Dogs Stay Free at Viamede
Viamede’s cottages are completely pet-friendly, however our main and hilltop rooms are pet free if that is your preference. There are no extra fees for bringing your fur-baby along for the ride, AND we have a beautiful, shaded, off-leash dog park on-site!
We’re so keen to pamper your pooch that we’ll provide you with dog beds, treats, doggy bags, leashes and food dishes, with a bit of advance notice.
Viamede Pet-Friendly Guarantee
- Feel free to roam our grounds and 9 km of gorgeous walking trails.
- Enjoy free access to our natural, shady, and fully-enclosed off-leash dog park.
- If you forget your dog beds, treats, doggy bags, leash or food dish, give us a bit of notice and we’ll provide you with items from our secret stash.
- A donation in your dog’s honour made to the Maggy Fund in support of Golden Rescue. Viamede donates $10 ($20 if your dog is a Golden Retriever!) to bring over injured dogs from Istanbul and pay for vet care.
The Maggy Fund: Supporting Golden Rescue
Maggy, our late Director of Ruffreation, is the inspiration behind our pet-friendly mandate. Adopted from Golden Rescue in 2013, she will always be remembered as our sweet, loving, somewhat lazy, attention seeking, guest-approved Golden Retriever. In early 2014, Maggy’s medical conditions worsened, and we had to say goodbye to our beautiful and beloved resort dog.
The cost to foster and provide vet care for dogs like Maggy is very high, and Golden Rescue needs the support of dedicated donors to continue their incredible work. We wanted a special way to support Golden Rescue and remember Maggy, and so the Maggy Fund was born. Every time a dog stays at Viamede, we donate $10 to Golden Rescue in their name. If the dog is a Golden Retriever, Maggy matches our donation and Golden Rescue gets $20. And if that Golden is a Turkish Golden, we will make a donation of $100 per stay!
Rescue Mission of Love
Viamede works closely with Golden Rescue, a non-profit single-breed dog rescue group in Canada. Currently they are running a program called ‘Rescue Mission of Love’. This program is focused on bringing abandoned street goldens from Istanbul, Turkey back to Canada to be adopted by forever families the organization has on a waiting list.
Our GM Ben Sämann, who has adopted 3 Goldens from the organization and sits on the board, went over to Turkey back in November 2015 on a personally funded trip with other Golden Rescue board members to assess the situation and deal with logistics of bringing these dogs back to Canada. They returned back with Rosie, Limon, Tokyo, and Adelle in tow. Then in January, 18 more goldens arrived safely. They have now rescued over 200. Rescue Mission of Love has been hugely successful and is just getting started.
All the dogs are provided with complete medical examinations and behaviour assessments and in accordance with Golden Rescue’s practices, goldens are placed with their forever families through a rigorous matching process.
For more information on Golden Rescue and to see updates on Rescue Mission of Love visit: http://www.goldenrescue.ca or follow the discussion on twitter with #RescueMissionofLove
Click here to watch a video of Merlin – one of Rescue Mission of Love’s latest Goldens to come to Canada.