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Waglisla (Bella Bella) & Shearwater Visit Update

The BHR volunteer team is now back from Waglisla (Bella Bella) and Shearwater where they saw 108 dogs and cats in 1.5 days! The team was warmly welcomed by the community and we’re so grateful  for all the incredible support that was provided to us.

Thank you to each volunteer who worked so hard this weekend in Waglisla (Bella Bella) and Shearwater to ensure that our partner communities’ animals are healthy and happier!

Thanks to the communities of Bella Bella and Shearwater for welcoming us so warmly. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.



No words can begin to describe how grateful Big Heart Rescue is to Kerri-Lynne,  foster Mom and volunteer extraordinaire! Over the years Kerri-Lynne has fostered many of our special needs companions who are either seniors or in need of medical rehabilitation. With her kind heart and healing touch, Kerri-Lynne has managed to support a companion at every turn, be it going to the vets, doing home care, post operative recovery or something as simple as an extra cuddle at night or an afternoon of stick throwing.

In addition to fostering, Kerri-Lynne also assisted with grant and proposal writing, volunteering at the yearly Gala, completing home visits and networking on behalf of all the animals in care of Big Heart Rescue.

The hours spent loving and training a foster dog are countless yet the rewards are heart warming.  Of special note is Kerri-Lynne’s devotion to her first foster “failure”, Joey who came to her as a sick and frightened dog.  It would take many interventions to assist Joey on his road back to health and comfort and Joey overcame many obstacles during his journey with Kerri-Lynne and her husband Terry. These were huge obstacles including open heart surgery, many medications and a slow rebuilding of his health.

Joey had a wonderful time being a “normal” dog.  He swam with his tail as a rudder, he fetched sticks and balls for hours on end, he played with his sisters Keara and Luna and cleaned his foster sisters’ ears, which Pearl loved. He ran the trails and enjoyed games of hide and seek as he searched for his Mom and Joey knew she could not hide very well, so she was easy to find!

Sadly, Joey began to lose his fight for good health and experienced congestive heart failure. Medical interventions and love could no longer make a difference for this beautiful boy.

The entire BHR team grieved along with Joey’s family and we thank Kerri-Lynne, Terry, Keara and Luna for allowing so many special dogs to be welcomed into your home, to be loved and made ready for their next step in finding a family to call their own.


Linda & Bill

Big Heart Rescue has a dynamo tag team in Linda and Bill!

Linda contacted Big Heart Rescue to learn more about our non-profit and it’s been a partnership of joy ever since that phone call over a year ago.

Bill and Linda share their love and devotion so generously with BHR that it is hard to even think where we would be without them.

From fundraisers to home visits, phone calls and donation solicitations, to baking and promotion,  both Bill and Linda have spent countless hours helping  BHR.

In addition, Linda is planning to further her studies in animal communication and Reiki which will be of great benefit to the dogs in foster care.

Bill consistently provides a warm hug and huge smile to the BHR team members when he is taking a break from gathering up donations, doing home visits with Linda, printing off posters, organizing garage sales and supporting BHR at every turn.

Without dedicated, enthusiastic, supportive volunteers like Linda and Bill, our small volunteer-driven non-profit group would never be the success it is today.  We thank Linda and Bill for being an integral part of Big Heart Rescue.


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