This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the SAINTS Rescue (Senior Animals in Need Today Society) in Mission, B.C. Canada.
SAINTS not only rescues senior dogs, they also rescue cats, rabbits, birds and other animals!
From the SAINTS Rescue website
SAINTS is an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have nowhere else to go. We promise to love them and care for them and make their dreams come true. We work as hard as we can to find them all homes, but some will never find another home outside of SAINTS, for these special ones, we will be their family for as long as they need us.
SAINTS was started in December, 2004 after volunteers at other animal shelters saw many senior animals spending their last days in a shelter or pound. From the time we opened our doors, the number of animals in need has been astounding and ever-growing. When SAINTS moved into it’s first location it started with 16-cats, 12-dogs and 2-rabbits. SAINTS has since found it’s permanent home on 3-beautiful acres in Mission, BC with a warm and cozy home, a sturdy and well constructed barn, several outbuildings just waiting to be renovated for future use plus fields to play in and a pond to swim in… we have found a little bit of heaven on earth for our very special friends.
We are an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have nowhere else to go. We provide a special place to be loved,
cherished, and receive proper medical care for the rest of their days. All animals deserve to have hope for a better tomorrow.
At various shelters throughout B.C., dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to find these special animals a place to finish their journey in comfort and in love. Because of their infirmities and physical challenges, many homeless senior and special needs animals have very little chance of finding a new home.
SAINTS exists to help senior and special needs animals when all else fails. If we can, in time, find them a special home of their own, then we do. If that very special home never comes, they will be safe and cherished until the end of their days.
Note: SAINTS registered Canadian charity.
Seniors have a lot to offer, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)
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Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from SAINTS.
Danny is a current resident of S.A.I.N.T.S., a sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. Danny was found as a stray, likely he was either set loose to fend for himself, or he escaped his yard and no one bothered to look for him. Rabbits do not want to live in a cage, they should be a valued member of the family and be treated as such. Rabbits are social animals, they like to live inside the home, and can be trained to use a litter box.
To learn more about Danny, click the link to his SAINTS Rescue– Adoption page
Jet is a resident of S.A.I.N.T.S, a sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. She is about 7-years old. Jet came in with her friend Wiggy after their owner passed away. Jet is a big beautiful girl. She likes other cats and kids, but is unsure of dogs bigger than she is. Jet and Wiggy do not have to be adopted together. These two cats were lucky enough to be loved and cherished in their previous home and are looking for more of the same in their next (and hopefully forever) one. Jet does need another cat in the home, she adores feline company to snuggle with. S.A.I.N.T.S. recommends that you keep cats indoors, however, some cats get frustrated in an indoor-only environment and may benefit from limited outdoor exposure. Should your cat require access to the outdoors, consider building a special cat enclosure or train your cat to wear a harness and leash.
To learn more about Jet, click the link to her SAINTS Rescue– Adoption page
Wanted- One Good (foster) Home!
It is going to take someone very special to be the right fit for Yogi Bear. It could be you! Do you have – No cats, dogs, or very small kids? Do you have a lap? How about a couch? Do you have a fairly regular schedule that would allow for a dog (a really big, really cool dog) to have meals at about the same time every day? Do you live within reasonable driving distance to Mission, Abbotsford or Maple Ridge? Read on!
Yogi Bear is diabetic. He requires insulin, given once a day (his glucose levels are controlled right now on a long acting insulin, but this could potentially change in the future to needing insulin twice a day). Yogi Bear was a backyard/garage dog for his whole life (4-years), he has never known what its like to be a part of a family. He has good manners, is totally housebroken, and loves loves LOVES affection. SAINTS has a permanent foster care program available for Yogi Bear, which means we cover all his vet costs! He likes cats a little too much and can be reactive to some dogs.
To learn more about Yogi Bear, click the link to his SAINTS Rescue– Adoption page
Ella is an active 9-years old. She loves to go for walks and play fetch, and she has terrific manners as well. Ella is healthy, totally housetrained, and likes toys. Ella is also somewhat reactive, she takes a little while to warm up to people, but once friends, she is completely lovely. Ella prefers women to men, and is not a big fan of children. She does have a bite history, so SAINTS recommends no young kids in the home for this girl. Ella has a bit of prey drive too, so likely no cats either. She is fine with other friendly dogs, but if challenged, she may react. Ella is looking for a special home, her absolute best bet would be in an adult only, no other pets home, with people who enjoy daily walks but are not dog park types. Ella is very intelligent, calm, quiet, beautiful girl chocked full of personality. She just needs someone who understands her limits.
Ricki is about 9-years old. She is friendly, and very playful! Ricki loves toys, she loves to explore, she loves to perch up high. Ricki would make a great addition to any cat loving household. This is one people loving cat, she is always on the lookout for a lap to curl up in. Ricki is not particularly fond of other cats, she would prefer to be the only feline in the home, but this is not an absolute requirement. She was found as a stray, and is used to being outside, so care must be taken around doors. S.A.I.N.T.S. recommends that all cats remain indoors, or have access to a safe, enclosed patio. For more information about Ricki,
Treat is a rabbit looking for his forever home. He is a resident of S.A.I.N.T.S., a sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. Rabbits can be litter trained and can make good indoor pets, though small children may not be suitable as rabbits are not overly fond of being handled. Rabbits want to live in a safe, cage-free environment as a valued part of the family.
To learn more about Treat, click the link to his SAINTS Rescue– Adoption page
Paris’s story likely begins in a pet shop. Bought and sold with no regard for her quality of life, or life at all. Paris was probably a “release dove” used at weddings, a symbolic gesture meaning peace to humans, but a death sentence to a dove. Barbary, or Ringneck Doves such as Paris, cannot survive in the wild. They are completely domesticated, with no fear of predators, and no knowledge of naturally occurring food. They also have no homing instinct, (unlike white homing pigeons, the more humane choice of release birds) but this is not widely known. Paris was lucky, found in a garden, in a pretty residential neighbourhood, and brought to S.A.I.N.T.S. Ringneck Doves can live about 12-years. While her exact age is not known, Paris is an adult, likely between 2-5 years old. She is tame, and she can be handled easily enough to be taken in and out of her cage, while being confined safely indoors. Doves are gentle, easy birds to care for.
To learn more about Paris, click the link to her SAINTS Rescue– Adoption page
SAINTS Rescue contact links
To learn about all the dogs, that SAINTS has available for adoption, click the following links:
* SAINTS Rescue – Website
* SAINTS Rescue – Facebook
* SAINTS Rescue – Twitter
* SAINTS Rescue – All Available Pets for adoption
Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs
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