Elizabeth is doing great work and she was featured, along with the dogs, in this article. Click here to see the Montreal Newspaper Article.
December 6, 2005
Elizabeth called today to tell me that the Wires got a nice donation from the Wire Fox Terrier Club of Canada. Other concerned people from the US have also been sending funds through checks and PayPal. This is so much appreciated and needed. However, we do know that like the Katrina dogs, these rescues will need care, funds and foster families for a long time. To keep the issue alive, the ASPC has been granting interviews with TV stations and newspapers. Tomorrow, Elizabeth will do an interview with one of the English Newspapers. We talked about how she could get the word out that Wires are not for everybody and still let people know that they can be great little dogs for those true "Terrier People." After we hung up, I started thinking that some of the things that make some people NOT like the breed are the same things that make us LOVE them! You certainly have to have a sense of humor to live with a Wire.
While a few of the fostered dogs have been returned, the majority of them continue to do well with their new families. The ones that come back have had temperament problems. It's actually surprising that more haven't had serious issues considering that they have had virtually no socialization, have lived in the most grotesque conditions and have no reason to trust humans at all. There are still dogs waiting for foster homes and still dogs at the vet clinic but there are also volunteers coming in each day to walk, pet and handle the dogs. Elizabeth is still there every day, checking on the dogs and interviewing the families. Thanks go out to all of you that have sent donations. All of us working together will make a difference.
The "owner" of these abused dogs has now added two more to his original 15 he identified to be returned to him if he wins his court case. While it is almost unthinkable that he would, those 17 dogs are now not able to be formally adopted until it is settled. The house he and the dogs were living in has been condemned and razed, but clearly, he is hoping to start up his "business" again. There is growing pressure on the government in Montreal to strengthen the laws to prevent that from happening in this case and in others to come.
December 3, 2005
Here is a picture of Mireille and her new family which includes a 4 year old lab sister . Mireille is about 6 years old and a real sweetheart. She requires medication for bad ear infections and antibiotic creams for her skin rash. Her new family lives across the street from a large park and they hope to have her running and playing before long. They plan on providing her with all the love she needs to get her back in good health.
November 30, 2005
I had a conversation with Elizabeth tonight and this is her latest news:
Originally, most of the dogs were taken to the Montreal SPCA with the remainder to Laval. As dogs have been placed with foster families, others from Laval are being transferred to the Montreal facility. The need is still great. Many dogs still require a lot of veterinary care. Others are waiting for foster homes. Many have kennel cough and are in isolation.
However, success stories are coming in about the fostered dogs. They are adjusting much better than anyone could have imagined. One left today with a little red collar, lead and coat and her big Labrador sister. Guess which one is already in charge! The dogs will go to work with their family as they have a courier service. The Wire has two non-malignant mammary tumors and other health issues, but the people have already fallen in love with her.
The little dog that went to live in the condo started barking and the condo neighbors complained. The man, who is now completely enamored with her, sent letters to each neighbor explaining what the dog had gone through and that he expected their patience! He then called a meeting to explain further. He now has someone “babysitting” his little girl four hours a day and a dog walker coming in twice before he gets home. His little Wire sleeps in his bed, has grooming appointments and regular vet visits to take care of her medical issues.
Only one foster dog has been returned and not through any fault of her own. The man reluctantly brought her back as he found himself very allergic to her. He brought her back with red welts on his arms and his eyes watering. He wanted to assure Elizabeth that the dog wasn't being returned for any other reason than his allergic reaction. Hopefully, another foster family will choose her soon.
Other than money (which is desperately needed for the dogs’ care), the critical issue is to keep the story spreading and interest in it high. This man will get 15 of the dogs back if he wins his court case. That is absolutely unthinkable but it could happen. If you have any ideas on how to make people aware and let the protests be heard, please do what you can.
One of the 15 dogs the owner wants back.
Of course, he has tagged those who are the youngest, most healthy & in best condition.
There was a newspaper reporter at the Montreal SPCA today who will have an article in one of the French newspapers tomorrow. It will feature a family who is fostering one of the dogs and there will be pictures. I should have copies of them soon. The written instructions I wrote about working with abused dogs has been translated into French and is now being given to the French speaking foster families.
I was told that there was a need for bowls, blankets, collars, etc. but Elizabeth says they do have enough material things. The need is for money for the dogs’ general and veterinary care. A PayPal link is up on the shelter website. http://www.spcamontreal.com/english/pages/whats_new/news.html
Scroll down to the bottom of the ASPC page and click on the Paw Print….one for US funds, one for Canadian.
November 29, 2005
Donations are starting to arrive from around the world. The generosity of WFT people and Terrier people is unbelievable! We are, however, still in need of funds to continue our rescue work. As of today, 8:00PM, we have 33 WFT in foster homes and good ones at that. Tomorrow we will start with vaccinations for those that are healthy enough to receive them. Also, we have scheduled 3 to be spayed, have the tartar from their teeth removed and the clipping of their nails while under anesthetic. They are so long we can not risk simply cutting them. We feel this would best be handled by the Vet.
Two senior bitches, 10+ years old, were placed with an elderly couple that will assume all vet costs to care for them. They will be operated on to remove non malignant tumors.
We have volunteers willing to come and pet play and walk some of the wires that are able to go outside.
Diane Ryan has worked on putting together a brochure on "Adopting and Training An Abused Dog" which has been giving out to each English speaking foster home, the SPCA obliged me and had it translated into French. I would like to thank Diane for all her support over the last week. To all that have sent me emails of support, I thank you.
Here is but one rescue story:
I received a call from a man wanting a rescue. He said he could meet with me that evening at the SPCA. When he arrived, I asked him to follow me to see the Wires. He replied that he did not want to see them, but asked me to go and choose the wire that I felt was in most need. He had no criteria: old, young, dog or bitch, just a Wire that we would possibly not be able to place. He lived on the seventh floor in a condominium. I tried to explain that training this dog might be difficult but he had all the arguments to my questions. He would walk the dog in the morning and night and had hired a sitter to take the dog out in the morning and afternoon. He had already scheduled a vet and a grooming appointment.
Her new name is Lili, She sleeps on his bed and is the new love in his life. I have spoken with him four times since he has taken her home and in his eyes, she is the most beautiful in the world, During the day she has an entire solarium at her disposal with her new bed and toys along with classical music that he plays for her.
I hope to have updates more frequently as well as pictures for you. Tomorrow, there will be a follow up story in the French newspaper Le Journal de Montreal and we are hoping more people will come forward to become foster homes.