How Dogs Get Here
Many people ask us how our dogs get to Victoria - here's how we do it:
We have developed good relationships with many of the staff and volunteers at the shelters and often they will contact us with a favourite dog to see if we can accept it into our program.
We then assess which ones would be suitable for our program. Once the determination is made as to which dogs we are taking, they are transported to a local veterinarian for a thorough examination and treatment (Dr. Dumars from Pet Medical in Fresno is shown on the right examining Honey's X-ray).
Prior to shipping, the dogs are fostered and during that period they are assessed, bathed, treated for fleas, groomed and given lots of love and attention. Many go to doggie daycare for socialization and some receive training. Once we have a good assessment of the animal we post the dogs’ pictures and biographies on our website.
We purchase airline kennels and supplies for the dogs’ journey and the dogs are flown to either Victoria or Vancouver where one of the Dog Bless board members meet them and welcomes them to Canada.
Those submitting applications to adopt a dog will receive a “home check” by one of the Dog Bless Rescue Partner members. Invariably we receive more than one application for each dog and the home visit is a small part of the screening process. Some dogs may not be appropriate for some environments so it is important to make sure we choose the right home for the dog.