Strawberry Festival


Hello to all our veteran supporters…. I know I have not been so diligent in updating this blog, and I apologize!

Here we are – almost summer time, and I would like to invite you all to visit us this June 28 & 29th at the Strawberry Festival at the Bissett Farms 2170 Westham Island Road, Delta.

It starts at 10am until 4 pm.  You can come pick strawberries to your heart’s delight, meet a few of the Dhana Metta Dogs, enter various raffles, have a good time… and enjoy a beautiful weekend.

We hope to see you there, and would love to meet many of our supporters in person!!

Upgrades and Improvements

Hello Dhana Metta Supporters!!

We have been working hard to improve our facilities, to provide a safer, happier place for dogs in transition to stay, while they wait for their forever or foster homes.

We also would like to continue to work towards building better facilities for our residents dogs – which we tend to call the “un-adoptables” who will live out their lives here at Dhana Metta Headquarters.  We call this part the Sanctuary for seniors, medical cases, and behaviourally challenged canines.

Materials are very expensive. Just to build a covered area
(lean to) without the fencing or tin roofing has cost us approximately $1000 in lumber. The Roofing materials will run us close to or just over $1500.

And then the new solid panel fencing is after that, but must be done before summer comes, which will likely run about $3000.

We would like to raise $5500 to cover this much needed upgrade to the facilities.

We hope that each Dhana Metta Supporter would be kind enough to donatea nominal $5 or $10 dollars.   Every little bit counts – and it all adds up!

Please help us make the dogs feel more comfortable and safe by summer! We would love to be able to have an open house once everything is done, so you can all see what you have contributed to!

Donations can be made via paypal by clicking below

It takes a Team to build a Dream!! We hope you will help make our dreams come true!


Darling little Chappy. Help him feel better by Xmas?

UPDATE  FEB 4, 2014

It has been a couple of months since Chappy arrived.  He has a wonderful foster momma that treats him like a king.   But he is still sad because he has only $190 in the pot for his vet expenses, and we owe about $850.  He didn’t get his Christmas wish of having his medical bills covered, but his wish of being able to sleep in bed with his human did come true!!  He loves his foster mom so much.  He is happy, he is eating well on low protein food, his coat is starting to come back in nicely, he doesn’t fall over as much when he walks, and his spinning is almost nil.  

He will be going back to the vet for a recheck soon, so we can check his liver values to see where he is at.   Once we know he is healthy, he will be looking for a forever home.  He is the sweetest 8 year old little chihuahua ever… some attitude to go along with the sweetness.

If you can chip in to Chappy’s medical bills, he would be so appreciative and so would all of us at DMRS!!

It is Christmas day, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!  But what is that I hear in the distance?  It’s CHAPPY!!

Chappy wants to wish everyone a happy holiday.  He didn’t get as much as he had hoped when he looked under the tree and in his stocking this morning.

He hopes that the rest of the gifts arrive late, and that his medical bills will be all taken care of.   There is only $140 in Chappy’s stocking so far, and his medical bills have reached just over $850.00 and he still needs to go back in a month for a recheck on liver values.

Please consider donating just $5.00 into Chappy’s stocking.  We guarantee that it will make him so very happy!


Chappy is a sweet, tiny senior chihuahua.  He was a healthy, normal beautiful little man – who went in for a cryptorchid neuter, and came out a completely different dog.  He now is unbalanced, he falls over when excited, circles, and does lots of strange movements with his jaw/mouth.  His fur is now thin, and his vision seems compromised as well.


We would like to be able to give this darling dog a chance to feel better, we want to be able to get all the tests he needs to eliminate the maybes and find the root of his troubles. It would be so wonderful to see his fur grow back in, his imbalance become more balanced, and him to be happy and healthy again so someone will fall in love and give him a forever home.

I already love him – he is such a beautiful soul.  Troubled, but beautiful.  Please help us get Chappy all the medical care he needs for Christmas.

Our current expenses for Chappy is just over $850.  There are likely going to me more tests, maybe a trip to the Internal Medicine Specialists, and likely some medications.  Please consider donating any amount to Chappy’s fund.  Donations can be made directly to the Fraser Heights Animal Hospital by calling FANNY or MARIA at 604 588 4161.  The other employees there will not be able to process your donation, so please be sure to ask for either Fanny or Maria.  You can also donate via paypal by clicking on the donate button below.

Thank you so much for thinking about Chappy, if you met him, you would fall in love and understand our need to help him.

Leah – once a lost soul

UPDATE DEC 12, 2013


Leah is doing amazingly well!!  Her hip has stayed in, all her lacerations have healed up nicely, and she is ready to find her foster or forever home.

Leah is a special little dog, it was not her time to die when she was lost and hit by a car, after being saved from a high kill shelter in California when her time was up.

Leah is looking for a stable home without children.  A home that is quiet, comfortable, safe and loving.  She does not trust strangers right off the bat, but once she does trust you, it is so loyal and loving.  She attaches to her human, follows this person everywhere, shares her whole heart with them.  Whoever chooses to share their life with Leah will be very lucky.

Leah does mark in the house, but there are many dog smells here.  She needs a home that will help rebuild her confidence without pushing her limits.

Leah’s adoption fee will be $395.00 An adoption application and home visit is required.

Thank you to everyone that chipped in to help Leah recover from her Accident!!

Update November 10, 2013

Leah had her second recheck just this past Friday.  Her hip has stayed in so far, and the bandage sling was removed.  We pray that her hip stays in without the sling for another 2 weeks,  and we will have another recheck with xrays at that time.

Her lacerations have healed up nicely, everything looks good there – thank DOG!!

 We want to thank EVERYONE who chipped in to get Leah the immediate vet care she needed.  We raised enough to cover all her vet bills up til today.  However, the 3rd recheck & xrays will run about $185.  If her hip pops out within this time frame, we will need to raise more funds for Leah to have a FHO surgery.  We will update everyone in 2 weeks time, and will continue to update after that.

There are so many people to thank, here goes, I apologize in advance for spelling errors, and/or if I might have missed someone!!!

Alicia Olive, Breena Gillespie, Susan Nicks, Annie Swift, Gail Moerkerken, Heather Asmundsun, Maria de la Cruz, Matt & Julia Ion, and the MINI MUTTS, Leah Lim, Willi Jansen, Stacie Rosenberg, Norma Wood, Kim Rainey, Edgar Obregon, Cathy Rosenberg, Michelle Mansinho, Kira Hall, Avis Unwin, Bailey Armstrong, Effy Chow, Petsearchers, Swapmeat (sorry don’t know your real name :)), Sadia Khan, Steve & Jennifer Paslawski, Barb Trainor, Aalika Kohli, Susan Inouye, Cecilia Armstrong, Poonam Master, Lisa McElheran, Johanna Swenson, Haylie Segal, Giovanni Zammit, Celeste Leander, Leah Abramson, Dhana Matthews, Patricia Rumberger, Gwen & Fraser Stepanick, Pam Sklofsky, Lynne Johnstone, Catherine Gwyer, Water Sceeter, Pamela Huumonen, Andrew Sicari, Mark Leigh, Karen Davis, Sean Slusarchuk, Jessica White, Louise Bundschuh, Leah Williams, Susan Janssen, Kristopher Krunick, Master of Tincture, Bonnie Robson, Cathy Brown, Patsy Sherrod, Craig Nichols, Jenn Wagnor, Christina Coburn, Jacquelyn Pooley, Margaret Young, Wendy Nelson, Stacey Taylor, Jeneane Rushinsky, Brenda Martin, The START Rescue and Transport Team, Christine Dunbar, Pamela Rivera, Anita Phanthikane, Angela Enns, Marg Sutton, Sandra Fellner, Monica Miller, Michelle Wittman, Christi Giles, Karen Lutz, Gillian Kirzner, Tamara Bisset, Sarah Evans, Ryan Marjerison & Melanie Simpson, Elizabeth Westman.

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Many thanks go out to all those that donated – You helped Leah when she needed it the most!!!

Original Post October 23, 2013

Leah once had an owner, in California.  She was surrendered to one of the many high kill shelters there, by her owner, at 7 years old.  Surely her experience in the shelter was no fun at all.  She was flown into Canada on Friday October 18th, 2013 by a local rescue agency.  She was placed in a foster home on the same day.  2 days later, she jumped the fence of the foster home’s yard and started running.  A few hours later, Leah was hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries.

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A Good Samaritan saw this accident – and crawled under the car to get Leah out.  Leah was terrified and in great pain.  Understandably she bit her savior several times.  She was taken to the only vet clinic open on Sundays in Ladner.  Her rescue agency was contacted, but unfortunately – they were unable to authorize treatment due to lack of funds at that moment.  Leah was transferred to Dhana Metta,  so she could get the immediate medical attention she needed.

Leah’s vet bills have tallied to approx. $2500 so far, and there will be more to come.  She will need rechecks weekly, bandage changes every 5 – 7 days, we are hoping that her dislocated left hip will stay in place – otherwise she will need a more extensive surgery in the near future.  Her pelvis is fractured, there are a few bone fragments around her right hip, and she has many lacerations on her legs both back and front.   It is really a miracle that she survived.



All private rescue agencies rely greatly on the support from animal lovers everywhere – most are not government funded, and many operate in the red.  Without donations, emergency funds are not there when needed the most.  Please donate – no amount is too small.

Leah has been in the hospital since Sunday, and has gone into foster care until she recovers fully from all her injuries.


Please donate to help Leah Recover fully from her injuries – so she will never have to be a lost soul ever again!!

Leah is worth spending even just  $5. She is so darling, affectionate, sweet, and forgiving. We guarantee that It will be the best 5 bucks you have ever spent.

Licks and Wags!!

DMRS Needs your help everyday! A little goes a long way.

Donations are always needed and appreciated.  Without your support, Dhana Metta cannot continue to help those without a voice.

Cash Donations can be made through our Paypal account by clicking on the icon below.

Donations can also be made directly to any one of the veterinary clinics we work




All the furkids we rescue and care for sure do appreciate any and all donations!

Pet Supplies always needed. Our wishlist:

Pee Pads, small collars, harnesses and leashes, Royal Canin Dog Food large or small breed, Cesar’s Bistro or Entree, Medi-Cal Gastro Low Fat or Moderate Calorie DRY or Canned. X-Pens, Wire crates, baby gates, chain link fence panels, gravel, dog beds, gently used towels and blankets (no knits please)

Other Supplies always needed: Bleach, Lysol Wipes, laundry detergent (phosphate free), dryer sheets.

Donations can be dropped off at Petopia Pet Supplies – located at 303-16033-108 Avenue Surrey BC. Or at any of the veterinary clinics we work with.


Donate a Bed


Sweet William


Willie is so happy now!  I have to say I am so glad he was returned, his previous owners should never be allowed to own a dog again.  Denying him the urgent vet care he needed, and failing to get a diagnosis to help him,  was 100% negligent.  Leaving him in a crate 16 hours a day to fester in his urine was abusive, bottom line.  If I could get charges laid upon you, I most certainly would. 

All that aside, I want to thank his new mom (who was his foster mom after he was returned) for adopting Willie, and understanding his need for stability, love, and finally – CARE!!

Please continue to donate towards Willie’s outstanding vet bills.  We got enough to cover his ultrasound, however, the xrays, blood tests, urinalysis and medications are still outstanding.

Thank you everyone!!

 Willie Now

UPDATE ON WILLIE – April 16th, 2013

Willie is doing so great!!  He is now at a healthy weight, he no longer drinks excessively, and no longer urinates all the time.  he is back to being a normal little dude!  His fur has grown in so beautifully – after all the urine scald he suffered.  He is on a raw food diet and his fur is so thick and soft!  he is gorgeous.  Willie is ready to find his real forever human – one who is willing to give Willie everything he needs, but also one who is willing to allow Dhana Metta to be in his life frequently.  This means updates, visits, photos… we are not going to let Willie suffer ever again.  We really wsh his current foster mom would keep him, as he is so in love with her, and she takes such great care of him… he even gets to sleep in the bed.  But foster mom’s other half won’t allow Willie to stay forever… Which really breaks my heart 😦


UPDATE ON WILLIE (no longer Rico) January 15th, 2013

I don’t even know where to start or how to start with this update.  I might forget something, but will try to get all the details to all those who have been waiting for this update.  Here goes.

Willie was returned to us on December 20th 2012 after having been adopted 2 years before.  When he arrived he was in a small carrier, one that he could not even stand straight up in… and I guess that was ok at the time if it was just for travelling in.  I opened the door to the crate, and was absolutely SHOCKED at what I saw come out.

What happened to my sweet darling Willie???  He was emaciated, almost as bad as when he was first rescued.  My face became hot, my hands started to shake.  I was angry but had to contain my feelings.  I asked the lady “What happened to my dog???”  She said “He refuses to eat” .. so I put a bowl of food down for Willie infront of this woman and he started to eat immediately.  Really? He refuses to eat?  I was beside myself with anger and had to send this woman on her way before I said something I would regret.

Willie eats upon arrival

I held him in my arms and cried, I begged for his forgiveness, for entrusting his life to someone so not deserving of his love.  They knew his background – how could they let it come to this?  He could hardly stand, or walk, he was so weak I thought he was going to die in my arms.  I felt horrible, responsible.. and booked a vet visit immediately.

willie arrives

The visit showed that his urine specific gravity was far too low.  His body was unable to concentrate his urine.  So he drank water like crazy, almost a liter per day.  And he would pee this water all out as fast as it went in.  The urine was clear, with no color or odor.  Very unusual.  This is one of the reasons he was being returned (we were told by owner that he pees all the time, and she is having a baby and could not deal with this very senior dog – Willie is 7).  He did not have kidney disease, or kidney failure, no cushings disease either, no cancer.  His bloodwork was good.

I brought him home and fed him small meals every hour.  He loves his turkey with yams.

second day

This photo is of Willie 2 days after being returned.  The large bowl of water infront of him would be gone in 4 hours.

Willie just wanted to be loved and held.  He was urinating in his bed, not even trying to get out of it to pee.  I figured out why after asking his adopter where she kept him during the day when she worked, and while she slept.  She worked a full time job 5 days a week, and Willie would stay in the small crate he was returned in all day, without access to water, and not being able to get away from his urine.  So he sat in his urine all day long and all night too, hence being totally urine stained as you can see in the above photo.

No wonder he stopped eating and just wanted to die.  If I had to sit in my piss all day and all night, I would want to die too.

willie cuddles

Willie bounced back quickly.  You could start to see life in his eyes, the will to live, eat, and actually get out of his bed to go to the bathroom.  Soon he realized that he didn’t have to sit in his urine anymore.  He had the space to pee when ever he needed to, his bedroom laced with pee pads, and with a large bowl of water to drink when ever he wanted.  And food – anytime he wanted. Within a week, Willie had gone from 2 kgs, to 2.4 kgs.

3rd day

I was so happy that he was gaining weight, and happy that we went to vets that could pin what was going on with Willie’s excessive water consumption and excessive urinating.  And it sure was an easy fix.  I am a little peeved that his adopter didn’t look further into this issue, but instead just let him fester in his urine unnecessarily.  Willie was diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus. (water diabetes not sugar diabetes), and all he needs is an eye drop per day of demopressin.  SO easy!!!  After only 2 doses of this medication, Willie stopped drinking excessively and stopped peeing excessively, he is now a pretty normal little guy!!  His weight after 10 days – 2.7 kgs.

At his recheck yesterday (Jan 14, 2013) his urine specific gravity is in the low end of the normal range 10.22!!!  The medication is working and his weight is 2.83kgs, just perfect!!  This took all of approximately 3 weeks. Pretty amazing that someone didn’t think he was worth it.

There are still some concerns with Willie’s insides – and he will be getting an ultrasound on Friday Jan 18, 2013.

We are asking our dog loving supporters to please donate to “Willie’s GET BETTER FUND”.  Even though it has only been 3 weeks, we have reached a veterinary cost of close to $600 including bloodwork, double urinalysis, ultrasound, and his medication is also costly and he will need to be on it for life.  Willie will also need a dental and possible surgery to fix his messed up knee.

Willie will no longer be adopted out to anyone, he will be looking for a permanent FOSTER home only.  We are looking for one selfless person who will be willing to care for Willie for the rest of his life, all medical needs will be paid for through Dhana Metta Rescue Society.  Random home visits will be made to ensure Willie is being well cared for. We are not going to let this little man suffer ever again.  Donations are also needed to be able to pay for Willie’s ongoing care, for the rest of his life.  Please help us give only the best to Willie.

We will be posting more photos and videos of Willie as they come. Donations can be made through our website at:

Honey Bear aka Aloha


Honey bear did so well during her recovery – and is using her leg 100%.  She is a happy, healthy puppy – and she could not have done it without all the loving support from her rescuers, transporters,  her donators, her surgeon and after care staff, and her Foster mom – who is now her new Forever mom!!!

Honey Bear

Thank you to everyone who helped Honey Bear get a chance at a new life off the streets!!


UPDATE ON HONEY BEAR (aka ALOHA) June 24, 2013

Honey Bear went in for her Femoral Head Osteotomy surgery on June 3rd, 2013.  She did very well and pulled through like a champ.  3 weeks later, she is already weight bearing!  She sure is getting bored though, being kept confined for her healing, and only going out for short leash walks.  Soon she will start her rehab therapy at Canada West Vet Specialists.

We would like to thank everyone who donated to Honey’s cause.  We would like to especially thank Gloria and Tony for chipping in $4000 for the entire surgery bill, and a big thank  you to Mr. Snowman for his contribution.  With all that was chipped in, we were able to cover Honey Bear’s Surgery, her Rehab, her transport, and all her vetting previous to the surgery – which included xrays, skin scrapings and multiple exams, it also covered her spay!

We send a special thank you out to Dr. Dave Francis at Canada West Vet Specialists for being so compassionate and caring to all our animals that see him, and for being a great surgeon!

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Honey Bear thanks all of you for helping her!!

Original post dated May 14, 2013

Sweet darling little girl Honey Bear, 7 months old, just a baby.  Lost and wandering.  Hiding under cars.  Scared.  One day an angel came along and took her to safety.  Her angel posted for help, stating that Honey Bear seemed to be walking oddly.  Dhana Metta answered the call – as we did not want to see this sweet girl killed by running through traffic and lord knows what other dangers lurk out there for small dogs.  Honey is only 8 lbs, a little underweight, she was covered with fleas and full of worms.

Honey Bear aka Aloha

Upon her arrival to Dhana Metta Headquarters, she was taken to the vet for a full exam.  We mentioned that we were concerned about her not wanting to stand up, and always leaning to one side.  Sure enough, the x-rays showed that she had a severely fractured pelvis and a broken hip.  The vet said she was likely hit by a car, cause only that type of force could cause such damage.

Honey Bear’s x-rays were sent to the orthopedic specialist for review.  The outcome – an FHO surgery is needed so sweet Honey can live pain free, and be able to walk much better.  She is a darling and is worth every penny. We hope the rest of you feel and see it the same way as we do. She deserves to be loved, cared for, kept safe, and given the medical attention she so desperately needs right now.  We don’t have much time to raise the funds for this girl.  The sooner the surgery the better.

So far, Honey Bear’s vet bills have reach a total of almost $700.  Donations would be graciously accepted and greatly appreciated.  To cover the bills already incurred, and to cover her surgery which will likely total approx $4000.

Honey Bear aka Aloha

PLEASE help us help Honey Bear.  She deserves to know how wonderful humans can actually be.  We are going to set up an account for Honey Bear at the Specialist Clinic and this info will be posted shortly.  However, if you would like to donate towards Honey Bear’s current vet bills (and for her upcoming surgery) donations can be made directly to Dhana Metta Rescue Society by clicking on this link:

Any amount is greatly appreciated!!  Honey Bear sends her Licks and Wags!!


For the most up to date information regarding animals for adoption, dogs needing foster, dogs needing funding AND Happy Tails…please go to our Facebook Group at, as it is updated more frequently than this BLOG.

You can also go to our new website at 

See you there!

Spankmeister!!! AKA Spankee!!!


Spankee after Surgery

Hi Everyone, It’s ME – Spankee again!!

I wanted to thank everyone for donating to my surgery… it went well, but a month later I am still not weight bearing at all. I am a bad boy cause I won’t let my rescue mommy do rehab on my leg. So she had to drop me off at Canada West for hydrotherapy, laser treatment and range of motion work on my leg. I am gonna be here at Canada West for a week, and the total cost of my rehab is $392.00

I know it is Christmas time, and money is tight for everyone, but would any of you be able to chip in to my rehab fund? My rescue mom just spend over $1000 on 3 dogs that were surrendered the other day, and the money tree she tells me about in the back yard has lost all it’s leaves.

If you can chip in, please contact Canada West Vet Specialists directly and tell them that you are donating towards “Spankee’s Rehab”. My rescue mom is going to pick me up on the 21st of December, and it would be such a nice gift for her if they told her the bill had been paid already!!!

Then I can give her big kisses for Christmas and she will be happy!!!

Thank you everyone!!! Happy Holidays!!


Thank you to:

Avis Unwin, Pickles, Basil and Kobe, Michelle Verigin, Sandra Fellner, Susan Dean, Amanda McKay, Denise Preston, BonMac, Mixed Up Mutts, Team Mini Mutts, Elizabeth De Jong Westman, Gwen and Fraser Stepanick, Jill King, Joelle Withers, Leia Cairns, Sean and Dylan, Susan Inouye, Lindsay Zomers, Willi Jansen, Alexandra Olive, Alicia Olive, Rehana Frankland, Punky Beans, Angela Enns, Angela Harlow, Tiffaney Coates, Kina Duvnjak, Jean Pellerin, Rina Pellerin, START Transport Team of California.

I am sure I missed someone, or more than one someones in that list…  I apologize if I did… please send me an email if I missed you.  I didn’t do it on purpose LOL – Namaste – Dhana Metta



Thank you to everyone who have contributed so far!!


Spankee is the cutest little rescue mutt ever: he is loving, playful, full of spunk and character. However, Spankee needs your help. He was diagnosed with Legg Perthes Disease in January, a painful and irreversible disorder that causes hind limb lameness. The surgery he requires is called a femoral head and neck ostectomy which consists of removing the upper portion of the thigh bone (femur).

Spankee has already had a consultation with Canada West Veterinary Specialists. In order to cover the cost of the surgery we need to raise $4000. If you would like to donate directly to the clinic, their phone number is 604.473.4882.  Donations can also be made through our website at


We are also holding an Online Auction to raise money for Spankee’s surgery.  Please join our Facebook Group to place your bids on many great items!!!


Hey There Delilah

Delilah sure needs a foster home. She is a darling dog really. Calm in the house and when she hangs out with you. Not destructive in the house either. Needs a little work in the house training, easily remedied by frequent visits to the grass. She is rude upon first meetings with other dogs, so needs to be taught to keep “all four on the floor” as to not piss off her canine friends. She needs obedience training – and has free classes in Port Kells on Mondays and Wednesdays from 630 – 730 and will be free throughout her fostering through DMRS> We are also offering $50 per week to a foster home who will spend that time with her. Yes we will pay you for your time. It isn’t much, but it is something. We hope to have her in foster for 10 weeks until her training is complete. That is $500. She is worth it!


Delilah is a tri-color Pit Bull.  She is 2 years old.  She will stay in rescue with DMRS until her training is complete, but could really use a foster home to spend time with her and give her the mental and physical stimulation she needs to become highly adoptable.  Please go to our website at to submit foster application if you are interested in opening your heart and home to this sweet loving dog.

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