September is Adopt a Dog Month in Fernie

BCSPCA Shelter dogs are looking for “happy endings” across the Province and that is no different in the East Kootenay’s. Dogs make wonderful companions – and shelter dogs are no exception. Yet, when looking for a new four-legged family member, only 17 percent of people choose to adopt from a shelter.

Jack

BCSPCA Shelter dogs are looking for “happy endings” across the Province and that is no different in the East Kootenay’s. Dogs make wonderful companions – and shelter dogs are no exception. Yet, when looking for a new four-legged family member, only 17 percent of people choose to adopt from a shelter.

To help raise the profile of shelter dogs, the BC SPCA has designated September “Adopt a Dog Month.” Not only do they want to showcase the fantastic animals available in their shelters, but they would also like to take the opportunity to celebrate the ways dogs can change peoples lives for the better.

Just ask Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. She adopted Jack, a one-eyed border collie mix, nearly five years ago. “Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for him,” she says. Whether it’s the goofy way he greets her at the door or how he noses her to get up in the morning, Jack manages to bring a smile to her face each and every day.

“When looking for a dog, shelter dogs are a great option to consider,” agrees Craig Naherniak, the BC SPCA’s general manager of humane education. “Our dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and sent home with a certificate for a free health check. They undergo a temperament assessment before adoption so that you can be matched with an animal who suits your personality and lifestyle. Plus, you just can’t beat the feeling you get from giving a homeless animal a second chance.”

Not sure how the adoption process works? Adopting a dog from the BC SPCA takes just five easy steps:

1.    Complete the pre-adoption checklist

Read their pre-adoption checklist to ensure you understand the impact a dog will have on your household. Better to find out now before you commit! Information and opportunities are also available for those interested in volunteering to foster an animal in need.

2.    Make the right match

Shelter dogs come in all shapes, breeds, sizes and activity levels.

Knowing the characteristics of the dog you want (or think you may want) will help when making your decision about which animal to bring into your family. Some shelter dogs have already had a difficult life and we try to make the best match so that they will never have to return to the shelter. Finding a dog who meets your expectations will help maximize the enjoyment you both get from the relationship.

3.    View shelter animals available online

You can view all dogs in the care of the BC SPCA throughout the province online at spca.bc.ca/adoptme. You can also visit your local BC SPCA shelter to see dogs looking for a second chance in person! Some animals are also available for adoption at BC SPCA satellite adoption centres.

4.    Submit an adoption application

When you visit a shelter, you will be asked to fill out a BC SPCA pet adoption application. The information you provide helps them to match you with the right dog for your lifestyle and household. You can also download a BC SPCA dog adoption application form and to fill out ahead of time.

5.    Bring home your new companion

By far, the most exciting step is bringing your new best friend home. It is important to try and make a smooth transition with your new companion in your home. They have many materials available to help you understand and reduce specific dog behaviour problems in a positive way in their care and behaviour section.

So, stop by an East Kootenay BC SPCA shelter in Cranbrook, Trail or Nelson to find a furry friend that is just right for you.

Just Posted

Elkford councillor Joe Zarowny remembered

The District of Elkford today announced the passing of long time councillor,… Continue reading

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Fernie arena tragedy “wake up call” for global refrigeration industry

Technical Safety BC’s incident report shared across 60 countries, reaching as far as Poland

Lake Koocanusa under the microscope

Wildsight, Sierra Club BC, Headwaters Montana and U.S. university launch water sampling program

Province offers support ahead of Fernie arena tragedy anniversary

Loss of three men in workplace incident motivates Labour Minister to make B.C. safer

Rick Mercer says pot is ‘excruciatingly boring’

Comedian hopes Canadians will move onto something else once marijuana is legalized

Meet the City of Fernie candidates

Voters in Fernie will vote for one Mayor, six Councillors and one School Board Trustee on October 20

Meet the District of Sparwood candidates

Voters in Sparwood will vote for one Mayor and six Councillors on October 20

Meet the District of Elkford candidates

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce will host an All Candidates Forum on October 4

2 charged for feeding B.C. bear Tim Horton’s timbits

Court documents show that Randy Scott and Megan Hiltz have both been charged with feeding or attempting to feed dangerous wildlife.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set for parole bid after 25 years in prison

Bernardo’s parole hearing at the Bath Institution is expected to attract numerous observers

Feds aiming to select preferred design for $60B warships by end of month

Defence insiders say the government wants to select a design by the end of the month from among three options submitted by several of the largest defence and shipbuilding companies in the world.

A B.C. campaign to give municipalities input into marijuana advertising

Without a say, towns and cities risk Washington-State-style flood of advertising, proponent says

Defence cautions against mob justice in Calgary child neglect trial

Jennifer and Jeromie Clark of Calgary have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death

Most Read