Dog lo­ver travels from France to adopt lo­cal pup

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He­len La­croix says it’s not unu­sual for ma­ny of her res­cue dogs to be adop­ted out­side of Quebec, but in a first for the Ani­match Adop­tion Centre, one of their dogs will fly to a hew­ho­mein­france this wee­kend.

La­croix, foun­der of Ani­match, says a Chi­hua­hua na­med Bit­sy was des­ti­ned to be­come an in­ter­na­tio­nal sen­sa­tion when her for­mer ow­ners de­ci­ded they could no lon­ger keep her.

Ani­match cares for up­wards of 300 un­wan­ted dogs eve­ry year, showcasing them on a web­page the centre main­tains. While per­using the in­ter­net one day, An­neGaëlle Loi­zeau, an avid dog lo­ver from Reims in the Cham­pagne-ar­denne region of France, says she fell in love with Bit­sy’s pic­ture and im­me­dia­te­ly filled out the centre’s de­tai­led adop­tion form.

Though Ani­match has ca­te­red to fa­mi­lies from On­ta­rio, New Bruns­wick, No­va Sco­tia and the U.S. since ope­ning 10 years ago, this was the first time a pros­pec­tive ow­ner ap­plied to adopt from such a long dis­tance.

But af­ter ma­ny leng­thy phone calls and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tions, it was de­ter­mi­ned that Loi­zeau was ideal­ly sui­ted to pro­vide Bit­sy with a lo­ving home.

For her part, Loi­zeau has been in­vol­ved for years in France with re­scuing and fos­te­ring aban­do­ned ani­mals. She has two other res­cue dogs.

"When I saw Bit­sy’s pic­ture and read her sto­ry, I knew that she be­lon­ged with me," Loi­zeau said. Bit­sy and Loi­zeau will re­turn to France on Sa­tur­day.

Meanw­hile, Ani­match will host its po­pu­lar Pas­ta for Pups an­nual spa­ghet­ti din­ner on Fri­day at the Kar­nak Sh­ri­ners lo­ca­tion, at 3350, bou­le­vard des Sources, in Dol­lard-des-or­meaux. Pro­ceeds from the din­ner and auc­tion will benefit all Ani­match dogs. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

For­ti­cket­so­r­in­for­ma­tion, call 514299-0123.

PHO­TO COUR­TE­SY OF ANI­MATCH CA­NINE ADOP­TION CENTRE

Anne-gaëlle Loi­zeau (left), He­len La­croix, foun­der of the Ani­match Ca­nine Adop­tion Centre, and Bit­sy, who will go to her new home in France on Sa­tur­day.

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