The former guardians of a pair of small dogs left tied to a fence in the wee hours of the morning might have some ’splaining to do, but the BC SPCA Burnaby shelter just wants to help the adorable couple, Fred and Ethel, get the care and attention they need.
The doggie duo were tied to the fence outside the Burnaby branch last week and noticed by a Good Samaritan, who took them inside until the shelter opened. Fred, a black shih tzu, and Ethel, a white maltese mix, both need a lot of medical care; neither were spayed or neutered.
“It is shocking Ethel can still eat hard food,” says Ryan Voutilainen, branch manager, noting the gentle canine has a large mass growing inside her mouth, teeth in horrible condition, irritated skin, hair loss and ears full of discharge. She shows signs of having been bred multiple times. Fred desperately needs dental surgery as well, to clean and extract some teeth that have rotted away.
Voutilainen says branch staff has learned a lot about these brave souls in the short time they’ve been in BC SPCA care.
“They adore each other, often snuggling in one dog bed. They explore and sniff the (SPCA) yards together and pine for each other when separated,” he says. “Ethel loves her walks and will even grab her leash when she’s ready to go.”
After everything these sweet-tempered sweethearts have been through, staff want to see them remain together in their new “furever” home, Voutilainen notes. Although they're estimated to be about eight years old, they’re both still active, silly dogs “just looking for a second chance.”
The cost of the dogs’ combined medical care is estimated at well over $2,000. If you can help Fred and Ethel and other animals like them in need at the Burnaby SPCA, you can donate online or in person, at 3202 Norland Ave., Burnaby.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.