I bought an acreage in central British Columbia about 9 years ago. My partner was dying of cancer and wanted he wanted to die in the country. So we found this acreage and moved. He has since passed away after the 2nd year. However, he left behind two Rottweiler pups named Sammy & Zeus. Zeus is still with me but Sammy was put to sleep with bone cancer two years ago. Since then I keep Zeus close since he tends to get depressed, stressed-out and howls if he is left alone. I sold my motorcycle to buy a bigger vehicle to carry him & the odd raptor I get called out to rescue. The sale of my Harley also put a roof on the
I sold my motorcycle to buy a bigger vehicle to carry him & the odd raptor I get called out to rescue. The sale of my Harley also put a roof on the ranch house as well as the sunroom where the feral cats can come and go year round to get nourishment & warmth.
Over the past 9 years, there have been a barage of animals that have come through the Homestead. I have taken in up to 19 animals at a time, both dogs & cats….some of whom I was able to locate the owners. Others stayed on permanently due to abuse, injuries or abandonment. In 9 years some have since passed due to old age and trying to surive in a harsh environment with human help. I have also cared for and released bats, birds, Owls, Eagles & Falcons back into the wild. At the moment I am caring for 7 feral cats and of course, my best friend, Zeus. I have offered to take senior dogs from the SPCA and the Humane Society for the past 6 years but they are not in need of my services as they find homes in their vicinity very quickly. I am a 2.5 hour drive each way to adopt an animal. I did rescues and work for the Calgary Humane Society for 20 years until I came out here.
Once my partner passed I no longer had much money, his illness used up a great deal of my finances in 3 years. So I found Etsy and decided to create AuctionHunter and sell off most of my inheritance online, over 400 hundred vintage jewelry items, to keep the acreage going. My hydro bill on it’s own runs near $400 a month in the winter. I have 80 year old wiring in parts of the ranch house. The electricians around here want twice the fee that they charge in the city. No competition. There is a hardness about the people in this community, most are related and are not disposed to helping a stranger, let alone an animal rescuer. And the work they do is shoddy. There are no consequences to doing business with a woman on her own. No brothers, fathers or male figures to answer to.
So for almost 9 years now, I still continue to sell online, but now I buy from around the world and list it back on my Etsy site with a reasonable profit to keep everyone fed and the vet bills paid. I survive on the kindness of strangers.
So today, this is my story.