Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

 May 9, 2014

Updated: May 9, 2014

A gentle girl is thriving in a new loving home, thanks to the BC SPCA’s animal-loving supporters. Ruby, a Nova Scotia duck toller mix who came into the care of the West Vancouver SPCA via the BC SPCA’s Drive for Lives program from Williams Lake, has received the medical care she needed and has been adopted by the North Vancouver family who fostered her during her care and recovery.

“The family started fostering her and absolutely fell in love with her. They say she is their perfect match and love her dearly – and the feeling certainly seems mutual,” says West Vancouver SPCA manager Dragana Hajdukovic. “Ruby enjoys all the North Shore trails and parks and is a little local celebrity, but she adores the attention. We just want to thank the public for their generosity and for helping this sweet girl get the care she needed.”

Ruby’s medical bills added up to more than $2,000, and donors came through with the necessary amount – $2,300 – within 12 days.  


Original story posted on: March 28, 2014
Gem of a dog needs help to get necessary procedure

A sweet girl with a heart of gold needs help to have a better life. Ruby, a Nova Scotia duck toller mix, originally came into the BC SPCA’s care in Williams Lake as a stray, where it was discovered that she needed a lot of expensive medical care. She then travelled to the West Vancouver branch via the BC SPCA’s Drive for Lives program. A gentle soul who has won the hearts of everyone at the shelter, Ruby is estimated to be about five-and-a-half years old.

“She was a shy, insecure girl who sought comfort in anyone who paid attention to her. But since being in her foster home, she has simply blossomed,” says branch manager Dragana Hajdukovic, noting Ruby was underweight when she first arrived in West Vancouver. “She has gained over 10 pounds already! She enjoys her walks and just lounging with her foster family.”

Ruby needed emergency spay surgery upon her arrival, as there were abnormalities with her reproductive system. Her teeth also appear as though they have been trimmed, a procedure that unfortunately, still exists with retrieving dogs so they don’t crush or injure the birds they’re sent to retrieve, Hajdukovic notes.

A dental specialist confirmed that Ruby needs root canals performed on all four of her canine teeth – the ones that appear trimmed.

The estimated cost for the procedure is $1,500 to $1,800, plus the $500 surgery already performed. As a non-profit organization, the BC SPCA depends mainly upon the public’s generosity to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. To help Ruby and other animals like her in need at the West Vancouver BC SPCA shelter, donate online or in person, at 1020 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

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.

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