Hoping for Homes - Dogs currently available for adoption.
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Freud: in a Victoria foster & looking for a loving home
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.
Finn: in a Victoria foster & looking for a loving family
Angeles knows most of her neighbors. One day she saw a man named Peanut, the local neighborhood drunk, walking around with a small pup about 4-5 weeks old. The pup was very skinny with a large belly (parasite belly) and was covered in ticks. Angeles asked him about the pup and Peanut explained that the dog was his. He was going to care for it and then breed it. She told him she thought he would have a hard time doing what he wanted as the puppy would need lots of care and he replied that he would take great care of him. She explained there would be costs associated with taking him to the vet and went on to tell him that she was part of a group of volunteers that helped street dogs by getting them healthy and finding them great homes. She continued to educate him about dogs and eventually, he admitted that he didn’t really have a home, nor money to pay for food, and he agreed that she should take the pup. The next stop for Finn was the vets and boy did he need it. This sweet guy got a bath (no more ticks or fleas), got tested for the scary illnesses (no moquillo or parvo – yea!), and had blood work done (positive for ehrlichia and very anemic). He went home with Angeles to a life where food, shelter, care and love would always be available. Finn is now 15 months old and weighing 53 pounds and is ready to find his forever family. He is a loving, active and playful pup. This guy has energy to burn and would do great with an active family (left to his own devices/boredom, chewing is a favorite pastime). Finn is learning leash skills nicely, and is house trained. He was fostered with dogs (he loves to play with them) and cats (he likes to chase them as he wants to play….they aren’t so interested in playing with him). We know that Finn will be a great addition to one fun, active, loving family…will it be yours?
Rufus: in a PV foster & looking for a loving home close by (warm climate)
Ruth was in Bucerias, driving home from work when she saw a dog in the middle of the street. Cars were simply driving around him. She couldn’t leave him there, so she picked him up and the rescue began. He had mange, a nasty case of lice and his back left leg was just hanging. There was no muscle left in the leg at all as it was an old injury (dislocated hip). He had likely been run over or fallen from a roof, and his muscles had wasted away through lack of use. He was emaciated and his first few days all he could manage was sleeping and eating. After his first vet checkup, he was started on medication for ehrlichia. With time and care, he started to gain some weight and he soon brightened up. Ruth continues to foster him and he does great putting up with the furry youngsters Tamsin and Dexter! Rufus is approximately 12 years old and now weighs a healthy 24 kilos. He is very friendly with people and other dogs, but will defend himself if pushed (although he has no front teeth so is of little harm to any dog that provokes him). He spends most of the day sleeping, but does enjoy his early morning and evening walks. He has a dislocated hip and although he didn't put any weight on the leg when he was rescued, he now uses it and even runs on their morning outings; the vet said to allow him to do as much as he wants to. He eats well and then sleeps all day, only getting up to meet and greet his foster mom when she arrives home from work. Rufus is very obedient and he always comes when called. He loves to walk close behind and will nudge your hand with his nose for some affection. Due to his age and his physical challenges (primarily arthritis), we believe he will do best living in Mexico where the climate won’t provide additional challenges to his joints. He met Ruth just when he needed to and now it’s time for Rufus to find his forever home here in Banderas Bay, let’s help him find his way there.
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.
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.
Valentina:in a PV foster & hoping for a loving home
He opened the front door and told the dog to take itself on a walk. This wasn’t the first time this happened as her family never walked with her, they just sent her out on her own. The change came when she returned a bit of time later. The front door was closed and even though he was inside, he wasn’t opening the door for her. She laid there the first night wondering when she would be let inside not realizing that the answer at this door was never again. After 2 nights, Patty & Todd realized that something was out of sorts. This lovely female was on the street, laying in front of her home, occasionally crying and although the people came & went, her location on the outside remained the same. They spoke to some neighbors and found out that the man decided he no longer wanted this dog and simply pushed her out the front door…..insert choice words here. It was easy to know what would happen to an unspayed female - none of it was pretty, so they picked her up and her new life began. Valentina is about 6 years old and weighs about 24 kgs. This older girl is most often calm and prefers to lie under tables – still cautious but she is gaining confidence. Valentina loves to play with medium and small dogs….wresting, chasing and just having a good time! She loves to go for walks and we are using a gentle leader to help work on her pulling. Valentina is still a bit reactive to other dogs when walking on a leash, but she continues to improve and we are confident that with time and the right family, she will learn to fully trust again. This lovely girl deserves a nice life with a new family that deserves her too.
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.
Toby: in a PV foster & looking for a forever family
Carmen & Claudia had seen a small dog around the Fluvial area, but they weren’t able to catch him. One day when at the store, they noticed the same pup playing with another dog. They waited and watched as someone came out of the store and went to the dogs. The woman was the owner of one dog and she said that the other one didn’t have a home. She had been feeding him, but she couldn’t keep him. Thankfully, Carmen & Claudia knew that Gaby was able to foster so they made a plan and Toby was taken to the vets by the woman the next day. She might not have been able to keep the dog, but she did all she could to help him when he was on the streets and then also helped get him into care…..we love people that work to make a difference. The great news from the vet was that although Toby had some of the regular illnesses of a street dog, he tested negative for all the very scary stuff. This approximately 1 year old pup weighs about 9 kilos. Toby is a sweet dog that loves to play……with dogs, with humans and he is even ok with cats. This terrier mix loves to run and run and run……and then play some more! We think that Toby will do great in most any active home. He is a very affectionate pup that makes friends very quickly and also loves a good cuddle. Toby is also a bit mischievous, so he does need structure and rules. He is very smart & trainable, so we know that he will make a great addition to a loving family. Toby would really like to sit in your lap or on the couch next to you…..all you need to do is complete an adoption application that can be found at www.mexpup.com and this great pup could be your newest family member.