Local and International Rescue Programs
This was another great partnership mission between the SPCA International and RainCoast Dog Rescue Society. This particular mission included the US Military, Deacon Wildlife Reserve, and the D.O.D. This mission entailed that our founder, Jesse Adams, flies to Djibouti, Africa by himself to meet Dr.Lafrance, founder of the Deacon Wildlife reserve in Africa to help transport two amazing dogs that two US military members had befriended overseas in Yemen while on deployment. The objective was to get them from Yemen to Djibouti, Africa. Then I would take them from there to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, then to Frankfurt, Germany, and finally to San Diego, California where I would reunite them with their soldiers, friends, families to be adopted. Giving these two dogs a real home with a real life of love. The support these dogs provide the soldiers overseas is incredible, to give some sort of humanity, compassion and grounding to the soldiers when they are so far away from home doing very important and dangerous work. This was no easy task as so much planning, hard work and problem solving on the fly from all the organizations involved had to be done. It was an honour to be able to help accomplish such a mission.
I was also able to work at the Deacon Wildlife Reserve for 5 days helping feed wild animals that had been rescued from the black market trade or animals given to world leaders that had been not properly cared for, so the Deacon Wildlife Reserve takes them in. I was able to help work with, feed, learn about and care for animals such as Cheetahs, Ostriches, Goats, a Bull, Horses, Turtles, Porcupines, Baboons, Monkeys, Gazelles, Donkeys, Jackals, Camels and more.. It is an experience I will never forget and feel so grateful that I got to experience.
This is a great partnership that we are so proud of that we have created with the Port Renfrew, BC, Pacheedaht First Nations band. We have now worked hand and hand for two years with the people in the community with helping supply dog and cat food, treats, other supplies, education and medical care to those in need with animals. In July 2019, we partnered up with Otter Point Vet clinic to run a two day long spay and neuter clinic with the objective of altering as many cats and dogs as possible. The Pacheedaht region is a bit remote so we were able to rally up volunteers to help drive in and drive out each day with as many dogs and cats as we could to get altered, vaccinated and treated for any medical conditions. This was the biggest project to date that we have done with the community and it was an amazing success! With us able to spay and neuter and treat 28 dogs and cats in total in two days. We were all so happy at how smoothly this project went, with the community being so kind and warm hearted to us. We hope to have this project run on to two times a year now. A HUGE thanks to Chief Jeff Jones and all the tribal council for allowing us to become a team and create such a positive success for the community.
In the summer / fall of 2018 British Columbia experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons in it’s history that was enacted as a state of emergency by the Province of BC in the Burns Lake and Francois Lake areas of Northern BC. The majority of these devastating fires were all centred right in these regions and it caused immense damage, devastation and even, sadly, deaths of animals and humans. Peoples homes and communities were burnt to the ground, leaving so many frightened, hungry and homeless. Wildfire fighters were brought in from all over Canada and the world to help with the extreme conditions and terrain that these fires were located in. We at RainCoast decided we had to do something to help so we at RainCoast once again teamed up with the SPCA International and with The Postman Group to help provide support to those in need with animals, and to help get supplies to these animals, the firefighters and the families affected by the wildfires. We were there for two weeks helping work with so many of the animals groups, the people and families affected, Bakers Acres Kennel and Rescue Relief, and the Prince George Humane Society. We transported tens of thousands of pounds of food and supplies in two big budget rental cube vans and our rescue truck we had been so graciously donated by Vancouver Islanders and businesses. Everyday we drove hundreds of kilometres from morning to night to provide desperate relief for those animals and people in need. We are beyond proud of this mission to help our fellow British Columbians and Canadians.
In October / November 2018 we traveled to the country of Taiwan to meet up with a rescue friend of ours named Sandy that lives there. We traveled around Taiwan and rescued, fed, and provided medical care for dogs in need. We also visited many public and private shelters to gain perspective on how things are done there in regards to animal control and their shelter system. We were able to help rescue and bring back 4 dogs, helped feed and treat so many, and visit thousands in private and public shelters. We got to learn a lot of valuable experience on this trip.
In 2018, we traveled to Lebanon to work with the largest animal welfare group in the country, the Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or BETA. We went and saw and worked at their non-kill shelter which on average holds over 800 rescued dogs all needing forever homes, and with the very dedicated BETA staff that helps take care of every single dog each day. Some of the staff live their year round and dedicates their lives to these dogs in need, which really shows their true compassion and dedication to the animals care. We also attended emergency rescue calls received throughout the country, one among many being a very 80 dog puppy mill seizure. That was a very difficult time, but we are able to really gain some very valuable dog rescue experience doing this type and level of rescue work. Working with this amazing organization we really got a sense how hard they work to rescue, rehabilitate and advocate for animals well being and treatment in their country, and abroad. They are an inspiration to us. We were also able to bring back 3 dogs as well in 2018 and found them loving forever homes in Canada. In April 2019 we went back to work with BETA and we were able to once again to help do on site rescue work and care, while also bringing back 6 dogs, with 7 more coming a couple months later with one of their board members to come visit us in Canada to give some more dogs from their shelter a real chance at life. We have now helped rescue 16 dogs from Lebanon and with BETA.
Please check out their website at: https://betalebanon.org
In early 2018 we were invited to Journey Middle School in Sooke, B.C. where we got to discuss with the students all about dog education and our passion for rescuing. This was and honour and something we love to do very much here at RainCoast Dog Rescue Society. We love to talk to the future generations about how to properly treat and take care of their animals. By reaching out and educating the youth, only then will we change the future for the better educated and humane treatment of animals. Thank you to the teachers and students at Journey Middle School we had the pleasure of meeting and talking to that day.
This is a picture of our founder, Jesse Adams, in February of 2015, in the Middle East working with the SPCA International with their fantastic program called “Operation Baghdad Pups”. This program helps bring military dogs and dogs friended by US military members to come back home. This is to ensure no dog is left behind that has served for the military dogs helping save lives. Jesse, is seen here with 6 highly trained Belgian Malinois that were American military mine detection dogs needing to be brought home from Afghanistan to the USA, to be rehabilitated from their military service resulting in PTSD. It was an honour for us to be able to be part of such an amazing and honourable program.
Here we show our second trip to Montreal to help dogs affected by their Breed Specific Legislation law. This targets a dog simply by how they look, not by how they behave. Regardless, it’s up to all owners to be responsible for their dogs and actions. The fault lays at the other end of the leash, the human side. This trip was in 2017 and we rescued two dogs from Le Berger Blanc. These two beautiful dogs, Hatch and Panther, were sadly subject to euthanasia simply for how they look. We were able to save these two from that euthanasia. Now in 2018, Montreal has a new mayor, Valeria Plante. She has revoked the BSL law and has introduced science based, factual and educated By-Laws.
Here is a picture of our leader and founder, Jesse Adams, with the four dogs he rescued that were being subject to Breed Specific Legislation in Montreal in 2016. He rescued them from a very questionable, high rate euthanasia shelter in Montreal called Le Berger Blanc.
Education over Discrimination. #endbsl
On October 3rd, 2016 and in 2017, RainCoast Dog Rescue was officially at ground zero in Montreal, Quebec to work with the wonderful Montreal SPCA and to stand behind all American Pit Bull Terriers, and any dog considered a “Pit Bull” and their owners to fight against fear, hate, ignorance and profiling. To stand up for what’s fair, just, and humane for any breed of dog, but right now it’s especially about American Pit Bull Terriers, and any dogs with a blocky head that look like them. So called “Pit Bulls. Because that is what Montreals Mayor, Denis Corderre and specific city council members believed was very dangerous to their city and it’s people. Any dog that even looks like it may have a hint of American Pit Bull Terrier, or some type of blocky head look in their genetics. This is due to some humans spreading mass fear, hate and ignorance. This is what is really dangerous, not a breed or breeds of dog. This barbaric attempt at BSL is completely based off fear, ignorance and hate mongering. Not one bit of it is based of facts and science. So we stand up for the ones without a voice. We stand up for the ones that ask for help with their eyes and paws, not their voice. For we are their voice, we are the voice for the voiceless.
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws” -Martin Luther King Jr.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King Jr
“Lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” -Martin Luther King Jr
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” -Martin Luther King Jr
END BSL. Education over discrimination. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and paws.