Hoping for Homes - Dogs currently available for adoption.
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Frida: In a Victoria, BC foster & looking for a family
She was found on the outskirts of town on a remote street. There is a pack of dogs that lives out in the area and we believe Frida joined the pack after being abandoned. We can’t change the past, so we focus on the now & the future. It took time and effort for Hilda to gain her trust so that she could be rescued but that is what amazing people do – take the time and put in the effort. Once she was able to capture Frida, Hilda took her into care as she does with so many dogs in need. After days and weeks, it was apparent that no one was looking for her, so Frida became another foster dog that Hilda would care for until a forever family can be found. Frida is approximately 4 years old and weighs 28 pounds. This lovely dog was nervous when first coming into care (who can blame her), but after a few days she realized that Hilda & her family were there to help. The other dogs in the home also helped Frida to know that her fortune had changed. She does great in the home when her humans are away and celebrates their return each time by running and jumping near the front door. Frida loves to be around her people and enjoys a nice scratch & a good rub. She also does great with all the dogs in her foster home and other calm dogs, but she isn’t a fan of reactive dogs. There aren’t any cats in her foster home, and we don’t think she would be a good match for a home with cats. Frida does well on leash and loves going for walks. When she first arrived, she needed to be fed in a separate room, but she now eats in the same area as the other dogs in the home. Food is still a sensitive thing for Frida, and she isn’t totally trustworthy (not hard to understand why). Hilda just makes sure that human food is put away, so Frida isn’t tempted to try and get to it. She does great with all humans, but we still ask all to be kind and gentle with her. She had a difficult past and we never want her to feel uncomfortable again. Frida is ready to find a forever family of her own. Please help us to make that happen by sharing her album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, you can complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com and/or email Trysha@mexpup.com for more information.
Dex: In a Victoria foster and looking for a home
Dex is ready for adoption!
Update on Dex (10/18/2019):
Dex has been with his foster family in Victoria for 6 months and thanks to efforts by many, he has gained back his hind strength. He receives a small dose steroid and has exercise/physio treatment done by his wonderful foster mum. He loves to show off for the camera and follow his foster mum around the house, hoping for a head rub or cuddle. He enjoys playing with other dogs, especially wrestling and chasing (or being chased). Dex the wonder dog is responding well to the reduction of his steroid. If he continues to stay strong, we expect him to be off his medication in less than two months! Dex would love to be with a family that has a yard and another dog to play with. He walks well both on and off leash and responds to basic commands. Dex is a sweet and gentle dog (approx 1 ½ years old) who will bond with his human and be their constant companion. He is ready to find a family to call his own. Please help us to make this happy for this amazing pup!
Update from Dex's foster family July 21, 2019:
Meet Dex, The Amazing Wonder Dog! Dex was having some difficulty with his hind mobility but with a daily dose of Prednisone and some rehabilitation he can walk, run and play again. We think Dex is aprox 1 ½ years old. He would love to be in a home with an accessible garden and have another dog to play with. Dex bonds very quickly to his human and will follow his human everywhere. He would like it If his human didn’t work long hours so he could spend lots of time snuggling with them. He is well trained on his leash and does very well off leash in open areas. Dex loves to chase cats and other small wildlife so he would do best in a home without cats. He responds very quickly to training and knows how to sit and stay.
As Dex does have a history of hind weakness his family needs to ensure he gets his daily dose of Prednisone (approx 20 cents per pill) and keep up his exercise by taking him for walks and playing with his new fur sibling. If you are looking for a low key, snuggly dog who will follow you like your own shadow then Dex is the pup for you!
Please help us to find Dex's forever family by sharing this post. If you or someone you know could be a match for Dex, please complete and adoption application found at www.mexpup.com or contact our adoption coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dex is an approximately 1-2 year old, 9kg dog with minimal special needs. Dex was diagnosed with a growth on his spinal cord which has resulted in hind weakness, particularly on his right side. Dex has improved greatly with a daily dose of Prednisone (5mg) and physical therapy done by his foster mum. Dex had a slight drop to his right foot and wore a special bootie but has improved to the point that this is no longer the case. Dex loves to walk and sniff everything. He can go on walks for approximately 45 minutes before he shows signs of weakness, but he will keep walking as he loves to explore. After a brief rest, he is off to play some more. He wears a harness and leash that clips up on his back. Dex is completely continent of bladder and bowel. He can climb down stairs and is now able to go up stairs on his own (way to go Dex and foster mum extraordinaire). Due to his hind weakness he probably won’t be able to jump up onto high furniture.
Dex imprints very quickly on his human and will follow his human around the house. He would do well with someone who was home most of the time and for you full time employees who love Dex, maybe it's time to retire. He loves to cuddle with his humans on the couch and likes to sleep on the human’s bed at night.
Dex would do well in a home with another dog as he loves to play and the playing helps keep his hind muscles working. He loves the yard and amuses himself burying and digging up his dog bones so easy access to a yard is important.
- Right hind weakness so he needs to be lifted onto higher locations.
- A home with a human who is in and out, or home often.
- A home with minimal stairs.
- A home with a secured yard.
- Prednisone taken once per day (approx 20 cents per pill per day).
- Another dog to play with.
- A human that understand Dex has a medical history that may or may not present challenges in the future.
Applications can be found at www.mexpup,.com
Bobby: In a Victoria foster & looking for a home
Through no fault of his own, sweet Bobby is again looking for his forever family. This amazing boy is so sweet and cuddly. Bobby is looking for a lower energy home with another low energy but active dog. Bobby is great with kids, cats and all dogs, but would prefer a home that is quiet. He needs an active, quiet home where he can just be him. Bobby is a whippet mix, if allowed, can be territorial, and does bark at new people. A home with no tenants, where he can have the whole yard to himself would be fantastic. Bobby is approx 3.5 years old now and 17kg Please submit an application for him at www.mexpup.com
Tino: In a Victoria, BC foster & looking for a home
Hi, I’m Tino and I’m looking for a busy household to join! I would love to have other dogs and/or kids along with a very active lifestyle. You see, I was adopted to a home and was a really great boy, but I was lonely, and some things changed with my family that have made it best for me to find a new home. I came to Canada from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I had been abandoned on the streets there. I had to search for my own food and water (boy, that was hard). Luckily for me, I found some nice people along the way. One really special person took me in and told me they would be my foster family. I wasn’t sure what that meant, but they were awesome! I had a nice home, food (every day!), clean water in a bowl and so much love. They took me to the vets and got me healthy so I could be adopted. My foster home was a special place and I will always remember them. I then got to take a crazy trip in this big machine and I arrived in a wonderful place with all sorts of new smells, places to explore and fun things to do. I really love to have other dog siblings as play time and snuggle time are two of my favorite things. My favorite dream is when I see myself living on a large farm with tons of other animals, a job, and of course dogs! Wouldn’t that be an amazing forever home (they always say dream big), but I would also do well in a home with a nice yard, an active family and other pups to be part of my pack. I love to snuggle my humans on the couch and in bed (they say I’m a great snuggler). I’m the best boy ever, but my foster mom does say I like pillows a bit too much...not sure why because they are so fun to play with and all this white stuff comes out of them. I am great on and off leash, love hiking and swimming, playing fetch, wrestling with any dog I can, and my foster mom says I have great doggy communication. I’m not really sure what that means, but hey, I’ll go with it. I do have a sensitive tummy so need a limited ingredient food (right now I eat GO sensitive salmon. I do love fish:). If you’d love to have me forever, I’d bless you forever with the best hugs and kisses for my lifetime. I’m currently about 2 years old and weigh 25kg. You can find an application at www.mexpup.com. Make sure to fill it out soon as I would really love to meet you and start my life with my new family.
Waffles: In a PV foster & looking for a loving home
PEACE Animals spay & neuter clinics are a key to the work being done in the Puerto Vallarta area to end the suffering of animals. These mobile clinics are on the front lines each week going into the communities where help is needed with not only the medical services provided, but also education. We are big supporters of this group, and are so amazed by the work they do. Yesterday during a clinic in El Palmar Del Progresso, a dog wandered into the clinic and went straight into a crate. Animals are amazingly smart. This sweet girl was in trouble, needed help and found people that she hoped would do something for her. She was 100% correct. Maria was volunteering at the clinic so she asked one person who asked another person and before you knew it, Waffles had a new foster home and became a MexPup. Waffles definitely needs our help. It is easy to see in the photos that she is suffering from mange. Thankfully it is the non-contagious type, but she still has extremely swollen feet and cracks in the skin all over her body. She is alert and has clear eyes, but is extremely weak. Throughout the entire process and while meeting lots of new people, this sweet pup continued to try and wag her tail. She was so happy to be rescued, to be safe and to have people caring for her. Waffles is about 1.5 years old and weighs 17 kilos. She will remain at the vets for a few days until stable and then will continue her recovery in a foster home. Please consider helping Waffles by making a donation to her care: in Canada via etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com , in Puerto Vallarta donations can be made directly at Mascotas Vet Clinic with Dr. Manuel or Sabuesos Vet Clinic with Dr. Paco, in the US and other location via our paypal link which can be found at www.mexpup.com. This lovely girl deserves a chance at a great life. Please help us to make that possible.
Update February 2017: Waffles is doing great in her PV foster home. She is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Waffles does ok with some dogs, but she should be the only pet in her forever home (no dogs or cats). We think she would do best with an experienced, confident owner. She is a great dog, but is an alpha so needs guidance & leadership. We are so happy that her recovery has gone so well and now were excited for her to find a family to call her own!
Rose: In a PV foster and now looking for a hospice home and/or sponsor
When it rains it pours.....Two days ago we took in Piper & Alex. We didn't have the resources to do so, but we couldn't walk away from what we saw. Thanks to all of you, donations came in to cover their care. Today it happened again. Rose was under a bench, in bad shape, unable to move......we couldn't leave her. She is safe tonight and will see a vet first thing tomorrow. We don't know what challenges there will be, but we are hopeful that you will again be there to help us help Rose. Please consider making a donation to her care - visitwww.mexpup.com and click on the donate button.
Someone just pointed out the words on the sign behind her in the first photo where she is under the bench which say "Es momento de ayudar" - translation......it's time to help. So very fitting.
Rose is in care in Puerto Vallarta, but we are still looking for a forever home for her. Can you find it in your heart to help Rose?
Pinky: in a Victoria, BC foster & looking for a home
Pinky and Manchas were much loved pets in their previous home, but their owner developed a health condition and could no longer care for their pets. They asked for our help in finding new homes for the pups. Pinky is a pocket-size bundle of joy! This little 5 year old Chihuahua weighs 3 kilos and loves nothing more than to snuggle up to her humans, but if they are busy will quite happily snuggle up on a pillow too. When she is not curling up in your lap, she loves to go on walks. Pinky is very well mannered on leash and is a great walker who doesn't seem phased by cats or traffic although understandably is a little timid around large dogs. She has easily adapted to life in her foster home which has more than 20 dogs of all shapes and sizes. Pinky is quite happy to tell off the boisterous puppies when they are in her personal space. Despite her miniature size, she is a huuuge trooper! With her big adoring eyes and perky bat ears, we know Pinky won't have any issues winning over the hearts of her new furever family! Please help us to find her a home by sharing her album and/or if you or someone you know if interested in adopting Pinky, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Molly: in a BC foster & looking for a forever home
Meet Molly! This beautiful brown eyed girl was found wandering the streets, heavily pregnant and limping on her back leg. Angelica found her and couldn’t bear to let her go on that way, and despite running a cat rescue, took her home to be cared for and birth the litter in a safe and loving environment. Lucky for Molly she was found just in time, as she ended up having to have an emergency Caesarian - can you imagine how the birth would’ve gone if she was still living on the streets? Molly had 3 beaaaautiful puppies, all of whom are being brought up in the cat rescue. We took Molly in to lighten the load on Angelia. Molly is probably 2 years old and weighs 21kg - if you hadn’t heard the above story, you’d probably be surprised she’s had puppies as she’s really just one big puppy herself! Understandably, Molly was a little shy when she moved over to her new foster - who wouldn’t be if you had to meet 20 new dogs all at once?? But after a very short while (we are talking a few hours), she settled in and became best friends with them all. Molly loves to play - she’s the most excited in the morning when everyone has woken up and it’s time to start the day again! This sweetie has the biggest smile and the biggest heart - she has no worries about wriggling into your lap for cuddles and smothering you with kisses. Molly’s leg has been x-rayed and our vets say it is an old injury that likely healed on its own. The bone has fused, and she isn’t in pain, but she does have a slight limp. But don’t worry, Molly won’t let that stop her! She’s able to keep up with our most energetic dogs on the beach, and she absolutely adores walks and needs no encouragement to get out of the house (but may need a bit of encouragement to go back inside afterwards haha!) She’s fantastic on leash and will walk beside you like an absolute star, content to just explore the world with you. Molly has been off leash with our other dogs at the beach and is pretty great, but with some further recall training we believe she will be even better! She also loooooves her food and will sometimes bark because she’s just so excited it’s mealtime (we can relate, Molly!), but apart from that she’s as quiet as a mouse. As you can imagine having lived at a cat rescue, Molly is fantastic with cats and would fit right into a family with some feline members - and of course canine too! She gets excited when she's playing and can be a little rambunctious, so we think kids over 7 would probably be best. Molly is more than ready to find her own forever home, so if you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please fill out an application found at www.mexpup.com. Alternatively, please share her album to help us find the best family for her. She deserves it!
Mia: In a BC foster & looking for a forever family
Anyone living in Mexico knows that it's imperative you are friendly with the neighborhood Churro vendors! And it was our friendship with the lovely couple who sell Churros in our colonia that brought Mia into our lives. As is a familiar story here, their female dog accidentally got pregnant and they asked for our help to spay the mama and to find homes the puppies. They were able to find homes with friends and family for some of the litter, but 4 remained and we took all 4. Mia was the weakest by far. She was the smallest, had patches of fur missing, was very lethargic, and she had so many parasites that when we dewormed her and they all left her body, her body actually went into shock. Mia was too young at just 6 weeks for harsh medicines but received vitamins, supplements and electrolytes every few hours, and was getting subcutaneous fluids via a needle every other night. It was touch and go for a week or so but soon enough she was gaining strength and she only continues to get bigger and stronger! At about 5 months old and Mia weighs around 14kg. She looks like a Belgian Shepherd cross and is certainly a very stunning dog! She is extremely sweet, loves every human she comes across, and loves to play with other dogs even more! She can occasionally be shy when meeting new dogs, but we go to the dog park every week and play off leash with more than 30 dogs and she does great with all shapes and sizes. Mia is still a baby, so she pulls on the leash when she is excited, particularly when she knows we are going somewhere fun like the beach or river (She loves water and has never met a puddle she didn't want to jump in)! She also sometimes gets overexcited when a loud motorbike goes past and will pull towards it. She is very clever though and extremely food motivated and eager to please, so we think that with some puppy obedience lessons Mia will be a total model citizen. Mia should not go to a home with cats or other small animals like chickens or hamsters (although she does great with tiny dogs her prey drive for the others is definite). Mia has boundless energy and needs an active family. She is great off leash so a family who likes hiking or running would be amazing! Mia loves to eat, and we often share a fruit salad in the morning before our walk which she loves. If there is no fruit available, vegetables, peanut butter, sweet potato, and ice cubes will do nicely! All in all, Mia is a total sweetheart. Her heart is even bigger than her ginormous ears, and she deserves the best life we can possibly give her. If you think that you could be a match or know someone that is, please fill out an adoption application at www.mexpup.com. Or, please share Mia’s album to help us find her forever home.
Mr Goat: in a Vancouver foster & looking for a home
We received some shocking photos of Mr Goat at just several weeks old, tummy horribly distended, crusty eyed, patchy fur and so weak his spindly little legs could barely hold his weight up. A lovely local sent us the aforementioned pictures and asked us to help, although she only knew his rough location. There was something in his eyes that made us rush straight over and we searched every street of the colonia until we finally recognized a certain concrete block that could be seen in the original picture we were sent. It took probably 3 hours of searching before we found him, and since then we have poured every ounce of love and hope into him. He was extremely lethargic, filthy, covered in fleas and ticks, and had the most bloated tummy we have seen in a long time! Turns out his kidney and spleen were EXTREMELY and dangerously enlarged, he was so riddled with parasites that his organs had started to give in, and his bloodwork showed terrifying results! Tick-bourne (but extremely treatable) disease Ehrlichia had left him unable to retain nutrients from the small amounts of food he was managing to find, and he was so anemic his gums were see through instead of pink. And on top of all this: a bacterial infection causing awful diarrhea, so he was also very dehydrated! With a whole host of vitamins, supplements, meds, great food, and plain old cuddles, Mr Goat began to thrive!
Now, almost a year later, Mr Goat is ready to leave this part of his life behind and find his forever family. Here is what Mr Goat has to say about himself!
“I am a little bit of a nervous boy and need a proper introduction when I meet new people. I live with my foster family in Vancouver, BC. I have a foster mom and dad and they have a boy who is 16. They also have 3 dogs, two chihuahuas and a big rottweiler guy. When I first came to my foster I was really nervous to meet everyone, especially the men and the dogs, but my foster mom helped properly introduce me to everyone which helped a lot. Since then I have improved so much and I love playing with all my foster siblings. When my foster parents daughters come to visit us they bring their dogs as well, and I get along great with all of them. I like women much more than men, but once I really get to know a man then I like them too. I will bark at men when I see them, even if I have met them a couple times, so I just need help being reminded that they are okay.
I have beautiful green eyes, beige fur with a white belly, and weigh 14 kilos. My fosters think that I may have some weimaraner or catahoula shepherd in me. What do you think? I am fully potty trained and crate trained. I like my crate because I get food or treats every time I go in it ! When my foster family goes out they usually crate me. I haven’t shown to be destructive, but I like having space and they worry that if the other dogs bother me while they are not home, I might get upset. Sometimes if they aren’t gone for too long they will leave me loose with my rottweiler brother and I am okay. I would have to properly get to know a dog before being left alone with them for long periods of time I know my name very well and I usually come when I am called. I know how to sit and I almost know how to lie down. I even wait for my food until my foster mom says OK. I don't like when the other dogs come near me when I have my food and I will growl at them and sometimes try to nip then. My foster mom is working on this, and makes sure to not feed me too close to the other dogs. I am a medium energy boy. I like going on walks and I do pretty good at the dog park after the initial greet, which we are still working on. I do like having my relax time, but I also love to cuddle with my foster mom and sisters. I currently sleep in my foster parents room on my own bed, and I sleep through the whole night without waking up until they do. My foster family thinks that it's very important for me to go to a home that has a man in it so that I can continue to work on being comfortable with them. A home who has dog experience is a must. I am a very smart boy and sometimes I like to try to be the boss so I need a home who will constantly work on my training. They believe that I could excel in a mental discipline such as learning different commands and tricks or even competing in agility at some point in the future. They also think that the ideal home for me would have no young kids, as I can sometimes get protective of my food and toys, and like having some alone time. A family with teenagers who are dog savvy would be okay. I have never been around cats but I have seen a couple before. My foster family thinks that it's possible that I would be okay with a cat who gives me my space, but I haven't been around cats for a while so they would like to test this out again before deciding. My foster family thinks I would do well in a home with perhaps one other, well adjusted, older dog that would enjoy having a younger playmate but that could also be a bridge between my known and unknown worlds. I am equally good with both female and male dogs, but a male dog that is too dominant may not be best suited for me. We currently live in Burnaby and are available to meet at parks, on walks and at my foster moms house I would love to find my forever family so that I can start working on adjusting to being a part of the family. I am a very special extremely smart boy who is improving every single day, and I hope my perfect people can find me and help me be the best boy that I can be!”
Tank: in a PV foster & looking for a loving home
Update 11/13/2019: Tank is doing great in his foster home and is healthy, happy and ready to find a home of his own. This big dude does great with the dogs in his foster home and with most dogs that he has met on walks. He hasn't reacted when others have jumped at him, but we are always thoughtful about his introductions since he is large and has a strike against him (through no fault of his own) due to the prejudice some have against the breed. Tank loves humans and his only challenge is that he isn't always aware of his size when greeting people. He has shown strong prey drive towards cats, so we don't think he would be a match for a family cats, chickens, or other small animals in the home. We believe his is around 5 years old, but he still acts like a puppy on a regular basis. Tank is now about 28 kilos, walks well on a leash (can still occasionally pull), and enjoys life to the fullest. If you think you could be a match for this gentle giant, please complete and adoption application found at www.mexpup.com or simply share his album to help us find him his forever home.
Ivan saw a dog that was clearly in need of help. He was skin and bones. They got some food and water for him, and then started working on a plan. When he went back the next day to get the dog, he didn’t find him immediately and so started asking around to see if anyone knew where he was. Ivan was directed to a home and the big boy was there. It turns out that the pup had a family, but they had decided they didn’t want the dog anymore. They stopped feeding him and put him out on the street. They said that he kept returning to their home, but they didn’t want him and wouldn’t take him in (insert choice words here). Sadly, that was the only home that Tank knew, and he didn’t understand that he was no longer welcome. He wandered the neighborhood but didn’t stray far in his search for food. That is the why and how of his starvation. Seriously, I don’t understand some humans. They were happy that Ivan was going to take him (yea for Ivan!!!) and that is how Tank came into care. This big dude is extremely underweight (and he still weighs a bit over 20 kilos) along with being in treatment for the regular issues. Thankfully, he tested negative for all the really bad stuff. Tank needs food (lots of it), medicine, love and care. He is a great dog with a lovely temperament who is thriving in his foster home. Eventually, Tank will be looking for a forever home, but for now he needs your support. Send some love, energy, prayers and, if you’re able, please make a donation to Tank’s medical and food bills. MexPup is always in need of help whether it’s for Tank or for any the others. If you’re in Puerto Vallarta, you can leave a donation at Sabuesos (with Dr. Paco or Dr. Eva) or at Mascotas (with Dr. Manuel or Dr. Tere). If you’re in Canada, you can send an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com. If you’re anywhere else, you can find our paypal link on our website at www.mexpup.com. We are grateful that Tank will now have a second chance at a great life and know that all the MexPuppers will be there to support him on his journey.
Kira: application received, please check back
Claudia was walking with her pack when they found 3 puppies in a trash pile. They had recently picked up a different puppy from this same area that looked very similar to the 3. They thought the first puppy was just lost and had been looking for the owner but finding the 3 new puppies changed that idea. They started to ask around to figure out what was happening. A neighbor told them that their very poor owner had thrown all 4 of the puppies onto the street. They were only 2 months old, but they were now abandoned and fending for themselves. Claudia immediately took them in and got them to the vets. They were full of parasites and very hungry, but thankfully tested negative for the real scary stuff. Kira is one of the three females of the litter and looks exactly like Dusk. They were called the twins. She is now about 1 year old and weighs 16 kilos. Kira is a shy pup that is a bit insecure, but once she feels safe, she is playful and loving. She does great with all the dogs in her foster home, whether large or small. Kira also does great with the teenager in her foster home and does fine when meeting children as long as she has time and space to get to know them. Kira seems afraid of cats and although she doesn’t spend much time with them, we think she would fine in a home with cats. When asked what her ideal forever home would be, her foster mom said “Kira is a very agile dog. She would do great with kids of any age or an active couple. She loves walks to the river and enjoys water. She loves hiking adventures, climbing, jumping, and digging. She is very active. Ideally, she would have another dog to play with as she spends most of her time with the other dogs playing, playing, and playing. She is a little reserved with stranger dogs and humans but once she feels safe, she settles and enjoys. She needs a very loving and active family.” Kira is happy, healthy and ready for adoption.
Andres: application received, please check back
Claudia was walking with her pack when they found 3 puppies in a trash pile. They had recently picked up a different puppy from this same area that looked very similar to the 3. They thought the first puppy was just lost and had been looking for the owner but finding the 3 new puppies changed that idea. They started to ask around to figure out what was happening. A neighbor told them that their very poor owner had thrown all 4 of the puppies onto the street. They were only 2 months old, but they were now abandoned and fending for themselves. Claudia immediately took them in and got them to the vets. They were full of parasites and very hungry, but thankfully tested negative for the real scary stuff. Andres is the male of the litter and has a brindle coat. He is now about 1 year old and weighs 21 kilos. Andres is a shy boy when first getting to know people. Once he trusts, he is very friendly and loves cuddles. He has done great with all the dogs in his foster home, whether large or small. Andres also does great with the teenager in his foster home and does well when meeting children as long as he has time and space to get to know them. Andres does well with cats and is fine with the 2 hens & 1 rooster in his foster. When asked what his ideal forever home would be, his foster mom said “Andres would do great with kids of any age or an active couple. He loves walks, loves water, climbing and a little digging. He likes climbing rocks and piles of blocks so she would do great on hiking and river adventures. Ideally with another dog to play with.” Andres is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. The low season is over and we have a chance to get him onto the next part of his journey. Please share his album so we can find a match (foster or adopter) for this awesome dog so he can be on the November 3rd flight to Vancouver, BC. If you or someone you know could be the right one for Andres, please complete an adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. This guy is ready to start his future with his forever family and we certainly want to make that happen!
Izzy: application received, please check back
Izzy is a small adult dog around 2 years old and 4.5kg that just adores people! She came to us from fellow rescuer Amanda, who found her abandoned and running on the highway. Things have certainly changed since that near disastrous day as she is happy, healthy and looking for her furever home! Izzy is a superdog with a superhero mask to match. She walks incredibly on a leash, and when she is on a walk she is on a little mission and nothing gets in her way. Cats, no problem. Dogs, no problem. Kids running and screaming, no problem! She just keeps on walking like the little trooper she is! Only one thing can distract her from her mission and that is irresistible long grass which she rolls around in with a slightly crazed smile. When she is not on walks this little lap dog loves nothing more than to get love from her humans! She is always ready for snuggles no matter the time! In fact, she has perfected her puppy eyes on us and knows exactly how to get our attention! Izzy definitely loves people more than anything else and because of this she can be a quite sad and vocal when left alone. If this wasn't enough to know that Izzy loved you, she also literally jumps in circles when she sees you and her little tail won't stop wagging. You will never be in short supply of affection with this loving little dog around! Izzy may roll over for her humans, but she is no push over when it comes to other dogs! She is a feisty character and even puts our big dominant dogs in their place which they happily listened to! Although content living with our other crazy dogs, Izzy may have lived alone in her previous house as she doesn't really bother playing with them. However, she may now be coming out of her shell as we have caught her playing with some of our dogs but only for a few seconds at a time. This lovely dog would make a perfect companion to someone who has the time for her and is home frequently or has a lifestyle that can accommodate taking Izzy with them often, as she doesn't like to be alone for long. She loves snuggles and attention and she has a big personality for her size. We hope Izzy can find a family who loves her as much as much as she will love them! Please share Izzy’s album to help us find her a forever family. If you think that you could be a match or know someone that is, please fill out an adoption application at www.mexpup.com. We are excited that this little one is ready for the next part of her journey.
Zoe: application received, please check back
We were contacted about a pup that needed help. The person that had her couldn’t do more for her, but thankfully Amanda was able to step in to assist. She got her sorted at the vets and then found Carol who was able to foster. Even though the pup was too much energy for her and her cat, Carol took care of Zoe until another solution could be found (thank you Carol!). Zoe is an adventurous, happy, bouncy 8 to 9-month-old pup that weighs 19 kilos. She has the whitest teeth you’ve ever seen. She loves people and she loves dogs although her excitement to meet them can come off a bit strong. We continue to work on her introductions, so she learns to put her best paw forward. She has a lot of energy, which she either uses to play with other pups and has even learned to play by herself (she loves toys), but she is also a cuddle bug that loves to be invited into your lap for some scratches and snuggle time. Zoe likes splashing around in water, although she hasn’t expressed much interest in actually swimming yet. She loves to go on walks but can sometimes pull when seeing other dogs. She always seems to get along once they finally each get a sniff (she is improving every day with this and loves making friends, hence the pulling when she sees them). Zoe is very socially adept and makes friends quickly. She has been great in her foster home when people visit or when she meets people out on walks. She sits for her dinner, but if other dogs are eating around her, she needs a bit of direction to stay focused on her bowl. Zoe is healthy, happy and ready for adoption. She so desperately wants to meet her forever family and start her new journey that she tries to convince every person that she meets that they are the ones. We really want to make her dream come true. Please help us to find her new family by sharing her album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com
Bourbon: application received, please check back
Four puppies were left next to a trash can, near a softball field. They were only about 6-8 weeks old and their chances for survival were slim. Thankfully, a kind woman found them and started giving them food, but she was unable to take them in. Willey saw her plea for help, decide to make a difference and took the plunge! She already had two senior dogs that didn’t like puppies, she was living in a studio apartment and yet, she said yes (where there is a will, there is a way!). She got the pups home on a Sunday and took them to the vet the next day. The puppies were underweight, dirty, and covered in fleas & ticks, but the greatest challenge was that they were positive for parvo. They remained in quarantine with the vets and it was a scary few weeks. Thankfully, they all survived and got to leave the vet clinic for their foster home. The pups were so happy to be in a home (Bella & Chester weren’t so sure about their new house guests). Bourbon (female) is the brindle of the group and at about 5 months old, weighs 5 kilos. She is very sweet loving little girl. Bourbon wants to learn but is a little slower at it than her siblings as she tends to shy away from the action. She is very playful when part of a pack, so would do well having a fur sibling or a family that will work with her through her shyness. She loves to sit on your lap or maybe we should say LOVES! Bourbon was hesitant on walks, but she is doing well on her leash now….the Big World can be a scary place for a shy pup, but when you have your friends & trusty humans, it can be fun! This lovely girl is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share Bourbon’s
album to help us find her a wonderful home. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Emma: application received, please check back
Emma, like her sister Katelyn who we posted earlier this week, came into our lives because of the compassion of strangers! There was a man trying to sell Emma along with her 2 siblings out of a cardboard box at the side of the road when she was just 3 or 4 weeks old. The man was drunk and not very stable, so the puppies kept falling through the bottom of the box onto the street. Several people walking past were horrified. We had 3 separate people emailing us about this man and asking us how to help these poor puppies. We do not pay for dogs in situations like this, if we had given money for Emma and her siblings then this man would have learnt that this type of behavior is a successful way to make a little cash, and we might not have been around to help the next litter of puppies he would try to sell! Megan tried to reason with the man to hand over the puppies, they were too young to even be separated from their mother yet and they needed to go with someone who knew exactly how to care for them. He refused. As time went on, clusters of people on the street were gathering and also asking the man to please hand over the dogs. He continued to refuse for a long time, but eventually the wonderful staff at restaurant El Arrayan were able to convince him to do the right thing and we went straight over to pick them up. We are grateful that at least 4 or 5 groups of people did not passively walk by in this situation, but instead stood up for Emma and her siblings!
Fast forward to now and Emma is a gorgeous and playful, 6 month old puppy, who is fully vaccinated and spayed and ready to find her forever family. She is around 6kg (quite a bit smaller than her sister) and will likely grow only a bit more and we believe will remain a small dog. Emma is being fostered with a variety of different sized and aged dogs right now and does great with everyone although she can sometimes get irritated with other little puppies when they demand all the good cuddles or the best toys. She calms down easily when told to 'play nice' and she loves all the more mature dogs. She likes people and kids. but just like her sister she likes to be approached gently so she can suss out strangers - and who can blame her 😁. When she’s hanging out with people and dogs that she already knows she is so goofy, playful and lovable we can barely stand it! Emma has pretty good recall and sticks close by when she is off leash on a trail or at the beach. She would be fine as an only dog or with doggy siblings, but she doesn't really understand cats and tries to chase them when she passes them on walks.
Emma has the most hilarious markings on her face and looks like a mixture between extremely tired all the time, or a superhero who's mask has started to rub off. We can't wait to see what the future holds for our little Emma! Could you be a part of it? You can fill out an adoption application at www.mexpup.com if you think Emma should join your family.
Harley: application received, please check back...
Amanda saw a post on a local animal group in Puerto Vallarta. It was an image she couldn't shake, so she had to go see if she could find the pup. He was alone and looked to be in so much pain. She called a friend and the next day they went for him. When they arrived, there were glad to see he was still there and surprised to find he had a friend with him. As they pulled up, it was as if he knew they were there for him and as he jumped in the car he looked back like “See you NEVER!” Off they went to the vets for much needed medical care. When they arrived, he was so calm and simply looked as if he would finally get some rest and the treatment for his mange that he so clearly needed. He stayed at the vets for 2 weeks and when it was time for Amanda to take him to his foster home, he was super playful which was a surprise for everyone! He was so happy and just wanted to be around people. He LOVES going for walks and sniffing around. Harley is a great pup who is approximately 1.5 years old and now weighs 24kg (and he could gain a few more). He is in love with life! This boy is great with dogs of all sizes and with people too. He LOVES kids and is very curious about cats although afraid of those that stare him down (i.e. doing ok with dog savvy cats and a bit too interested with those that might run, but easy to correct – a work in progress). He loves going for runs on the beach, relaxing with his humans, playing ball, sniffing all he can find and then searching for more. This boy wants to experience all life has to offer him. Harley has energy to burn, so needs an active family with preferably another dog his size to romp and play with in the yard, or a human who wants an adventure partner to take for runs, hikes and more. He is very smart and knows that he is in a good place. Now, we just need to find him his forever family. If you think Harley is a match for you or for someone you know, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com OR please share his album so that his new family can find him
Bob: application received, please check back...
Bob is probably somewhere between 18 months and 2 years old and is fully grown at just under 7kg. A lovely lady found Bob frantically running on the highway. She was leaving PV that night and didn't want to leave him behind on the street so as a desperate attempt to save him she put a sign around his neck that read 'help me' and walked him up and down the Malecón. Luckily one of our volunteers happened to be walking past.
We think that Bob was once a family pet because the first time he saw us pick up a leash he got so excited; it definitely wasn't his first rodeo! Bob has great leash manners and is totally non-reactive to other dogs on walks. He utterly adores people and kids and is a complete pro at the 'pet me, please' nudge. He is a little scared of cats but totally ignores the dozens of loose chickens that live on our street. He's great with all dogs he meets and is generally a very chill little dude.
Bob would be a great companion for almost any kind of family. Please help us find Bob a home by sharing his album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Bob, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Wilson: application received, please check back...
Wilson is a gorgeous Bassett Hound that is estimated to be 3 to 4 years old and now weighs about 20 kilos. We don’t know a whole lot about his history, other than he was unceremoniously dumped at the beginning of June and left to fend for himself dangerously close to a highway! Lucky for Wilson (and for whoever adopts this beautiful boy) a lovely young man in the neighborhood noticed that Wilson had been abandoned and reached out to our partners & friends LADRA for help.
Wilson (like most rescue dogs) repeatedly shows us the meaning of grace and forgiveness: he loves every single human he meets even though he was abandoned by one of us! He is very food motivated and after he watched the other dogs play with toys for a few weeks and figured out what they were, there was no stopping him and now he loves toys! Wilson lives peacefully with 9 other dogs in foster care right now (well, 9 dogs isn't that peaceful but you know what we mean), and is great with other dogs provided he meets them calmly. Wilson is good at greeting/passing dogs he doesn’t know while on walks or hanging out at the beach, but when we have been in a dog park type setting (I.e. many unknown dogs running around and lots of high energy playing) he found it difficult to contain his excitement and was being way too rough (total fun police), so we would say that if you are a huge fan of dog parks, he is likely not the dog for you unless you are committed to training him how to remain calm and play gently while there are a lot of unknown dogs causing havoc 😁. Wilson is not enjoying the extreme heat and humidity of a Puerto Vallarta summer and would love an opportunity to come north and start his next chapter! We have a potential flight to Vancouver for Wilson on August 16th, please share his album so we can find this guy a great home. If you or someone you know if interested in adopting him or fostering him in BC, please complete the application found at www.mexpup.com. Wilson and all of us thank you for your help in this search!
Nestor: application received, please check back...
Post from our friends and rescue partners LADRA: Working in rescue is rewarding, fulfilling, and it undeniably brings a lot of joy. It can also be overwhelming, draining, and sometimes downright traumatic. We hope that the story we are about to share with you can eventually be an inspiring one, and we apologize for the slightly graphic story and images.
We'd like to introduce you to Nestor. Nestor was a homeless Belgian Shepherd that had been scavenging for food around an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. Unfortunately the story so far is not an uncommon one, but what makes Nestor’s a little bit different is that due to a horrific injury, he only has 3 legs. We don't know exactly what happened to Nestor; it could have been a car accident, it could have been an animal trap, or human abuse of some kind, sadly the possibilities are almost endless. What we do know is that this is a fairly recent injury because the wound on Nestors' stump is still completely open, exposing his bone pipe and clearly making him uncomfortable. Not only is Nestor up against possible infection in the wound on his stump, but since he is a pretty big dog and is trying to adjust to this recent injury, as we watch him hobble and hop around we can see that a lot of strain is being put on his back, hips, and other legs. Nestor has an absolutely beautiful temperament! He is respectful of our other dogs and extremely loving and cuddly with our humans. He knows that he is safe and that we have his best interests at heart so he lets us administer his medications and clean his wounds twice a day with no complaints whatsoever. He is truly a testament to doggy resilience - his spirits are up despite being in pain and probably very confused about how to orient himself with respect to his new limitations. He wants to run and play but with the immense strain on his back and hips of hobbling around he frequently falls or just plain lays down from exhaustion. It is heartbreaking. We rushed Nestor straight to the vet after picking him up, and we all agree that he is a great candidate for a prosthetic limb. We would absolutely love to be able to help him get the prosthetic he desperately needs, but while caring for many many other dogs the costs are simply too high for our non profit dog rescue! When we heard about Nestor we knew we couldn't tackle this project alone, so we are once again teaming up with our wonderful friends and fellow non profit dog rescue MexPup
We need your help to raise money towards the cost of:
*Visits and consultations with doctors and prosthetic specialists Est. cost $400-$600usd
*Prosthetic Est. Cost- $1600- $2400usd
Every penny helps, and if you are not in a position to donate, we would very much appreciate you helping us spread the word so that we can vastly improve Nestor's quality of life and eventually find his forever family.
-The LADRA PayPal is: email@example.com
-MexPup Canada Animal Rescue Society www.mexpup.com with a link to their PayPal
-E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Donation in Puerto Vallarta directly with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos Vet Clinic
Hopefully, before too long, Nestor will be ready for adoption. If you or someone you know would be the right match for this special boy, please complete the adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. We know there is a wonderful family out there that would be be lucky to have him join their pack. As always, thank you so much for your support!
Oscar: Application received, Please check back
Emily works at the Volcanes Education Project in Colonia Volcanes. She always leaves out food and water for the numerous free-roaming dogs that live in the area. She noticed a new little black dog hanging around the school back in May. He was doing fine and was neutered at the PEACE clinic in the area at the end of May. Life on the streets isn’t great, but with limited resources, time and the uncertainty of their status (is there a home that just lets them out to walk themselves or are they really alone?), it isn’t easy. We all just try to do the best we can. About 2 weeks ago Emily noticed that he had lost a bit of weight and a bit of fur. Then, after not seeing him for several days, she saw him again and was shocked by how quickly he had deteriorated. He was now very underweight with oozing sores and scabs all over his body. She gave him a NexGard pill and started looking for a solution. Emily was committed to helping this guy and asked for our support. He needed urgent care and we knew there was no time to waste. There wasn’t room in any PV foster home and there’s little money in the bank, but we simply couldn’t say no. Oscar arrived at the vet office yesterday weighing in at 8.75 kilos. We estimate that he is about 2 years old. So far, he has tested negative for the two scariest things (distemper & Leishmaniasis – not a normal test we run but based on his condition it was concern). He did test positive for ehrlichia & anaplasma and certainly has something going wrong with his skin/fur (we currently suspect that it is fungal or bacterial). The great news is that Oscar is now safe at the vet clinic and getting the treatment that he needs. If you are in PV and are able to foster Oscar, please send an email to Patty@mexpup.com. If you are able to donate to Oscar’s boarding or medical care, you can do so from Canada via simple etransfer to email@example.com, from Puerto Vallarta directly with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas vet clinic or with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos vet clinic, or from anywhere else via our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com. We are hopeful that with time, medical treatment and love, Oscar will be happy, healthy and ready for adoption, but we need your help to get him there.
Parise: application received, please check back
She was a gift. A small, furry, 2-month-old gift that the family knew wasn’t a good match, as a husky shouldn’t live in the heat & humidity of Puerto Vallarta. They took some time and found a family with a ranch in the mountains that would give her space and a better climate in which to live. A few months passed and then they got the call. Parise wasn’t a good match for the ranch as they had chickens and Parise liked the chickens just a bit too much. She was returned to the original family and they needed help urgently as they were in a small apartment with limited space, time and ability to care for a 9-month-old husky that had energy to spare and was suffering in the heat. Parise moved into a foster home with a swimming pool and that has helped this lovely girl to cope with the heat while waiting to find a family. She is now almost 10 months old and weighs 21 kilos. Parise is a happy, friendly, active, energetic, playful and wickedly smart dog. She is having a blast playing with Paloma who is also in the same foster home and does well with the older dogs that don’t have as much energy, but certainly desire and receive respect from the new kid on the block. Parise loves going on walks and would be a willing running partner. She can be a puller (to go faster, to greet others – humans and dogs), so continued training on her leash manners will be important. She did fine coexisting with cats in the past but hasn’t lived with them for many months. We think her predatory instincts are a bit stronger now, so we aren’t certain they would be a good match. Parise grew up around small children and loves them. She is very playful and has done well interacting with children outside her new foster home. This girl LOVES the water and has become quite the swimmer. She enters the pool on her own, does a few laps, gets out, comes back in and doesn’t miss a beat. It’s a great way for her to deal with the climate. Parise would do great in an active home getting lots of exercise and joining in on all the family activities. This beauty is ready for a family to call her own. If you or anyone you know could be a match, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com or simply share her album to help her find her family. We really want Parise out of the crazy Vallarta heat before we get too far into summer, so we need all the help we can get. If you are willing to foster her in B.C., Canada, we could also use your help! (please email Sarah@mexpup.com).
Prisma: Application received, please check back
A quick "dog free" trip to Hidalgo to visit the Prismas Basalticos was the plan. Well, as we all know sometimes life has other plans. When Michelle and Andres were walking to visit the prisms they saw a dog under a car. She came out to see them, but was very unsure of people. They tried to get her attention, but she wouldn't come close. On the way back from the prisms, they saw the same dog, this time with a little friend who was also very much in need. Staying at a hotel with no dog supplies, Michelle and Andres needed to think quickly to make a rescue plan. The first step was to speak with the owner of the hotel. Luckily she was more than happy to help, gave them supplies and said the dogs could stay the night at the hotel. With some food and a lot of patience, Prisma was finally rescued and safe. Her weight overall was ok, but she was just going into heat so it was excellent timing to get her off the street. Her medical exam went well and she didn't have any scary illnesses. She is missing a toe on her back foot, and the vet believes she was trapped in a coyote trap. When she pulled free, she pulled out a toe. It has already healed and doesn't bother her a bit. The only noticeable thing is that she walks with a wiggle and limps a little if she is very tired. Once settled into her foster home, Prisma learned how wonderful life off the streets can be. She adapted well to a pack of six other dogs and is very friendly and loving towards everyone. She loves other dogs. She loves kids. She loves adults. Prisma is playful and energetic, and is learning that cuddles are pretty wonderful too. She is a year old and weighs 12kg. Prisma will be a wonderful addition to any family. If you are looking for love and cuteness on four legs, then Prisma is your girl!
Sunny: Application received, please check back
The haunting photos were sent out and a plea for help was made. Even though there was no space and even though there was no money, there was no way to unsee the images. They were stuck in our minds and so Brischa & Grace went to see what they would find in Colonia Las Bougainvilleas where the pups were living. 3 of the 5 dogs were there. The pictures didn’t lie. These pups were in dire need of help. The other two were presumed dead – they were the ones in the worse shape from the original photos and weren’t found. LADRA and MexPup agreed to take this on together. Neither group had the funds to take it on and neither group had any foster space. We were both already stretched to the brink, but after seeing a dog in this condition, you can’t walk away. Patch, Freya & Sunny were taken into care and although quite thin and in great need, their prognosis was ok. We then got the amazing phone call that the other two pups were found and they were still alive (although barely). Vinnie & Leo were picked up in extremely rough shape and it was touch & go for a while. We are so happy to report that after weeks in care, all 5 pups are thriving and 4 of them are ready to find their new homes. Sunny is the tan pup with a white circle around her nose and 1 of 2 females of the litter. She is about 9 to 10 months old and now weighs a healthy 18 kilos (she was 10 kgs at rescue). Sunny is a calm pup that loves attention. She really likes people and enjoys greeting new visitors in her foster home. Sunny is new to walking on a leash and sometimes needs a bit of encouragement to keep moving (the streets were very tough on them so her caution isn’t hard to understand). Every day she is gaining confidence and enjoying life. Sunny is great with all the dogs in her foster home and is simply a friendly pup. We think she would do great in an active home where she will get regular exercise and support on her journey to becoming a great adult dog. She spent the majority of her life on the street, so this young girl is still learning about life in a home, so guidance from her new humans is a must. Sunny’s ideal family would be an active home where she will get the care, attention, and love that all family members deserve. Sunny is ready for adoption and has a potential flight to BC on October 7th. If you or someone you know would make a great match for her, please visit www.mexpup.com and complete the adoption application. This sweet girl had a tough start to life and almost died of starvation. Now it’s her time to begin the next chapter…loved family member! Thanks to everyone that donated to help Sunny and her siblings. We are grateful for all the support and so happy that this crew made it.
Betsy: application received, please check back
Kristina was in PV on vacation when she saw two dogs in a vacant lot that were tied together. Any abandoned dog has it tough, but being tied to another animal with a rope makes survival much more difficult and the risk of injury much greater. Kristina got them food & water, and started trying to find a solution. She reached out to MexPup and we went to work to rescue these dogs together. Unbelievably, we got another email the same day from Tania telling us about 2 dogs that she had just rescued. They had been tied together in a lot. She was able to get them to a vet, but needed help with the next steps of the process. We sent the photos we received and thankfully Kristina confirmed that the two dogs she wanted to help, were the two dogs that Tania had found. Everyone contributed what they could, everyone participated, and this gave Maxxa & Betsy a chance. They were provided the medical tests & care needed, and then went into foster homes to begin the process of starting a new life. We believe they are sisters, but realized they needed to be separated to gain confidence and have that best chance at a bright future. Betsy is about 2 years old and weighs 20 kilos. This sweet girl loves people and wants to make friends. She can be a little shy in new situations, but with a bit of time she gains her confidence. Betsy runs like a gazelle and can leap tall building in a single bound (we kid you not!), so she would make an excellent running or hiking partner. She loves going on walks, can pull a bit to use her nose for exploration, does well seeing other dogs that aren’t coming towards her, but is concerned when seeing other dogs that are approaching her and will hackle up. She corrects easily and simply needs reassurance that her person has everything under control. Betsy is a quick study and wants to please. She will thrive with a family that engages her in everyday exploring and keeps her active. Betsy has met a few kids and does very well. She hasn’t been around the unpredictable movements of toddlers, but she is a gentle girl and would likely do well. Betsy did great with both cats and kittens in her first foster home. She is still learning that trash cans are not when she should look for food and kitchen counters are for humans, not for dog exploration. Betsy is happy, healthy and ready for adoption…could she be a match for you or someone you know? If so, please submit an application which can be found at www.mexpup.com or you can contact our adoption coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Betsy was abandoned, but that is in her past. Her future is so bright and we hope you want to be the one to help her shine.
Barkley: Application received, please check back
Erika was teaching a lesson about nature down by the river when she saw a man with a backpack. Nothing unusual about that, is there? Until she saw that the backpack was wiggling. When asking the man what he was doing, he pulled out two newborn puppies. Clearly too young to be away from their mother, Erika asked the man why he had the pups. When he indicated that he was trying to sell them, Erika knew that she needed to step in and help. When her husband arrived at the end of her class, they both went and spoke to the man. It took a lot of convincing, but eventually he agreed to let them take the puppies. That's when Nina and Barkley became Mexpups. Barley struggled at first to eat and gain weight. Once the right formula was found for him, he began to thrive. Barkely is a fun-loving pup who is now feeling great, learning new things and exploring the world. He is currently 14 months old, and weighs 22kg. Barkley needs a family that can continue to help him with his fear of dogs, and continue to socialize him and love him. Please share his story to help him find the perfect family.
Billy: Application received, please check back
It was Sunday when Licerine saw a small dog in horrible conditions. He was just a little guy that had an extremely bloated belly & chest, was infested with ticks and it was clear to see this guy was in trouble. Licerine knew she needed to help, so off to the emergency vets they went. The little guy had blood infections, anemia and lots of fluid on his chest. The pup was very close to dying and if not for the actions of Licerine, he likely wouldn’t have survived. Billy is now a healthy pup, full of energy and character. He is approximately 3 years old and weighs 6kg. Billy is a small terrier type dog with wiry black and white hair with a little white beard. He has a great personality, loves attention, meeting people and is very affectionate. Billy is an active pup with lots of energy. This guy is always running around (he kind of leaps actually), but when he settles, he loves to snuggle into your neck and makes very cute little sounds. His favorite thing is to steal and cuddle items of clothes. Billy does great with the two dogs in his foster home and does well when introduced to dogs, but tends to bark when seeing other dogs out on walks. Billy is leash reactive and needs a home that can help him with his leash skills. He is great with children. Billy would make an excellent addition to a family household. He is charming, funny and very, very cute. We are excited for Billy to start the next part of his journey……now we just need one lucky family to say yes.
Peter: Application received, please check back
Update 4/15/2015: Peter is a happy, healthy, active, high energy bundle of love that is looking for a forever family. He does great with other dogs, isn't good with cats, loves to play, loves to be with his people and is a happy dog. We wouldn't recommend Peter for a home with small children but he would do great with other kids. Peter would love to join an active family that will give him the time and attention he needs to continue to grow into a great adult dog.Peter is LOVING doggy daycare and is getting his much needed energy out. During their vacation to PV, MexPup volunteers Chantal and Sean went to the acopio one day to volunteer with Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals. Friends works hard to help the dogs in our local pound by raising funds for food, medicine, supplies and by taking in groups of volunteers to walk, bath and socialize dogs in addition to cleaning kennels and whatever else is needed. Chantal returned home and couldn’t stop thinking about one dog in particular. When she inquired and found out that he was getting worse, she asked us for help with Peter. We told her that we would get him out of the pound, into care and into the MexPup family. The great news was that Friends had just that same day pulled him from the acopio (yay!), but they didn’t have a solution for him…..they only knew that he needed out of the pound and to get medical attention as his situation was critical. They were thrilled when we let them know that MexPup was able to help Peter as it allows them to turn their attention to other dogs in need. Peter is about 1 year old and weighed 12 kilos when he arrived at the vets…he is extremely underweight. This sweet boy will remain in care at the vets until he is a bit more stable and then he will move to a foster home. Peter will have lots of bills, but he is worth every penny. Peter has suffered too much in his short life, but that has all changed now. Can you help us to help Peter?
Pinto 2: Application Received, please check back
They brought in a dog to the clinic who had been on the streets. They said they wanted to help. They said they wanted to rescue the dog. He was dirty, with fleas, ticks and a skin infection. He clearly needed help. Dr. Manuel took him in and started to provide treatment. They came back a few times to check on him, but then they stopped coming. His treatment continued, he was improving, he was ready for a foster home, but they never returned. Dr. Manuel asked if MexPup might be able to help. He was willing to foster the dog, but he wanted to make sure that he would get a chance at adoption and a family to call his own. Pinto 2 (we have another Pinto, so we call him #2 so we don’t get confused) is about 1 year old and he weighs 20 kgs. He is a very friendly dog that has lots of energy. Pinto 2 is still a playful puppy that entertains himself playing with toys & bones, tossing them, pouncing on them and generally having a good time. He does well with other dogs after a proper introduction and does well with cats also. Pinto 2 loves going for walks, loves being with people, loves playing……he just loves life. He is still a young dog and so will need guidance & training to become the best dog he can be. We think that he would thrive in an active home and are excited to find one for him as he certainly deserves it. Pinto 2 has been abandoned twice in his short life……never again.
Nico & Rico: Application Received, please check back:)
Nico & Rico (through no fault of their own) are looking for a forever home together. This is one of those times where life throws a curve ball and all you can do is prepare. The family loves these guys, but knows that now is the time to find them a new home...while there is time and it isn't a crisis situation. There was no desire to rehome these boys, but time was running out and soon their previous loving mom would be gone. Nico (Tan Chihuahua) is approx 10 years old and was adopted from Mexpup in 2011. He was rescued from the acopio when it was a high kill shelter. Rico (Black and White Chihuahua) is approx 9 years old. They are a very bonded pair and to find the best possible home for both, we can separate them if needed, but the new forever home needs to have another dog in the home. These happy, friendly boys love each other deeply and one is never too far from the other. A calm home would be best as that is the environment from which they came. Nico is a bit more vocal than Rico and will bark if someone comes in the house or knocks on the door. Other than that he is a pretty quiet little guy. They are both always happy to have visitors and make new friends. They will cuddle up on you to have a nap - total lap dogs. They love to sleep with their human if they can, but both are crate trained and love snuggling in blankets to stay warm. Nico is fine with jackets, but Rico prefers his own fur coat, thank you very much. Rico had hip surgery a few years back (femoral head removed), but it hasn't slowed him down. Small dogs are well suited for this surgery. Nico, the older one, still has plenty of life and love left in him. They are both playful and sweet, The boys are neutered and current with vaccines, with freshly cleaned teeth. They are both on CALM food that can be purchased at any vet office. The adopter must be willing to send updates so that we can pass them on to the previous owner. Please consider adopting these two beautiful souls...simply complete an application at www.mexpup.com or send an email to Trysha@mexpup.com.
Bobby: Application received, please check back
What would you do if you were young, alone, hungry and scared? Well, if you are Bobby you find a wonderful pack of dogs to follow home, and charm the pants off of the humans they are with, so you get to stay. When Michelle and Andres were walking with their pack, Bobby decided to join them. He followed them all the way home, a long way from the market area where he usually lived. Bobby was ready to be rescued, and knew this was his chance. Underweight and very dirty, but otherwise healthy, Bobby didn’t take long to settle in to his new foster home. Bobby is approximately 1 year old and weighs 15kg. He is very energetic and is a great running, hiking, and biking buddy for an active family. Once he has had his daily exercise, Bobby is happy to cuddle for the rest of the day. Bobby gets along well with other dogs once he meets them, but needs a strong leader to ensure that he continues to develop good social skills. He has shown some interest in cats, but with patience and supervision is learning that they aren't toys to be chased. Bobby is very smart, knows many tricks and wants to please. Are you looking for a great companion to keep you active and to fill your life with fun and snuggles? If so, then Bobby is the dog for you! Please submit an adoption application found on our website www.mexpup.com and contact our adoption coordinator at email@example.com.
Nina: Application received, please check back
Erika was teaching a lesson about nature down by the river when she saw a man with a backpack. Nothing unusual about that, is there? Until she saw that the backpack was wiggling. When asking the man what he was doing, he pulled out two newborn puppies. Clearly too young to be away from their mother, Erika asked the man why he had the pups. When he indicated that he was trying to sell them, Erika knew that she needed to step in and help. When her husband arrived at the end of her class, they both went and spoke to the man. It took a lot of convincing, but eventually he agreed to let them take the puppies. That's when Nina and Smith became Mexpups. Nina is the stronger of the two, and is growing fast. She is a typical puppy who loves to play, loves to cuddle and loves to love. She is currently 8 months old and weighs 14kg. She won't be a big girl physically (probably about 16kg), but has loads of personality. She's a bit shy at first but warms up really fast. She can live with dog friendly cats, and she loves kids. In her foster home there's even a pet rat that she doesn't bother. Do you need a spunky little girl in your family? An active home for Nina, preferably with other dogs would be great.
Freya: Application received, please check back:)
The haunting photos were sent out and a plea for help was made. Even though there was no space and even though there was no money, there was no way to unsee the images. They were stuck in our minds and so Brischa & Grace went to see what they would find in Colonia Las Bougainvilleas where the pups were living. 3 of the 5 dogs were there. The pictures didn’t lie. These pups were in dire need of help. The other two were presumed dead – they were the ones in the worse shape from the original photos and weren’t found. LADRA and MexPup agreed to take this on together. Neither group had the funds to take it on and neither group had any foster space. We were both already stretched to the brink, but after seeing a dog in this condition, you can’t walk away. Patch, Freya & Sunny were taken into care and although quite thin and in great need, their prognosis was ok. We then got the amazing phone call that the other two pups were found and they were still alive (although barely). Vinnie & Leo were picked up in extremely rough shape and it was touch & go for a while. We are so happy to report that after weeks in care, all 5 pups are thriving and 4 of them are ready to find their new homes. Freya is the all tan pup of the bunch and 1 of 2 females. She is about 9 to 10 months old and now weighs a healthy 18 kilos (she was 10 kgs at rescue). Freya is a sweet girl that loves to be pampered. She has done quite well with all the dogs in her foster home and hasn’t shown any interest in the cats. Freya loves her humans, but can be a bit shy when meeting new people. We think she would do great in an active home where she will get regular exercise and support on her journey to become a great adult dog. She spent the majority of her life on the street, so this young girl is still learning about life in a home, so guidance from her new humans is a must. Freya’s ideal family would be an active home that possibly has a playmate for her or simply gives her the time, energy and pampering this adorable girl deserves. Freya is ready for adoption and has a potential flight to BC on October 7th. If you or someone you know would make a great match for her, please visit www.mexpup.com and complete the adoption application. This sweet girl had a tough start to life and almost died of starvation. Now it’s her time to begin the next chapter…loved family member! Thanks to everyone that donated to help Freya and her siblings. We are grateful for all the support and so happy that this crew made it.
Pinto: application received, please check back
Imagine driving on a long bridge and seeing three male dogs following a female dog in heat, and then watching as one of the dogs is hit by a car. You’re on a bridge with traffic, there is no where to pull off the road, but you want to help. If you’re Claudia, you simply take action. You stop the car, get out, control traffic as best you can while loading up the injured dog (he couldn’t move his leg but had no open wounds) along with the female and another male (the 3rd male ran away and they were unable to track him). Amazingly the dog that had been struck by the car had no broken bones. He was definitely bruised, and it took Pinto a bit of time to recover. Sadly, the female dog had distemper and although great effort was made, that horrible deadly disease took her life. The two males remained in quarantine until we were certain they were clear and then Pinto & Zorro began their new lives. Pinto is about 2.5 years old and weighs 15 kilos. He appears to be an Australian shepherd mix and is very intelligent. Pinto can learn tricks and instructions quickly, and if you tell him to smile, he does smile. He is a little fearful sometimes and will hide, but he remains calmed if you are with him. He is a little afraid of cats, syringes and hides when the alfa dog in the foster pack gets mad (those all seem pretty reasonable to me). Pinto can be a little timid when meeting new dogs, but he loves to play with them once he knows them. When asked, his foster mom described his ideal home: “He would do great with kids, teenagers or an active couple. Another dog to play would be nice, but he would do great by himself as well. He is active and likes sometime in the water but not too much. Hiking adventures are great for him. He loves to run and jump but not all day, as he also enjoys periods of rest.” Please help us find him a forever home by sharing Pinto’s album. If you think you would be a great family for Pinto, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. This awesome pup has a potential flight on November 9th and we need a foster or adoptive home to make that happen!
Jason: application received, please check back
They were driving back from a tour to the mountains when they saw a puppy in the middle of a dirt road, trying to eat something that had been crushed. He did not move when the car approached, so he for sure he would have been killed if a different vehicle was coming down the road. Thankfully, it was Claudia and her family, so they stopped. There were some people sitting very close and they did not do anything to save him. Claudia asked them if he was theirs and they said to take him, so they did. He had a bloated tummy full of parasites, full of ticks & fleas, had ehrlichia and was clearly malnourished. The pup had little chance at life until Claudia came to his rescue and that is how Jason became a MexPup. He is now about 10 months old, weighs 19 kilos and is ready for adoption. Jason is a happy, friendly, outgoing pup. He loves to play and does great with all the dogs in his foster home no matter the size. Jason does well with cats and enjoys meeting new people. When asked what the ideal forever home for Jason’s would be, his foster mom replied: “Jason would do great with kids of any age, preferably active teenagers. He loves walking, climbing and jumping. He is not a big fan of water; he enjoys it for a little time, but he prefers land. He would love someone that pampers him and that talks to him as he seems to understand and will reply. He is intelligent and fun. If he has another dog to play with, that would also be great.” Jason is ready for adoption and we would love your help to find his forever home. Please share his album! If you or anyone you know would be a great match for Jason, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. Jason is ready and we’re excited to find a family ready for a new member.
Dixie: application received, please check back
He is a lucky boy indeed. He used to be a street dog with no one to care for him, but luck struck and a young woman from Puerto Vallarta who was visiting a town in Nayarit saw him and decided (even though she didn’t have a good plan) that he definitely needed help. Gloria smuggled him on the 3-hour bus ride back home (she knew he was too shaggy and dirty to be allowed onboard) and she reached home without incident. Her family all has hearts just as big as hers, and they agreed she did the right thing for little Dixie. They already had 7 (yes, 7) rescue dogs, and live in a small home. They couldn’t afford to keep another one, so they reached out to us and we were happy to help! Dixie stayed in his rescuers home for the first 4 months and then he moved to a new foster home. He weighs 4 kg and is about 1.5 years old. Dixie is super sweet and could possibly be the cuddliest dog you’ll ever meet! His favorite part of the day is bedtime and he loves to cuddle up as close as possible (preferably on your neck) but he is willing to share with others whether they are human or canine. Dixie lives with 13 other dogs of all sizes and breeds and is good with all of them. He can get upset if they’re bothering him and playing too rough, but just barks for a second and then all is forgiven. Dixie is scared of the big cats in his foster home, but we can see he’d love to chase them, except when they look at him and meow. Then he gets scared and shrinks away as they’re way bigger and tougher than he is. Dixie is great on leash and walks well with other dogs. He’s not scared of traffic and loves car rides. Dixie has gone to doggie parks where he was a little shy and stuck close to his humans but did well. He hasn’t met many children yet but isn’t extremely fearful of adults or kids met in the street. He’s interested in other dogs and plays with some, but for sure prefers his humans. We think Dixie would do great in any home really where he would get lots of love, but we don't think he would do well being alone a lot, as he’s very sociable and follows you like a shadow. We believe he would become anxious being left for long periods of time, so we think a family with someone home or a dog friend to play with or even to be allowed to come to work with his human would be ideal. Dixie is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share his album so we can find him a forever family. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Dixie, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Dolce: application received, please check back
The amazing thing about Dolce is that we didn’t find her - she found us! One day she just appeared, hiding underneath one of our cars. She started following Sam on his afternoon walk and wouldn’t leave his side. She was covered in dirt and her ears full of ticks, but she was super friendly and continued to follow him back to the house which made Sam think maybe she’d lost her way. He asked all the neighbors and they all denied that this little fur ball belonged to them or that they knew from where she’d come but said she had been hanging around for days. You know what happens next…Dolce was taken into care. Whether it was pure luck, or she’d heard word on the doggy streets where to go for help, she’d picked the right car to hang out beneath and the rest is history. She was in safe hands. Dolce is a 4.5kg, about 8 months old and a fluffy lap dog full of love! When she first came to us, she was super sweet but quiet, preferring to sit on our laps and press her nose to ours to show affection. But after being around so many friendly dogs in her foster home, she’s now full of energy, always jumping up for cuddles and kisses. She loves to play with humans as well as dogs and would be great with tiny humans too. Size doesn’t matter - Dolce doesn’t discriminate! She LOVES cuddles, and you’ll find her jumping into your lap and cuddling up immediately when you come home or curling up next to you on the bed at night, or even wrapping her teeny tiny paws around your neck just because. Who can resist that?? It’s guaranteed she won’t leave your side and will follow you from room to room with the biggest smile on her face when you look down at her. Dolce is one smart cookie, and has learnt to sit and stand, as well as dance for treats! She’s also great off leash and has good recall - she really just loves to stay with you! Take her to the beach or on lots of walks - Dolce finds all adventures exciting and you’ll find it hard not to fall in love with her. Dolce will chase chickens (because it's extremely fun) and she doesn't encounter many cats but doesn't seem to mind when she passes them occasionally on the street. We take Dolce to the dog park every Saturday where she hangs out with 30+ off leash dogs and lots of people and children and does great! Dolce is a catch and is ready to find a family to call her own. Please share her album to help make that a reality. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Dolce, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. This little girl is ready!
Saffron: application received, please check back
A couple of months ago, a local woman alerted us to a litter of puppies who lived out by the bus terminal near the Convention Centre. Since the puppies obviously had no experience with traffic yet, several of the litter unfortunately had been run over by the buses. We couldn’t just leave the puppies to fend for themselves and drove out to look for them. Sadly, we were not able to locate the pups. Luckily, several people followed our example and one day someone notified us that they had found the little puppers! As it turned out, they did have an owner, although one that wasn’t great at keeping the puppies safe. At that point there were about five remaining from the litter. The rescuers were able to negotiate the owner into surrendering two of them and Ladra took those puppies into care. They also sterilized the mom and returned her to the owner. That is how Saffron and her sister Pepper’s rescue story began. Weighing in at 7kg and fully grown at 7 months, Saffron is a small pup with a big personality! She has grown into a pretty unique pup as we’re pretty certain she could be part feline based on the way she maneuvers her tail and strategically pounces on the other pups. She practically levitates across the floor and always lands perfectly silent on her feet! Maybe she was a lion in a past life - all she needs is a furry mane! When Saffron first came to us she wasn’t quite sure how to ask for affection and would sit back while all her foster mates lapped up the love. But no more! She kisses and cuddles with all her heart, and you know she really means it. It can take a little while for Saffron to warm up - but when she’s in, she’s aaaaaaall in baby! This beautiful pup’s loyalty is second to none and once she loves you, she won’t leave your side. She will follow you around the house and sit by your feet, constantly staring up adoringly at you as she waits for your next move. Expect her to come running up for cuddles when you return home with the biggest grin on her face (and trust us when we say she also has a really unique smile that will make you laugh every time!) In fact, she has some of the best facial expressions a dog can have. No poker face here - you’ll always know if she’s pleased or downright unimpressed. This little lion also loves her independence and loves to sleep under the bed (but by morning you’ll find her curled up on the bed by your feet). Saffron is great at shaking her paw and will offer her paw at any opportunity - whether you asked for it or not! Saffron is house trained and rarely has an accident. She also has a small appetite (so some yummy things mixed into her dog food will make her a very happy girl). She loves to run around at the beach and isn’t afraid to splash around in the shallow waves. She absolutely loves kids too and would fit right into a family with kids. Saffron has lived in foster with 15 other dogs and gets on with them all, but when meeting new dogs that are not part of her pack, she can become pretty anxious. She’s currently in foster care with a trainer to help overcome her anxiety with new dogs and we have high hopes she will curb this habit (but it is a process, and her family will need to continue to work on this with her). In the home though, Saffron is a sassy little munchkin we’ve all come to love. And whilst she is quiet and unassuming at first, we can guarantee she is going to sneak into your bed in the middle of the night, and into your heart for the rest of your life. Please help us to find her new family by sharing her album. If you are someone you know is interested in adopting Saffron, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Manchas: application received, please check back
Manchas is around 4 years old and 5kg, but despite his small size he biggest snuggle bug you will ever meet! Manchas is also pretty talented at giving the puppies eyes and dancing on his back legs for treats, so if you are anything like us you will find it hard not to fall in love with this adorable little boy. Manchas and Pinky were much loved pets in their previous home, but their owner developed a health condition and could no longer care for their pets. They asked for our help in finding new homes for the pups. Manchas has quickly settled into his foster home with over 20 other dogs of all shapes and sizes. He likes to play with some of our big dogs and knows exactly how to get the most snuggles out of the humans! He is excellent on leash and not fazed by traffic or cats. This sweet guy will take any opportunity for pets/scratches/love from all strangers even children. Manchas is looking for a family that can give him a lot of attention and snuggles, so please help us find him a special family by sharing his album or if you think he might be the doggie for you simply fill out an application form found at www.mexpup.com.
Mulberry: application received, please check back
Mulberry is a 5kg pocket rocket that is less than 1 year old. We think she is a pug/chihuahua mix because of her unique face and teeny tiny underbite. Like many rescues, Mulberry had a rough start. She was found by some children along with 2 other dogs that had been left down by a riverbank, presumably to die. Mully looked dreadful. She basically had no fur, and instead was covered in extremely painful and itchy scabs. It was clear that she had been in deteriorating health for quite some time and it was really heartbreaking to see. As all rescuers know; there is a constant struggle for space and resources, and a never-ending supply of dogs that need help. Things were tight but 3 people stepped up and agreed to take 1 dog each. Teamwork really does make the dream work! That is how we were lucky enough to meet Mulberry. Mully is basically a superdog. While she can sometimes be shy for the first 10 seconds, she loves people and kids. She adores other dogs and has managed to elicit playful behaviors out of even our grumpiest resident dogs. She has been living with (extremely dog-savvy) cats and has done great, but she has been known to try and chase the occasional unknown cat in the street. Mully is tiny but she has comically long legs and loves to run on a long leash or at the beach. We are working on her recall but so far, she has done pretty good off leash. Mully's likes are: playing with the other dogs, playing with her humans, playing with her toys, peanut butter, cuddling, high fives (she is quite passionate about high fives and will tap you with her spindly legs if she has something she'd like to say), and finding the comfiest spot on the bed. Mully's dislikes are: when her human tells her we still have to walk outside even though it’s raining!!!! Mully is so charming, everybody who meets her falls instantly in love. We would love for Mulberry to have a canine friend! Whoever adopts little Mulberry will be winning the dog-lottery and we are so excited to see where life takes her! Please share her album to help us find Mulberry her forever family. If you or someone you know thinks Mulberry is a match for them, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Stout: application received, please check back
Four puppies were left next to a trash can, near a softball field. They were only about 6-8 weeks old and their chances for survival were slim. Thankfully, a kind woman found them and started giving them food, but she was unable to take them in. Willey saw her plea for help, decide to make a difference and took the plunge! She already had two senior dogs that didn’t like puppies, she was living in a studio apartment and yet, she said yes (where there is a will, there is a way!). She got the pups home on a Sunday and took them to the vet the next day. The puppies were underweight, dirty, and covered in fleas & ticks, but the greatest challenge was that they were positive for parvo. They remained in quarantine with the vets and it was a scary few weeks. Thankfully, they all survived and got to leave the vet clinic for their foster home. The pups were so happy to be in a home (Bella & Chester weren’t so sure about their new house guests). Stout (male) was the largest of the group (almost double the size of the others) and at about 5 months old, weighs 8 kilos. Here is how his foster mom describes him: “Stouty Pants is a gentle giant, he’s like the awkward older brother that you didn’t acknowledge in school. He is absolutely sweet and loving. He loves to snuggle & be around his people. He loves squeaky toys, walks with his foster pack and laser pointers. He is very smart, was the first one to master “sit” and understands that if he does it without being asked, he will often be rewarded first. He loves going for walks and he is getting more confident on a leash.” Stout did well with the dogs in his foster home and with other dogs he has visited and is shy but curious when passing dogs on walks. He hasn’t been around any cats, but with his shy demeanor, we think he would be fine. Stout is extremely timid around small children, so we think his perfect home could have older children or none. We think Stout would do fine as an only dog with patient parents that are willing to work with his shyness or in a home with another dog to help him gain confidence. Stout is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share his album to help us find him a wonderful home. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting him, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Pepper: application received, please check back
A couple of months ago, a local woman alerted us to a litter of puppies who lived out by the bus terminal near the Convention Centre. Since the puppies obviously had no experience with traffic yet, several of the litter unfortunately had been run over by the buses. We couldn’t just leave the puppies to fend for themselves and drove out to look for them. Sadly, we were not able to locate the pups. Luckily, several people followed our example and one day someone notified us that they had found the little puppers! As it turned out, they did have an owner, although one that wasn’t great at keeping the puppies safe. At that point there were about five remaining from the litter. The rescuers were able to negotiate the owner into surrendering two of them and Ladra took those puppies into care. They also sterilized the mom and returned her to the owner. That is how Pepper and her sister Saffron’s rescue story began. Now, a couple of months and a lot of TLC later, Pepper is a gorgeous 6-month-old pup with velvet brown fur. Pepper is a very alert girl, who is playful and energetic. She is quite sweet and loves to play with all the dogs in her foster pack. She absolutely adores kids, teenagers, adults, seniors and all humans alike. Discriminating does not exist in this little girl’s dictionary. Pepper is almost completely house trained and rarely has an accident. On walks, Pepper tends to be a little bit loud sometimes, barking at other dogs that she passes. We are working with her to correction this challenge and she is showing improvement, so we have high hopes for her (but it is a process, so her family will need to continue to work on this behavior). She seems to be scared of cats but does not display aggression towards them. Pepper is now happy, healthy and ready to go to her furever home! We wish you all the best, little girl. Adopted! After story coming soon…
Rizzo: application received, please check back
Rizzo is another sad case of a family pet cast out and abandoned. A lovely local lady found Rizzo and because he is so beautiful and appears to be a pedigree dachshund she figured he must have an owner and be lost! She tirelessly posted about him on social media, put up posters in her area, and asked everyone around for a couple of weeks, but to no avail! Then she reached out for help and Rizzo came to us!
He is probably around 3 years old and 12kg. Rizzo has great stamina considering his stumpy legs and loves long walks and even the occasional jog. He’ll even go get his own leash and politely come and ask you to take him for a walk! Is that not the cutest thing ever?! He is super food motivated and has no leash aggression whatsoever, he couldn't care less about passing other dogs on walks. Rizzo is a pretty chill dude who loves adults, kids and doesn't care about traffic or loud noises. He is a big fan of roadtrips in the car and sticking his head out the window to get all of the smells. Rizzo coexists peacefully with the majority of the dogs in his foster home, he loves puppies, females and submissive males but he is a little sensitive to large dominant males standing over him. Maybe 1 out of every 10 large males he doesn't like. He also does not like cats and will try to chase them.
Rizzo has a potential flight to Vancouver, BC on the 15th of August and is still looking for his furever home! If you love this beautiful brown velvet Dachshund as much as we do and can give him the home he deserves, please fill in an application which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
Gorda: application received, please check back
Update August 5, 2019: Gorda is thriving! She got back into a routine and is feeling like her old self again (thanks to Trysha and her pack for fostering). Gorda is great with dogs, cats, kids. She's a little shy at first but warms up quickly. Gorda is not leash reactive at all. She's fully kennel trained but would prefer to sleep with her human and is fully potty trained. She can resource guard bones but she's shown huge improvements in the last couple days with sharing. She loves swimming, being active and we believe she would do best with another dog (preferably male) in the home who's confident and won't allow her to push him around. Gorda is happy to let you brush her coat, brush her teeth and even trim her nails. This lovely girl is looking to join a family. Please help us by sharing her album! If you are interested in adopting Gorda, you can start the process by completing the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Original Post: Claudia was walking with her pack when they found 3 puppies in a trash pile. They had recently picked up a different puppy from this same area that looked very similar to the 3. They thought the first puppy was just lost and had been looking for the owner but finding the 3 new puppies changed that idea. They started to ask around to figure out what was happening. A neighbor told them that their very poor owner had thrown all 4 of the puppies onto the street. They were only 2 months old, but they were now abandoned and fending for themselves. Claudia immediately took them in and got them to the vets. They were full of parasites and very hungry, but thankfully tested negative for the real scary stuff. Gorda is one of the 3 females of the litter and she is the largest of the group, thus her name. She is now about 9 months old and weighs 16 kilos. Gorda is a sweet girl that did great in her foster home in PV. She was good with all the dogs whether large or small, and did great with the teenagers in her foster home. Gorda did well as a young pup with the cats and even the 2 hens & 1 rooster but wasn’t living among them when she got older. She loved to swim, go for walks, play with the other pup and simply enjoy life. Since arriving in BC, she has become more timid and is uncertain of the dog in her foster home. We believe that she needs a strong owner to help her gain confidence and find the sparkly personality she had when growing up in PV. We are URGENTLY looking for a new foster home or a forever home for this lovely girl. She was abandoned once and we certainly won’t let that happen again. We just need to help her get back on the right track so she can become the great adult dog we know she can be. Please share her album so we can find a match (foster or adopter) for this sweet girl. If you or someone you know could be the right one for Gorda, please complete an adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. Gorda is grateful for your help!
Samosa: application received, please check back
Samosa is a 3-year-old, 18kg, absolutely stunning Red Heeler. Samosa was clearly once a family pet. She is one of the most gorgeous dogs we have had in a long time and not the kind of dog that is common here on the street. A kindhearted local noticed that Samosa appeared in her neighborhood close to the airport one day. She stayed roughly in the same spot and seemed to be waiting (possibly this is where her previous owners left her, and she was hoping for their return). She wasn't very adept at scavenging for food and was looking worse for wear as the days passed, so this lovely lady started feeding her. After 2 weeks it was clear that nobody was coming back for Samosa, and the lady has a dog aggressive dog so couldn't take her in personally, but she had become very attached to Samosa and couldn't watch her struggle on the street. She started searching for help and thankfully, there was space in a foster home. When we took an initial blood sample, we were shocked to see how low her platelets and red blood count were, and it took Samosa a few months of TLC and pampering to fully recuperate. She is finally sterilized, fully vaccinated, and completely ready to start her new life.
Samosa has a fairly dominant personality, but she is good with all dogs after a sensible and calm meeting. She coexists with 20 dogs of all shapes and sizes in her foster home and especially loves the younger dogs. Samosa is extremely playful with the puppies but happy to lay around with the more chill older dogs. She can sometimes take playtime too far if playing with a lot of other high energy puppies. Samosa is extremely food motivated and can be protective of her food around other dogs (understandable for any dog who has been unfortunate enough to experience extreme hunger). Samosa walks fantastically on a leash and doesn't react to other dogs passing by whatsoever. We have not tested her off leash, but we think that once she has a bond with her person she would be a great trail dog as she loves to run. Samosa wants to chase cats and has never lived with any as companions so a cat free home would be best.
Samosa's beautiful red fur is so thick and soft like a rabbit! We are sure she will get snapped up fast. Pleases help to make that happen by sharing her album. If you think you are her perfect match, then please fill out an adoption application at mexpup.com
Katelyn: application received, please check back...
Katelyn came into our lives because of the compassion of strangers! There was a man trying to sell Katelyn along with her 2 siblings out of a cardboard box at the side of the road when she was just 3 or 4 weeks old. The man was drunk and not very stable, so the puppies kept falling through the bottom of the box onto the street. Several people walking past were horrified. We had 3 separate people emailing us about this man and asking us how to help these poor puppies. We do not pay for dogs in situations like this, if we had given money for Katelyn and her siblings then this man would have learnt that this type of behavior is a successful way to make a little cash, and we might not have been around to help the next litter of puppies he would try to sell! Megan tried to reason with the man to hand over the puppies, they were too young to even be separated from their mother yet and they needed to go with someone who knew exactly how to care for them. He refused. As time went on, clusters of people on the street were gathering and also asking the man to please hand over the dogs. He continued to refuse for a long time, but eventually the wonderful staff at restaurant El Arrayan were able to convince him to do the right thing and we went straight over to pick them up. We are grateful that at least 4 or 5 groups of people did not passively walk by in this situation, but instead stood up for Katelyn and her siblings!
Fast forward to now and Katelyn is a boisterous, 6 month old, scruffy terrier type puppy who is ready to find her forever family. She is around 8kg and will likely grow only a bit more (a few kilos and maybe a bit taller also). Katelyn is being fostered with a number of dogs and she is great with everyone. This extremely playful pup does sometimes bark at dogs when she is passing them on leash, but with consistent correction and guidance we are confident this behavior will disappear. Whenever she has a proper introduction with new dogs, she loves them straight away. Katelyn loves to chase the chickens that live on her street. She hasn't had a lot of exposure to cats but tries to chase the ones we pass on walks, so a bird and cat free home is probably best. She is great off leash, has good recall and loud noises & traffic don't bother her. Katelyn prefers to be approached gently by strangers. As soon as she has sniffed and investigated them, her adorably chunky butt starts to wiggle. She really loves both adults and children, but a relatively calm household would suit Katelyn best.
Nothing makes Katelyn happier than heading out for a hike or to the beach with her friends, she loves to run around on the sand and is a fantastic swimmer! You can't help but smile when watching Katelyn splash around in the river or the ocean. Please help us find Katelyn a home by sharing her album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com to start the process.
Larry (special needs): application received, please check back...
Larry is around 6 years old and 8kg, he is loyal, brave, happy, a great dancer, and an all round hilarious guy. He is also blind. Or at least has massively reduced vision (sometimes it seems that he can see shadows and shapes... other times he walks straight into a wall).
Sadly Larry's story is only too familiar. Once a family pet, he started developing the kind of eye problems that brachycephalic breeds are very prone to, such as corneal ulcers (ulcers on his eyeballs) so he was cast out and dumped. Our vet thinks that Larry's ulcers were left untreated for a long time before he was abandoned and he was in a lot of pain. As soon as we got a call about Larry from a concerned local, we rushed over and he has not known fear or unhappiness ever since! Larry's eyes no longer cause him pain after a course of medicated eye drops, so he can focus on the good stuff now - like rotisserie chicken! Adopting a blind (or almost blind) pug might seem like a challenge, but Larry is truly the most content little creature and does not need a lot of work. He navigates the stairs at our house perfectly, jumps up on the bed fearlessly, and courageously faces the world head on. Traffic doesn't phase him, he loves the beach, and adores being fussed and admired by anybody he meets, especially kids. He lives among all our other dogs perfectly, but can get grumpy with high energy puppies - this consists of him barking and then going and sitting moodily in another room until the kids have tired themselves out. He doesn't really understand cats and hasn't had a lot of exposure to them, but I think he would be fine with a particularly old and lazy cat, or one that is used to dogs.
Larry loves car rides, being fed, cuddling in bed, and does the most incredible victory dance after he pees - seriously, he dances for at least a full minute after doing his business. He is a treasure and whoever is lucky enough to be Larry's forever home is in for a treat! Please help us to find Larry a home by sharing his album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Larry, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Maverick: application received, please check back...
He was found in front of a hospital where he spent his days hiding under cars and protecting his friend, Harley. Harley is the one that had been seen living there. Amanda & Suzanna knew of the dog at the hospital, made a plan, and set off on the mission to rescue him. Imagine their surprise when they found Maverick there as well. Harley had many obvious issues (weight & skin), and they noticed that Maverick had an injured leg and was unable to walk. They knew two big dogs was a big job to take on, but they couldn’t leave him knowing he was hurt, so they loaded the 2 dogs up in the car and that was just the chance these two pups needed. Maverick was taken to the vet where they ran tests and thankfully, he was negative for all really scary diseases. He did test positive for erhlichia (caused from ticks), but that can be treated with 30 days of doxi. The vet examined his leg and determined it was just a sprain (sigh of relief). They believe he may have been run over or struck, but there were no fractures and the sprain would heal with time. After getting to know Maverick, it was easy to see that he is ok with cars passing by, but he is very scared of motorcycles. Could it have possibly been a motorcycle that hit him? We will never know, but whatever it was will never hurt him again. He received all the medical treatment he needed along with proper nutrition & rest. Maverick was feeling better in no time. He went into Tibet Canino, a great boarding/training facility for a few months until a foster home was found. Now Maverick is healthy and ready to find his forever family. This awesome guy is around 2 ½ years old and weighs 26 kilos. He is a calm dog who enjoys walks and playtime, but he also loves to snuggle. He is great with adults and kids. He is currently in a foster with 2 children. He does well with most other dogs, but does needs a proper introduction when meeting a new dog. He isn’t a fan of cats and likes to chase them. His foster mom says he is a great dog in every way!
Adoption pending…please check back.
Mister: Application received, Please check back
Ruth saw him while walking her dogs on the outskirts of town. He looked ok, but she knows how hard life can be and tried to give him some food. He was uncertain and took off quickly. She still left the food hoping that he would return and have a good meal. Occasionally when she returned to the area, she would see him. Each time he gained a bit of confidence and each time she left him food. After a few months, they became friends and he would gladly accept the food from her. She always wanted to do more for him, but he was a big dog and her house was already bursting with so many foster animals in care in addition to her own pets. She hoped that a space would open for him eventually and continued to do what she could for him. One day she went to give him food and he wasn’t interested in eating. She knew something was wrong and that she needed to take action. Ruth is always there to help others and so when she explained the situation, we were glad to be able to help. Mister was pick up the next day and taken to the vets for testing & care. He gladly didn’t have any of the really scary issues, but he certainly needed help. After a few weeks of medical treatment, proper nutrition and care, this handsome boy started to shine. Mister is a lovable, easy going Lab mix who’s about 3-4 years old. He really has that classic, friendly Yellow Lab look to him – gold and lighter gold, short hair coat. This sweet guy can be timid when you first meet him, but he quickly shows his playful, goofy and friendly personality. Mister is very happy to meet and play with dogs of all sizes, however he does not get along with intact males. He has quickly settled into his foster home and seems to really trust his foster parents. Mister has never shown any aggression since he arrived in his foster home although he will posture around intact males dogs, so we simply avoid contact with them (he loves the 3 neutered males in his foster home). He quickly makes friends but will still shy away from people when they first try to pet him and has also reacted to a few situations on walks (always moving away from the concerning object or person and towards his foster parents). We think he knew some less than friendly humans but decided to give the rest of us the benefit of the doubt. We continue to work with him on positive reinforcement and it is going well. Mister is a very sweet and gentle dude. He is great with all the dogs in his foster home, but we don’t know how he will react to cats. Mister would do great with an active family that will give him lots of love, attention and belly rubs. We are excited for him to meet his family and start his new life. He has the chance to fly to BC on August 16th, but we need a foster home for him (or a forever home). If you are able to foster Mister, please contact Sarah@mexpup.com. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Mister, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. If you don’t fall into either category above, please share his album with the hope that someone will see it and be able to provide the help needed! This loveable guy is ready and now he just needs a bit of help from the MexPup family.
Paloma: application received, please check back
UPDATE: April 23 - Paloma has made it!!! We knew she was doing better, but the test results prove it. She is now officially distemper negative. WooHoo!!! Now we just need to get the rest of her medical done and then it will be time to find her a family. Thank you for all the help and support! ORIGINAL POST: There was a dog in the neighborhood that Ruth noticed as her eyes appeared to have an infection. Ruth made friends with her, put some drops in her eyes and hoped she would get some relief. She saw her again and she looked worse, so into the car and off to the vets they went. Ruth got the worst news possible. Paloma was positive for distemper. It is a difficult and deadly disease, but she wanted to give this lovely girl a chance. She contacted MexPup asking for advice and help. Ruth is always there for MexPup, so there was no question we would be there for Ruth. Paloma started treatment that day and thankfully Shenny & Yaris had a place where they could foster Paloma and keep her in quarantine to make sure the illness doesn’t spread. We hoped for the best but are very concerned as Paloma isn’t doing great. Please send any positive thoughts, prayers and energy you can to this lovely girl. We will continue to help her fight as long as there is a chance. If you can help by making a donation to her medical care, it would be greatly appreciated. From Canada, you can do a simple etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com. From the other locations, you can use our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com, and from Puerto Vallarta, you can make a donation with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas vet clinic or with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos vet clinic.
Bruno: Application received, please check back
He was lying on the street unable to use his back legs. He had been hit by a car and the damage to his back end was significant. He was less than a year old, weighed only 2.5 kilos, and was fighting for his life. His family decided to surrender him to the acopio as they were not able to help him. Everyone knew he needed more than the underfunded shelter could provide, but thankfully there are wonderful people that do all they can to bridge that gap. Lydia took it upon herself to raise money for the surgery and Angelica offered to foster him. They are his saviors. He couldn’t use his back legs, but he could move by using his front legs and dragging the rest. He needed extensive surgery to repair what they could and give him the best chance at as normal a life as possible. It took time, money and patience, but Bruno began to recover and was back on four legs. His pelvis is a bit crooked and he has a bit of a swagger when he walks, but that just gives this adorable Chihuahua a bit more character. We know that Bruno will likely need joint supplements and a bit of extra care as the years pass (don’t we all), but at 3 kilos, he isn’t a challenge to carry around. Bruno is about 1 year old and is a happy pup. He has thrived in his foster home where he loves to play with the other dogs and even the cat. Bruno enjoys his walks and does well on leash. He is a big fan of cuddle time and thinks he should sleep in bed with his humans. He may have had a rough start to life, but he has left the past behind and is embracing each new day. Bruno likes meeting new people – adults and children alike. He can occasionally play shy, but is mostly a friendly, happy, outgoing, social, slightly crooked chihuahua mix who would love to join a family. Bruno is in a Victoria foster home and is ready for adoption. If you or someone you know is the perfect match for Bruno, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com and/or share his album to help him find his forever home.
Baxter: application received, please check back
They were running loose on the streets and playing in traffic. They seemed to have no idea they were in danger, but it was a busy street and cars were swerving around them. Grace jumped out of the car and coaxed them to the side of the road and got leashes on them (whew!). Now she had them, but what was she going to do. She already had so many foster dogs along with her own pup. Their first stop was the vets where they could get cleaned up, tested and the beginning of their medical treatment. They were also able to keep them for the night which bought a bit of time to make a plan. She made a few calls, posted about lost dogs, asked a few friends for help and went to visit Baxter and Eric the next day. They were happy, friendly, social pups and healthy enough to get neutered, so she continued on with their medical care hoping for time to find a solution. It turned out friends were sending their foster dog to a new home, so they would be able to foster – great news! Baxter is about 2 years old and weighs 13 kilos. He is a short guy with a lovely personality and crazy cool wiry hair. This friendly pup loves meeting new people, going on walks, and enjoying life. Baxter has done well with the 5 other dogs in his foster home and with dogs he meets when on walks. He has chased a cat, so we won’t call him cat friendly but we do think he could learn to live with a cat. He is leash trained, house trained, and attentive, but he still doesn’t want to “sit” when asked. Baxter enjoys playing, enjoys adventures and enjoys hanging out with his humans. He has been a great dog in his foster home and they think he would do well with most any family. If you or someone you know has been looking for a low rider, Baxter could be just the pup. Please visit www.mexpup.com where you will find an adoption application. Baxter is ready for adoption and now he just needs a bit more of our help to find a forever home. Please share his album!
Sammy: Application received, please check back
He “lived” with a family and another dog. When the family decided to move homes, both dogs were put on the street. When asked about their dogs, the family who left them, claimed the dogs were not theirs (insert curse words here). After leaving their old home, they never returned for their furry friends. Thankfully for Sammy & Oreo, Ted & Brischa live in the same neighborhood, so they immediately took these abandoned pups into care. Sammy is about 2 years old and weighs 10 kilos. He is a great and loving dog, but can be a bit intimidated by new women and sometimes new big male dogs, but warms up quickly with time and encouragement. When he first went into foster, he was also nervous with anyone that approached him too quickly, but the challenge continues to diminish the longer he is in care. Sammy does great with all the dogs in his foster home but is a little dominant and is great with the cats also, but he does try to chase all the birds that he sees. He isn’t a high energy dog and doesn’t require tons of exercise, but he does love his daily walks and loves water and the opportunity to explore (and chase those pesky birds). Sammy does love attention and hanging out with his humans. He is great at playing on his own (he throws his own toys around and chases them). Sammy’s dream spot would be with his head on your lap, on the sofa, with you stroking him while watching your favorite TV show. This great pup is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. If you would like him to become your new family member, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
Frida: Application received, please check back
Imagine being on the street without being able to move. Probably in pain, and scared to death, unable to protect yourself. Luckily for Frida, there are kind humans who help those who cannot help themselves. When Daniel saw Frida, he didn't think about leaving her, he didn't think that he already had many dogs in his home, he didn't think about anything but helping. And that's what he did. Frida is currently paralyzed in her back legs. The good news is that after an extensive revision by an orthopedic vet, there is no damage to her hips, and her legs are not broken. The bad news is that it appears that she was hit on the back, and there is damage to her spine. There is hope that Frida will walk again, and before rushing into surgery, she is being treated with acupuncture and swim therapy. Frida is about 10 months old, and currently weighs about 16kg. We will learn more details about her personality as Frida recovers. For now we are focused on helping Frida know that she is very loved, and that we will be with her for every part of her recovery. If you would like to donate from Canada towards Frida's recovery, please go to www.mexpup.com, or you can e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in PV, please take donations to Dr. Peña at Veterinaria Mascotas Puerto Vallarta, or Dr. Paco at Clínica Veterinaria Sabuesos. Thank-you!
Jose (formerly Frank): Adopted! August 16, 2019
Anybody who has met Frank for even a moment struggles to fathom how he came into our care. Frank is less than 1 year old, maybe 10 months, and about 6kg. The easiest way to describe Frank is to say that he is a total ray of sunshine. Mischievous but so pure and full of joy that you can't help but laugh - really laugh - from your belly every time he does anything. That's why it's so surprising that Frank was abandoned by his previous owner, they even went as far as to tie him to a tree with a rope so he couldn't follow them home. A lovely person noticed that Frank was tied to a tree and figured that maybe his owner had popped into the store and would be collecting him very quickly. She kept a close eye on Frank to check he wasn't in the blazing sun etc., and as the hours passed by her heart began to sink. Nobody was coming back for Frank. Luckily for Frank (and for us, and for whoever Frank gets adopted by) she came to his rescue and, not having the resources or time to safely foster him herself, she contacted us and we took him straight to the vet. Frank settled into the good life very quickly. He loves other dogs and will play all day long and he doesn't care how big or small the dogs are. He also loves humans of any age, size or shape. Anyone who can offer a tickle, or a cuddle gets an A+ according to Frank. He barks at cats but could coexist with dog savvy cats (provided you don't mind the barking... that is one persistent little boy)!
Ultimately Frank is a water baby and we think he may have been a tadpole in a previous life as he absolutely loves to swim and if there is nobody to play with in the water he will swim in circles very happily until you tell him it's time to go. If there is no pool, river, or ocean he will settle for the bathtub. His recall is fantastic and even though he is tiny he is also mighty and loves to go for hikes! Frank is super food motivated and if he sees you holding anything edible he will sit back on his hind legs like a meerkat in the hope that he looks so cute you will reward him with the treat (it works 100% of the time). Frank is a normal hyper and excited puppy, but he also adores having quiet time to bond with his person. He will curl up like a baby deer either on your lap or right next to you and is so clearly appreciative of all the love he is now getting. Frank is so excited about investigating every smell this world has to offer, so he gets a bit jealous when you leave the house without him and he barks in protest for a few minutes until he settles. Frank is honestly such a GOOD dog, we can't imagine tying this little baby to a tree and then walking away, and we are just happy that Frank never has to go through something so horrible ever again. Application received, please check back…
Stella (formerly Lucy): Adopted! July 27, 2019
There is a town about 2 hours south of Puerto Vallarta called Villa del Mar, it's close to Tehuamixtle. It's a very, very small town without much tourism. In this town lives a wonderful lady who choose to retire there. She started helping out local strays around 10 years ago and developed a bit of a reputation as an animal helper. She has now about 25 cats and maybe upwards of 15 dogs. She doesn't have a phone and doesn't drive, so whenever she wants to get into contact with us, she walks to an internet cafe to send an email. Since she often tries to help out local families with their pets and has been looking after and getting strays sterilized for years, people have started dropping off abandoned puppies/kittens/birds etc. at her house. This past year she had a stroke and it has changed what she is able to do. Luckily, she is still able to look after her animals, but is no longer able to help all the others as before. She reached out to us earlier in the year because people keep dumping or dropping off animals. She doesn’t have many resources or much money and now that she isn't at her previous full capabilities, she was feeling overwhelmed. Our primary goal is not only to help animals, but also to help PEOPLE help animals, and in order for this lovely lady to continue the great work she is already doing she needed some support from us! So now we try and help her where we can. We have never met but we keep in touch via email. She emailed us about Lucy when she was only around 8 weeks old. Someone had dumped her in a box in front of her house. She had a friend that was driving to PV the following day, so she asked her to take little Lucy with her and drop her at our vet. Lucy was very skinny and had some fleas and ticks of course, but nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not the worst we have seen by a long shot. She did test positive for parvo but she wasn’t displaying many (if any) symptoms. We put her in quarantine, and she got every vitamin and supplement available along with being given electrolytes every 3 or 4 hours via syringe to try and boost her immune system in order to make sure that her parvo did not become symptomatic. Thankfully she continued getting stronger, happier and putting on weight. After a few weeks she was no longer testing positive for parvo so we started her vaccinations and she was on the path to her new life! Lucy has grown up to be an absolutely wonderful puppy. She is now 6 months old and around 13kg. We think she will stay under 20kg. She has the most incredible ears (1 up, 1 down) and loves food, people, other dogs, cats, kids - you name it! We know we say this about every dog..... but she really is one of the most stunning puppies we have ever seen! Who doesn't love a spotty dog 😍! Lucy normally follows directions really well, but she is still a puppy so can get easily excited. Working on her manners is something we continue to do (no Lucy you can't try and pull us straight onto the beach even though it's super fun and exciting there... you have to wait until we say it's time). She is, at her core, a deeply lovely and sweet puppy who just wants to please, be cuddled, love and be loved, and she will make a perfect companion for a fairly active family. We would love for Lucy to have a dog or cat companion in her home because she gets so much enjoyment out of her animal friendships. We picture lots of camping or hikes, hanging out on the couch, road trips, and most importantly pure love in Lucy's future! Adopted! After story coming soon…
Balthazar: Adopted! August 31, 2018
They saw him while visiting Bucerias and knew he needed help. They had limited time and ability, but that didn’t stop them from doing what they could. They reached out to Brischa and Ted who agreed to receive him. The woman helped to catch him as she knew his old mattress sleeping-place under some trees nearby as she’d gone to feed him while trying to find help. He was nearly hairless, skinny and had a bad limp but what a sweet boy! Not a mean bone in his body. He welcomed the help and it felt like he really knew they were taking him in to save him. Balthazar arrived into care in January and it took a long time, many months, for him to get back to good health. He was about 3 years old and had lived a tough life. His hip had been broken and had fused together so he could walk, but that was the reason for his limp. Thankfully, the vets said that he wasn’t in pain and would just need glucosamine to help as he aged. Balty is such a loving dog (seriously – SO much love) and would fit into a variety of homes. He loves walks and being outside but doesn’t have as much stamina as other dogs his size because of his hip. Balthazar also loves to relax and be cuddled. He loves other dogs and loves people. We are so happy that Balty has found his forever home!
Pirate aka Pirata: Adopted! May 6, 2018
We were contacted about a dog in great need and although the person wasn’t able to foster him, she was able to provide all the financial support needed so that we could stretch ourselves a bit too thin (once again) and help a desperate case. Monkey was a well-known beach dog in Punta de Mita. He had people that cared for him as they could, but some of the basics simply couldn’t be managed. The day that Monkey was rescued, Grace also noticed another dog in really bad shape. So not only did we help Monkey, but we also took in his friend Pirata. They were both on the brink and we are grateful that we got to them when we did. Pirata was much younger than Monkey. He was about 5 years old and he had a family. His family loved him, but they didn’t have the resources to provide the basics for him. Love, there was lots of love, but it isn’t always enough. Over the course of weeks that Pirata was fighting for his life and then the months that he was recovering his health, we remained in contact with his family. After a few months of consulting with the vets and speaking with the family, a decision was made that Pirata should be put up for adoption. His body simply wasn’t strong enough to live as a beach dog and the odds of him surviving in his old lifestyle were slim. The day that Pirata came into care, he needed a blood transfusion. The doctors were actually surprised he was alive as this blood work was so terribly bad. We have seen bad blood work before (and you have read some of the stories), but this guys results were even worse. During his first month in care, Pirata spent most of his time sleeping. We had to work hard to get him to eat searching for new combinations and new special treats to interest him in food. All the other dogs in his foster pack were very happy that the new guy was always getting something special since they always got to share in the delicious additions. After 1.5 months in care, Pirata’s bloodwork was finally starting to look like a normal sick dog’s results. We would celebrate each victory and then laugh that we were happy with what normally would be bad results…you have to keep perspective! As the months passed, Pirata’s personality started to shine through. He is a mellow guy who loves a nice scratch and a leisurely walk. He will explore when there is something of interest but doesn’t stray too far from his people. He will do a happy dance when greeting his friends, but also enjoys his time on a soft bed. This guy certainly stole the hearts of his foster family and it wasn’t easy for them to say good-bye but as their close friends adopted him they get to visit him in his new wonderful home. We are so happy for all of them.
Micha (formerly Lucky): Adopted January 14, 2018
She was left in the trash. Thankfully Daniela saw the man leave her and knew she needed to help. She was only 3-4 months old and her chances to survive on her own were slim. Daniela took her home and got her started with care, shelter, food, water…and a dash of love. The big problem was that Daniela was leaving town for 3 months and needed help. She reached out to MexPup and we sent them to the vet for testing, so we could start the process of finding a foster home. The great news was that she had been in care for over a week and was already getting stronger, the bad news was that she tested positive for parvo. This is a deadly disease and even with the best care a positive result isn’t guaranteed. Daniela decided to change her travel plans (her flight wasn’t changeable and yet she did it anyway) and stayed to help Lucky fight. Clearly this little girl had an Angel by her side when she was dumped in a place where Daniela would find her. After a couple of weeks, Daniela could no longer delay her trip and Lucky was continuing to do well. Although she had tested positive for parvo, she thankfully never displayed any symptoms and she recovered well. Claudia agreed to take her into care, so the little pup moved into her second foster home with more people committed to helping her. Her name certainly fit her life experience from the day she was rescued! At about 8 months old Lucky weighed 14 kilos. She is a happy, friendly pup that does great with kids and people. She isn’t great with cats. Lucky loves to jump and we’re told she can really catch some air! She will even use chairs or other items to get higher than she can on her own (are you thinking Frisbee dog as it’s the first thought that entered my mind when hearing this). Lucky may have loads of energy, but she also loves to sleep. We are so happy that this sweet pup now has a family to call her own!
Miles: Adopted! December 9, 2017
At one time he had an owner, but they decided they didn’t want him anymore. We don’t know the why, but we learned about the result. Rosa told us that the neighbors had moved away some time ago and left him to survive on the streets. He remained in the neighborhood and was probably wondering when his people would return for him. Sadly, the answer was never. Rosa would feed him when she saw him, but she couldn’t take him into her small home that was already bursting with people and animals. She said he was a lovely, sweet pup and she really wanted him to have a chance. Thankfully, a foster home was found and Miles was taken to the vets to get the medical care he desperately needed. He had extremely long & matted fur, he was covered in lice as well as fleas & ticks. There were open sores which were infected between his toes along with various scabs on his body. He was in bad shape, but that all began to change after his first day at the vets. A bath and grooming started his road to recovery and he has never looked back. Miles is about 2 year old and weighs 6 kilos. He is an extremely happy and playful guy. Miles loves to play with other dogs; he seems to really love dogs of any size (he adores playing with our tiny 3 month old chihuahua, as well as dogs three times his size). Miles also adores attention from humans and is excited to meet new people. From his foster mom: “He is such a lovely, affectionate boy – being a street dog does not seem to have soured him on people at all! He trusts easily and loves to put his paws on both your shoulders and stare into your eyes and then kiss you – he will make the perfect pet for a lucky person.” Miles might have had a tough life prior to rescue, but he has put that behind and is simply ready to enjoy being a loved dog and member of a family!
Rocket (formerly Falcon): Adopted! November 30, 2017
They were born on the streets of a small puebla in Oaxaca. Life on the streets isn’t easy but thankfully, the mom & her 7 puppies were befriended by Amy. She already had 3 dogs (2 of them very large) in a small home, so taking them home wasn’t an option. She would feed them every day while looking for a solution to help this family in need. One-day tragedy struck. When she went to feed the family, she found the lifeless bodies of the mom and 3 of the puppies. They had been poisoned. She had no space, but immediately took in the remaining 4 puppies to keep them safe. She broadened her search for help and when MexPup agreed, she took the 16-hour drive one way to bring the pups to their foster home. Talk about dedication – Amy has it in spades. The puppies joined a foster home that already had a foster named Bene Buttons and thus, the puppies were named Falcon, MIG, Boeing and Cessna. Bene and the Jets were a big hit! Falcon was the largest of the litter and at about 4 months old weighed 12 kilos (estimated birth date is late June/early July 2017). He is a beautiful brindle pup with piercing eyes. Falcon has done great learning to walk on a leash although he is a pup and still wants to venture all over. He has started to experience off leash parks with his foster home in BC and is loving the freedom. Falcon has done great with all the dogs in his foster homes, but he sometimes tries to be the boss (the adult dogs have been helping him to learn that isn’t the way things work). He hasn’t had experience living with cats in the home. Falcon can be very slightly timid when first meeting new people, but it doesn’t take long for him to try and crawl in a lap. He might be a big pup (he is expected to grow into a medium to large adult dog), but that doesn’t stop him from thinking he is a lap dog. Falcon is still a puppy but is well on his way to being a great dog. He will need continued training and attention to help him in his development. This lovely guy is ready for a family to call his own. If you or someone you know would be a great match for Falcon, please complete the adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. We are excited for this guy to begin the next part of his journey.
Vinnie: Adopted! November 21, 2017
The haunting photos were sent out and a plea for help was made. Even though there is no space and even though there is no money, there is no way to unsee the images. They were stuck in our minds and so Brischa & Grace went to see what they would find in Colonia Las Bougainvilleas where the pups were living. 3 of the 5 dogs were there. The pictures didn’t lie. These pups were in dire need of help. The other two were presumed dead – they were the ones in the worse shape from the original photos and weren’t found. LADRA and MexPup agreed to take this on together. Neither group has funds to take it on. Neither group has any foster space. We were both already stretched to the brink, but after seeing a dog in this condition, you can’t walk away. Patch, Freya & Sunny were taken into care and although quite thin and in great need, their prognosis is ok. Then, late last night, we got the amazing phone call that the other two pups were found and they were still alive (although barely). Vinnie & Leo were picked up late yesterday evening in extremely rough shape. Vinnie cannot stand on his own & Leo is also quite weak. They are both at the vets getting IV fluids, medications, nutrients and all that they need with the hopes of being saved. We are desperate and we need your help. These 5 pups are about 8 months old and they deserve a chance. We need help with medical costs and with boarding costs. We could use assistance with foster homes in Puerto Vallarta for these pups or even in BC (if we can send some dogs to BC that are healthy but not adopted, that could open space in a PV foster home). We need the support of the MexPup and the LADRA communities to make the difference for these pups. If you are able to donate from Canada you can make a donation via etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, from the US or other locations you can make a donation via our paypal account (link found at www.mexpup.com), or from Puerto Vallarta you can leave donations directly with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas vet clinic or with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos vet clinic. We promised Patch, Freya, Sunny, Vinnie and Leo that they were no longer alone and that many people would be coming together to support them. Please help make the difference for these pups.
Roo (formerly Martina): Adopted! November 4, 2017
She was hiding behind a large flower pot in a courtyard area. The pup was terrified, had an injured leg, and seemed to be in great pain. When Veronica saw her, she knew this sweet girl needed help and she immediately took her to the vets. She was having trouble breathing and appeared to be in shock. The x-rays showed no fractures, but the vet confirmed that she had taken a strong blow to her body. She might have been hit by a car or by a person, but we will never know. All we know is that the vet was able to stabilize her and give her the care needed to recover from the trauma. We also know that Veronica saved her. After 1 week in care at the vets, Martina went into foster care and she has never looked back. This beauty is about 9 months old and weighs 12 kilos. Martina is a bit shy when first meeting new people, but she warms up quickly. She has done great with all the dogs in both her foster homes and even does well meeting new dogs while on leash. This girl loves to play – with toys, with dogs, with her humans. She hasn’t had cats in either of her foster homes, but she is a very good listener and is gentle, so we think she would do well with training & a proper introduction to cats. Martina loves going for walks and although still not quite certain as to why she can’t walk directly in front of you, is doing great on a leash. She is a pleaser and loves being with her humans or the other pups in her foster home. Martina is house trained and crate trained. She loves to run around, but she is also happy to just relax with her friends. This beautiful pup is healthy, happy and ready for adoption. If you or someone you know would be a great match for Martina, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. This special girl is excited to join a family!
Pepe: Adopted! September 1, 2017
A taco stand is a good place to hang out for a street dog. There are usually some treats on the ground (like little pieces of meat...those are the best!) and every so often some really nice people come to eat and notice you. When Amanda and her boyfriend went out for a taco, they weren't expecting to come home with a rescued dog. However, when they met Pepe, they couldn't resist helping him. He didn't look in very bad condition, but was clearly alone, was very friendly and very happy to be helped. When it was time to go home, Pepe hopped right into the taxi with them! This pup is estimated to be about 9 months old and weighs 13kgs. He is very well behaved, gets along with other dogs and is friendly with people. Pepe is happy to go for walks and be active, but his all time favorite thing to do is cuddle. Pepe is waiting for his forever home. Could it be yours?
Riley (formerly Lalo): Adopted! August 30, 2017
He was wandering alone on the streets and beaches of Zona Romantica in Puerto Vallarta. He followed everyone he met, wagging his tail to get food or attention. He was very friendly and for a number of days everyone assumed he had a person that was just around the corner or just down the beach. As time passed, he remained on the streets and Colette noticed that he didn’t go home with anyone at night. He was sleeping on the beach right near her work and she realized he was sadly another new stray in the neighborhood. She took him in before the ravages of the street harmed him and Lalo’s second chance began. This sweet pup is about 9 months old and weighs 13.5 kilos. This low rider does well with all the dogs in his foster home & likes all the dogs he meets. He loves playing with other dogs & will even play by himself if there is no one ready to have fun. He plays with such joy and abandon…total puppy. Even though Lalo’s legs are quite short, he has amazing speed and loves to run, run and run. He is a very friendly, social pup that loves humans. It is clear that he didn’t have much human play interaction prior to being rescued, so he has a tendency to be mouthy with people when playing. We are working hard to correct this & he is showing lots of improvement, but a home with younger children isn’t a match for him. Lalo pays lots of attention to the cats that he meets, but he hasn’t shown aggression. We think he could be fine with cats, as he seems to want to play with them, but supervised introductions would be necessary. Lalo is a smart pup that wants to please, he just needs a bit more time and guidance to become a great dog. He loves going on walks and is doing better with walking on leash (he can pull and his low to the ground body makes him a bit of a tow truck). This lovely boy is looking for a home that can continue to work with him and help him to become a great adult dog. He would thrive in an active home where he gets lots of walks & adventures, and then comes home to cuddles & couch time. If you or someone you know could be his match, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. Lalo is ready for adoption, so please share his album so he can find his family.
Mocha (aka Moka): Adopted! July 19, 2017
They were left at Lupita’s door step. They were tiny puppies that still needed a mom, but there was no mom in site. What would you do in this situation? Well, Lupita took a few days off of work, so she could bottle feed them every couple of hours and give them a chance at life. Their condition was fragile, and she did all she could to keep them safe. They were being quarantined from the other dogs in the home as a precaution until one day when Lupita left her bedroom door open by accident. When she returned the little pups were gone. She found them shortly thereafter cuddled in a ball and sleeping next to her dogs Jacob & Mantequilla. They had adopted the little fur balls and began helping in their process of healing. Moyo & Moka continued to improve and were finally able to be vaccinated & receive all the other care needed prior to adoption. Moka is a happy female pup that is quite friendly. Shee loves playing with other dogs and does well with children. We are excited that Moyo has a wonderful family waiting to adopt her!
Maxxa: Adopted! June 10, 2017
Kristina was in PV on vacation when she saw two dogs in a vacant lot that were tied together. Any abandoned dog has it tough, but being tied to another animal with a rope makes survival much more difficult and the risk of injury much greater. Kristina got them food & water, and started trying to find a solution. She reached out to MexPup and we went to work to rescue these dogs together. Unbelievably, we got another email the same day from Tania telling us about 2 dogs that she had just rescued. They had been tied together in a lot. She was able to get them to a vet, but needed help with the next steps of the process. We sent the photos we received and thankfully Kristina confirmed that the two dogs she wanted to help, were the two dogs that Tania had found. Everyone contributed what they could, everyone participated, and this gave Maxxa & Betsy a chance. They were provided the medical tests & care needed, and then went into foster homes to begin the process of starting a new life. We believe they are sisters, but realized they needed to be separated to gain confidence and have that best chance at a bright future. Maxxa is about 2 years old and weighs 20 kilos. This sweet girl is a bit shy with new people and in new situations, but with time she gains her confidence. Maxxa now loves car rides, but can be hesitant to enter new cars, so might need encouragement in the beginning. She is a fan of walks, can pull a bit to use her nose for exploration, does well seeing other dogs on leash, but is concerned when seeing other dogs that are off leash. She corrects easily and simply needs reassurance that her person has everything under control. Maxxa is a quick study and very smart. She will thrive with a family that engages her in everyday exploring and keeps her active. Maxxa has met a few kids and does well, but isn’t totally comfortable with the unpredictable movements of toddlers. She has shown interest in cats, but we think in the right home, with the right training, she could be ok living with them. It would take some work, but this beauty is certainly worth it. Maxxa loves to run and corners like a Ferrari, so she would make an amazing running partner or adventure buddy. She is happy, healthy and ready for adoption…could she be a match for you or someone you know? If so, please submit an application which can be found at www.mexpup.com or you can contact our adoption coordinator at email@example.com. Maxxa was abandoned, but that is in her past. Her future is so bright and we hope you want to be the one to help her shine.
Ranger: Adopted! April 18, 2017
Joanne was on holiday with a plan to volunteer at the annual MexPup fundraiser. She not only gave her time, but she brought something special from home to donate as a silent auction item. The event was a success, her contribution was appreciated, and her plan was to continue volunteering daily by spending time with some dogs in care that were too sick to leave the vet clinic. The day after the event when she returned to her hotel after a day exploring the town, everything changed. She saw a woman at the front desk with a dog that she had rescued from the street that evening. The employee couldn’t keep the dog with her at work, but she didn’t want to put him back on the street and into the danger. Joanne didn’t hesitate to take the dog in and give him a safe place to begin his recovery. Emails were sent, plans were made, the pup went to the vet, and Joanne offered to foster him during her vacation (yea Joanne!). The pup arrived at the vet with loads of fleas, a skin infection, an injury to his paw, and hungry. He needed medical treatment, a safe place to live, and love…thanks to Joanne, he had all of those things. Ranger is about 1-2 years old and weighs 5.5. kilos. He is a lovely little guy that thinks he is a big dog. He does well once introduced to new dogs, but he can be a bit leash reactive with new dogs. He simply needs more confidence and to learn that life in care is different than life on the streets. Based on his size, he is easy to control but he needs a family that will continue to teach him to be calm on leash when meeting other dogs. He does great with all 6 dogs in his foster home (large or small, young or old). He occasionally tries to be in charge, but takes correct well from both the other dogs in the home and the humans. Ranger is a sweet boy that loves cuddles and being with his humans. He is thriving in his foster home, loves having people, and loves playing with other dogs. This funny pup loves being a lap dog, but he also needs a family that understands little dogs that think they are big dogs. Ranger is happy, healthy and ready for a family to call his own. If you think Ranger could be your new family member, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com, or simply share his album so his new family can be found.
Max: Adopted! March 12, 2017
stHe was found on the streets with many open wounds on his body and in serious need of medical attention. The guess is that someone threw hot oil on him (This happens at some restaurants & meat shops when they don’t want dogs hanging around. It is a cruel practice and one that must stop.). In addition to the wounds, he was covered in fleas, was too skinny, had too many parasites along with blood work that showed he needed treatment for some of the regular street dog issues. His rescuer got him into vet care with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas, but that was as far as the plan went. Once healthy, Dr. Manuel asked if we might be able to help Max find an adoptive family and we were happy to say yes. Max is about 2.5 years old and weighs 22 kilos. He had a tough life on the streets, so he needs a human that he can trust to protect him and bond to him. Max is a very loyal dog and sincerely loves kids. He can be protective of his people, but only if given the chance. Max LOVES going to the dog parks to play with all his new friends. Mas has no leash reactivity, and greets dogs just fine. Max likes to wander, so a fenced yard is a must for him, and off leash - a long line as he roams. Having really good recall and a strong bond with his humans will be great for Max. Max really loves all people, but he is not keen on cats so a home without them is best. He’s learning basic obedience in his foster home and doing great. Max is very smart and loves to work. His foster home is having him PATS therapy dog tested as Max needs a job and being with people is what he loves. He’s calm and snuggly, melts into you on the couch, and would thrive in a family that is active with experienced dog owners that can continue his wonderful path to being a superb dog. Max’s ideal home would have a yard for him to roam and an active family to take him hiking and running. If you are interested in adopting Max, please visit www.mexpup.com where you will find the adoption application, or please share his album so that his new family can find him and apply.
Mitzy: Adopted! February 21, 2017
Mitzy was rescued by a young girl named Renata and her family. They saw that Mitzy wasn't being treated well, and wanted to help. Mitzy loves kids of all ages, is living with Renata who is 12 and her rescuer. Mitzy lives with cats and other dogs and does great with everyone and everything. Mitzy is loving life off the streets and is thriving in care. She lives with 6 dogs and is a social butterfly. Mitzy requires a breed knowledgeable home so she can be the best girl she can be. Mitzy loves going for walks, is great off leash, and loves the beach and hiking. Mitzy is currently 4 years old and 17kg. Mitzy is an active girl, who also likes to sleep on the sofa and hang about with her people. She bonds quickly and will be very faithful and loyal. Is Mitzy the family member you have been looking for?
Lucy (formerly Amber): Adopted! February 14, 2017
Livia and Sharon were on their way to Purr Project (a cat rescue shelter just outside of Puerto Vallarta) when they saw a small pup in the middle of the road. She had almost been run over by several cars and clearly wasn’t street savvy. They knew they couldn’t leave her, so they got her to safety and then asked “now what”? Compassionate people help – whether “cat” people or “dog” people – they do what it takes when help is needed. Medical treatment was started, a foster home was found, and then we were asked if MexPup could help find the pup a forever home. Amber is about 9 months old and weighs 9 kilos. This sweet girl has done well with all the other dogs in her foster home. She can be timid with new dogs when first meeting them, but after a proper introduction and a bit of time, she does just fine. Amber is a bit shy with strangers and with people that approach her from behind. She usually gets over it quickly and continues to improve as she has more time in care. Amber hasn’t lived with cats, but she pays no attention to the ones she has met. This adorable pup is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Amber is still young, so will need guidance to become a great adult dog. We think she will do best with an experienced, confident dog owner that will help her to gain the confidence she needs. If you think this lovely girl could be the new family member you are looking for, please complete the adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com, or share her album so her new family can find her.
Sophia: Adopted! February 4, 2017
She had a family. She was an outside dog, but she was friendly and seemed happy. Michael & Carmen live in the neighborhood and one day realized they hadn’t seen her for a while. They figured the family had moved or the pup had gone to live someplace else. Some time passed and then they saw her. She was in really bad shape. They got her food & water, and immediately contacted us. When we saw the photos and heard the story, we knew we needed to take action quickly. She was easy to find since she is barely able to walk. She is the worst case of tick infestation we have ever seen (and that is saying something). We offered her some food (she didn’t want to eat), we told her we were going to take care of her, we wrapped her in a towel, and we rushed her to the vets. She was placed in half of a crate for the trip to the vet office and the ticks were literally falling off of her by the dozens. Her white blood cells are through the roof and her red blood cells have bottomed out, so a blood transfusion was needed and needed quickly. Thankfully, Sofie (another rescue dog) was up to the task and her awesome parents were more than happy to get her to the vets quickly (hurray Ted & Brischa!). We decided that since she was getting Sofie’s blood, that our newest rescue would be called Sophia. We spent a few hours starting the task of tick removal (it will take days) and we talked to her about her new life. We told her to be strong and to fight. We promised her that she would never be forgotten again. We told her that many people would be praying for her and that she would never return to the horrible place where she was found. Please send all the positive energy and prayers you can to this girl, she needs all that she can get. We believe Sophia is about 1 to 1.5 years old and she weighs about 12 kilos. She is currently resting while getting the care (blood and then IV solution) that she so desperately needs. The first 24 to 48 hours are critical. We will keep you posted as we learn more. Please consider making a donation to her care (if in Canada an email transfer to Karen@mexpup.com, if in Puerto Vallarta you can make donations with Dr. Pena at Mascotas or with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos, if anywhere else you can use the paypal link found on our website at www.mexpup.com). Sophia is now a MexPup and we will do all we can to help her.
Gracie (formerly Merlot): Adopted! February 4, 2017
Jane & Linda contacted MexPup prior to their holiday to PV and coordinated not only bringing down needed supplies, but also being Guardian Angels, flying 3 dogs to their new country. They were on a tour to Yelapa when they saw a small pup with only one eye that was in great need. As they were with a tour group, there wasn’t anything they could do at that moment, but they sent us a note and asked for help. A few people tried to find the pup, but they were unsuccessful. Then we received a plea for help about another dog in the same area that was also in great need. So a day trip to Yelapa was organized and the search was on. Amazingly, after lots of effort, the two dogs were found. They were both in really bad shape and after some negotiations, found themselves on a boat to PV to get the care and love they both clearly needed. Merlot, a poodle/Tibetan terrier mix, is just a little girl that should be white, but looked more dirty orange brown when rescued. She is skinny, had very matted fur, tested positive for ehrlichia (a tick born disease that is treatable) and is in rough shape. Merlot likely had a family (or at least someone that tried to help her) at some point as she previously had surgery to remove or repair a damaged eye. The one eyed girl is very sweet and is so happy to love on everyone that wants to help her. The MexPup bank account is empty, as we have had numerous tough and costly cases over the past months. We need your help for Merlot and all the others in care. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to help dogs like Merlot (from Canada you can do an e-transfer to Karen@mexpup.com, from the US or other locations you can use the PayPal link found at www.mexpup.com, from Puerto Vallarta you can make a donation directly with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas or Dr. Paco at Sabuesos). We greatly appreciate your help and we know that Merlot and all the other pups do too!
Rita (formerly Werita): Adopted! December 21, 2016
She appeared in the neighborhood and seemed to be living in an empty lot with lots of vegetation. It was the perfect place for her as it was close to a residential area with trash for food and gave her cover to keep her safe. Irina could tell she was pregnant, but she was leaving town and there wasn’t much she could do. Upon return, she noticed that the dog had given birth. She was so skinny and had a number of wounds. Irina knew both the momma and the puppies were at great risk. She didn’t have the space or the time or the money to take them in, but she did it anyway. The puppies were hidden in the lot, but they were easy to find and the momma was happy for the help. About 30 minutes after the puppies had been removed, large equipment arrived at the lot and cleared the entire space. If not for Irina, the puppies would have perished that day…impeccable timing! Irina gave a loving home & space for momma to nurture her puppies until they were all adopted, but then it was time for the momma to get her chance. She asked if MexPup could help and we were happy to say yes. Werita is about 2 years old and weighs 18 kilos. She was a wonderful mom to her puppies. Werita has learned to walk on a leash and live in a home without problems. She doesn’t like motorcycles or loud traffic noise, but with time she continues to improve. Werita barks at strangers on the street, but when people are invited inside her foster home she is welcoming. She does well with the cat in her foster home, but is not a fan of birds. This lovely girl did all she could for her pups and they all have loving homes. Now it is her chance for a great new life!
Waldo: Adopted! December 20, 2016
He was found on the beach at Boca de Tomatlan. He didn’t have an owner and had a massive cut on his neck that extended to his ear. The cut had become infected and he was covered in fleas & ticks. Colette and Lydia had gone to Boca to help with another situation (all turned out ok there), but when they found this guy, it was clear he needed help. They got him to the vets where tests were done and the needed treatments started. Once taken into care, he recovered beautifully. Waldo is about 1.5 years old and weighs 5 kilos. He is a sweet angel of a dog, friendly and loving. Waldo likes cats, children and everyone he meets. He gets attached to his people and loves to be loved. Waldo needed to be shaved when groomed after rescue, but we are certain he will re-grow to be as fluffy and gorgeous as ever. He walks great on a leash, loves going for walks, loves meeting people and other dogs. Waldo can bark when strangers enter, but not excessively. He is recently neutered and sometimes stills marks his territory when in a new space for the first time, but is trained to go outside the house. Waldo is an amazing, loving dog. He is always happy and would be great in any environment, solo or with a large family. Where’s Waldo?? He’s heeeere and he is ready to find a family to call his own. If you are interested in adopting Waldo, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
Buddy: Adopted! December 16, 2016
Franca and her two pups were on the beach one day when a new dog approached them. They had a nice morning and then returned home. The next day, they saw the same dog again, and this time he started following them. Over the course of the next few days, it became the norm. They would see him, he would follow them, and they would enjoy his company until it was time to go home. They made sure to give him water & food each day, and they tried to come up with a plan to get him off the streets. Franca wasn’t able to take him in, but she wanted to make sure he was healthy and safe. She and another friend covered all his vet expenses and found a foster home for him. He’d won over their hearts and now he was on the road to a new life. Buddy is about 1-year-old and weighs 16 kilos. He is a friendly dog that loves to play. Buddy does great with all the other dogs in his foster home, but he can try to be a bit macho with the smaller ones (in a friendly, but pushy way). The funny thing is that he is intimidated by the little puppies in the foster home...so he’s not really a tough guy. Buddy doesn’t do well with cats (he pays attention to them and chases them). We think he would do great with an active family. Other dogs and kids are definitely an option for him, but we wouldn’t recommend him to a home with cats. Buddy is still a young dog, so having attention and additional training would be great for him. This smart pup knew how to find someone to help him and now we are asking for your help. Please share Buddy’s album so that he can find his forever family. If you are interested in adopting him, you can complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. We know he will make a great family member.
Xena: Adopted! December 14, 2016
What happens when a cat rescuer finds a pup in need? The pup moves into a foster home with about 40 cats until a solution can be found of course. Puro Gato is a great group and when they found a little Chihuahua in need, they simply took her into care. A few calls were made and a week later little Xena found herself in a new foster home. This sweet girl is about 1-year-old and weight 3 kilos. Xena has done great with all the dogs in her foster home and doesn’t seem to understand that she is tiny (which could get her into trouble with the wrong dog). She is also great with cats. Xena is a little wary of new people, but warms up after a short time. She does great on walks and enjoys exploring new places. Xena is a typical Chihuahua with a big personality. She bounces 1 meter high when you come home or when she’s happy. Xena is a happy dog that loves life, loves to play and has lots of energy! If you think Xena is the right fit for your family, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. We would love to have this girl in her new home to celebrate the holidays with family.
Rico (formerly Parker): Adopted! December 11, 2016
He was hanging out in a parking lot near the airport. Some friends of Carmen & Claudia noticed him, saw the wound he had, and asked around to get more information. It seems he had just appeared one day with the large gash on his side (it appears that he was struck by a machete). The kind man in charge at the lot was trying to care for him, but he didn’t have the means to do much. Their friend got him food & medication for the wound, but he was still living on the streets. After telling the story to Carmen & Claudia, a plan was made and off they went to find the pup. The man had taken great care of the dog and his wound was almost healed. Thanks were given, hugs, handshakes and a few scratches exchanged before he was loaded in the car for his trip to the vet. Parker is about 2.5 years old and weighs 26 kilos. He does well with the dog in his foster home and with the cats (he does try to smell them, but has never been aggressive to any of them). Parker is an energetic dog that loves to go for walks (does pull when first out the door), but settles as he gets exercise. He also loves to cuddle. His dark chocolate face, black body, those very tender eyes and face will win you over instantly. Although he is fully grown, he is still a silly puppy in his mind. He prefers to be with humans and dog siblings all the time and to be given affection. Parker is a BIG kisser and is ready to find his forever family.
Vincent (formerly Branston): Adopted! December 10, 2016
He was tied to their front door. They hadn’t seen him in the neighborhood and had no idea where he came from, but it was clear he needed help. He was severely underweight and had a number of wounds. They didn’t really have space to take him in, but that didn’t stop them from doing what had to be done. First, there was a trip to the vets to get his medical care started. As time passed he gained weight and got the sparkle back in his eye. Branston is about 1.5 years old and weighs 31 kilos. He is a big boy and needs regular exercise so burn off all his puppy energy. Branston loves to goes for walks and does great on leash. He is also a cuddle bug and that loves attention, but also enjoys to his alone time. Branston plays well with other dogs that are not intimidated by his size. He is also very good with cats and he likes water. He is a very sweet dog that does well in most situations. Branston is very friendly and did great with kids coming up to cuddle and play with him. We would love Branston to join and active family with a confident leader. He is a lovely dog that deserves a lovely home. If you are interested in adopting Branston, please complete an application which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
Pepper: Adopted! December 3, 2016
Bryant saw her near a dumpster looking for food. He and his wife love animals, so he got some food and took it to the pup. She gladly ate it all, so he bought her some more. She was so friendly and thankful. As he watched her, he noticed she was limping. It didn’t feel right to leave her, so he decided to take her to their vet to see what else they could do to help her. She was very dirty and it was obvious that her front legs & chest were very strong while her back legs, especially the right one, was skinny. The x-ray revealed an old injury that had already healed. Her pelvis had been fractured and was already healed. The vet felt she would be fine, but needed assistance to start using the leg again. With the help of medication and a loving foster home, Pepper was walking on all 4 legs after just a few weeks. Her muscles came back and she lost her limp. Things were certainly looking up for this lovely girl. Marcela & Bryant had done all they could to get her healthy, but they hadn’t been able to find her a home and asked MexPup for help…that is how Pepper became part of the MexPup family. This lovely dog is about 5 years old and weighs 20 kilos. Pepper does great with the other dog in her foster home. She likes a slow and controlled introduction to other pups and will give a growl to those that are pushy to let them know she needs her space. Pepper does great walking on leash and loves to be off leash also. She has done well interacting with small children and loves attention from anyone willing to give a nice scratch. Pepper seems a bit too curious about cats, so we don’t think she would be a match for a home with one. This sweet girl hasn’t had the best luck, but things turned around thanks to one lovely couple. Now it’s her time to get her own family and her new beginning.
Koji (formerly Aisha): Adopted! November 27, 2016
Porfirio is one of Ted & Brischa’s dogs. He lives a relaxed life on an acreage in the mountains and has a lovely life as a ranch dog. One day while on a hike, he came out of the jungle with a pup in his mouth. Yup, you read that correctly. He found a pup high up on the hill in the middle of nowhere and then proceeded to lead the humans to the other pup that was also in the forest. Porfirio was a great rescuer. The two pups were only a few months old and would have had little chance of survival. Thankfully, Aisha and Lolly were saved and taken into care. At about 8 months old, she weighed 12 kilos. Aisha is a happy, social pup who loves to play all the time. She does great with all the dogs in her foster home and simply ignored the cats. This little girl has loads of energy, but she also knows how to relax and will come asking for cuddles when tired. Aisha enjoys going on walks and does well on a leash. This friendly pup is doing great in care and we’re excited for her to join a family of her own.
Daisy: Adopted! November 22, 2016
The chase was on…there was a female pit mix in heat and the two boys were giving chase. Colette & Lydia saw them running by and knew exactly what was happening. They grabbed leashes and made chase. After some time, they were able to corral all three and took them to the Colina Spay & Neuter clinic. They kept them safe until the next clinic when they were all three spayed & neutered. Daisy, the female, immediately stole the hearts of everyone she met. Colette & Lydia knew this girl was special and they were committed to doing all they could to make sure she had a bright future. They asked MexPup if we could help by finding her a home and we were happy to say yes. This lovely pup is about 1-year-old and weighs 23 kilos. She is very strong, but will take the first opportunity she gets to cuddle with you or roll on her back for a belly rub. Daisy has done great with all the dogs she met in her foster home, even a little Chihuahua that jumped on her back and head. Daisy just took it all in stride rolling over to play with her. She has a very happy, easy energy and always seems to have a smile on her face. Daisy is a powerful dog, so will need a confident owner that has bully breed experience. We think an active family that will make sure she gets the exercise and attention she needs would be a great fit. This calm and loving girl is a wonderful dog that deserves a wonderful family and we are excited for her to get her chance.
Lolly: Adopted! November 19, 2016
Porfirio is one of Ted & Brischa’s dogs. He lives a relaxed life on an acreage in the mountains and has a lovely life as a ranch dog. One day while on a hike, he came out of the jungle with a pup in his mouth. Yup, you read that correctly. He found a pup high up on the hill in the middle of nowhere and then proceeded to lead the humans to the other pup that was also in the forest. Porfirio was a great rescuer. The two pups were only a few months old and would have had little chance of survival. Thankfully, Lolly and Aisha were saved and taken into care. Lolly is now about 8 months old and weighs about 13 kilos. She is a happy, playful and social pup. Lolly does great with all the dogs in her foster home and also did well with the cats. This little girl has loads of energy, but she also knows how to relax. Cuddling is one of her favorite things. Lolly enjoys meeting kids on her walks, does well on a leash and thinks exploring is one of the best parts of life. This friendly pup is doing great in care and we’re excited for her to join a family of her own. She certainly deserves it.
Ele: Adopted! November 13, 2016
They were just a few months old and things weren’t going great. They had been abandoned at the side of the road where the trash is normally gathered. The sisters were hiding as they were afraid and on their own. Thankfully, Claudia saw them and she did what she always does…she helps. The first step was to go to the vets where the prognosis was ok – full of fleas, skinny and dehydrated. With some love, care and attention, Ele and her sister Kira thrived in their foster home. At about 8 months old, Ele weighs 20 kilos and has the tan/black fur (compared to her sisters more reddish coloring). Ele does great with the other dogs in her foster home (even with the little tripod, she is very respectful and plays very gently with him). Ele loved to put her front paws into the water bucket, so her foster family bought her a baby bathtub. She totally loves to play with her paws in it trying to dig and splashing the water out of the tub. Whenever she can, she runs and jumps into the puddles, so we think she will be quite a water dog although she isn’t a swimmer yet. Ele is a very social pup that does great with children, cats and most everyone she meets. She walks fine on a leash (will still occasionally pull) and loves to be out & about. We think she would thrive in an active home where she gets to take part in all the adventures, and with a family that will work with her to become the best adult dog she can be. Ele is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. If you think she should be your newest family member, please complete an application at www.mexpup.com.
Danza: Adopted! November 11, 2016
They saw her in their neighborhood without a collar, a bit too skinny, a bit too dirty and looking out of place. Lee and Nancy always try to help animals in need and this was no exception. They took her into their home and then to the vets. The good news was that the little pup was in pretty good shape. The bad news was that one of their dogs wasn’t happy sharing their home with this new foster. They were committed to helping her, getting her healthy & ready for adoption, but they couldn’t do it alone. MexPup came on board and after a flight with dogs departing, a space in foster opened up. Danza is about 8 months old weighs about 9 kilos. This happy girl loves dogs, likes to play with cats (even when they aren’t so keen), and does fine with the goats & ducks at her foster home. Danza is an amazing young dog that is very playful and active. She loves to be outside, loves to run around, and loves to play with toys. Danza loves attention and affection (who doesn’t). We think she would do best with an active family that will include her on all their adventures. This lovely girl is ready for adoption and we’re excited to see her start the next part of her journey to a great life.
Honey (formerly Holly): Adopted! November 6, 2016
She was only a few months old when she and another pup were found on the streets alone. Their rescuer was a school girl that knew puppies didn’t belong on the streets. She took them home, but her mother refused to allow the 3 month old pups into the house. That didn’t stop her determination to get help. She was able to find a home for one of the pups and asked Ted & Brischa for help with the other. Education is such an important part of animal rescue along with supporting children in their efforts to make a difference. Ted & Brischa said yes to fostering and asked MexPup for help. After a few months in care, Holly had grown into a lovely little dog. This 8-month old pup now weighed 14 kilos, and is quite curious and friendly. She has done well with all the dogs and cats in her foster home. Holly will sometimes bark to let you know that she wants to play, but it’s all in good fun. She is a happy and healthy girl that would do great in an active home. She has loads of energy and loves playing with kids, but she also knows when to relax and loves to cuddle. We are very excited for Holly to meet her forever family. Holly was recently diagnosed with MRSP, this is a medical condition she will be a carrier for life with. She is not contagious to humans or dogs with healthy immune systems, and is currently under proper treatment and care and will be ready for her special family soon. She is not recommended to a home with persons or pups undergoing chemotherapy. She is on very special drugs that can be compounded at any compounding pharmacy if she ever to have another outbreak. Holly is an amazing and sweet girl, none of this has fazed her, and she is such a special soul. If you feel like you would love to love this bundle of love, please contact Trysha@mexpup.com for more information.
Lulu: Adopted! November 5, 2016
Colina Spay and Neuter clinic is a free service for the Puerto Vallarta community. When Lulu was brought in to the clinic, the people who brought her said they couldn't continue caring for her anymore, and asked for help. Colette is always willing to help animals in need, always has a house full of foster dogs and always puts her own needs aside to accommodate one more dog. Colette accepted Lulu into her home as a foster, and this is when Lulu's luck changed. At 8 months old, and only about 3kg, Lulu was shy at first, but it didn't take her long to gain confidence and settle in to her new foster home and the start of her new life. Everyone who meets Lulu falls in love with her gentle nature and sweet soul. Could Lulu be the wonderful addition to your family that you have been looking for?
Finn (formerly Oro): Adopted! November 5, 2016
They were born in an empty lot. Their mom was very attentive and kept the puppies safe, but an empty lot is no place for a litter of puppies. Barb & Louis saw them and knew they needed help. The first step was catching them and that proved to be quite a challenge. On the first attempt, 2 were rescued, but the next attempt came up empty. The 3rd saw two more come into care but the remaining 3 puppies were quite elusive. With help from a few LADRA volunteers, the final 3 were taken off the street and they were safe. In addition to rescuing the puppies, the mother was spayed. She has a family and they do care for her, so she continues to have a good life and will simply not have more puppies. Oro is one of the male pups. At about 10 months old he weighs ??? kilos. He has the same coloring as most of his littermates – a golden reddish color – and the longer fur like Bernie, Mishka and Tinto. As he and his littermates didn’t meet humans until they were about 3 months old, they are all quite shy. Oro is very timid when meeting people, but is very happy to meet and play with dogs. He is slowly gaining confidence and is learning to trust humans, but that takes time. Oro has never shown any aggression – he instinct is to hide or freeze in place when uncomfortable. We continue to work with him on positive reinforcement and exposure to new things so that he can enjoy the world without being so nervous of people. He is a very sweet dog with a gentle heart. Oro does better on walks if in a pack as they seem to give him confidence. He is great with dogs and is uncertain of cats (can you blame him). We think that Oro would do best in a calm home with another pet and a patient family that will help him to become a great adult dog. Oro has made lots of progress in his foster home and we think he is ready to move into his permanent home so his continued development will take place with those that will love him and care for him in the future. He is one special dog that will steal your heart and never let it go. You are interested in becoming Oro’s family, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
Guinness: Adopted! September 17, 2019
Four puppies were left next to a trash can, near a softball field. They were only about 6-8 weeks old and their chances for survival were slim. Thankfully, a kind woman found them and started giving them food, but she was unable to take them in. Willey saw her plea for help, decide to make a difference and took the plunge! She already had two senior dogs that didn’t like puppies, she was living in a studio apartment and yet, she said yes (where there is a will, there is a way!). She got the pups home on a Sunday and took them to the vet the next day. The puppies were underweight, dirty, and covered in fleas & ticks, but the greatest challenge was that they were positive for parvo. They remained in quarantine with the vets and it was a scary few weeks. Thankfully, they all survived and got to leave the vet clinic for their foster home. The pups were so happy to be in a home (Bella & Chester weren’t so sure about their new house guests). Guinness (male) is the black & white pup of the group and at about 5 months old, weighs 5 kilos. He is very sweet little boy with a bit of a wild streak. Guinness is learning basic commands and wants to please, but he also has lots of energy so can get himself into trouble. Guinness loves to jump up and perch himself on high spots. We once found him sitting on a dog bed that had been stacked up high on chairs while the floors were being cleaned. He hadn’t done anything wrong as it was a dog bed, but it sure did catch us by surprise. Guinness is also a cuddler who loves to spend time on the couch or the bed with his humans. Guinness is doing great on the leash and loves exploring (as long as he has his pack or his humans by his side). This lovely guy is doing great in his foster home and we’re so excited for him to meet his forever family. ADOPTED! After story coming soon…
Vicente: Adopted! August 17, 2019
Many of you already know the story of Shakira, a Xoloitzcuintle who once had a home but after eating a chicken she was beaten and cast out and left to fend for herself in the mountains near Mismaloya. Shakira was out there in the wild for a few years, and had a few litters, how many survived we don't know. Juan and Ofelia made it their mission to try and catch Shakira so she could be fixed, the painful cycle of pregnancy after pregnancy could end, and she could finally know 'retirement' from always being afraid and having to be vigilant, and just relax in a loving home. We agreed that we would take on pregnant Shakira and however many puppies she had if they were ever lucky enough to manage to catch her (she was extremely wary of people, and rightly so)! And one day last December, our greatest hope came true. Shakira was taken to the vet after she had already started giving birth, and she and her babies were finally safe. Even though all the pups were basically born into care and have only ever known love and a very stable life, almost the entire litter has anxious and fearful tendencies. We believe that because Shakira lived in constant fear during the pregnancy that perhaps it had some kind of effect on the babies, coupled with the fact that the Xoloitzcuintle is an extremely sensitive primitive breed, and on top of that the litter was abnormally large - 12 puppies in 1 litter meaning some of the puppies were less developed.
Vicente was one of Shakira's (now Gypsy) puppies. He was born right in the middle of her huge litter and was a healthy weight from day 1. Vicente was always in the middle of the heating pad and puppy pile and with the exception of Santana he was the hungriest and chubbiest hairless puppy. Now that he is almost fully grown at nearly 9 months, he is 20kg and is almost the heaviest of the litter. We are not surprised at all! Vicente is very wary of strangers and he needs to warm up to people before he allows them to handle him, but once he knows who somebody is, he is the most devoted dog on the planet. He adores water and will even swim out into the ocean to be with his best dog and human friends if they are swimming. He recently discovered the pool floatie and he is so happy on it that he cries until his human lets him sit on it so that he can sunbathe and watch the world go by. He adores other dogs, both tiny and huge, and going to the dog park when it is busy is his absolute favorite thing to do.... besides eat! Vicente loves fruit and vegetables and his foster mum has convinced him that apples, carrots and cauliflower are the highest value treats ever! Although he will eat pretty much anything he can get his mouth on given the chance (peanut butter, sweet potatoes, coconut oil, pizza crusts, flip flops 😉). At his core, Vicente is a ridiculously intelligent yet extremely goofy puppy, he makes us laugh every day, and has the best excited dance when he sees an ice cube (ice cubes are the world’s best dog toy according to Vicente).
Vicente is good walking in crowds, good on the beach, great as a running partner, and his recall is fantastic, but he gets spooked when there are few stimuli. For example, on a fairly busy beach he would be totally at ease and focused on his human, but a totally empty hiking trail with one single person appearing in the distance and heading towards him he could become distressed. Vicente needs calm and confident leadership otherwise he starts to get very anxious. He needs to know he is safe, his human has it totally covered, and he doesn't need to worry. Vicente almost certainly needs to continue working with a trainer as he has been doing in PV to combat his fear of strangers, and is probably not a good match for somebody wanting their first ever dog, but he will be the most incredibly rewarding new addition to a family provided they are willing to put the work in... because Vicente truly loves with his whole entire heart and is one of the most charming dogs we have had the privilege of knowing.
Adopted!! After story coming soon…
Gypsy (formerly Shakira): Adopted! March 19, 2019
It takes a village. Shakira had a home, but after killing one of the family’s chickens she was beaten, kicked out and left on the highway near Playa Gemelas to fend for herself. For several years, various individuals tried to capture her, but she remained elusive. A year and a half ago, Juan began leaving food & water for her. She wasn’t trusting enough to go to him, but she became comfortable with the area. Prior to the start of the rainy season, Juan built her a shelter. Thus, Shakira had the basic necessities, but as an intact female, she was still going through the cycle of heat followed by giving birth to puppies in the wild. We believe she had at least 2 litters and possibly many more while living in the hills above Mismaloya and likely most of those puppies did not survive. This time when she became pregnant, Juan and his sister Ofelia were desperate to save Shakira and stop the cycle. A new plan was devised with the help of a wildlife expert. A trap was set in the area where she had been fed and provided shelter all the previous months. It didn’t all go exactly as planned, but she did choose the location to go into labor. Although not in the trap, she had new puppies and was still in labor. It was the chance that Juan & Ofelia needed to finally get Shakira into care! She and her 8 puppies were carefully transported to the vets where she gave birth to 4 more puppies. For her size, Shakira should have had a litter in size from 4 to 7 puppies, so having 12 was a quite a shock. Juan & Ofelia had been in contact with PeaceAnimals (Free mobile spay & neuter clinic) to try and find help if they were able to catch Shakira. Gretchen Dewitt from PeaceAnimals reached out to Ted & Brischa from LADRA to see if they could help. LADRA reached out to MexPup and thus began the joint adventure with helping Shakira and her family. Shakira is doing amazingly well in care. One of the smallest puppies died shortly after being born and we are still extremely concerned about the health of a few of the puppies. Some of them have grown like weeds and others seem to be a bit premature which means a bit of extra attention and care. The puppies are now just over 3 weeks old and with each passing day we gain confidence that they will have the chance to grow into happy adult dogs, but we also know they are fragile puppies, so we aren’t getting too far ahead of ourselves. We hope that someday this lovely Mama and all 11 pups will be ready for adoption, but at the current time we are looking for support, positive energy & in about 5 weeks we will be hoping for a few local PV foster homes. If you can help with donations, you can do so from Canada by sending an e-transfer to Karen@mexpup.com, in PV by dropping donations at Sabuesos vet clinic with Dr. Paco or at Mascotas vet clinic with Dr. Manuel, or from anyplace else you can use our PayPal link found at www.mexpup.com. If you can help with providing a foster home in PV around mid-February, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. So many people and groups came together to make sure that Shakira and her pups have the chance at a safe and bright future and we want to give a HUGE thanks to everyone that played a role in making it happen. Yes, it takes a village! ADOPTED! After story coming soon...
Malcolm: Adopted December 3, 2018
He was born in the town of Boca de Tomatlan just south of PV. The mom had a family that loved her very much, but they just hadn’t thought about getting her spayed. The 9 puppies were born in their simple home, and they had few resources to care for them. Karla from Ayudamutt is always working in this town to help animals in need and this time was no exception. Donations were made for food and the puppies were dewormed. The family appreciated the support and promised to spay the mom at the next free spay & neuter clinic. At just 7 weeks old, the symptoms started to appear. Some of the puppies had parvo and those that survived the first illness were then faced with distemper. Although we did all that we could, only one survived. Lovely little Malcolm was clearly a fighter and he battled with all he had. Thankfully, he never showed any neurological symptoms and thus, doesn’t have a neurological tick like many others that beat this deadly disease. At about 8 months old, Malcolm weighed 14. 7 kilos. This very cuddly and affectionate boy loves to lay in bed and get belly rubs. He is a happy and social pup that does great with people and kids. Malcolm is always in a great mood and he is always happy to see you. He is a bit of a boisterous teenager right now and will push his limits, but he is very smart and listens well to correction. Malcolm is an energetic pup that gets along well with other dogs and loves to play. He is very attentive to cats, so would need work to join a family that has one. This survivor has made it against all odds and is now ready for adoption. We are thrilled that Malcolm will have the chance at a life that none of his siblings had.
Lexi: Adopted! July 21, 2018
Keely saw them running loose in the streets. 2 puppies darting through the traffic – not what you want to see while driving along. It took Keely a bit of time to get back to them and when she arrived there was only 1 remaining. She got out of the car and called to the pup. The little girl ran straight into her arms and that is how her new life began. Lexi was about 4-5 months old when rescued. She was well underweight but tested negative for all the really scary stuff. Lexi thrived in foster care. Here is how her foster mom describes her, “she is still a puppy and is basically a floppy, clumsy ball of love. She listens very well and is easily trained in the right environment.” Lexi has been in foster care with both dogs and cats, doing well with all of them. This puppy is incredibly loving and loyal. She is strong, yet gentle and really likes to please. We are so excited for her to meet her new family!
Norman: Adopted! May 29, 2018
Update April 29, 2018: He did it!!! Norman fought hard and won. He is now negative for distemper and ready to take on the world...or maybe just play with a stuffie. We are so excited for him and his future. Thanks to everyone that helped to make this possible. We appreciate all the love, energy and donations that were sent. Now he just needs to get his regular medical stuff in order so he can be ready for adoption. If you are looking for a little love bug with a huge heart and playful spirit, he might be just the match for you.
Paola and her mom had seen a small, skinny dog in their neighborhood. They noticed it had a blanket outside a home, so they started to give him food to help him gain weight. A few days passed, and they realized he wasn’t improving. They were also concerned that the home was on a busy street which put him at great risk of being hit by a vehicle. Paola approached the woman from the home and was advised that the pup wasn’t hers. He had been abandoned by his owners because he wasn’t a pug (insert angry & unkind language here). The woman was doing what she could to help him but warned that he would likely be poisoned as it had happened to other animals on her street before. Paola & her mom immediately decided to take him to the vets to try and help him. Norman seemed to be doing well and was loving life in a foster home, but he developed a cough & seemed off one day. Another trip to the vets and we got the worst news. Although he had tested negative for distemper when first taken into care, he was now positive. Distemper does have an incubation period and it seems that he must have been exposed to the disease just before rescue and that was the reason he originally tested negative. We immediately ordered the special serum that helps fight the disease and got him into quarantine. We are certainly hopeful that Norman will pull through, but he needs our help. Please send all the positive energy and prayers you can for this guy. He needs them. We are again asking for help with all the bills and special care he will need in these critical weeks. The good news for Norman is that he was already doing much better before getting sick and that will help him fight. He also got into vet care quickly and was started on the various supplements, medications and the serum to help him fight. The people that sold him as a pug let him down, the family that abandoned him because he wasn’t a pure-bred pug let him down, and all those that saw him on the street & did nothing let him down. We will do all we can to help Norman fight and we will not let him down. From Canada, you can donate via etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com. From Puerto Vallarta, you can donate directly at Sabuesos Vet Clinic with Dr. Paco or at Mascotas Vet Clinis with Dr. Manuel. From anywhere else, you can donate via our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com. Thank you for helping us to help Norman.
Murphie (formerly MIG): Adopted! January 20, 2018
They were born on the streets of a small puebla in Oaxaca. Life on the streets isn’t easy but thankfully, the mom & her 7 puppies were befriended by Amy. She already had 3 dogs (2 of them very large) in a small home, so taking them home wasn’t an option. She would feed them every day while looking for a solution to help this family in need. One-day tragedy struck. When she went to feed the family, she found the lifeless bodies of the mom and 3 of the puppies. They had been poisoned. She had no space, but immediately took in the remaining 4 puppies to keep them safe. She broadened her search for help and when MexPup agreed, she took the 16-hour drive one way to bring the pups to their foster home. Talk about dedication – Amy has it in spades. The puppies joined a foster home that already had a foster named Bene Buttons and thus, the puppies were named Falcon, MIG, Boeing and Cessna. Bene and the Jets were a big hit! MIG was one of the 3 males and in the middle of the pack based on size. He has a beautiful brindle coat and an epic beard (as a few people have pointed out when we walk him on the Malecon). At about 6 months old, he weighs 14.5 kilos and we expect him to grow into a solid, medium sized dog. MIG loves going for walks and does pretty well. He still pulls and really wants to follow his nose, so he will need a bit more work in that area. He does great with all the dogs in his foster home, but can be uncertain around new larger dogs. MIG needs time and patience with a proper introduction so he can gain confidence with larger dogs. He normally does great with dogs that are a similar size to him or smaller. MIG is very interested in cats and will chase. We don’t think he wants to hurt them, but would recommend a home without cats unless the new family is comfortable with the process of training to stop this behavior. MIG is a very happy guy who enjoys meeting new people when out and about. He can be a bit protective at home and tends to bark at visitors until he is assured that all is ok. MIG loves to cuddle, but does well sleeping in his crate at night. We think he would do great with a family that will include him on lots of adventures while continuing to work with him so he becomes a great adult dog. If you or someone you know is a match for this pup, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. We are excited for him to start the next part of his journey.
Bene Buttons: Adopted! December 6, 2017
She was less than five weeks old when she arrived at the acopio. The city shelter is a difficult place for any dog, but for an extremely young, sick puppy, it is so much worse. They did all they could for her and hoped, even expected for her to improve, but it wasn’t happening. She wasn’t necessarily getting worse, but she wasn’t developing like a puppy should and her issues weren’t diminishing. It seemed that she previously had distemper, as she had a neurological tick, but puppies that are just months old and in a poor physical state shouldn’t survive such a deadly disease. They cared for her, they waited, and they hoped for the best. After 2 months, the amazing group Friends of PV Animals realized that her only chance was to get to a vet clinic with more resources. They didn’t have the funds, but they rescued her anyway and hoped for the best. Her first days at the clinic were difficult, but after a week, they started to notice improvements. Friends of PV Animals contacted MexPup and asked if we might be able to take her into care. There was more hope for her future but she was going to have huge vet bills, and she would eventually need a foster home. Things continued to improve. Her digestive system was back on track, so her body was finally recovered enough to actually take in and process the nutrients she desperately needed. After 6 weeks at the vets, they said she was ready to go to a foster home. She arrived in her foster home a 5 month old pup that weighed just over 5 kilos, had rotten puppy teeth (likely both from the illnesses she battled & the medication given to help her live), and looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. She had a shocking resemblance to lovely Bella, a very special MexPup who passed away a few years ago. Bella was an older dog who had a very tough life prior to her rescue. She touched many lives throughout her time in foster care, once she was adopted by her foster family, and especially after her forever mom wrote & published a book about her. We had a mini Bella in our presence – a puppy that looked like a very senior dog. We decided to name her Bene Buttons with the hope that she would be like the character Benjamin in the movie, born old, but getting younger with each passing day. At this point, Bene was missing some teeth, so her tongue hung out of her mouth often. Both her tongue and her head would twitch when she slept and sometimes when she was awake. She was stable, as stable as a 5 month old distemper survivor with a neurological tick and serious digestive issues can be. We didn’t know what to expect, so the plan was simply love her, care for her, let her develop, and hope for the best. After almost 6 months in foster care, Bene has shown us all what it is to be a survivor. She is now about 11 months old and weighs a healthy 11 kilos. This lovely pup lost her rotten puppy teeth, but the majority of her adult teeth never grew in and the 5 that did are not in the best shape, so will likely need to be removed a few years down the road. Her neurological tick remains, but it has diminished slightly over the past months (it is most evident when she is tired). You might be thinking…oh poor pup, sad little Bene, heartbreak. Well, we are here to tell you that Bene thinks life is just GRAND. She has no idea that she is special or has some coordination problems. Bene is simply happy. She brings joy wherever she goes and spreads happiness to all who meet her. Bene loves going for walks, loves playing with other pups, loves meeting people, loves mini tennis balls, loves having a toy box, loves running with abandon, and simply loves each minute of each day. If you want to see pure happiness, I hope you get to see Bene running around the dog park greeting all and not realizing how special she is. In case it isn’t totally obvious, this pup has completely and fully stolen all of our hearts. Bene does well with cats and well with dogs that are playful & easy going (she can move a bit awkwardly, so she isn’t a perfect match for all dogs). It takes her quite a bit of time to drink water and to eat (she needs a raised bowl). She is food possessive, so would not be a match for a home with a food or toy possessive dog. She can hike, but needs to be on leash as her coordination can present challenges. Her off leash options need to be limited to areas with fencing. Bene is ready for adoption and even though we had no idea what her future held when we took her into care, we can now say that it is very bright. She could have some medical challenges in the future, we simply don’t know. We do know she is healthy now and that if you give her just the tiniest opening, she will burst through it and captivate you completely. Bene is in a Victoria foster home and is ready to find her forever home. If you or someone you know is a match for this special girl, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com and/or please share her album so that her home can be found. This adorable pup is ready to join a family. Please help us to make that happen.
Boots: Adopted! November 9, 2017
What would you do if you were on a curving highway with no shoulder and you saw a skinny dog on the side of the road? If you are a true animal rescuer, you find somewhere to pull over and you try to help. This is exactly what Lonna and her daughter Rae-anna did on their way home from San Sebastian one afternoon. They didn't have an exact plan, but as Lonna said, "We just couldn't leave him behind." This calm boy is about 3 years old and should weight about 20kg. Right now he is all bones and weighs only 13kg. He tested positive for tick born diseases and needs time to recover and gain weight. We have just met this sweet boy, but he has a very sweet personality, and does will with other dogs, a home without cats. Boots has a herding dog in him, and will need an experienced home that can help this boy continue to improve with his excitement nipping. Because of this excitement nipping, a home without young children is preferred. Hes mostly black, with white feet, his name is Boots. Please share Boot's story to help find him a family or donations towards his care. He has a long road ahead of him, but we will be sure his journey is filled with love and care.
Patch: Adopted! November 4, 2017
The haunting photos were sent out and a plea for help was made. Even though there was no space and even though there was no money, there was no way to unsee the images. They were stuck in our minds and so Brischa & Grace went to see what they would find in Colonia Las Bougainvilleas where the pups were living. 3 of the 5 dogs were there. The pictures didn’t lie. These pups were in dire need of help. The other two were presumed dead – they were the ones in the worse shape from the original photos and weren’t found. LADRA and MexPup agreed to take this on together. Neither group had the funds to take it on and neither group had any foster space. We were both already stretched to the brink, but after seeing a dog in this condition, you can’t walk away. Patch, Freya & Sunny were taken into care and although quite thin and in great need, their prognosis was ok. We then got the amazing phone call that the other two pups were found and they were still alive (although barely). Vinnie & Leo were picked up in extremely rough shape and it was touch & go for a while. The amazing news is that all 5 pups are thriving and 4 of them are ready to find their new homes. Patch is the white & black pup of the bunch and 1 of 3 males. He is about 9 to 10 months old and now weighs a healthy 18 kilos (he was 10 kgs at rescue). This handsome pup had done quite well since being taken into care. Patch is leash trained and really enjoys his walks. He is a moderate to high energy dog, so will need plenty of exercise (translation = excellent walking & hiking buddy). He has done great with all the dogs in his foster home and is inquisitive about new dogs he meets on walks. Patch is interested in cats, but leaves them alone if they stand their ground. He is still young and learning about life in a home as the majority of his life has been spent on the streets. Patch hasn’t shown any destructive behavior and we are working on his house training. We are confident this guy will do well with a new family that will help continuing his training so he can become a great adult dog. Patch’s ideal family would be an active home with previous dog experience. He isn’t a difficult dog, but does tend towards dominant behaviors, so we think an experienced family would be best for him. Patch is ready for adoption and has a potential flight to BC on October 7th. If you or someone you know would make a great match for Patch, please visit www.mexpup.com and complete the adoption application. This guy had a tough start to life and almost died of starvation. Now it’s his time to begin his next chapter…loved family member! Thanks to everyone that donated to help Patch and his siblings. We are grateful for all the support and so happy that this crew made it.
Caesar: Adopted! August 30, 2017
He was seen scavenging in the trash for a few weeks before she was able to coax him to her. He was skinny, covered in fleas & ticks, and was missing fur in a few spots. She took him to her home and fostered him until Ladra was able to take over his care. Caesar was one of the lucky ones as not all tiny dogs can survive on the streets for long. This approximately year-old Chihuahua mix weighs a whopping 2.5 kilos. He does fine with the dogs in his foster home, but he can get a bit anxious if they are barking or carrying on (so he hides). He doesn’t pay much attention to the cats in his foster home, but they could easily take him if he did (and it really doesn’t seem to be who he is). Caesar likes people once he gets to know them and prefers to watch from the sidelines when new people arrive. He is generally wary of men, and will pick his time & place make new friends. Caesar loves his crate and goes there whenever he feels uncertain. It is his safe spot (a great example of how crates can be a really positive place for dogs when used correctly). He also loves peanut butter and playing with feathers. Caesar does well on walks and even gets off leash time at the beach as he has great recall. From his foster mom “Caesar is an extremely special little dog. He needs somebody who understands him and his needs because he can be a little skittish at times, but once he trusts you, he’s very affectionate and such a lovely boy. He very rarely licks but he loves to come and lie in your lap or just sit next to you and roll on his back for tickles. He broke his right front leg just above the joint and it has healed a tiny bit crooked but the vet is confident it won’t be an ongoing problem – he just looks a little bit wonky but it’s all part of his charm! He get’s very attached to his ‘human’ and will bark and whine when he sees them leave or return, but he settles very well and is quiet in between and is not people possessive. He is a very happy dog that just wants to love and be loved.” As you can tell, his foster mom loves him very much, but she believes he is ready to find his forever family. If you or someone you know is looking for a pup just like Caesar, look no further and go directly to www.mexpup.com to complete an adoption application. Caesar is ready to travel and we’re hoping he will have a new family waiting to receive him.
Zorro (formerly Flame): Adopted! August 24, 2017
Claudia was out walking her pack when a security guard in the area approached her. He asked her if she was a vet since she had so many dogs. He was new to his work and had been told about a dog left on a roof that was hurt. No one was doing anything for the pup and he was really concerned. The other guards told him that the dog had either been stung by a scorpion or had eaten a snake or maybe had been hit by a car. They weren’t really sure what had happened, but as the dog did not move they had simply abandoned him on a roof. Claudia agreed to help, and he brought her the pup later that day in a box. There was no doubt that this pup was in bad shape, so she immediately got him to the vets so that he could get treatment. He was full of ticks & internal parasites, dehydrated with a high fever, extremely malnourished, had eye infections, and was so weak that he could barely move his head. His legs were so weak that he couldn’t stand. Flame was between 3 to 4 months old and only weighed 3.25 kilos. We believe he is a Belgian Malinois, so he was beyond underweight. His first days were spent with an IV to rehydrate him along with getting various medications for all his issues. Flame then moved into his foster home with Claudia, Enya & their pack. For the first few weeks in foster care, he joined the pack walks riding in a baby stroller. He was too weak to walk, but always wanted to be with his pack so Claudia made it happen (amazing foster mom!). As the days and weeks passed, Flame continued to get stronger and grow. His foster mom says that he is a very smart dog that learns fast. Flame loves playing with toys and the other dogs. He is great with children and has done well with the cats in his foster home. This pup had an incredibly difficult start to his life, but thanks to a kind man & a wonderful rescuer, he got a second chance and has never looked back. We are so excited for Flame to meet his new family and start his next chapter!
Penny (formerly Petunia): Adopted! August 3, 2017
We received an email asking for help. Petunia had been rescued and was in a foster home, but she had also been diagnosed with TVT. The treatments aren’t cheap and they needed help in order to get her the care she needed. A few emails were exchanged, Petunia became a MexPup, and then she went to see Dr. Manuel for a checkup and care. We got the phone call that we never want in these situations. The standard tests were done and Petunia tested positive for distemper. The good news is that she is an adult with a developed immune system, and the illness is still in the early stages. The bad news…well, it’s distemper and it doesn’t get much worse than that. We are going to do all we can to help this girl to fight. We will remain focused on the distemper for now and other treatments will wait until she is healthy enough to go through them. Please send a prayer, a thought, some energy or whatever positive thing to can to help her with her battle. Update: Petunia has survived and is healthy and ready for adoption. This sweet gal loves everybody and all dogs and kids. She is a goofy gal that loves her humans. Petunia is doing great in her foster home but its now her chance to find her forever family. Her family will need to be active and outdoorsy so she can experience all that her new life is meant to experience. Petunia loves children so a home with them would be great. Please consider adopting this sweet and loving gal.
Temo: Adopted! July 22, 2017
He was lying down on the street and wasn’t moving. He seemed disoriented, was dehydrated and extremely thin with lots of fleas and ticks. It was clear to Ruth that he was in trouble and needed urgent help. She didn’t wait to sort out a plan or figure out where he would stay, she simply scooped him up and got him to the vets. Thankfully, she saved him in time and we are grateful for that along with all the other times she has stepped in to care for an animal in need. Temo needed fluids and some basic care, but the vet was hopeful with his prognosis. A few months passed, Temo’s health continued to improve and although Ruth tried, no family came forward to claim him. Temo is about 5 to 6 years old and weighs about 20 kilos. He isn’t big, but a tradition thick English Bull dog. Temo does well with other animals, but he certainly likes to get most of the attention. He doesn’t pay attention to cats, so we think he would do fine even though he hasn’t lived with any. Temo is challenged by both fans and car windshield wipers. He doesn’t like either (when they are running), but we are working with him to control his behavior with these two triggers. This guy does well on a leash, but he is low to the ground and quite thick, so can be a puller when he wants to be. This calm guy is looking for a home that will keep him active, but not too active. Because his triggers, we think he would do best in an experienced dog home that will be able help him continue to improve in these areas. Temo is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. If you are interested in having him join your family, you can complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Neo: Adopted! May 6, 2017
He is just a small pup and he ended up at the acopio (local pound). Why was he there? We don’t actually know. What we knew was that he was blind, seemingly completely blind in one eye and almost fully in the other as well. At only 2-3 months old, his chances for survival in a shelter were low. He was so desperate for human contact and our hearts melted when we met him. Not surprisingly, we acknowledged that he needed help and that we were going to provide it. Fostering a blind puppy isn’t easy, but one foster home had experience and were ready to take him in. Then, we hit the first bump in the road. This little guy tested positive for parvo, which meant that he needed to remain at the vet clinic to get the care and treatments needed to save his life. Thankfully, another Mexpup named Dio had recently survived parvo, so he was able to donate blood to help little Neo with his battle. This little guy is a lover. He craves attention and is so happy when he gets it. Neo is doing well and continues his battle with this deadly disease. He is just a little guy and so deserves a chance at a real life. We told him we would be there for him no matter what. He is getting the best care available and we are hopeful that he will beat parvo just the way that Dio did. Please consider helping us with his vet bills. They will mount up over time and we need your help to take in dogs like Neo and others that have no other place to turn. You can send a donation from Canada via e-transfer to Karen@mexpup.com, in Puerto Vallarta you can make donations directly at Sabuesos with Dr. Paco or at Mascotas with Dr. Manuel, from everywhere else, you can use our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com. Neo isn’t alone. We tell him every day that he has a massive group of MexPuppers that will send him love and support. We remain very hopeful about his future.
Zulu: Adopted! April 1, 2017
He was living in the school yard. He was shy and uncertain about humans. He did great with all the dogs and was an older pup, but life on the streets is hard. Karla was able to catch him one day as he came into their garage – jackpot! Zulu is just under 1 year old and weighs about 15 kilos. He is a very sweet dog. According to his foster home, “he freaked out the first time I placed a leash on him. He is now fantastic” (gotta love foster homes and all the love & work they put into helping the dogs on their journey to a new life). Zulu gets along well with all the dogs in his foster home & he is fine with the cats. He will chase the cats but not aggressively. He loves his toys and is willing to share them. He does well with children and really great with adolescents. Zulu is just a big softy that goes with the flow. We think he will do well in most home settings, but he does need a yard, others dogs preferable, and an active family. He just wants a family that will love him and it’s exactly what we want for him. This lovely boy is ready for adoption.
Chester: Adopted! March 5, 2017
Chester was very sick. He was bleeding from his nose, reeked of infection and had a mass on his face, but he wasn’t receiving care. His owner wasn’t able to provide any. They went to Esme & Daniel asking if they could help him. This lovely family said yes to fostering and Chester became a MexPup. He needed chemo for the tumor and care. It took time, but all the hard work and love paid off! Chester was rid of the tumor (love those negative biopsies!) and he was given medical clearance. This lovely boy could now be adopted and have a great life. Chester is about 2 years old and weighs 17 kilos. This sweet dog is full of love. He does well with the other dogs in his foster home and is ok with the cats. Chester LOVES to run, so his recall when off leash isn’t great. He loves going for walks and exploring everything he can. He loves to play and is a social pup. Chester is a great pup that fought hard to get a second chance. Let’s find him the great home that he deserves.
Luna (formerly Stella): Adopted! February 25, 2017
Ted and Brischa, and the LADRA crew are constantly helping dogs in need. When they were driving home one day, they saw a skinny, young pup begging for food at a taco stand. The other thing that got their attention was that people were being unkind and trying to get the puppy to go away. When they stopped to help, the little dog, now named Stella was very willing to accept their offer of food and come home with them. Stella is a clever girl, and new a good thing when she saw it! Food, a car ride and loving people. What could be better?! Stella was very skinny upon rescue and was taken to the vet immediately. She had the usual infections found in street dogs, and was put on antibiotic treatment. Stella's main challenge was a urinary tract infection which caused some incontinence, but she has responded well to treatment for this issue. Stella quickly began to feel better and settle into her new foster home. She enjoys being with other dogs once she gets to know them, although she is still learning to monitor the amount of strength she uses when playing with other dogs, especially small ones. She is learning to walk on leash and is learning to trust that no one will ever be unkind to her again. Stella needs a strong but patient leader who is willing to continue guiding her and training her to be the best dog she can be. If you think you are this leader, please contact Mexpup, or share Stella's album to help her find the perfect family.
Pili: Adopted! February 22, 2017
Ruth saw two puppies on the road. They were only a few months old and were at risk of being run over. She knew they needed help, so she stopped, loaded them into her car, and got them to the vets. They were both full of fleas, ticks and had bloated stomachs (very common with puppies full of parasites). The bad news was that Pili also had parvo. Thankfully, she responded to treatment and after 2 weeks in care at the vets, she was able to go to her foster home. Ruth found a home for Pili’s sister and asked MexPup if we could help find a home for Pili. Ruth is always on the front lines taking in animals, getting them healthy and finding them homes. Helping her with Pili was the least we could do. Pili is about a year old and weighs 17 kilos. She is a bit shy around new people, but warms up once she feels confident. Pili has done well with the other dogs in her foster home. She is still a little nervous on walks, but continues to learn and improve. Pili loves cuddling with her people and thinks that sleeping in bed is something all dogs should experience. She is still just a puppy, so will need a family that will continue to work with her so she can become a great adult dog. We are so excited that Pili is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. We can’t wait to find her a loving family.
Pesos (formerly Balcon): Adopted! February 17, 2017
Colette received a call from one of the Colina Spay & Neuter clinic volunteers. She had found a dog on the streets who was scruffy, thin and scared. She asked all her neighbors if he belonged to anyone or if they knew who he was, and they all said no. She wasn’t allowed to keep him in her apartment, but got a concession to have him on her balcony until other arrangements could be made. She got him to the vets and once he was cleared from all the really bad stuff, he was moved to Colette’s to be fostered. Balcon is about 2 to 3 years old and weighs 10 kilos. He is a very good boys that really likes car rides. Balcon is quite smart, learning commands very quickly. He is unfazed by cats and dogs that he meets on walks. He enjoys playing, loves walks, and is a confident pup. He barks a bit when left home alone, but calms down quickly. Balcon is a well-balanced dog that is friendly and energetic. Balcon looks like a pure-bred schnauzer, but we can’t confirm that he is (and if he isn’t, he is certainly very close to one). This lovely guy is happy, healthy, and ready to find his forever home. If you would like him to be your newest family member, please complete an application which can be found at www.mexpup.com on the adoption process page, or simply help him by sharing his album so his new family can find him.
Luna (formerly Alma): Adopted! February 5, 2017
She was tied up in front of the Walmart. When Vicki first saw her, she figured her people were shopping and would be out to get her shortly. The next day when the pup was still there in the same spot, she knew there was a problem. She untied her and got her into care – yea Vicki! Alma is about 10 months old and weighs 20 kilos. She is a very loving and energetic puppy. Alma loves excitement and adventure, so we are still working on her recall. She loves all other dogs and just wants to play, play, play! Alma is a water-loving dog to a degree we’ve never seen before. She loves the beach, rivers, pools…anyplace she can get wet is a place she loves. Alma hasn’t tried to hurt cats, but she does like to chase them. The cats in her foster home were dog savvy, so it wasn’t a problem, but she could upset older cats that just want to be left alone. This sweet girl loves everyone she meets and is quite social. Alma didn’t have a great start, but she hasn’t let that impact her. She only wants a family to love and a place to call home. If you think Alma is a match for you, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. This adorable pup is ready for adoption and we would love for her to find her forever family.
Zoe (formerly Raquel): Adopted! January 28, 2017
If you own a dog, you likely take it to the park to play. Sometimes there are other dogs to play with, and sometimes there is another dog to help. Unfortunately, Raquel was abandoned at a park. Fortunately it was a park where lots of owners bring their dogs to play. When Hector saw Raquel alone, suffering from mange, covered in ticks, and very nervous, he knew he needed to help. Raquel is approximately 1 and a half years old and weighs 20kg. She is recovering well from mange and is also being treated for tick borne diseases. As she spends time in her foster home, her confidence is improving. Raquel enjoys being with other dogs and loves people. She is still nervous when hearing loud noises such as thunder and fireworks, but little by little she is learning that she is safe and will never be abandoned again. Please share Raquel's story to help her find her forever family. Adopted!
Cooms (formerly Kuma): Adopted! January 1, 2017
She had been living under a car with her puppies when Colette and Brischa heard about her. It seems that a child in the neighborhood was deathly afraid of dogs, and there were rumors that poison was going to be set out to deal with the problem. These wonderful animal advocates went to investigate, and after some time cajoling, chasing, bribing and lassoing they were able to capture the momma dog & her 2 pups. Brischa & Ted took one of the pups into foster while Colette took in the momma and the other pup. Her vet exam revealed the regular medical issues that most stray dogs have, but she also had an infection in her foot. After a bit of time and the proper medication, this sweet girl was good as new. Kuma is around 2 years old (some think closer to 1 while others say just over 2) and weighs 13.5 kilos. She is a very outgoing, happy pup. Kuma is quite confident, can be a bit strong willed, loves to play, and does well with other dogs. She can be snappy with other dogs as she is fearful. A handler that can help her with this is best. She can play a bit strong, so does best with other dogs that are playful. Kuma is currently in a foster home with a cat. She can be overly interested, but isn’t aggressive and a water bottle works well to remind her of her manners. If adopted into a home with a cat, we believe a tolerant feline would be best. Kuma loves going for walks, but can pull a bit on leash. She definitely believes that couches and beds are intended for humans and their pets, so don’t be surprised when you find her lounging about. Kuma needs a home that can help her with her fear and trust issues with humans. Shes timid and shy, so she must be allowed to approach on her own. Kuma is also very sweet and loves to give and receive love from her humans. This great pup is in a Victoria foster home and is looking for her forever home. Kuma is well trained in obedience, she just needs time to learn that not all things are scary. If you or anyone you know would make a great forever family for Kuma, please complete the adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com or send an email to Trysha@mexpup.com, our adoption coordinator.
Dickens (formerly Eden): Adopted! December 20, 2016
Tere was enjoying her day off along one of the rivers in PV when she saw him. He was so skinny, so filthy, covered in fleas & ticks, with crusted eyes, a mucus filled nose, dehydrated and barely able to walk. He simply had no energy, but still gave Tere a tail wag when she approached him. He was alone on the street and clearly hadn’t been cared for in longer than we care to imagine. This caring vet simply had to help him. Eden was rescued that day and his new life began. He thankfully tested negative for the worst diseases, but had extremely low platelets with an upper respiratory infection (possibly from Ehrlichia) in addition to being severely dehydrated and being blind in one eye (likely from a blow to his head at some point in the past). IV’s were inserted, along with medication and Eden got his chance. We don’t think he is more than 6 years old even though his body seems much older – those hard years with no care had simply taken their toll. He weighed 3.8 kilos when taken into care…even when at a healthy weight he will just be a little guy. We have promised him that the worst is behind him and that he is now part of the MexPup family that will help him no matter what the next days and weeks bring. Eden needed help and thanks to everyone, he is getting it. Please consider helping Eden and dogs like him by making a donation to MexPup (in Canada via etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, in Mexico via cash donations at Mascotas vet clinic with Dr. Manuel. or at Sabuesos vet clinic with Dr. Paco, or from anyplace else via our paypal link which can be found at www.mexpup.com). Together we continue to make a difference.
Asterix: Adopted! December 14, 2016
Cat rescuers and dog rescuers have much in common. They are compassionate individuals that want to help animals in need. When the women of Puro Gato found yet another pup dumped near the Red Cross in Puerto Vallarta, they did what amazing people do. They helped. It didn’t matter that their rescue is over full, the little guy was welcomed into his new foster home (along with 40+ cats). They made a few calls and within a couple of weeks a new foster home was found. Asterix is about 9 months old and weighs 4 kilos. He was quiet and shy when he first came into care, but has quickly warmed up to everyone. Asterix does great with all the dogs in his foster home (both large and small). He does like to playfully chase the cats in his foster home, but he lived with over 40 cats in a rescue and loves them (plus with his small size most cats just laugh at him). Asterix does great on a leash and enjoys going for walks. He is a playful pup that loves to run around, but he’s also a great snuggler, who can be a couch potato. He is a bit wary of new people, but warms up quickly and is quite sociable. When in the pack, he will bark with the other dogs, but when alone he is quiet. Asterix is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. We would sure love him to be in his new home for the holidays. If he sounds like a match for your family, please complete the adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
Romina: Adopted! December 11, 2016
She hung around a food cart. She was there every day hoping for kindness. She was clearly hungry and just trying to survive. The first-time Hector saw her he wasn’t sure she was homeless, but each time he went back she was still there. He knew she needed help and so he did what he does. He took her in, got her to the vets, and her new life began. She had matted fur, was malnourished and very dirty. Thankfully she didn’t have any of the really scary illnesses, so with some basic love, care and treatment she was well on her way. Romina is about 1 year old and weighs 12 kilos. This sweet girl can be shy when first meeting new people, but warms up once she knows all is ok. Romina did great with the 2 other dogs in her foster home and with the 3 cats also. She likes to play and go for walks, but also knows how to relax. Romina is a calm dog that does well with children. She has thrived in foster care and is ready for adoption. We are excited for her to begin the next stage and start her new life.
Riley (formerly Yogi): Adopted! December 3, 2016
He was on the malecon (boardwalk) and seemed out of place. He was alone, scared, timid and seemed disoriented. He had no clue about traffic, so the suspicion is that he was dumped there. He was only about 3.5 months old with ticks in his ears and no street skills – a terrible mix in a busy area with lots of traffic. Strange to say, but it was his lucky day as first Antonio spotted him and then Marcella went over to assist. They both knew he help. Others may have discarded him, but she took him in and made sure he got the care and attention he needed. Time passed and the puppy was happy, healthy and continuing to grow. Marcella had fostered and then adopted another MexPup named Mambo, so when she hadn’t found Yogi a home we offered to help. This sweet guy is about 8 months old and weighs 9 kilos. Yogi is a very friendly and social pup. He does great with the other dog in his foster home and loves meeting dogs when out on walks. When asked to describe her foster, Marcella said “He is an absolute delight to have around. He is adorable, energetic, loves almost everyone and just wants to please and be kind.” Clearly his foster mom thinks he is a great pup and we do too! We are grateful that Yogi was rescued and excited for him to start the next part of his journey…going to a forever family.
Lima: Adopted! December 3, 2016
Karla lives in Boca de Tomatlan and she is an active member of the community that is always working to improve the lives of animals. She organizes free spay & neuter clinics, talks with people about care & treatment of animals and rescues many that end up in the streets of her small town. It wasn’t surprising that when a group of children found a litter of abandoned puppies in a parking lot, they came running to Karla for help. She immediately took the 5 puppies into care and thanks to her efforts, they all had a chance to survive. Lima is now about 11months old and weighs 12 kilos. She is a sweet girl that does well with all the dogs in her foster home. Lima likes to bark at the cats, but does fine living with them. This friendly pup gets along with everyone she meets. Lima walks well on a leash, but can pull a bit when she wants to catch up with other dogs that she sees. She was saved by a group a kids that knew puppies were not just trash and took action. She was fostered by a loving family that values animals. She is a lovely dog that deserved a chance at a great life and a small community made that a possibility. We are excited that she is ready for adoption and will soon have a family to call her own.
Pirate: Adopted! November 23, 2016
He was running around the streets when Lupita found him. He was in pretty good shape and had a collar but no dog tag. She took him home and started the process of finding his family. She put posters up in the area, she posted him on various social media pages, and she walked him around town asking if anyone recognized him. As time passed, the hope that his family would be found diminished. We don’t know if he was lost or if he was abandoned, but weeks turned into months without anyone claiming him. 8 months have passed and it is time for Pirate to move forward and find a forever home. At about 1.5 years old, this little guy weighs about 6 kilos. Pirate does well with all the dogs in his foster home. He is better with male dogs and particularly likes big dogs. He loves to play with his 65 lb fur foster sibling that is a pitbull. Pirate also LOVES to play with the cat in his foster home (and the cat loves to play with him). He isn’t great on leash (is a puller), but must always be on leash as Pirate will chase after bicycles, motorcycles, cars, etc. He has already had a run in with a motorcycle that caused a leg fracture (he is fully healed), but we clearly don’t want a repeat of that! Pirate loves his people, but he can be particular even with his favorites. He doesn’t like being touched by people that he doesn’t know, especially his back or tail, and he doesn’t like being moved. Based on these challenges, we don’t think he is a match for a home with children. Pirate loves car rides, loves playing with toys and loves sleeping in bed with his foster mom. If you think Pirate is a match for your home, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. This lovely guy is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share his album and help us to find him a home.
Ojitos: Adopted! November 21, 2016
He was found on the streets with numerous abrasions on his belly. It almost looked like he had been dragged by his front legs (belly down) across cement. We really don’t know what happened, but it was clear that he needed help. Thankfully, Chuck & Claudia saw him and they did what they do…they made a difference. They took this lovely guy to the vets to get him treated and then into their home to help him heal. They are his saviors & his foster family. Ojitos is about 1-year-old and weighs 20 kilos. This sweet guy has done great with all the dogs (whether large or small) in his foster home. Oitos loves going for walks. He does well on the leash and knows how to heel, but is still a puppy and can become a puller when there is something that he wants to explore. Ojitos enjoys making friends when people come to visit. He may have been abandoned/injured by humans, but that doesn’t stop him from being a social guy. Ojitos is still just a puppy, so he will need continued training to help him become a great adult dog. He has lots of energy, so would do great in an active home, where he will get lots of exercise and opportunity to explore his new surroundings. This handsome, happy, healthy dog is ready for adoption! If you think Ojitos would make a great member of your family, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. We know those ears will bring lots of smiles to one lucky home.
Tinto: Adopted! November 12, 2016
They were born in an empty lot. Their mom was very attentive and kept the puppies safe, but an empty lot is no place for a litter of puppies. Barb & Louis saw them and knew they needed help. The first step was catching them and that proved to be quite a challenge. On the first attempt, 2 were rescued, but the next attempt came up empty. The 3rd saw two more come into care but the remaining 3 puppies were quite elusive. With help from a few LADRA volunteers, the final 3 were taken off the street and they were safe. In addition to rescuing the puppies, the mother was spayed. She has a family and they do care for her, so she continues to have a good life and will simply not have more puppies. Tinto is one of the male pups. At about 11 months old he weighs 20 kilos. He has similar coloring to most of his littermates – a reddish color – and longer fur like Oro, Mischka and Bernie. As he and his littermates didn’t meet humans until they were about 3 months old, they are all quite shy. Tinto is very timid when meeting new people, but is very happy to meet and play with dogs. He is slowly gaining confidence anstd is learning to trust humans, but that takes time. Tinto has never shown any aggression. He does best when he has time to get comfortable with people and gets to decide when to interact with them. We continue to work with him on positive reinforcement and it is going well. He now has a number of human friends and he is starting to seek people out. Tinto is a very sweet and gentle pup. He is great with dogs and also good with cats. Tinto will need a patient family that will help him continue to grow and become more comfortable with people and the outside world. We are excited for him to meet his family and start his new life.
Preciosa: Adopted! November 13, 2016
She lived on the streets, she got pregnant and she had pups. A mother with her puppies living on the streets is one of the saddest things we see. Someone said they would care for them, but only by leaving out water & food in their driveway. There was no shelter and no safety. When Lupita & Irina found out, they knew they had to find a solution. There wasn’t room and there weren’t resources, but Irina took them home anyway. She just couldn’t let another pup die without doing all she could to help. Preciosa and her 3 surviving pups were off the streets. It may have been too late for some of the pups, but the 3 survivors grew strong and healthy. Preciosa was a great mom and she did a wonderful job. Her pups were weened, vaccinated, operated and found new homes. Preciosa needed a bit more time in care to get healthy and ready for adoption. This lovely girl is about 3 years old and weighs 16 kilos. She has done well with the other dogs in her foster home and is quite playful. Preciosa also does well with cats. She isn’t the best on leash, but she continues to improve every day. Preciosa loves car rides, but she sometimes gets sick. She is a calm dog that enjoy her nap time as much as her walks. This friendly pup has been through so much and she was waited a long time to get her chance at a great life. We know that her family is out there, we just need your help to find them.
Dagmar (formerly Kira): Adopted! November 11, 2016
They were just a few months old and things weren’t going great. They had been abandoned at the side of the road where the trash is normally gathered. The sisters were hiding as they were afraid and on their own. Thankfully, Claudia saw them and she did what she always does…she helps. The first step was to go to the vets where the prognosis was ok – full of fleas, skinny and dehydrated. With some love, care and attention, Kira and her sister Ele thrived in their foster home. At about 8 months old, Kira weighs 20 kilos and has the reddish fur (compared to her sisters more tradition Shepard coloring). Kira does great with the other dogs in her foster home (even with the little tripod, she is very respectful and plays very gently with him). She is a bit insecure when not with her sister, but she is a very sweet and loving dog. Kira loves to jump into water puddles and can be very naughty and funny. She knows when you are watching her and waits until you turn around so she can grab a cloth, or a kid’s toy, or a shoe, walking slowly and silently away with her “prize”. She is simply a smart and mischievous puppy. Kira does great with children, cats and most everyone she meets (she is still uncertain of large men). She walks fine on a leash (will still occasionally pull) and is a friendly pup. We think she would thrive in an active home where she gets to take part in all the adventures, and with a family that will work with her to become the best adult dog she can be. Kira is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. If you think she should be your newest family member, please complete an application at www.mexpup.com.