How Dogs Get Here



Many people ask us how our dogs get to Victoria - here's how we do it:

 

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Our dogs come to us in a variety of different ways. Usually it starts with our partners in California and Alabama visiting local shelters (Madera County Shelter in California shown on left) and checking the daily euthanasia lists. Some shelters advertise the dogs when they are on their last day and these are the dogs we try to rescue. Some dogs come to us via other rescues such as Rescue K911 in Camp Hill, Alabama.

We have developed good relationships with many of the staff and volunteers at the shelters and often they will contact us with a favourite dog to see if we can accept it into our program.
While at the shelter our rescue coordinators will discuss the available dogs with the shelter manager and view those that have been there the longest. Some of the shelters house literally hundreds of dogs.

We then assess which ones would be suitable for our program. Once the determination is made as to which dogs we are taking, they are transported to a local veterinarian for a thorough examination and treatment (Dr. Dumars from Pet Medical in Fresno is shown on the right examining Honey's X-ray).
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The dogs are vaccinated, tested for parasites, wormed and scheduled for their spaying/neutering (Blossom shown on left just after being rescued). The dogs see the vet regularly as they require health certificates and check ups before shipping.

Prior to shipping, the dogs are fostered and during that period they are assessed, bathed, treated for fleas, groomed and given lots of love and attention. Many go to doggie daycare for socialization and some receive training. Once we have a good assessment of the animal we post the dogs’ pictures and biographies on our website.

When there are three or four dogs ready for transportation, arrangements are made through Air Canada (for the dogs from California) or Alaska Airlines (for the dogs from Alabama). (Jana Huey is shown on the right making arrangements with Air Canada in San Francisco to ship some dogs).

We purchase airline kennels and supplies for the dogs’ journey and the dogs are flown to either Victoria or Vancouver where one of the Dog Bless board members meet them and welcomes them to Canada.
 
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Pacific Coastal Airlines has been instrumental in transporting the dogs from Vancouver International Airport to Victoria (Pacific Coastal Airlines Staff shown on the left processing Lucy). We are so thankful for their kindness, generosity and support they have shown by flying our rescued animals for no charge.

Those submitting applications to adopt a dog will receive a “home check” by one of the Dog Bless Rescue Partner members. Invariably we receive more than one application for each dog and the home visit is a small part of the screening process. Some dogs may not be appropriate for some environments so it is important to make sure we choose the right home for the dog.

We allow people to meet the dogs and determine which home would be best for that particular pup. Once we have approved the application, we provide the applicant with an adoption package, including the veterinarian records and have the applicant sign the adoption forms (Blossom shown on the right being introduced to her new family in Victoria.  Believe it or not this is the same dog shown above after a little TLC).


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Our transportation network is tenuous and relies on many people to make it work. Many of these people never get to see the dogs forever home so photos and stories really help them know that their hard work is appreciated.