Hoping for Homes - Dogs currently available for adoption.
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Sam Shepheard: in critical care at a PV vet clinic
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.
Nicholas: In a PV Foster and looking 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.
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.
Rose: in care in PV, looking for a forever family
When it rains it pours.....Two days ago we took in Piper & Alex. We didn't have the resources to do so, but we couldn't walk away from what we saw. Thanks to all of you, donations came in to cover their care. Today it happened again. Rose was under a bench, in bad shape, unable to move......we couldn't leave her. She is safe tonight and will see a vet first thing tomorrow. We don't know what challenges there will be, but we are hopeful that you will again be there to help us help Rose. Please consider making a donation to her care - visitwww.mexpup.com and click on the donate button.
Someone just pointed out the words on the sign behind her in the first photo where she is under the bench which say "Es momento de ayudar" - translation......it's time to help. So very fitting.
Rose is in care in Puerto Vallarta, but we are still looking for a foster home or forever home for her. Can you find it in your heart to help Rose?
Osito Polar: in long term foster care based on various issues
There is a wonderful borganization called PEACE Animals that runs the free spay & neuter clinics throughout Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding communities. During one clinic a couple arrived asking to euthanize one pup. The paws of this puppy were deformed and the owners had come to the decision that he should be put down. The staff at the clinic didn’t want to comply with the request and asked the owners if they would surrender the dog. The couple agreed and so began the process of helping Osito Polar. Angeles returned to the clinic to pick up another rescue dog that had been neutered that day when she was asked if she could help. She agreed to foster the dog and MexPup took on the responsibility for the medical care and finding this special needs pup a good home. Osito was only 2.5 kilos when he was rescued (late March 2013). He got his name from his unique paws and the way he walked (sort of like a polar bear on ice). He was very weak, very anemic and suffering from ehrlichia. His physical deformities indicated that he might have additional challenges causing his recovery to take longer than what we normally experience. The good news is that with time and care he did begin to heal and became a happy, playful, devilish puppy who didn't realize that he ran or walked different than any other. We are still not certain what medical challenges he could face in the future but that doesn't diminish our commitment to him. Osito was fostered with Canito (now Bello) and they were simply a pair of playful pups who loved exploring, playing and doing was puppies do best…..looking adorable. Now that Canito has found his new home, we very much want Osito to get the same opportunity. He is approximately 7-8 months old and weighs about 10 kilos. This sweet boy has been in a foster home with dogs and cats. He loves to play with dogs and gets along well with all of them, but he can pester the cats. Osito needs a home with lots of love and attention as we expect that his deformed paws might indicate other challenges in his future. He is still a puppy and needs help with training (bored puppies can tend to chew and this guy is no exception), but we know that with a solid home he will become a great family member. We are so thankful that the PEACE Animals vet saved him. Now we need a family that will continue to provide for this lovable, sweet boy.
UPDATE - Oso has been seen by a vet in Canada and we have confirmation that he has club foot. He is mobile and happy and the vet is confident that he can have a great quality of life. He has some internal medical issues and has developed some behavioral issues so we have decided that he will remain in long term foster care.
Random: In a Victoria foster & under 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?
Sammy: In a Victoria Foster looking for a family
While Ady was driving in her colonia in the middle of nowhere, she saw a small puppy on the road. She knew he couldn’t survive on his own and so she decided to make a difference. She stopped, scooped him up and took him home. She couldn’t keep him, but a 2 month old puppy with no mom & no littermates has no chance at survival, so she got him to the vet and then the emails started. She needed help with this little guy and she was determined to find it. We got the email, we heard the plea, and we were lucky enough to find a foster home. Sebastian became a MexPup, arrived at the vets yesterday for a check-up, and stole everyone’s hearts. He is about 2 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. He will need time to get healthy, but he is already on his way. We aren’t sure how big he will get or how he will look, but we do know that he will be a great dog. We will get more information as he spends more time with us. Keep an eye on him, watch him grow & get healthy, and help us to find him a wonderful family to love. Sammy would do best in a home with no children, cats and an experienced handler.
Moro: In a Victoria foster and hoping for a home
Vicki and her husband Frank were having a meal with friends at Moro Paraiso along the Rio Cuale when they noticed a friendly pup. This very social guy was hanging out at the restaurant and they found out that he had been getting fed there for about two weeks but that he needed a home. No one knew where he came from, he had simply arrived. The nice people from the restaurant were making sure he had the basics, but none of them was able to take him in. Living on the streets is tough and everyone knew this great pup deserved a home so Vicki & Frank decided to make a difference. They took him in, got him healthy, and then it was time to find him a home. They asked MexPup for help and lucky for Moro, there was an open space on an upcoming flight & he got the call. This pup has a very sweet temperament and simply wants to love and be loved. Moro is about 1 year old and weighs around 17 kilos. This smart and playful boy does great with other dogs and clearly gets along great with people. He won the hearts of the people at Moro Paraiso, then he won Frank and Vicki’s hearts and now he’s ready to win the hearts of his new family. Whoever they are they will be very lucky to have Moro in their lives.
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.
Peter: In a Victoria foster, looking for a forever family
Update 4/15/2015: Peter is a happy, healthy, active, high energy bundle of love that is looking for a forever family. He does great with other dogs, isn't good with cats, loves to play, loves to be with his people and is a happy dog. We wouldn't recommend Peter for a home with small children but he would do great with other kids. Peter would love to join an active family that will give him the time and attention he needs to continue to grow into a great adult dog.Peter is LOVING doggy daycare and is getting his much needed energy out. During their vacation to PV, MexPup volunteers Chantal and Sean went to the acopio one day to volunteer with Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals. Friends works hard to help the dogs in our local pound by raising funds for food, medicine, supplies and by taking in groups of volunteers to walk, bath and socialize dogs in addition to cleaning kennels and whatever else is needed. Chantal returned home and couldn’t stop thinking about one dog in particular. When she inquired and found out that he was getting worse, she asked us for help with Peter. We told her that we would get him out of the pound, into care and into the MexPup family. The great news was that Friends had just that same day pulled him from the acopio (yay!), but they didn’t have a solution for him…..they only knew that he needed out of the pound and to get medical attention as his situation was critical. They were thrilled when we let them know that MexPup was able to help Peter as it allows them to turn their attention to other dogs in need. Peter is about 1 year old and weighed 12 kilos when he arrived at the vets…he is extremely underweight. This sweet boy will remain in care at the vets until he is a bit more stable and then he will move to a foster home. Peter will have lots of bills, but he is worth every penny. Peter has suffered too much in his short life, but that has all changed now. Can you help us to help Peter?
Kevin: In a forever PV foster based on various needs
Colette and Brischa were on the way to Bucerias to check on a group of dogs in need. While in route they saw a dog lying on the side of a busy road. He wasn’t in front of a home or a business and there wasn’t a break in the fence, so he seemed especially out of place. As soon as they stopped, they realized he was in trouble. It was difficult for him to walk due to the massive size of one of his testicles. It was larger than a grapefruit and there was no question he needed help. As it wasn’t an emergency, they loaded him in the car and continued on their way. When they got there, they found 4 well fed dogs with an owner that provided basic care for his animals, but who had limited resources for any extras. A plan was made to assist with spaying/neutering his dogs to prevent future litters and then it was time to get Kevin to the vets. There was no question that the mass needed to be removed ASAP and thankfully his bloodwork allowed the procedure to happen the very day. We are still waiting for the pathology report, but what we know is that Kevin will never have to survive on his own again. This sweet guy is about 10 years old and weighs 20 kilos. Kevin loves his new situation….food, water, love, a nice place to sleep and the ability to walk without the pain of the tumor. Kevin needed our help and we said yes. Now, we need your help. His bills are growing and at his age, we aren’t sure what the future will bring…..more medical issues, possible adoption or longer term foster care with MexPup covering the costs. Whatever happens, Kevin will be cared for, but we need your help to make sure that is possible. Please consider making a donation to Kevin’s care (etransfer in Canada to Karen@mexpup.com, paypal link at www.mexpup.com, or donations to his bills at Mascotas vet clinic in Puerto Vallarta). Thank you for helping us to help Kevin.
Betty: in a PV 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!