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Dogs up for adoption

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**

Paloma – Adopted August 2022!

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Paloma

Breed: Mastiff cross
Gender: Female
Age: Born May 16 2022
Size: Expected to grow to be large to extra large

 

Energy Level: Puppy energy, big bursts of energy and lots of naps!
Training Goals: Puppy Classes are HIGHLY recommended!
House trained? Working on it!
Kids? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Cats? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Dogs? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Medical Needs: Basic veterinary care, finishing their vaccination boosters, yearly appointments.

About Me:

Hi, I'm Paloma! I am around 10 weeks old and am the last of my litter to be adopted!

 

I am a young girl who will need their family to be proactive and understand that these next few weeks are the most important in my life. Early socialization is where I learn about the big wide human world that we have to live in. There is going to be so many new things I have yet to experience. I need a home that will look at my body language and understand when I may be fearful of something new.

A family that is patient and loving is what I would like the most, I am just a baby after all. 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.
I can't wait to find my forever home.

 

My Perfect Match

- Able to provide a calm, nurturing environment with people that will pay attention to my body language to understand how I feel
- Is ready for the 10+ year commitment
- Loves goofy loveable quirky girls
- Will continue with basic training - I will need a post-adoption training appointment or Puppy classes with a WAG approved trainer
- Lots of patience!
- Will use food as a motivator!
- Will love me forever no matter what, quirks and all!
- 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.

My Story:

Our mom Lima had us as an accidental litter, this will be her last, she’ll be getting spayed once she’s ready for the surgery

We haven't minded being at WAG, but hope that this will be our only time at a shelter and that our forever family is out there.

If you can't adopt at this time, please consider donating to WAG so they can continue to help animals in need!

 

Cream Puff – Adopted July 2022!

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Cream Puff

Breed: Mastiff cross
Gender: Male
Age: Born May 16th 2022
Size: Expected to be large to extra large

 

 

Energy Level: Puppy energy, big bursts of energy and lots of naps!
Training Goals: Puppy Classes are HIGHLY recommended!
House trained? Working on it!
Kids? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Cats? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Dogs? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Medical Needs: Basic veterinary care, finishing their vaccination boosters, yearly appointments.

About Me:

I am a young boy who will need their family to be proactive and understand that these next few weeks are the most important in my life. Early socialization is where I learn about the big wide human world that we have to live in. There is going to be so many new things I have yet to experience. I need a home that will look at my body language and understand when I may be fearful of something new.

A family that is patient and loving is what I would like the most, I am just a baby after all. 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.
I can't wait to find my forever home.

 

My Perfect Match

- Able to provide a calm, nurturing environment with people that will pay attention to my body language to understand how I feel
- Is ready for the 10+ year commitment
- Loves goofy loveable quirky boys
- Will continue with basic training - I will need a post-adoption training appointment or Puppy classes with a WAG approved trainer
- Lots of patience!
- Will use food as a motivator!
- Will love me forever no matter what, quirks and all!
- 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.

My Story:

Our mom Lima had us as an accidental litter, this will be her last, she’ll be getting spayed once she’s ready for the surgery

We haven't minded being at WAG, but hope that this will be our only time at a shelter and that our forever family is out there.

If you can't adopt at this time, please consider donating to WAG so they can continue to help animals in need!

Scooby – Adopted August 2022!

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Scooby

Breed: German Shepherd mix
Gender: Male
Age: 3.5 years old
Size: Large

 

Energy Level: High
Training Goals: Basic Manners + working on living in a more urban environment
House trained? Yes
Kids? 15 years+
Cats? No
Dogs? No thanks! 
Medical Needs: Currently recovering from surgery, moving forward, continuing care and helping him age gracefully with low impact activities

About Me:

Hi I'm Scooby!

 

Although I am a WAG dog, I've never been to the shelter. I went from my previous home to Points East West Veterinary Specialists, then to a foster home where I am recovering!

They had the following to pass along about me!

  • Scooby is a total softy. We love having him around and if we were in a position to adopt full time, he would be a foster fail for sure! 
  • He doesn’t display any resource guarding, it’s ok to take food/toys away from him and give them back and he is very gentle when taking food from your hand.
  • He doesn’t beg while you are eating and doesn’t try to take food from tables while you aren’t looking.
  • He has very good manners at home, he's not pushy at dinnertime and is patient when putting the leash and harness on and off
  • He has no issues being handled, he’s tolerated all the massages and range of motion exercises with no flinching or stop it warning noises, he does prefer to have a stuffed kong for distraction though. There’s no aversion to having his ears and feet touched but he’s not super keen on having his tail touched (the one area we haven’t been able to groom yet)
  • He can walk really nicely on a leash but so far only when he’s in a quiet, familiar distraction-free environment. So far he has been struggling at busier times of the day  as he is perhaps used to a much quieter place where he lived previously. We've been working on some training and I think this can be improved with time. He is strong though so I think once he’s back to full strength it’ll be important to make sure he doesn’t lunge off towards a dog or car again (if he hasn’t learned his lesson about that)
  • He’s been quite reactive towards other dogs we have passed, we’ve prevented any interactions with so far to ensure there isn’t any sniffing/licking or bothering of his incision site but we aren’t yet sure if he is very keen to say hello to them or nervous of their presence though we were told he is good with dogs so we will try and coordinate some gentle interactions to see how he gets on. We have been using the fearful dog book and giving treats and increasing distance when a dog is nearby to help with this. (Beef liver treats seem to be working as a high enough reward treat to get his attention). 
  • He hasn't been vocal indoors so far, and when out and about there has only been the odd tiny bark when prevented from interacting with other dogs. He has ignored other dogs in the building that were howling and barking. We are going to test out people coming to the door for if he lives in a house later on.
  • He doesn't seem to be particularly bothered by loud noises and is fine with the vacuum cleaner/noisy kitchen appliances.
  • He is fully house trained, there were no accidents post surgery and he will let you know when he's ready to pop out for a pee.
  • He hasn’t chewed anything he shouldn't, and after a cursory sniff, he’s generally not interested in other human items around the house. He does enjoy chewing his ball, usually whilst horizontal.
  • He has been fine with wearing the cone overnight with only very passive protests of becoming fully limp to make it slightly harder to get it on his head (treats help)
  • We’ve tried a couple of times to make dinner time more interesting by making an enrichment box with newspaper and cardboard tubes or tucking food under folds of fabric and he either didn’t really understand what he was supposed to do or was not interested in having to work for his food. He also didn’t really find much interest in the feeding box with the flaps that hide compartments.

My Story:

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

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!

Enoki – Adopted June 2022!

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Enoki

Breed: Suspected Terrier/Shepherd mixes
Gender: Male
Age: Born April 14th 2022
Size: Unknown what full grown size will be

 

Energy Level: Puppy energy, big bursts of energy and lots of naps!
Training Goals: Puppy Classes are HIGHLY recommended!
House trained? Working on it!
Kids? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Cats? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Dogs? With proper socialization, separation and supervision!
Medical Needs: Basic veterinary care, finishing their vaccination boosters, yearly appointments.

About Me:

**Please note, puppies will not be available to be adopted until they receive their first vaccination at 8 weeks old - beginning of June**

 

I am a young boy who will need their family to be proactive and understand that these next few weeks are the most important in my life. Early socialization is where I learn about the big wide human world that we have to live in. There is going to be so many new things I have yet to experience. I need a home that will look at my body language and understand when I may be fearful of something new.

A family that is patient and loving is what I would like the most, I am just a baby after all. 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.
I can't wait to find my forever home.

 

My Perfect Match

- Able to provide a calm, nurturing environment with people that will pay attention to my body language to understand how I feel
- Is ready for the 10+ year commitment
- Loves goofy loveable quirky boys
- Will continue with basic training - I will need a post-adoption training appointment or Puppy classes with a WAG approved trainer
- Lots of patience!
- Will use food as a motivator!
- Will love me forever no matter what, quirks and all!
- 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.

My Story:

Our mom Oakley had us as an accidental litter, this will be her first and last. Once she is recovered and we're weaned, she'll get spayed and go back to her home.

We haven't minded being at WAG, but hope that this will be our only time at a shelter and that our forever family is out there.

If you can't adopt at this time, please consider donating to WAG so they can continue to help animals in need!