A Cat Nap

Note from Sonya White, Adoption Centre Manager:

Black Friday--Good News for Bow Valley SPCA Kittens

All kittens Elmo, Aztec, Tattoo and Sam were happily adopted at noon on their first day available for adoption. We had people lining up at the gate at 10:30 am to be first in line to get the pick of the litter. Elmo and Aztec went to the same home.

Update on Morley

Here’s a nice update from Morley’s family. For those of you who didn’t know her, she was a Morley dog who arrived in need of eye surgery to remove a badly injured eye.  She was adopted a few years ago now.
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 12:41 PM

CJ (now Taj) Gets a New Life

CJ was seized from a trailer outside of Calgary where a woman was hoarding 40 cats. CJ was skinny, completely bald from stress licking, and needed major dental surgery. I call this a major success story! I’m so happy for CJ.
Sonya White, Adoption Centre Manager

Shasta's Big Outing

Shasta went for a 4 day stay with Susan, one of our volunteers.  Susan and Shasta had a great time She got some great photos and some nice video of Shasta.  Here is Shasta's Report:

Lola: Look at her now

This is a dog we took from Golden because the neighbor was threatening to shoot her for chasing his calves.  But, look at her now!

Email from her ownrers:

Meeting with The Calgary Foundation

The Calgary Foundation asked us to give a verbal report on our new website – which they funded. We were so pleased to be able to report the success of our new site. We believe they were pleased to have funded such a successful project.

Frank Sojonky Died Peacefully on October 15, 2012

Frank Sojonky who loved dogs, and with his wife Carla contributed several hundred thouand dollars toward the construction of the Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre, home of the Bow Valley SPCA, died this week.  He was 84.  Frank was a successful businessman, but more important to many of the p

Clicker Training - Loose Leash Walking--Part 2

It was cold and snowy when more than a half dozen volunteers showed up for the second part of the clicker training class.   The challenge was to work with dogs currently living at the Centre and to begin the process of teaching them "loose leash walking".  By the end of about 40 minutes all of th

The Power of a Promise

Susan Crawford, one of the partners at The Promise ( has just published an article in CitizenPet that captures the essence of why pets are so important in our lives.  Heffy

Briar and Aura Get a Drink

Briar the mom, decides to get a drink, and Aura, the pup, just has to do the same.  Briar and Aura are at the Bow Valley SPCA because Briar was found as an abandoned dog by Canmore By-law.

Blessing of Animals at St. Michaels in Canmore

Rev. Betty Piwowar conducted a Blessing of the Animals on October 13 at St. Michaels in Canmore.  More than 25 dogs and one cat attended.  In addition, there was a memorial which featured lighting a candle for pets that have died.  As the images demonstrate, it was a happy event.

4 week rescued kittens chow down

Three 4 week kittens were found motherless in a barn near Canmore, Alberta.  A kind soul brought them to the Bow Valley SPCA and we are now nursing and caring for them.  Lauren Laming captured the action on her iPhone.  These guys are waaaay too cute!

Stray Pregnant Mom Finds Refuge for Herself and Her Pup

Briar, the mom was found by Canmore by-law.  She was very close to term and we took her to the vet clinic where she had her single pup--Aura.  The mom and pup are doing well and are so amazingly well socialized that it is hard to believe.  It will be a while before they are available for adoption

Blessing of the Animals--St George's in the Pines

Reverend George Belcher at St George's in the Pines, in Banff gave his annual Blessing of the Animals on October 7.  The first blessing was bestowed on a beautiful horse that is very familiar to anyone who visits the townsite.  Next in line was a small yellow bird that sang along with all of the

Banff Off-Leash Dog Park Offically Opens

Grant Canning, Banff Town Councilor, conducted the ceremony for the offical opening of Banff's off leash dog park.

Chicken Jerky Linked to Deaths of 360 Dogs in the US

This story from NBC News September 14, 2012 provides a warning for dog and and cat owners about the kinds of food they feed their pets.  The lead sentence from the article states, "At least 360 dogs and one cat reportedly have died in the U.S.

Mut Strut--a giant success

The Bow Valley Mut Strut held on September 15, 2012 in Canmore raised exactly $15,000 and because of our generous sponsors it netted $15,000.  That means that we were able to use ALL of the funds raised from the work of the 50+ people walking 40+ dogs for the care of the dogs and

Spirit--An Update

Some of you may remember Spirit when she lived at the Centre.  She started out as a an extrememly high energy girl who wanted to play more than anything.  We loved the play behaviour, but also wanted her to learn to learn some polite behaiours like walking on a loose leash, not jumping up on ever

Calendar Cover Contest Winner

Gudrun Schulze Ebbinghoff was one of the winners of the Calendar Cover Contest for the 2013 version of the Bow Valley SPCA Calendar.  She, her daughter and Talea (they call her Lea), all came to Canmore to pick up the prize, valued at $300, from  Charlene Cherniwchan at the Mut Hut.  Luckily for

2013 Calendar Available

The 2013 Bow Valley SPCA Calendar is now available.  August might seem a bit early to be thinking about 2013, but with school starting and many winter events being scheduled, we hope that it will be helpful (as well as beautiful).  This calendar, like our earlier versions, was created with volunt

Belle One Year Later

Belle was with us at the Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre for about 3 years.  She was adored by every volunteer that knew her.  Her temperment was astounding when it came to people and kids--beautifully sweet and gentle.  She was a bit unpredictable when it came to other dogs and at 110 poun

Another Tweak--easy as 1-2-3

We have improved the update feature on our new site.  Now you can see all of the changes, including who has been adopted).  This is a terrific way to follow the lives of the dogs and cats that come into our care, AND you need to only sign up one time.  We promise this is secure a

SPCA Garage Sale and Bottle Drive--Big Success

The Bow Valley SPCA raised $1300 in (garage) sales and estimate about $100 worth of recyclable bottles/cans were dropped off at the Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Center.  More than 100 people showed up to look for bargins.  Most of the available items were lightly used and many were new.  The it

How Sweet It Is!

Recent email to our Adoption Centre Manager:

Good Morning,
I just wanted to give everyone at the Bow Valley SPCA a huge thank you for taking such great care and bring our 2 girls in to our lives. We adopted Lexi (the black pup) in November 2011, and we just recently added to our family unit with Farrah in July 2012. The girls love each other so much and have became inseparable. You have filled our home with so much love and joy, we just wanted to personally thank you. Everyone that works/volunteers at the SPCA goes above and beyond and you can really tell how much it pays off when you meet our pups.

Another Good Reason to Volunteer

Natasha, one of our senior volunteers, took Koa (who was adopted almost immediately) for a short hike at Heart Creek.  It is clear from the pictures that they both had fun, and that is always an objective of any outing.  What is not so clear is that Natasha, like all of our volunteers, is teachin

Bow Valley SPCA 2013 Calendar Cover Contest Winners

The judges have sorted and selected 4 winners for the Calendar Cover Contest for 2013.  The Camera Store in Calgary hosted the event and asked their newsletter recipients to submit photos.  We also asked through Facebook for any of our "likes" to submit.  Ultimately we had nearly 70 submissions a

The Payoff for Rescue

Here is an email we received and it explains in nthe simplist terms why people get involved with rescuing cats and dogs.  Of course it is great for the dogs and cats, but what is not noticed so often is what a huge benefit it is to the person adopting.

3 Week Old Kitten Abandoned Near Highway.

A man arrived at the Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre door at noon on Sunday. He had a tiny little kitten in a Roger’s sugar box. He said a tourist had found the kitten on the side of the road and took it to the hotel where his wife worked.

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