Hoping for Homes - Dogs currently available for adoption.
(click on the images to see their albums on facebook)
Parise: In a PV foster & looking for a forever home
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).
Rex: In a PV foster & looking for a local forever home
Racquel comes to Mexico once a year and she always tries to help animals while visiting. She provides food, deworming medicine along with flea & tick treatment to those in need and then works to find solutions for tough cases. While on her last trip, she was able to get 2 dogs into care but a third dog haunted her. She met him before leaving Yelapa, but couldn’t find a way to help him before she had to return home. She reached out to various people searching for someone to help this sad dog. MexPup received an email and LADRA volunteers met someone in town that was trying to help on her behalf. It just so happened that there were 2 dogs in the same area that both needed help, so a day trip to Yelapa was organized and the search was on. Amazingly, after lots of effort, both 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. Rex, a shepherd mix, seems to be an older dog. His teeth are in great shape, but his body tells a different story. We will wait a few weeks to see what changes happen before we make too many guesses. What we know is that he is in terrible shape, is extremely malnourished, was filthy with a large sore on his chest that is infected, is limping with a shoulder or elbow injury to his front right leg, tested negative for distemper (yea!), tested positive for both anaplasma & ehrlichia (tick born blood illnesses which are treatable), and has an enlarged spleen. He will go for an ultrasound tomorrow to determine what is happening with the spleen and will eventually need x-rays for his leg. He will remain at the vet office until he is stable and we have more information about all of his challenges. This boy has had a rough time, but he is so very sweet. Even when being lowered from the dock to the panga boat, he was just a gentle guy taking in all the love. Rex needs our help. The MexPup bank account is empty as we have had numerous tough cases over the past months. We need your help for Rex and all the others in care. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to help dogs like Rex (from Canada you can do an etransfer 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 Rex does too!
Rose: In a PV foster and looking for a home
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?
Waffles: In a PV foster & hoping 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!
Gus: In a permanent PV foster
He was in the local dog pound and he was in bad shape. It isn’t that they didn’t want to help him, but with limited resources and so many in need, the options were limited. After Trysha meet him, she just knew that we had to help. He was pulled from the acopio, taken to the vets and that is when Gus’s new life began. Gus went into foster care with Ruth 1.5 years ago and that has become his forever foster home. He is estimated to be around 11 years old now, but from the time he came into care his medical challenges were too great for us to consider sending him on a flight to a distant country. His major hernia was repaired, he was treated for the tick-borne diseases, we got him to a healthy weight and continue to give him medication to help with his arthritis & joint pain. He may not have gotten the forever adoptive family that we dream of for every pup, but he has a home that loves him, cares for him, and will keep him until his time comes. Gus had never been posted as he wasn’t really looking for a family and there always seemed to be others we needed to get on the page…we are always behind. Well, he took a turn for the worse a few weeks ago and we discovered that Gus has pancreatitis. He has started a new diet and new medication which have both made a big difference for him, but there is no long-term solution. Ruth will continue to foster him, and we will continue to support all his needs, but we thought it would be nice if everyone said a prayer or sent a little positive energy his way. He deserves the spotlight for a bit of time, even if he isn’t looking for a new family. We asked Ruth to tell us a bit about Gus so that you could get to know him and love him as we do. She started by telling us that there wasn’t much to share and then we got this. It has been translated from Spanish and rather than pick and choose what to share, we thought we would share it all:
Gus has a peculiar personality, it has not really changed much over time. He is very sweet in general, but when he has had enough of something he can be grumpy. At the beginning, I could not get close to him to feed him or to arrange his plate while feeding as he would growl (maybe thinking I would take away his food). As time went by, he started trusting me much more, to the point of letting me give him one medicine straight into his mouth which he definitely would not have allowed before. I remember the first day, when I went to pick up Gus at the vet's and he looked very frail. I went by to pick up a hamburger and when we arrived at my home, I got out the car and entered the house to move my dogs to a different area. When I got back to the car and I did not see Gus where I left him at the back of the car, my heart was racing. Where was Gus? Somehow, he found a way to get to the front part of the car. He really wanted to eat the hamburger - hahahaha. I said: "Hey Gus that's MY lunch". He only looked at me as if he was asking "Where is MY lunch?". With time he started getting along with both my dogs. Almost immediately he was friendly with Lola. He took a little bit longer time with Chaparra as he would growl at her if she came too close. Now the three of them get along very well. A new foster, Manchitas recently joined our pack. She is super sweet and is always playing and jumping and giving him lots of kisses. He receives the kisses very well, only the first ones, and afterwards, he walks away and growls to let her know it has been enough – no more kisses. He has a big personality. He loves going out for walks. Even after we were told about him having pancreatitis, he gets tired faster, but never wants to not go out on walks. He takes shorter walks, and gets back, eats and sleeps. He loves eating a lot. He has enough to eat, but he always wants more. Now he is on a strict diet. He has started his treatment and he is feeling better. He still wants to go out for walks and has even tried playing with me a little. He loves getting hugs, I tell him: "A hug for GUS" and he stays still, gets a hug and twirls in happiness with a light jump. He then sits still waiting for another hug. We do this two or three times only. If we do it any longer it will get him growling, like saying "That is enough." When Gus sleeps, he snores. Sometimes very loudly, but it is a good sound. When I sleep and hear his snores, I don't feel alone.
It's good that there was not much to say about Gus right? Jajaja. Gus is a fighter!!
If you would like to help with Gus's care or the expenses for any of the other dogs that we have in care, you can make a donation from Canada via an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, from Puerto Vallarta directly with our vets at Sabuesos with Dr. Paco or at Mascotas with Dr. Manuel, or from anywhere else via our paypal link which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
MIG: Application received, please check back
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Sultan: Adopted! January 30, 2017
He was found on the streets in terrible shape. It seems that someone had thrown him away after using him as a bait dog. We don’t know for certain, but from the number of bite wounds on his body, his gentle demeanor and his physical state (quite thin and reeking of infection), it isn’t a hard guess to make. This poor dog had experienced the worst of humans and yet when Celia found him, he was gentle and grateful for help. Sultan remained at the vets for weeks in order to get the infections under control and his health back on track. Thankfully, he is now healthy enough to be in a foster home and boy is he enjoying his new lease on life. Sultan is somewhere between 6 to 8 years old. It isn’t easy to tell if his physical state is because he is older or if the conditions in which he lived simply took a toll. He now weighs approximately 18 kilos and continues to get healthier each day. We are simply amazed that Sultan is already leaving his past behind – when he was rescued, he was afraid of men and now he is friendly with them (guess it helps that he has met a number of wonderful men since being rescued). Sultan also does great with all the dogs in his foster home (both large and small) and seems to be fine with cats (he hasn’t been off leash around them but doesn’t seem to have any interest). If you are looking for a true golden oldie and have the time to love him, this could be your guy. He likes to go on walks, but enjoys pats and snuggles more. He would likely do well with other dogs in the home and children as well. He deserves much better than he has experienced and we’re hoping someone can give him a home where he can relax and be loved. Sultan got his name because he is older and majestic. Now we just need to find his palace. If you are interested in adopting Sultan, please complete an application at www.mexpup.com.
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.
Kai (formerly Blackie): Adopted! October 31, 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. Blackie, one of the males, was very dirty with gum in his fur and ticks. He had no collar and no indication of any owner. He went into a foster home in the area while time was spent giving any owners a chance to claim him…no one came forward. This 1 to 1.5 year old black lab mix weighs about 20 kilos. Blackie is a happy, outgoing boy that loves life and wants to go, go, go! He adores attention, and loves to romp & play. Blackie does great with female dogs and with many male dogs, but not all of them. He also does well with the cats in his foster home. He is still just a puppy, albeit a very large puppy, so he still gets into trouble (chewing pencils for example). Blackie is very friendly and although he hasn’t lived with children, he has done well with the kids he has meet on walks. He is large and doesn’t always know his strength, so caution around small children would be necessary. Blackie loves to go for walks, loves to run, and is learning to be a relaxed dog in his foster home. We think Blackie would do well in an active family that will get him out for lots of activity to burn off his energy, and also work with him to become a great adult dog. This lovely pup is ready to find his forever family, and now we just need to let that family know he is here and ready. Please share Blackie’s album and if you are interested in adopting him, you will find the adoption application at www.mexpup.com.
Bandito (formerly Spud): Adopted! October 17, 2016
A few volunteers from LADRA (a wonderful PV animal rescue group) saw 6 puppies in a box on the side of a dirt road. The pups were only 2 weeks old and there was no nursing female in sight. It was sadly clear that they had been dumped. The volunteers grabbed the box and got the pups to the vets. The puppies needed to be bottle fed every 2 hours in the first days – really tough stuff just to give them a chance at life. The odds were quite poor and the vet said that if just 1 pup survived it would be good. Amazingly, 5 of the puppies made it! What a great job by a wonderful group of people that gave their all to save these pups. Spud is one of the males of the litter and at about 5 months old he weighed 10 kilos. This happy boy did great with all the dogs and cats in his foster home. Spud is a friendly, social pup that would do well with most any environment. This sweet boy was abandoned once and we’ve promised him it will never happen again.
Milou: Adopted! October 4, 2016
There is an area near the Red Cross that has become a dumping ground for dogs. It is a busy area and right near the Libramiento. It is a high traffic area, so the dogs left there are in a particularly tough situation if they aren’t knowledgeable about traffic…so dangerous. This little guy was only about 6 months old when abandoned and he wasn’t very street savvy. It was just a matter of time until the worst was going to happen, but thankfully Soraya & Almendra saw him and took him to safety. They run a cat rescue group called Puro Gato, so taking in a foster dog wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but that didn’t stop them! At about 10 months old, Milou weighed 5 kilos. He is a happy puppy that loves life. He did great with all the dogs in his foster home whether large or small. Milou is also great with cats (not surprising as he was fostered with so many). He does great on a leash and enjoys going for walks. Milou is a social, friendly pup that loves to play, loves to get belly rubs, and loves to snuggle. He may have been abandoned once, but we promised him it will never happen again. Milou is ready to have a family to love and he certainly deserves it!
Mezcal: Adopted! October 1, 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. Mezcal is one of the male pups. He is now about 7 months old and weighs about 15 kilos. As he and his littermates didn’t meet humans until they were about 3 months old, they are all quite shy. Although he can be timid when meeting people, he can be quite the opposite when he wants to meet another dog. He will pull on his leash and bark in an “I want to go play”, kind of way. Mezcal desperately wants to be friends with people, but he needs to do so at his own pace. He loves going for walks and he loves car rides. For some reason, he is his most social when in the car giving kisses and asking for scratches when driving around town. Mezcal is great with other dogs. He loves playing with them and counts on the adult dogs in his foster home for guidance. He has won the hearts of every creature in his foster pack and now it’s time for him to meet his forever family and have his happy ending. We think he would do best in a calm home that has another dog in the family. If you are interested in adopting Mezcal, please complete an application atwww.mexpup.com or send an email to Trysha@mexpup.com.
Taco (formerly Pinto): Adopted! September 30, 2016
He had a family, but they didn’t have the time, money or desire to take care of him. He spent most his time living on a roof and we all know that is no place for a dog. The good news was that he did get fed, so he was a healthy weight. When the neighbor decided to move back to the US, they also decided they wouldn’t take the dog. In some ways that is simply heartbreaking, but it opened the door for us to help him. The family surrendered him into our care and Pinto was finally getting his chance at a real life. We believe Pinto is just about 2 years old and he weighs 18 kilos. This awesome pup is just a friendly guy who wants to make friends. He loves people and wants to meet everyone, so can be a little jumpy (we are working on this and he is doing much better). Pinto loves playing with most other dogs, but he does have a funny play noise – part growl, part little scream – which can make play time especially unique. He does well with cats that are dog friendly (when they run away too much he just wants to follow and play). We don’t see him hurting any cat, but we also don’t want him to stress any out. Pinto has lots of energy and loves to play – fetch, with toys, with other dogs, while off leash – this boy just wants to have fun. We think he would do great with an active family that is ready to have a new pup join them on lots of adventures. Pinto is ready for adoption, now we just need to find him a great family. Please share his album so everyone can see what a great pup his is. If you are interested in adopting Pinto, go towww.mexpup.com and complete an application. We know you won’t be disappointed with this awesome pup.
Remi (formerly Rummy): Adopted! September 21, 2016
Rummy was rescued from a life on the streets of Colonia Buenos Aires near Puerto Vallarta. One day, there was a rummage sale to raise funds for LADRA (a wonderful rescue group) and this pup hung out all day with the volunteers during the sale. After lots of questions, it was confirmed that he had no family. Not surprising, that’s what happens with a street dog that makes friends with a bunch of animal rescuers…you guessed it, Brischa & Patty loaded him up and got him on the road to a new life. Rummy is a highly intelligent and active 10-month old boy that weighs 13 kilos. He's still a puppy, so has the typical puppy behaviors (mouthing, chewing, etc.), but he’s a quick learner and with a little help will become a wonderful adult dog. Rummy is in beginner obedience classes with his foster home and is doing amazing. He knows sit, stay, down, wait, leave-it, watch me, off, and his recall is coming along great:) Rummy is also being fostered with cats and will chase the ones he can, but when told to leave it, he does. He is not a fan of crates and prefers to be with his humans while sleeping. A home with cats and kids would be possible, but the family would need to be willing to work with him so he is not mouthy nor chases the kitties. Cats in any prospective home must be dog friendly. Rummy's ideal home would be with other dogs as he’s a pack dog and thrives in that environment. He’s a follower, so the other dogs in the home need to be well behaved as he will mimic their behaviors. Rummy LOVES to play, run, snuggle, learn new tricks, and agility. He's a natural at it:) If you are interested in adopting Rummy, please submit an application at www.mexpup.com.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Roscoe (formerly Ross): Adopted! November 5, 2017
They were on the side of the road back in the brush. Two puppies on their own in the middle of nowhere. Rodrigo was in the middle of a long drive when he decided to take a break. He stopped on an empty stretch of road and when he shut off the engine, he heard some noise. Upon investigation, he found the two puppies hiding in a bush just a few feet from his car…incredible. He knew they had no chance out there on their own, so he loaded them up and they began their journey to a new life. Ross and Bello were just little guys and we have no idea how they ended up in the middle of nowhere. We are simply grateful to Rodrigo for saving them. At about 8 months old, Ross weight 17 kilos. He is a funny, playful, energetic guy who uses toys to try and convince other dogs to play with him. Ross loves people, other dogs, food, car rides, walks and adventure. He is still a puppy, so will need continued help with training so he can become a great adult dog. Ross is fine on the leash although he still likes to pull towards any exciting things that he sees. We think Ross would do well with an active family that has the time to welcome a puppy to their home.
Freud: Adopted! October 17, 2016
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 had his back leg removed, and this has not stopped this guy at all. He is healthy and 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 to help with his challenges. 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 he's 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! He loves to roll in the grass, and eat it, he's 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. Freud is about 3 years old and weighs a healthy 45 lbs. For more information you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and/or go to www.mexpup.com where you will find the adoption application.
Frodo: Adopted! October 16, 2016
He had a family, but when he got sick they didn’t get him care. He only had non-contagious mange, but they didn’t understand it could easily be treated. Instead, the mother decided they would put the dog down because she didn’t want her daughter cuddling him (what????). Thankfully, Dr. Poli from the PEACE Animal spay & neuter clinics heard about this situation and the family gave him the dog. Frodo is just a little guy that almost lost it all for nothing. He got into care and his skin began to heal - simple. Frodo is about 2 years old and weighs 9 kilos. He is just a friendly, little guy who enjoys life. He likes meeting people and enjoys children (sitting calmly while they pet him). Frodo does great with all the dogs in his foster home, but he is better with those closer to his size. He also enjoys meeting dogs when out of walks. He is fine with cats, loves car rides, and is a bid scared of loud traffic. Frodo does enjoy walks, but he is more of a lay around and cuddle guy. He may have been discarded once, but this little guy is a keeper. We can’t wait for him to join a family.
Vinnie (formerly Pepe): Adopted! October 4, 2016
The owner was yelling at the pup and treating him poorly. As they were driving by, Brischa & Colette saw what was happening and they couldn’t just leave it be (yes!). They rolled down the window and told the man to stop it and to treat his dog correctly. His response was quite a surprise. He told them that he didn’t want the dog and he passed him through the window into the car. Even now, it sounds a bit strange, but when an abusive owner surrenders a dog, it is a time for celebration of the new life they are about to begin (the plan part comes a bit after that that shock wears off). Pepe is about 10 months old and weighs 5 kilos. This happy pup has thrived since going into foster care. Pepe loves cuddles and playtime. He even enjoys swimming. Pepe does well with all the other dogs in his foster home and didn’t pay much attention to the cats (although he did seem to get a bit scared when they approached him). He is an active boy that loves going for walks and with all his energy, it is an important daily activity for him. Pepe is very curious and interested in his surroundings, so he does tend to pull on the leash, but we believe that will diminish with time and training. He is a sweet pup that wants attention and wants to play with all the children he sees. We think Pepe would do great in an active family that will continue to take him on adventures. He is an amazing pup that deserves a loving family.
Hailey: Adopted! October 1, 2016
She was dumped at their gate. She was only 2 months old and she had been discarded. She hadn’t chosen her situation, but she was certainly suffering because of the decisions made by others. She did have the good fortune of being dumped near a lovely couple. Ted & Brischa could have done what so many others do and just leave the problem for someone else, but that isn’t who they are. They are always helping animals in need and this case was no different. Little Hailey had a foster home and a chance at life. She had some of the regular issues of street dogs, but thankfully none of the really scary illnesses. This little girl thrived once in care. At about 9 months old, little Hailey weighed in at 15 kilos. This sweet pup did great with all the dogs and cats in her foster home, but she wasn’t good around chicken. Hailey loves to play…with other pups, with toys, with people...play, play, play! She loves to go on walks and does ok on the leash, but can be quite distracted as she wants to explore everything. Hailey is a happy girl that can get a bit vocal when she isn’t getting enough attention. We think Hailey would do best with an active family so she can continue to explore to her hearts content.
Ruby: Adopted! October 1, 2016
Three new strays appeared along the Rio Cuale. The residents weren’t happy with their presence and would scream at them and shoo them away. One day Lydia was able to capture Ruby and meanwhile another rescuer was able to capture her friend Perlita. Unbeknownst to them, they captured the pups at the exact same time!! They are almost identical and we believe they are related. The 3rd stray sadly eluded them. Ruby and Perlita were both very shy at first and did not want to be captured, they ran and ran, but once they got into care that all changed. When taken in, they were dirty and matted, full of ticks and fleas and in bad need of help. Ruby is about 1.5 years old and weighs 5 kilos. She was quite timid when first rescued, but as she was reunited in her foster home with Perlita, her friend from the streets, her transition was easier. These two friends helped each other to shake off their time as strays and transition to life as a loved & cared for pup. Within a very short time, Ruby was playful, fun and enjoyed the entire foster pack. Her new found confidence allowed her to play with all her new friends and blossom on her own. Ruby is a sweet girl that loves to cuddle with her humans. We are so glad that her time on the streets is behind her and that her future is so very bright.
Gypsy: Adopted! October 1, 2016
A few volunteers from LADRA (a wonderful PV animal rescue group) saw 6 puppies in a box on the side of a dirt road. The pups were only 2 weeks old and there was no nursing female in sight. It was sadly clear that they had been dumped. The volunteers grabbed the box and got the pups to the vets. The puppies needed to be bottle fed every 2 hours in the first days – really tough stuff just to give them a chance at life. The odds were quite poor and the vet said that if just 1 pup survived it would be good. Amazingly, 5 of the puppies made it! What a great job by a wonderful group of people that gave their all to save these pups. Gypsy is one of the females of the litter and at about 8 months old weighed 13.9 kilos. This happy pup simply loves life. Gypsy is always in a good mood and is ready to play, go for a walk, or just relax with her humans. She is an active girl, but not overly energetic which means she’s a great snuggler and is also very sociable. Gypsy did great with all the dogs in her foster home, well with the cats too, and even tried to play with the goat – silly pup. This young pup is very smart and inquisitive which makes her quite trainable. She was abandoned once and we’ve promised her it will never happen again. Thankfully she survived & thrived and is now ready for a family.
Malcolm: Adopted! September 4, 2016
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.
Fritz: Adopted! October 21, 2015
Carmen & Claudia found 2 dogs wandering the streets near COSTCO in Puerto Vallarta. Both pups had collars and were in ok physical shape, so they took them in and started looking for the owners. After some time it became obvious that if there were owners, they were not trying to find these two pups and it was clear they would need new homes. Fritz was somewhat insecure when he first arrived, but over the course of a few weeks this handsome boy grew more confident and gained weight. He is a 28 kg Shepard mix that is about 2 years old. Fritz is still a puppy in many ways. He is super playful with both humans and other dogs, and he does well with cats. Fritz loves to fetch toys and likes being chased by his play mates. He would be an ideal companion to active owners - running, biking, and hiking are right up his alley. Fritz also loves the beach and the water. He is medium to high energy, but is really good indoors too as he likes to cuddle, give kisses and knows how to relax. Fritz is highly motivated by food, he’s done well learning new commands and is a highly trainable pup that will thrive with guidance. Fritz might steal the occasional sock, but so does the washing machine. He would do best with a true leader that has previous experience with larger dogs, so he can become the best pet, guardian and family member.