Dog lover travels from France to adopt local pup
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.
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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.