Published on February 3, 2023 Author : Nancy (Admin)
We welcomed Choupette after a woman, at the end of her life, abandoned her because she was not allowed to take her along.
By the way, I'd like to digress for a moment. I find it unfair and heartbreaking to witness how many elderly individuals are forcibly separated from their pets due to circumstances, even though people like us would be willing to care for them wherever they go. Especially these small animals that don't take up much space. These individuals pay over $2,000 a month for subpar services and are isolated from everything they love. It's nothing short of elder abuse towards the end of their lives, even if they are not senile.
Now, let's get back to Choupette. It took me a while to write about her, the sadness of talking about her.
We lost her a few months ago; she was doing well just 10 minutes before, eating, playing with her friend Mini-Boulle, and 10 minutes later, she was on her back, likely experiencing a heart attack according to the vet.
She was quite old, I must say. She gave us a lot, taking care of many of our orphaned guinea pig pups that came to the shelter. She was a social guinea pig with the others as well as with us humans.
She provided us with wonderful moments in life, and I have no regrets about having her in our home.
Published on December 27, 2022 Author : Nancy (Admin)
First of all, I would like to start this review by thanking all of you for the help you have given to me, my husband and our little animals.
The words of encouragement, the sharing of our stories and photos, the small kindnesses, the donations of money, all of these have allowed us to continue our work with our little animals this year.
In fact, this year 2022 has been a record year for us in terms of donations and it's because of you. And fortunately for us because we only live on my personal income, our small sales at the store and donations and inflation hit our finances very hard this year, most bags of food saw an increase of $3 to $4, vegetables like celery that I used to buy for $1 maximum at the beginning of the year went up to $3 minimum by the end of the year. In short, the donations were very much appreciated.
Our shelter took in a lot of older animals this year, I could almost say that this year was a year dedicated to giving a permanent home to animals that are at the end of their journey but still have a lot to give.
Unfortunately, this year has also seen the departure of some of our oldest animals, who have reached the end of their lives. A special thought for them at the end of this year.
We also unfortunately had our difficulties with donations, first of all we would have liked to use the Tiing site for donations but policy changes related to Desjardins and double authentication now prevent us from using this site.
We also ran into difficulties with Shopify and our online store, this time not related to Desjardins but to the Shopify payment method which again requires double authentication via cell phone which we refuse to adhere to now and in the future.
Fortunately, we found Ecwid which is much better and offers many more options for less cost.
Unfortunately, as a store and for our donations we are still entirely dependent on Paypal, for better or worse. The year 2023 will also be the year we look for a less restrictive alternative.
We are starting soon 2023 with still a lot of needs, little boarders (guinea pig, rabbit, mouse, rat, hamster) who still offer us a lot of love.
And especially for my husband who suffers from a mental illness a beautiful occupation in addition to his Buddhism.
Thanks again to all of you who support us and a happy new year 2023 as far as possible.
In the surroundings of 2008 our first Rabbit, named Lapinou, he was close to 10 years old, to develop an otitis, we say to ourselves an otitis there is nothing there and well in the rabbits, no, there is not nothing there.
It was an internal otitis, it starts suddenly, the head to lean side, immediately we tried to consult a veterinarian, it was during the vacations of the construction, one Friday, in short there was nobody available at the time in my city, Quebec, besides very few make small animals.
We had to make a trip to the University Veterinary Hospital (CHUV) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Saint-Hyacinthe, in the middle of the night. The person is very correct, I have nothing to say about it
During the manipulation by the veterinarian we learn the verdicts, internal otitis, we pay an exorbitant first cost, but it was for the good of our animal.
After a few days at home, the head is still on its side, we are obliged to return to Quebec city, we have to pay for the examinations, the care and other expenses afterwards, they tell us that the damage is done, the otitis seems to be healed, but our rabbit with the head on its side also broke its leg during the manipulation of the local veterinary of Quebec city.
The vet told us that she has never saved an old rabbit from an ear infection and that it is almost impossible to cure at this age.
In short, it's euthanasia.
Instead of telling us from the start that it was almost impossible to cure, these nice idiots made us spend a pharaonic amount of money while making our animal suffer stupidly.
I have nothing against Saint-Hyacinthe who did their best, but the second veterinarian seeing that the situation was hopeless waited to pocket a sum of money before really caring about the fate of our animal.
This was just one of the many stories of a Scrooge-like vet.
We received this little ball of fur at our shelter in 2018, a surplus of reproduction of another person which did not find taker because too much excited, he died during the period Covid. He was about 3 years old.
He was an adorable and very curious little hamster, besides we called him Fouini because in French here the small curious ones one calls them "Fouine".
Besides the photo shows well his curiosity, he had just arrived on this one.
We have them of very good moment with this hamster, age has finally caught up with him, it is always sad and sympathetic to remember these small rodents which certainly do not live decades but which brings much when they are there