Welcome to Dhana Metta

“We can think of our society as a body, with arms and legs as parts of it. Of course, the arm is different from the leg; however, if something happens to the foot, the hand must reach down to help. Similarly, when something is wrong with our society, we must help. Why? Because it is part of the body, it is part of us”.

“In Buddhism, Compassion is defined as the wish that all beings be free of their suffering. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to rid the world of it’s misery.  We cannot take the task upon ourselves, and there is no magic wand to transform the affliction into happiness.  Yet we can develop our own minds in virtue and thereby help others do the same.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thank-You my friend Sumpow for teaching me so much.

We are pleased to announce Dhana Metta Rescue Society as the next generation of animal rescue societies. We are a registered non-profit society, dedicated to all breed dogs primarily located in British Columbia, and on occasion we take part in helping the desperate dogs of California and Louisiana.

Our dreams and goals are not only to help abused, neglected, special needs and senior dogs/cats, but to also hold educational workshops for the public on:

a) The importance of proper training and care of domestic pets

b) How we can all help prevent pet over population by spaying and neutering

c) The negative effects of puppy/cat mills and back yard breeders

d) How working together can make a change in the regulations & laws regarding animal cruelty

As we continue to grow and establish ourselves, we hope to see rescue work as a communal endeavor. Each and every animal in need should receive help, from all of us. We will work together with other rescuers and shelters, to better the lives of the animals that rely on humans.

To practice communication, peace, empathy, and compassion throughout life’s journey.

To reach us, you can send an email to: dhanametta@yahoo.ca

You can also visit our new permanent website at:




  1. Gerald said,

    February 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    I wish to congratulate you on your entry in to the world of rescue. Hopefully, you also have experience in this field as well. And please be cautious, as there are many self-professed rescuers who are quite vicious, jealous, and all too willing to demean your efforts.
    Nonetheless, if you proceed on your proclaimed spiritual basis, I have no doubt that you will be protected and guided to serve successfully and well.

  2. Maureen St. Pierre said,

    March 7, 2008 at 5:52 am

    PLEASE if you ever obtain a hypo-allergenic dog/puppy would you contact me? I fell in love with the corgi mix (brown) today but sadly cannot make a move to adopt same, since I have hypo-allergenic adult children and two grandchildren. We have a Havanese at the moment and want another dog.
    I greatly admire what you are doing and have already filled out an adoption form, ready to go if you to obtain a puppy that I could adopt. Well done!
    Your adoption form is excellent and doesn’t miss a thing that should be known about the adopting parents. Yesterday when I heard that some people who lost their houses in the States, gave up their dogs when they moved away, I cried. How could one leave a member of their family because they were moving. I have always made sure that I move where I could have my pet, otherwise I would not even consider somewhere else.
    To each his own. If I had land I would do what you are doing, saving animals, with a Spiritual Attitude. Loved the quote from the Dali Lama.
    Don’t forget me when you have a dog for me.

  3. Briana Parkinson said,

    March 8, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    It’s wonderful to see a site that is so devoted to the well-being of these dogs! I found it especially meaningful to see their stories; it demonstrates all the more how these dogs truly need to find loving homes where they will be properly cared for.

  4. cynda said,

    May 17, 2008 at 3:18 am

    Hi Yuana,
    I have never seen such a beautiful website devoted to rescue. This is really the essence of you – a kind, gentle, giving, spiritual soul, practicing what you preach and believe. And Gerald is so right, no matter what, you have your beliefs and resiliency of spirit – bottom line, you accept what is impossible and you know what is possible – you are making a huge difference in the lives of these wonderful dogs!

  5. Angela said,

    May 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    This is a beautiful blog with a wonderful mission. Thanks so much for the work you do to help rehome orphaned dogs and cats and help educate the public. I love that you are grounded in dhana metta and I clicked on your site expecting to find Buddhist content of quite a different order than this. What a great surprise!
    I am a Crest-Care rep., which is a rescue for Chinese Crested Hairless dogs. I run a small blog dedicated to hairless breeds with a focus on rescue, education around breeding and puppy mills, and dog health. I will add a link to this site right away.
    All the best,

  6. Angela said,

    May 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    In fact, I’ve posted a short entry dedicated to letting people know about you.
    You can see it here: http://crestiepics.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/dhanamettas-weblog/

    Thanks again for what you do!

  7. dhanametta said,

    May 18, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Thank you Angela and Cynda for understanding the essence of my being, and the journey we would like to continue in our rescue.

    Angela – thank you so much for linking to us to help spread the word. It means so much to us and we hope that this bond between rescues becomes contagious.

    We would like so much to see less conflict and more togetherness in the world of rescue, as the bottom line is, we are all here to reach a common goal.

    Namaste, Yuana

  8. Terri McSorley said,

    June 19, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Hi Yuana!
    Please send me a photo of your little blond friend when you can.
    Thanks, terri

  9. Giselle said,

    September 4, 2008 at 6:04 am

    That is a very beautiful thing you are doing. Animals just like humans need a home. Good job,


  10. AnnMarie said,

    November 19, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I applaude your efforts to save the puppy mill Chihuahuas in New Orleans and I wish there were more people in the world that would take the challenge you have. I agree on how could you turn a blind eye and sleep at night??!!
    I too am a Chi lover and adopted a puppy mill survivor from a rescue in Seattle. I never regretted that decision, not even for a minute. He came to us traumatized by the hands of the puppy mill owners and I wonder each day how someone could do that to an innocent soul. He did not know love, a warm bed of even a toy until he came to rescue and then to us. He now has the life he deserves and a zest like I have never seen. The transformation in him is amazing and every wag of his tail and kiss we get makes every struggle more than worth it.
    I always say, if people don’t believe what puppy mills do, spend a day with one of their survivors. These babies are traumatized beyond belief and they deserve love and a chance at life

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