I am sure that no one will be surprised to find out that rescue animals are significant to my family.
Volunteering, fostering, and adopting have been the stepping stones for opening Mutts N Scruffs.
It all started with a couple of rescue kitties. Chloe, an orange tabby who only enjoyed our company. Piper, a big grey Maine Coon, he fit in the palm of my hand when he joined our family.
Then a sweet staffy, Maggie, who drove me crazy when I volunteered at the Lloydminster SPCA, but she fit so perfectly into our family the second we fostered her for a weekend, that she never went back.
Next came Nyla, our crazy, tripod shepherd, who sounded exactly like Chewbacca. It was basically the same situation except I knew I was adopting her before I fostered or even met her! I saw her picture on the Lloydminster S.P.C.A. website and instantly had a connection to her.
Those two dogs taught me so much about love, empathy, and kindness.
We think about those four critters often, and miss them all so much.
We now have a whole new group of rescues, some on purpose, some by accident. Persephone our sweet shepherd cross that loves to chew.. anything and everything. Mia our loving, and intense lab/shepherd/pointer cross who has more energy then any dog I've ever met. Newt our timid little terrier cross who is slowly coming out of his shell. We adopted Persephone from AARCS in Calgary, Mia and Newt are both foster fails, we adopted them from Furbabies Furever Homes.
And of course a few comical cats to keep life crazy! Whiskers, Littlefoot, and a little extra one, who a customer found at an oil well and didn't know what to do with. We don't really know what we are going to do with Cookie either, but she is safe and loved while we figure it out.
We have fostered more then a few dogs and they all have a place in our memories as temporary family members.
There is one foster dog however, that specifically touched our hearts! Sweet Birch, we fostered Birch and four of her puppies through Furbabies Furever Homes, two from another litter that she had taken in. They have all found their homes now, including Birch, the perfect family adopted her.
There was one catch though, Birch has a heart condition, and to prolong her life expectancy she will require surgery. She will be ok without surgery, but will most likely have a significantly shorter life, 3-5 years they figure.
Her family adopted her knowing this and wanted to ensure she has a loving home for the rest of her life, however much time they have with her.
After her family talked to the specialists, it sounds like Birch might be a good candidate for the surgery.
Birch’s family is currently considering all their options, and any decisions are on hold while they think it all over.
Whatever they end up doing is the perfect choice for them, I am more then happy to have a great family to visit with and get to see their wonderful dogs occasionally.
If they choose to try the surgery, then a few of my friends and I are ready and willing to fundraise to get this sweet dog's heart fixed.
In the meantime, we have decided that every month Mutts N Scruffs will donate a percentage of our proceeds to a charity, fundraiser, or a family in need.
If any of our wonderful customers know of a group, family or other good cause that is special to you, please send me a message and we will add them to our list! Any suggestions for a family in need will be kept completely confidential.
March 2019 donation went to Furbabies Furever Homes
April 2019 donation went to the Lloydminster S.P.C.A.
May 2019 donation went to a local family.
June 2019 donation went to a dog needing vet care.
July 2019 donation went to a local family.
August 2019 donation went to a local family.
September 2019 donation went to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
October 2019 donation went to a local family.
November 2019 donation went to "The Gift of Christmas".
December 2019 donation went to the Vermilion Food Bank
January 2020 donation went to K9 Recovery Services
February 2020 donation went to a local family.
March 2020 donation went to a dog needing emergency vet care.
April 2020 donation went to the Lloydminster Food Bank.
May 2020 went to a local family.
June 2020 donation went to a local family who lost their home and belongings in a fire.
July 2020 donation went to a local family.
August 2020 donation went to the Lloydminster Rescue Squad.
September 2020 donation went to a local family.
October 2020 donation went to a local family.
November 2020 donation went to the Lloydminster S.P.C.A.
December 2020 donation went to Baby’s Breath
January 2021 Donation went to a family needing a Service Dog for their daughter.
I cannot wait to see how this list will grow, and to find out how a small, but quickly growing pet sitting business can make even a small difference to those who need it!
So, every one of you are contributing by simply continuing to book our pet sitting and dog walking services!
Thank you all so very much!
**Please note - I am not asking my customers to donate. **