Today it was all about the dogs.
Here are some of their faces… all are shelter dogs hoping to find their forever homes.
“Caring for animals is not what I do, it’s who I am.”
Barry came to Winnipeg Animal Services as a scared and sad little fellow. At that time he was about 4 months old.
Almost 3 months later Barry is still waiting and hoping to find his forever family. This little pup is growing up in a shelter.
He needs out.
He needs to play.
He needs a family.
Barry is a young lab mix. Because of his pent up energy he overreacts in his kennel and does not present well. He barks, he jumps, he acts silly.
Instead, take this boy outside to one of the outdoor enclosures and meet the real pup… the one who loves to play ball, the one who would love to show you the tricks he has learned. The one who LOVES to run but does settle after he is able to release some energy.
Barry is young, approximately 6 months old… and he is smart. He will need an experienced owner, one who can help him with his manners and one who is willing to spend time with him. He loves learning new tricks and loves attention.
Barry is a great dog… he just needs a family to call his own. He needs someone to throw his ball!
If you would like to meet Barry, please come down to Animal Services at 1057 Logan Ave. The staff will be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.
Barry’s Meet Your Match Colours: Blue and Orange
Barry’s petfinder profile: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38954435
And then my soul saw you and kinda went, “Oh there you are. I’ve been looking for you all my life…”
The time of year doesn’t really matter at the shelter… it is almost always busy and noisy.
Happily, this holiday season, the numbers are low but, sadly, many of the dogs that are still waiting and hoping are “long-timers”… many here since the summer, some since the spring.
It’s these dogs that are featured here today… all decked out in front of the Christmas tree, hoping that they too will get their Christmas wish.
“Hi,” I said. She came over, licked my hand discreetly, allowed herself to be scratched for a time, chased her tail in a dignified circle, lay down again. I remember thinking: “There are times God puts a choice in front of you.” I often had such thoughts back then. We took the dog. ~ Stanley Bing
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder Page – view all the dogs currently in need of homes
Winnipeg Animal Services on Facebook – visit the W.A.S. facebook page
City of Winnipeg Animal Services – Official City of Winnipeg website for Animal Services
Found alone and homeless on the streets of Winnipeg she is now safe and waits for a new family at Winnipeg Animal Services.
But, the wait has been long.
Daisy first came into the shelter way back in April, almost three months ago. That is a long time for an active girl to have to wait and be patient. Daisy does have Entropion in both eyes which needs to be addressed but otherwise she is a healthy, sweet, friendly gal, who loves to play and loves being with people.
It is difficult to understand sometimes why certain dogs are passed on by. It certainly baffles us at the shelter in Daisy’s case. She is a most awesome dog who simply needs a home.
“All great friendships start with a paw-shake. Reach out.”
Daisy’s Petfinder link: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34905059
Some dogs simply pull on your heart strings a little more deeply… this is the way it is with Kilo.
Kilo is an older gent who came into Animal Services in the hopes that we would be able to help him find a family and home. He was not truly a stray… but he didn’t have a permanent address either. He was a dog in limbo… shuffled from one person to the next, many trying but none really succeeding in providing him a safe place.
The first time I saw Kilo he was quietly sitting at the front of his kennel. I looked at him and he looked back at me with those intense orange eyes set in that broad big head.
But only for a moment and it wasn’t long before the staff at W.A.S. discovered the sweetness in this big lumbering boy.
This past weekend Kilo walked in the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade with the Winnipeg Animal Services float. He did amazingly well… walking quietly in front, frequently turning to wonder at the noise and crowds lining the streets, but never making a fuss. At the end we could tell he was tired and grateful for a rest but he had walked the entire parade route like the trooper he is.
And I am more in love than ever.
The bottom line is… this big boy needs a home. If you think you may be interested, please contact Winnipeg Animal Services. I have a feeling you will be glad you did.
Post Update: Happy News – Kilo has been ADOPTED !
Julie, Bucky and I first met on Bucky’s first “Gotcha Day” anniversary. Julie and Bucky came strolling into Animal Services with boxes of pizza in hand… their way of saying thank you to the staff and volunteers at Winnipeg Animal Services for bringing the two of them together. Yes, this beautiful doggie had been a shelter/rescue dog. Julie found him, loved him and is now his forever “mom”. Such a happy-tale!
Julie, who is a very accomplished local artist and the proprietor and owner of Julie Lamoureux – Fine Art, is happy to speak of her and Bucky’s story and how this handsome lively Bichon changed her life. It was this sweet face that inspired her first pet portrait which lead to the new direction for much of her paintings… Pet Portraits By Julie Lamoureux. Her work is exceptional!
I was thrilled to be able to photograph Bucky. Who wouldn’t be… just look at that face.
Adding Bucky to her life opened up numerous new other interests as well… many of them canine related. Not many would consider that a Bichon would excel at agility but let me tell you… they have not met Bucky. This little dude loves the sport and is eager to show his jumping skills. The most obvious thing and perhaps the most important trait that makes this little man a star is his total focus on Julie. Together they are a team.
“Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly” ~ author unknown
and a second chance…
In the shelter environment, the main kennel area is a noisy and often chaotic room… a scary place for many. The confined area and the too close proximity makes it difficult for even the calmest dog to shine.
As you walk through the noise and confusion that is the main kennel room, if you feel a connection with a dog, let the kennel attendants know and they will set up a meet and greet outside of the kennel area. The pups will be SO happy for the chance to stretch their legs.
Once outside in the enclosure, more often than not, you will be amazed at the transformation… that sad shelter dog persona that you met inside, simply falls away and in its place is this new pup…happy, bouncy, often in search of a toy or maybe a treat.
This is your chance to get to know the real dog. The one that is so desperately hoping that you will be his second chance.
Here are just some of their faces:
“Open your heart to a shelter dog and they will love you forever.”
All of these dogs are available for adoption through Winnipeg Animal Services Agency.
Anyone involved with a shelter or a rescue will tell you that spring is one of the busiest times of the year. This is often related to an abundance of unwanted pups and kittens being born and running loose. Sad but true.
But this year… and really not exactly sure as to the reason why, it has been busy for a different reason… a very happy reason. We have had an unprecedented amount of adoptions, especially in the past week or so. Happy, happy news!! We hope this trend continues.
Over 20 doggies have been adopted in the past 10 days.. WooHoo!