Wednesday, 8 July 2015

SAVE THE DATE!!! Sunday July 26/ 15 starting at 11:00 am!

West Coast Cocker Rescue and L.E.A.S.H. Animal Welfare Society are partnering up for a fun day in the sun with photographer Jennifer Mae Oliver of PAWS AND TAILS PET PHOTOGRAPHY. 
We  are inviting ALL adopters, fosters, friends and followers of West Coast Cocker Rescue and L.E.A.S.H to join us at Gladwin Park in Abbottsford for some great outdoor natural photos. The fee is $10 per dog + a non perishable food item to attend. These donations will be made to the Abbottsford Food Bank for a program called STARFISH BACKPACK PROGRAM.  They provide backpacks of food for children to bring home to help provide healthy meals for their families. Each registration/donation gets you a 15 minute photo session with an online proof viewing gallery posted to enable you to purchase the pictures of your dog.
Pack a lunch, bring lots of water and your pooch and friends and join us!! ~ more info to follow!!

Monday, 16 March 2015


FOSTER ~ Fostering a dog means taking care of a dog for us in your home as if the dog were your own. You provide the safe care and love for the dog until a permanent home can be found. This is an ideal situation for anyone who is not in a position to have a dog of their own for life, but still want the companionship of a pet, and want to help the dog and the rescue. Remember... if we can have safe homes for our dogs to go to once they are pulled from the shelters and arrive in Vancouver, are vetted and do not need to be boarded, it not only saves that dog, but can allow room for another dog to get to potentially be saved.
We provide the food, grooming and vet care for the dog until a permanent home can be found. We do request that the dog be made available (notice will always be given and transport arranged) for adoption events and meeting pre-approved adopters.
You MUST apply and BE APPROVED  (see process below) to foster for us.

FOSTER TO ADOPT ~ This means you have applied and been approved to adopt from us and you are interested in ADOPTING that particular dog. (see process below). It is basically a "trial period" not to exceed 2 weeks  (you will know within 2 weeks if that is the right dog for you or not, we limit the decision time to a maximum 2 week time period as we do not want to ruin the chances of that dog not being available to another great forever home).  Most of our dogs have numerous applications on each of them, and of course we will always choose the best match from within the pool of potential adopters. Most people who choose to take this approach know within the first week if that is the best match for them, and proceeds with the adoption.... if it takes longer than 2 weeks to make that decision... generally speaking .. that particular dog may not be the best match for you. You will need to make a decision to adopt or not adopt at the end of the two week period, and either proceed with adoption or return the dog to the rescue to be made available for another adopter. We will of course check in with you during that "probation period" to make sure things are going smoothly. 96% of the adopters who take this approach, land up ADOPTING the dog they choose.

ADOPTING ~ This means you have applied and been approved to adopt from us and you KNOW you are GOING TO MAKE THIS UNION WORK! (see process below) YOU ARE COMMITTED to doing what it takes to make this adoption successful and have this this dog in your life & family forever. To be honest.. MOST people choose to go the FOSTER TO ADOPT route, and land up adopting the dog within the first 4 - 7 days. Probably only 4% of our adopters take the straight ADOPT route. We LOVE the people who have the confidence and commitment to go full steam ahead and ADOPT outright!

Once a decision has been made to adopt the dog, an adoption contract and relative paperwork will be drawn up and your adoption donation will be required at this time to finalize the adoption..

We are 100% committed to ANY and ALL dogs we have taken into our rescue, and will ALWAYS be there as for them as their safety net  in the event they need to be re-homed in the future.

Monday, 9 March 2015

West Coast Cocker Rescue is a BC Registered Society (# 607334).  We are a not-for-profit, volunteer, no-kill organization whose primary focus is finding responsible, loving and permanent homes for surrendered, abandoned, neglected and abused cocker spaniels from high kill shelters.  Every single day of the year we are rescuing cocker spaniels from a lifetime of cruelty, violence and pain.  Your donations make it possible for these dogs to be rescued, vetted, groomed, fostered and adopted into loving and caring forever homes. 
Our ability to continue to rescue is due in part to the generous support of individuals and business donors who believe in our mission.  Thank you for making a difference!

You may also donate by credit card by calling in your card # to our vet's office (Anderson Animal Hospital, Phone # 604-263-6767, or you may make a cheque payable to West Coast Cocker Rescue (mailing address 1763 West 62 Ave, Vancouver BC V6P 2G1).

Monday, 17 March 2014

Our Newest Rescue, Benny

BENNY... Oh boy, where do we even start?? Sweet Benny... He is in need of a lot of help right now, and we WILL get it for him!! 

We need to raise some money to get going with things for Benny. He has suffered long enough! He will need Xrays, blood panel, dental Xrays, extractions, ears flushed, skin tumors removed and biopsied, shave down, pain meds etc.
Thank you in advance for donating to help us help Benny!
Donate here:

Benny is most likely around 8 years old instead of the 5-6 the shelter thought he might be but that's OK, he is a LOVE and we are going to do ANYTHING & EVERYTHING to get this boy on the road to good health.  We have already spent close to $1000 on him in the US but we need to FIX his little issues so we are going on an all-out campaign to raise close to $2000 for his medical expenses.

To start, Benny he has mild cataracts which not a big deal at this point but we will get him to the specialist at a later date. His teeth are a MESS and this needs to be taken care of right away.  He requires dental Xrays and will for sure need some extractions and a cleaning. Benny’s teeth are some of the worst we have seen.

He is riddled with skin tumors – he has 5 or 6 that will need to come off when we sedate him.
Benny is under weight and malnourished.  His weight is currently 10.4 kg - you can see his spine and he has very little muscle tone in his back legs.  He most likely had been crated a long time.

But look at his sweet face... how can you NOT love him?? At WCCR we don't look for the prettiest or the youngest or the easiest to adopt dogs, we look for the dogs who NEED our help THE MOST… isn't that what rescue is really all about??  Helping those who TRULY need our help. Benny was overlooked by a lot of rescue.  But, we saw the gem that lies under the matted fur, rotted teeth and skinny malnourished body.  He is SO WORTHY of a second chance at a great rest of his life.

Thank you in advance for donating to help us help Benny!

~Your friends at WCCR.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Kelsey's School Fundraising Project for WCCR!


For those of you interested in supporting Kelsey's fundraising campaign, you may donate here:
Dear Teddy

I wanted to let you know YOU are my inspiration for my grade 9 socials project. When we found your video and pictures on West Coast Cocker Rescues website, we immediately fell in love with you. We were looking for a friend for o...ur golden retriever Lola and thought you looked like you could be a good brother to her.

We quickly filled out an application and could not wait until we heard back from WCCR. Two days later your Canadian rescue mom, Bonnie Marshall called us to set up an appointment to meet you and on March 21, 2013, Bonnie brought you to meet me and my family and our journey together began.

In the beginning, our hearts would break every time you would cry in your sleep, or flinch when we tried to pat you...

You used to be very wild and crazy, you jumped up continuously wanting attention, you guarded certain items and would nip at us if we tried to take things away from you and if we tried to wipe your feet. All of this we excused as we knew you had a challenging past and we saw how smart you were and that you had a sweet little personality.

All YOU needed was our love, guidance, rules, exercise, a regular routine and to security to become a wonderful companion and member of our family...

A few months later, once you started to trust us and feel secure, you stopped jumping up, you nipped less and would let us wipe your feet if we gave you a treat.

Over the past year you have come such a long way and we are so proud of you:

You are able to be off leash at the park and do not mind the wet grass any more You come when you are called, you can sit, lay down, twirl and shake a paw (thanks to Sarah P – “here”), You are able to have free run of the house when we leave. You sleep when we sleep (we love when you snore so loudly that you wake us up )You do not flinch or cry in your sleep any more, you kiss us instead of nipping. You can be trusted with other dogs and people. You are a wonderful little brother to Lola And me. You make us feel better when we are sick . You go to the door to let us know that you have to “GO”. You show us how happy you are with when you curl your back and wiggle your cute little tail

But Most of all YOU have taught me how wonderful it is to give a rescue dog a chance and in return, you have given me the most precious gift of all " LOVE" ! Because of this gift and what you have taught me I want to let others know how wonderful it feels to adopt a dog from West Coast Cocker Rescue and to thank your guardian angles Bonnie, Elyse for rescuing YOU!

In just a few weeks, On March 13, our mom and I will be off on a RESCUE MISSION. We are travelling
to meet your California Rescue mom, Elyse Smith, who will take us to some of the California Kill
shelters and we will rescue 2 cocker spaniels before they are euthanized. We will fly home on March 16 and meet Bonnie where we will take the new WCCR rescues to be vet checked and groomed just like you were. Then we will help with boarding, giving them love and finding a forever home for them!!!

Thank you Teddy for everything you have taught me.

I love you so much!