It’s that time of year where we take the opportunity to send out our sincerest gratitude to all of you! With heartfelt thanks for all the “likes” -shares and commitments, for your generous support through our fundraising efforts and your charitable donations. Big thank you to those Volunteers who drive long distances and do home visits. Thank you from both Dawn and myself for following, caring and respecting this little rescue. All the best to our recent adopters who have become part of the Merlin’s Hope family, and to our awesome past adopters who send us welcomed updates. We couldn’t do rescue any other way. Our Christmas message is simple, be kind to all creatures.
We hope that all of you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Debbie & Dawn
Good news for Coco Puff! The old boy was accepted into rescue with no hope of being adopted. He had three strikes against him. His old age of almost 10 years, his elevated kidney values; meaning this boy is potentially starting kidney failure, and last but not least liver enzymes so high they maxed out the machines being at least 3x normal limits. We’re not sure how much time this he has with us, but while he’s here we committed to making sure he’s safe happy and comfortable.
Mr. Happy, who’s tail never stops wagging, charmed his way into the hearts of his foster family. He could stay in Rescue, but instead he’s being officially adopted and a new member of an amazing family. Congratulations Coco Puff, and welcome home. Here he is with his new Sister !
Merlin’s Hope will be holding their 4th annual artisan fair fundraiser on Saturday November 24th:
Saturday, November 24 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Parish of St Andrew & St Mark
865 Dr Lakeshore, Dorval, Quebec H9S 2C7
There will be over 20 talented local artisans featuring a variety of unique handmade items – knitted items, soaps, jewelry, pet products, baking and so much more. A lunch room will also be available with soup, sandwiches and homemade chili. Please come and show your support for this great cause
Merlin’s Hope tiendra sa 4ème foire artisanale annuelle pour récolter des fonds:
le samedi 24 novembre de 10h à 16h.
Parish of St Andrew & St Mark Ofc
865 Dr Lakeshore, Dorval, Quebec H9S 2C7
Il y aura plus de 20 artisans locaux talentueux avec une variété d’articles uniques faits à la main : articles tricotés, savons, bijoux, produits pour animaux, pâtisseries et bien plus encore. Une salle à manger sera aussi disponible avec des soupes, des sandwichs et du chili fait maison. Venez manifester votre soutien pour cette grande cause.
This bright beautiful boy was picked up by Animal Services in the US…looking very much dead. He was emaciated, completely dehydrated and too weak to move. He made a great recovered however he wasn’t out of danger since the shelter and local rescues were full. Merlin’s Hope was his last chance.
We arranged transport and scheduled his Vet visit right away. He was neutered, treated for an ear infection and put on a weight gain program. He was doing well, so in light of surviving everything especially the extreme weather, he earned the name Sunchow. As it turned out, Sunchow had a sunny disposition, and blossomed into a giant handsome puppy-like boy. His new family would definitely need to handle his energy and respect his boundaries while teaching him theirs. A lovely couple offered all that and more. Before adoption day, a warm welcome included a puppy-shower of toys and other gifts from co-workers. Everyone was excited for the new arrival of their gorgeous fur-baby. Sunchow will always have a cool place in their home and warm place in their hearts. Congratulations Sunchow you’ll be loved and cared for forever!
Happy Adoption Day !!
HAPPY ADOPTION Cha Cha Bear!
Little Cha Cha Bear was scared, full of burrs and loaded with attitude after she was dumped at the shelter. Being difficult to handle meant only a rescue could give her a second chance. By the time we organized a volunteer to help with her assessment, Bear made friends with a staff member. Our volunteer got to see the bright side of this little girl which in turn gave hope for a bright future…so we committed. Once in foster care, Cha Cha Bear quickly learned her place within the pack of her temporary family. The humans didn’t know it yet, but she was also learning where her place was within the “temporary” home. Bear wasted no time winning each family member over and before they knew it, they were in over their heads in love. This little girl was HOME…she wasn’t going to leave, and Mom and Dad agreed, nobody was going to take her away! Welcome to your forever home Cha Cha Bear and thanks for foster-failing family!
When Animal Control picked Ollie up off the streets of New Jersey he had a horrible and painful tumour hanging from his eye. Upon further vetting they found another apple size tumor inside his eye. The Liberty Humane Society removed both tumours and gave him some much needed TLC. This gentle bundle of wrinkles would not be adopted out easily simply because he was old and blind. So of course we stepped up. When he arrived, it was immediately determined that his good eye needed entropian surgery right away. Ollie made an impressive recovery and was zipping around with his foster brother and sisters in no time. They say that timing’s everything. A very special lady who has adopted 8 rescued dogs from us, mostly either blind, seniors, or challenging Shar Pei’s had recently lost one of her angels making room for another dog in need. Just reading about Ollie and seeing his cute photos posted on line was enough to help mend her broken heart. So as fate would have it, they met during a visit to Montreal. Maybe Ollie knew something we didn’t. He nuzzled right up to who would be his future mom, leaning on her wherever she sat…There was a connection she couldn’t deny. Blind little Ollie waltzed into her heart and home joining his two sisters Moo-Shu and Nena in what will be a the best days of the rest of his life. “One angel doesn’t replace another, it just expands your heart.” (Erica Jong) Congratulations beautiful sweet family with ginormous hearts
Nasty, dirty, matted, and incredibly painful are a few words to describe Jack and Jill’s coat when they were surrendered. The shelter did the humane thing and shaved them immediately. Jack’s skin was crusty and itchy, both felt greasy so off to the groomers they went to be bathed and pampered. A good diet and constant brushing helped their skin and growing coats. Feeling better was a start but they had many challenges ahead and so did we. Adopting them out together was going to be tough and we along with our loyal followers did not want to split them up. Jack and Jill were wild on the leash, excited by every smell, sound and movement. Jill had major trust issues particularly around her head, doorways and small spaces. Both worked hard at learning house rules, leash rules and good doggy manners. Jill worked even harder at letting her guard down to trust people. These two little chows had everyone routing for them. Little did they know, their forever parents were following their journey and already smitten. After a couple visits, adoption day arrived. Jack and Jill were happy to see them, hopped in their vehicle and never looked back. They arrived home, and by everything they did, they communicated loud and clear, they were HOME, Happy and Grateful. We’re thrilled to have helped these two special little dogs stay together and find the best people to care for them and love them Forever! Happy Tails and a new beginning to you Jack and Jill congratulations!
When Sophie was surrendered to a shelter they immediately had to shave most of her coat off due to severe matting. Deemed “rescue only” her options were limited… so we stepped up. She arrived in desperate need of a bath so she was groomed right away which we’re sure made her feel as good as she smelled. This little girl had a nervous bladder. We wanted to rule out the possibility of any underlying disease, conditions or ailments so off to the vets she went. Sophie toughed through several wellness tests including one for a possible UTI and Cushing’s disease. Thankfully her blood panel and all tests results proved her to be healthy….just nervous. Her foster mom knew exactly how to help Sophie cope with the changes until she finally settled in. Meanwhile, her future family patiently waited with fingers and paws crossed that she was healthy and ready to go. The next challenge was if her potentially new doggy brother would approve. For two weeks, “Sophie” became a household name in preparation of the meet and greet. Mom and Dad were already in love, now it was in Rocco’s paws. They met, they walked, they sniffed, he liked her a little too much and she told him so. It was a perfect beginning to the typical male female relationship! Mom and Dad are thrilled to welcome Sophie into their family. Rocco’s minding his manners and Sophie has a forever home. This sweet family is not only picture perfect…they are as kind and dedicated as their fur-babies are cute. Congratulations from all of us at Merlin’s Hope to you Sweet Sophie and your adorable new family.
Bella’s story started when she was surrendered to a shelter in Dubai. Being adopted out would mean once again struggling to survive the desert heat. Bella was lucky to have someone determined to find her a rescue in a country with a cooler climate. Merlin’s Hope was happy to help and equally thankful for a benevolent volunteer who traveled with her. Once safely in Canada, we had her cleaned up and groomed for her fresh new start. This shy little girl was happy to run and walk in the winter cold! A lovely couple and their beloved kitty had been waiting patiently for seven months for a new addition they could welcome into their family…and Bella arrived. Bella will be spoiled with attention and enjoy many long cool walks for the rest of her life! Congratulations little Bella and your new family! Enjoy your winter walks!
Bubba’s owner dumped him off at a shelter in the U.S. where he had little chance of a future. Everything was against him…he’s black, old, blind and almost deaf. Bubba doesn’t know any basic commands, nor does he know he’s different. The shelter’s volunteers reached out to save him because of his sweet demeanor. True to their word, Bubba was a welcomed guest at his foster home. Against all odds, Bubba had the perfect application and we were thrilled for him and his bright new future. BUT, unbeknownst to us, Bubba had already found his perfect home, and made it dangerously clear that he was not thrilled nor about to celebrate. He lasted less than 24 hours and was brought back with his familiar foster pack. His siblings greeted him with excitement and all his furry friends celebrated his return. Bubba is now a permanent resident of Merlin’s Hope and Dawn’s lovely family. Congratulations Bubba, you’re happy, home, safe and LOVED!