Hoping for Homes - Dogs currently available for adoption.
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Freud: in a Victoria foster & looking for a forever family
Local artist and businesswoman, Pat Gawle, referred a dog to MexPup. A fellow artist of Pat’s from El Tuito rescued a badly injured dog in early January. Froylan is a Mexican potter who lives and works in El Tuito. He came across the young male dog on the street badly injured from what was evidently a stoning or beating. Froylan said he has seen many injured dogs in his life, but none like this. He could not leave the pup on the street. Froylan brought the dog back to his live-in studio and took care of him, but he needed help with food and supply expenses and he certainly could not afford veterinary care. Through Pat, MexPup became involved and in mid-January Brian and Mona drove out on a rescue mission to El Tuito. When they first saw the dog, which they have named Freud, most of the wounds had healed but left numerous scars all over the dog’s body. Freud also had a severely injured back leg that he dragged along when he walked. On initial assessment by the vets in PV, it was determined that Freud has a severely dislocated back right hip. The injury appears to have happened some time ago as his leg has stiffened from misuse making it difficult for him to lay down and get up. To complicate matters, Freud’s bloodwork indicated that he had Anaplasma, a tick borne-disease that left him anemic and with a low platelet count. He would not be a candidate for surgery until his bloodwork improved. Freud is currently being fostered in PV at Brian and Mona’s and he is doing excellent. He is on antibiotics for the Anaplasma, his wounds have healed, and the scarring will not be as bad as initially thought. Moreover, we are optimistic about his leg and he is now booked for surgery on February 11. Pat and another artist, Kathryn (ColorPod), paid for all of Freud’s initial vet visits and we thank them for that, but Freud’s surgery will cost $4,000 pesos (about $330 CAN). Please make a donation for Freud’s care so we can ensure that this wonderful dog has a healthy and happy future.
Zoom: in a Victoria foster & looking for a home
A pregnant dog was found in the middle of the highway. She had a family, but once she was pregnant they decided they no longer wanted her. Their solution, put her on the road and let what will be, be. Seriously, you don’t take responsibility for your pet, you don’t get her spayed, and then you blame her when she gets pregnant – UGH! It’s a story we hear too often, but it still makes us angry….and that part will never change. We are grateful that someone came along, scooped her up and got her into care. A week or so later, she went into labor and 8 puppies were born. 2 of them died that same day, but the other 6 had a doting mother and a kind foster home where they could grow up to be strong, healthy, happy pups. The mom and one of the puppies have already found homes, and we were asked to help with the remaining puppies. Zoom is about 8 months old and weighs 4 kg. He is a medium energy puppy that loves to play, but can also relax quietly. Zoom isn’t the leader of the group, he is more of a follower (never the first to bark, but will join the others). His foster family describes him as “a very sweet and independent dog, the smartest”. Zoom is a very good listener that loves to cuddle but doesn’t demand attention. This sweet guy loves to play with other dogs, loves to chase flies and he snores, loudly. Zoom is still a puppy and will need training to help him learn how to be a great dog. He is ready to find his family……are you ready for a little Zoom in your life?
Valentina:in a PV foster & hoping for a loving home
He opened the front door and told the dog to take itself on a walk. This wasn’t the first time this happened as her family never walked with her, they just sent her out on her own. The change came when she returned a bit of time later. The front door was closed and even though he was inside, he wasn’t opening the door for her. She laid there the first night wondering when she would be let inside not realizing that the answer at this door was never again. After 2 nights, Patty & Todd realized that something was out of sorts. This lovely female was on the street, laying in front of her home, occasionally crying and although the people came & went, her location on the outside remained the same. They spoke to some neighbors and found out that the man decided he no longer wanted this dog and simply pushed her out the front door…..insert choice words here. It was easy to know what would happen to an unspayed female - none of it was pretty, so they picked her up and her new life began. Valentina is about 6 years old and weighs about 24 kgs. This older girl is most often calm and prefers to lie under tables – still cautious but she is gaining confidence. Valentina loves to play with medium and small dogs….wresting, chasing and just having a good time! She loves to go for walks and we are using a gentle leader to help work on her pulling. Valentina is still a bit reactive to other dogs when walking on a leash, but she continues to improve and we are confident that with time and the right family, she will learn to fully trust again. This lovely girl deserves a nice life with a new family that deserves her too.
Nicholas: in a PV foster, has special needs & hoping for a home
On Christmas day Laura and Licerine were visiting the cemetery in San Juan. They noticed a dog wondering between the graves searching for food. He was in such a bad condition, extremely skinny and physically emotionally exhausted. They attempted to approach him but he got scared and ran away. When they left the cemetery, he was there outside and again they tried to approach him. They showed him we were with other dogs and he did not need to be afraid. He decided to trust them and they were able to put a leash around him. He did not want to walk as he had no energy so he let them carry him the 15 minute walk home. He curled up in a little ball in Licerine's arms and started to relax. He was rescued just in time, another day or so and this would have been a different story. We were thinking of what to call him and it seemed appropriate to call him Nicholas as it was Christmas day. Nicholas is a very sweet boy. This approximately 2 year old pup weighed 10 kilos when rescued. He is nervous but slowly starting to trust. He has obviously lived in a house before as he asks to go outside to the toilet and walks well on the leash. In the morning he likes to stretch his long legs and makes these very cute noises. He is going to be a very handsome boy when he is healthy and will be a very loyal and loving pet.
Finn: in a Victoria foster & looking for a loving family
Angeles knows most of her neighbors. One day she saw a man named Peanut, the local neighborhood drunk, walking around with a small pup about 4-5 weeks old. The pup was very skinny with a large belly (parasite belly) and was covered in ticks. Angeles asked him about the pup and Peanut explained that the dog was his. He was going to care for it and then breed it. She told him she thought he would have a hard time doing what he wanted as the puppy would need lots of care and he replied that he would take great care of him. She explained there would be costs associated with taking him to the vet and went on to tell him that she was part of a group of volunteers that helped street dogs by getting them healthy and finding them great homes. She continued to educate him about dogs and eventually, he admitted that he didn’t really have a home, nor money to pay for food, and he agreed that she should take the pup. The next stop for Finn was the vets and boy did he need it. This sweet guy got a bath (no more ticks or fleas), got tested for the scary illnesses (no moquillo or parvo – yea!), and had blood work done (positive for ehrlichia and very anemic). He went home with Angeles to a life where food, shelter, care and love would always be available. Finn is now 19 months old and weighing 58 pounds and is ready to find his forever family. He is a loving, active and playful pup. This guy has energy to burn and would do great with an active family (left to his own devices/boredom, chewing is a favorite pastime). Finn is learning leash skills nicely, and is house trained. He was fostered with dogs (he loves to play with the ones he knows) and cats (he likes to chase them as he wants to play….they aren’t so interested in playing with him). Finn has a fear of new people and dogs and takes some time to trust. Going slow with this guy is key. Finn has some behavioral challenges that his foster mom is working with him on. We know that Finn will be a great addition to one fun, active, loving family…will it be yours?
Rose: in care in PV, looking for a foster or forever family
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 foster home or forever home for her. Can you find it in your heart to help Rose?
Peter: in vets care hoping for support & a loving family
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? Can you make a donation towards his medical care? We can only help dogs like Peter because you care and you donate. Please visit www.mexpup.com where you can find a link to our PayPal account or if you’re in Puerto Vallarta, please visit Dr. Peña at Mascotas vet clinic and make a donation directly to Peter’s bill…..thank you for helping us to help him.
Osito Polar: in a Victoria foster & looking for a loving family
There is a wonderful organization called PEACE Animals that runs the free spay & neuter clinics throughout Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding communities. During one clinic a couple arrived asking to euthanize one pup. The paws of this puppy were deformed and the owners had come to the decision that he should be put down. The staff at the clinic didn’t want to comply with the request and asked the owners if they would surrender the dog. The couple agreed and so began the process of helping Osito Polar. Angeles returned to the clinic to pick up another rescue dog that had been neutered that day when she was asked if she could help. She agreed to foster the dog and MexPup took on the responsibility for the medical care and finding this special needs pup a good home. Osito was only 2.5 kilos when he was rescued (late March 2013). He got his name from his unique paws and the way he walked (sort of like a polar bear on ice). He was very weak, very anemic and suffering from ehrlichia. His physical deformities indicated that he might have additional challenges causing his recovery to take longer than what we normally experience. The good news is that with time and care he did begin to heal and became a happy, playful, devilish puppy who didn't realize that he ran or walked different than any other. We are still not certain what medical challenges he could face in the future but that doesn't diminish our commitment to him. Osito was fostered with Canito (now Bello) and they were simply a pair of playful pups who loved exploring, playing and doing was puppies do best…..looking adorable. Now that Canito has found his new home, we very much want Osito to get the same opportunity. He is approximately 7-8 months old and weighs about 10 kilos. This sweet boy has been in a foster home with dogs and cats. He loves to play with dogs and gets along well with all of them, but he can pester the cats. Osito needs a home with lots of love and attention as we expect that his deformed paws might indicate other challenges in his future. He is still a puppy and needs help with training (bored puppies can tend to chew and this guy is no exception), but we know that with a solid home he will become a great family member. We are so thankful that the PEACE Animals vet saved him. Now we need a family that will continue to provide for this lovable, sweet boy.
UPDATE - Oso has been seen by a vet in Canada and we have confirmation that he has club foot. He is mobile and happy and the vet is confident that he can have a great quality of life.
Chocolata: in a PV foster & hoping for a family of her own
Chocolate was a street dog that befriended some security guys in a Vallarta neighborhood. They had been feeding her, giving her water, and she had started to follow them during security rounds. On September 1st, she was hit by a car. This poor girl sustained injuries to both her back legs (fracture of one femoral head and in both paws). The security guys didn’t have the ability to provide care for Chocolata, but wanted the best for her. Monica lives in the neighborhood, found out what happened, and started to look for help. The group “Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals” that works with the PV acopio (which is now a no-kill facility because of the work that they do – YEA!!!) agreed to help. They started to raise money and supported Monica in fostering her. At the same time, a number of other critical animals came into the acopio and they also ran into some operational challenges. They were in a tough spot and needed all the help they could find. MexPup heard about the challenges they were facing and decided we (the MexPup community) could help. By taking on the most expensive pup they had in care, it would allow all the money being donated to go towards the other 70+ animals they had in care and the operational challenges they had (loss of the government provided cleaning person). That is how Chocolata became a MexPup. This lovely pup is approximately 1 year old. She is a very friendly girl that does well with other dogs (there are 3 foster puppies in her foster home). We have been given a good prognosis for her recovery by the orthopedic vet and so are very hopeful for her future. The reality is that we need your help. Her surgery & recovery will be costly, but we believe that Chocolata deserves a second chance for a wonderful life with a loving family and a home. Please consider making a donation to MexPup to help us cover all the cost for Chocolata’s care. We need your help to continue to make a difference for those that need our help.
Rufus: in a PV foster & looking for a loving home close by (warm climate)
Ruth was in Bucerias, driving home from work when she saw a dog in the middle of the street. Cars were simply driving around him. She couldn’t leave him there, so she picked him up and the rescue began. He had mange, a nasty case of lice and his back left leg was just hanging. There was no muscle left in the leg at all as it was an old injury (dislocated hip). He had likely been run over or fallen from a roof, and his muscles had wasted away through lack of use. He was emaciated and his first few days all he could manage was sleeping and eating. After his first vet checkup, he was started on medication for ehrlichia. With time and care, he started to gain some weight and he soon brightened up. Ruth continues to foster him and he does great putting up with the furry youngsters Tamsin and Dexter! Rufus is approximately 12 years old and now weighs a healthy 24 kilos. He is very friendly with people and other dogs, but will defend himself if pushed (although he has no front teeth so is of little harm to any dog that provokes him). He spends most of the day sleeping, but does enjoy his early morning and evening walks. He has a dislocated hip and although he didn't put any weight on the leg when he was rescued, he now uses it and even runs on their morning outings; the vet said to allow him to do as much as he wants to. He eats well and then sleeps all day, only getting up to meet and greet his foster mom when she arrives home from work. Rufus is very obedient and he always comes when called. He loves to walk close behind and will nudge your hand with his nose for some affection. Due to his age and his physical challenges (primarily arthritis), we believe he will do best living in Mexico where the climate won’t provide additional challenges to his joints. He met Ruth just when he needed to and now it’s time for Rufus to find his forever home here in Banderas Bay, let’s help him find his way there.
Betty: in PV & looking for a home or long-term foster
Brian was out for a walk with his pack when he saw a dog that seemed to be hungry and followed them from a distance. He sat down on the sidewalk with his dogs and gave her a chance to come to them. Although she remained very curious and interested, she would not come within 20 meters. Rather than return home, he walked further to see if she was going to follow. She did but again never came closer than 20 meters. They returned home and she followed. An hour later he went out to see if she was in the area and she was laying by the door. He brought her water and food which she quickly ate. He was reluctant to rescue her because they had a house full of dogs including one with distemper who was not doing well. Several hours later he needed to go to the pharmacy to get some gatorade for the sick pup and she was still outside the door, but would not let him get near her. She followed him 3 blocks to the pharmacy (this time 10 meters behind him) and he tried to ignore her. She waited outside the door of the pharmacy until he left at which time he again ignored her and walked home. He came into the house and gave the sick pup the fluids, then looked out the front door. The old girl was now laying on the sidewalk outside their front door. He invited her into the front yard and she immediately came in and that is when Betty agreed to be rescued. She allowed him to examine her and discovered what seemed like a thousand plus ticks all over her body as well as an old fracture of her right rear leg which gave her difficulty walking around the block. In addition, she had an eye infection and cataracts. Brian started with chore of getting her cleaned up and comfortable. Betty seemed most grateful for the care and attention. The vet exam revealed that Betty had an old fracture that was never treated, an eye infection, cataracts, tick-borne diseases of Anaplasma and Erlichea, and was determined to be about 11 years old weighing about 30 kilos. Her teeth were almost completely worn out and the vet thought she may have had a previous owner that abandoned her because of her illnesses. They returned home and started her treatments. Betty is perfectly house trained and has never had an accident in the home or even the courtyard. In fact, Brian would take her out for a walk every 5 hours and she would relieve herself within a half block and she would not walk further but instead would lay down on the street until he relented and walked her back to their house. Betty is an old dog and not a good candidate for adoption (we hate saying this, but we know it is true) which means that we will need your help providing for her. Please consider contributing to our paypal link at www.mexpup.com as that is the only way we can continue to help dogs like her. Betty is good with other dogs and cats. Her eye infection has improved, her nourishment has improved, she is part way through her tick-borne disease treatment, and she is simply a lovely, old dog. She would make a perfect companion for someone who does not want an energetic, demanding dog and will be satisfied with a relatively short relationship with this appreciative senior dog that has a lovely disposition. We would like to find a local home in PV or a family that drives to/from Mexico as we don’t think putting Betty on a flight would be best for her. If you would like to adopt Betty or would consider fostering her long-term, please contact email@example.com. This senior girl deserves a nice, easy, comfortable life and we are committed to making sure she gets just that!
Exxon: in a PV foster & looking for a loving home
What do you do when you see a dog in need but have no way to pick him up because your car is beyond packed with stuff? Well, if you're Carmen & Claudia, you quickly drive over to your close friends’ home and ask them to join in the rescue. They had seen a dog in bad shape and knew he needed help. When they got back to the location, someone was just about to kick him.....enter dog rescuers (imagine the moment in the comic book when the super hero arrives) who scoop him up and whisk him away to safety. It wasn't until Todd picked him up that they realized he was completely covered in motor oil.....seriously. Exxon is about 10 months old and weighs about 16 kilos. He is currently in care at the vet’s office and we are hoping to find someone in PV that can foster him. Please consider helping.....whether in PV or BC. We need more foster homes in BC, foster homes in PV and volunteers to help with airport pick-ups in BC. It’s the participation of people like you that allows us to send dogs that are healthy and ready for adoption to forever homes. Sending these dogs opens up PV foster homes to allow us to help more dogs. It's all connected and if you want to help, there’s a place for you in the chain. Exxon and MexPup need your help.....please consider volunteering (BC – email Susan@mexpup.com and PV – email Patty@mexpup.com), please consider donating (paypal at www.mexpup.com), please consider helping so that there are funds and space for dogs like Exxon. He is a friendly guy that deserves better. He is now safe, but we need your help to get him the rest of his happily ever after.
Luna: application received, please check back
Lisette and her daughters Alexa and Valeria were coming home from school one day. They stopped in at their dad's office for a visit and saw a cute little cocker spaniel running scared on the streets. She was dirty, full of ticks, tired and disorientated. It didn't take the dog long to realize that these were kind people and she approached them. They took the dog, now named Luna, gave her a bath, food and some much deserved love and attention. Luna is a 2 year old, 13kg bundle of sweetness. She is great with kids, great with other dogs, loves to play and enjoys every minute of her new life. Please share Luna's album to help find her the perfect family. She deserves it!
Soruya: application received, please check back
Soruya had a family, but they didn’t have time for her. They left her outside of their home and didn’t provide for her basic needs. Thankfully, Quetzali noticed the small dog in her neighborhood and realized that she needed help. She spoke with the owners and after explaining her concerns, they agreed to surrender the pup. Sometimes people simply don’t realize what they are doing isn’t acceptable and a conversation can make all the different. Soruya was very dirty, covered in ticks and had a skin infection when taken into care. The first order of business was to get this little one healthy. Soruya is about 1.5 years old and weighs 5.5 kilos. She is a happy, playful pup that does well with other dogs. She is interested in chasing cats, but isn’t aggressive with them. Soruya is a sweet girl that enjoys a good cuddle and nice belly rub (who doesn’t). She is still a puppy, so will need training and guidance to be the best dog that she can be. Soruya does great with children, loves people and would simply like to find a home where she is part of the family and not cast aside. We are confident that we will find a great match for her. Please share her album so that she can hopefully be home for the holidays!
Sookie: application received, please check back
Carmen & Claudia got an urgent phone call from their friend Pini. Some children in Nogalito had told her about a critical situation and they were looking for help. A stray female dog had recently given birth to 9 puppies and they were living along the river. It was rainy season and one morning the kids realized that 4 of the puppies had been swept away by the current. They were just kids and couldn’t take the dogs in, but they knew enough and cared enough to try and find help. It isn’t easy taking in a momma dog and her 5 puppies, but Carmen & Claudia knew they were the only chance these little ones had. They had never fostered a momma & her litter and weren’t sure how their 2 dogs would adjust or where they would put them…….but they knew they needed help, so they found a way to make it work and took River and her puppies out of harms way. That’s what we love about animal rescuers – they put themselves out there, they make sacrifices, they save lives. Sookie is one of three females in the litter. They were born in late August and at about 3.5 months old, Sookie weighed just over 8.5 kilos. She is a very affectionate dog that loves to cuddle on the couch and give kisses. Sookie is very trainable and also food motivated. She has a medium to high energy level, so we think she would do great with an active family. This girl can play for hours, but when she is tired she knows how to relax, take long naps and cuddle. Sookie had both dogs and cats in her foster home and did well with both (although she sometimes wanted to play with the cats and they were not of the same mindset). At times, she can be a strong willed pup, so will need guidance and direction, a person that will lead her and help her grow up to be the best dog she can be. We expect her to be a medium sized adult dog (her mom weighs about 16 kilos but we have no idea who the dad was). Sookie is lovely, playful, healthy, sweet and looking for a home. Do you know anyone looking to adopt? Please share her album so can so go home for the holidays.
Nena: application received, please check back
Sad sight at PEACE Pitillal clinic: After dropping off their pets and lunches, Anais and her husband returned about 10 minutes later with a dog they had just found on the street rooting through trash for something to eat. After seeing her, the vets immediately said they couldn´t spay her because of her emaciated condition. Gretchen gave her some kibble, but she only ate half a cup. This trusting and gentle dog - part Pit Bull - has a beautiful face and someone may have loved her once upon a time. She twisted a tick off of her neck and the pup immediately started to bleed. Gretchen couldn´t think of a solution for her, as all the refuges and rescue organizations were full, there were no foster homes available, and she was to leave Mexico for a month. She thought the sweet girl would stay by the gate while she registered a pet, but when she looked back, she was gone. When Gretchen arrived home, she felt overcome with sadness. She was not sure why. She has seen and continues to see so many dogs that look like this one. Maybe it was because of the way she looked at her as she petted and talked to her. So she drove back to Pitillal to try to find this sweet and starving dog who was destined to die if not rescued. She couldn´t find her. When she returned home a second time, she sent out an SOS to about a dozen animal rescue sites on FB. She received a response twenty minutes later from Magdalena, who had noticed this dog in back of the church in Pitillal. After boarding the bus, Magdalena got off the bus she had been one block later and returned for the dog. She called Angelica of AngeliCAT for a ride home and then saw the photo Gretchen had posted on a dozen animal rescue sites. The dog was taken to Dr. Peña´s the next morning, where she tested negative for parvo and distemper, but was diagnosed with non-contagious mange and a low blood platelet count. Thankfully, Magdalena & her family offered to foster and then Soraya’s family stepped in to help. Now Karyn & Jim are fostering Nena and they simply can’t say enough great things about her. Nena is about 1.5 years old and weighs 16 kilos. She is a very sweet and grateful dog. Nena is perfect with dogs, people, and does fine with cats. She is very loving and very lovable. Nena is thriving in her foster home and will soon be ready to find a family of her own. We think she will do well in most any environment as she is extremely smart, highly trainable and just an all-around great dog. Nena had a hard life, but that has all changed now. She now has a safe place where she gets all the love, care and attention she needs…….now the only thing missing is a family and a home to call her own.
Here a video about Nena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWkhvSEZ7MI&feature=youtu.be
Negro Junior: application received, please check back
Connie is always helping dogs in need. She regularly provides food and water to a pack of smart, cautious street dogs (the FluviDogs), so after one of the dogs had a litter of puppies she was again there to help. The momma dog had disappeared for a number of weeks and then one day reappeared along with 4 puppies that were about 8 weeks old. Connie tried to capture all of them, but one got away and was never seen again. Even though they were born on the street, the puppies were in pretty good shape (likely due to the fact that Connie always put out food & water for the pack). One of the pups was lucky enough to get adopted quickly to a great home and Connie asked MexPup to help with the other two. Negro Jr. is about 9 months old and weighs 17 kilos. He is a smart, cautious pup who wants to please. Junior loves other dogs and thinks that playing should be the main activity of most days. This sweet guy wants to see everything that is going on, but he does so from a distance. Once he knows you, he is very loving, but Junior likes to get to know you a bit before he will trust you. Junior is still a puppy, so he will need a family that will work with him to help him be the best new family member possible. We think Junior would do best in an active home with a calm energy. This lovely guy is healthy, happy and ready for adoption…..please share his album so that one lucky family will realize that there newest member is right here waiting for them.
Abbey (formerly Jade): Adopted! December 14, 2014
One morning, Dr. Peña arrived in his clinic and found 2 people waiting. He took the first owner and their cat back into the office for the consultation and the other remained in the front room with their 2 puppies that they had brought to the office in a box. The woman said she was just leaving for a moment to get something and would return for her visit with the vet. She left the 2 puppies in the box on a chair and departed……she didn’t return that day, or the next. It didn’t take long to determine she was never returning. Thankfully, she abandoned the 2 puppies with a wonderful vet who is a very compassionate man. They took the puppies into care, gave them all the treatments they needed and then began the process to trying to find them homes. That’s where Mexpup comes in….. Dr. Peña is always there to help us, so we always try to be there for him. Jade is about 8 months old and weighs 15 kilos. She is a sweet girl who loves to cuddle. Jade loves meeting & playing with other dogs and she does fine with cats too. This lovely girl would do great in most any home as she is such an easy going pup. She is ready for adoption and we are excited for her to join a family. Please help by sharing her album so the perfect home can be found for her.
Decker: Adopted! December 10, 2014
Carmen & Claudia got an urgent phone call from their friend Pini. Some children in Nogalito had told her about a critical situation and they were looking for help. A stray female dog had recently given birth to 9 puppies and they were living along the river. It was rainy season and one morning the kids realized that 4 of the puppies had been swept away by the current. They were just kids and couldn’t take the dogs in, but they knew enough and cared enough to try and find help. It isn’t easy taking in a momma dog and her 5 remaining puppies, but Carmen & Claudia knew they were the only chance these little ones had. They had never fostered a momma & her litter and weren’t sure how their 2 dogs would adjust or where they would put them…….but they knew they needed help, so they found a way to make it work and took River and her puppies out of harms way. That’s what we love about animal rescuers – they put themselves out there, they make sacrifices, they save lives. Decker is one of two males in the litter. They were born in late August and at about 2.5 months old, Decker weighed just under 6 kilos. He is a very sweet pup that loves to run, chew on the ears of his siblings and dig in the gravel area of the yard where they spend their outdoor time. Decker has already learned how to sit and is very trainable. He is the calmest of the litter and he loves to cuddle. This loveable guy has a very thick, fluffy coat, so we’re not really sure what he will look like when he grows up. We expect he will be a medium to large adult dog, and we’re very excited that he will soon be ready to join his family. Decker is happy, healthy, playful, funny, affection and looking for a home. Do you know anyone looking to adopt? Please share his album so can so go home.
Gaston: Adopted! December 7, 2014
Gretchen is an animal advocate and a board member of Peace Animals, the wonderful group that running the free mobile spay/neuter clinics in and around the Puerto Vallarta area. She is always trying to help animals in need, so when she saw a small dog scavenging for food in her neighborhood, it wasn’t a surprise that she tried to help. He was skinny, but too nervous and scared to let her close. Not one to give up, she continued her efforts and after a few weeks, she was finally able to catch him. His first stop was to the vets where he tested negative for all the really scary issues. From there, he went with Ted & Brischa’s to begin the healing process. Gaston is about 2 years old and weighs about 9 kilos. This sweet boy loves dogs (big and small) and all laps (adult or child). Gaston is a cuddly guy who believes that belly rubs should be given freely and regularly. This guy is gentle, kind and loving. According to his foster home “he is a great house dog with a real sweet disposition and manner about him”. Gaston is ready for adoption, so please help us by sharing his album and letting everyone know he is looking for a family to join.
River (formerly Barbara Streisand): Adopted! November 27, 2014
A small puppy was livingin the streets. At about 2 months old, her chances for survival were minimal. Vicki had seen her and wanted to help, but she wasn’t able to take the pup in. Mona heard the plea for help and does what Mona & Brian do…….take action and make a difference. The pup was taken to the vets for care & attention, she was in desperate need of both. It took a few weeks, but this little girl started to recover and she has never looked back. Barbara Streisand is about 7 months old and she weighs 15 kilos. She is a spark plug that loves to play with other dogs and if there’s no one that wants to join in, she will just play by herself. When you watch her tearing around the yard having a solo play date it is impossible to stop smiling. Barbara is a really smart girl who can be a bit strong willed. She loves nothing more than a car ride where she can have her head out the window and simply take in all there is to see and smell. This energetic pup loves to be out and about so we think she would do best in an active family. Barbara loves people, other dogs and she doesn’t seem to care much about cats, although we’re certain if given the opportunity she would play with any cat that would play with her….she’s a giver that way. This pup is still learning her manners, so we don’t think she would be a match for a home with small children. We’re not sure what mix of breeds she is, but we do know one thing for certain – she is 100% water dog. Barbara loves the ocean and jumped in before we had a chance to stop her. When it’s raining, she loves to run in the yard and race through the rain. We don’t know where this love of hers comes from, but if there’s water you can expect to find her in it. Barbara is healthy, happy and ready for adoption. Please share her story and help us to find a wonderful home where she can become a member of the family.
Beya: Adopted! November 16, 2014
The acopio (pound) is a tough place for any dog, but it is especially challenging for puppies and sick dogs……so many animals, so few resources, limited care & lots of risk. When Jenni saw one little pup there with severe mange, she knew that at only 5-6 months old her chances of surviving in the acopio were slim. She decided to pull her and try to get her the care & attention she needed. The first stop was with the vet to confirm the diagnosis of non-contagious mange and to see what other issues there might be. Thankfully, Beya tested negative for all the real scary stuff and her treatment for everything else began. It was a tough road for this girl as her mange was quite stubborn, but with time, attention and patience she began to respond and now this girl is ready for a home to call her own. Beya is about 1 year old and weighs about 20 kilos. She is a very friendly girl that loves her people but can be a bit cautious with men she doesn’t know. She is well socialized with other dogs and loves to play with abandon. Beya is a big fan of grass and of running……find a place with both and she is in heaven. This girl loves attention, scratches, pets, belly rubs, you name it……..if it includes giving her love, she is all in! Beya loves going jogging or biking or hiking. She does very well with the children in her foster home and is an all-around great pup. We think that Beya would do great in an active home where she will get the care, love and attention that all pups deserve. Beya was once dumped at the pound, she has forgiven and forgotten. Now she just needs a home that will take her in and make her one of the family.
Luna (formerly Lulu): Adopted! December 16, 2014
We’ve heard the story before…..a family gets a puppy, the puppy starts to grow, after a bit of time the new “toy” isn’t as fun anymore. The pup is left alone, the pup isn’t cared for, the pup is yesterday’s news, and then the pup is on her way out. Thankfully Ted and Brischa found out the dog was to be discarded, so rather than ending up on the street Lulu arrived into a much better life that included care, love and attention. This small shepherd mix is just over 1 year old and weighs in at 15 kilos. Lulu is very loving and cuddly with people and other dogs. She is an active pup that can play forever and ever……which at times can be a bit too much for some of the other (older) dogs in her foster home. Lulu really wants to be friends and play with cats also….they are not as interested but she remains hopeful. This very social girl loves going out on adventures and seeing all the world has to offer. We think she would do great in an active home that is willing to continue with her training – as at just over a year old, she is still a bit puppy and needs guidance to become a really wonderful adult dog. Lulu’s foster family describes her as “a very happy outgoing energetic dog”. If she sounds like a match for you, go to www.mexpup.com and get that application completed as Lulu is ready for adoption and would love to meet her new family soon.
Mayra: Adopted! December 11, 2014
Carmen & Claudia got an urgent phone call from their friend Pini. Some children in Nogalito had told her about a critical situation and they were looking for help. A stray female dog had recently given birth to 9 puppies and they were living along the river. It was rainy season and one morning the kids realized that 4 of the puppies had been swept away by the current. They were just kids and couldn’t take the dogs in, but they knew enough and cared enough to try and find help. It isn’t easy taking in a momma dog and her 5 puppies, but Carmen & Claudia knew they were the only chance these little ones had. They had never fostered a momma & her litter and weren’t sure how their 2 dogs would adjust or where they would put them…….but they knew they needed help, so they found a way to make it work and took River and her puppies out of harms way. That’s what we love about animal rescuers – they put themselves out there, they make sacrifices, they save lives. Mayra is one of three females in the litter. They were born in late August and at about 2.5 months old, Mayra weighed just over 5 kilos. She is a very smart pup that loves squeaky toys, wrestling with her sister Sookie, laying in the sun and digging in the gravel area of the yard where they spend their outdoor time. Mayra is very trainable pup that according to her foster family is “super smart”. She loves playing with the big dogs in her foster home and ignores the cats. This sweet girl is the smallest of the litter and has a short coat. We expect her to be a medium sized adult dog (her mom weighs about 16 kilos but we have no idea who the dad was). Mayra is sweet, cautious, healthy, playful, cuddly and looking for a home. Do you know anyone looking to adopt? Please share her album so can so go home.
Scout (formerly Red): Adopted! December 1, 2014
Ted & Brischa went to the acopio (local pound) as they had heard about an older dog that needed help. While there to save Ducky (who had 3 lovely months in their care before he passed), they saw a few other pups that were in the quarantine area and they knew these guys were in trouble also. They had tested positive for distemper, had been treated, but they remained in the quarantine area with an uncertain future. What would you did if you went to save one, but saw 3 others in desperate need? Well, if you are Ted & Brischa, you would just grab all 4, take them to the vets, get them checked, take home to another quarantine area that was safer & much more comfortable and then wait……...distemper is a tricky illness and quite deadly, so they needed to take every precaution and wait to make sure the virus was really gone from their bodies. After one month in quarantine at their home, more tests were run and there was great news for all the pups. Red survived distemper and she has no side effects – awesome! Lucky for Red, these two wonderful humans are always doing all they can to help animals. Red is about 9 months old and weighs 7.8 kilos. She is a happy, friendly little girl who loves playing with toys. Red enjoys going on walks, laying in laps and cuddling. This sweet pup is ready for a family and we are very excited for her. Red is a shining example that dogs can survive distemper and go on to have wonderful lives!
Sassy (formerly Perla): Adopted! Sept 08, 2014
Perla was living on the streets when she was picked up by someone working at the PEACE clinic (a wonderful free spay/neuter clinic that sets up weekly in different towns throughout the area) and taken to the clinic. They didn’t want to put her back on the street after providing her care and thankfully found a solution for her. She ended up at the SPCA sanctuary where she was safe and getting the care and attention that she needed to get healthy. She is now ready to find a family to call her own. This sweet girl is about 2.5 years old and is just a little thing (about 10 lbs). She is super cuddly and so very cute.
Indy (formerly Andy): Adopted! November 24, 2014
A mom and her 9 puppies were in the local pound. Definitely not a great place for puppies, but add in a diagnosis of distemper for another dog at the facility and the situation becomes more than critical. Thankfully, Ted & Brischa were able to receive Abby and her pups…..disaster averted. The puppies had been in care for months and although a few found new homes, the mom & 5 of the puppies were still looking for homes. Ted & Brischa have been there for MexPup a number of times when help was needed and helping to find homes for happy, healthy puppies, that is the fun part of rescue. Andy is now 9 months old and weighs 14 kgs. He can be a shy and cautious pup with new people and in new situations, but when comfortable, he is a smart, funny guy. Andy loves playing with other dogs and somehow even convinced Jonas to play, which was amazing to his foster family. Jonas was rescued and adopted over 5 years ago and has never played with other dogs even though there are 3 others in his pack and over 60 dogs have been fostered in his home. It seemed that he didn’t know how……until Andy came along and taught him. Andy is clearly a special guy. He isn’t always certain about fast approaching new people (he has been around children and is fine with most, but he’s not sure about the running, screaming kids so he hides). He does ok with cats (he wants to play, but they aren’t always so interested), is good with horses and goats, and likes to chase birds. Andy is house trained, but he is still a puppy so will need more guidance to become the best dog he can be. He is a sweet guy that thinks toilet paper is the coolest, most special toy in the world. His foster family is working on changing that idea. We think that Andy would do great in an active home that will continue to expose him to all the wonderful things that life has to offer. This adorable guy is ready for adoption and we’re certain that a great family is out there looking for a pup just like him.