WHO WE ARE
Clio Smeeton – President, Cochrane Ecological Institute (CEI). She has operated dog-breeding kennels for over 20 years in British Columbia. She has also trained and coursed Scottish Deer Hounds. In addition she has provided injured and orphaned wildlife rehabilitation services for over 30 years in both BC and Alberta. She is a founding member of the Alberta Wildlife Rehabilitation Association.
Ken Weagle – M.Sc. Biology. He has been involved with the breeding and boarding of dogs for over 20 years. He designed, built and operated Takkalik Kennels in Whitehorse, Yukon that was a 12 space boarding kennel. He also bred and trained Siberian Huskies and cross bred sled dogs and was President of the Siberian Husky Club of Canada for two terms. Takkalik Kennels was one of two boarding kennels operating in Yukon from 1976 to present.
We all live on the property and you can therefore have a peace of mind knowing that your pet will be under 24 hour supervision.
Clio Smeeton is the owner of the 140-acre land that Happy Tails Retreat is located on. She is also the president of The Cochrane Ecological Institute and Wildlife Reserve (also located on the same property). Please visit the CEI to see the work we do for orphaned and injured wildlife and endangered species.
Michael Curtis is the kennel manager. Mike has been working with animals and the Cochrane Ecological Institute since 1981. He also has extensive experience in the service industry and is continually improving the level of service we provide to our clients.
Everyone thinks that some agency, probably a government funded one, protects and cares for wild animals in distress. This is not the case at all! No government agency is responsible for the rescue, treatment and release of injured or orphaned wildlife. The CEI is a not for profit organization and rely solely on funding and donations from the public. In order to be able to continue the important work with wildlife, proceeds from the kennel go CEI’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Programs. Click here for information.
YOU- as a customer is directly contributing to the future of Canada’s orphaned or injured wildlife!
To find out more about how you can contribute please visit www.ceinst.org