History of the Bella Fund
Bella was an adorable spaniel-x who came to the shelter with a badly injured
eye. She desperately needed an expensive surgery to end the constant overwhelming discomfort. Unfortunately
money was not available and it appeared that ending friendly little Bella’s life was the only way to ease her
pain. However, not everyone was ready to let Bella suffer this fate. Thanks to the efforts of volunteer Barb
Cant and staff member Amil Dupuis-Rossi, who refused to accept Bella’s end, the Bella Fund was created to help
other unfortunate animals that find themselves on the wrong side of luck.
Bella had one of her eyes removed and was adopted by the foster parents who cared for her during her
The Bella Fund
At the time, an extensive donation campaign was put in place and funds were raised to cover the cost of special
medical needs for future animals requiring medical attention out of the ordinary. Now a small fund is maintained so
no animals need face the terrible end that once seemed inevitable for Bella. The fund must constantly be
replenished, but thanks to donations from people like you, we can provide hope when all other hope is gone. The
Bella Fund is now at an all time low and desperately needs donations so we can continue helping these animals that
so need us.
Other Recent Bella Fund Success Stories
Marley was a 3 year old Husky cross found on the side of road out of town. He had been struck by a vehicle and
left to fend for himself. He had a very badly injured hind leg and with no owner coming forward, his future seemed
bleak. Marley was a friendly big fellow with a big personality who was just waiting for that special someone to
take him home. Due to the Bella Fund, he was able to have the surgery he needed and was adopted by a loving
Potato was a very elderly white poodle found wandering aimlessly off the Fish Lake Rd.
He appeared to have been fending for himself for quite some time and was in very poor health with rotting
teeth and abscessed jaw. His future was very uncertain. Again, because of the existence of the Bella Fund,
Potato got the medical attention he needed and although he lost all teeth but two, it didn’t hold him back
from telling off the other dogs in the dog yard! He was quickly adopted into a dog loving family and we are
told he continues to keep the other dogs in his family in line!
Leroy was found by the side of the road on the edge of town. He had been hit by a motor vehicle and left on the
road side. Bylaw noticed his plight, and stopped, picked him up and brought him to a local vet’s office. It was a
bad break and the leg could not be saved, an expensive amputation was required. With the help of the Bella Fund,
the surgery was made possible and Leroy is fully recovered and has adapted well to his new
Princess was a little sprint husky cross, a very small girl, fun loving and full of energy. She came to the
Shelter from Bylaw and was about 10 months of age. She was born with poorly formed hip sockets so she limped badly
and couldn’t even use one of her hind legs. A very expensive surgery was needed to be followed by a lengthy
regiment of physio. It seemed Princess would limp forever but due to the generosity of the Bella Fund donators, she
has had surgery, physio and has been adopted into a loving home.
Paladin arrived at the Shelter in Sept of 2007. He is a lovely black lab,
approximately 2 ½ years old. Shortly thereafter, it was noticed that he had a distinct shoulder problem, after
a vet check up we realized he had a separated shoulder which required expensive surgery. Again, through the
generosity of the Bella Fund, Paladin got the surgery needed and was adopted.