BC SPCA says two dogs seized from Princeton property are doing well in new homes.

Rescued pups safe & happy

Two dogs that were seized from a property in Princeton months ago are enjoying their new homes and a new lease on life, according to an update from the BC SPCA.

Last September, BC SPCA animal protection officers removed 97 animals from a Princeton property, including 43 puppies and 24 adult and senior dogs.

In a news release, the organization said the dogs seized were a range of breeds and crosses, including Labrador retrievers, Australian cattle dogs, corgis and Great Pyrenees.

According to the SPCA, after ongoing veterinary care provided by the SPCA and foster homes, many of the animals recovered, finding “their fur-ever homes.”

Joey was adopted by Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit and her family in December, the SPCA said.

Tempelman-Kluit told the SPCA that Joey was a bit shy and uncertain when he first arrived at his new home, but he’s comfortable and rambunctious now.

“He’s very social. He loves meeting other dogs and people. He’s very curious and enjoys exploring the world.”

According to Tempelman-Kluit, for a dog adopted from a difficult situation, she believes it’s important to have a training plan ready.

“Enlist professional trainers as needed. That assistance is as much for you as it is for the dog,” she said.

The SPCA said another dog, Maisy, found a home on a Salt Spring Island farm after a stay in foster care.

In the news release, Maisy’s guardian Diane told the SPCA their family was excited to offer a home to a dog who had been through a difficult situation.

Diane said they continue to work Maisy through some nervousness, but Maisy has befriended the family’s other young rescue dog, Arnie, and a new lamb on their farm, named Dylan.

“The cutest part is while Dylan is getting bottle-fed, Maisy is right there licking and cleaning up the spilled milk on his face,” Diane told the SPCA.

“It’s also pretty cute when they cuddle together on the dog bed.”

Diane said Maisy loves being outside, going for hikes and exploring the farm.

She said it’s important to offer pets like Maisy, who have been through a challenging circumstance, a very calm home.

“Make sure you’re paying attention to how they’re feeling and don’t try to have them fit into your lifestyle too quickly,” she said. “Use all the patience and compassion you have — and high-value treats are always a good idea.”

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