Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Can you sponsor Floyd?

Lauren, one of our Foster and Family Placement Directors, was visiting a very small and under-resourced animal control facility two weekends ago. In the concrete kennels with no bed or blankets, there were three pit bulls to be assessed for entry into our program - and slated for euthanasia if not matched with a home or rescue.

Lauren's eye was immediately drawn to Floyd, a black male pittie. His muzzle was crooked, as though someone had tried to push his nose off his face. As she poked and prodded it became clear that something was very wrong. He was in pain, though in true pit bull style his delight at human contact overcame his discomfort, and he wagged and wiggled his way through the exam.

The animal control staff didn't have the resources for vetting, and since Floyd was eating normally and seemed so happy, they didn't think there was a medical emergency (in any case, if he was diagnosed with a serious injury, they'd have no choice but to euthanize).

Lauren rushed Floyd to Southpoint Veterinary Clinic, where he was given painkillers and surgery to correct a severely dislocated jaw. Thankfully, his prognosis is good. Because he was untreated for so long, Floyd will never have 100% normal function or appearance, but he will be able to eat, play, and live a long and healthy life. Floyd is recovering beautifully in foster care, with a sweet temperament and a love for every creature he meets (human, canine or feline!).

After the Surrey rescue of 23 dogs earlier this year, HugABull is still recovering financially and cannot afford to pull dogs with severe health problems. However, we couldn't leave Floyd in a cold cell only to live out a few more painful days before being euthanized. Southpoint veterinarians felt the same way and provided us with a deep discount, but it is still more than we can comfortably afford.

We don't regret our decision to take Floyd into the program - not for a second - but it does add to a growing pile of vet bills. If you have $10, $25 or $50 to help us with Floyd's care, it would help immensely. We'd be happy to recognize your gift by listing your name on this page as his guardian angel - and we'll provide you with updates on how he's doing!

Please contact for more information or donate through Paypal at (please indicate "Floyd" or send an email letting us know your donation is for him).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BSL - Reporter Christie Lagally gets it right!

Reporter and animal welfare champion Christie Lagally has published an eye-opening column in the Richmond News. She points out the failures of breed-specific legislation (currently in place in Richmond) and the demonstrated success of the Calgary model.

The good news is that many city councillors have taken notice and will be present at next week's event on better dog legislation. We've had a tremendous response from the public as well, and all seats are full!

However, we are saving a few last spots for last-minute RSVPs from city council and media, so it's not too late to contact your city policy makers and request that they attend - particularly if you live in Burnaby, Chilliwack, Pitt Meadows, Langley, North Van, or Delta. We have no RSVPs from these cities to date.

Please take a few minutes to make your voice heard! It does make a difference.

For more information about the event, visit
For city council contact information, visit

For information on the Calgary's Responsible Pet Owner Bylaw and its successes, visit