Kittens..

Here are our youngest cats..

Sunny, male orange-and-white tabby, born May 2016.

Sunny disposition.

Steve, male light orange-and-white tabby, born May 2016.

Easy to get along with.

Oliver, male, black domestic short hair, born May 2016.

He is skittish but the bravest of the 3 kittens at his foster home.  Foster mama can pat and play with him. He is quite sociable explores the house.  He is forecast to have a GOOD LIFE — please give him a forever home.

Ocean, female cream and brown domestic short hair tabby, born May 2016.

Timid but loving.  Take me home please!

Nick.  Brown tabby male.  Born May 2016.

Patty, grey domestic short hair, born June 24, 2016.

Peggy, grey domestic short hair, born June 24, 2016.

Olivia, female domestic short hair, dilute calico, born May 2016.

She needs to love you.

Hannah, female DMH Tortoiseshell, born April 2016.

Sweet, playful and beautiful.

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Happy Tales: Dog Companionship

The Beauregard family hikes, swims, surfs and snow skis together and include their black lab Eddie.

When they wanted a companion for Eddie, they chose Home Again puppy Domino, a blue tick/lab cross and adopted him at 9 weeks old. He is re-named Louie and his owner says:

“Just wanted to update you on Louie. He is an amazing little man, he makes us laugh and loves wrestling with his big brother Eddie!! We take him to the beach; he is getting more interested in the water. We hope he loves to swim one day. We have had a great summer so far, super HOT!!!”  – Colleen Beauregard, Port Elgin, August 2016

 

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Louie is keeping busy and happy. The volunteers at Home Again thank the Beauregards for giving a good home to our puppy.

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Louie at 4 months old. Keeping cool with his new companion Eddie.

Available CATS

All these cats came to Home Again as abandoned strays. They are all up to date with their vaccinations and have all been spayed or neutered.

We ask an adoption fee of $90 for an adult cat.

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Nala.  Grey and white domestic short hair, female.  Born in 2013.

Very affectionate.

Kyla. Black domestic medium hair, female, spayed. Born Jan. 2015.

Kyla insists on being your only cat. She is very loving to people. Black cats are the most affectionate.

Cheri.. only 10 months old, spayed.

Cheri was rescued by Home Again along with her new kittens.  She was skittish at that time, probably fearful for her kittens.  The kittens were weaned and adopted out to other families, leaving Cheri behind.   Cheri is growing more friendly each day.  Black cats are the most affectionate.

Lucky, male, domestic long hair, pale orange tabby, neutered.  4 years old.

After he warms up to you, he loves you dearly.  Lucky lives with dogs.

Carmie, neutered male, domestic short hair, 4 years old, orange tabby, 19 pounds.

Carmie was presented with a male kitten playmate Taupee when he was a year old and they have been best friends since.  They wrestle together, groom each other and worry if one goes outside without the other.   Carmie is talkative – so funny! And laid-back.  He loves his food and comes running home at dinnertime.  Carmie and Taupee’s owner loves them very much and is sad to put them up for adoption, but she has sold her home and will be a traveller now. $90 adoption fee for Carmie.  If Carmie and Taupee are adopted together $135 for both. Vaccinations are up to date.

Taupee, neutered male, domestic medium hair, 3 years old, cream colour, 12 pounds.

Taupee came to live with young male cat Carmie when Taupee was 6 weeks old and they have been best friends since.  They wrestle together, groom each other and worry if one goes outside without the other.   Taupee is especially cuddly.  He loves his food and comes running home at dinnertime.  Taupee and Carmie’s owner loves them very much and is sad to put them up for adoption, but she has sold her home and will be a traveller now.
$90 adoption fee for Taupee.  If Taupee is adopted with Carmie, both cats $135.  Vaccinations are up to date.

Photo Contest for 2017 Home Again Calendar

Home Again needs photographs of  rescued kittens, cats, puppies and dogs to publish in our 2017 calendar.

If you like to take pictures of your furbabies (pets) here is an opportunity to share them.
$10 for up to 10 submitted photos of 10 mega pixels or better, may get your pet immortalized in our calendar.

Drop $10 off to a Home Again volunteer at Pet Valu in Bancroft Saturday 10am-3pm, or mail it to R.R. 1, L’Amable, ON K0L 2L0 or clicking the Paypal “DONATE” button on our website www.homeagainbancroft.ca.

Send your photos by email to info@homeagainbancroft.ca

Businesses may advertise (a year-long advertisement!) by submitting their business card by mail or email and submit $25 by mail or to Pet Valu on Saturdays.

Deadline is August 31, 2016.   All proceeds help animal welfare.

Happy Tales: Bella

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French bulldog Willow was surrendered to Home Again by a breeder, along with Willow’s infant puppy Carter.  Willow was in foster care for only two weeks when Julia adopted her and she says:

“Hello everyone!  One year ago today (March 15, 2015) we adopted the most beautiful, funny, loving and entertaining dog you could ever ask for, Bella (formerly known as Willow). To say we got lucky is a huge understatement because she is literally the best dog we could ever ask for and brings us so much joy. Thank you for choosing us as her parents. We love her so much. I can assure you she is living a happy and very spoiled life.”  — Julia Ferreira

Happy Tales: Kona

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Two Australian Shepherds were surrendered by owner to Home Again at two months old in November 2015. Both were adopted after only two weeks fostering by Home Again. Bella’s new owner says this:

“Kona (formerly Bella) is such a special girl. Here she is at five months old, romping in the snow. Looks like she’ll be a medium sized dog. She is house trained, knows sit, lie down, paw, high five, twirl, and stay. She won’t take a toy or food from my hand until I say ‘okay’. She loves to run and explore in the woods and is the absolute perfect fit for my family. We love her to bits. Also, I teach music lessons from home and she greets every student, and then lies down in her bed like a perfect lady.”

Happy Tales: Sprocket

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Sprocket was adopted December 2015 and her new owner says: “Sprocket has adapted quickly to her new home in Ottawa. Bruno is delighted with his new “sister” – running together, wrestling and playing tug. Sprocket has also made friends with all of Bruno’s pals at the off-leash dog park. Thank you Home Again for this wonderful addition to my family – we love our happy girl!  …Dawn – Ottawa”

Bearded Collie Sprocket and her new ‘brother’. Home Again loves to see its pets paired up.

 

Happy Tales: Barley

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French bull dog Barley (formerly Carter) was adopted from Home Again April 6 2015 when he was a puppy.

Foster Barb Sawdon says,

“I was so blessed to foster this sweet baby boy. He just turned one year old and had a party in the park. This picture includes his best friend. LOL… He prefers bigger dogs over small ones.”

Fund Raising

Home Again spends hundreds of dollars on a pet, but charges an adoption fee averaging $350 for a dog. Where do we make up the difference? A dozen fundraising events every year, including this one “Christmas in the Highlands” in Maynooth November 2015, where we sold calendars, raffle tickets and hand-made crafts. It is a social event too where bonds are built and renewed between the community and its animals.

Fundraising..

Happy Tales: Heidi

We’ve had Friday, now named Heidi, for almost two years now and she is the most amazing little girl.

She is my shadow and if I’m out of her sight for more than five seconds she comes and finds me.

She is so loving, cuddly and always by my side.  She does hog the bed sometimes because she needs to be close to me. I could not imagine my life without her.

She is such a joy every day and we love her so much.

Thanks again for bringing her into our hearts. A new picture of us relaxing on the couch. (signed, Nanci Johnson, Sept. 20, 2015)

Happy Tales: Waldo

Fostering is so gratifying, especially when there is positive feedback….

Dog foster Mary Freeman says, “I was privileged to foster this trio, the most beautiful litter I have ever seen.”  Waldo is far right, 7 weeks old.

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Two years later, Waldo’s owners say:

 

“In September of 2013, we were on a search for the perfect companion dog, knowing our apartment would be a temporary home for all three of us. We spent two months searching, until Michael stumbled upon thWaldoe Home Again website and we found a litter of puppies available. We drove two hours to find two of the CUTEST puppies we had ever seen, and there was Waldo.

We had a sleepless night the first night, because the little guy missed his sister, but from then on was smooth sailing.

We’ve had two amazing years with our little guy, and take him everywhere! He even has his own Instagram page! (@whereswaldothedog).

For being such a little dog, he has had quite the adventure of a life so far, from cottages to moving into his first home with a back yard!  Waldo is more than we could ever have aWaldosked for in a dog, and Home Again and their foster homes are wonderful. We have included some pictures of some of his adventures!

Thank you again for helping us give this little guy a home!” (signed, Melissa Champagne)

[Pictured here: Waldo at two years old, enjoying the cottage life]

 

Happy Tale: Amber

Spring 2015 Home Again received a call from two ladies in Bancroft who were trying to keep a stray cat near Mr. Video alive by feeding her tunafish.

Since Cat was so skittish – feral! – they could not touch her and did not know the sex.  Long-haired, orange, matted, Cat was covered with sores.  Home Again’s secretary put out this question by email and on Facebook, “who is up for the challenge of fostering a feral cat?  I expected no takers — no one wants a cat who runs away from you!”  Home Again can take a stray cat into its quarantine room, but only if a foster is willing to take the cat after 10 days quarantine.

Melinda Ratcliffe, cat foster, volunteered.   Many people on Facebook say stray cats make the best pets. Is that because they are grateful for being rescued?

Amber had to be shaved because of matts. She turned into a gentle loving purring pet, not feral at all. She is definitely grateful to be rescued!

Amber, after rescue. Her long hair will grow back.

Happy Tale: Therapy Dog

Milo, now named Henry, adopted a year ago from Home Again by Candice, is pictured here because “He is now a certified St. John Ambulance therapy dog.

We do weekly visits at a long term care facility in our neighborhood,” says Candice.

Congratulations Henry and thank you Candice for keeping us informed. Home Again adoptees are smart and valuable to society.

Henry Milo

Home Again participates in a Trap-Neuter-Return program for cats

In March 2015 Home Again financed a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats.

One un-spayed female cat and one un-neutered male cat and their offspring can result in 420,000 kittens in 7 years.  A population explosion is not good for the Bancroft area where there are already too many unwanted cats.

So Home Again spent a lot of money and many caring people devoted their time to live trapping the cats who were then vaccinated and spayed/neutered.

They recuperated at a Home Again volunteer’s home, and released where they were found.  The program reduces the colony’s size humanely while allowing the cats to live the life they want, the life they were born into.

Home Again Organization Expands

Since there is no Home Again shelter, all pets must be taken into a foster home.  Often that home already contains other pets and children who are put at risk by taking in a stray cat whose health problems are unknown.

Quarantine Room1To solve this problem, Home Again has built a quarantine room.  All stray cats will first go to the quarantine room for 7-10 days observation, treatment if necessary, then into their foster home.

This is not a cat shelter – space will be made for cats who have foster homes ready to take them after their quarantine period.  Quarantine Room

All the labour to build this shelter was donated – carpenters and electricians.

Home Again volunteers researched the best (cheapest) place to buy materials and fittings, many of which were donated.

 

Home Again Santa Claus Parade 2014

Here is Home Again’s float in Bancroft’s 2014 Santa Claus Parade. All the Home Again dogs who accompanied the float behaved beautifully.

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Patty McLaughlin (left) holding Lulu, Katie Gavrylec in dog costume, June Ockenden in cat costume, and Melody Gavrylec.

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Joan Phillips walking with Home Again’s Peri, a Papillon.

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Christine Walker, far right, showcasing Home Again’s Bailey, a Great Pyrenees cross.

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Happy Tale: Boston Terrier is flower girl at owner’s wedding

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Ninja, in the red dress, and Robot walked with the bride and groom at their wedding.

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Debra Eveleigh adopted Kate (now named Ninja), a Boston Terrier who had clearly been neglected in her former life before being rescued by Home Again, and had a number of issues with shyness, fear, etc. Debra’s fiancé John also has a Boston Terrier, Robot, so the two dogs participated in the wedding. Debra says, “In order to help support the important work Home Again does, John and I decided that in lieu of the traditional “clinking” of glasses to get the bride and groom to kiss, we asked our guests to donate money to get us to kiss at the wedding reception.

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We are happy to advise that we have $195.00 to donate.” This could be the start of a new tradition of dogs as flower girls and ring bearers.

Where Have They Gone?

Adoptions Map

 

Happy Tale: Captain

A stray Husky/Hound cross, about 2 years old, was taken in by a good Samaritan who then asked Home Again to find him a forever home.   His adopters have loved him for 2 months now, and they say this:

“We were both so surprised by how he took to the city. (Captain is a rural rescue animal.) Aside from the occasional huge truck rumbling by he seemed completely unfazed by the noise or the bustle, and now even that doesn’t make him blink. The meeting with the cats went smoothly and it’s clear that the smallest one out of the two is now the boss, and they all share the bed when the cats aren’t stealing his dog bed.

So far he’s been on a boat, in a pool, to 4 beaches (his favourite we think), for many hikes in the woods, on subways and city buses and to just about every park in the city. He’s a huge baby who always worms in for a cuddle and no matter if we’re out for an hour to run errands or a few more to see a movie, he always greets us like it’s been years.

After a lot of disinterest in many toys he finally took to a tennis ball and we’ve moved from that to the more durable, chewable type for dogs because he can take the normal kind (and a huge softball he once found) apart in minutes. He sleeps with the ball and carries it back from playing fetch in the park rather proudly. We have him off leash in the park and on the beach and he always sticks close unless it’s to meet another dog or investigate a smell, but he’ll stop and wait for us if he gets too far ahead.

So far he’s never met a person he doesn’t like and is disinterested in the dogs that run right up to him sticking their noses at him unabashed – he seems rather polite in that sense – and has made some friends he tears around with at the park. One is actually his age and nearly identical, except she’s a hound mix about half his size.

All in all he’s everything we could have ever wanted and a hundred times more. It’s been so fun getting to know him, figuring out all the ways he’s incredibly bright (but will hide it at appropriate times) and funny and laid back and just a loveable goofball. He was even described as “educated” by a man on the subway once and we definitely can’t take all the credit for that.

Thank you so much for letting us take Captain home, I really can’t imagine life without him.

Happy Tale: Opie

Home Again volunteers were told Opie, a golden retriever cross, was being abused. He was only 7 months old when we rescued him. His adoptive family have renamed this puppy James and want to share his first birthday with Home Again….

Today June 1, 2014 our James turns 1! I cannot tell you how much this sweet, loving and super smart boy has enriched our lives! Right now he’s lying contently at my feet but soon the nose will nudge my arm and tell me it’s time to walk, or rather run, the fields next door. There we usually meet his best friend Diesel, a black lab, and then after an hour of running and playing, I try to get him into the car before he makes it to the creek which is now a mud hole! Sometimes I’m not successful but that’s ok, he LOVES being sprayed with the garden hose.

Scott and I often talk about how perfect James is for us, the three of us are well suited. Morning coffee time on our porch is so much better now with ball catching and retrieval time, and of course his new favourite thing….chasing brazen chipmunks!

And my family in Denbigh love him too. My 81-year-old dad will ride the lawn mower around their 3 acre yard for an hour and James makes a great game out of it. Dad says for every one time he goes around, James goes 3! Then he will snuggle on the couch with my mom who does not move about much…he makes everyone happy!

Here are some birthday pictures of James. I bought him a dog biscuit cupcake and he’s not sure what to do with it, so rolling on it seemed like a good idea! Gotta run, am getting the nose, thanks again for allowing us to have James!
~Joanne~

 

Happy Tale: Maeve

Why would anyone abandon their small boston terrier at the dog pound on the coldest night of the year?  This is how Home Again acquired a dog we named Maeve in February 2014.  Maeve’s adopter sent us these comments:

Hi Home Again!

I just want to say thanks for saving the wonderful little Boston Terrier Maeve I adopted on May 3, 2014. My first meeting with her was incredible.  I walked into the foster parents’ home and bent down for a slow greeting and this little bundle of love came running full force to me like she knew and missed me.   She was so excited to see me.  Her foster family were also surprised at her greeting.  My daughter received the same greeting, and then it was time for my Boston Midge to meet Maeve.  They seemed to know that it was all good — outside for a play and greet, and then the four of us headed for the 1 1/2 hour drive home.  The dogs have become best friends in the month that I have had my new dog.  Where one is, the other is not far behind.  Maeve has taken on the job of best friend and protector of Midge and I.   She is a very sweet and loveable girl.  She tried kayaking on the weekend with us.  She has made everything so much more fun in our home.

Thanks again for picking us to love and forever care for this amazing girl.
Valerie Thurston – Orillia

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WHERE Do Our Funds Come From..

Where Do Our Funds Come From..

HomeAgain Volunteers!

Here are some of the volunteers behind HomeAgain.  A few weeks ago,  the Bancroft Times published an article describing our organization and its activities. Perhaps we will be able to post it here for posterity.  Photo credit: Kristena Schutt from the Bancroft Times.

Benfits of ID tags..

What ID does your dog or cat have?

Residents of Bancroft should all purchase tags for their dogs. These tags are inexpensive and may save your pet’s life. The majority of all animals that come to Home Again or to the Municipal Dog Pound have no form of identification and may never be reunited with their owners.

If your cat goes outside, it also needs identification. Cats that have been spayed or neutered through Home Again will all have a rabies tag and a Home Again tag. A well fitted collar, can carry at least one of these tags.

Microchips, inserted by your vet are and permanent form of identification that can not be lost. But there are other forms of ID that cost very little, help to finance services such as the Municipal Dog Pound, and should you lose your pet, will ensure a speedy homecoming.  Please be a responsible and caring pet owner. Make sure your pet can be identified.


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