January/February 2009 Volume 4.0
The Southern Ontario Animal Rescue
Welcome! FOSTER FEATURE Luna is smart as a whip and would
Yes, we’re make a great agility or fly ball team
December She is currently in a wonderful
were terrible kennel, where the owner is taking
months for me, her to obedience classes for us!
and I was unable to get the newsletter
Here is what she had to say,
out. For this, my sincerest apologies. recently:
On the rescue side, however, there is “I am taking her to my obedience
excellent news! Finally, after 7 classes and she has been
months in a kennel, and being absolutely awesome....no kidding
bounced around, Shayla was finally she would be competition material
adopted to a wonderful couple. It was if she was a purebred.
love at first sight and she’s doing very
well in her new home.
She has become a real sweetie
Also, Nikita’s foster mum “failed” Luna and she has been out playing with
fostering and adopted her. We’re all the other dogs.....An intact
thrilled for Nikita as we couldn’t think Luna is a sweetie - very smart & bitch, a spayed bitch, intact male,
of a better home for her! eager to please! neutered males. She plays like
she did with Kiera with an Akbash
Keira is now in foster and doing well, mix I have here right now, but she
despite having to have emergency
Rescued with only hours to spare
“zipper surgery” to remove a chunk of before being euthanized, this little is sweet and gentle with my 17
broadloom from her stomach! Just girl is approximately a year old, 45 year old blind Siberian....licks him
what we needed – emergency clinic & lbs., and 23' tall. She has a scar in the face.
surgery costs over the holidays. on her throat from being tied to a
chain her entire life. She behaves At class tonight she was a star. So
Please check out Luna, who is still in like she has been hit and will please don't adopt her until the
a kennel and would love a foster or cower down. classes are finished - she will be
forever home of her own.
really an awesome dog by then.
We have a busy year planned – Luna was in a foster home with She is making me look good in
please don’t forget to check out our Keira, a cat and a 9-year old child; class.”
Upcoming Events & mark the dates unfortunately, the home was not
on your calendar. able to continue due to previously Cats are a definite no-no for Luna.
undisclosed health problems. Her
foster mom said Luna's favourite If you are interested in adopting or
The Gang at SOAR part of the day was when she got fostering Luna, please contact us.
(Furry and otherwise) to play with the kids. She will be ready by March or
Luna needs to be in a forever
home that will follow our rules and
guidelines that will allow her to
come into her full confidence as a
beautiful, bright, loving companion.
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16 Annual All About Pets Show • Basic house rules – be alpha in
WE DESPERATELY NEED April 10 – 12, International your pack
FOSTER HOMES! Centre, Mississauga
• Positive training techniques &
We are in desperate need of foster Pet First Aid Course – April 25, tools
homes. There are dogs in need Brampton – St. Jude’s Church • Introducing your dog to your
that we cannot help because we home
simply do not have enough foster BTFA Bronze Show – May 2 –
homes. We are turning away Vineland, ON Breakfast, Lunch & Materials
approximately 5 dogs per day included.
because we have nowhere to place Woofstock – June 13 & 14 – St.
them. Cost = $95.95 + GST
Lawrence Market, Toronto
If you are interested in becoming a Reserve Your Space Now -
Canada Day Celebrations – July Limited Seats Available - Please
foster home for one of our dogs or
1 – Chinguacousy Park, click here
would like more information on
fostering, please contact us.
seminar.html) to register.
We provide the food and medical Brampton Summer Festival –
care. As a foster, all you have to August 3 – Chinguacousy Park, Payment MUST be received no
do is provide the home and love. Brampton later than Monday, February 16,
Brampton Fall Fair – September
Adoption & Foster 17 – 20, Brampton Please Note - you MUST be pre-
Policies registered to attend - no "at door"
2 Annual Howl-o-Woof Party – registrations.
All rescued dogs have been spayed October 24 - St. Jude’s Church,
or neutered, microchipped, fully Brampton
vaccinated and vet-checked.
5 Annual Christmas Party –
Applications are NOT processed on November – St. Jude’s Church,
a first-come, first-served basis as Brampton
we strive to match the right dog to
the right home.
If the application is approved, your Basic Behaviour Seminar
references will be checked and a
home visit will be conducted. Saturday, February 21, 10 am – 4 pm
Please go to our website for more St. Jude’s Anglican Church
information. 1000 Central Park Dr. Can you afford a dog?
Consider the hidden costs
This full day fundraising seminar is
designed to teach you; how to Americans may be waiting
read and understand canine body breathlessly to find out what kind
language, choose a dog suited to of dog the Obama’s decide to
your lifestyle and be the leader of bring to the White House, but any
your pack. pet owner can warn you there’s
plenty to consider beyond what
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Topics that will be covered are: breed to take home.
• Reading canine body language Even if you decide not to pay a
Basic Behaviour Seminar – • Different breeds & their training breeder $800 to $2,000 for a pure-
February 21 – 10 am to 4 pm needs bred puppy, you can expect to pay
• Matching a dog to your lifestyle $100 to $350 if you adopt from a
See below for more info.
shelter. And costs can mount
rapidly from there, with annual
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expenses for large breeds often
depending on the size of your dog
Among the one-time costs new (an average of $300 to $950 per THE
owners can expect after bringing year). Canned, or wet, food tends RAINBOW
home a dog: to be more expensive. BRIDGE
• Basic supplies: Food bowls, a • Health care: Expect to pay $200
leash and toys can cost $35 to $50 to $300 a year for nonemergency This is where we remember our
even if you restrain yourself. vet bills, including an annual exam pets who are waiting for us at the
Crates can cost an additional $50 and preventive care for common Bridge. Please contact us if you
to $200, depending on the size. problems such as heartworm, have a pet you’d like remembered
fleas and ticks. Owners also here.
• Transport: Small-dog owners should anticipate that if there’s
may want to get a carrier, so they ever a need for emergency
should add another $45 or so to services, they can be very
their budget. A hammock or expensive.
vehicle harness for a larger dog
typically costs $25 to $50. • Grooming: Professional
grooming services are a necessity
• License: Most municipalities for certain breeds. Prices vary
require licensing, which typically widely depending upon location
costs $10 to $30, more if your dog and breed. It’s advisable to do Pete
is a restricted breed. some Internet research as to what Loved & missed by Lori & Justice
groomers in your area charge. Pay
• Spaying and neutering: Getting particular attention if you’re
your dog fixed runs at least $200 interested in a large dog with long
or more. This expense, hair, such as an Afghan Hound,
however, is often included in the Shih Tzu, etc.
adoption fees charged by animal
shelters and rescue groups that • Sitters, walkers: Extras such as
require pets to be altered. doggie day care can cost $25 to
$50 per day, depending on region.
• Training: Puppy training or Dog walkers typically charge $15
obedience courses cost $150 or to $20 per walk, based on the
so for an initial series of classes. length of time they’re out.
• ID tag: One optional cost is • Boarding: Again, rates can vary
having a microchip implanted widely, but as a benchmark expect
under the dog’s skin, which to pay $20 to $60 per day, with
provides a permanent rates rising around holidays and
identification tag if the dog is lost. during peak summer periods. Rozi
Vets charge about $50 Loved & missed by Jan & Ann
Recurring costs include:
• Food: What you can expect to
pay to feed your new pet will
depend on the size of your dog
and the quality of the food. A 15-
pound bag of dry food can cost
anywhere from about $25 to $80,
and will last two to four weeks, Molly
Loved & missed by Sheila
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“I was one of the lucky ones to know
Bugsy. He was a great ambassador
for pitties. He was kind, and gentle,
and loving. He will be greatly missed.
The world is a sadder place today.
You were blessed to have him in your
life, we all were, but he has crossed
the bridge now, and has gone to play Who Are We?
with Blue and Daytona, where there is
no pain, no sadness, no sickness. He
touched so many, and so many grieve Southern Ontario Animal Rescue’s
with you.” goal is to find loving, lifetime homes
for our dogs. We screen potential
Sleep well, my little man – I still adoptive homes carefully, including
miss you terribly. home visits and follow up visits.
All dogs available for adoption
have been altered, vaccinated and
Loved & missed by Jan, Ann & S.O.A.R. Has Joined When possible, our dogs are
everyone who met him CanadaHelps.Org fostered with real families to ensure
that they are sound, good-natured
November 1 saw SOAR lose a CanadaHelps, a public charitable pets.
wonderful ambassador. foundation (896568417RR0001),
is Canada's only donation portal S.O.A.R. is a Registered Charity
Bugsy Malone lost his battle with CRF
(Chronic Renal Failure). He had been that provides access to all of (#85044-6212-RR0001) and
off his food and suffered 3 seizures the Canada's 80,000 charities, from governed by a Board of Directors.
day before, so we knew it was time. national organizations like national
cancer charities to smaller groups S.O.A.R. Board of Directors:
He went peacefully to the Bridge, held like local animal shelters and soup
in Jan’s arms and surrounded by kitchens. President – Jan Paquete
Grandma and Uncle Rich. Many
thanks to Dr. Meredith Geldart and all VP - Richard Gruszczynski
Learn more about Treasurer – Ann Potter
the wonderful people at Caledon
Mountain Veterinary Clinic for their CanadaHelps.org here Secretary – Gaynor Ward
care of “the Dude” the last few weeks Executive Directors –
of his life and, especially his last day. http://www.canadahelps.org/InfoP Ellen Van der Kooy
ages/AboutUsOverview.aspx Tish Gruszczynski
My world is a little darker now without Mari Lou Powell
my light to make me smile. He was To donate or view SOAR’s page, Rhett Butler (honestly – ed.)
brave, strong & independent to the please click here…
Email us at:
He had touched so many lives & http://www.canadahelps.org/Ch
made so many people smile & laugh. arityProfilePage.aspx?CharityI SOARgeneralinfo@hotmail.com
He was an amazing dog! He loved D=95259
everyone he met - people & dogs Mail us at:
alike. Despite being weak & feeling
like crap, he insisted, a week before
The Editor, The Howler
he died, that he attend the Howl-o-
Woof party. 14 Bingham Road
Brampton, ON L6V 2K1
The words of one of his “nurses”
(vet tech) say it best:
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Join Our DOGS IN THE NEWS "You hear about family dogs
protecting their owners, but this
Sponsorship Program Stray Pit Bull Saves Woman, dog had nothing to do with this
Southern Ontario Animal Rescue Child from Attacker woman or her kid," Jones said.
(SOAR) is pleased to present our http://www.zootoo.com/petnews/st "He was like her guardian angel."
new Sponsorship Program. For raydogsaveswomanchildheldatk-
just $5 a month, you can help us 993 After the alleged thief ran away,
pay for vet and kennel bills of the Angela quickly placed her son,
dogs we rescue and help find November 5, 2008 Jordan, in the car and tried to drive
them a forever home. off. Before she could, though, the
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The dog jumped into her backseat,
As you can imagine, many of them wandering 65-pound Pit Bull mix waiting with her for the police and
come to us with several medical might have seemed menacing to animal control officers to arrive at
conditions so we ensure the dogs some passerby, but one woman the scene.
are healthy and that they pass a will always remember him as her
temperament test before placing "guardian angel." The dog was transported to a local
them in the loving home of an shelter and if his owners don't step
adoptive family. The dog, which authorities think is forward within five days, Jones
lost and not a stray, successfully said, Angela and her family plan to
Your sponsorship benefits would thwarted a robbery attack on a adopt the saviour she named
include: mother and her 2-year-old son, "Angel."
who were held at knifepoint
SOAR monthly newsletter Monday afternoon. Animal control officers and shelter
emailed to you which includes workers believe Angel is lost, and
pictures and stories of dogs The Florida woman, who has been not a stray, because of his good
you helped rescue and identified by authorities simply as health, sturdy weight and mild
information on upcoming "Angela," was leaving a play- temperament.
SOAR events ground with her toddler son in Port
Charlotte when a man approached "It's funny, that someone's
Advance notice/registration of her in the parking lot with a knife irresponsibility could have saved
all of S.O.A.R.’s educational and told her not to make any noise someone's life," Jones said of
seminars & events, including or sudden movements. Angel's possible owners.
discounted registration fees
upon presentation of your Angela didn't have to do either to For Angela, it doesn't matter
sponsorship card protect herself and her child -- a where the dog came from; just
dog mysteriously ran to the scene that he was there when she
Exclusive invitation to and charged the man, who quickly needed him most.
S.O.A.R.’s members-only fled.
events "I don't know what his [the thief's]
"I don't think the dog physically intentions were -- I don't know why
Annual tax receipt attacked the man, but he went at he did it, but I'm glad that -- we call
him and was showing signs of him Angel -- I'm glad that Angel
Comfort in knowing you aggression, just baring his teeth showed up because I don't know
helped saved an animals life! and growling and barking. It was what would have happened,"
clear he was trying to defend this Angela told NBC2 News.
woman," Animal Control Lt. Brian
If you would be interested in being Jones told Pet Pulse. For a small town with a population
a sponsor, please let us know and of 46,452, animal control officers
we can send you a sponsorship "I don't know what this man's were kept busy Monday afternoon.
package that will contain all the intentions were, but it is very Jones says they department also
details about how your payments possible this dog saved her life." responded to a report about a boa
can be made. The exceptional part of the story, constrictor in a church parking lot.
Jones said, is that the dog had
never met or even seen the
people it quickly jumped to defend.
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The snake found its way into a car ccexclusive. The MAF exclusive funding breakthrough research
engine and was able to be studies benefiting animals in some
removed without being harmed. It includes a question and answer 100 countries, spanning all seven
took three people to move the session conducted by three continents. MAF has its
massive, seemingly random veterinary oncologists from the headquarters in Denver. The
placed snake. Colorado State University Animal Foundation has funded nearly
Cancer Center – the largest facility 1,400 humane animal health
"It's funny, because we aren't a big of its kind in the world. Questions studies. Charity Navigator ranks
place," he said of the Gulf Coast have been submitted from owners MAF as a four-star charity, the
town. "And we can go for four or whose dogs are suffering from highest rating. For more
five months without the media cancer, animal lovers, as well as information, call 800.243.2345, or
contacting us about a story. It's dog breeders, boarding kennel visit
been a busy week." managers and others. www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.
The Web presentation also
Officers from the responding
includes canine cancer facts and
county sheriff's office canvassed
updates from the Sprecher
the area and were unable to locate
Institute for Comparative Cancer
the suspect described as being in
Research at Cornell University HAPPY BEGINNINGS
his 20s, tall and dark haired.
College of Veterinary Medicine. This section is dedicated to our
This prestigious institute is at the Dogs who found their “forever
forefront of research benefiting homes”.
both animals and humans. Links
are provided to Cornell's “Pet Each newsletter will feature lucky
HEALTH WATCH Owner's Guide to Cancer” and dogs who have been adopted and
other cancer educational sites. are now enjoying loving homes.
Canine Cancer #1 Fear of
Also at the MAF canine cancer
Dog Lovers - Crucial Facts presentation Web page are links
for Dog Owners to many of the leading veterinary
and canine cancer centers in the
http://www.goodnewsforpets.com/ United States and the United
articles.asp?ID=1239 Kingdom. Dog owners/lovers can
learn about and access the
Denver, January 13, 2009: Dog excellent resources closest to their
owners and lovers in the United home.
States view canine cancer as the Dioge
greatest health threat to their MAF launched an unprecedented
beloved pets. They are correct. global campaign to raise funds to
One in four dogs die of cancer. cure canine cancer in the next 10
Cancer is the number one cause to 20 years, and while seeking the
of death in dogs over the age of 2. ultimate cure, will develop more
Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) effective treatments for dogs
has posted on its Web site, suffering from cancer today. MAF
www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org, is funding canine cancer research
a canine cancer exclusive of at many of the top veterinary
special interest to dog owners and colleges in the world. Learn more
dog lovers everywhere. The MAF about the campaign at
canine cancer Web exclusive www.CureCanineCancer.org.
features information and insight BG & Lou-Lou
from two of the world's leading About Morris Animal Foundation:
colleges of veterinary medicine Morris Animal Foundation,
and canine cancer research established in 1948, is dedicated
centers, Colorado State University to funding animal health research
and Cornell University. View the that protects, treats and cures
presentation at: companion animals and wildlife.
MAF has been at the forefront of
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SOAR WAS THERE… th
4 Annual Christmas Party
Just to prove we actually are out &
about in a neighbourhood near you!
1st Annual Howl-o-Woof Party
Glory tellin’ Santa her list
Mari-Lou working the cash table
Santa and some friends
Scooby & Friend
Rich with his caricature
Bugsy makin’ friends
Our wonderful artist – Sam Gorrie!
Bugsy posing for his last event
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Hurontario & Airport Rd., flour on sheet and cut dough with
Brampton cookie cutter of your choice.
CALEDON MOUNTAIN Place on oiled cookie sheet. Bake
VETERINARY HOSPITAL at 300F. for about 45 minutes, for
hard lightly toasted biscuits.
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Let sit in turned off oven to finish
DUE NORTH KENNELS, drying if you like.
Tish announcing Raffle Winners McCracken’s Landing
BINGO COUNTRY, Brampton
Brian & Carol Carrigan,
Ellen & Cora in the kitchen
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Foster & Adoptive Homes RECIPES! are Copyrighted No part may be
reproduced in whole or in part without
Land to build a shelter of our
Granny Annie is very popular in the express written permission of
own! Southern Ontario Animal Rescue.
her neighbourhood! She loves to
Of course, any monetary donation make treats for all the dogs. If you
you wish to make is always very have a great recipe you’d like to
much appreciated. share, send it in!
1 cup flour
We’d like to take this opportunity to 4-6 cloves garlic
thank the following organizations for 1/4 cup hot water
their continued support, whether it’s 1/8 cup chopped nuts or seeds
items to raffle off, medical services, 1 tbs. vegetable oil
food, etc. Without their generosity, 1 egg, beaten
we would be lost. dry milk powder
PET VALU, Sandalwood Pkwy & Mix all ingredients in bowl (or food
Kingspoint Plaza in Brampton processor) and add enough milk
powder to make firm dough.