Who we are and what we do
Getting a dog
Meeting a dog’s physical needs
Meeting a dog’s emotional/psychological needs
What you can do
Rehoming a dog
SANS has placed hundreds of dogs and cats as well as providing food, shelter, spay/neuter and medical care before their adoption to caring and loving homes. SANS has facilitated hundreds of spays/neuters.
SANS has many beautiful, healthy dogs and cats awaiting new homes, and volunteers also foster other animals in their homes.
SANS does not receive any assistance from any level of government. All of our activities are supported entirely by private donations (monetary or other), from concerned and compassionate citizens and businesses. Monetary donations are tax deductible. SANS is entirely volunteer run and all monies/donations collected go directly to animal aid.
Here are a couple of web sites that will give you more information about different breeds. Dog Breed Info Center can give you a lot of information on a vast number of different breeds as well as information on training and other topics. Dog Owner's Guide gives information on everything relating to dogs: different breeds, diet, training... very comprehensive.
When you adopt a rescued dog you are part of the rescue process. A rescued dog has probably seen some hardship in her life and has just spent time living in a shelter. (One hardship that every rescued dog has endured is the loss of the first person she ever loved and trusted.) When you get her home, you’ll probably want to get your new dog bathed and groomed and have her checked over by a vet. Within a couple of days she’ll begin to look like a dog who belongs in your living room rather than one who’s been living in doggy dormitory conditions, waiting for a home.
You may also find that she won’t eat or drink for the first while in her new home. It’s the trauma of change, she doesn’t understand what’s going on. But as she settles and gains confidence, her appetite will recover.
SANS treats any illnesses or injuries that show up. But going to a new home is stressful for an animal and can bring on complaints ranging from digestive ailments to skin conditions. As your dog gets to know his new environment he’ll adjust physically and emotionally. But you should expect that there will be a period of adjustment when you’ll have to troubleshoot any problems that may come up. We face this as rescuers when they first come to us. When you adopt, you take over the rescue process, and as your dog blossoms in your care you’ll come to love him just as much as we did.
When you’re considering adopting, think about taking an older dog. Too many animals lose homes they’ve had for years, and the loss is that much harder to endure when a certain home has been such a big part of your life. Some older dogs had a loving home but their guardian passed away, others have never known what it’s like to be loved and have spent years living in a back yard. These dogs deserve a chance. If you can open your heart to an older dog and give her a loving home for her twilight years, you will feel her gratitude every day.
is an older dog who has a home of her own now.
Choke chains and other training aids must come off right after the walk. It’s dangerous to leave them on. A dog can become hung up or entangled in the blink of an eye.
12 Tips for a Well Behaved Dog from the American Dog Trainers Network gives you basic advice and a lot of other good information about dogs.
In addition to a balanced and nutritious diet, dogs need variety. Treats are as important to animals as they are to humans. They’ll enjoy carrots, apples and peanut butter... at Christmas we’ll throw out oranges to the dogs. They love this and they peel them to eat them. The yard looks pretty decorative afterwards as all the peels are left lying about like orange flowers.
There are a few foods that a dog should never eat, such as chocolate. Do a little research into dietary needs of dogs and you’ll find that your dog looks better, feels better and behaves better if you take care with her diet.
These are some web sites that can give you advice on diet. Feeding the Dog by Steven J. Covert, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, gives you all the basics on diet. Australian Petalia addresses some basic issues in Feeding and Nutrition. Understanding Dog Foods and Dog Food Labels gives detailed information about the content of commercial dog foods as well as a few tips on good fruits and veggies to give your dog.
As an animal lover, you’ll find that there are some brands of food you won’t want to feed your dog. Ask your vet or ask in your pet supply store which brands are the top quality ones. Kong has some good recipes. Be aware of companies and businesses that exploit animals for profit without providing adequately for their welfare. Refuse to support those businesses and companies financially. Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is one of the larger, more high profile and effective groups to lobby for better treatment for animals. Their web site addresses a variety of animal issues such as companies that don't test on animals.
Sinclair spent five months of his puppyhood on a three foot chain without a shelter or socialization. When he came to us he would watch the other dogs play but wasn't sure how to join in. So he bounced around yelling encouragement. With people, he didn't know how to accept comfort. Eventually he would stand close to us and look tentatively into our eyes. With food, he learned that you needn't lunge and gobble because it won't be snatched away. Sinclair has a good home now.
Here are a couple of web sites that can give you good information about health matters. Vetinfo's Encyclopedia of Canine Veterinary Medical Information gives a very complete alphabetical listing of articles about dog ailments. WorkingDogWeb's Care, Health and Nutrition has A-Z Dog Health Articles that can give you information on a wide array of dog ailments and also has articles on nutrition and links to other good sites.
Reds was injured when he came to us. But his injury had been left untended and it cost him his leg.
He's a sweet fellow who gave his vet techs a kiss, and he has a good home now.
Adopters have sent us these photos of their dogs having fun with the family on holidays or at home. This is the dream of every dog. It's our dream for them.
Make sure your dog has toys too. Without appropriate toys to chew on your dog will find whatever he can. An antique chair and an old rope are all the same to him for chewing potential. Make sure his toys are not too small. They should be sturdy enough that no parts can become lodged in his intestinal tract.
Try to think like a dog does. He’ll want to be with you always, but if you have to go out for several hours and leave him home alone, leave the radio on for ‘company’ and make sure he’ll be warm and dry wherever you’ve left him. You’re sharing your life with another species, but it’s much like having a kid.
Don’t let your dog become afraid of his own species. Unless you’ve been told that he doesn’t like other animals make sure he gets a chance to socialize with other dogs and other animals where he can.
Most of all, your dog needs you. Dogs are pack animals and the most important thing in their world is to be part of the pack and not banished to some place alone. For a dog, it’s cruelty to be kept isolated in a yard, garage or laundry room. People can be solitary creatures but even for people, solitary confinement is punishment. It’s still more punishing for dogs who are genetically programmed to live in groups. Let your dog be part of your home and family, nothing less is acceptable for a dog adopted from SANS!
Your love and attention means more to your dog than anything else in the world.
Jody was thrilled to have her foster mom's approval. Now she has a home of her own.
Animal births vastly outnumber quality homes available. Pounds and shelters are forced to kill thousands of dogs and cats each year because they are surplus. Other animals are abandoned, left to “find a good home for themselves” or to “fend for themselves”. Many animals are killed by cars, while others die of starvation, disease or are attacked by predators.
You can help stop this destruction by ensuring all of your pets are
spayed or neutered. You will still have an affectionate and contented companion
without adding to the overpopulation problem.
See more about overpopulation facts at the HSUS's site's Pet Overpopulation and Ownership Statistics.
SANS would be grateful for any help you could offer.
Donations needed and gratefully accepted are:
• large bowls for food
• large pails for water
• pet carriers
• nutritious pet food
• cat litter
• anything else useful
Abbotsford, BC - 604-820-2990
Mission, BC - 604-826-7101
Spay/neuter inquiries for BC’s Fraser Valley - 604-820-2990
West Coast Spay and Neuter Society
PO Box 3524
Charitable Registration No: BN136121795RR0001