We may be small but we give big.....


Adopt Me Coat Charity Drive
Fall 2009

It all began with a 12-year-old German Shepherd named Heidi, whose forever home came in time for Christmas as a result of our donations, taking her out of the city pound where she sat for close to a year. The shelter staff cried with happiness the day she walked out and we knew we were on to something good. Today Zen Dog has raised more than $14,000, 100% of it going toward dogs in need. We hold a strong belief in giving back to our community of dogs, especially those less fortunate than our own. It reflects our core values and is something we are immensely proud of accomplishing.  

We are active within our group classes for fund raising, as well as taking part in various charity drives for specific calls-to-action.  We often purchase classified advertising space in local newspapers to help place "long-timers" at the Vancouver City Pound.

The success of our charity work is due to the incredible compassion and generosity of our Zen Dog clients.  Without them we wouldn't be able to help all the dogs we have over the years.  To them all we extend a big thank-you.



October 2010 - A Northern Dog In Need


It was a miracle she survived long enough to even be rescued – a tiny, feral, 7 week old puppy with a broken leg who couldn’t run away with her mom and the rest of her litter.

This lucky girl was saved from almost certain death by caring individuals who in turn surrendered her to a long time Northern rescuer in Smithers, B.C. The puppy was safe but in pain, and there was no money for Veterinary care.

Yvette Labatte, of Turtle Gardens K-9 Rescue in Topley, B.C. http://www.turtlegardens.org/ received the call for help, and despite the daily struggle to meet Turtle Garden's own financial obligations, agreed to take over the puppy's medical care and 'hope for the best'.

Zen Dog learned of the situation and decided to partner with Turtle Gardens by raising money for the puppy’s veterinary care. A call went out and in less than a week, Zen Dog’s amazing Community of Clients had met the goal of raising $500.00. Funds were immediately sent to Turtle Gardens via Canada Helps,http://www.canadahelps.org/

The puppy has been x-rayed, splinted, revolutioned, wormed and vaccinated at Babine Pet Hospital in Smithers, and as we write, is recovering in a loving foster home. Her foster mom has named her ‘Amazing Grace’ (Gracie for short), because “she tries to run with her splint on, and after a few rushed steps, does the inevitable face plant. Perfectly graceless, but amazingly, she never gives up and gets up and keeps on trying. Hence, Amazing Grace”.

Way To Go Gracie – You Are A ‘Zen Dog’ In The Making!


‘Bow’s Tees’

Looking Great While Doing Good


Bow  (pronounced Beau) is the kind of dog who would give you the shirt off his back, so when Zen Dog Training went looking for a way to generate ongoing charitable funds for independent Animal Rescues in B.C., Bow and his amazing person, Bea, had just the answer….gorgeous, high quality Zen Dog t-shirts.
You see, Bea and Bow are graphic artists and kindly donated their time and creativity to produce these one-of-a-kind shirts for a cause. Sales from the first run have been brisk, and thanks to Bea and Bow’s hard work and Zen Dog’s generous and fashionable clients, Bow’s Tees’ have generated more than $450 (sales are still coming in) in donation dollars.
To honour Bow and Bea’s contribution, we’ve decided to make Dogwood Sporting Dog Rescue of West Vancouver, Bow’s Tees’ first charitable recipient. It seems only fitting since Dogwood gave Bow his second chance in life after he was abandoned in a high kill shelter. Dogwood rescues breeds in the ‘Gun Dog or Sporting Dog’ categories who have been abandoned and are facing death in kill shelters, as well as strays and animals whose owners are no longer able to keep them, but do not want them to end up in over-crowded impounds.
Bow’s Tees’ will soon be expanding its’ line to include Zen Dog hats and hoodies, so looking great while doing good will be easier than ever.
 And once again, a huge thank you to all of our clients; we continue to be humbled by your generosity and support for B.C.’s most vulnerable animals.

Supporting an End to Northern ‘Round Ups’

Folks involved in animal rescue will tell you that it is a complex and physically and emotionally demanding calling; one that too often ends in heartbreaking outcomes rather than happy endings.  Who among us will forget our emotional response to the horrific news that 100 sled dogs had been slaughtered in Whistler – that story made front page headlines around the world. What few of us knew, however, is that similar slaughters of unwanted dogs have been taking place in many northern B.C. communities for years. 
When Zen Dog Training learned recently that Yvette Labatte of Turtle Gardens K-9 Rescue was taking pro-active steps to put an end to these slaughters, we knew this was something our Clients would want to support.  
As Yvette wrote in her March 5, 2011 blog: “Dog round ups are a regular occurrence in which dogs found roaming outside are rounded up, brought to one or more locations, and shot. This is a form of population control that has been a common practice in our northern communities for as long as we can remember.” 
“To look at statistics; over 3 years we have provided a solution to culls—now called round ups. We average 150 feral/stray dogs from the round ups per year times 3 years equals 450 dogs. They would have been shot too. There is nowhere else for them to go, maybe the puppies would have found a safe haven, maybe not, some had demodex. Some were simply shy and scared….”
“Dave and I know that we are not alone up here in the north country. Last year we rescued 270 dogs—180 were feral/shy/scared/wild. There are a few rescue groups working very hard. 64 more dogs were saved last year—and multitudes of cats. These groups are doing a commendable job. But the need far surpasses the aid. The sheer volume of unwanted pets is staggering.”
Turtle Gardens is leading change by working with other Northern Rescues and the surrounding communities to develop viable solutions. Their goal is to implement a Coalition of Communities and to set up education programs that are relevant to their areas. As Yvette says: “Education is the key to responsible pet ownership. Spay/neuter will follow responsible pet care. One dog at a time. The lost souls will not be forgotten.”
Thanks to the compassion and generosity of Zen Dogs’ Clients, a donation of $350 has been made to Turtle Gardens Education, Spay and Neuter Fund  in honour of the lost souls whose lives could not be saved. 
If you would like to learn more, follow the link  http://www.turtlegardens.org/dog-round-ups to read the full story and meet just a few of this year’s ‘lucky ones’.