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Compass is one of the 119 dogs who were surrendered to the BC SPCA recently. The dogs from this group are fearful, under socialized and will require an experienced adopter and an adult-only calm/quiet home environment. Adopters will need to understand the patience and commitment required to set these dogs up for success in their new homes.

Compass is unfamiliar with a lot of things that most dogs do. He is not house-trained, and he does not understand walks yet. Collars, leashes, even harnesses are all entirely new to him. Our team has been working diligently to make each introduction to something new a positive experience. An adopter with a fenced yard would be an asset when he’s learning his new bathroom routine, since just going out for a walk isn’t an option for him yet.

Compass is extremely nervous around new people. It took our team weeks to be able to build enough trust with him for us to be able to touch him. Using high value rewards such as chicken or steak would be a great tool in building a foundation with Compass.

Compass has lived in very close quarters with other dogs most of his life. He does like other friendly dogs quite a bit. Having a friendly dog in your home could also be an asset in building trust with him. He’s been a big fan of chasing his foster mom’s cat around, all in good fun though.

Compass should not live with small children. He’s never met a child before and given his fearful and uncertain disposition, we do not feel he would thrive in a home with children. He needs a quiet, calm, understanding, patient family who’s willing to put the work in and stay at Compass’ pace.

Any interested applicants should view the video linked below prior to applying, as it does provide better insight as to what you can expect from a dog like Compass and how to approach introducing him to a home environment.

BC SPCA seeks help in caring for 119 small dogs surrendered into care

Please note due to the current COVID-19 pandemic our adoption process has changed. Please visit our website for more information. All adoptions are by appointment only once we have received an application.
***Due to the high number of applications we receive for our animals, we will only be contacting potential adopters to further review their application. We are not able to call all applicants.
*** Current travel restrictions within the province of British Columbia mean that we are prioritizing local (South Peace) adopters at this time.

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  • Days in care: 64
  • Approximate age: 1 year old
  • Pet Type: Dog
  • Breed: Terrier
  • Colour: White
  • Weight: 8.96 kg
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: South Peace Branch, Dawson Creek B.C.
  • Animal ID: 525397
  • Spay or neuter surgery is included with the adoption of all dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Adoption fees


Important: The history and compatibility of an animal is not always known. If certain compatibility criteria have been identified, they will be listed here or in the animal's description.
  • Staff Pick Staff Pick
  • Special Needs Special Needs
  • OK With Cats OK With Cats
  • OK With Dogs OK With Dogs
  • No Small Children No Small Children

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