Matilda – Adoption pending

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Matilda is an older lady; 10-ish years of age. She is a Chihuahua mix–possibly a “Chiweenie”, Chi X Dachshund–who’s sad existence before rescue was as puppy mill breeding stock. Don’t let her age and past fool you though!

Matilda is a spry and friendly girl who’s learning what it’s like to be a normal dog. She’s always happy to see her foster parents when they arrive home from work and she gets along well with their resident small dogs. She hasn’t figured out how to engage in play, but she’s working on it. Tail wagging, she’ll pick up a toy and carry it around the house not quite sure what to do, but at least she’s having fun.

Matilda can be timid of unfamiliar experiences, sudden movements, ruckus and loud noises. She doesn’t act out, but is inclined to tuck her ears back and freeze until reassured that she’s safe. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body–just look at those deep brown doughy eyes!

Matilda is very people-oriented. (She had a great time schmoozing in a crowd of strangers and 60 other Chihuahuas at a breed picnic not long ago.) While she may not be a lap-dog, Matilda enjoys short cuddles in your arms, comfy sleeping spots, and good old fashioned head rubs. Outdoors in the yard, she’s been trustworthy off-leash; never wandering far. On leash, she’s getting used to a walking harness and bustle of the street.

Although not yet house-trained, Matilda reliably uses a pee pad indoors when available. She knows to do her business outside when taken, however.

This senior girl has a lot of love yet to give. Matilda will do best in a low-key household (with older children, if any) where she’s included in all facets of day-to-day life. She would also like to have a docile canine friend with whom she can be chums.

Matilda’s adoption fee is $250.

All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout Nova Scotia. We do not work out of a facility and are therefore not open to the public. The first step in adopting a dog is completion and approval of an application. Please visit our website at http://www.asdrescue.com/?page_id=11 to complete an application and learn more about Atlantic Small Dog Rescue.

We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.

Trails N’ Tails Fundraiser

Take A Hike To Help Canines & Veterans
On Saturday September 27th, humans and hounds alike will hit the trails of Mt. Uniacke Estates Park in support of canine rescue and veterans battling PTSD.

Presented by Muddy Paws Adventures, Trails N’ Tails is a 45 or 90 minute nature hike (participant’s choice) through some of Hants County’s most picturesque trails. Participants will have the option to make a donation or collect pledges with all proceeds going directly to Paws Fur Thought and Atlantic Small Dog Rescue.

Along with raising funds, the event is designed to expose the mental health benefits of spending time in nature and the therapeutic benefits of dogs. “Two years ago, I left my career in the city to launch Muddy Paws Adventures. It wasn’t long before I realized what a positive impact hiking with a pack of happy, energetic dogs had on my well-being both physically and mentally,” says Linda Townsend. “My goal is to share the experience with others while helping two very deserving canine-related causes.”

When: Saturday September 27th
10:00 am Registration
11:00 am Hike begins
12:30 pm Presentations & BBQ

Where: Mt Uniacke Estates Park, Registration in Carriage House

More Information: Trails N’ Tails Brochure & Pledge Sheet you can download from http://muddypawsadventures.com/trails-n-tails-fundraiser/

About Paws Fur thought: Conceived through “The Long Walk To Sanity” by Veteran Medric Cousineau in 2013, Paws Fur Thought advocates and fundraises for veterans with PTSD in need of service dogs. http://www.beltdrivebetty.com/paws-fur-thought-blog

Muddy Paws Adventures: Muddy Paws Adventures is a dog walking service based out of Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia, specializing in nature hikes for your adventurous canine! Check out their website at http://muddypawsadventures.com/

Link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/298164030368322/

Bonny – Adoption Pending

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Bonny’s adoption fee is $250.

Miss Bonny is a sweet 7-8 year old 5 pound Chihuahua. She Is one of the Operation Liberty Dogs spent the majority of her life in a cage producing puppies in a puppy mill. She has come a long way since she arrived at her foster family. She has been vaccinated and spayed as well as had two sessions of dental work. Several teeth had to be removed, and she now has the endearing trait of having her tongue hanging out. The lack of teeth does not deter her from having a great appetite. She Loves her food!

Her foster household is rather busy, with two dogs and three cats, as well as all the folks that drop by that are involved in the rescue of kittens. She loves other animals no matter what the species. It took her a little while to warm up to people, but who could blame her? Now she is her foster mother’s little shadow and enjoys her cuddle time with both humans and other dogs. She has had some exposure to children while in her foster home, and there were no issues.

Bonny has not been fully house trained, as she had to work on her trust issues first. She has been using puppy pads inside a large kennel, and has done well with that. She is a smart girl, so with some patience and dedication, she could be house trained in no time!

It will require some patience and love to gain her trust, but if you have the heart for her, she will warm up to love you just as much as she loves her foster family!

All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout Nova Scotia. We do not work out of a facility and are therefore not open to the public. The first step in adopting a dog is completion and approval of an application. Please visit the “Adopt” page on our website to complete an application.

We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.

Meet Ryder! – ADOPTED!

RyderHi, My name is Ryder, I am a 9-year-old Minature Pincher. I am 9.9 lbs of pure happiness. My life started out rough, but I am learning how wonderful life actually is. Don’t let my age fool you, 9 is only a number! I love to go for walks with my foster brother and sister and I can keep up to them!! When my foster mom gets the harnesses I know that it is time to go!! I will stand very still and get my harness and leash on. I love walking on the beach, but I am not a fan of the water just yet. I am learning to play with squeaky toys, love belly rubs, kisses, and snuggles on the couch!! At the end of the day I love to curl up in a blanket next to you. When bedtime comes, I sleep in my kennel in my own little bed, (I never had a bed before!) I will “talk” for a few minutes, but when I realize that my foster mom is near and I am safe, I will settle for the night.

I don’t have any front teeth, so I find it hard to eat dry kibble. My foster mom cooks me chicken and veggies for my meals. And a boiled egg for a treat! I am not able to eat wet (canned) dog food, my stomach finds it to rich. But I do love home cooking!!

I get along well with my foster brother and sister. I do get along somewhat with cats, especially when they want to play chase!!

I occasionally will have an accident in the house, but my foster family and I are working on it. My adoption fee is only $250!

I would love to live in a home where there is someone home most of the time, I do love company. I love kids, but I would prefer to live in a home with kids over the age of 10.

Want to download an application form? Copy the following link into your browser:
http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

When your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com. We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.

Meet Ping Pong! – ADOPTED!

Ping PongPing Pong, 20 lb 3 year old Terrier/Shih-Tzu mix, is a cuddly, funny little guy who is very polite in the house. He gets along well with dogs and cats. He is a curious and bouncy dog but is not overly hyper. Ping Pong walks well on a leash. Ping Pong’s long coat requires regular grooming.

Ping Pong had a bit of a hard start to life. He spent the last year of his life in a kennel in a large overcrowded, underfunded shelter in Chicago. When Ping Pong came to Atlantic Small Dog Rescue he was severely underweight, his fur was matted, and he was very stressed out. Previous to his time in the shelter, Ping Pong was believed to be a stray dog in Chicago.

Ping Pong is currently learning to greet strangers politely. He is not an aggressive dog, but loves to indulge in terrier tendencies and will bark excitedly, growl, jump on, and mouth at new people entering his home. This could easily lead to a serious bite and while he is perfecting his manners, supervision with new people should be taken very seriously. After initial greetings, Ping Pong is great with people and enjoys attention. Ping Pong will not be adopted to a family with young children due to this behaviour.

Ping Pong is also very quick to use his mouth while playing. His foster home has implemented a “zero teeth” policy until he can learn that mouthing and biting people is impolite! He is eager to please and is improving in this area.

Ping Pong’s adoption fee is $250.

All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout Nova Scotia. We do not work out of a facility and are therefore not open to the public. The first step in adopting a dog is completion and approval of an application. Please visit our website at www.ASDRescue.com to complete an application and learn more about Atlantic Small Dog Rescue.

Want to download an application form? Copy the following link into your browser:
http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

When your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com. We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.

Meet Roxy! – ADOPTED!

Roxy5Roxy is looking for her forever home! She is a beautiful 9 month old Basenji/lab mix, she is approx 26 lbs. She is spayed, and fully vaccinated. She is great around my four kids, loves dogs and tolerates our cat. She is working on house training and making progress everyday! Roxy LOVES to go outside for walks, runs, playtime, anything really. We take her for walks, runs, to the beach, on our surf board and she is great at all of it! She would be best suited for an active family!

She walks great on a leash, and is even doing great at going for runs off leash in the trails. Roxy sleeps very well in her dog bed at night. Roxy loves company, so it is best if she could find a home where there is someone home during the day, as she is too young to be crated all day. She loves to snuggle and get yummy rewards!

Roxy can be a little protective over her food, but has been responding extremely well with her foster home and their training, she was just really hungry when she arrived!

Roxy is such a loveable dog and her adoptive home will be so lucky to be blessed by such a beautiful dog. Whoever is considering Roxy should look up her breeds, Basenji and lab. She has some cool and unique traits! Her adoption fee is $250.

All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout Nova Scotia. We do not work out of a facility and are therefore not open to the public. The first step in adopting a dog is completion and approval of an application. Please visit our website at www.ASDRescue.com to complete an application and learn more about Atlantic Small Dog Rescue.

Want to download an application form? Copy the following link into your browser:
http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

When your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com. We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.

Puppy Mill Dogs Find New Life in Nova Scotia

The Story of the Puppy Mill Dogs

The 10 dogs that Atlantic Small Dog Rescue has taken in this week came from a puppy mill in Virginia, and were rescued by Animal Rescue Corps in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies. They, along with 122 other dogs of various breeds as well as 4 parrots, were living in terrible conditions with very little food and water, no grooming, and no proper ventilation. Many of the dogs were covered in their own urine and feces, and it was obvious that they had not been to a vet in a long time, if ever. You can see photos of the rescue on the ARC Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.823779334322057.1073741836.164981283535202&type=1 and there are news articles on the bust here: http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/Update-Puppy-Mills-266110211.html and here: http://www.examiner.com/article/virginia-puppy-mill-bust-yields-134-dogs-seized-by-page-county-sheriff-s-office

What is Animal Rescue Corps?

Animal Rescue Corps is a sort of “Animal Rescue Army” based out of Washington DC who specialize in rescuing large numbers of animals from abusive situations. They have been involved in a number of large scale puppy mill and dog fighting busts since their inception in 2011, and were involved in the Sunshine to Maritimes Transport that happened in February 2013, which ASDR was also involved in. You can visit their website here: http://animalrescuecorps.org/ where you will see “Operation Liberty Dogs” on their front page. That is the rescue effort that these dogs come from. You can also see videos of many of their rescue operations on their Youtube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnimalRescueCorps (please be aware, these videos can be graphic). You can see a video of the Liberty Dogs rescue here: http://youtu.be/yCXYrH5r8YI?list=UUT7J4MgNxVMJf4aC_ZwEuPA

So, why is ASDR taking in dogs all the way from Virginia?

ASDR has been an ally of ARC since the Sunshine to Maritimes Transport in 2013. Organizations must be approved by ARC in order to take in animals that have been rescued by them. When possible, ARC works with local shelters and rescues to place the animals that they have rescued. However, the local shelters and rescues are often at their maximum capacity and cannot take in all of the rescued animals. That leaves these animals “orphaned” so to speak, with nowhere else to go. That is when ARC reaches out to their partner groups to ask if any other groups can help, and then pays to transport the animals to groups who respond with offers to help. As mentioned in one of the linked articles, dogs have gone to rescues all along the American Eastern Seaboard. These 10 dogs we have taken in are less than 8% of the dogs rescued from that situation, all the rest of the dogs have found shelters and rescue groups in other places.

ASDR is often asked for smaller dogs than we have (Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Poodles, etc). Most of the dogs who are surrendered into our care are 20lbs or so, and are not the type of dog that many of our followers are interested in. We receive Chihuahuas and other small dogs of that nature into care from our local area (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) only occasionally and always do our best to take in every dog who fits our mandate from the local area. We know that there is interest in Chihuahuas in this area, and interest that is not fully supplied by the dogs available from the area. We do not seek to continuously ship dogs in from out of our area, and NEVER look to do so, but when we are asked to do so by a reputable group like Animal Rescue Corps, it is very difficult to say no when we know that there are hundreds of potential adoptive families just waiting to find the right dog to adopt. ASDR is committed to helping as many dogs as we possibly can, regardless of their place of origin, and we know that Atlantic Canadians have HUGE loving hearts and want to help out in any way they can.

What about Puppy Mills in our area?

Puppy Mills are known to exist in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. If they are reported to Animal Rescue Corps similar rescue missions may be able to happen HERE, and ASDR would be eager to assist ARC in the effort. If you know of or suspect any Puppy Mills in your area please contact Animal Rescue Corps to report the situation by emailing reportcruelty@animalrescuecorps.org

Thank you for reading this story. If you are interested in assisting us with the medical care of these dogs, please visit our GoFundMe campaign http://www.gofundme.com/56n79c to make a donation. Every donation, no matter how small, will go a long way towards helping these dogs become healthy enough to go to their new homes. As you have seen in the photos and videos of the rescue posted above, these dogs were in terrible conditions, and will need medical care before we can in good conscience find them new homes.

Willy’s Happy Tail – An Atlantic Small Dog Rescue Success Story!

When we discovered Willy, he was a frightened one-year old Spaniel/Hound mix who had spent his days trembling in his cage at a local Shelter, terrified of everyone around him and refusing to leave his area. He had been that way for a month. Volunteers told us that due to high anxiety caused possibly by previous abuse, no one wanted him.

Willy Hiding

Willy Hiding

Atlantic Small Dog Rescue took him into care, and with just a little attention, and lots of love, he became a very cuddly dog who loves people, dogs, and playing whatever games his foster parents were up for! This week, Willy was adopted by a wonderful couple who’ll show him more love than he ever thought possible. Truly a happy ending for a great dog!

Willy Happy!

Willy Happy!

GoFundMe

Wow! It’s been less than 24 hours and we’ve already raised over $300 for these Puppy Mill dogs! We are so grateful for our supporters who will do anything for us!

We try to provide food to our foster homes free of charge for when they have a foster in care. If you work at or own a pet store, please contact us if you are willing and able to donate some food. You can email us at transport@asdrescue.com and we will have someone pick it up!

Puppy Mill Dogs in Need

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Atlantic Small Dog Rescue has been approached to take in some dogs who were rescued from a Puppy Mill. These dogs have been kept and raised in deplorable conditions, and have not received proper veterinary care their whole lives.

Now that they have been rescued their new lives will begin! ASDR will bring these dogs in to care, bring them to the vet, and ensure any medical problems are addressed. We already know that a number of these dogs have dental issues and will need deep cleanings, and possibly extractions. These procedures cost hundreds of dollars each, but mean a great deal when it comes to the future comfort and health of these dogs. Every dog will also be spayed or neutered before being sent to their new home.

We are also taking in at least one dog who may be pregnant, so her puppies will require their puppy vaccines and a thorough health check.

Are you able to donate even a little bit to our veterinary fund for these pups? Every dollar counts and will make a huge difference to these little guys!

Keep an eye out for their adoption advertisements to be posted on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/atlanticsmalldogrescue!