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Thelon – Adopted January 2021!

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THELON

Breed: Suspected Husky/Shepherd/Pit bull mixes
Gender: Male
Age: Born on November 7th 2020
Size: Suspected to be a medium/large

 

Energy Level: Puppy energy, big bursts of energy and lots of naps!
Training Goals: Mandatory training session post-adoption or puppy classes!
House trained? Working on it! 
Kids? With proper socialization and supervision!
Cats?  With proper socialization and supervision!
Dogs?  With proper socialization and supervision!
Medical Needs: Basic veterinary care, yearly appointments.

About Me:

Hi, I'm Thelon, part of the River Litter!

My littermates and I have been in WAG’s care since we were just days old!

I am a young guy 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 any signs of anxiety I may show.
  • 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! I am going to make mistakes, I need a family who won't punish me when I am learning.
  • We 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:

My littermates and I were an unexpected litter. WAG staff picked us up and tried their hardest to save our sister Cheakamus, but unfortunately, she passed away. The next few days we were cared for 24/7 in a foster home. Our mom was a young mom and this was her first litter, once she saw we were in a safe environment she stopped caring for us. Our foster mom's bottle-fed us every few hours, stimulated us to go to the bathroom and kept us warm while showing us love. WAG cared for us for 7 weeks, waiting for us to grow into healthy puppies ready for their foster home. 

 

If you can't adopt at this time, please consider donating to WAG so they can continue to care for litters like ours.

 

Ginger

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Ginger

Breed: Lab/Staffy/Collie Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 3 years
Size: Medium
Where you can find me: At a foster home

Energy Level: Medium
Training Goals: Basic manners, I have never been to training before and would love to attend some classes with my new family!
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, with supervision

Cats? Unknown
Dogs? I have dog friends but would prefer to be the only pup in the house! 
Medical Needs: None at this time

About Me:

I am a loving and sweet lady! I have been through a lot in my short life, but I am still so trusting and affectionate. I love my human friends, and am so happy to finally be in a loving foster home with a roof over my head. I came to WAG pregnant, and have since had my litter of 10 puppies (WOW!) in an amazing foster home. It is possible that this is my 5th litter in my short 3 years. I am a great mom but I am so excited to never be a mom again! I can't wait to have a home of my own that gives me all the love, cozy couch cuddles and treats that I deserve!   

 

 

My Perfect Match:

-Is willing to take a few trips to WAG to get to know me before taking me home.

-Has lots of patience and understanding. My life has been bumpy and I need someone who is willing to be in it for the long haul.

-Loves to lead an active life, but equally loves couch cuddles! 

-Will go slow with me and let me adjust to my new home

-Will love me forever no matter what!!

My Story:

I have had a bumpy life so far, some things known and some unknown. They think I have had 5 litters in my 3 short years. I haven't had a chance to be a puppy myself as I have been constantly caring for my litters. I am excited for the next chapter in my life and to be spoiled in a home of my own, just like I deserve!

Sunny – Adopted August 2020!

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Sunny

Breed: Cattledog Mix
Gender: Female
Age: 2 years
Size: Medium
Where you can find me: At WAG

Energy Level: Medium
Training Goals: Overcoming my fears of meeting new people, mandatory training sessions booked in with a WAG approved trainer post-adoption
House trained? Yes
Kids? No
Cats? Yes, as long as we get along! 
Dogs? Yes, though I like my own space!
Medical Needs: Regular Veterinary Care

 

My Perfect Match:

-Is willing to take a few trips to WAG to get to know me before taking me home. Strangers make me nervous and need to know how to interact with me.

- Has a quiet home, I love my friends, but I don't like having new people in my home. 

-Will continue with my training. I am very smart and need work on my stranger danger.

-Has experience with reactive dogs. I have a bit of a "history" but if you know how to manage me and keep me feeling safe and surrounded by people who will respect my needs, I am such a good girl!

-Has lots of patience and understanding. I was a fearful puppy and was continually put into situations where I felt unsafe so my fear was reinforced. It's up to you to keep me feeling safe!

-Is pro-muzzle. I need to wear one in public spaces to keep me and everyone else safe and secure.

-Has a good ability to recognize and understand a dogs body language and respect it.

-Will love me forever no matter what!!

About Me:

I love to run and play with my dog friends, learn new tricks, and snuggle with my favorite people. I am sweet and quirky and playful when I am feeling happy and safe.

I have been bounced around a lot and I'm looking for some consistency so I can relax.

I am extremely nervous of strangers and will protect myself from this perceived threat, will you put in the time and effort to work through a training plan with me??

My Story:

I came to WAG last year as a surprise puppy that my mom's family wasn't ready to care for. I was adopted when I was still young, but my fears were not managed properly. I became more fearful and they could not take care of me how I needed.

If you cannot adopt me at this time please consider making a donation to WAG!

Peter

Our newest Critical Care Case...

Peter was hit by a car and left without treatment for 3 days. He arrived at WAG emaciated, with a huge belly full of fluid, and multiple injuries.

Peter's most severe injury is a badly fractured pelvis. The pain and suffering that this little guy went through before coming to WAG is unbearable to think about. Now, thanks to our Critical Care Fund he is on pain medication, antibiotics and a routine of daily bandages changes for other injuries he sustained, all while in the loving care of WAG's foster homes.

Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for supporting WAG and making donations so that we can continue to take in animals who need us the most.

Peter has a long road to recovery. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates and please consider donating to our Critical Care Fund so we can always take in animals like Peter!

Oliver

Meet Oliver

WAG staff was called at the end of the business day on June 20 about another extremely sick puppy. This poor pup was never vaccinated and is now suffering from the deadly Parvovirus and owners unable to provide the necessary care. Again, wag is now left with the responsibility of this poor pup, which staff rushed to emergency care at 6 pm at Twin Trees Veterinary Clinic @twintreesvet and then to Canada West Veterinary Specialists @canadawestvets critical care unit in Vancouver at 2 am last night.
So far, he has been fighting for life and slowly improving but he is far from out of the woods. We have named him Oliver and are desperate to give him a fighting chance!
The medical bills for treating this entirely preventable disease are in the thousands and the suffering, death, and financial toll it takes on wag are completely preventable through routine vaccinations. Vaccinations save lives!
We will be launching a fundraising and vaccine awareness campaign for Oliver, so please consider donating to our critical care fund- literally, every dollar makes a huge difference for these dogs. Without these funds, we would be unable to give these sick puppies a fighting chance at a life they deserve.

If you have a pet as a member of your family, please provide them with medical care and contact us before their illness is critical! Their life depends on you!
Wag will be closed for our public visiting hours this Thursday through Saturday as staff resources are limited right now, but adoption and volunteer appointments will continue as scheduled. As always, we are here if you do need to contact us, call 604 935 8364 or email [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible!
Please visit our website to donate online to our Critical Care fund, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT and stay tuned for updates on Oliver!
https://whistlerwag.com/donate-2-2/

 

FOLLOW HIS UPDATES!

June 23, 2019

Hello WAG supporters! Oliver is still stable, however, last night he did need another Plasma Transfusion, which are extremely expensive, just to keep his levels at an acceptable rate, so, unfortunately, he is not recovering as well as we had hoped. 
His doctor this morning was optimistic however, as he is wanting to eat for the first time and has started to find his voice!

Though our funds for this special man are running low, we will keep him in Critical Care in the hopes that he has turned a corner, so stay tuned for updates!

Thank you so much to Canada West Veterinary Specialists and all of his donors!

If you would like to donate to Oliver's Fund, visit our website at www.whistlerwag.com!

 

June 23, 2019

Hello WAG supporters! Oliver is still stable, however, last night he did need another Plasma Transfusion, which are extremely expensive, just to keep his levels at an acceptable rate, so, unfortunately, he is not recovering as well as we had hoped. 
His doctor this morning was optimistic however, as he is wanting to eat for the first time and has started to find his voice!

Though our funds for this special man are running low, we will keep him in Critical Care in the hopes that he has turned a corner, so stay tuned for updates!

Thank you so much to Canada West Veterinary Specialists and all of his donors!

If you would like to donate to Oliver's Fund, visit our website at www.whistlerwag.com!

 

June 22, 2019

So far, Oliver is still recovering slowly! He had a good first night, but then did need a plasma transfusion and has been reluctant to eat on his own. His belly was full of fluid which has been removed, and he is now on a feeding tube to start slowly introducing vital nutrients back into his system. He is struggling with this a bit, so they are taking it very slowly.

He is still in very Critical Condition at Canada West Veterinary Specialist is Vancouver and we are hopeful that he will recover enough to be transferred soon, but at this point, he still needs extensive care.
Despite these small setbacks, the doctors and staff say that he is clinically doing very well and is wagging his tail at them!

A huge thank you to his doctors and staff at Canada West and a massive THANK YOU to his supporters! We have been blown away by your support for Oliver in the last couple of days and it is ONLY because of these donations that we can continue his care.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and keep sending those good thoughts to Olly!

 

Welcome to WAG, Gigi!

WAG's first Critical care case of 2019...

Meet our newest recruit and FIRST Critical Care Case of 2019...

Gigi was surrendered to us after receiving a horrible injury to her right eye. Unfortunately, there is no way we can save it and she will have to get it removed. A big thank you to Pemberton Veterinary Hospital for taking such good care of this sweet girl!

She is now on pain medication and antibiotics while she waits for her surgery date. Despite her injury, this little nugget is still playful and snuggly and loves to follow the staff and her foster mom around!

Smokey – Adopted October 2018

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Smokey's Happy Tail

Smokey was surrender to WAG when his owner of 13 years could no longer care for him. This sweet boy knew that he was being left behind and was very unhappy about it. He did not like living at the shelter, so shortly after his arrival, WAG found him a foster home at which he could be comfortable in. Much to the surprise of the staff, Smokey recieved an amazing application for his adoption and this lucky senior was adopted out before 50 days in our care!

 

My Story:

My mom and my siblings from another litter were abandoned in the woods. A nice man was camping overnight, saw her and her kittens, and knew we needed help! An off-duty WAG staff came to help with a team of volunteers. After visiting the vet it was discovered that my mom was already pregnant with me and my siblings. She had us in a foster home and we are now ready to find our own family!

Meet Chloe; WAG’s 10th Critical Care Case of 2018

"Hello, my name is Chloe!"

My Story:

"I was surrendered to WAG with a severely fractured front right leg. My owners could not afford my care and WAG was the only place I could go.

This has been a very expensive year for WAG - I am their 10th Critical Care Case of 2018 and funds are running low.

Please consider donating to my fund, and help WAG to continue to take in animals like me!

Where your donation will go:

Pain Medication
Orthopedic Surgery
Wound/Bandage Care
Recovery and Rehab

I am making a great recovery! So far we have raised just over $1600 for her care, that's over 50% - WOW!

GOAL: $3000

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Tallulah

"Hello, my name is Tallulah!"

My Story:

"I was attacked by dogs and brought to WAG by a good Samaritan. When my owners could not afford my care, I was surrendered to WAG!
They are taking care of my injuries, which is a big open wound on my chest. Right now I am on pain medication, antibiotics, and will be having surgery to repair the wound soon. Please donate to my care and help WAG help animals like ME!"

Where your donation will go:

Pain Medication
Antibiotics
Daily Wound/Bandage Care
Surgery

Click HERE for more on our Critical Care Program!

Xena’s Journey…

Update: Wednesday April 4th, 2018:

XENA HAS BEEN ADOPTED!

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We are thrilled to announce that Xena's adoption went through officially this afternoon, and she has now joined her Forever Family...

 

Thank you for welcoming a senior animal with health issues into your home – this is when they need one more than ever!

We would like to take this time to thank everyone who has been involved with Xena’s care over the last few months – we are so lucky to have such an amazing community!

Her foster families:
-Meghan and Eric Wastle
-Rob Ferguson

Her biggest fan:
-Ryan Clark

Her future adopter; Lindsay!!
Thank you for welcoming a senior animal with health issues into your home – this is when they need one more than ever!

Her supporters and donors:
-YOU!

 

Update: Saturday March 24th, 2018:

Xena is in a Foster home, with high hopes that it will turn into her FOREVER HOME! She just needs to get along with a feline sibling... stay tuned for more!

Xena's journey with us started in early December of 2017...

...When WAG received a call from Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital in Squamish. A 9-year-old female shepherd was brought to the clinic with a knee injury. The owners were unwilling to pay for the surgery, but because Xena was otherwise healthy and very happy, Dr. Honey hoped that a shelter could give her the care she needed.

WAG was the only shelter approached that would take on her age and medical condition.

Thanks to donations to our Critical Care Fund, Xena was booked in for knee surgery with Dr. Lane at Eagleview Veterinary Hospital and received amazing rehabilitation care from Jen Smith and Points East West Veterinary Service.

While recovering, Xena started to experience upset stomachs, causing her to lose weight and vomit. Her past medical records stated that she may have food allergies, so WAG started her on medication and prescription food as a trial basis.

When her condition worsened, she began to vomit up blood and lose more weight. She was sent for an Ultrasound at Eagleview Veterinary Hospital, and her results were very puzzling and concerning; large masses and inflammation was found in her stomach. It was possibly cancer, but to get a definitive diagnosis, she would need to have another procedure.

Xena was then referred to the internal medicine department at Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialists and Dr. Astrid Neilssen for an endoscopy procedure and a biopsy of the stomach tissue.

Brave Xena endured the long drive to Langley and an overnight stay in the hospital. She was rewarded the next morning with two new giant squeaky toys and a trip to Petsmart.

Everyone nervously waited for her results, hoping for the best. When they finally came, they were not what anyone expected…

It is suspected that she suffers from a very rare and little-known condition called Idiopathic Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Masses or IEGM. Not much is known about this condition, how it starts, or how to treat it. But the best news was that our brave girl did not have cancer!

Xena will be started on a course of medication to try and treat the inflammation and has been changed to another prescription diet. We are hopeful that this treatment will work well enough that surgery can be avoided.

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Our Goals for Xena going Forward are Simple:

  • Find her a home that will continue her medical care!
  • Raise awareness about her case and the kinds of animals that find themselves homeless, with nowhere to go.
  • Encourage people to donate to our Critical Care Fund, which was there for Xena when no one else was.
  • Never have her spend ONE NIGHT alone at WAG ever again!

 

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(Photo Credits: Adele Ng, Red Bark Photography)

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Become Xena’s guardian angel though WAG’s new
Guardian Angel
Medical Sponsorship Program!

For only a $35 donation to her care, you will receive a welcome letter and Xena’s personal story, a framed photograph of her, a plush cat or dog of your choice to take home and snuggle, and an official Guardian Angel Sponsorship Certificate.

Click HERE for more information!

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Check out all her adventures and friends she has made along the way!