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tHello to all my shelter friends;
I just wanted to give you all an update on how I am doing in my new home. I just love it here and I couldn't have picked a better human. I have a new brother named Hunter. He's great. We have a bunch of toys and we love playing together. Our favorite game is tug of war. My new mom takes us for walks everyday and we often go for "adventures " in the woods with her as well. She considers it part of our exercise and training routine but me and my brother aren't fooled, we know its just an excuse to get her out of the house and away from doing the housework. We even seen a rabbit the other day, but mom said we had to stay and couldn't chase, even though I think he wanted us to play with him.
Mom tells me everyday that I am a good girl and doing great with my training. I just love cuddling with her and my brother on the couch and sleeping cuddled up next to her at night on the big comfy bed, although I do like to make sure she is up bright and early so we can start our day. I have mastered sit, down , don't touch and I am much better at stay, although this is still a work in progress. I have a big yard to run in and sometimes I even play a joke on mom when she comes to bring us back in from doing "our business". I will sometimes not want to go in yet so I will ignore here comand to come, but after a few minutes I usually give in and go inside. I even have a new name, Gracie. My mom says she thinks I am so graceful when I run that the name suits me better, and I like it so I think I will keep it.
The only complaint I have is that mom took me yesterday to a place called the vets. There was a lady there who checked me all over , teeth and all then they took me in to the back room where they did an operation on me called spaying. I wasn't too fussy on this and now I have to wear this stupid cone on my head that makes me bump into things, but I guess its all for the best, at least thats what mom says.
Anyway friends thats about all for now. I will keep you posted on my upcoming adventures. Mom says she can't wait to take us camping and to the cabin..I'm not sure what these things are but I am sure that as long as I am with my family it will be fun. I have attached a couple of pics for you to see for your self how happy I am
Hey All This is just a lil story I wrote thinking about Noah and way back when :).
NOTE: Noah passed away a few months ago. RIP Noah, you wil never be forgotten by those who's lives you touched.
I adopted my kitty Zola on the 1st of May and as I'm sure you remember, she was quite shy. I came to the SPCA looking to adopt a cat and would never have noticed the lone kitty curled up in the corner of the hall closet had someone not pointed her out. She greeted me with a tiny meow but it was clear that she was still a tad timid. I was told she was afraid of the other cats so she tended to stay in that corner, by herself. I picked her up and she started purring; she was so sweet. From the moment I met Zola, something kind of told me that she was the perfect cat for me.
She was quiet on the car ride home but that was very short lived. Zola was acting like she owned the place within 5 minutes of bringing her home and boy was she talkative! Shy? It is hard to imagine that anyone ever thought of Zola as shy or afraid. She may not like other animals (a fact that she very loudly proclaimed at the vet) but she adores people and likes to be the center of attention. If everyone is gathering in the kitchen, so is Zola. She greets you when you enter the room and often times even attempts to carry on a conversation. She loves a good drink of water, and often times I find Zola perching on the sink as she prefers to drink it right from the tap. She also likes to wake me up at 5:30 am to get her daily wet food. Zola has one of the most unique personalities of any cat I've ever met. She is curious and smart and playful. It took some time before she seemed to realize that play-instinct but these days she likes to play with anything she can get her paws on (toys, paper, my English novel...). She's also very funny: she stands on her back paws to accept a treat and loves to bat at my food from time to time, while I'm eating it too. But at the end of a long day, Zola loves to show her affection by licking my hands and curling up at the foot of my bed for a nice long cat nap.
Since bringing her home, it is difficult to picture life before my amazing kitty. She never fails to bring a huge smile to my face each day and I can honestly say that everyone she meets falls in love with her instantly, like I did. Even non-cat-lovers seem to adore this cat! So, since the time she spent fostering a few of the SPCA's kittens Zola has at last found her forever home and family. She is most certainly where she belongs!
Thank you so much, for the best kitty and the best friend anyone could ever ask for!
tBonnie and the other wonderful staff of the Gander SPCA,
I have been meaning drop by and give you an update on Sadie, but as I'm sure you understand, life keeps us busy and I haven't been to Gander much. Even though Sadie hasn't been a part of this family for long, she fits in like she has always been here. As I type this, she is playing tug of war with Jacks. (he is much stronger than her, so her usual defense is to become dead weight and stretch out on the floor) There are no words for how thankful I am, that you allowed me to adopt her. She is an amazing dog, how she ended back at the shelter the second time is beyond my comprehension.
Jackson just adores her, and takes notice to her every move. He has picked up on some of her good behaviors and no longer chews when I leave. He taught her that destroying toys is way more fun than just making them squeak, something she was reluctant to at first but now she is a pro at ripping the stuffing out of the toys. She was pretty darn defensive of her toys at first but she has learned that sharing is a must and now Jacks can go and steal a toy right out of her mouth. Mind you she will go and grab it right back, but she takes it in stride. It took the cat a little longer to warm up to her but now they are buddies and have learned how to play with one another. She is the messiest drinker I have ever come across, I believe more water gets on the floor than in her mouth. (I've invested in a pair of slippers lol) She is also the most loving and sensitive dog I've ever met. Not long after she came home, my grandfather died and being extremely close to him, this has been a hard blow but not a tear has been shed that she hasn't cuddled in next to me placing her head next to mine. The tears don't even get a chance to flow before she is at my side ready to comfort. I really don't know what I would have done without her.
She loves her hugs! She makes me bend down so she can wrap her paws around me and place her head on my shoulder and only after a tight squeeze, is she satisfied. She also tries to get me to pick her up, I keep telling her she is too big but she is still hopeful. She is protective of her family; human, canine and feline! One time when I took her swimming, I decided to try out a new life jacket. She was on shore playing with Jacks and when she heard the splash and saw me going under the water, she let out a deafening bark and leaped into the water after me. I'll never forget the look of happiness she gave me when I just stood up. Just today on our walk, a little dog ran out after us and was being aggressive, the dog tried to bite her but it wasn't until it went to bite Jacks did she get defensive.
I also would like to thank you guys for all your hard work and dedication to animals. Too frequently have I've been noticing on the news and via your facebook group, cases of animal abuse. Knowing there are people out there to protect these animals and to help others find a better home, is heartwarming. I hope you know everything that you do is appreciated by myself and animal lovers all over the world.Bonnie and the other wonderful staff of the Gander SPCA,
It’s been a while since I’ve touched base on Trooper or Pumpkin….Trooper is still his gentle, well behaved self and still loves attention. His scars are closing in more all the time and the restriction of his leg injury are lessening…he jumps on the bed and runs up the stairs by himself now. He even stands on his hind legs with his front paws on my waist when he wants to “dance”. I know he will never forget Bonnie for rescuing him…he will always get excited to see her and fly out of the car and run to the door of the SPCA when pull onto the parking lot for a visit. I think this speaks volumes to the love that is shown to the animals in your care. He has also adapted very well to having a cat in the house. They both play together and it is not uncommon to see them curled up taking a nap together. Pumpkin is just a good little cat….which is great since I’ve had a fear of cats for years. She loves to cuddle and even enjoys playing dress up (as the picture will show)—she will let my daughter put little outfits on her and then parade around the house to each of us as if to say “Look at me, aren’t I adorable!”. Both Trooper and Pumpkin were birthday gifts for my two daughters and I must say the best gifts they’ve ever received from me! Thanks for everything…keep up the great work!!!!
tHi all, I wanted to let you know that "Bugsy", now Known as Bugsy Brown is doing wonderful. He is so calm and loving, we have become so attached to him in such a short while. He lives with 2 cats and 1 little boy , they all get along, and are spoiled beyond. We try to understand how such a great dog was abandoned , but whatever his story was its only getting better.
Hugs and licks;
Gail, Sheldon, Leyton and Bugsy Brown.
Hello! I adopted a male kitten October 8th, 2011 from Lola's litter. I
Thanks for your help and for the absolutely wonderful creature I was
Thought ya might like to see how Bobby spends most of the day. I feed
Just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for making my family complete! We adopted Hurley 4 weeks ago when he was only 8 weeks old and he is doing great… he loves to play fetch and is already house trained and doing lots of tricks like sit, giving paw, and barks when you ask him to speak… Hurley and my 4 year old little girl “Rae” are best friends… Thanks so much!
Just wanted to send you an update to let you know that Marmalade has adjusted well to her new home! Her first day, she was a little skittish and hid under the couch for most of the day. But by her second day here, she was feeling much more comfortable. As I expected, her personality quickly shone through and she put our 1 year old Lab in his place and she continues to do so on a daily basis! He ended up with a scratch on his nose after the first day but he knows now not to mess with her too much! She's also made fast friends with our rabbit! The kids love her and were not willing to change her name...so I guess she will continue as Marmalade! She's a very affectionate and social cat. We love her dearly, and despite all the extra hair we have around our house now, she's already become a very important addition to our family! Btw, she loves our Christmas tree and has been caught climbing it on more than one occasion!
Hi Bonnie and staff,
Happy New Year to everybody.It’s me Becka and my friend Blue,from St.John’s, who spent the holidays with me.I am doing well,but,I still like to run away from home every time that the door is opened.My mom catches me all the time,no chance in the world that I can take off.Anyway,I am doing well and will come and visit you one of these days.
Thank you to all of you,
Hello these are some photos of our little angel teka From Cliff and Effie of CBS . Teka is a ball full of joy Thanks you for all your help!!
Hi to the staff,
Here is Mollie (Missy) with her new friends. She has settled in here like she always belonged
Hi SPCA Gander, It's been a month now since we adopted the puppies from the litter of eight, they were all so sweet and we had been looking for a while, its a wonder we didn't have three. Our boy, Ben and the girl, Nellie are doing wonderful and growing and growing and growing. They are doing well with our other dogs and within a few days the heirarchy was re branded and all is well. We have alot of mature trees on our back and they love to play hide and seek with each other and with our husky Tonto (4)(adopted from GFW in Sept 2009) Our old girl, Pooh Bear (Clarenville SPCA 1998) is intrigued by them but don't have alot of play left in her. The smallest, Cloe (SPCA, St. John's 2001) is a little stand offish but knows they are here to stay. Training is almost effortless and and they have had a few walks now that all vacanations are up to date and they love walking too. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that gave our new family members a great start to a long and happy life with us.
tHi Bonnie & staff.
We adopted Marley last August and she has been a joy to us ever since.She has taken over our household, and we love it and her very much!She loves her morning romps and can hardly wait for my husband to finish breakfast so she can go!Right now she is gone for a ride on our sideX side,with my husband...she absolutely loves it.
I don't know if its possible, but I would love to see her puppy pictures!
Sue Cluny & Marley
Thought you might just like to see that our little "musk ox" is still
with us. These are from this afternoon - as she was coming in after
being out for about 5 minutes "takin' care of business" in the back yard.
She's an amazing little creature - absolutely nothing fazes her -
lameness is still very bad, and won't get better, we have to accept. Yet
she insists on limping along for the sake of it, even tackling the
stairs if we would let her. So we are just leaving it up to her - but no
signs of giving up. Incredible will.
I may be sending you yet one more annual update (#6 I guess)! We hope so.
Enjoy the winter
tHey Gander SPCA,
Back in Febuary 2011, I brought my daughter to the SPCA, really just for a visit and to let her see the animals, thats where we fell in love with our Buddy (formaly known as Zeus). It took him a few days to adjust to his new home, but once he came around we finally seen the real Buddy, a BIG ball of energy! It took us a little while to train him to stop jumping on our daughter, but once he learned they became best friends. He sleeps with her every night and never leaves her side. Where you find one you'll always find the other. We came to the SPCA that day to look at all the dogs and cats not knowing that when we walked out we would leave with Paige's best friend!! Thank you so much for allowing us to take home such an amazing dog, even tho he's quite the handful at times he is such a loving and loyal dog to his family, we cant imagine life without him now. Thanks again to everyone at the Gander SPCA
Just wanted to update you on my two girls! Stella is doing really well. I got her a kennel a couple of weeks ago and she has transitioned to that nicely and I think finds comfort in that space when I am gone to work. She is really a jewel to have. Her only issue is that she will run if off leash and is not completely obedient to coming back although she will listen eventually. My other dog could be off leash easily and wouldn't go off my property or would stay close to me on walks so that is an adjustment for me and is requiring some extra training. Brooke is coming along nicely. She is trained to sit and give paw now and is going to the door when she needs to go but if I don't see her go right away she will do it in the house. I am impressed that she is doing this well this soon. She is kennel trained and again doing well with that. She is not a good walker but I don't know a puppy who is- I am working on that with her. The two of them are REAL playful and wear each other out which is good on the days I don't get to take them for a walk. Stella gets fed up with the playing sooner than Brooke but will then put her in her place (she is helping me train her!). I guess the bottom line is I am happy to have these two girls and they seem happy to be here. I think they will be even happier when we get our back lawn fenced in and then can play ball (which they love but is difficult when tied on).
I have attached a picture- it is hard to get a good one.
Oh, by the way, Stella's spaying surgery and recovery went beautifully- it was a huge challenge keeping her separated from Brooke but we managed and Brooke has had her first vaccines.
tThis is Marley, we adopted her there last week. (August 2011)
She had her first needles this morning and is scheduled to be spayed in a few weeks. She had adjusted well, and is very content!She is a very well behaved dog. I will let you know when we have her spayed
Just wanted to give you an update on how our newest addition is doing. We adopted her August 17th 2011, and we have named her Sophia.
She is fitting in our family purrfectly
I’ve attached a photo of Sophia; She is so sweet, funny, playful, and beautiful!
Thanks for keeping her until she found her furever home with us. It’s only been a short while but I can’t picture not having Sophia in our family.
My daughter and I adopted Sailor in Febuary in a snow storm! He drooled so much that we went through a full 2 rolls of paper towels by the time we got him to GFW. He is doing much better with his fear of the car although he does still drool a bit if all the windows are up!
I just wanted to drop you a little note and picture of Sailor. He is a fantastic little dog! He is happy in everything he does. He did very well with obedience training, loves his kennel, and runs our homemade agility course with joy. He did well with the neutering. He's a funny little guy and makes us laugh all the time! We recently did a little photo shoot with him and he sat and stayed very beautifully. He is entering his first 'dog show' Sunday. Crime Stoppers is having a fun show as a fundraiser and he will be running the agility course there as well as entering the costume competition in a sailor's costume.
I'm sure the young family who gave him up must wonder how he is. When we got him, at just 4 months, he was house trained and responded to his name so well that we decided to keep it. They must miss him. I just want them to know that we are very glad they did give him up when they did because we love him to bits and enjoy everyday with him around.
A special thank-you Selma who did the adoption for us, she was wonderful. Even helped us catch the little guy when he slipped out of his leash in the parking lot during the storm because he was so scared of the car.
So, thank-you all very much for bring Sailor to us!
I'm writing to give you an update on that naughty little stray no one claimed, Jagger. He has settled in so well, him and his big sister Fable (the brown one) are always out enjoying long off leash walks, chasing squirrels, getting full of mud and drives in the jeep. He is so well behaved now you wouldn't even know he was the same dog. He is still hyper and makes noises I never heard a dog make lol, but we love him and hope for a long life with our little family. See ya around!
I am wondering if you remember me? My name is Maddy (Chloe) and it has been a whole three years on December 15th, that I left Gander SPCA to my forever home in Corner Brook. Everyone says I am the smartest and cutest little Jack Rascal in the whole wide world. Of course, I still have my moments when I am a Tasmanian devil in disguise! I wanted to say hello and let everyone know I am doing fine and often think of my friends in Gander!
Bye for now…Maddy
I just wanted to send you guys an update on Shelby & Maximus. I adopted Shelby (dog) from the SPCA in Feb. 2008 when she was 3 months old. We had just her, up until April 2010 when we adopted Maximus (formerly known as ‘Dusky’). It took them a little while to warm up to each other but now they are the best of pals. Thanks for the opportunity to give these guys a home where they are loved unconditionally!
Here are some pics of Thelma and Louise and how they have settled in.
We came to the SPCA in August with the intention of adopting a cat, but ended up with two! Dexter (grey) had come up to us and immediately made friends, but we were a little concerned about his paw. We picked out another kitten, his sister, but couldn’t bear to leave Dexter behind. He has found more than one use for his bent paw. He uses it like a hockey stick to play with bottle caps and toy mice, holds down his sister in a headlock with it, and his new favourite trick is to use it like a windmill to bully the newest addition to our family, a puppy. Alibi (Allie-black calico) is our adventurer though... it’s nothing to see her head poking out from behind the top of the curtain, or to see her on the neighbour’s clothesline post, she loves exploring outside. She loves to drink from the sink, or if we aren’t careful, our glasses. It was the best decision to get both of them... They love to play together and curl up and sleep. They keep each other company while we are at work. We love having them in our family! Thank you for so much for both of them!
Hello, we adopted Duke back in May 2010, he was one of the large litters of the Lab mix you had recieved in April. We thought you
would like to see just how well he is doing in his new home & how much he has grown! As you can see he's a handsome dog with
lots of personality!! We adore him,thank you. All the best.
tBel-A is doing great with her new family.She and Chester are getting along really well.We love her dearly and she is a bigger suck than Chester...which I never thought possible.I attached some pictures of her playing with Chester and their best friend Casey if you would like to add them to your "success stories"..This little dog has come a very long way from the behavior problems she use to have.Just goes to show that with lots of patients most dogs can make wonderful pets.Thank you Gander SPCA for allowing us the chance to give this girly a chance.!!!.
tHi, It's Bella, I was adopted from your shelter on November 21, 2009. I just thought I would check in and say hello and let you know that I am very happy in my new home. My ride to Bell Island was great. When I arrived at my new home I wasn't even scared, it was just like I belonged there. I found out later that my mom was searching for weeks for a Tortoiseshell Kitten. She had no luck in St. John's or surrounding areas, and that is what brought her all the way to Gander, and I am so glad that she did because I am spoiled in my new home. I get lots of love and attention here from everyone. They call me their little woman or little girly, which I love. I have 3 older brothers, Boots, Frosty and the family dog, Dawson. We all get along great. I sometimes like to tease Dawson but he only growls at me to let me know to buzz off. We all take care of each other. Dawson even likes to wash me sometimes. Frosty and I are best friends. We are the two youngest, and we love to get into mischief. Every day I walk into the bathroom and wait for my mom to come in because I love to have my face washed. I love my new home and my new family very much. Thank you for everything but thank you mostly for letting my mom adopt me.
just letting you know that Gunner and Angel is settling in wonderfully. They have their first shots and got a clean bill of health.
Thank you for everything and will keep you updated on them.
We celebrated our 1 year Anniversary with our baby girl Lucky, AKA Lucky Lou, on August 13, 2010.
Lucky is the most amazing dog in the world!! Everyone she comes in contact with loves her instantly. She is so friendly & loving.
Lucky loves attention. She loves to play, cuddle, do tricks for treats and playing outside.
Our 2 sons adore Lucky and the feeling is quite mutual. Lucky is great with children ... the more attention the better.
Thank you for letting us have our baby girl. We love her so much and wouldn't want to live without her.
Lucky is spoiled but deserves it
Date of Birth: January 2010
Adoption Date: August 28, 2010 from the Gander SPCA
Age: 8 months old
Weight: 7.6 lbs
Hobbies include: play time with Owen & Jack, taunting the dog, sleeping in between Mark & Christina's head, getting into cupboards, sitting in the bathtub, shower & sink, balancing on the railings, chasing balls, eating treats, looking cute and being loved.
We named Leonidas after a Spartan King...and he surely acts like one! Sometimes we call him Leo for short, but the kids (age 3 and 4) always call him Leonidas. He is a very funny, energetic, playful, gentle and cuddly cat. Nico our chocolate lab is curious about Leonidas and Leonidas acts like a King. Thank you for allowing us to have him. We have given him a happy home and he has brought more happiness to our days.
"If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but detoriate the cat." - Mark Twain
I had a great trip to Joe Batt’s Arm and it’s a great place .I think I’m going to love it here.
I’m sooo glad to have a family. The ride out to the ferry was great but I did get a little car sick. Why ? I was nervous. LoL I miss you guys but thanks a lot for everything beacause without you people that took me in to your shelter and let someone adopt me I probably wouldn’t be here right now with the Penton’s family. I have a huge garden to myself, a big house to run around in and for fun I love to chase the family cat Fink. He hasn’t accepted me like everybody else has. I don’t really understand why not. I love to have fun chasing him around, but when I do his fur doubles in size and he makes a weird hissing sound. I keep chasing him until that paw and claw comes out, then I say" thats enough we’ll play later ." I think he likes me. It’s just that I’m a little too hyper. I know he will get to love me, I have that affect on everyone.
My owners loves me to death and I have the feeling I’ll be spoiled . I got a bath the other night , I wasn’t too fussy. They said my legs were skinny, but when I got dried, combed and all fluffed they couldn’t get enough of me . Leya slobbered all over me a lot .I loveeeed it . I sleep on her bed every night.
Next time I’m in Gander I might drop by to see you all.
Brody and New family
It has been about 8 months since we visited your shelter to meet Scooby (now Jackson) and I wanted to send an update on how well he is doing! He immediately took to his new brother Charlie and they are now quite the team. He loves a good walk in the woods or a romp around the yard with his friends and has finally filled out a little! His is the most gentle, intelligent and eager to please dog I have ever come across and we are so grateful to the Gander SPCA for taking care of him until he found his forever home. Thank you Bonnie!
PS: I have noticed that his sister Ju-jube is still up for adoption... fingers crossed that she soon finds her forever home as well!
Just an update for you on Kiah. She is doing awesome and LOVED by all!
Hi, I am just sending along a couple pictures for you to see that our newly adopted puppy is fitting right in with our family, the training is coming along well, and we are so happy to have him in our family...The collins family (Lewisporte). We named him Tanner...also the picture is of Caldy with him, we also adopted her from your SPCA too...they are getting along great. Thanks.
Hi Gander SPCA, I am writing to you all to let you know how Gypsie aka Molly is doing since becoming adopted . She is a wonderful, loving dog, she gives lots of kisses and our little girl Ava loves her and plays with her all day long. Our cat Oliver is slowly getting use to her being around, it takes time!
This is our gril Triton. Her name was Baby when we adpoted her from your shelter about 4 years ago. Well she is doing great and loving her freedom.
I'm so glad she picked us to take her home....
I Just want to drop you a quick line to give you an update on
Maggie(Bailey). She has just gotten back from receiving her second set
of needles and is none the worse for wear, actually she never even
notice the needles this morning. Everyone at the Exploits valley animal
hospital here in Grand Falls is smitten with her. She now weighs about
16 pounds and is doing great. She has adjusted well to her new home and
fits in great with the family. She is a bundle of energy and is great
at wearing out the two kids. She loves going for her evening walk and
has taken extremely well to being walked with a leash. All in all we
couldn't be happier to have added Maggie to our family. She still has a
couple of bad habits but nothing that a little hard work can't solve.
We just wanted to say Thanks for everything, and here's hoping this
little bit of good news will help brighten your day, especially today.
Thank You for everything,
The Darrigan Family
tHello, we adopted 'Ginger' on August 31st, 2009. He's certainly grown since then and is doing great! He is recently neuteured and is very playful! He loves to play with pens and bottle stoppers. Also, he loves to drink water from the bathroom sink! He fits in extremely well with the family, and made good friends with our dog.
My Name is Melanie and we adopted a puppy from there in 2008. I called you guys on a monday looking for a female lab, when you told me you had them there I wasn't the longest coming out from Clarenville to have a look. When I walked into the shelter there they were. My little Sasha was standing at the gate with her two little paws sticking out through. She stayed there the whole time I was there while her brothers just played like boys do...lol...My uncle once told me that a good dog is the one that chooses you and I tell ya that day she wasn't letting me leave without her. Since that she has brought our family closer than ever. We named her Sasha and she is the most beautiful thing EVER....ok so I am a little bias because she is mine but it is true. I have a home daycare which she loves very much, always someone playing with her every min of the day. She is SO precious and has brought lots of joy to myself and Trevor's lives. Although she sometimes gets herself in trouble, she is very much a sook we hardly ever go anywhere without her, and she pretty much owns the place. She will be 2 years old on june 30th and we wouldn't give her up for the world.
On December 2009, I visited the SPCA to make a Christmas donation. In the middle of all the barking and excited dogs, here was Bonnie hand feeding this quiet corgi-type dog who was not making a sound. She told me that his name was Jack , that he was sweet natured, blind in one eye, about nine years old, and had been in the shelter for about a year! Back at home that evening, I couldn’t get him out of my mind. I already had a twelve year old female dog and didn’t want to stress her out in her elderly years but thought an older dog like Jack could be good company for her. So on Christmas Eve, I took him home to “try him out”.It was quickly apparent that he was never leaving. He blended in so well into our home. This little dog is so full of love. He likes nothing better than to be scratched and petted. He enjoys walks and being outdoors. He’s personality plus. He and Miss Frizzle, our older dog, get along great. My teen-age boys loved him.He’s a happy and contented little dog. I’m just so pleased that I am able to give this special little guy a home forever. Thanks so much for caring for him for so long and doing a great job
I'm so glad we picked this cat at Gander SPCA . He is so nice and mild. My two kids love him so much and I have to say I do too. He wants to go outside all the time but I don't let him stay for very long because I don't want him to run away. My little girl cries if he goes outside and stays too long.
I can't believe how much I missed !!! having a cat and he wasn't a bit afraid when he got here. He just fitted right in as soon as he got here that evening. :)
Here are some pictures of Mis'ter Charlie. Adapted so so well, we were amazed. The drive from Gander to Paradise was uneventful. Mis'ter Charlie stayed in his crate and never made a wimper. Mis'ter Charlie soon met his other furry friends: 2 miniture dashounds, 1 shitz zu and a grey hound( who is very cat friendly)
Mis'ter Charlie loves "Paradise" and his new family. He sleeps with the other pets and roams his many rooms and play zones.
Mis'ter Charlie has his own washroom that offers privacy from the canines.
Jacqui and I are so glad we visited your center on December 21, cause we went there to make a donation and instead we were adopted by Mis'ter Charlie and he decided he would like to live in Paradise.
Thanks for all your help, you ladies are super nice. All the animals that pass thru your center are lucky to to experience some human kindness, even if that is all they know.
Thanks from Paulette, Jacqui, Shilo, Lexus, J.D. , Dapper Dawg and Mis'ter Charlie. :)
I just wanted to give you a little update on Angel's story. My husband and I had been looking for a companion for our handsome 5 year old beagle cross, Chewy. We rescued Chewy from the Clarenville SPCA when he was 3 months old. We were looking at the different SPCA websites around the island and laid eyes on the perfect little darling... Angel! The funny thing is, that we found her on a Sunday in the afternoon AND she was at your shelter in Gander and we were in Mt. Pearl! lol So, we drove to Gander to get her right then and there! After a long day of driving, we finally got her and she couldn't be more perfect for our family.
Adopted Nov 15th, 2009
I am writing to update you on the wonderful Beagle puppy we adopted in July 2007. My son had always wanted a dog and after all a promise is a promise. On his annual summer visit to NF he visited the local SPCA after seeing the Beagle puppies on line. My son had one picked out but once he arrived he was told that the male puppy was spoken for. So he chose a beautiful caramel colored girl. I was hesitant on adopting a puppy as I knew they were a lot of work but I relented anyhow. Once I saw those beautiful brown eyes I was in hooked. Beck has been with us for 2 years now and she has made our family complete. She has personality plus. She constantly makes us laugh, even though she has gotten herself into terrible situations (she loves anything wicker as well as stuffing from furniture). We took Beck to Nova Scotia with us that summer where she live in the county. She is able to enjoy long walks through wooded trails; her nose is constantly to the ground. She was spayed in Nov 2007 and attended Puppy class in Jan 2008 (although not all the lessons stuck). Let’s just say that recalling to her name is not completely mastered. Because she is so busy and would run in a heartbeat, she attends doggie daycare two half days a week. A luxury she loves, she even has a best friend there named Ivy, a Boston terrier. I want to thank you for doing all that you do to help find homes for these terrific animals.
tHi there. I adopted a little female calico kitten in June of 2009 from the shelter. She was barely a handful when I brought her home, but her personality was huge, and still is! She is absolutely fearless, and has taken over the ruling of her domain – my house. She has a certain way with the male members of the household, and they worship at her feet. She has only to look sideways out of her golden eyes, and her every demand is met. She is a definite meat-eater, and has consumed probably half a quarter of moose since September. She also likes cookies – and I have to be the bad guy and say “Enough!” She loves water and plays under an open tap every chance she gets. She fetches balls of paper to amuse us, and purrs like a motor boat when she’s getting a massage, which she loves early in the morning (like 5:30 a.m.!) Here’s a picture of my little darling, whose name is Kittipuss.
Just a little note to let you know how Izzy is doing now. We adopted him in Sept. 2008, Izzy and the other two kitties get along very well. He's becoming a big boy he is very loveable ..we LOVE him so much! We got him neutered in March 2009. He has made himself very comfortable with us he's so very happy! Here's a few pics of him I hope you enjoy them! Thank you so very much for adopting this little boy to us. He's our baby
I went looking for a dog after having a small American Eskimo/Pomeranian named Buster for 15 yrs. We had to have him put down sadly and I was very very lonely for him and thought another dog would help fill the void. We dropped in to the SPCA in Gander after my niece adopted her dog Sprocket from there. All the dogs were barking their heads off, like you would haha, but then I heard my sister say… “This is the one!!, come and look at her!” Well, she certainly wasn’t barking, just standing there wagging her tail and looking expectant. She was very thin and I think she’d only been there a few days, she was smelly and dirty but she was still so beautiful and her eyes looked gentle. We took her home for an afternoon on a Friday and ended up with her for the weekend and adopted her by weeks end! We have a large extended family with a lot of kids and it was really important for us that she like children and could handle crowds and loud noises. No problem there! My best surprise was when I took out the leash for the first time to take her for a walk and she sat down waiting for me to hook her on. She very quickly learned the rules of the house, basically go outside to do your business and play nice with the cat and she is extremely loving and gentle but knows how to roughhouse with the best of them. Bonnie estimated her age at 10 mths in May so we picked July 1 as her birthday and 6 mths later, I wouldn’t giver her up for anything. She gained weight steadily and loves to run like a racehorse. She’s very strong and walking on a leash is still something we’re working on, but old habits die hard I think such as scrounging and barking for attention…but none of us is perfect right?
We adopted Lucky from the SPCA on August 13.09. Lucky and my son Lucas had an instant connection and fell in love immediately. It was a bond that we couldn't deny and we knew immediately Lucky was the one for us.
Lucky is an amazing loving dog. She has a heart of gold and we love her so very much. Lucky is wonderful with children and loves to cuddle, do tricks and play. Lucas and Lucky are best friends and when Lucas isn't home Lucky just moops around cuddling into Lucas' pillows on his bed. Lucky loves to play with her toys, loves to run in the yard with the boys and loves to be loved! Lucky adjusted to her new life and new family instantly. Every day we learn something new about Lucky and every day we love what we learn. She has stolen the hearts of all our family and friends. We are very happy to have her has a part of our family! We will keep you posted on this amazing dog we call Lucky ... we did get Lucky the day she stole our hearts.
Thank you Gander SPCA for making our family complete.
Jodi, Renee, Lucas, Colton & Lucky
Hello! I'm the person who took the all white kitten 2 weeks ago, (July 2009)Just wanted to let you know that she's doing really well! Her and the bunny are getting along really well too, they even sleep in the same little bed with each other. We named her Yuki(pronounced you-key) it's snow in japanese. Here's a picture of Yuki and Radar together.
Just a little note to let you know how Buddy is doing now. I adopted him in Aug. 2007, one of 8 kittens rescued from Campbellton dump. He is quite the handsome cat now, still very clean, loving, independent and more than a little bossy. We may have spoiled him but then he is very talented and we all think he's special. Thanks again for the wonderfull work you do giving so many animals a second chance.
Hi Bonnie and staff,
Today, June 13/09 marks the 6th month anniversary of me being in my new home. My family are always telling me that I am a special kitty and
I bring them so much joy. What more could I ask for?????
I can't imagine life without them! You were right, they really are a match for me. I had my check up and vaccinations (ouch) and the vet told me I am beautiful, gentle and sweet.....these words are music to my ears! I feel great, love my IAMS food, am getting lots of love, attention and very importantly, lots and lots of rest !!!!! Everyone who visits us, says I am a treasure. I melt their hearts and even those who are not so fond of felines, seem to be smitten by me, ha! umm, Life IS Gooood !!!!!
I want to thank all of you for taking such good care of me while I waited for a home. I will always remember you.
Attached are some photos of me now. Take good care.
In the Spring of 2005 we decided that we would get a dog. We checked the Gander SPCA but the only dog that appealed to us was a mixed breed puppy named Molly. We passed on Molly because we were afraid she would grow to be bigger than the type of dog that we were looking for. Over the following couple of weeks we checked every SPCA across the island – but just couldn’t find the right dog. Still hoping, we returned to the Gander SPCA. Molly was still there. Because we both liked her so much, and she seemed to like us, we decided to take a chance with her. After bringing her home she quickly caught on to her new home and her new name - Abbey. And soon learned the usual tricks: sit, roll over, paw, fetch a ball, etc.. Not only was Abbey an intelligent dog, but she grew to be just the size we were looking for. We made the right decision in selecting her.As you can see from the attached poster, Abbey is doing quite well, and is known right across Canada.
Wayne & Toni
Hello Gander SPCA,
tA big "Hello!" from Franklin!
Sorry I haven't contacted you guys sooner. Just wanted to give you an update on Franklin! He has adjusted really well to his new home over the past couple of weeks. The first week was a little challenging, as he needed the time to get used to his new surroundings. He would follow us everywhere! I think he was afraid that we would leave him or something, because he needed a lot of reassurance. Franklin is doing wonderfully now, though! He's very comfortable in his new home and loves it when I chase him around the house. I didn't realize he was such a playful cat! He sleeps with me every night and is still as cuddly as ever! I couldn't have picked a better cat.. he really is something special :)
Hi everyone at Gander SPCA!
I thought I'd give you an update on Fluffy whom we now call Izabella(Izzy).She loves her new name and comes when we call her.She is our girl.She is a very sweet gentle little sweetie.Both her and Jasper are doing great.As I said before if you get another one give me a call.
( Izabella is the blue eyed cat.)
Hi again Bonnie
Thought I'd give you an update on Jasper whom we adopted in September 2008.He is doing great and what a handsome boy.He is very loveable and loves to sleep in under the blanket with you.Both him and Izabella are doing great.If you get another one give me a call I have room for another.I thought you would like this pic..
Just writing to give you an update on the newest addition to our family that we adopted in June 2009.We've named her Maddy.She is a beautiful cat.Very friendly and loves to be lying in your lap.She also loves to eat.She has put on weight since we first got her.I guess where she was left outside to fend for herself by her previous owner she's now afraid to leave any in the dish. She comes to bed at night and lies down to be petted.It's like a competition on who can get there first. Her fur is growing out where she was matted and it's getting it's shine back where she is being fed regularly.Izabella is still a bit territorial especially when I'm around but thats something she will get used to in time.Izabella ,Jasper and Maddy are all doing great and they are certainly well loved and cared for by us.They have the run of the house.Thank You again for trusting us with their care.I've sent a picture recently taken. of Maddy.Isn't she just beautiful.I think she is a blue cream point himalayn from what I can figure out from her colouring.
Hi Gander SPCA,
Drifter and Ben
Drifter (gray/white) was adopted from the Gander and Area SPCA in Feb/2009
Ben was adopted from the Gander and Area SPCA a few years ago.
Hi Bonnie & Everyone @ the shelter,
My name is Julie and I am 10 going on 11. My mom adopted my dog angel 3 years ago when she was about 10 weeks old. Angel was one of the puppys from the group of 4 female terrier mixes that was brought to the Spca. I was Looking for a puppy because now that my brother was old enough mom said I could have one so my Intern in my grade two class knew a lot about dogs so we told her we were going to adopt one. She brought us to the your site and as soon as I saw Angel I knew I wanted her. Mom liked her too so the with in the next week or so she went to the spca to get her. When she came home she was very shy and she didnt come out of her kennel for a half of an hour. My little brother probably scared her with excitement. Angel is now doing great! She got spayed when she was 6 months old. I cant believe Angel is 3 now. She enjoys lying on the recliner and sleeping on my bed every night. When I went to Calgary to see my Uncle Angel was very sad when I got Home she was soooooooooooo excited. She is the closest to mom because she feeds her and takes her out to use the bathroom. Angel is a very picky eater and only eats Beneful food. We were going to call her princess but another family in the area called their new dog princess so we decided on Angel because thats what she is. A angel. I love my dog a lot and so does everyone in my family. Even though when she was a puppy I was reading a book for school as homework and she chewed it up along with all my flip flops. I still love her.
My name is Sherri and today my husband brought down some cat and dog food and treats and toys. I just wanted to share with you our reason for giving the donation. We have adopted two cats from Humane Services in St. John's while I was going to school in there, and they are a very big part of our lives! So when we got married this December 27th we decided that whenever anyone wanted us to kiss, they had to make a donation to the SPCA in honor of our two cats, Cheesy and Tutntuts! I have also attached a photo that we had our photographer take of our little family. Keep up the good work, and thanks for providing people like us with animals who are truely loved!
Right now I am seven years old and we have had my other dog Angel since before I was born, but I have a new dog too. Did you know she is only two years old and has six families already, but only one name and that name was Snowball? We all (my family) wanted to call her some names so we all wrote down a name and picked out of a bag. My Nan, my Dad picked and I picked the same name so we called that dog Lady.
My new dog can......Run fast, jump high and she is always looking out the window. My dog is kind, sweet and cuddly, she can also nip and when I say nip I mean hard! About her having six families we are her seventh family, we are trying to stop her from running away, because we are her family for keeps. My sisters and me take turns having Lady and Angel sleep with us. She now knows her name Lady and how to sit. My dog Lady jumps and put hers paws on my other dog Angel. They play together sometimes. I love my dog Lady did you know that when she meets someone new she is wilder then a dog younger then her, she loves to get attention from everyone.
Wait! Can I tell you a story. Well here it goes, "gulp". I was once at a friends house and we played with his Nan & Pop's dog (Peter). We did the same thing (played) at my house with Lady and Lady did the same thing as Peter. Both dogs chased us when we where playing with their toy. We love our dog Lady.
Love your friend
Hello again to the fine folks at the Gander Spca. You have to remember me, it's Tyra, I was adopted back in July 2008 into the best home a dog can have. Sorry I haven't wrote you sooner but we have been busy moving into and renovating our new house. My new mom and dad has me spoiled and I am very happy. They tell me I'm the best dog in the world. I enjoy my everyday walks, playing ball in my back yard and especially our weekend trips to the cabin. Thanks for taking such good care of me while I was awaiting a new home.
Merry Christmas and a loving, happy new year to all the staff and volunteers at the Gander SPCA from Chelsey! Chelsey would like to thank everyone there at the SPCA who helped her find her forever home back in 2006. Santa brought her lots of yummy goodies this year, and she’s such a happy precious girl. We would never be happy without her! Chelsey’s feline brother is Smokey, and they are really good siblings who love to play and keep us all entertained. Thank you so much for our beautiful girl!! I hope all your animals are so lucky to find forever homes
Merry Christmas to Bonnie and everyone at Gander SPCA. My name is Bella (Angels puppy) and I just wanted to say hello to everyone at the SPCA and thank everyone for taking such good care of me. My family simply adores me and I love them too! I have lots of doggie friends that visit me at my new home, there's Dodger and his brother Broozer, Daisy, and I also like to visit Bandit and his mother Milo. I love to play outside in the backyard, especially now in the snow. This is a picture of my people sisters; Charlotte (5yrs), Carolyn (2yrs) and me in front of my first Christmas tree - I left most of the decorations on for the picture, hehehe! Here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009.
Hey Bonnie and Everyone at the SPCA!
I thought it was about time I wrote to you all about Charlie Bacon. We adopted her back in November of 2007 when she was just 4 weeks old. I guess this letter is a little late but better late then never, right?
Charlie is very loving and very smart. She knows lots of tricks although she is a much better listener when its a game then when she is misbehaving but she's still just a baby and is still learning every day. We thought she'd never learn to "drop it" but she's even doing much better with that now. If only we could get her to stop barking and jumping but she's always so excited to see everyone. We are hoping this too is something she will grow out of if we are patient and continue to tell her "No Barking" and "Down Charlie" .
Once she has calmed down, she's the best Dog in the world. She can sit, stay, lie down, give paw, wait, fetch, go over, go under, and even give a high five. She loves to be outside in any weather as long as its not too too cold. Her favorite thing is to go to the cabin and she loves to swim. Even Dutch (our cat) is starting to at least tolerate her. I think they will end up friends once Charlie has calmed down a little more.
Charlie is the best puppy ever and I can't thank you enough for helping us find each other
Since I'm emailing thought I'de let you know that Squirt is doing great. Took him to the vet and got some antibiotics to clear up his flu. He is growing like crazy and is the biggest sook I have ever seen. He's glued to my side. He just loves attention. Always wants to be up in your arms. He sleeps in bed with me, head on the pillow, body in the blankets. Sometimes he even ends up in the shower haha. He gets along great with my other cat, she has the motherly instinct and takes care of him. I cant imagine what it would be like not having him now. Thanks again for taking care of him while he was there !!
Hi everyone at Gander SPCA.
Hi! this is Twister. I just thought I'ld send a quick e-mail to let you know how I'm doing.In the attachments you'll find some pics of me.
Well it has been close to two months now since myself and Alex adopted Barley! And now we could never imagine our lives without him!
The first few days he was a wee bit nervous but that was to be expected, being aloud to have his own bed(see picture), and own home (And the run of it),Barley has settled in nicely and he is very well behaved.
We take him everywhere nice long walks on the trails, fetch all the time in the near by park, and camping , boy does he love camping, as you can see by the picture! Waiting for us to put him to bed he passed out next to the tent!
But of course his favorite thing is swimming! We can hardly get him out once he gets in and the true puppy in him comes out!. Barley was fixed about three weeks after we adopted him. He truly is the best thing that has happened to us and we show him that every day with all the attention walks and fetch he can handle (most times we are wore out before he is)
Everyone adores him! They go right for him and he is wonderful with kids and adults a like!
His temperament with other dogs is outstanding and you can't say enough about how wonderful he is! Thanks to the SPCA for taking such great care of our puppy before we gave him his permant home!
Jason & Alex
Hi Bonnie and all
Its Daisy just checking in to let you know how my ride to Portugal Cove went and my first night.
The ride was great, I stayed in the back seat with my new Dad all the way, I got lots of love and cuddles not to mention even a whole bunch of kisses. My new Brother stayed in the front with my new mom, apparently he a little too jealous over mom, so they are going to work with him and the trainer, but a couple times Tanner looked back and I let him kiss my nose. We had some really good treats on that long drive. We stopped in this place called Tim's, Mom wanted a coffee, and when mom stops there she always get my brother a sour cream glazed tim bit, so today she gave me some, Tanner usually gets only one, but today we must have been really good cause we got 2 each and boy they were some yummy.
Well we finally arrived to my new house, and I think I'm gonna like it, I already claimed the love seat in the rec room with a bit of coasting I'm allowed up on it to sleep and cuddle:). The Whole family went for this nice long walk, me and my brother were really good he use to wait for me if I slowed my dad down, so by the end of the walk I was waiting for him, you see he is a little over weight and mom is trying to work on that with him :). My first night was awesome, I stayed in my very own kennel at the foot of mom and dads bed and my brother was in his very own kennel at the top of the bed, I was a very good girl I went right to sleep... Well guys and girls thank you for looking after me so well these last few months but I think I'm gonna be ok here, and the treats i get oh they are so yummy... I'll email you guys back in a few weeks or so and give you and update on how things are going,,, Thanks again... xxxoooo
My name is Clover and I was adopted in Feb 2007. I live right in Gander. I really love my new home and wish that all my SPCA animal friends could be so lucky. I am 26 lbs. and enjoy going for walks and fetching toys. This picture shows me dressed up just before heading out on Halloween night 2007. I might have a strange look on my face, however it was just an act. It was a very good time. I would like to say hi to everyone at the Gander SPCA and especially Thank You very much for looking after me while I was there
This is Melissa and Jeff writing from Calgary. We are finally settled I guess in the new city. Just wanted to let you guys know that Star is doing really good. She was amazing on the car ride across the country and all the hotels. When we reached Manitoba we did have to coax her in the car the last day or two, and when we did get to Calgary it was weeks before she would get in by herself, but after a few trips to the off leash dog park she wants to go everytime we leave now...lol. I have a few pictures of her. We also found out she likes to jump from the car as soon as a door opens so we had to buy her a seatbelt...lol. I see that Trigger is still there....poor guy and Buddy was brought back. Beautiful dogs I wish I could have taken those two. How is everything else at the shelter?? Thanks! Melissa and Jeff
Hannah is on the left with her head tucked into the couch.
Just wanted to let you know how Hannah is doing. She was so excited to get into the truck when I left your building. I put her in the back seat where I had the blanket all spread out for her, but by the time I was around the truck, she was in the front, in MY seat! So, I put her into the passenger seat, where she rode with her head out the window most of the way to the ferry. We had a little walk while waiting, then she slept with her head in my lap for the whole crossing. She is extremely affectionate. Would not allow me to stop petting her…if I did, she was up immediately and rooting my hand with her nose. Things went well when we arrived home. after some sniffing, Princess seemed satisfied that the new comer was ok. Mac, the kitten, latched onto Hannah’s tail, in a playful way. Robin, the 16 year old cat skulked around, letting her know that he is boss of the household. I fed both dogs…that was the first bit of aggression we saw from Hannah…she didn’t like Mac trying to climb into her dish while she was eating! Not that I blame her. She didn’t really growl, just makes a funny noise in her throat, while whipping her tail quickly from side to side. I still haven’t heard her bark, even with all the people and commotion at the ferry terminal. She has gone out twice so far on the leash to go pee…I’ll have to figure out how she is going to let us know when she needs out. She appears to be starving…though, I’m sure that’s not the case! I fed her the home-made food that I have for my own dog, as well as a scoop of joint support hard food that I get from the vet. She was determined to try to get at the cat dishes. I guess we’ll figure that out as we go. I didn’t want to over-feed her and chance her getting sick. She hasn’t left my side…except for love and rubs from my husband. She is now sleeping under my desk while I work.
Hi Gander SPCA!
tHi, this is Jessica and Matt
We Adopted one of Keisha's puppys back in May of last year. His name is Ozzy and he is doing great!! We have attached some pictures so you can see how big he has gotten. Ozzy has a few words to say...
'Hi everyone that took care of me at the Gander SPCA. I'm a big boy now, a year old next month! I have had all my shots and was recently neutered. Im a big 46lbs now and the vet says Im very healthy! My family is great and I have lots of other pets to play with and a big garden for running and playing. I even have my very own bed!!! I am greatful for the great care all of you gave my mom and brothers and sisters and I am glad to see my mom was adopted by a loving family too!! I would love to hear from my brothers and sisters as well! Thanks for everything! Love Ozzy"
We just wanted to let you know that the puppy we adopted in November, Peaches puppy, was spayed yesterday, February 13, 2008. We named her Kiyah, and she's an awesome dog. She's spoiled rotten, and loves playing with our two cats! I attached a few pictyres so you could have a look at her, and see what a beautiful dog she's grown into..
Thanks a million,
tBonnie & Staff,
My name is Scooter and I was adopted from your shelter in March 2006. My mom was a Shitzu/Schnauzer mix who was also adopted as well as my five siblings. I recently saw a picture of one of my sisters (Lacey) on your website. I was wondering where my mom and the rest of my brothers & sisters were. It would be nice to see some pictures of them too. In November 2007 I had a new addition to my family. Her name is Bella. She was also adopted from your shelter. I am a big boy now, so I have to take care of Bella and teach her the things that I already know how to do. She watches me do everything and already knows how to give paw. We are doing wonderful together. Bella's mom and her two sisters were also adopted from your shelter in November. She said it would be nice to see some pictures of them too. My Mom & Dad will send you some more pictures when Bella gets a little bit older because she is just a baby yet!
Scooter & Bella Hancott
Hi There, thought it was about time to give you an update on our little man...To say that Trooper has become a very special part of our family is truly an understatement! It was a breeze to train him and joy to watch as he has healed and improved over the last few months...I have never encountered a more pleasant, gentle and lovable animal and can't imagine a day where I don't hear one of my girls saying 'Mom come see Trooper' or having a night where he doesn't cuddle up with us. Trooper has learned some tricks (he actually sits now as soon as the "treat door" opens) and now runs and jumps like none of us thought would be possible. We want to say thank you to the SPCA for bringing him into our lives.
Update: On May 13th, 2008 Troopers previous owner pled guilty of cruelty to animals under the Canadian Criminal code. She received: 2 years probation, a ban from owning animals for two years, $200 fine, $50 in court fees and is ordered to pay $356 in restitution to the Gander and Area SPCA
tHi my name is clyde but you probalbly remember me as chance....I stayed at the spca back in 2006. I was only about 4 months old then but as you can see I am all grown up, I am about 3 yrs old in this picture. Here in the pic, I am anxiously waiting for someone to throw me the stick, I LOVE the water. I am well looked after here, my family loves me and gives so much attention that they think they have me spoiled, but I don't think so. Thank you so much for letting me stay with this family and they thank you too....I don't know where else I rather be
tWell it's been a work in progress but our family is complete. Duke and Sandy are constantly together, Duke follows his big sister everywhere. They spend the majority of the day playing together, and chasing each other all over the house. Sandy turned 5 on the 1st of January and has just as much, if not more energy then little Duke, so you can imagine what a sight it is to see them play!! We packed up the family and drove to St. Johns for a weekend before christmas and 2 adults, 2 little girls, 2 dogs and lots of luggage in one Jeep makes for a very cozy ride!! We love Duke and Sandy soo much and can't imagine not having them in our home. We must admit, our dear pooches can be trouble makers, night time is usually a fight with the dogs for space on the bed and our guests have to be warned about Sandy's excessive barking and 'slight' dribbling when they arrive, but we wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. There is never a dull moment in our house and we truly enjoy having Duke and Sandy in our family, they are soo affectionate and we look forward to spending many years together. Thanks again for everything.
Cecilia, Malcolm, Mya, Norah, Duke and Sandy
We adopted Lacey from your shelter in March 2006. Her mother was a shitzu/schnauzer mix and she was adopted out as well as the rest of the litter. Lacey is doing great! Thank you for the care you provided to her as a puppy, here is a recent photo of her. She loves to get her picture taken!
Hi Bonnie & everyone at the shelter.
I adopted a cat from you in April 2004. Just thought to give you an update on how she is doing. She is my pride and joy and loves her new home. I am sending some recent photos of Tabby (nee ZiZi). All photos are taken between June 2007 to present time
Attached are some photos of the dog we adopted from the Gander SPCA in September of this year. Her name is Dutchess and she has fit into our family quite well. She is hyper but really friendly and enjoyable. She loves to go in the truck and to the cabin. Some pictures were taken at the cabin where she enjoyed her first snowfall and relaxed afterwards.
This week we will be taking her to the vet to have her spayed and get what needles are required at this time. Thanks for Dutchess.
Hi Bonnie and everyone at Gander Spca
Well, I just thought I would let everyone know that I have a new name and a new home complete with a huge, huge yard with a fence so I am safe when I run. My name is now Maddy which is short, they tell me, for Madison. My two moms seem to like me an awful lot and have all kinds of toys for me to play with. I smell another dog but I don't see this dog anywhere. I hear my moms talking about someone named Weesie and sometimes, they look sad about her being gone. But then, I jump into their arms or shake my rabbit as hard as I can and then, they look happy again and smile down at me.
I wanted you all to know that I am happy and safe in Corner Brook.
tThis is "Buddy" - the newest addition to Jenna's family. He was rescued
from the Gander & Area SPCA in May, 2007.
This is his/our story.
We usually visit the shelter when we're in Gander, and this day Buddy
came home in "our hearts". We asked the lady why he was there and she
told us a story of neglect. How could somebody neglect this beautiful
dog? Jenna's dad was working offshore, so we couldn't really make a
decision until he came home in 3 more days. Jenna continuously begged
us for Buddy and she kept checking the website to see if he was
adopted. One day (after her dad was back home) she checked and Buddy
WAS adopted. Our hearts were broken. We both started crying because we
knew we could have given him a great home. Little did we know that
Jenna's dad had adopted him earlier that morning and had the lady at the
SPCA post him as "adopted" on the website, as he knew Jenna would be
checking as soon as she came home from school. She was elated to find
him downstairs when her dad asked her to go get him something. Buddy
chased her upstairs that day and has been by her side ever since. We
love this precious dog - he's our "Buddy"!!!!
HI EVERYONE WHO CARED FOR ME WHILE AT MY STAY IN THE SPCA. YOU WERE ALL VERY WONDERFUL TAKING CARE OF ME. I WAS VERY HAPPY THERE. I WANTED TO SEND YOU A PICTURE OF ME NOW WITH MY NEW FAMILY AND LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM REALLY HAPPY HERE. I GET LOTS OF TREATS, EXERCISE AND ESPECIALLY LOTS OF LOVE. I AM BEING A GOOD LITTLE PUPPY AND MOMMY SAID THAT SANTA WILL BE VISITING SOON WITH SOME SPECIAL THINGS FOR ME. SO I WILL CONTINUE TO BE A GOOD LITTLE PUPPY AND I WILL KEEP IN TOUCH.
tMolly (aka Bingo)is a very happy girl! she has brought alot of joy to our lives. Thank-you for letting us adopt her. I will keep in touch with updated pics of her.
Hi............my name is Sammi.........notice how i spell my name.I am so glad that lloyd (i mean mr. Dean) adopted me and is giving me a new lease on life.He thinks i am a wonderful cat.I hope i will fill a big void in his life. Drop by soon and pay us a visit. If you wish you may bring me a toy or a treat. See you soon.
Here are some pictures of Keisha in her new home, she's very happy here. she has lots of kids to play with as you can see, and gets along well with our three cats (the cats refused to pose for pictures!!). She's a great dog, she loves to play and we take her for runs in a big fenced in field every nice day and she loves that. She's excellent company at home, we really don't know what we did without her!!! Our house is a bit of a madhouse with the dog, the three cats and the two kids but it's a happy madhouse and all our animals make it the happy house it is!!
I just wanted to give you an update on a puppy I adopted from your shelter back in July….I came to Gander from Torbay to adopt a beagle puppy you had on your website. We had recently lost our 13 year old sheltie to old age and our 8 year old German Shepherd was very lonely. Anyway Tia came home to our dog Lincoln…he was a bit uncertain at first but as the days went on he fell in love with her. She is a handful as any puppy would be but she is settling in well…she sleeps in the bed with us…she is spoiled! J Lincoln loves to play and chase her in the back yard…he is now acting more like a puppy himself then ever before. I am attaching some pictures for you to see how she is grown…one of her with her big brother, Lincoln, one with my little boy and one with her having a snack of watermelon!
I just wanted to day thank you and keep up all the great work!
Thank you for letting us adopt Tanner! We are very pleased with him and he has been very good. We got him his first shots 2 weeks ago and will be getting him neutered soon. The vet is the one in the Millbrook mall in Corner Brook 634-3537( Dr.Macdonald) if you need to check up. Again thank you so much for this wonderful animal.
I just wanted to touch base to let you know how our new member of the family is doing. Her name is Casey and we got her from the Gander SPCA in October 2006. She is now 1year old and such a little charmer. She has had all her needles and has been spayed. She is such a wonderful little girl. She greets us at the door with an excited wiggle and seems to smile from ear to ear. She is spoiled rotten and loves it. She is the real lap dog and loves to cuddle up with you in a nice warm blanket for a snooze. She is very energetic and loves to go outside for a game of fetch the tennis ball. I've attached pictures of our little angel. We Love her dearly. Thanks SPCA GANDER for enriching our lives and hers
I adopted a puppy from you last September. His name is Jake. I think there were 7 puppies in the litter. He is now fully grown, and mama’s little boy. He has been neutered, and has all of his shots. He is quite active, and loves to be in your arms at all times. He is my pride and joy! He has brought more joy to my life than ever imagined. I must say he is quite the little devil sometimes, grabbing and chewing things he isn’t supposed to. Nevertheless, he is very much loved by all the family. He is spoiled rotten. I don’t think a baby has as many toys, etc than he has. Thank you so much for letting me adopt him. He is in a great home where he is cared for and loved to the ends of the earth.
I am attaching a picture of him so you can see how he has grown. He is about 20-22 lbs now. At first, he was only 2 lbs.
tThought we would just touch base now that it's been a year since "Dreyfus"
came back to St. John's with us. I'm including a picture taken in her
"kitchen den" a couple weeks ago when we were on Bell Island.
You might like to know that she is doing splendidly - has put on about 8
pounds and, except for some lameness has had no physical problems. We think
the lameness is due to arthritis - so a bit of dieting may be in order.
She spends most of her days with one of us, depending on where we are in the
house - moving from floor to floor as we do. She likes to keep close so she
invariably finds one of her humans and settles in for a snooze when we are
settled. She has many comfortable places - chairs, dens, cushions, etc.
She goes for several walks each day - and quietly lets us know when it's
time for them. She enjoys meeting humans and dogs. In Bannerman Park she has
a number of regular buddies and occasionally romps a bit too much - and
suffers the next day; sort of like her humans. She also likes to go out in
the van, even just around the city - and is very attentive to everything.
And she very much loves it on Bell Island - in the garden and in the house,
going for her walks up the road and visiting neighbours and friends.
Even in winter she enjoyed rolling in the snow and now that the snow has
gone she seems more content to spend time in the back garden than she did
So we think it's been a good match. She's adjusted and we've adjusted to her
quietness. We keep her under pretty close watch whenever she is out because,
given her deafness, we are not certain how far she might wander and don't
want her on the roads. This means she has a little less freedom than our
other dogs have had - but she doesn't seem to mind and it helps keep her as
safe as we can. I would describe her as being very content.
She's really a lovely little dog.
Before moving to Gander I had been taking care of dogs for years. But
By: Ronald Knowling
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