How to save a dog’s life

The res­cue group Save a Life Canada brings in pup­pers from shel­ters all over the world, to give them a sec­ond-chance in Hal­i­fax.

The Coast - Pets Halifax - - Rescues - BY MOR­GAN MULLIN

Becki Car­pen­ter loves dogs—like, re­ally loves them. One of the direc­tors of the fos­ter-based res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion Save A Life Canada, she typ­i­cally has sev­eral pup­pers run­ning around her home at any one time.

“I got started fos­ter­ing a se­nior weiner dog and got more in­volved from there. It takes over your life but it’s su­per re­ward­ing,” she says via phone.

Save A Life Canada is Hal­i­fax-based net­work of dog-lovers like Car­pen­ter, res­cu­ing four-legged friends from around the globe to help them find their for­ever homes.

“We fos­ter dogs over a two-week ad­just­ment pe­riod so we can get to know them, so they can be well­matched for trial adop­tions,” Car­pen­ter ex­plains.

The dogs come from far and wide. Car­pen­ter says there are a few lo­cal hounds in the pack but most come from Texas and Cal­i­for­nia—states with as­tro­nomic rates of strays, and shel­ters so over­crowded many dogs get eu­th­a­nized.

“Peo­ple give us flack, say­ing ‘Why don’t you save Cana­dian dogs first?’ but 6,700 dogs get put to sleep a day across the US,” she adds.

Though Save A Life Canada has aims to broaden its net to west­ern Canada—and other ar­eas where the dog pop­u­la­tion is at a dan­ger­ous high—its lat­est group of fur ba­bies are mostly from San An­tonino, Texas:

“[The hur­ri­cane] was a great time to get some of the dogs that’ll be left be­hind or for­got­ten ” Car­pen­ter says.

Here, we get a glimpse at seven of the pre­vi­ous dog­gos look­ing for a fresh start:

While the back­story on Darcy is un­known, Save A Life knows she must have had a sad up­bring­ing. When the dog ar­rived from Texas, she was in­cred­i­bly timid and re­fused to leave her crate. Progress is slow but com­ing along. Darcy’s fos­ter mom says she’s...

This fiercely loyal chi­huahua mix is look­ing to be your best friend and cud­dle buddy. Munchie is fun and sweet—but doesn’t want to share you with other pets or chil­dren. Hey, she’ll love you more than they ever could, any­way.

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