The Ana-Maria Davies ‘Set for Life’ Memorial Program

Sponsorship Levels

$5 / month

provides a healthy delicious treat

$10 / month

provides heartworm protection

$20 / month

provides daily healthy meals

$25 / month

provides much needed medications

$50 / month

provides payment for vet bills

$50+ / month

provides surgery or special needs

The Ana-Maria Davies ‘Set for Life’ Memorial Program is a life-saver for dogs that are considered un-adoptable due to advanced age or medical conditions. Even though others may have given up on them, our rescue makes a promise to each Set for Life rescue that they will be cared for and loved for the rest of their lives.

Each dog in the Set for Life program lives in a permanent foster home while BTRC provides financially for their ongoing care. Without someone willing to provide for these deserving dogs in their sunset years, their only other option would be euthanasia.

Please help us so we can commit to providing everything possible to keep these dogs happy, healthy and safe!

We are in dire need of dedicated foster homes for these special pets so we aren’t forced to turn a dog away when we may be their last chance. To learn more, please email

Can’t foster long-term? Ongoing medical costs for ‘Set for Life’ dogs put a strain on our resources, so your financial contribution towards their care would be gratefully accepted.

If you would like to make a donation, please scroll down to our Set for Life dogs’ stories.

Our Set for Life Dogs

Suzy Q


Stunning Suzy Q is a photographer’s dream – picture perfect. And yet behind the melting gaze and elegant symmetry of her features, is the saddest of stories. One with the happiest of beginnings. Not endings, but beginnings.

When the 12-year-old Boston first entered her foster mom Judy’s life, she had only eight teeth and weighed a mere 10 pounds after suffering from years of malnutrition and neglect.

“The word that came to mind,” recalls Judy, “was ‘broken’ because she hung her head in shame as if she had done something wrong.”

She also had a tumour on her head, another on her leg and one on her backside. All three (two of them cancerous) were surgically removed, while a part of the latter remains.


“Despite everything she’s endured,” continues Judy, “Suzy Q is the sweetest, quietest and most loving dog. With love and patience, she’s come to trust and love her new forever family. Most importantly, she visits ‘Gramma’ and her friends at the nursing home. In their time of need, they all help each other in ways we may never understand.”

Since coming out of her shell, it seems Suzy Q has a very ticklish chin, and she shamelessly encourages her humans to tickle it by lightly touching their hands and emitting a low, meek grunt. AND she has a boyfriend! Bugsy, a French bulldog/pug mix.

“When she sleeps, she covers only her nose with the edge of the pillow,” Judy says, “and when she eats, I call her ‘Hungry Hungry Hippo’ because she wasn’t used to having regular meals. She now weighs at least 18 pounds.”


Having slept in a crate for so many years, her legs have atrophied, and due to her lack of muscle tone, Suzy Q “tiptoes” about the place, and everyone in the family lovingly calls her “Tippy Toes.”
“Surprisingly, after so much neglect, she rarely barks and is fully house trained. When she has to go out, she stands perfectly still and quietly at the door until you notice her.

“Her life,” concludes Judy, “will be the best one possible because she loves our family and we love her. My own life has been enriched by her being here, and we’re both so lucky that our paths crossed because I needed her as much as she needed me.”


  • Suzy Q is being sponsored with a monthly donation in honour of Judith Harris.


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