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Oliver – Adopted January 2023!

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Oliver

Breed: Catahoula Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 5 years old
Size: Large

 

 

Energy Level: Medium
Training Goals:  Settling in to a new home, learning to live in a more urban environment,
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, I've lived in a family home before
Cats? Yes, I've lived with a cat before
Dogs? Yes, I get along with other dogs, but may need some adjusting to living with one
Medical Needs: Yearly veterinary visits

About Me:

Hi I'm Oliver!

I came from a very loving home, where a housing situation forced me to be surrendered to WAG. I have been awaiting adoption for a month now; staff and volunteers can't believe I'm still here!

I was very sad to leave my family but have settled well into a new routine in a cpuple of wonderful foster homes whilst I wait. I still don't like spending time at the shelter (I bark alot when I'm left in my kennel), but I have made plenty of human, doggo and kitty friends there. I am a lovebug who wants to always be close by and is happy to keep you company. When I hang out in the yard, I sometimes get the zoomies and run so fast but I will come and check in with the humans and ask for plenty of affection. Toys are cool and all but I'm more of a cuddle monster and a treat collector myself. I don't like to be on my own too much, as I've had a lot of adjustments in the last month but the team feel that once I'm in my new home and feel comfortable I will be feeling better about being left.

Although I can be a little shy at first, I tend to warm up to new people quickly and will come right up to you with a waggy tail to ask for a treat and a pat! I love walks, riding in the car, and enjoy meeting other dogs too. I have been around children in the past and have been great, as well as living with cats previously who I am very respectful around.

When I first arrived in my foster home, I was a little cautious and concerned by the new noises going on around me which I voiced my opinion at. But a day later I was settled in and made myself right at home. Some anxiety was to be expected as I have had a lot of changes in my life recently but I really am a great sport! My foster mom is able to leave me for short periods and will gradually extend these absenses at my pace.

I need a home that is committed to me and ready to give me a life with love and adventure for the rest of my years. A little bit of training with my new family would also be beneficial to all of us. I can't wait to find my forever home!

Some words from his foster mom: 

"Oliver is a gentle giant, easy to walk, happy to play and chill/nap, enjoys a good body rub, sleeps well and isn't needy but does look for some reassurance from you. He is such a sweet guy and a funny goofball when doing zoomies! He has been great with other dogs we've met on our daily walks and adventures too! Oliver enjoys sleeping at the end of the bed, coming for his goodnight and good morning cuddle alongside requesting a full body massage. Oliver is an amazing dog and his adoptors will be luck to have him!"

My Perfect Match:

-Is willing to take a few trips to WAG to get to know me before taking me home. I am fearful of strangers when I first meet them.
- A family with patience
- 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 contiinue to gain confidence and give my family the tools they will need
-Having a safe & secured yard would be a bonus for morning zoomies! If not, being okay with using a long line to allow freedom but keep me safe.
-Will love me forever no matter what, quirks and all!

My Story:

I came from a very loving home, but I was unable to stay there due to them no longer having pet friendly housing. I hope I won't be at the shelter for too much longer, it's been a hard transtion and I am very much ready to be adopted!

 

Milo – Adopted January 2023!

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MILO

Breed: Ginger Tabby 
Gender: Male 
Age: Around 1.5 years old  
Size: Large

 

Energy Level: Medium, once I'm feeling better I will be more playful again
Litter trained? Yes
Kids? Older, looking for a calm stress free household
Cats? Possibly, if calm
Dogs? Possibly, if calm
Medical Needs: Regular vet checkups, monitoring for any issues in the future,  specialist urinary cat food if recommended by vets long term 

About Me:

I am the newest Critical Care Case in WAG's care, one of many animals that have come through our doors in need of emergency care this year. This fund is 100% supported by community donors to help injured and sick animals, ranging from simple treatments of antibiotics to major surgeries, procedures, and long-term medical rehabilitation.

 

 Hi, I'm Milo!

A couple of weeks ago I was rushed to Coast Vets in Whistler after becoming very unwell and had to undergo various diagnostics and lots of testing to find out the cause of my symptoms. CMVS cared for me initially until I was able to be transferred to Eagleview Vet in Squamish to be treated further. It was touch and go whether I would need surgery or not, as I was so dehydrated and was unable to eat, drink or urinate without medical assisstance. However age was on my side and I was keen to heal. Slowly but surely I showed everyone that I was strong enough to get through this. A urinary blockage was suspected initially and surgery still seemed likely, however due to the amazing care from Coast and Eagleview, and prompt action from his previous carers -this was avoided. Milo was found to have a severe infection with high levels of mucus build up in his bladder and urinary tract. Lots of IV's, meds, monitoring, love and professional care later, I was given the OK to be released from the wonderful Dr. Armstrong's care.

Luckily I have not spent one night at WAG, and have been transferred straight into a loving foster home where I will continue to be nursed back to health and monitored each day. At my recent checkup, my tests showed I am improving and I was given the go ahead to be neutered!

I am such a sweet and snuggly boy, I was constantly purring in the clinics even though I was in pain. All I wanted was to be cuddled and pet all day long. I have stolen the hearts of everyone I have met so far, and rightly so! Will I steal yours too and make your family complete?

Milo will need his forever home to be calm and low stress. They will need to keep a close eye on him and his health in the future, as cats with urinary issues can be more prone to possible reoccurrences. He may also need to be on a special diet ongoing to assist with his urinary health which will be a cost to consider. Proactive care is key - by monitoring for any changes in his litter box habits and behaviour and taking Milo to the vet at any sign of trouble.

Please keep an eye on my profile for updates as I continue my healing journey and quest to find a forever home! If we sound like a match made it heaven, please fill out the application form further down on this page.

My Purrrfect Match:

• Will be ready for a long term commitment
• Will keep a close eye on my toilet habits
• Will keep my health in mind and take me into the vet for regular checkups and be able to pay for my special diet if recommended by his vetz
• Will give me time to adjust to my new surroundings
• Will set me up for success if I am expected to move into a home with new animals or young kids
• Will keep me safe and happy, forever

My Story:

I was surrendered to WAG after needing to be hospitalised for a week for a medical emergency. My owners loved me very much and knew that WAG would give me the best chance at getting the emergency I needed when I was extremely unwell.

If you can't adopt me, please consider donating to my medical care costs via WAG's Critical Care Campaign. 

 

John Wayne

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John Wayne

Breed: Doberman Coonhound Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 9 years old
Size: Large

Energy Level: Medium
Training Goals: Basic manners, settling in and adjusting to a more urban environment
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, with proper supervision and separation
Cats? No
Dogs? Yes, with proper supervision and separation
Medical Needs: Healing my injuries, dental work, yearly vet checkups

About Me:

Hi I'm John Wayne!

I am the latest recipient of WAG's Critical Care Program, a fund 100% supported by community donors to help injured and sick animals in need. I arrived at WAG needing some extra TLC and have some older injuries that needed to be taken care of. I recently visited the vet, who advised that I should also have some dental work done and some X RAYs when I go for my neuter next month.

I am currently in a wonderful foster home, where I am being looked after whilst awaiting further medical treatment and investigations. I enjoy snuggles on the couch, going for walks and am very food motivated, I'm pretty partial to treats and snacks which is great as I am aiming to put on a bit of weight. I am surprisingly agile and can make a sprint for it when I want to, especially when I am on walks and see a little critter that I might like to chase. I am 9 years young, and am keen to be right by your side and to be told how handsome I am all day long. Even though I am a big dog and may be a little shy when I first meet you, I am quick to trust and am very gentle!

I am looking for a forever home that will keep me safe and love me forever. Coming to WAG has been a big transition for me and I need my new family to be patient with me while I adjust to my next adventure. I need you to be proactive with my medical care going forward and help me with my recovery as needed. In return I will be a lovebug and make sure you laugh and smile every day!

Here are some notes my lovely foster mom helped me write after getting to know me better:

" I love all the cuddles! Putting my head in your lap and getting big pats is my favorite thing.

I will talk to you in the sweetest way if I have something exciting to tell you. It doesn't happen often but when it does it's the cutest.

I get along with - everyone! Maybe not cats or squirrels I am very inquisitive about them.

I would rather not be left alone all day. I love to be with my person. I am very chill when I am with my person and will ask for cuddles every now and then.
Don't expect me to be a swimmer, I don't like water much and will avoid puddles if I can.

I can't wait to find my retirement home filled with love, cuddles and gentle walks."

Are you the person I am looking for to give me a second chance and look after me no matter what? If so then please fill out an application form below.

My Perfect Match:

 

- A family with patience and understanding that I may need time to adjust to my new surroundings and that I am healing

- Loves big beautiful dogs who enjoy cuddles and adventures

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

- Will keep me safe and love me forever, no matter what!

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

- 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

- Will keep me healthy and happy with proper exercise and yearly vet visits and anything else I might need!

 
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:

My previous owners loved me so very much, but were unable to give me the extra care that had become necessary at this stage in my life. They knew that WAG would be able to get me the medical help I needed and would give me a second chance at a healthy future.

WAG is now fundraising for John Wayne's medical costs, medication, aftercare and possible further surgery. As well as anything else that JW will need!

If you are not in a position to adopt at the moment, please consider donating for WAG'S Critical Care Fund to help JW and other animals like him get the second chance they deserve.

Blue – Adopted December 2022!

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Blue

Breed: Husky/ Hound Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 6 years old
Size: Large

 

 

Energy Level: Medium
Training Goals: Basic manners, settling in and adjusting to a more urban environment
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, with proper supervision and separation
Cats? Yes, with proper supervision and separation
Dogs? Yes, with proper supervision and separation
Medical Needs: Recovery from recent injuries, yearly vet checkups

About Me:

Hi I'm Blue!

I am the latest recipient of WAG's Critical Care Program, a fund 100% supported by community donors to help injured and sick animals in need. I arrived at WAG after being attacked by a group of dogs so I was rushed to the vets and spent several hours in surgery having multiple lacerations and abrasions. Fortunately for me, some of the vet staff were kindly able to foster me afterwards and take me home to monitor my recoverny for a few days.

It has been nearly two weeks since by surgery and I am feeling so much better. I am in a wonderful foster home being looked after by WAG volunteers. I have been taking my antibiotics, pain medications and have been having my wounds cleaned daily.

I love naps and cuddles, and my energy levels are increasing so I am enjoying walks and fun times outside. So much that sometimes the hardest part is getting me to come inside and rest up! I am wearing a cone to stop me itching my scabs, but that is all part of the process.

I am the sweetest boy, I seek affection and want to be near my human carers all the time. They have been making sure I feel comfortable when I see other dogs around, as I may be weary after the attack, but I am pretty happy go lucky and am a strong, brave boy.

I am looking for a home that will keep me safe and love me forever. I am healing every day but am having a checkup this week to remove my stitches and make sure I am on track. Please keep an eye on my profile for further updates.

**WARNING: SOME IMAGES BELOW SHOW ANIMAL INJURIES THAT SOME MAY FIND UPSETTING**

My Perfect Match:

 

- A family with patience and understanding that I may need time to adjust to my new surroundings and that I am in recovery

- Loves big beautiful dogs who enjoy cuddles and adventures

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

- Will keep me safe and love me forever, no matter what!

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

- 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

- Be ready for the 10+ year commitment

- 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:

My owners loved me very much, but after I was injured they knew that WAG would be able to get me the medical care I so badly needed and help keep me safe.

WAG is now fundraising for Blue's medical costs, medication, aftercare and possible further surgery. As well as anything else that Blue will need!

If you are not in a position to adopt Blue, please consider donating for WAG'S Critical Care Fund to help Blue and other animals like him get the second chance they deserve.

**WARNING: SOME IMAGES BELOW SHOW ANIMAL INJURIES THAT SOME MAY FIND UPSETTING**

In Loving memory Jojo

WAG had another heartbreak this week, we said goodbye to our beloved Jojo.

The smallest details matter the most when sick animals are in our care. WAG noticed Jojo wasn’t acting like himself, thankfully Coast Mountain Veterinary Clinic was able to get him into the clinic to find out why he took a sudden decline. Unfortunately, Jojo came to WAG already in his senior years, as a diabetic senior, his health had its ups and downs. With the kindness and compassion of his primary vet team, WAG made the hard decision to let Jojo go peacefully, surrounded by his caregivers at WAG and Dr. Sola.

Jojo was a fan favorite at the shelter, a dapper old gentleman who loved everyone who came for a visit. He was feisty around feeding time, and loved to have some free time out of the cattery and assist the team with daily chores. Always accepting head pats and chin scratches, he was a gentle boy that had many young kids come for visits that loved his sweet eyes. He was a tolerant and understanding diabetic, always allowing the staff to administer insulin easily and weekly blood glucose testing.

While we are always the optimist bringing Critical Care animals into our care, this is the outcome we always hope to avoid.

Our dreams were always to find Jojo a forever home to retire in, or even a medical foster home that could keep him company. We know that while in our care, he was surrounded by love always. Rest in Peace Jojo, we hope you and Grace will keep company over the rainbow bridge.

If you are looking to help animals in need and can’t adopt, please consider becoming a medical foster home, if you can’t foster, donate to our Critical Care Fund so we can always help animals like Jojo.

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Meew Meew – Adopted November 2022!

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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? Probably not
Medical Needs: recovery from current dermatology issues that may be ongoing, and general yearly checkups,  specialist vet food 

About Me:

Hi, I'm Meew Meew!

I have been in the care of WAG for a couple of months, as part of the Critical Care program. I'm a sweet young kitty who is currently in a special foster home healing. It may be my forever home depending on how I do with the resident cat who I am very slowly being introduced to.

I have been having issues with a skin condition for some time, which presents as a patch of sore skin on my neck and shoulders which got worse during the summer. The staff at CMVS and WAG have been helping to look after me and carried out a biopsy to find out what was that was bothering me and most importantly - how to can make it better! It turned out to be a rare condition called "Feline Idiopathic Ulcerative Dermatosis" which can be worsened by stress. There is no simple fix and solution, but I am being fed special food and am on a couple of meds to help me with it and my open wound is getting smaller and smaller. I still have to wear a cone and a onsie most of the time, but I have some supervised cone off time so I can do some grooming on other areas of my body and other natural cat behaviours. I am also doing lost of extra enrichment on top of my day to day routine including food puzzles and training. I love to learn and am a great candidate for clicker training.  My foster mom is looking after me and helping me heal more and more each day, I am becoming the happy, healthy cat I once was. I can be quite sneaky and try to get at my neck (licking or scratching) so its a big job to look after me and keep me safe. My favourite thing is to climb into my humans laps or jump onto their shoulders and have a long snuggle, I always want to be by their side. Otherwise you will find me on my window perch watching the world go by.

 

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 long term 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 – Adopted September 2022!

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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 been here a couple of weeks. 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 surgery and for a while after. For now, I am decompressing - getting to know the staff, volunteers and my new routine at the shelter. Please check back for updates.

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UPDATE: 08/09/22

I had some X-rays at Pemberton Vet recently and was found to require surgery with a specialist. The prognosis is good, but it is not a simple bone fracture repair and will be booked in asap! It will also be quite costly and paid for by the Critical Care Fund. Please think about donating to my care if you are in a position to do so.

I will need to continue resting until then, which I do struggle with, and take my pain meds. I will need a quiet, calm foster home to recover in or preferably adopter to take me home forever and look after me.

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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 – Adopted September 2022!

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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!