Hoping for Homes - Dogs currently available for adoption.
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Freud: in a Victoria foster & looking for a forever family
Local artist and businesswoman, Pat Gawle, referred a dog to MexPup. A fellow artist of Pat’s from El Tuito rescued a badly injured dog in early January. Froylan is a Mexican potter who lives and works in El Tuito. He came across the young male dog on the street badly injured from what was evidently a stoning or beating. Froylan said he has seen many injured dogs in his life, but none like this. He could not leave the pup on the street. Froylan brought the dog back to his live-in studio and took care of him, but he needed help with food and supply expenses and he certainly could not afford veterinary care. Through Pat, MexPup became involved and in mid-January Brian and Mona drove out on a rescue mission to El Tuito. When they first saw the dog, which they have named Freud, most of the wounds had healed but left numerous scars all over the dog’s body. Freud also had a severely injured back leg that he dragged along when he walked. On initial assessment by the vets in PV, it was determined that Freud has a severely dislocated back right hip. The injury appears to have happened some time ago as his leg has stiffened from misuse making it difficult for him to lay down and get up. To complicate matters, Freud’s bloodwork indicated that he had Anaplasma, a tick borne-disease that left him anemic and with a low platelet count. He would not be a candidate for surgery until his bloodwork improved. Freud is currently being fostered in PV at Brian and Mona’s and he is doing excellent. He is on antibiotics for the Anaplasma, his wounds have healed, and the scarring will not be as bad as initially thought. Moreover, we are optimistic about his leg and he is now booked for surgery on February 11. Pat and another artist, Kathryn (ColorPod), paid for all of Freud’s initial vet visits and we thank them for that, but Freud’s surgery will cost $4,000 pesos (about $330 CAN). Please make a donation for Freud’s care so we can ensure that this wonderful dog has a healthy and happy future.
Nicholas: in a PV foster, has special needs & hoping for a home
On Christmas day Laura and Licerine were visiting the cemetery in San Juan. They noticed a dog wondering between the graves searching for food. He was in such a bad condition, extremely skinny and physically emotionally exhausted. They attempted to approach him but he got scared and ran away. When they left the cemetery, he was there outside and again they tried to approach him. They showed him we were with other dogs and he did not need to be afraid. He decided to trust them and they were able to put a leash around him. He did not want to walk as he had no energy so he let them carry him the 15 minute walk home. He curled up in a little ball in Licerine's arms and started to relax. He was rescued just in time, another day or so and this would have been a different story. We were thinking of what to call him and it seemed appropriate to call him Nicholas as it was Christmas day. Nicholas is a very sweet boy. This approximately 2 year old pup weighed 10 kilos when rescued. He is nervous but slowly starting to trust. He has obviously lived in a house before as he asks to go outside to the toilet and walks well on the leash. In the morning he likes to stretch his long legs and makes these very cute noises. He is going to be a very handsome boy when he is healthy and will be a very loyal and loving pet.
Rose: in care in PV, looking for a foster or forever family
When it rains it pours.....Two days ago we took in Piper & Alex. We didn't have the resources to do so, but we couldn't walk away from what we saw. Thanks to all of you, donations came in to cover their care. Today it happened again. Rose was under a bench, in bad shape, unable to move......we couldn't leave her. She is safe tonight and will see a vet first thing tomorrow. We don't know what challenges there will be, but we are hopeful that you will again be there to help us help Rose. Please consider making a donation to her care - visitwww.mexpup.com and click on the donate button.
Someone just pointed out the words on the sign behind her in the first photo where she is under the bench which say "Es momento de ayudar" - translation......it's time to help. So very fitting.
Rose is in care in Puerto Vallarta, but we are still looking for a foster home or forever home for her. Can you find it in your heart to help Rose?
Exxon: in a PV foster & looking for a loving home
What do you do when you see a dog in need but have no way to pick him up because your car is beyond packed with stuff? Well, if you're Carmen & Claudia, you quickly drive over to your close friends’ home and ask them to join in the rescue. They had seen a dog in bad shape and knew he needed help. When they got back to the location, someone was just about to kick him.....enter dog rescuers (imagine the moment in the comic book when the super hero arrives) who scoop him up and whisk him away to safety. It wasn't until Todd picked him up that they realized he was completely covered in motor oil.....seriously. Exxon is about 10 months old and weighs about 16 kilos. He is currently in care at the vet’s office and we are hoping to find someone in PV that can foster him. Please consider helping.....whether in PV or BC. We need more foster homes in BC, foster homes in PV and volunteers to help with airport pick-ups in BC. It’s the participation of people like you that allows us to send dogs that are healthy and ready for adoption to forever homes. Sending these dogs opens up PV foster homes to allow us to help more dogs. It's all connected and if you want to help, there’s a place for you in the chain. Exxon and MexPup need your help.....please consider volunteering (BC – email Susan@mexpup.com and PV – email Patty@mexpup.com), please consider donating (paypal at www.mexpup.com), please consider helping so that there are funds and space for dogs like Exxon. He is a friendly guy that deserves better. He is now safe, but we need your help to get him the rest of his happily ever after.
Archie: In a PV foster & looking for a forever home
Elizabeth and her daughter noticed 2 dogs on the street. They were dirty, hungry and seemed lost. Elizabeth wanted to help, but didn't know how. That didn't stop her from setting an excellent example for her daughter. She didn't know exactly what to do so she did the obvious. She bought some dog food and tried to give it to the pair. It worked! The dogs were very friendly and grateful for the help. They continued to feed the dogs for several weeks which kept them at a healthy weight. We all know what happens when a male and a female dog are together on the street. It doesn't take long until you are dealing with a litter of puppies. Elizabeth knew she needed to get help before this happened so she approached Mexpup. Archie and Edie were rescued and taken to the vet. They tested positive for a tick born disease which is very common. Archie is almost finished his treatment and has adapted very well to being in a home. He is fun loving, obedient and loyal. At 2 years old, Archie has reached his full size of 17kg. Archie would love to become part of his forever family in the New Year. Would you like to start 2015 with an awesome new family member?
Osito Polar: in a Victoria foster & looking for a loving family
There is a wonderful organization called PEACE Animals that runs the free spay & neuter clinics throughout Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding communities. During one clinic a couple arrived asking to euthanize one pup. The paws of this puppy were deformed and the owners had come to the decision that he should be put down. The staff at the clinic didn’t want to comply with the request and asked the owners if they would surrender the dog. The couple agreed and so began the process of helping Osito Polar. Angeles returned to the clinic to pick up another rescue dog that had been neutered that day when she was asked if she could help. She agreed to foster the dog and MexPup took on the responsibility for the medical care and finding this special needs pup a good home. Osito was only 2.5 kilos when he was rescued (late March 2013). He got his name from his unique paws and the way he walked (sort of like a polar bear on ice). He was very weak, very anemic and suffering from ehrlichia. His physical deformities indicated that he might have additional challenges causing his recovery to take longer than what we normally experience. The good news is that with time and care he did begin to heal and became a happy, playful, devilish puppy who didn't realize that he ran or walked different than any other. We are still not certain what medical challenges he could face in the future but that doesn't diminish our commitment to him. Osito was fostered with Canito (now Bello) and they were simply a pair of playful pups who loved exploring, playing and doing was puppies do best…..looking adorable. Now that Canito has found his new home, we very much want Osito to get the same opportunity. He is approximately 7-8 months old and weighs about 10 kilos. This sweet boy has been in a foster home with dogs and cats. He loves to play with dogs and gets along well with all of them, but he can pester the cats. Osito needs a home with lots of love and attention as we expect that his deformed paws might indicate other challenges in his future. He is still a puppy and needs help with training (bored puppies can tend to chew and this guy is no exception), but we know that with a solid home he will become a great family member. We are so thankful that the PEACE Animals vet saved him. Now we need a family that will continue to provide for this lovable, sweet boy.
UPDATE - Oso has been seen by a vet in Canada and we have confirmation that he has club foot. He is mobile and happy and the vet is confident that he can have a great quality of life.
Peter: in a PV foster & hoping for a loving family
During their vacation to PV, MexPup volunteers Chantal and Sean went to the acopio one day to volunteer with Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals. Friends works hard to help the dogs in our local pound by raising funds for food, medicine, supplies and by taking in groups of volunteers to walk, bath and socialize dogs in addition to cleaning kennels and whatever else is needed. Chantal returned home and couldn’t stop thinking about one dog in particular. When she inquired and found out that he was getting worse, she asked us for help with Peter. We told her that we would get him out of the pound, into care and into the MexPup family. The great news was that Friends had just that same day pulled him from the acopio (yay!), but they didn’t have a solution for him…..they only knew that he needed out of the pound and to get medical attention as his situation was critical. They were thrilled when we let them know that MexPup was able to help Peter as it allows them to turn their attention to other dogs in need. Peter is about 1 year old and weighed 12 kilos when he arrived at the vets…he is extremely underweight. This sweet boy will remain in care at the vets until he is a bit more stable and then he will move to a foster home. Peter will have lots of bills, but he is worth every penny. Peter has suffered too much in his short life, but that has all changed now. Can you help us to help Peter? Can you make a donation towards his medical care? We can only help dogs like Peter because you care and you donate. Please visit www.mexpup.com where you can find a link to our PayPal account or if you’re in Puerto Vallarta, please visit Dr. Peña at Mascotas vet clinic and make a donation directly to Peter’s bill…..thank you for helping us to help him.
Palomita: in a Victoria foster & looking for a family
Cristina and Manuel were out walking when they saw an extremely thin and fearful dog approaching a taco place begging for something to eat. She had clearly been abused and her right ear was bleeding. Cristina felt something inside of herself, an urgency to do something to help. They bought her some tacos and watching her eat confirmed their suspicion……it had been a long time since she had eaten. She asked if she was someone’s dog and a boy said she used to be. On one side of the taco place there is a bus parking lot where she used to "live" (that's why she is scared of buses) and he said the man there abused her and in that moment they knew they would never let Palomita be abused again. Using a taco inside the car, they let Palomita know that everything was going to be better……she got in the car and they immediately went to the vets. She went through all the standard tests and was kept in quarantine to make sure everything was going to be ok. At first she was very afraid, but soon Palomita realized that she was surrounded by love. She would sleep in Cristina & Manuel’s laps and allow them to pet her. Gradually she gained more confidence and her foster family realized how smart and obedient she was. It was a process to get this girl healthy both physically and mentally, but her foster family took their time and nurtured her back to health. Lovely Palomita is about 2 years old and weighs 19 kilos. She is an active dog that loves to play, go for walks and be with her people. She does great with most dogs, but can be challenged by some female dogs (those that are dominate), so needs a proper introduction to females. She isn’t perfect with cats, but she isn’t aggressive either – she simply wants to play and they’re not always on the same page. Palomita is quite fond of tennis balls and will play fetch as long as you are willing to throw the ball. She is a lovely girl that had a tough start to life. Palomita deserves more…..Cristina & Manuel saved her and now she is ready for adoption. Please share her story so her forever family can be found.
Betty: in PV & looking for a home or long-term foster
Brian was out for a walk with his pack when he saw a dog that seemed to be hungry and followed them from a distance. He sat down on the sidewalk with his dogs and gave her a chance to come to them. Although she remained very curious and interested, she would not come within 20 meters. Rather than return home, he walked further to see if she was going to follow. She did but again never came closer than 20 meters. They returned home and she followed. An hour later he went out to see if she was in the area and she was laying by the door. He brought her water and food which she quickly ate. He was reluctant to rescue her because they had a house full of dogs including one with distemper who was not doing well. Several hours later he needed to go to the pharmacy to get some gatorade for the sick pup and she was still outside the door, but would not let him get near her. She followed him 3 blocks to the pharmacy (this time 10 meters behind him) and he tried to ignore her. She waited outside the door of the pharmacy until he left at which time he again ignored her and walked home. He came into the house and gave the sick pup the fluids, then looked out the front door. The old girl was now laying on the sidewalk outside their front door. He invited her into the front yard and she immediately came in and that is when Betty agreed to be rescued. She allowed him to examine her and discovered what seemed like a thousand plus ticks all over her body as well as an old fracture of her right rear leg which gave her difficulty walking around the block. In addition, she had an eye infection and cataracts. Brian started with chore of getting her cleaned up and comfortable. Betty seemed most grateful for the care and attention. The vet exam revealed that Betty had an old fracture that was never treated, an eye infection, cataracts, tick-borne diseases of Anaplasma and Erlichea, and was determined to be about 11 years old weighing about 30 kilos. Her teeth were almost completely worn out and the vet thought she may have had a previous owner that abandoned her because of her illnesses. They returned home and started her treatments. Betty is perfectly house trained and has never had an accident in the home or even the courtyard. In fact, Brian would take her out for a walk every 5 hours and she would relieve herself within a half block and she would not walk further but instead would lay down on the street until he relented and walked her back to their house. Betty is an old dog and not a good candidate for adoption (we hate saying this, but we know it is true) which means that we will need your help providing for her. Please consider contributing to our paypal link at www.mexpup.com as that is the only way we can continue to help dogs like her. Betty is good with other dogs and cats. Her eye infection has improved, her nourishment has improved, she is part way through her tick-borne disease treatment, and she is simply a lovely, old dog. She would make a perfect companion for someone who does not want an energetic, demanding dog and will be satisfied with a relatively short relationship with this appreciative senior dog that has a lovely disposition. We would like to find a local home in PV or a family that drives to/from Mexico as we don’t think putting Betty on a flight would be best for her. If you would like to adopt Betty or would consider fostering her long-term, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This senior girl deserves a nice, easy, comfortable life and we are committed to making sure she gets just that!
Chocolata: in a PV foster & hoping for a family of her own
Chocolate was a street dog that befriended some security guys in a Vallarta neighborhood. They had been feeding her, giving her water, and she had started to follow them during security rounds. On September 1st, she was hit by a car. This poor girl sustained injuries to both her back legs (fracture of one femoral head and in both paws). The security guys didn’t have the ability to provide care for Chocolata, but wanted the best for her. Monica lives in the neighborhood, found out what happened, and started to look for help. The group “Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals” that works with the PV acopio (which is now a no-kill facility because of the work that they do – YEA!!!) agreed to help. They started to raise money and supported Monica in fostering her. At the same time, a number of other critical animals came into the acopio and they also ran into some operational challenges. They were in a tough spot and needed all the help they could find. MexPup heard about the challenges they were facing and decided we (the MexPup community) could help. By taking on the most expensive pup they had in care, it would allow all the money being donated to go towards the other 70+ animals they had in care and the operational challenges they had (loss of the government provided cleaning person). That is how Chocolata became a MexPup. This lovely pup is approximately 1 year old. She is a very friendly girl that does well with other dogs (there are 3 foster puppies in her foster home). We have been given a good prognosis for her recovery by the orthopedic vet and so are very hopeful for her future. The reality is that we need your help. Her surgery & recovery will be costly, but we believe that Chocolata deserves a second chance for a wonderful life with a loving family and a home. Please consider making a donation to MexPup to help us cover all the cost for Chocolata’s care. We need your help to continue to make a difference for those that need our help.
Nena: application received, please check back
Matilde: application received, please check back
Sad sight at PEACE Pitillal clinic: After dropping off their pets and lunches, Anais and her husband returned about 10 minutes later with a dog they had just found on the street rooting through trash for something to eat. After seeing her, the vets immediately said they couldn´t spay her because of her emaciated condition. Gretchen gave her some kibble, but she only ate half a cup. This trusting and gentle dog - part Pit Bull - has a beautiful face and someone may have loved her once upon a time. She twisted a tick off of her neck and the pup immediately started to bleed. Gretchen couldn´t think of a solution for her, as all the refuges and rescue organizations were full, there were no foster homes available, and she was to leave Mexico for a month. She thought the sweet girl would stay by the gate while she registered a pet, but when she looked back, she was gone. When Gretchen arrived home, she felt overcome with sadness. She was not sure why. She has seen and continues to see so many dogs that look like this one. Maybe it was because of the way she looked at her as she petted and talked to her. So she drove back to Pitillal to try to find this sweet and starving dog who was destined to die if not rescued. She couldn´t find her. When she returned home a second time, she sent out an SOS to about a dozen animal rescue sites on FB. She received a response twenty minutes later from Magdalena, who had noticed this dog in back of the church in Pitillal. After boarding the bus, Magdalena got off the bus she had been one block later and returned for the dog. She called Angelica of AngeliCAT for a ride home and then saw the photo Gretchen had posted on a dozen animal rescue sites. The dog was taken to Dr. Peña´s the next morning, where she tested negative for parvo and distemper, but was diagnosed with non-contagious mange and a low blood platelet count. Thankfully, Magdalena & her family offered to foster and then Soraya’s family stepped in to help. Now Karyn & Jim are fostering Nena and they simply can’t say enough great things about her. Nena is about 1.5 years old and weighs 16 kilos. She is a very sweet and grateful dog. Nena is perfect with dogs, people, and does fine with cats. She is very loving and very lovable. Nena is thriving in her foster home and will soon be ready to find a family of her own. We think she will do well in most any environment as she is extremely smart, highly trainable and just an all-around great dog. Nena had a hard life, but that has all changed now. She now has a safe place where she gets all the love, care and attention she needs…….now the only thing missing is a family and a home to call her own.
Here a video about Nena: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWkhvSEZ7MI&feature=youtu.be
Martha was at the store very late one evening and on the way to her car she saw a small dog. The dog came straight to her…..smart girl! She was dirty, matted, full of ticks and clearly in need of help. Martha didn’t hesitate to make a difference, that’s what animal rescuers do. She scooped her up, loaded her in the car and headed home. First up was food, then a bath and finally a soft bed. It was likely Matilde’s first night of good sleep in a long time….living on the streets is tough. Matilde is about 1.5 years old and she weighs 5.2 kilos. She is a very loving girl that is happy to sit in your lap or happy to lay in her bed. Matilde is very obedient and adjusted quickly to life in a home. This sweet girl likes other dogs but she can be afraid of larger dogs (she barks at them). We think she would do well in most any home. Matilde just wants to be part of a family and we’re excited that she is now ready for adoption. Please share her album so we can make her wish come true.