleview Veterinary Hospital for all their love and care for sweet little Gizmo.

WAG was called late Thursday night about a dog who desperately needed our help.

She was found on her doorstep crying, bloody, and unable to walk, and no one saw what happened...
From the extent of her injuries and road rash, it is suspected she was hit by a car.

Her radiographs show that she has a shattered femur and pelvis.

Due to the extent of her injuries, she now needs major and immediate medical intervention...

GIZMO NEEDS YOUR HELP!

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Thank you for considering donating to our Critical Care Fund.

This fund allows us to say “yes!” to these animals when they need us the most.

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Jojo

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JOJO

Breed: Domestic Shorthair
Gender: Male
Age: 14 years
Size: Large and in charge

 

Energy Level: Low
Litter trained? Yes, but when I am stressed or sick, I have accidents
Kids? Yes, as long as it's a quiet home
Cats? No thanks
Dogs? No thanks
Medical Needs: Diabetic senior needs. Jojo's family will ideally be very comfortable with administrating insulin and diabetic needs. 

About Me:

Hi, I'm Jojo! I am a senior with a lot of love to give who has been here way too long.

I'm a sweet older fella that the staff and volunteers adore spending time with! I will come to you for cuddles, will drool as I enjoy being brushed but I also just enjoy human company in general as I go about my day. I love to chill in sunspots and on window sills, and keep an eye on the goings on of the shelter from my VIP room by reception. I love to have a good supervised roam up front at night when the staff are working on the computers and the others residents have gone to bed. Sometimes I like to wear my harness and leash and go on safe adventures further afield. However, I must be monitored to make sure I don't find any crumbs or treats left behind by the other animals!

The reason for this, is because I am diabetic. My diagnosis was a little over a year ago and I am still finding my groove with my insulin and routine. This involves me being fed 2 X a day at the same time as my insulin and having my blood glucose levels being taken a couple of times a week. I am sooo relaxed with having my blood taken, my injections done and going to the vet. However my crate is not my happy place I will admit.   I am also on a vet specific food (wet and dry) which helps control my levels further.

Ideally, my new owners will be confident and comfortable helping me with daily insulin injections and all the other care that I require. Though there is no cure for feline diabetes, the prognosis for a good quality of life is good with adequate management at home, best achieved through a combination of insulin and dietary therapy. Day to day when I don't have to go to the scary vet, I rotate between some great beds and sun spots. I love getting chin scratches and butt rubs when I have visitors. I gladly enjoy the company and would love someone who is a bit of a homebody.

My Story:

I was with my previous home since I was a year old, they loved me and made me a member of their family. However, due to my health they were no longer able to provide me the care they knew I needed.

While I was sad to be brought into WAG, I know that they'll find me a great forever family, I just hope I don't have to wait too long.

If you cannot adopt at this time, please consider donating to Jojo's care.

Cleo – Adopted September 2021!

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CLEO

Breed: Abyssinian
Gender: Female
Age: 6 years old
Size: Small

Energy Level: Medium, needs lots of interaction and mental stimulation
Litter trained? Yes
Kids? Prefer kids that are old enough to understand cat body language 

Cats? No thanks!
Dogs? No thanks! 
Medical Needs: Currently waiting for dental work

About Me:

Hi I'm Cleo! 

I am new to WAG and the staff are still getting to know more about me.

I am a sweet and sassy type of gal that likes to be the boss of the house.

I need a home with no other animals, I don't like to share attention.

I am currently waiting for some dental work to be done, ughhhh. This will need to be kept up with once I am adopted as dental issues can be common for my breed.

I need a family that will be happy to have a cat that needs attention, play and mental stimulation. I enjoy food puzzles and working for treats.

I love having windows to look out at, bird tv is pretty good entertainment. I used to go for outings in a cat safe backpack and I enjoyed those.

Keep an eye on my profile as I'm sure I'll keep showing off more of my personality.

My Story:

I had a loving family, a companion since I was just a kitten and a dad that took great care of us. We were able to live together as buddies for a longtime. Then my feelings changed and I was no longer happy with my living situation. My dad wanted to make sure that I'd be given the best care, he made the tough decision to surrender me to WAG to ensure that I'd find a home that will spoil me and love me forever.

If you can't adopt at this time, please consider donating towards my upcoming veterinary bills