Evie, the husky-shepherd, has one blue and one brown eye, but can see just fine. Photo by Rafferty Baker/CBC.
When Marisa Nielsen and her fiancé Desmond Kumar first laid their eyes on Evie, a husky-shepherd puppy living at the B.C. SPCA, they could tell right away she was different.
For one, her white, perky ears didn’t seem to hear a lick of sound.
“She was asleep,” said Nielsen. “It was really funny because it was so noisy — there was thumping going on. They were cleaning. There was dogs barking. There was traffic noises coming from outside, and she was sleeping like she was in the middle of nowhere.”
Evie was given to the SPCA in East Vancouver by her previous owners, after they found out she was hearing impaired. She was only a few weeks old — and a perfect fit for the future newlyweds.
“We never planned on adopting when we were going into the SPCA,” said Nielsen. “But when we saw that Evie was deaf … it seemed like is was meant to be.”
Nielsen grew up with deaf parents, who taught her sign language and kept her engaged with the deaf community. With her experience, she knew that she could offer Evie the support she needed — and that her parents would approve of the new family member.
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Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary is overwhelmed after bringing in more than 500 relocated exotic birds from the defunct World Parrot Refuge. Photo by Rafferty Baker/CBC.
A mass parrot relocation has refuge workers in Metro Vancouver struggling to keep up with the new influx of birds.
Workers at the Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary say they are overwhelmed after taking on the “daunting task” of caring for more than 500 exotic birds, including parrots, cockatoos and amazons.
The birds were relocated from the now-defunct World Parrot Refuge after its owner passed away earlier this year.
Staff at Greyhaven are working around the clock to provide care for the birds. Among them is adoptions director Jenny Tamas, whose home is being used as a sanctuary, alongside two other houses in Metro Vancouver.
They also run a shelter inside an old SPCA building in Nanaimo.
“It’s a desperate situation for a lot of these birds,” Tamas said. “I just personally picked up four bags of feed which was $181 wholesale. And … those four bags of feed will not feed these birds for more than two days.”
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