Zoë: A whole new dog

Rescued Surrey canine honoured at BC SPCA Awards ceremony.

  • May. 10, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Being a hero isn’t restricted to any one species, as the people and the animals of the BC SPCA have proven time and again.

The BC SPCA honoured a wide range of diverse heroes at its annual BC SPCA Awards ceremony, held at a dinner event on May 6 in Abbotsford.

Among them was Zoë, who won the Animal Courage Award.

Zoë was one of 57 neglected animals seized from a Surrey property in August 2015.

When Zoë first came into the care of the BC SPCA, she had scabs on her head from being confined to a crate far too small for her size and she was extremely fearful of anyone or anything new to her. She was even afraid to go for walks, or go through doorways or up or down stairs.

Zoë spent many days in the BC SPCA’s provincial office while she was a foster and learned, with the help of staff dogs like Tuli and Winston, how to be a dog again.

Under the tutelage of Tuli and Winston, Zoë blossomed into a whole new dog, leaving staff wondering if this was the same dog as before.

Despite persistent attempts to find an “in-house” adopter to keep her around forever, office staff were ecstatic when she found a forever home, where she is showered with love, attention and affection every day.

“This year’s awards recipients lead by example and showcase all the reasons why our work is so rewarding,” said BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell.  “I am constantly amazed and humbled by the outstanding staff, volunteers, partners, supporters and others who help us help the province’s most vulnerable animals. It’s truly extraordinary to have such impressive support.”