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      I continue to be amazed at the sheer joy for life that this incredible and beautiful boy shows to me each and every day.  The mere fact that he is able to find ways to amuse himself in my absence speaks volumes as to his high intelligence and youthful exuberance.

      I have, since LOKI was rescued and brought to my home, been sleeping outside in his dog run each and every night.  LOKI has issues with separation anxiety.

      Having gone for his leash training session earlier yesterday, he spent the day quietly, snoozing, being cuddled, sung to, and in the company of his new BFF my own sweet Hemi.  Whom I must mention stands vigil to ensure that no intruders approach or disturb LOKI.  Mind you he has no control over the Magpies and Mr. Raven who often comes to call.

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Last evening was no different, in that I did again sleep outside with LOKI.  It is very true what they say about the Full Moon, and the ‘Calling’ that goes on during such an event.

LOKI began ‘calling’ at approximately 10:30 last night, and my plans of attempting to sleep in my own bed for the first time in weeks, was quickly dashed.  Donning my snow suit, carrying my tiny foam mattress and numerable fleecy blankets I head out to this big boy.

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He of course sat innocently enough on his bedding eagerly awaiting my arrival, of course I did not disappoint him.    Placing the tiny mattress in just the right position for myself and close to him, as well as ensuring he had his comy bedding,  we settled down for the long night together.  Both of us covered nose to tail, head to toe in fleece.  Within a few minutes the behind the ear gentle rubs saw this boy sound asleep.

The temperature dropped considerably during the night and I awoke to numb cold toes and ice on his water bowl.  Winter and snow is just days away.

Time for me to rise, it is now 8:00 a.m., put the coffee on and prepare LOKI’s breakfast.

Someone once told me that Silence is Golden….hhhhm….dare I believe same?

When I returned to serve a warm breakfast to this most deserving of bed fellows, low and behold what did I find you may wonder?

Laying so quietly on his fleece, which he dearly loves and will not damage, is the most innocent of all creatures, LOKI.  Youthful exuberance Oct 20 2013 003

Youthful exuberance? Perhaps.  Impatience waiting for my return?  Perhaps.  Perhaps it was just the sheer delight of being able to do what he likes to do best.  I long ago gave up my attempts to apply human logic to the actions of canine or feline energies.  If anything, I continue to be delighted at the various and unending antics of my four legged companions.  The beloved family members that continue to bring such joy to my life.

Youthful exuberance Oct 20 2013 008Youthful exuberance Oct 20 2013 009  Note that this tiny little mattress was once my bed.  I saw no point in taking a picture of my former pillow.

  LOKI is the Sole Survivor and he is a Miracle.  Living Proof that the impossible becomes possible.  He has united people all around the world, total strangers who came together to ensure his safety and his care, to bring him home to me.  No longer with a Bulls Eye on his back, the promise I made to him three years ago has finally come to fruition.

  In order to ensure that LOKI’s immediate needs are met, vetting, training equipment and the like a Webpage specific for donations has been set up.   Contributions may be made via PayPal.  This page will give you details on how to make your donation and just how the funds will be spent as well as describe where funds surplus of our goal will be donated to aid dogs in Canada’s North and help to continue the amazing work that Eldad Hagar and his organization Hope for Paws does.

(PayPal and other ways)

via this webpage:  http://www.lokisolesurvivor.net  Thanks so very much.

Please feel free to visit and to join in our continuing journey.  LOKI has his own FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

Check out his photo albums, see him, his friends and his videos on YouTube:  Tundra Voices

A very special thank you to the thousands around the globe that have expressed their love and support for this beautiful, innocent and often mischievous boy.

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First I wish to thank all of the amazing people who took such a major part in enabling me to rescue and bring to my home this amazing boy.  Those of you who took the time to email the Mayor of Hay River, those of you who signed the online  petition.

Special thanks to Michelle Nadon founder of Cause 4 Paws (C4P) located in Ontario, to Sarah West founder of the Canadian Federation for Animal Welfare (CFAW), Jean McCarthy a dear friend in Ontario and Lawrence Pinksy who is so busy raising needed funding to help cover Loki’s vetting and other needs.

To list each and everyone by name is an impossible task so I will not even make that attempt.

As some may already know, Eldad Hagar founder of Hope for Paws based in L.A., California, was contacted by both Jean and Sarah, who in turn gave me a call at home, with just days left before the deadline of September 30th.  I called Eldad and we spoke at length, formulating a plan for LOKI’s capture.

The backbone in this plan was a wonderful lady, Bonnie Crowther who lives down the street from me, and who also ensured Loki received proper nourishment during his wild days.  She and her beautiful dog China walk every day and Loki would always accompany them.  LOKI spent much of his time at Bonnie C’s, laying in the company of China.

Following Eldad’s instructions, Bonnie C began coaxing LOKI to eat inside her garage.  Eldad had told us if he would eat inside for two days in a row thenEldad would catch the next plane to get here.  Well Bonnie succeeded and Loki became comfortable eating in her garage.

Eldad arrived at the Hay River  Airport at 2:45 pm on Thursday September  26th.  Meeting him at the airport, he followed me to my home, checked out the dog run, decided it was not strong enough and I took him over to Bonnie C’s to see Loki and to speak with her.  Eldad had checked out Loki’s FB page prior so had a good idea as to the size of Loki.  He and I then went about locating and purchasing additional chain link reinforcement for the dog run.  It now has 2 and three layers of added chain link.

After having gotten Eldad checked into the hotel where I work as the Financial Administrator, and getting a good meal into us both, Eldad retired to his room and I headed home.  Eldad’s parting comment was to the effect of would it not be great if we got him tonight.  With the deadline date to get Loki captures only 4 days away…well…

I had just crawled into my own bed, relieved that Eldad was here when I got the phone call.  Bonnie C had been able to close her garage door and trap Loki inside.  Rushing over  to her place, my heart was pounding and I was trembling.  Eldad was already there and together he and I entered her garage.  LOKI being terrified had reacted in fear and was now sitting on top of Bonnie’s freezer.  We entered slowly and I was able to calm him with my voice and humming, I sat on the garage floor with Eldad standing behind me.  Gradually as I continued in a soft voice, Eldad took baby steps and approached LOKI  eventually being able to sit on the freezer next to Loki.  Using the end of the catch pole(no drugs or catch pole were used) wrapped in a towel, Eldad placed it behind his back and was able to ease the towel  to Loki’s side and began touching him gently with it.  I was shocked.  Within a few moments Eldad told me he was petting Loki with his bare hand.

Myself having never been allowed to pet Loki, I immediately asked “What does his coat feel like”, the answer “amazing so soft”.  I slowly approached Loki and for the first time in the three and a half years we have journeyed together, I was able to hold him.  I cannot describe the incredible joy.

Eldad slept on top of the freezer that first night, with LOKI up there with him.  Friday the next day, I slept on the garage floor with Loki in my arms the whole day while Bonnie C and Eldad began re-inforcing the run.  Eldad took over sleeping with Loki in her garage that night.

More work was done on the dog run all day Saturday, and without Bonnie C, none of this would have been possible.  This amazing and dedicated woman worked like a construction guy, lacing the additional chain link purcahsedd by Eldad, to the existing,  going over everything with an eagles eye to ensure that Loki would not only be safe but also unable to escape.  Eldad purchased the additional chain link to wrap around the run and I purchased the chain link flooring.  Eldad also added to Loki’s comfy bed linens (4 more comforters and another fleecy blanket).

Saturday evening we planned to relocate Loki to my home and the dog run.  Remarkably our fears of getting him into the large borrowed transport carrier was ill founded.  Loki calming walked into the carrier on his own.  We loaded him into Bonnie C’s truck and in the darkness of night got him into the dog run.  That night and Sunday I had the immeasurable pleasure of the first sound sleep I have had since Loki had been given a basic death sentence if I did not get him secured and safe at my home.  Of course I slept in the dog run, Loki, calmly curled up in my arms, both of us safe and sound.

Both Bonnie C and her husband Roy came back on Sunday and Roy had picked up some gravel and earth for one portion of the run near the door so that Loki can do his business.  Bonnie also brought a bale of straw as well.  Additional run reinforcements were made.  Eldad came over and spent time working on the run as well as spending time with Loki.

Monday morning Eldad again came by before he headed out to catch his flight out of Hay River.  I will be forever grateful that he chose to be a part of Loki’s journey.

Bonnie C comes over regularly to spend time with her beloved Loki, and of course the work that I and Loki are doing now in this newest chapter of our journey together, is slow, calm and steady.    I will not push him, all must be on his terms, I will not see his spirit broken, nor will I do anything to lose his respect and his trust.  Sleeping outside with him is all part of the growing bond that we share.  He has made friends with my own dog Hemi, who has a remarkable calming affect on Loki, which is easing the transition.

I was so proud of Loki yesterday, his second venture outside the run, he did so well calmly exploring the backyard he knows so well.  Tethered securely and also fashioned to me physically, he enjoyed the ability to explore and relax outside the run, his head uplifted watching the birds fly overhead, smelling the plants and investigating all manner of scents.  Not yet leashed trained, but learning, I am hopeful that soon I will be able to bring him inside the house as well as taking him for long walks like we used to take together.

Patience on both our parts, silent communication and most of all mutual respect and trust will see Loki transition slowly and without additional emotional trauma.  His remarkable eyes fixed on mine tell a story so intense it is not to be believed unless personally experienced.  The trust and strong bond we have shared for over three years continues to grow.

LOKI is living proof that the impossible can be made possible.  He has touched the hearts of total strangers around the world, uniting all for the sole purpose of saving his life.  He proves that when we all work together miracles do happen.

 It is my hope that Loki’s continuing story will inspire others to step up and go beyond what appears to be limits and impossible situations, to stick with it, to never give up.

Please visit Loki’s FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

Funds are being raised to secure the cost of Loki’s vetting and any other initial needs.  When visiting Loki’s FB page:  Friends of Loki, should you wish information as to how to make a donation for this beautiful gentle sould, please Private Message Lawrence Pinsky, or leave a comment on this page.

 Please share Loki’s Story – He is amazing.

THANK YOU FROM LOKI.

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FOR THE LOVE OF LOKI 2.jpegA couple of weeks ago I put up the poster in order to raise funds for LOKI.  A deadline date had been given to me of May 31st to get him off the streets of Hay River, NT.  Thankfully I was able to obtain a time extension from Town Officials.

Darting of Loki was planned for this past Friday, June 1, however the ENR Officer who will be darting Loki for me, came by the house mid afternoon Friday, and due to the number of calls he had to go out on concerning bears, as well as lynx, the darting of LOKI was postponed.  New time and date is yet to be set up.

LOKI was here yesterday, actually wanted to know what I was doing in my storage shed, he is the curious type. He also joined in the walk with ‘Henri’, and the two young ladies walking their kids in their strollers, yesterday. The women live a few doors down from me, and Loki regularly walks with them when they take the kids out. He looked so proud and happy, trotting in front of them, head and tail held high.

He had a good brunch and long drink of cool water in my backyard with me yesterday, and I was with him on Friday as well.

The ENR Officer checked out the dog run, and felt I had everything set up well for Loki; I washed out a large pet bed of Hemi’s for him, used $83.78 of the donations to purchase a 20′ nylon lunge line, a 15′ heavy duty tie out, a humane nylon training collar, and a regular wide nylon collar and leash. The lunge line I will use as an ‘umbilical cord’ which will be attached to my person and to Loki so that where I go he will go.

I wrapped a tarp around one end of the dog run, on the outside, which will give Loki additional shade and a hiding spot from curious eyes from the road. I also hung the fake wasp/hornet nests in the backyard trees, that deter those nasties from coming around. The screening has been ordered to enclose the whole dog run but has yet to arrive. This will keep all the nasties out so that he will not be a meal to those awful bugs.

I also cut down and trimmed the trees and cut down the wild roses out back, as I don’t want any of them spreading into the run. Those thorns are nasty. Today I will remove the remnants of the brush, lumber and continue getting the backyard ready for him so that when I bring him out of the run, we will have no obstructions or anything he can get tangled into.

What with the Town extending the deadline date, and with the ENR Officer  having to go out on bear calls, it may have been just as well that I did not get Loki here on Friday. The vet will be back mid June I believe, so if darting is still a week away that may be a good thing if the vet is available.

In the meantime, I will spend time with Loki as we have been all along. When he was here yesterday he did not seem at all nervous to be eating near the dog run at all..another good thing, he has accepted that it is in my backyard now.

I received a lovely call from Jean M  (Ontario) last evening, which came as quite the surprise. Of course we talked about Loki. Jean follows Loki’s FB page 

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-survivor/188340937903082?fref=ts

I must tell all of you that if it were not for the donations that came in from Ontario, BC and Alberta, none of this would be possible. Loki received one donation from a Hay River resident, despite the article being published in the paper here, the posters that I put up everywhere in town and the posters I put on the local online groups here in the NWT. To say that I am extremely disappointed and hurt by the lack of donations here in town and across the NWT is an understatement given the 3 year battle I went through at my own personal expense to get the new NWT Dog Act legislated.

A very special thank you to Darlene, with a rescue organization in Ontario for having held a fund raiser for Loki.  Those whom Darlene was able to get donations from have certainly helped this cause.  Fund raisers are not easy, they are time consuming, require volunteers and are a lot of work to put together.

It is what it is, as they say. Once Loki and I begin this new chapter in our journey together, all will remain in God’s hands, just as it has been since we began our journey in October 2010.

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This is one of the earlier pictures of LOKI back in 2010, when I first began going out to him.  He was a youngster at this time.  Every day, often 3 times daily, I would make the trek across the ravine, bringing him food and fresh water.  At that time we were building trust, he did not come to my property at all back then.  He would play hide and seek in the dandilions   Dec 19 2012 012

Loki has come a very long way from that scrawny scared  youngster, he is now a magnificent, beautiful and mature gentle soul, who deserves a loving forever home which I fully intend to give to him.

Before the snow flies once again in October, my goal is to have Loki feeling comfortable enough to be bringing him inside, being friends with all my own pets, except I will keep my bunny away from him, and looking forward to the warmth and safety of his forever home. He won’t have to hold up against frigid winds, blowing snow, rains and all manner of crazy weather, alone out there and be a meal to bulldogs, mosquitoes and other nasties.

Sunday Afternoon Oct 15 2011 024  Here in my backyard last summer, we enjoyed quiet time together, and now this will be his permanent backyard, where he will be safe, protected and very much loved and cared for.

LOKI wishes to thank all of those total strangers in Ontario, BC and Alberta, he has never met, who have rallied around him, who have made donations, who have put in the time and energy to raise funds for him, he thanks the two reporters who published his story, and he also wants to thank all of you who continue to message and email their support, encouragement and love.

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First off I wish to thank Lilianna with the Examiner for having done such a wonderful job in putting together her amazing article at the link below.  She has included a photo gallery as well as a beautiful video that I took last Fall.

http://www.examiner.com/article/saving-hay-river-s-beloved-loki .  I also want to thank those wonderful individuals who have enough love in their hearts for LOKI that they have reached into their pockets, and who are emailing and messaging me, with their sincere support and encouragement along with their prayers for both he and I.

     Donations came in fast and furious at the start, which covered the cost of the Dog run which is now on my property. May 2013 106  I will be securing the floor to the run today.  The dog run has already been paid for out of what donations came in, which greatly depleted the account set up for him at the RBC.   My estimated goal is far from being reached.

     Having made contact with an ENR Officer here in town, arrangements have been made that this individual who knows LOKI well, as does his young son, will dart LOKI with a tranquilizer in order to capture hm and get him to my property.  The sedatives needed must be provided by the Alberta veterinarian and shipped in from Alberta.  I do not know as yet what cost to myself this will mean.

     When asked by the only media reporter in the NWT that contacted me why I was raising funds, I responded by saying …. Being the sole income support for my family, is the reason that this fund raising campaign was launched.  The dog run could never have been purchased, had not donations started coming in as fast as they did.  A deadline to get Loki off the streets by May 31st has been extended, however, it was not made clear by Town officials how much more time I have.

     The donations which have come in have been from caring persons back home in Ontario, some from Alberta and BC by e-transfer.

     Additional  Funds are needed to cover the cost of screening to protect LOKI from the horrible insects such as bulldogs who take huge chunks out of anything that lives, heavy duty dive bombing mosquitoes and of course the clouds of sand flies up here.  Veterinary costs that will include a complete physical, heart worm testing, complete immunization and also neuter, and whatever else he will need initially.

       Messages and comments have been coming in fast and furious both to my email bc_dawson@hotmail.com and to LOKI’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082?fref=ts

        I continue to be awed and inspired with the messages of love towards him so many are sending.  LOKI has touched the hearts of so many since I began chronicling our journey three years ago.  You can view his many videos on http://www.youtube.com/user/TundraVoices?feature=watch

Dec 19 2012 029   Loki remains at large for now, date scheduled for his darting has yet to be set, as the sedatives have yet to come in from Alberta.

    Soon his freedom will become lost to him, and the long and patient work both on his part and mine will begin once he is here with me.  I promised him from the very start that I would never ever give up on him, and I will keep that promise.  I also promised him just the other night, that we will continue to take our long and beautiful walks together in this pristine Northern Boreal Forest area together just as we always have, only this time he will have to leashed.

     Loki has never know the warmth of a loving hug, he has never known the comfort of laying beside a warm wood stove on a frigid winters night, he has never known the comfort of a secure, safe and loving home.  No doubt about it, there will be a difficult period of adjustment for him, even greater trust must be built before I will be able to truly handle him, put a collar or harness on him for our walks together.  But I will Never give up on him, on us.

     LOKI and I  still need your help to raise funds for him.

      LOKI by any other name IS A SURVIVOR.  Now with your help his continued life can be secured in a safe and loving forever home.

      Donations can be made by e-transfer, the easiest method.  If doing this way please notify me by using my email address so that  I will know the security password you are using and I can then email you back a confirmation number issued as a receipt…..bc_dawson@hotmail.com
Checks or money order can be mailed (please personally email me for that information).  Thank you.

       Please help me keep LOKI alive, healthy and safe…to give him the loving home he deserves but has never known.

       We, LOKI and I, wish to thank all of you who have already contributed, and we thank any of you who are planning to do so.

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There has been much by way of   emailing between parties with reference to the controversial No Kill Movement, and in addressing the issues and conversation that ensued, I have received permission from Ms. West to copy and paste her response in one of her communiques.    My own comments are made first and I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. West.

Bloggers Comments:

Over population is definitely NOT and animal problem.  It is in fact a HUMAN problem period!  Every single day, in every single town, city and province countless kittens and puppies are born and cats and dogs are either turned into shelters, are found abandoned and dumped.  Why, because educating the masses as well try to do, stressing the need for spay/neuter is being totally ignored by the ignorant, the money hungry and the irresponsible pet owners not only in Canada but elsewhere throughout the US and every country on the Globe.  It is a HUMAN problem.  We see it everyday, and we clean up the mess and horror left behind.

As far as the laws governing companion animals in this country, we all know how archaic and antiquated these laws are, yet each time a new Bill is brought before the House to improve the legislation and declassify animals as mere property, it is voted down by the current government in power.  Further, shelter funding for the most part is not subsidized by provincial or federal funding and often depends solely upon donations.  What municipally owned shelters there are, are dictated to by the municipal bureaucrats who dictate!!

Over burdened shelters, and especially No-Kill Shelters trying so desperately to find forever homes for those in need,  unlicensed back yard breeders, the human failures of spaying and neutering companion animals, the total lack of responsible pet owners and the failure of municipal, provincial and federal government to properly address the issues of inadequate veterinary services in many areas across Canada, the Federal Legislation, the lack of very real animal protection By-Laws within our communities, municipalities and not having enough qualified, fully educated Animal Cruelty Investigators within each SPCA, town, city, municipality and province/territory is also part of the problem.

We need the powers of Seizure to save distressed animals held in the confines of ongoing neglect, disregard and failures to provide the necessities of life.  Here in Canada, we need the powers that are given to SPCA’s within the US.  Here instead we must depend upon the local police forces for seizure and quite honestly folks they have enough on their hands and distressed and abused animals are the last of their concerns.

Major movements within this country and elsewhere, as Sarah has pointed out, must have one focus to be effective Any problem regarding animal welfare is NOT  a single faceted one The No Kill Solution is taking the shelters to task.  This is one of the problems we have with bad shelter management, lack of cooperation with rescues, not socializing dogs and the list goes on!

We have seen the scandals surrounding the OSPCA, my God my computer files are enormous on that particular issue alone.  Then you take into account the Whistler case, that massive slaughter was unnecessary and fueled only by greed and a failure to effectively monitor such operations. The subsequent investigation into the slaughter was too little too late, and the outcome of the judgement issued by the Courts for this mass murder was merely a slap on the wrist.

WE must, support each other.  WE must be united period.  WE must not criticize or judge that which is being done by any one group or organization in their fight to end cruelty to animals in this country or anywhere else period.  Dissention among the troops proves only to make the army very shaky and ineffective.  While one has the right to disagree, and I will defend that right, we all have one common goal and purpose..to save animals.  Since the Federal Government shows total disrespect and total disregard, often branding many of us as ‘terrorists’ if we speak out against the lack of very real Animal Protection, cutting off charitable status to organizations that openly oppose current ridiculous antiquated legislation and policies..we have only each other from which to draw strength and resources.

 

Ms. West writes:

Areas of Focus That must be Addressed Regarding Pet Overpopulation and Animal Cruelty

 

  1. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media ( Bonnie is working on this )
  2. Education and awareness both public the government courts police and the media that animals are sentient beings
  3. Education and awareness with regards to THE CAMBRIDGE DECLARATION ( that animals have the same consciousness as we do) yes we all know this but it’s NOT public knowledge and  certainly NOT known and recognized by the public courts government police and media
  4. Education and awareness via humane education in elementary schools ( I am working on getting certified as a humane educator ) for CFAWR
  5. Education and awareness with regards to the Animal Cruelty Syndrome ( for the public courts, government and media)
  6. Getting the TERM “ Companion Animal” listed in our dictionaries and  as  working on getting the use of this TERM in precedence setting legal cases
  7. Debunking the myth that shelter ect are somehow inferior or broken
  8. The destruction of whose who run puppy mills and back yard breeder
  9. Education and awareness regarding the necessity and positives if spaying and neutering
  10. Creating ways to make spaying and neutering ( more accessible and affordable ) for the public  Mobile vets  and subsidised procedures by the veterinary profession for low income citizens
  11. Legislation that bans the sale of puppies and kitten from pet stores ( Canada wide)
  12. Acceptability of TNR programmes by municipalities ( Canada wide)
  13.  Complete transparency and better shelter management by shelters and humane societies ( FOCUS for the NO KILL MOVEMENT) and Bill Bruce the Calgary Model Bonnie also working on this
  14.  Animals removed as property from the Canadian criminal code and PROPER Animal welfare legislation brought into Canada ( CFAWR is trying to work on this tiny step  by tiny step
  15.  Creating and establishing relationships with those MP’s trying to make changes to federal and provincial cruelty legislation ( Peggy Nash Mac Harb Mark Holland ect
  16.  Contraception for cats and dogs Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs
  17. Cohesiveness, elimination of back biting and power struggles inherent in many animal welfare rescuers and groups ( animal advocacy underground)
  18. Animal advocacy volunteer training/ support regarding education speaking with media, animal care and networking for animals in need

 

If we have groups and movements taking on any of these’ issues of this multi-faceted program…. it is a good thing!   No one group can do it all and we cannot criticize each other if any one of us feel that something is fundamentally wrong with a specific group then don’t work with them  Keep doing what you are doing, but I feel other than that we must work together as Bonnie says.

 

Think about this list above.  This is a huge problem  almost beyond comprehension but we can neither be “ overwhelmed” or critical.  All efforts are helping and the No Kill movement may be doing some things you don’t like  but the fact that Nathan Winograd has started this is a good thing.  Many animals lives have been saved by his movement and that is a good thing regardless. I for one glad am he is on the ground fighting back with the No Kill Movement

All of us have to pick one focus and working on creating a dove- tail relationships with others who have a different  mandate and focus! It is out of “ combined” efforts that will and do make a difference for all the animals we care for so deeply.

 

We can’t change other countries but we can all come together to do what we can for Canada and her animals and creatures, wild, marine, stray ,farm and companion.

 

Sincerely

 

Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

Contact us via cfawr@telus.net  

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The fallen Whistler sled dogs (2010), have inspired world-wide action for changes to animal protection and animal cruelty legislation. This is their story.
Please watch this beautiful memorial video

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Charge approved in Whistler sled dog case
More terrific News:  OPERATION SLED DOG
An amazing success story showing how dedication, commitment and compassion saves lives.  Rescued Quebec Huskies…..and now loving homes.    Please go to FB page Operation Sled Dog to learn more on this amazing journey.  https://www.facebook.com/OperationSledDogs
To all those wonderful people we owe a debt of gratitude.  Without their perseverance and determination ……  it is unimaginable what may have happened to these beautiful animals.
CIRCULATING ON F.B. FROM OPERATION SLED DOG
B.C. Proclamation Honoring Whistler Sled Dogs

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       How does that saying go? 

“Talk is Cheap”.

       Well for at least one Province int this country, Action Speaks Louder than words!!!!

We are all aware of the horrific brutality inflicted on the 100 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C.  These dogs, faithful money making servants were summarily shot and in some cases had their throats brutally slashed.  Why, because the economy had taken a decline and the owner and operator of this particular business felt the animals were of no more use.  This case only came to light when the individual who did not say NO when told by the owner to kill these beautiful faithful dogs, applied to Workers Compensation claiming he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

        The province of British Columbia stepped up, and toughened their Animal Protection Laws.

Koodoos.

        Now for the second year in a row, B.C. has approved and made this Proclamation in honor of those 100 Whistler dogs.

WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia recognizes that the health, safety and well being of all animals is vital, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia leads the country with the toughest penalties for anyone proven responsible for harming an animal, and
WHEREAS The Province of British Columbia believes that the prevention of cruelty to animals is a matter of humanity and not just a matter of legislation, and
WHEREAS by working together and sharing information on how to prevent, recognize, and report signs of animal abuse, we can help protect all animals from abuse and neglect, and
WHEREAS Our Lieutenant Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, has been pleased to enact Order in Council 903 on October 11, 2002;
NOW KNOW YE THAT we do by these presents proclaim and declare that April 23, 2012 shall be known as
“ANIMAL ABUSE PREVENTION DAY”
(in honour of the lost lives of 100 sled dogs on April 23, 2010)
in the Province of British Columbia.
The Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta has also Stepped UP and have made their own Proclamation: double click picture to enlarge for easier reading.

Having fought so hard myself for over three years for animal protection laws within the NWT, there remains a great deal yet to be done.  The new NWT Dog Act contains a potentially deadly loophole which MLA and now Minister David Ramsay is quoted as describing “big enough to drive a truck through”.  The new NWT Dog Act pertains solely to dogs period and does not protect any other domestic pet. Not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I fought so hard for.  It must be noted that the motion did pass in the Legislative Assembly that the Territorial Government is to keep working forward to enact Comprehensive Animal Protection which already exists across the rest of Canada.

A number of years ago, due to a horrific incident involving many dogs in the Yukon, the Yukon chose to strengthen their own Animal Protection Legislation.  Now with the news that a well known Yukon Musher is planning to ACT in a proactive manner to toughen protection of Sled Dogs in the Yukon, it is evident that perhaps the new Yukon Legislation of a few years ago was not strong enough.

Mr. Frank Tuner was interviewed : sleddogcentral.com/interviews/turr

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/02/22/north-sled-dog-legislation.html

 Obviously Mr. Turner also believes that

Actions Speak Louder than Words.

Clearly animal cruelty is and will remain an International focus, on so many levels one cannot even fathom.  Every second of every single day, an animal is being horrifically neglected, abused and exploited at the hands of a human.  Says a lot about the human species does it not?  From the starving neglected dogs left on chains, animals tortured and butchered for the sheer sick pleasure that some even sicker individual gets out of inflicting such pain, to the dog fighting rings that provide an illegal income to the cruel and greedy, the puppy and kitten mills run by the totally insensitive mass breeders, to those breeders whose sole goal is to make money from research companies, to the Factory Farm Animals, Battery Hens and roadside zoos that fail to provide proper care and the necessities of life to the animals that they derive income from.

The list goes on and on.  I will not even cite other instances such as those that take place in China or on the frozen coasts of Canada.

A challenge to the rest of Canada, to the remaining Provinces and Territories across this vast and magnificent land is being made right now.

Follow the lead of British Columbia!!! 

Put forward your own Provincial and Territorial Proclamation in honor and memory of the thousands of animals brutalized every day,

the thousands of animals that die in shelters because they have been discarded by others!!!!

In honor of the innocent lives taken because existing Municipal, Provincial and Federal Legislation is not

tough enough, does not do enough to end the suffering and to bring those responsible to Justice.

Pictures received from the Beaufort Delta Regional SPCA in Inuvik, NT.  No charges laid, no animals survived.

Picture of dead pup submitted by a resident of Hay River, NT.  Decaying body was found by the river in Town.

     It is Time!!!

Zero Tolerance to Animal Cruelty across Every Municipality, Every Province, Every Territory in Canada!!!

Actions Speak Louder than Words!!!

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Speak Out for Sled Dogs Chained Without Shelter

January 18, 2012

by Stacey

http://our-compass.org/2012/01/18/speak-out-for-sled-dogs-chained-without-shelter/

Justice for More Than 150 Huskies Neglected in Alaska

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/01/27/4189/

B.C. company condemned for sled dog massacre gives operation to charity

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/company+condemned+sled+massacre+gives+operation+charity/5860887/story.html#ixzz1kgFDem1r

 

New EU Strategy fails to highlight benefits of animal welfare for Animals and People

http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/01/19/new-eu-strategy-fails-to-highlight-benefits-of-animal-welfare-for-animals-and-people/

UPDATES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES ON THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT ROUND UPS AND CONTINUED HORSE SLAUGHTER

Posted with the permission of Ms. Courtney: 

Ms. Courtney comments:

“It is a sad day when we as a society depend on the common sense and innocence of children to make ANY sense at all in a mad world of exploitation and greed. The irresponsible over breeding is not just affecting America’s horses, but dogs and cats nationwide, who all pay the ultimate price for deliberate human ignorance. It is beyond appalling that in a country that creates more new bills to regulate and control its society and shrinks our freedoms daily, such a mess can exist, whereas animals are the victims of archaic protection laws, non-existing governance in regards to breeding and simply the motto: Throw away society.  America is a land of wasteful ideas in many aspects but to waste the lives of sentient beings and pretend they don’t suffer and sell the idea as an evil necessity, is preposterous. Education is key, and many need it desperately. I urge everyone to network the link to Katia Louise’s global award winning documentary, www.savingamericashorses.org and tell the story, as it must be told.”

Presidio Federal Vet Wants No More Calls Complaining About Horses

January 28, 2012

By Steven Long

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13826

 

Equine Welfare Alliance

 US Horses Slaughtered

(Yearly 1989-2010)

 

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics.pdf

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics-week-month_2011.pdf

Federal Vets Ignored Misuse of Coggins Certificates at Presidio Holding Pens

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13804

Hurdles looming ahead for equine processing plants

http://nptelegraph.com/articles/2012/01/25/news/60004340.txt

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Take Action

Tell BLM Idaho: Manage Wild Horse Herds with Fertility Control and Cancel Removal Plans

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1192127

For the latest updates from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Wild-Horse-Preservation-Campaign/117437204982602

 

The Cloud Foundation

Action Alert:  Cloud’s Echo

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b16d80346618d3ce64e8e9877&id=8ef3109586&e=5693c03a95

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YELLOWKNIFER: Wednesday November 9, 2011

Feature News

“Puppy dies after being left in garbage bin”

Excerpt:  Northern News Services: by Laura Busch

“ A dying puppy found in a garbage bin outside of a downtown bar last week was euthanized Monday evening at Great Slave Animal Hospital.”

Named Olive, this 8 to 10 week old female husky cross was found near death, after being found “curled up in the corner (of the garbage).”  The pups whimpers were heard outside the Raven Pub located in Yellowknife and a passerby came to her rescue.

Veterinary Assistant Jenna McCrendle stated that it was possible that Olive had also suffered internal damage from some form of physical trauma, possibly a kick or other trauma.  Olive was unable to ingest food or water and was incapable of moving on her own.

Olive who was seriously anemic met a humane death Monday, due only to the fact that Chris Blais took her to the GSAH. It had been a freind of Chris’s who had found the pup and Chris upon seeing her took her himself to the hospital.   Had this young man not taken this action, Olive’s suffering would have continued. Special thanks must also go to Chris’s friend who found the pup and took her home with him.

A second pup was also turned in to the GSAH on Friday and was suffering from a “large abscess on his lower jaw”.  “Teddy Ruxpin” as he was named, has been treated, is doing well and is now  ready for adoption.

Puppies, dogs, cats and kittens across the NWT continue to be neglected, discarded, thrown out in the trash despite the new NWT Dog Act which came into effect Spring 2011.  The new Dog Act is supposed to protect Dogs Only….obviously legislation is not worth the paper it is written on when incidents such as this continue to happen.  There is no protection whatsoever for felines or any other neglected pet in the NWT.  A Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one which I have been fighting for over three years now, MUST be implemented.  Named ‘Best Place to Abuse Animals’ by the Animal Legal Defense Fund for three consecutive years, this recent incident of “Olive” and “Teddy Ruxpin” reinforces this dubious distinction.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/a-dubious-distinction-given-to-the-northwest-territories-and-nunavut-in-may-2009-and-once-again-in-2010/

Today, it is, with windchill -20 celcius which translates into -52 farenheit.  Knowing that there are likely many more discarded pups, dogs, cats and kittens ‘out there’ left to freeze and starve to death not only breaks my own heart, but it breaks the heart and enrages anyone who actually has a conscience.

Out of the three major cases of Animal Cruelty in the NT during 2010 – 2011 there has only been two successful prosecutions made in the NWT , both of which were in Yellowknife this past Spring.   Well known  Yellowknife musician Lloyd Thrasher received a jail term for the stabbing death of “Garlic” the tiny Chinese Pug which he stole out of Vanessa Baron’s vehicle: http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/garlic-the-chinese-pug-brutally-stabbed-in-yellowknife-nt-january-2011-gets-some-form-of-justice/   and the second case involved “Yuki”, the sole surviving puppy rescued when RCMP were called to investigate a mother dog who had just given birth to puppies was reported dead with her pups in a yard.  Mother and pups were found frozen to death.  The mother had been pushed out into sub-zero temperatures by her owner when she went into labor.  “Yuki” did survive but suffered frostbite and lost part of her tiny nose.  Additional dogs were found  on very short chains and in a neglected state:

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/sole-surviving-wha-ti-puppy-an-public-hearings-on-nt-dog-act/

The third case brought before the courts and which took over a year to finally go to trial was the Hobson case involving 109 dogs, in Hay River,  three of which were immediately humanely euthanized by attending veterinarians from Alberta who participated in the property raid on May 29, 2010.  Five charges were laid in this case.

Twenty-three pups were seized and taken to the Municipally owned Hay River Animal Shelter where volunteers cared for them for two and a half months.  The other 83 dogs were left on the property of the accused in the care of the accused and it was publically stated that Municipal officials would be monitoring the dogs care.  Mid August 2010 22 of the seized pups were ordered destroyed by the Municipal Authorities despite offers to assist in the relocation of these pups aged between 2 and 12 months had been made numerous times.  The one surviving pup  LOKI who escaped the shelter  twice  in June, remains a stray and has been cared for by myself personally since last October.  LOKI also receives food from many of my own neighbors, and has thus far eluded all attempts being made by the By Law Officer to capture him.  It must be noted that the method by which the 22 puppies were destroyed remains a big secret to which no one, not even the Animal Alliance of Canada, can get answers.

Despite the evidence provided and the testimonies, in this case the courts dropped numerous charges and in the end the verdict was Not Guilty.

In 2008 the Behchoko case whereby 44 sled dogs owned by a reknown  Dene artist Archie Beaulieu had to be humanely put down due to severe neglect resulted in charges under the Federal Criminal Code, however the courts stayed these charges and these 44 neglected dogs did not get the Justice they deserved.

Again in Behchoko six puppies were found in a town dumpster with their tiny throats slashed, again in sub-zero temperatures.  Taken to the GSAH only one of these pups survived.  No charges were ever laid in this case.

The Pokiak case in Tuktoyatuk is also another perfect example whereby sled dogs met with neglect, death and the failure of authorities to prosecute or to seize the two surviving sled dogs, despite all attempts made by the BDRSPCA as well as PETA.

The new NWT Dog Act is merely the First Step, it is not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act which I have been fighting for, but it is a Victory and it also is a historical event in the NWT.  The motion did carry in the Legislative Assembly to continue working towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, a good thing one would say, however until such time as cases of Animal Neglect/Cruelty are successfully prosecuted, until such time as very real educational programs are put in place to change the apparent mindset of so many towards ‘disposable’ animals; until such time as spay/neuter blitzes  are set in place; until such time as qualified highly trained Animal Cruelty Investigators are established within the NWT;  until such time as needed animal shelter facilities are built and supported not only by volunteers and resident donations but also the Territorial Government;  until such time as there is an expansion of much needed veterinary services within the NWT……..puppies, dogs, cats and kittens will continue to be subjected to prolonged suffering, starvation, freezing to death, slashing of throats and gunshot:

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/update-on-inuvik-pup-rescued-from-abandoned-pick-up-truck/

With the Territorial Elections now over and GNWT Officials now back to work, it is time to once again put pressure on this government to fulfill the motion carried in the 16th Session to continue working towards a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one without the current potentially deadly loophole that was opposed by MLA’s and so many NWT residents.

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/nwt-cabinet-voted-to-retain-exception-clause-in-new-dog-act-despite-opposition-to-clause/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/a-year-in-brief-review-%e2%80%93-animal-abuse-in-the-northwest-territories-canada/

 http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/secrets/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/legacy-of-the-north/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/hail-to-the-nwt-justice-system-northern-dogs-lose-again/

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/we-say-tuktoyaktuk-dogs-were-neglected-2/

 

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Six a.m. comes very early on a weekend, when one should be able to catch up on sleep..sleeping in is not an option for me. 6 a.m. on a weekend for me, means getting up, preparing LOKI’s hearty warm breakfast, and going outside with long coat over fleecy pj’s, trudging through backyard snow and refilling his water dish (now frozen) with fresh drinking water, all the while patiently calling to him..standing out in the cold, hoping that he can hear me and anxiously waiting for his arrival.  During the work week this whole process is repeated, only I must rise at least a 1/2 hour earlier so that I will still have time to get ready for work.  Often times he will not come right away, so I must keep my bedroom window open while getting ready for the office so that I can hear him and be prepared to jump up and head out to him.

Yesterday morning saw him arrive around 6:30 and this morning he showed up about 7:45 a.m.  It was cold, and he was covered in ice crystals.  With temps on the decline and winter now ahead of all of us, I do not look forward to this long winter.  Last year I sat outside in my driveway or on my deck in sub zero temps, winds blowing, freezing my hands and excuse the reference..my butt, at all hours of the mornings and nights ensuring that LOKI received warm nourishing meals to get him through the long frigid winter days and nights.

Nothing has changed and I will continue to do just that.  I will continue to do what I have been doing for over a year, protecting him, caring for him and loving him.

Twice in the last two weeks I have witnessed the Town By-Law Officer attempting to capture LOKI, once with Net Gun in hand.  True LOKI is technically a Stray and under the Hay River By-Laws of which I am well versed, By-Law is just doing his job.  Having contacted the Town of Hay River authorities numerous times concerning LOKI I finally did get a written response for the Towns new SAO…. in my reply to this response I have requested:  copied and pasted from my email:

“I do understand that By-Law is doing his job in trying to capture LOKI.  That being said…..I am requesting, in writing, a written guarantee that if LOKI is captured that I be immediately notified.  A written guarantee that he will be taken to the shelter,he will not be destroyed secretly as were the 22 pups, and that I will be called in, and that I be given the time necessary to obtain and set up a portable dog run for him on my property.  That I will be allowed to license him, just as my own two dogs are already licensed.  That during his stay at the shelter while I am preparing for his needs here at home, that I be the person who cares for and works with him while he is at the shelter.”

This being Sunday I have not yet received a response.

I also submitted to Town Officials a deposition attesting to the gentle non-aggressive nature of LOKI which has been signed by many who have come to know and love LOKI.  Included with this deposition are the comments I received by email and through FaceBook from persons who support LOKI and my continued work with him.  This deposition came about due to an allegation made against LOKI which I believe to be a case of mistaken identity.  That being said I also provided the Municipal Authorities a video which I took in my own backyard of another dog that could be LOKI’s twin proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that there are other dogs in this town that could be mistaken for him.

http://youtu.be/ps6hIcuiNVI

LOKI is very special, being the sole survivor of the 23 pups rescued in the Hay River Animal Cruelty Case, raid took place May 29, 2010…(109 dogs involved) 3 of which were immediately put down for humane reasons.  This case took over a year to finally go to trial and despite the evidence, all five charges were dropped.

The 23 pups aged between 2 months and one year, were held and cared for by shelter volunteers at the Muncipally owned shelter for 2 1/2 months, before being secretly removed and destroyed in mid August 2010.  Despite the numerous offers I made to assist in relocating these pups to properly run facilities outside the NT where they would have received proper rehab from highly qualified professional specialist, my offers were summarily ignored.

LOKI escaped the Municipal shelter the first time in mid June 2010, he was recaptured and thankfully again escaped prior to the other 22 pups being destroyed, the method of destruction has yet to be discovered and consequently rumors abound as there is no resident vet in this town.   This last escape is the  act that saved LOKI’s  life.  As the sole survivor LOKI is extremely special, he is precious…he is also a reminder of what took place  here.  That being said, the importance of keeping him healthy and safe cannot be overstated.  His will to survive against all odds is an inspiration in itself, this gentle spirit more than deserves a chance at a loving forever home, free from stress, free from harassment, free from fear, free from frigid temperatures.

My work with LOKI, my commitment and devotion to LOKI, if anything continues to grow stronger, my determination is un-waivering, should he be captured I will have to deal with that if and when it happens.  The trust shared between he and I continues to grow, our time together, our journey will continue.

It has been mentioned to me time and again that LOKI’s story needs to be published in a well established publication, and an offer has been made to me from a dear friend and accomplished journalist to assist me in doing just that.  Certainly I have enough Blog posts, pictures and videos upon which I can resource to pull this all together.  I am happy to say that I am going to do this.  LOKI’s full story needs to be told, he is a remarkable animal.

In addition, I am seriously contemplating a larger project, that of writing a book on the the trials and conflicts I have experienced as an Animal Rights Advocate/Activist from Ontario now living in the Northwest Territories.

As my readers know, my three year battle with the Territorial Government resulted in an historic event this Spring, the passing and Enactment of the new NWT Dog Act.  This first major victory remains far from the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I continue to fight for.  The good news is that the Legisaltive Assembly did pass the motion towards continuing work for Comprehensive Animal Protection.

Again, I most certainly have enough Blog Posts, evidenciary pictures and accounts of the decades of animal neglect and cruelty, newspaper clipping as well as records of published accounts of such cruelty that failed to be prosecuted.

Each and everyone of us, who continue the never ending battle to end horrific animal cruelty, can identify with the extreme frustration and heartbreak involved.  We can all identify with the phone calls and emails received on a daily basis.  We can identify with the personal sacrifices each of us make, taking time away from our families, our homes and yes even our own pets, spending money we really don’t have to spend so that one more will be cared for properly.  I would say that we are definitely a Breed Apart, we are unique in our commitment and our devotion and we are as described by one such individual “‘a silent army'”that keeps growing and for that I shall be forever grateful.

  To all of you who have supported my fight for Animal Protection the Northwest Territories I sincerely Thank You.

  To all of you who follow the journey which LOKI and I have embarked upon, all of you who support LOKI and my ongoing work with him, I thank you and I am ever so grateful.

  I know that this beautiful boy is grateful as well.

  From the bottom of both our hearts…..This video contains a special message as well as my own fears

   http://youtu.be/uxbf2iUJbvA

Additional videos of this beautiful boy:

http://youtu.be/nCW2XMey9Rk

http://youtu.be/KTKDWI8_Afo

http://youtu.be/TqI0VjnyU0g

http://youtu.be/3B7NnhAAKSY

http://youtu.be/MrqoARVHZNE

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