Hoping for Homes - Dogs currently available for adoption.
(click on the images to see their albums on facebook)
Masbonito: in a Victoria foster & looking for a family
Masbonito was found living on the beach with his best friend Bonito. Both were very respectful and made a living from begging for food from tourists. Colette has a lovely restaurant on the beach at Los Muertos and saw them hanging around. She knew they didn’t have a home and as soon as she had space (when other fosters departed for new homes), she took them into care. Thankfully, they were negative for all the scary illnesses and just need basic care to get healthy. Masbonito is about one year old and weighs 5.5 kilos. We think he is a Chihuahua mixed with a bit of pug (because of the tail & the turned up nose) with beautiful coloring. When he is on the ground, he will sometimes give a growl or bark, but once in your arms he settles and enjoys the ride. Masbonito loves people, loves to sleep cuddled up under your arm or by your face, and loves to be pet. He tends not to play much with other dogs (but does well with them) as he prefers to be on the sidelines watching the action. Masbonito does love to play with toys and is an easy going laid back boy with much love to give. Masbonito would be well suited in any family, as he is happy, quiet, loving and kind. Please share his album so we can find him a wonderful forever family.
Chata: in a Victoria foster & looking for a forever home
Claudia is always helping. She volunteers her time in various ways with various groups to support her community whenever she can. Her neighbor had rescued a dog and called her Chata. Claudia helped get the beautiful girl healthy and spayed so that she could enjoy her new home. A few months later, the neighbor met another dog and decided that this new dog was the right dog for her. The only issue is that the large male didn’t like Chata and he began to pick on her. Chata was constantly being attacked and was regularly being wounded by the other dog. Claudia knew things were bad and then the neighbor let her know that Chata was no longer wanted in their home. Claudia brought Chata into her home to give her a safe place to recover. Chata is about 1.5 years old and weighs 25 kilos. She is a sweet pup that did well with the other dogs in her foster home, even those that were much smaller, but she needs proper introductions to all new dogs (never a bad idea for any animal). We don’t believe that Chata would do well in a home with cats as she is very focused on them and their movements along with showing prey drive around lizards and other bugs. She loves to play with toys and walks well on a leash. Chata does well with kids and has learned basic commands. This lovely dog is looking for her forever home….one that will make her part of the family and not discard her when a newer model comes around. Please help us to find her family by sharing her story and album!
Freud: in a Victoria foster & looking for a forever family
Local artist and businesswoman, Pat Gawle, referred a dog to MexPup. A fellow artist of Pat’s from El Tuito rescued a badly injured dog in early January. Froylan is a Mexican potter who lives and works in El Tuito. He came across the young male dog on the street badly injured from what was evidently a stoning or beating. Froylan said he has seen many injured dogs in his life, but none like this. He could not leave the pup on the street. Froylan brought the dog back to his live-in studio and took care of him, but he needed help with food and supply expenses and he certainly could not afford veterinary care. Through Pat, MexPup became involved and in mid-January Brian and Mona drove out on a rescue mission to El Tuito. When they first saw the dog, which they have named Freud, most of the wounds had healed but left numerous scars all over the dog’s body. Freud also had a severely injured back leg that he dragged along when he walked. On initial assessment by the vets in PV, it was determined that Freud has a severely dislocated back right hip. The injury appears to have happened some time ago as his leg has stiffened from misuse making it difficult for him to lay down and get up. To complicate matters, Freud’s bloodwork indicated that he had Anaplasma, a tick borne-disease that left him anemic and with a low platelet count. He would not be a candidate for surgery until his bloodwork improved. Freud is currently being fostered in PV at Brian and Mona’s and he is doing excellent. He is on antibiotics for the Anaplasma, his wounds have healed, and the scarring will not be as bad as initially thought. Freud is now happy and healthy and looking for his forever home. Ideally he would love to be the only pet in the home.We can't blame him. Freud is a mouthy pup so no children under 16 for this boy.
Harry: in a PV vet clinic & getting treatment
His photos were posted all over social media. It seemed that he was being abused by a man at a taco stand. Norma & Cielo were giving him food, but they couldn’t take him in. Many were offering to donate to his expenses. Everyone wanted him off the streets and away from the person causing him harm. We received a few pleas for this dog and everyone was willing to do their part. They just needed someone to take the lead. It isn’t always easy to find space, but we couldn’t leave the dog in a situation where he was in constant threat of abuse. Many people are committed to giving Harry a new chance at life. As of yesterday morning (Saturday, Feb 6th), he is at the vets in care and safe. He will remain there for at least one week so they can watch him closely and provide the best care for his skin. Harry is about 2 yeld and weighs 5.5 kilos. We don’t know much about his personality yet, but we will have plenty of time during his recovery to get to know him. Welcome to the MexPup family Harry! You’ve got a whole lot of people pulling for you now.
Please consider a donation to MexPup to help with Harry’s care. In Mexico, you can donate directly with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas vet clinic or with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos vet clinic. In Canada, you can do an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com. From anywhere, you can visit www.mexpup.com where you will find a link to our paypal account. Harry and all the other pups in care are grateful for the help!
Alison: In a PV foster & looking for a family
She was living on the streets when he saw her. He didn’t have space or money, but he loves animals and does all he can to help them. He is just a young boy who doesn’t have much, but he volunteers at the spay & neuter clinics and is always giving back. It was clear that this young boy needed help in his effort to rescue the young dog. MexPup foster parents Joan & Leslie had just returned to PV for the winter and they were ready to welcome a pup into their home. With their help, MexPup was able to help the young man & the pup. Sometimes it just all comes together. Alison is just over a year old and she weighs 15 kilos. She does fine with other dogs after a proper introduction and pays lots of attention to cats. This is how her foster family describes her: “She is so sweet and playful. She is not demanding, but certainly enjoys the attention of family in the household. She loves her toys and can amuse herself with them. She loves walks on the beach and rides in the car and is also happy to just hang out with the family. A better snuggler there never was.” Please help us to find Alison a lovely forever home.
Joey: In a Victoria foster & looking for a family
He was a new stray in the area. They hadn’t seen him before, but it was clear that he didn’t have a home. He wasn’t very big, so Colette did what Colette does…she picked him up and took him into care. She was already overloaded, but she knew this guy needed help and the longer he was on the streets, the greater risk he would face. Joey is 1 year old and weighs about 5 kilos. He is a great dog that is very loving and quite handsome. Joey can be a bit possessive of people and toys, so he does need help to get over that challenge. He does very well with dogs he knows, but needs a moment to accept new dogs. He loves to interact with humans, he loves attention, and he loves to play. Joey is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. If you are interested in adoption Joey, please complete an application at www.mexpup.com or email email@example.com with any questions.
Margarita: In a PV foster & looking for a family
After school last Friday, Esmeralda and her teacher friends were thinking about going for an after school drink. On their way home, Esme and her son saw a little dog in great need. They were able to pick her up, and this little girl snuggled right in to their loving arms. Instead of drinks, they got a new rescue so named her Margarita. Little Maggie, as she is lovingly called, is about 5 years old and weighs about 5kg. She is just a little girl and won't grow anymore. She is struggling with mange, but with love and medical care we are confident she will be able to recover fully. Maggie is great with kids and other dogs, and as we learn more about her personality we will update her information. For now, all we can say is that this Margarita is sweet!
Gracie: In a Victoria foster hoping for her forever home
This is second chance Gracie. When Gracie was about 8 months old, Claudia, a MexPup volunteer and rescuer saw her being abused. Gracie was emaciated, starving and you could see every bone in her body. Understanding why little children would stand around and physically abuse this young dog as she was dying is something we will never be able to understand. She has so badly beaten, one of her rear legs was broken in several places, and she can never bear weight on it again. For 3 days after her rescue, Gracie could barely move only getting up to eat and for the bathroom. Love and attention was what brought her back to life. Gracie thrived in her foster home, and eventually found a permanent home in Canada. She did well in her home for years, then suddenly the unexpected happened. When she turned 4, Gracie and her fur sibling were physically attacked in their own yard by two unleashed dogs. Gracie and her sibling sustained mild physical injuries, but it shook Gracie to her core. Her family worked with her, and hired a trainer as Gracie was suddenly living in fear of all other dogs. Unfortunately, because of this, she was unable to return home. Gracie worked with a trainer for the better part of a year. She is now rehabilitated and ready for adoption. Gracie is now fine with other dogs, but she will need to go to a home where she is the only dog living in the house. She had previously lived with cats with no issues. She's a medium sized dog, weighing in at about 24kg. Gracie deserves a great home where she belongs. Gracie is a master cuddle expert, and has great fondness for people and children of all ages. Do you have room in your home and heart for a great companion? Gracie has been through a lot in her life, please help us find second chance Gracie a permanent place to park her paws.
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?
Random: In a PV foster & in training/evaluation
Michelle went for a walk one morning with part of her pack, and a dog started following them. This happens often, but normally it’s only for a block or two. This guy followed them for 40 minutes...all the way back to their house. He sat and waited outside, and was very pleased with himself about the family he just adopted! A random dog, on a random walk, and a random act of kindness all leads to...what else...a dog named RANDOM! Just under a year old, Random is 18kg of pure joy and fun. He is an active dog that will need a forever family who makes sure he gets enough exercise. Random has had a difficult time adjusting to life in Canada, and needs a handler that understands what he needs. Random is great with other dogs with a proper introduction. He needs to trust people before he can be loose with them without his muzzle. Doesn't take him long, hes just really unsure, and to protect all, he needs to wear his muzzle during introductions, and usually if you just ignore him, he will come around. Once you gin his trust, its never broken. He is a fun loving dog who is eager to please and easy to train. Can you fit a bit of randomness into your life?
Mimi: Application received, please check back
They saw her on the street and couldn’t believe their eyes. She was just a young pup and her skin looked horrible. She was living on the streets and she had to be in considerable pain. Did she have a home that kicked her out one she started smelling so bad from the infection on her skin? We don’t know why or how, but we believe she had a home and then was abandoned. Thankfully, Josephina took her home and provided the care & attention that she needed. It took time, but her skin began to heal and she is now a happy & healthy dog that is ready for adoption. Mimi is about 9 months old and she weighs 7 kilos. She is a friendly girl who likes to have friends around…humans or dogs, she just likes company. Mimi is house trained, leash trained, and lap trained ;-). She is just a little girl who had a tough beginning, but she had left that behind and is ready for a forever home. If you are interested in adopting Mimi, please complete an application at www.mexpup.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This little one is ready to go home.
Sebastian: Application received, please check back:)
While Ady was driving in her colonia in the middle of nowhere, she saw a small puppy on the road. She knew he couldn’t survive on his own and so she decided to make a difference. She stopped, scooped him up and took him home. She couldn’t keep him, but a 2 month old puppy with no mom & no littermates has no chance at survival, so she got him to the vet and then the emails started. She needed help with this little guy and she was determined to find it. We got the email, we heard the plea, and we were lucky enough to find a foster home. Sebastian became a MexPup, arrived at the vets yesterday for a check-up, and stole everyone’s hearts. He is about 2 years old, weighs 65 lbs and is a cuddle monster. His sweet face tugs at the heart strings and then once he lures you in, the cuddling, burrowing and licking begin. He is a little guy that has so much love to give. Sammy would do best in a home with no children, cats and and experienced handler.
Beemer: Application received, please check back.
He showed up near the beach one day. The pup was cowering behind a car while a nice woman tried to coax him to come to her. Todd recognized her as a fellow animal rescuer and sat down on the curb to talk with her and try to reach out to the pup. The shepherd mix was pretty anxious and every time either of them would try to get close to him, he would run to a nearby doorway and cower. They knocked on the door to see if this was his home and as soon as the door opened he ran inside the house, jumped up on the bed and lay down smiling. The nice woman who opened the door explained that she had just met this dog and as much as he wanted to move into her house, she already had a dog and couldn’t take in another. It was easy to see she had fallen for him and wanted to help him. When she met him in front of her door that day, he was dragging six feet of heavy link, rusty chain behind him, secured with a rusty chain “collar”. Once she took that horrible chain off him and replaced it with a borrowed collar, he decided she was the best woman in the world. Todd told her that if she would let the pup stay with her for the night, he would return for him the next day and that is how Beemer became a MexPup. This beautiful guy is about 11 months old and he weighs 19 kilos. Beemer is a friendly pup, but is a bit cautious with new people. We are just getting to know him, but are confident that he will blossom with care, safety and love. So far he has done well with the other dogs he has met and we are excited to help Beemer on his road to a new life. It won’t be long before he is ready for adoption, so please share Beemer’s album so we can find him a great family.
Iris: Application received, please check back.
She was walking alone on the streets when Colette first saw her. She wasn’t in really bad shape, but the streets are no place for a small pup. Colette took her home and went about trying to find her family, thinking that maybe she was lost. When no family turned up, it was time to move forward and Colette asked MexPup for some help finding her a home. Iris is about 11 months old and weighs 2 kilos. She is just an itty, bitty, sweet, happy girl. Iris is a very calm, quiet dog, who loves to cuddle with her foster mom. She doesn’t like to be approached quickly by strange dogs, and she might growl to keep them away, but once she gets to know them, she is fine with them. Iris is very loving and enjoys getting lots of attention. If you are looking for a little lap dog to share your time, she might be the perfect fit for you. We don’t think Iris would do great in a home with small children as she is a bit cautious (if you were that little, you would probably be cautious too). Iris is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. If you are ready to make Iris a member of your family, please complete an adoption application which you can find atwww.mexpup.com.
Fritz: Application Received, Please check back.
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.
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.
Tara: Application received, please check back
After being thrown to the streets as a young puppy, Tara was found wandering close to her rescuers house dirty, skinny and full of fleas and ticks. Thankfully her rescuer took her in and Tara will never again be thrown aside as if her life means nothing. This sweet and gentle girl is looking for her new family that can provide her with a quiet home and confidence to help her learn that this world that was so cruel to her is no longer so scary. Tara is timid and fearful of loud noises, people and other dogs, but if shes with a confident human, she does perfectly well knowing she can trust her human to protect her is all she needs to thrive and learn that not all things are scary. She has come such a long, way, and now Tara is looking for her forever home that can help her grow into a confident adult with lots of positive interactions with all things. Daycare would be a wonderful option for this gal. Tara is great with cats and kids in her home, but timid with strangers. Offer her a treat, and shes all yours. Tara is now 11kg, and we dont suspect she will get much bigger than 15kg Are you her family? Are you willing to seek the advice from Tara's current trainer for the skills needed to provide Tara with a lovely life? If so, please fill out an application for this sweet girl at www.mexpup.com
Nicholas: Application received, please check back
On Christmas day Laura and Licerine were visiting the cemetery in San Juan. They noticed a dog wondering between the graves searching for food. He was in such a bad condition, extremely skinny and physically emotionally exhausted. They attempted to approach him but he got scared and ran away. When they left the cemetery, he was there outside and again they tried to approach him. They showed him we were with other dogs and he did not need to be afraid. He decided to trust them and they were able to put a leash around him. He did not want to walk as he had no energy so he let them carry him the 15 minute walk home. He curled up in a little ball in Licerine's arms and started to relax. He was rescued just in time, another day or so and this would have been a different story. We were thinking of what to call him and it seemed appropriate to call him Nicholas as it was Christmas day. Nicholas is a very sweet boy. This approximately 2 year old pup weighed 10 kilos when rescued. He is nervous but slowly starting to trust. He has obviously lived in a house before as he asks to go outside to the toilet and walks well on the leash. In the morning he likes to stretch his long legs and makes these very cute noises. He is going to be a very handsome boy when he is healthy and will be a very loyal and loving pet.
Inca: Application received, please check back:)
UPDATE December 31st, 2015: Inca is a wonderful family member, and has blossomed in her foster home. She is great with other dogs, cats and kids. Inca is a funny, active, loyal dog who enjoys activity as much as she enjoys cuddling on the couch. Inca is hoping to find her forever family in the new year. Could it be yours?
UPDATE September 13, 2015: Inca has settled in and adapted very well to her foster home. She has lots of fur sisters to play with, lots of toys that she has fun with for hours, and lots of love. Inca is great with kids and other dogs. She is always up for fun if something is going on, but is generally calm and happy to cuddle on the couch. She is a determined girl with a mind of her own, so does need consistent limits, but wants most to please her humans, and responds well to training. Inca is still looking for a permanent home. Do you have room in your home and heart for this sweet girl?
In front of the building where Sandra lives, there were two female dogs. One was pregnant and one was in heat. Sandra knew they needed help, and took action. Both dogs were taken into care, and their new beginning began. Medical tests were done on the pregnant female and it was determined that she was very sick. A cesarean was performed and 12 puppies were delivered. Because of mama’s poor health, 5 of the puppies were stillborn, and 3 more died within the first couple of days. We were able to enjoy a few days with the remaining 4 puppies, and the vets did everything they could to keep the babies alive, but they all died due to poor health. Although it was sad to lose the puppies, it made us even more determined to help the mom, now named Inca, recover. She is currently in a foster home with several other dogs and is doing very well. She is learning what it is like to only have to worry about being a dog. She is learning how to play, she is learning that she won’t be alone ever again, and she is learning that life is very good. This sweet girl is about 15kg and approximately 3-4 years old. We can’t resist her wonderful smile. Please share her story to help find her forever family.
Hardy: Application received, please check back.
Life isn’t always fair. You can be a wonderful person and a great pet owner, but sometimes things just happen. A medical emergency, leading to a permanent change in life that leaves you without the ability to care for your pets. They are your pups and you love them with all your heart, but you know the reality and understand the issues. What do you do? When we got the call from a local Victoria family that has been supporters of animal rescue and MexPup, we got right to work helping to find a solution. We found foster homes, and are now looking for forever homes for these four pups that are sweet as pie. Hardy is a 3 year old Pomeranian who needs a quiet home that will help him to learn to be a confident boy. He is prone to hot spots due to his anxiety and we feel he would thrive as a single dog. Hardy is wonderful with kids, cats and other dogs, and walks great on leash. These pups were very loved and cared for, so all the change in their life right now could be very tough on them. We want to help Hardy find his perfect home, so please help us to make that happen
Bernie: Application received, please check back
Ryan was on his way to volunteer at the acopio (local dog pound) when he saw this pup on the street near a garbage pile. He looked so horrible that Ryan changed his plans and started following him around. He was able to get a rope from someone living nearby, got him leashed up and then it was time to get him into his jeep. Ryan thought it might be a challenge, but Bernie jumped right in on his own. He loved riding in the jeep on the way to the vet, where he'll be for 15 days before going into foster care in Ryan’s home. The great news is that Bernie tested negative for all the really scary stuff, but his skin certainly has issues that will need time, love and care to heal. Bernie is about 3 years old and seems to do very well with other dogs. As we learn more about him, we will let you know that info, but for now we can tell you that this sweet boy is getting the attention that he needs. If you are able to help donate to Bernie’s care, it would be greatly appreciated [from Canada you can do an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, from anywhere you can visitwww.mexpup.com and click on the paypal link, and from PV you can make a donation at Mascotas Vet Clinic (Dr. Peña) or Sabuesos (Dr. Aguilar)]. Thank you for helping us to help dogs like Bernie.
Mosha: Application received, please check back
She was walking around the streets skinny, weak, dirty, with skin issues and no place to call home. She was surviving, but that isn’t a life. She needed a safe place to rest, recover and get healthy, but no one noticed her and no one stopped for her….until one day Licerine came into her life. Licerine saw this dog in need and she did what animal rescuers do, she took her home and started her on the road to recovery. Mosha is about 1 year old and now weighs 20 kilos (she was 14 kilos when rescued). This lovely girl is a friendly, playful pup that loves life. Mosha does great with other dogs and did well with the cat in her foster home. This pup loves kids, loves to run, loves to play, and is full of energy. Mosha is still a puppy in many ways and would thrive in an active home that works on the training basics to help her become a great adult dog. Please help us to find a loving home for Mosha…you just need to share her album. Maybe you know someone that knows someone that is looking for a dog just like Mosha.
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?
Spartan (formerly Sam Shepherd): Adopted! January 24, 2016
Update 10/11/2015: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! And indeed, we have a lot to be thankful for. Today, Sam was able to leave the clinic and go to a foster home! He is eating and drinking on his own, and is now enjoying life in a home, surrounded by other dogs, kind humans, and so much love.
Update 10/9/2015: Sam is doing what Sam does. He continues to fight. He stood up today on his own - yes! He continues to drink water and he tries to eat his food (what he does not eat on his own, we help him). The great news is that Sam continues to fight and that brings us joy and hope.
Update 10/5/2015: Sam has now been in care 72 hours and he has made some progress. He isn't having diarrhea which is a very positive step. He also complained a bit today when we were cleaning one of his wounds which is also great. He isn't alert often, but he does have moments where he connects with us. He is still on IV and in critical care, but each day that passes and each small improvement gives us great hope that he will make it.
Update 10/4/2015: Sam has now been in care 48 hours and he continues to fight. He has made some small improvements over the past 24hours. He is now somewhat alert and lifts his head when he hears people moving around. These are small steps and his road to recovery will be long, but we are grateful for any and all positive news.
Claudia’s cleaning lady was out on the morning walk with Claudia’s dogs. She noticed a woman and 2 kids throw something out of the window of their truck. As they passed by her, the woman said “I left you a little present” and drove away. As she got closer, her worst fears were realized. There lie a puppy, only a few months old and clearly in bad shape. He wouldn’t move, so she went back to the house, called Claudia and together they went to get the dog and urgently took him to the vets. Sam Shepherd is about 3 months old. He arrived at the vets in grave shape. He was totally dehydrated, anemic, has giardia and hundreds of other parasites. He was immediately put on an IV and received a blood transfusion. It has now been 24 hours and Sam is still fighting. Our biggest concerns right now are that he has diarrhea and is struggling to keep his body temperature regulated (it was very low this morning, but it is now back to normal with the help of a heating pad). He was responsive to a soft touch and a gentle voice. We told him to keep fighting, that there was a whole community that would soon be sending him their love and that he would never, ever be alone again. We need your help. The MexPup bank account was empty, but we couldn’t say no to taking in Sam and doing all we can for him. If you could please help us by making a donation of any size to help Sam and all the other dogs that we have in care. In Canada you can make an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, in Mexico you can make a cash donation at either Mascotas Vet Clinic (Dr. Manuel Pena) or at Sabuesos (Dr. Paco Aguilar), or go to www.mexpup.com where you will find a link to our paypal account. Thank you for allowing us to do all we can for Sam.
Chessa: Adopted! December 27. 2015
As they were driving up the hill on their way to the LADRA sanctuary, they reached the first gate and saw a small dog. She was in the middle of nowhere – no homes, no people, high up the hills on a dirt road. It seemed apparent that someone had either intended to drop her at LADRA and couldn’t get there, or they had just intended to dump her on her own. Either way, it was this little one’s lucky day. She was skinny, dirty and had loads of fleas and ticks. It was time to get her to the vets and on the road to a bright future. Chessa is about 4-5 years old and now weighs 5.2 kilos. She is a sweet girl that just wants someone to love. Chessa is happy to roll onto her back for a belly rub or cuddle up in your lap. She can be a bit timid with strangers, but it doesn’t take her long to feel comfortable. Chessa did great with the other dogs in her foster home and she was fine with the cats also. This lovely girl is healthy and ready for adoption. Please share her album so we can find her forever family.
Olive: Adopted! December 12, 2015
Whenever there is a healthy momma dog and her puppies at the acopio (local pound), it is especially dangerous for the puppies. When the momma dog is very sick, the chances for the survival of the puppies is even less. When Trysha saw an emaciated nursing dog with severe mange and 8 puppies, she knew they needed help and she reached out to Ted & Brischa to see if LADRA had space to take in the whole family. Once they saw Sky & her puppies, they understood why Trysha thought it was critical to get them into a foster home. It is amazing when two groups can work together and support each other completely. At about 8 months old, Olive weighed 14 kilos. She is a happy, shy, and playful puppy, who did great with all the other dogs in her foster home. Olive does well on a leash, but best when walked alone as she gets easily distracted. Olive loves food, loves to cuddle up, and loves to play. We are so excited for Olive to meet her new family!
Ruby (formerly Rabita): Adopted! November 22, 2015
Angelica saw her on the streets of her neighborhood for 2 days. The pup seemed lost, so Angelica took her home and got her photo posted on social media. Time passed and no one came forward to claim the pup, so it was time to figure out a plan. She asked MexPup for help and we were happy to say yes. Rabita is about 3 years old 7.7 kilos. She is a happy girl who likes attention and lets you know if she isn’t getting enough. Rabita did great with the other dogs and cats in her foster home. She does well in most situations, but isn’t a fan of the vet office. Rabita is healthy and ready to move onto the next chapter in her life…a new family. We are so excited for her and can’t wait for updates!
Guapa: Adopted! November 7, 2015
Life can be hard. When their family had a devastating emergency, everything changed. They loved their dogs. They were part of the family, but sometimes there are no options. The animals had been well cared for and a good friend took them into her home. She knew she couldn’t keep them, but she promised to care for them until new homes could be found. MexPup offered to take in one pup and Ted & Brischa agreed to foster her. It is wonderful when a community comes together to help those that have suffered. Guapa is about 4 years old and weighs 5.8 kilos. She is a very sweet and gentle dog that likes to cuddle and be close to her humans. Guapa has been quite the heart breaker as everyone that meets her falls in love. She does well with other dogs and was fine with the cats in her foster home. Guapa is quieter pup, but as she’s gotten used to her new surroundings, she has gotten braver and more relaxed. We are confident she will make a great addition to one lucky family!
Xolo: Adopted! November 7, 2015
He had an “owner” if you can call someone that does nothing for you an owner. They didn’t feed him, they didn’t care for him, and they didn’t take him to the vet when he got extremely ill. A neighbor tried to do what they could…they fed him, but they didn’t have the resources to do more. When Ted & Brischa offered assistance, the neighbor that was helping was extremely grateful. The first stop was the vet as the pup not only had an infection, but there was necrotic tissue with live maggots. Even though he was in very bad shape, an emergency surgery was necessary. We weren’t sure he would survive, but we had to take the risk to give him a chance at a future. To say we were happy that he pulled through is an understatement. Xolo is about 3 years old and weighs 25 kilos. He’s a very good dog who’s had a rough life. Xolo was quite afraid when he first came into care, but as soon as he knew he was safe he was fine. He’s good with other dogs and doesn’t pay attention to cats. Xolo is not too fond of water, but he is slowly getting more comfortable with it. A story from his foster family that is one of our favorites - ”We went to a beach yesterday with lots of people in a restaurant and he was off-leash and very good. He did choose another table with a family with kids but we forgave him for that J”. Xolo is great in cars and he’s really a beautiful dog. We are so excited for him to have a wonderful life with a wonderful family.
Domingo: Adopted! November 4, 2015
Lilly saw him lying in a vacant lot on a rainy day. He looked as if he was just resting. When she saw him again 3 hours later in the same position, she decided to take a closer look. She realized that he couldn’t move and she knew he needed help. Into the car and off to the vets they went. They said that he had a fractured him and would need surgery. Thankfully, they were able to repair his hip and Domingo was well on the road to recovery. Lilly reached out on social media for help. With the help of Claudia to foster him, MexPup was able to say yes to taking him in. Domingo is now about a year old and he weighs 6 kilos. He does great with other dogs, cats and kids. According to his foster home, “Domingo is a fantastic dog”. Now that is high praise from a home that has fostered dozens of dogs! Domingo is an obedient dog that loves to play and go for walks. He isn’t great in traffic with large, loud vehicles…we guess that he has hit by a car, so his reaction in those situations is understandable. He has recovery well from his hip surgery and is ready for adoption. We are so excited for him to meet his new family.
Jane: Adopted! October 22, 2015
You think you are heading to the store, on your motorcycle to do a quick errand. But that all changed when a terrified little dog ran in front of Michelle and Andres in the street. There wasn't a plan. There wasn't an easy solution, but they stopped anyway. The dog had ran off down the street, but they knew they had to try and help. As scared as she was, this little one would have easily been run over if she got onto a busy street. So, abandoning their motorcyle and their plan for the afternoon, Michelle and Andres worked together to corner her into a vacant lot. They named this sweet girl Jane of the Jungle. At first Jane was very scared, but has since gained a lot of confidence and is a fun loving, social girl. A petite 8.5kg Jane is already 10 months old so she won't grow much bigger. From running scared in the streets, Jane will run right into your heart. Will you welcome her into yours?
Walt: Adopted! October 21, 2015
Whenever there is a healthy momma dog and her puppies at the acopio (local pound), it is especially dangerous for the puppies. When the momma dog is very sick, the chances for the survival of the puppies is even less. When Trysha saw an emaciated nursing dog with severe mange and 8 puppies, she knew they needed help and she reached out to Ted & Brischa to see if LADRA had space to take in the whole family. Once they saw Sky & her puppies, they understood why Trysha thought it was so critical to get them into a foster home. It is amazing when two groups can work together and support each other completely. Walt is now about 9 months old and weighs 8.9 kilos. He is a happy, curious, energetic and playful puppy who did great with all the other dogs in his foster home. Walt loves walks on the beach or along the river, and loves chasing the foam and waves. He has great recall and loves to meet new people. Walt also loves his snuggles and enjoys his downtime. We think that Walt will make a great new family member as he is a very friendly and easy going pup.
Chilindrina: Adopted! October 21, 2015
Martha had seen her around the neighborhood a few times skinny and digging in the trash, but she was never able to get close enought to catch her. She was always too quick, too nervous, too scared. Then one day she saw her close by and started talking to her. it took a little time, but they made friends and Chilindrina's new life began. She was dirty, covered in fleas & ticks with matted fur and wounds on her skin. She needed help and Martha was there to make it happen. This salt & pepper girl is just over 1 year old and weighs 11 kilos. Chilindrina has blossomed since going into her foster home. She is a happy girl that does well with other dogs and cats. Chilindrina loves walks on the beach, running at full speed and swimming in the river. She has learned about toys and fetch...she is a fan of both. Chilindrina has made the most of becoming a house dog...she loves the couch and the bed and all the soft places she can rest. This sweet girl is ready for adoption and we're excited for her to find a family. Please share her album so that one lucky family will be able to take her home soon.
Carlos: Adopted! October 20, 2015
They had rescued a small pup & his mom and were hoping to keep them. Sometimes what we want and what we can do are not the same thing. They understood the responsibility and the commitment needed, so they took the best decision for the dogs asking Brischa and Ted for help. These awesome animal rescuers were there (once again) to lend a hand. Carlos is about 1 year old and weight 1.6 kilos. He is just a little guy, but don’t tell him that. Carlos is a very happy, energetic and loveable puppy. He loves attention, being around his humans, and is quite comfortable around other people as well. Carlos did great with all the dogs in his foster home…big or small, he just wanted to play. He is a very active little guy who also loves to cuddle up on your lap and in bed with you. He is loyal, inquisitive, loves to explore when out on walks and he will follow you wherever you go. This little guy is going to make a great family member.
Dixie: Adopted! September 3, 2015
Security dogs – we all have an image of what a security dog looks like. Princess was 1 of 3 small dogs living as a 'security dog' on a empty lot for some time. Their only shelter was a vehicle parked on this lot, and they used this to protect them from the rain and the hot sun. They most often didn’t even have the basic essentials of food or water. Angels who saw these dogs tracked down the owner of the property were able to convince the owner to give the dogs up. Princess went into a loving foster care home where she could begin to live her life She is about 8 months old and is shy and timid, but very sweet. She loves cuddling and attention, and gets along well with other dogs & cats. We believe that with time, she will gain confidence and blossom.
Susie (formerly Barbie): Adopted! January 6, 2016
Barbie was loved and had a home, but then the home got too busy for her. They thought that as they loved her so much, they would keep her safe by crating her for the majority of her life. They fed her, let her out to pee, and put her back in her crate. Barbie was not socialized, she was not walked, and she was not really loved in a caring way. She wasn’t provided medical attention when needed, so she is blind in her right eye from to an untreated infection. The day finally came and the family decided they no longer wanted her. Thankfully, Candace was able to help and Barbie's life truly began. Barbie is a 4 year old bundle of love. At 9 kg's she is now becoming the princess she was meant to be. Barbie has thrived outside of her caged life. She has love, and the freedom to run which is all new to her. She met other dogs, and she is in absolute love with life. She is shy at first, but once she knows you're okay, she is the most loveable little gal anyone could ask for. Barbie has some quirks from being caged her whole life. She is a needy girl who loves to be with her humans. With love and patience Barbie will be a great addition to a family. Barbie's ideal home would include lots of walks and outdoor adventures, a quiet home, no kids, lots of love, food (Barbie is very food motivated), a lap to snuggle on, to never be caged again, and to have a new family that is home all the time. Are you Barbie’s new family? If you would like to add her to your family, please submit an application found at www.mexpup.com and or email our adoptions coordinator email@example.com.
Haschi: Adopted! January 3, 2016
Terrified…everyone could see it. There was no question this dog had been through too much. Her owner had passed away and the city went to pick up the dogs. Hachi tried to hide. She didn’t want to leave her home. She didn’t understand what was happening when she was captured and removed. Traumatized…it’s the best word to describe her state of being. The acopio (local pound) isn’t easy for any dog, but it was especially difficult for her. Manuel, who volunteers the acopio, started trying to build a relationship with Hachi. It took time and patience, but she slowly began to improve. She started interacting with others and not spending all of her time trying to disappear into the corner of her kennel. After spending over a year at the acopio, MexPup offered to help find Hachi a home. She went into foster care with Manuel and his family where she learned about living in a home again and regular life. Hachi is about 4 year old and weighs 23 kilos. She did well with the other dogs and the cats in her foster home. Hachi is a shy girl and can have some separation challenges. She loves a nice cuddle, giving kisses and a soft place to sleep. Hachi also does well with kids. We think she would do best in a calm home with a family that will give her the time to settle into life and just be. Hachi went through something horrible, but she is moving forward and doing better every day. This shy girl only needs time to adjust, but once comfortable, she is all about love. Please share her album and help us to find a home for Hachi…she really deserves it.
Lola (formerly Lolita): Adopted! December 18, 2015
They saw her on a trash pile not too far from the acopio. They thought she just looking for food and would return to her home. When they went to the acopio the following week, the same dog was in the same trash pile and it was clear she hadn’t left that spot. Had she been abandoned there and remained waiting for her people to return for her or was it just a spot she knew would provide her food? We don’t know the why, but we do know that it was no place for her to live. Ryan drove out to the spot to pick her up and got her to the vets. Ted & Brischa took her into foster care once she was cleared by the vet. Lolita is about 9 months old and weighs 5.4 kilos. She is a very sweet and cuddly pup. Lolita did great with the other dogs in her foster home. She barked at the cats, but never made a move for them. She loves attention, but can be a bit shy with new people. Lolita is a playful pup that has left her past behind. She is ready to start a new life with people that will cherish her and a make her a member of the family.
Roo: Adopted! November 30, 2015
They had rescued a small pup & his mom and were hoping to keep them. Sometimes what we want and what we can do are not the same thing. They understood the responsibility and the commitment needed, so they took the best decision for the dogs asking Brischa and Ted for help. These awesome animal rescuers were there (once again) to lend a hand. Roo is about 2 years old and weight 2.3 kilos. According to her foster family, “Roo is the sweetest, most happy and loving dog”. Roo is full of energy and gets very excited when anything new happens. She is a quiet dog (does not bark), but loves to explore and smell new things when out on walks. Roo is constantly wagging her tail, and always has a big smile on her face with her little tongue hanging out, especially when she is talked to or gets attention. She loves to cuddle and is a perfect little size to bring along anywhere. We are so excited for her to be with her new family.
Luna (formerly Chocolatay): Adopted! November 20, 2015
Colette was on the bus when she saw a small dog standing alone near a bus stop. The pup looked like she was about to try and cross the very busy, wide road, so Colette got off the bus to investigate (hero!). The pup was only able to use 3 of her legs and was clearly on her own. Colette scooped her up and took her straight to see Dr. Pena. She had an old injury that need to be operated, but the other signs were all very positive for this girl. The surgery went well and she was did great in her foster home. Chocolatay is about 6 years old and weighs 8.6 kilos. She is a very sweet, happy go lucky pup. At first she can be shy with strangers, but after a bit of time is fine with them. Chocolatay is happy to have a home and to be able to play with the other dogs in her foster pack. She loves running around the house with them, but she is very careful, gentle, and does not play too hard or too fast. Chocolatay is independent, and does not need constant attention. She is happy to just be with and be a part of her surroundings. Chocolatay is not a loud dog, but will definitely bark when someone enters the home, and has a cute play growl and makes little noises sometimes when she plays. This lovely girl is happy, healthy and ready to meet her new family.
Lucky: Adopted! November 14, 2015
Photos were posted on a public facebook group along with a plea to help this dog. It appeared that he had been burnt by oil…it was clear he needed help, but he was still on the street, still in pain, and still needing to be rescued. A number of people responded to the plea for help. Some went to look for him and when he was found, they called another person who took him to the vets. Others donated to his care and Jenny stepped up to foster him. Many people who didn’t know each other came together to help an animal in need. Compassionate, kind, caring, giving, generous – both spiritually & financially…these are just some of the adjectives we can use to describe these people. It is amazing when a community comes together to help make a difference. Lucky was not only suffering from burns, but he also had non-contagious mange and was very skinny. It took time and patience, but with the help of Jenny and the vets, he started to improve. Jenny has been a foster home for many MexPups, so when she asked for help with Lucky, we were happy to say yes. Lucky is almost 2 years old and now weighs 19 kilos (a healthy weight for this boy that weighed 12 kilos when rescued). He loves to play with other dogs, kids and people. Lucky does great on leash, loves running free, and has great recall. This playful pup is very energetic and would do great in an active home. Lucky loves car rides, chewing on bones and meeting everyone. We are so excited that he flew straight into the arms of his waiting family and are so excited for him to start this next chapter in his life.
Aba: Adopted! November 11, 2015
She was only 3.6 kilos and about 2.5 months old, yet she was on her own at a taco stand hoping for food. It was raining, and she was soaking wet, skinny & hungry with fleas & ticks, yet it was her lucky day. Priscela and Rodrigo are animal rescuers. They saw her that day. They asked around only to find out she was on her own, so they loaded her up and took her home. Aba’s new life started just like that. This sweet pup is now 7 months old and 17 kilos. Aba loves life. She can be a bit timid when meeting new people or in new situations, but she is quick to adapt and find her confidence. Aba does great with other dogs, loves adventure, and has a great time playing with toys. She may have started life off a bit rough, but she jumped on her chance and has embraced her new life. We are so excited for Aba to have a wonderful new life with a wonderful new family.
Dulce: Adopted! November 5, 2015
Living alone on the street is always hard. It is even harder when you are injured, as was Dulce. She was skinny, full of fleas and had an injury to her eye. Luckily there are kind humans in the world and one of them started feeding this street girl. When Sandra heard about a dog in need, she did what she always does. She offered to help and foster this sweet girl, now named Dulce. When taken to the vet, the news wasn't good. Dulce tested positive for heart worm, which can be deadly. It is a very delicate treatment process which requires a lot of patience and vigilence on behalf of the foster family. Sandra was up for the challenge and so was Dulce. Together, along with the support of Dr. Peña, one of our wonderful vets, Dulce pulled through! It was a happy day when Dulce was cleared to fly and headed into the loving arms of her new family. Enjoy your wonderful new life sweet Dulce!
Mex (formerly Bobby): Adopted! October 21, 2015
Barb & Louis are always helping out animals in their neighborhood. There are 5 dogs that have “owners” but come to their door every morning for breakfast. One day the “Pitillal Five” were six. The new pup was much more interested in human contact than in the food or water that was offered. It didn’t take long to realize this guy had been abandoned and so Barb & Louis do what animal rescuers do…they helped. The first step was a trip to the vets and that is how Bobby became a MexPup. This sweet guy is about 1 year old and he weighs 18 kilos. Bobby does great with the dogs in his foster home. When the cats decide to sleep on his bed, Bobby politely takes the floor (sweet boy). He walks well on a leash, loves people and is thriving in foster care. We believe Bobby would do well in most homes as he is a friendly, happy pup.
Benny (formerly Viernes): Adopted! October 2, 2015
Viernes had a family. The only problem is that they were an abusive family that would hit him. The family did do one good thing…they took him to the vets. One day when he was brought to the vets, she decided that he simply couldn’t be returned to that fate. She told the family that they couldn’t have him back and why (bravo, BRAVO!). The family understood this wasn’t a battle they could win and they surrendered him to her. Doesn’t that just want to make you stand up and cheer!! Way to go, way to be his advocate! Viernes was skinny, had ticks and manage, but most importantly he was safe. The vet cared for him and then gave him to Esme & her family to foster. He couldn’t have been put in better hands. Viernes is about 1 year old and weighs 10 kilos. Not surprisingly, he is generally nervous and needs patience to gain confidence in new situations. Viernes did well with the cat in his foster home and does fine with dogs once he knows them (a proper introduction is key for him). He does best with adults, but is ok with teenagers once introduced to them. This guy had a rough start and needs a gentle, kind home to help him continue on his road to recovery. Viernes has come a long way and is doing really well. We are excited for him and are confident that he has a bright future!
Cooper (formerly Tabasco): Adopted! August 28, 2015
There are two tunnels in Puerto Vallarta, the long one and the short one. Tunnels are no place for animals, as there isn’t much space other than the road, with lots of cars racing along. So when Brischa & Kendra saw a dog in the tunnel almost get run over twice, they didn’t think, they just took action. Kendra jumped out of the car, grabbed the scared pup and got him safely back in the car. It wasn’t until he was safe that they realized they had no place for another rescue. Just the day before they had picked up a litter of puppies that had been thrown in the trash, so bringing home even more dogs…how in the world could they manage it all. Well, if you are Brischa, Ted and the volunteers that help them with their rescue sanctuary LADRA, you put a smile on your face, your head down and you simply get to work. This is who they are. This is what they do. They give and they give and then they give some more. If you have ever had the chance to meet Ted & Brischa or spend some time with them, you will know that they have huge hearts and work every day to make a difference for animals. Tabasco is about 8 months old and he weighs 10 kilos. He might grow a tiny bit more, but he will be a small/medium sized adult dog. He is a sweet pup that loves to cuddle. Tabasco is a puppy still and loves to be active, but he also likes to rest. He does great will all the dogs in his foster home…big, small, senior or puppy, they are all ok in Tabasco’s world. He likes to sniff at the cats in his foster home, but they are dog savvy and don’t run, so he leaves them alone. We do think he might playfully chase after cats if they run from him. Tabasco is a beautiful dog with a very uniquely colored coat. We don’t know much about his life before, but he seems to be a well-balanced dog that would do well in most any home. This handsome dude is healthy and ready for adoption. Help us to find him a home by sharing his album.
Soliel (formerly Smudge): Adopted! August 28, 2015
Whenever there is a healthy momma dog and her puppies at the acopio (local pound), it is especially dangerous for the puppies. When the momma dog is very sick, the chances for the survival of the puppies is even less. When Trysha saw an emaciated nursing dog with severe mange and 8 puppies, she knew they needed help and she reached out to Ted & Brischa to see if LADRA had space to take in the whole family. Once they saw Sky & her puppies, they understood why Trysha thought it was so critical to get them into a foster home. It is amazing when two groups can work together and support each other completely. At about 5 months old, Smudge weighed 10 kilos. He is a happy, curious, energetic and playful puppy who did great with all the other dogs in his foster home. Smudge does well on the leash and loves going for walks. We think that Smudge will make a great new family member as he is a very friendly and easy going pup.