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.
UPDATE: 27/03/15; Freud is doing great in his foster home. He has a team of walkers coming out to walk him daily and socialize him to new things.. He has a trainer that works with him three times a week. Freud is a lovely boy, snuggly, and loves his outings. He does great with most dogs he meets on his outings, has a tendency to react to a dog when hes with reactive dogs, otherwise a simple leave-it command and he will walk on by. Freud loves to play rough, and mouth the neck of his playmate. Once properly introduced he will play with most any dog. Freud has stubborn side, ask any of his walkers...lol when hes not ready to go home, he will put the brakes on and not move! lol He loves to roll in the grass, and eat it, hes a stick lover and will gladly put his full face in the water to get most anything! Freud would do best in a home with no other animals, and no children under 12. Freud is an assertive boy, and still likes to use his mouth for attention and he can pinch you. Freud is very intelligent, easily trainable and is learning nicely with his trainer. Please consider this very sweet boy to be a part of your family.
Maya: In a Victoria Foster and looking for a family
It started with a phone call. There were two boxers tethered to a steel post at a construction site with no food or water. The site was abandoned as were the dogs. A neighbor was unable to help but knew these dogs were in big trouble. Tere asked Dr. Peña to join her as she didn't know what she would find. They didn't know if the dogs would be friendly or aggressive, but upon arrival they immediately found two sweet, submissive dogs. The site was not only full of construction debris, but it had so much dog waste and the smell was intense. The circumstances were beyond horrible. Sadly, one of the dogs was so ill that she couldn't be saved, but she was lovingly cared for until the end. Tara was also ill, but she made bits of progress each day and is now doing great. She is about 1.5 years old, now weighs 22 kilos and is a high energy pup….typical boxer. A reminder of her bad start will remain with her for life as she has a big burn scar on her back. The wound is healed and does not cause her any problems. Tara is an amazing animal. She is friendly, outgoing and playful. She loves other dogs and is always happy. Tara has moved on and simply lives life in the present. We are excited to find her a forever home that will give her the life she deserves: a family to love her and a home where she is valued.
Pinto: in a Victoria foster & looking for a forever family
When Tita saw a dog that had been hit by a car and needed help, she didn’t just continue on her way as many others had. She knew she needed to help and even though she didn’t have any resources, she had the will to make a difference. She and a watchman worked together to keep him safe and provide him the basics until they could get assistance. After lots of emails and pleas to everyone she could think of, they were able to get Pinto to the vets. His front elbow had been broken, but thankfully he didn’t need surgery. He had some of the other medical issues common in streets dogs in PV, but all were treatable and he was now getting all the care needed. Pinto is about 6 years old and weighs approximately 27 kilos. He is mellow and sweet. He enjoys two walks a day, but prefers they are short and at a slower pace. Pinto enjoys trips out of the home where he can lay at the park and relax, that’s much more his pace. He isn’t much of a barker, but if he isn’t comfortable with someone he will certainly let them (and you) know. Pinto does great with children and he lives with a cat (but they mostly just ignore each other). We think Pinto would do great in a calm home where he will get his outdoor time, but will also just get to relax with his people. This calm, older dude is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. We think he deserves a loving home where he will be part of the family and will never have to worry about surviving on the streets again.
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.
Rose: in care in PV, looking for a 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?
Pinto 2: in a Vancouver foster & looking for a family
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.
Samantha: In critical care in PV and fighting to get well.
Esmeralda was walking with her son and her mom when her son started to cry. Asking what was wrong, he pointed at a dog. She was too skinny and looked very sick. He asked what they could do to help. Esmeralda knocked on some doors and got information about the dog. She spoke with the family that was trying to take care of her. They knew she was sick, they knew she needed help, but it was beyond their means to get Samantha the help she needs. Esmeralda convinced them to let her take the dog and that's when Samantha's luck changed. Samantha is in critical condition and is fighting for her life. She will receive a blood transfusion tomorrow, which we hope makes her stronger. Once well (because we have hope and really believe she will get well), Samantha should weigh about 25kg, and she is about 10 months old. Please keep this sweet girl in your thoughts and send her all of your positive energy as she fights to survive.
Betty: in a PV foster & hoping for a home
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This senior girl deserves a nice, easy, comfortable life and we are committed to making sure she gets just that!
Peter: in a Victoria foster & looking for a loving family
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?
Sebastian: In a Victoria Foster looking for a family
While Ady was driving in her colonia in the middle of nowhere, she saw a small puppy on the road. She knew he couldn’t survive on his own and so she decided to make a difference. She stopped, scooped him up and took him home. She couldn’t keep him, but a 2 month old puppy with no mom & no littermates has no chance at survival, so she got him to the vet and then the emails started. She needed help with this little guy and she was determined to find it. We got the email, we heard the plea, and we were lucky enough to find a foster home. Sebastian became a MexPup, arrived at the vets yesterday for a check-up, and stole everyone’s hearts. He is about 2.5 months old, weighs 1.8 kilos and is a cuddle monster. His sweet face tugs at the heart strings and then once he lures you in, the cuddling, burrowing and licking begin. He is a little guy that has so much love to give. He will need time to get healthy, but he is already on his way. We aren’t sure how big he will get or how he will look, but we do know that he will be a great dog. We will get more information as he spends more time with us. Keep an eye on him, watch him grow & get healthy, and help us to find him a wonderful family to love.
Gracie: In Victoria Foster hoping for her forever home
This is second chance Gracie. When Gracie was about 8 months old, Claudia, a MexPup volunteer and rescuer saw her being abused. Gracie was emaciated, starving and you could see every bone in her body. Understanding why little children would stand around and physically abuse this young dog as she was dying is something we will never be able to understand. She has so badly beaten, one of her rear legs was broken in several places, and she can never bear weight on it again. For 3 days after her rescue, Gracie could barely move only getting up to eat and for the bathroom. Love and attention was what brought her back to life. Gracie thrived in her foster home, and eventually found a permanent home in Canada. She did well in her home for years, then suddenly the unexpected happened. When she turned 4, Gracie and her fur sibling were physically attacked in their own yard by two unleashed dogs. Gracie and her sibling sustained mild physical injuries, but it shook Gracie to her core. Her family worked with her, and hired a trainer as Gracie was suddenly living in fear of all other dogs. Unfortunately, because of this, she was unable to return home. Gracie worked with a trainer for the better part of a year. She is now rehabilitated and ready for adoption. Gracie is now fine with other dogs, but she will need to go to a home where she is the only dog living in the house. She had previously lived with cats with no issues. She's a medium sized dog, weighing in at about 50lbs. Gracie is a bit of a special needs girl, due to her previous abuse related injuries, we can expect Gracie to develop early onset arthritis (which may mean some additional medication related expenses later on). Despite that, Gracie still deserves a great home where she belongs. Gracie is a master cuddle expert, and has great fondness for people and children of all ages. Do you have room in your home and heart (and possibly pocketbook) for a great companion? Gracie has been through a lot in her life, please help us find second chance Gracie a permanent place to park her paws.
Gabby: in a PV foster & hoping for a family
Trysha, Chris & Brenna were volunteering at the PV Acopio (local pound) with Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals (if you are ever in PV and want to help, this group goes to the acopio every Wednesday & Saturday to feed, walk & bath dogs in addition to cleaning kennels and simply helping the animals. They meet at the PV Costco at 9am, so feel free to join them and help out). There were a few dogs that really caught their attention. These were the dogs that had more issues and needed extra care. The Acopio does what they can to help, but they have very limited resources and just having food for all the animals can sometimes be a challenge. Money for medicine and special care isn’t always available. Trysha asked if a foster for a small poodle with severe skin issues could be found and thankfully Martha said yes. Little Gabby was pulled and taken to the vets for evaluation (thanks to Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals). The great news was that her blood work wasn’t too bad and her skin issue was simply a very strong bacterial infection. It wasn’t contagious and she just needed a strong antibiotic. Gabby is now in her foster home getting the medical care and attention she needs to get healthy. We are sure with time, her skin will heal and this sweet girl will get a chance to have a great life with a great family. As she improves and we learn more about her personality, we will share more information about her. At this point, we will just focus on the healing.
Kevin: in a PV foster & hoping for a loving home
Colette and Brischa were on the way to Bucerias to check on a group of dogs in need. While in route they saw a dog lying on the side of a busy road. He wasn’t in front of a home or a business and there wasn’t a break in the fence, so he seemed especially out of place. As soon as they stopped, they realized he was in trouble. It was difficult for him to walk due to the massive size of one of his testicles. It was larger than a grapefruit and there was no question he needed help. As it wasn’t an emergency, they loaded him in the car and continued on their way. When they got there, they found 4 well fed dogs with an owner that provided basic care for his animals, but who had limited resources for any extras. A plan was made to assist with spaying/neutering his dogs to prevent future litters and then it was time to get Kevin to the vets. There was no question that the mass needed to be removed ASAP and thankfully his bloodwork allowed the procedure to happen the very day. We are still waiting for the pathology report, but what we know is that Kevin will never have to survive on his own again. This sweet guy is about 10 years old and weighs 20 kilos. Kevin loves his new situation….food, water, love, a nice place to sleep and the ability to walk without the pain of the tumor. Kevin needed our help and we said yes. Now, we need your help. His bills are growing and at his age, we aren’t sure what the future will bring…..more medical issues, possible adoption or longer term foster care with MexPup covering the costs. Whatever happens, Kevin will be cared for, but we need your help to make sure that is possible. Please consider making a donation to Kevin’s care (etransfer in Canada to Karen@mexpup.com, paypal link at www.mexpup.com, or donations to his bills at Mascotas vet clinic in Puerto Vallarta). Thank you for helping us to help Kevin.
Rayito: in a Victoria foster & hoping for a forever home
Hilda is always helping dogs. Whether fostering, rescuing or advocating, she does all she can when she sees an animal in need. The case of Rayito is like too many others….on the streets, small, lost, dirty, covered in fleas & ticks. Hilda took him in, got him care and helped him on his journey from sick and unwanted to healthy and loved. Rayito is about 2.5 years old and he weighs 6.3 kgs. He is a friendly guy that loves attention. Rayito does great with other dogs, but he can sometimes be a bit possessive with humans. He does well on leash, loves going for walks, playing with dogs and running in the yard. Rayito may be a small dog, but he has a big personality. This awesome pup is looking for a wonderful home where he will be part of his own family. Please share Rayito’s album and help us to find his forever home.
Osito Polar: in long term foster care based on various issues
There is a wonderful borganization 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. He has some internal medical issues and has developed some behavioral issues so we have decided that he will remain in long term foster care.
Chula: Application received, please check back
Mona & Brian were setting up the booth for Geppetto’s Pet Food at the Old Town Farmers Market when they noticed a very drunk middle-aged man stagger by their booth. He had a half-finished bottle of Corona in his hand and he was yelling loudly over his shoulder. About 10 feet behind him came a young dog, cowering as she walked with her tail between her legs. She’d stop and he would yell at her to come and she would creep to his side. He continued past their location picking a piece of twine out of another vendor’s garbage, tied it around her neck, continuing to yell at her and then started to drag her along. Mona went over with a dog treat and asked if she could give her one. When he slurred “yes" amongst a bunch of other mumblings she leaned over to give her the treat. The pup gently took the cookie, sat and looked at Mona with pleading eyes. When she stood up the man asked her if she wanted to buy the dog. Mona wasn’t sure she had heard correctly, but he repeated the statement and she knew this was the moment. Mona & Brian have rescued many dogs, but they had never bought a dog (from a creep no less), but this girl had clearly been abused and wanted help. She asked how much, gave him the $200 pesos (about $17 dollars) and got out of there before he changed his mind. The next step was to take off the twine and put on a leash (borrowed from the SPCA booth at the market - thanks guys!). Chula is about a year old and weighs about 19 kilos. She is an active, strong, energetic pup that loves to have a good time. She loves to play, she loves to meet people and she is learning more and more about regular life. Chula has been gaining trust and confidence during her time in foster. She is still a puppy, so needs some work on her manners but she is a very smart girl that is thriving in care. Chula would love to join an active family. She is happy, healthy and ready for adoption……now we just need to find someone that will offer her a home where she can continue to grow into the great adult dog that we know she will be. Please share Chula’s album and help her to find her forever home.
Exxon: Application received, please check back
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 email@example.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.