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Surrendered dogs still looking for homes
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Lily, a 3-year-old boxer, was adopted after her breeders turned her over to A Better Chance Animal Rescue.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On Oct. 8, an overburdened breeder surrendered 57 dogs to A Better Chance Animal Rescue in Pincher Creek.

Among them were boxers, terriers and golden doodles; many of them were in bad shape.

Melanie Glen, operator of A Better Chance Animal Rescue gave some of the dogs to Christy Poole, an animal rescue volunteer.

One of the animals Poole took in was Lily, a 3-year old boxer.

“She came in after having numerous litters of puppies. Actually the day I got her, she was already in labour,” says Christy Poole. “She had five puppies at my house, which she was able to get through, but she’d been so used up and done in, with puppies after puppies, that she started to develop anemia.”

Bleeding internally, she was rushed to the Fort Macleod Veterinary Clinic where Dr. Todd Baker performed emergency surgery and a blood transfusion. She found a willing donor in Walker, a five-month-old Black Labrador puppy, who had been surrendered alongside Lily.

Lily did not have the luxury of blood testing to find a matching blood type. Instead, vets took the healthiest dog available, performed the transfusion and prayed she would recover.

She did, and has since been adopted by Poole.

“She’s extremely timid. But with me and my family she’s really attached and super affectionate with us,” says Poole. “But with other people she’s really gun shy.”

Glen says the rescued dogs needed a total of $20,000 in veterinary care in one month, including dental care, grooming, spaying and neutering, microchipping, vaccinating and deworming.


After the surrender, about 15 people volunteered to take in the rescued animals. Forty of the 57 dogs have already been adopted but Glen is still looking for homes for the other 17.

Since finding Taz, a mixed breed German shepherd puppy she found living in a garbage dump, Glen has made a name in animal rescue. Her operation comes highly recommended by veterinary clinics and animals shelters.

“She’s always willing to take that extra step,” says Poole. “[Glen] is always willing to go that much further and that’s why I love working with her because there’s no line as to where [she] stops helping.”

A Better Chance Animal Rescue works in union with Pets for Life out of Calgary. The organization receives is supported by government grants and fundraising initiatives.

The provincial government does not require individuals to have a license to breed and raise puppies for sale.

“A dog breeder will really look after their dogs. They’re careful about timing and breeding. They really put the work and the effort into making sure their animals are healthy,” says Poole.

“[In a puppy mill] the breeder dogs are property. They’re like machines. They’re there to work. They’re not always looked after. They’re not treated with affection. And all they do is breed and breed and breed them until they can’t breed anymore,” she says.

Glen says it’s up to the buyer to make sure they’re supporting a reputable breeder.

Contact Glen at mdglen1485@gmail.com if you would like to adopt one of the rescued dogs.

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