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Sweet Pea (Sissy) 12-003-O

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In 2012, four baby bunnies were surrendered to NASAP by a caring individual who humanely trapped them on her property outside of Calgary. These bunnies were born to a rabbit who was once someone's pet and was, along with other rabbits, carelessly dumped in the country a few years ago. Luckily this momma rabbit chose the right patch of land to have her babies, and they were placed safely in the care of NASAP in hopes of finding them all forever homes. 

Sweet Pea (also known as Sissy to her foster family) had a distinguishing beauty mark (round black spot) on her nose. She was adventurous, curious and got along well with the resident cat (often they could be found getting into trouble together!). Sweet Pea was independent and energetic. She was fostered with her brother (Scout) and they were extremely bonded. One didn’t go anywhere without the other. Scout really looked up to Sweet Pea and relied on her for confidence and security. We were hoping that these two bunnies would be adopted as a pair.

On April 24, 2015, Sissy suddenly became very ill. She was rushed to the emergency vet clinic (Guardian). Unfortunately Sissy passed away while at the clinic - it is thought she might have had cancer. She was surrounded by her NASAP friends including her foster mom Jane and NASAP's small animal foster home coordinator Delaine. We sincerely thank these two wonderful ladies for giving Sissy a loving home and taking such good care of her during her time with NASAP.


Age : 3 years

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Ernie 07-054-C

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ernie (#07-054-C) on February 10, 2015. Ernie will be deeply missed by his adopted parents, Ken and Carol, and his friends, Burt (bird), Spaz (cat), Vista and Echo (dogs). 

Ernie did not have a happy start in life, but with the love of his adopted mother he began to blossom. He stopped hiding when people came to visit and soon was insistent that everyone enjoy his affections. He was the king of the castle and any place he decided to take a nap was his domain, even the master bed. He loved teasing the bird, Burt, and once actually had him in his mouth. He was always getting into trouble with his buddy, Spaz, the neighbor cat and once he and Spaz climbed a tree (if you saw Ernie's size this was not an easy feat). Thankfully Spaz hung around and Ernie was found although it took 3 people to get him down. Ernie especially loved sunning on the deck and let it be well known that dogs were not invited. Ernie was a special companion to Carol and was always at her side when he was needed and even when he wasn't. Even in his last hours, suffering from liver failure that may have been caused by cancer, he had the staff at the vet clinic wrapped around his little paws as they all came to talk and pet him.

Ernie went quickly with no pain with his loving adopted mother and friend Carol holding him.

Thank you for rescuing Ernie and for allowing him to come into our lives.

P.S. When foster parent Les Hicks first opened the door to that carrier 8 years ago and Ernie ran out and hid under the bed, we thought, what have we gotten ourselves into? But now, we wish we could be starting all over again.

Age : >10 years
Breed : DSH tuxedo

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Eddie (formerly Queenie) 03-285-D

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Hello NASAP,

It is with profound sadness that I inform you that Eddie (aka Queenie, ID#03-285-D), has passed on.  She died quietly at home on December 19th after many years of illness with degenerative arthritis, liver disease and cancer.  Despite her many health issues, Eddie was nick-named Happy Girl—she was the most stoic dog and had such a will to live that we couldn’t slow her down.  We were blessed to have had so many years with her.  Eddie was a fantastic alpha to our other dogs, incredibly smart and the best friend I could ever have asked for.  She was my shadow and the grief of her absence is only lessened when I think she is now in a better place free from the illnesses that caused her pain.  She was such an amazing dog I have a really hard time describing her in a way that would do her justice.  Our hearts are broken and we miss her terribly—she was loved by all who met her.

Thank you NASAP for having given me such a beautiful friend.

Best regards,


Breed : unknown

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Ravyn 09-089-DD

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It is with the greatest of sadness that we announce the passing of our permanent care foster girl Rayvn on Thursday September 25th. Rayvn was diagnosed with Cushings Disease after coming into care with us. With this information and her age being taken into consideration we decided she should stay in foster care with NASAP. Sadly on Wednesday September 24th Rayvn suffered irreparable stroke like symptoms and we had to let her go at about 13 years of age. Rayvn was well loved and cared for by her foster parents Marilyn and Howard who feel her loss deeply. We are so grateful and appreciative for their love and attention to her and are comforted to know that her last years were joyful ones. Rest In Peace pretty girl.

Age : 13 years
Breed : Standard Poodle

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Riley 13-999-D

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We have had a very sad end to our weekend with the news of Riley's passing on Saturday. 15.5 year old Riley had been a permanent care foster dog with us for a couple of years before being adopted by his foster family who loved and cared for him so wonderfully. We are ever so grateful to them for giving this sweet old boy the best retirement he could ever dream of. Our hearts go out to them and to wee Sadie, a former NASAP older girl, who adored Riley and misses him terribly. NASAP would like to thank Calgary Trail Vet Clinic for all their care and support of Riley over the last few years as well. RIP dear boy. You brought so much joy to so many people.

"It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that we had to let Riley go yesterday. Late Friday night he started having pain and was really uncomfortable. Through the night he lost the ability to walk and we rushed him to Calgary Trail Pet Hospital where he was euthanized. Riley had many, many lumps and one of those lumps under his armpit grew quickly and so large overnight that it cut off the connection to the nerve endings rendering him unable to stand let alone walk. He was in a lot of pain and the vet took one look at him and immediately agreed with us that it was time. The lump even continued to grow as we were there. The vet thought that maybe even it had ruptured and he was bleeding internally. Calgary Trail Pet Hospital showed us great compassion and kindness.

It was so very difficult to say good-bye to our Riley and even as I write this the tears are flowing freely and I imagine they will continue to for awhile. He was such an amazing boy....gentle, kind, smart and loving. We are truly grateful for the time we had with him and to NASAP for taking him in in the first place. Thank you for trusting us with his care as we fostered him and for giving us the privilege of adopting him. Riley was truly a gift to us in every way and we loved him so much. His passing leaves a hole in our hearts. Sadie is also confused and keeps looking for sad! We will all miss him so much!"

Age : 15.5 years
Breed : unknown

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