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.
UPDATE: 27/03/15; Freud is doing great in his foster home. He has a team of walkers coming out to walk him daily and socialize him to new things.. He has a trainer that works with him three times a week. Freud is a lovely boy, snuggly, and loves his outings. He does great with most dogs he meets on his outings, has a tendency to react to a dog when hes with reactive dogs, otherwise a simple leave-it command and he will walk on by. Freud loves to play rough, and mouth the neck of his playmate. Once properly introduced he will play with most any dog. Freud has stubborn side, ask any of his walkers...lol when hes not ready to go home, he will put the brakes on and not move! lol He loves to roll in the grass, and eat it, hes a stick lover and will gladly put his full face in the water to get most anything! Freud would do best in a home with no other animals, and no children under 12. Freud is an assertive boy, and still likes to use his mouth for attention and he can pinch you. Freud is very intelligent, easily trainable and is learning nicely with his trainer. Please consider this very sweet boy to be a part of your family.
Mickey: In a Nanimo Foster and looking for a home
Ted & Brischa noticed a new dog in their neighborhood. He was living under a car. This sweet pup had severe mange, was severely malnourished and had an open sore on his back….there was simply no question that this guy needed help. Others had driven by him or walked by him and chosen to do nothing. Ted & Brischa stopped, loaded him in the car and took him to the vets. It is what we wish everyone would do….help. It is what this wonderful couple does on a regular basis. They make a choice to make a difference. Mickey is about 1 year old and weighs 17 kilos. He is still a puppy and has lots of playful energy. Mickey loves being with other dogs and he tries hard to convince the cats in his foster home that they should play with him also. So far, he hasn’t been very successful in his efforts, but he continues to try (he has not hurt or been aggressive with them). Mickey does well on a leash, loves going for walks and thinks time at the park is heaven. He is a cuddly and affectionate dog that loves attention from his people. Mickey has taken a few trips to the beach and is starting to get more comfortable with the ocean. He is a very happy pup that would do great with an active family and children over 12. Mickey is healthy and is ready for adoption. Do you know anyone that might love a new family member? We’re sure that Mickey would love to meet them.
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 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?
Coby: In a PV foster and looking for a loving family
Anselmo was in town running errands. When he returned, he found Coby tied to his truck. Now you might think this was maybe someone who tied up their dog while they ran into the store or something, but whoever tied Coby to the mirror also left behind a few clues. Coby’s carnet (vaccination record) was also left behind, as was some medicine and other medical records. Coby had been abandoned by someone who apparently knew that the truck and Anselmo were both connected to LADRA. Ladra is Spanish for bark and LADRA stands for the Las Animas Dog Rescue Association, an amazing couple that rescues and rehabilitates dogs throughout PV. Coby was a little skinny and had some road dust on him but otherwise, he was in good shape. Anselmo called Ted and Brischa and this personable pup was on his way to a new life. Coby is about two years old and now weighs 23 kilos. He is one handsome looking guy with an all-white coat except for a little splash of brown around his left eye. He definitely has some shepherd in him and maybe a little bit of Samoyed too, that would account for his great white coat. Coby gets along great with other dogs, cats and people. He likes the other animals he lives with, but occasionally barks at them when he wants them to play. He loves going on runs, playing on the beach and he is not afraid to splash around. Coby is a very friendly dog who would be great for an active family.
Betty: in a PV foster & hoping for a home
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 email@example.com. This senior girl deserves a nice, easy, comfortable life and we are committed to making sure she gets just that!
Peter: in a Victoria foster & looking for a loving family
Update 3/15/2015: 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.
Update 12/12/2014: Peter moved to a foster home in PV today. He continues to make progress, but his road to recovery is still a long one. Please consider donating to help with Peter's bills.
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 httpa//www.mexpup.com/:::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.
Update 28/3/2015; Peter is doing great in his foster home. His leash reactive skills are still being worked on and he does best when not walking in a pack. Hes a very smart boy and will literally do anything for a treat. Peter is in beginner obedience classes and does amazing with the 12 dogs in class. No reactivity at all. Its new dogs he feels he needs to meet that distraction techniques need tom be used. Peter is such a snuggly guy and would love people to call his that he can sit in their laps and just be touched. You can touch Peter anywhere, he loves it and melts in your hands. Everywhere we go people love him. Can you love him? He would do best in a home with no cats, and children over 12. Peter still has puppy brain so tends to use his mouth to play and younger children can be hurt. Peter is a gulper of his food, so a puzzle feeder is a must for him. Please consider this sweet and gentle guy to be a part of your family.
Gracie: In 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 50lbs. Gracie is a bit of a special needs girl, due to her previous abuse related injuries, we can expect Gracie to develop early onset arthritis (which may mean some additional medication related expenses later on). Despite that, Gracie still 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 (and possibly pocketbook) 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.
Gabby: in a PV foster & hoping for a family
Trysha, Chris & Brenna were volunteering at the PV Acopio (local pound) with Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals (if you are ever in PV and want to help, this group goes to the acopio every Wednesday & Saturday to feed, walk & bath dogs in addition to cleaning kennels and simply helping the animals. They meet at the PV Costco at 9am, so feel free to join them and help out). There were a few dogs that really caught their attention. These were the dogs that had more issues and needed extra care. The Acopio does what they can to help, but they have very limited resources and just having food for all the animals can sometimes be a challenge. Money for medicine and special care isn’t always available. Trysha asked if a foster for a small poodle with severe skin issues could be found and thankfully Martha said yes. Little Gabby was pulled and taken to the vets for evaluation (thanks to Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals). The great news was that her blood work wasn’t too bad and her skin issue was simply a very strong bacterial infection. It wasn’t contagious and she just needed a strong antibiotic. Gabby is now in her foster home getting the medical care and attention she needs to get healthy. We are sure with time, her skin will heal and this sweet girl will get a chance to have a great life with a great family. As she improves and we learn more about her personality, we will share more information about her. At this point, we will just focus on the healing.
Chula: in a PV foster & looking for a forever home
Mona & Brian were setting up the booth for Geppetto’s Pet Food at the Old Town Farmers Market when they noticed a very drunk middle-aged man stagger by their booth. He had a half-finished bottle of Corona in his hand and he was yelling loudly over his shoulder. About 10 feet behind him came a young dog, cowering as she walked with her tail between her legs. She’d stop and he would yell at her to come and she would creep to his side. He continued past their location picking a piece of twine out of another vendor’s garbage, tied it around her neck, continuing to yell at her and then started to drag her along. Mona went over with a dog treat and asked if she could give her one. When he slurred “yes" amongst a bunch of other mumblings she leaned over to give her the treat. The pup gently took the cookie, sat and looked at Mona with pleading eyes. When she stood up the man asked her if she wanted to buy the dog. Mona wasn’t sure she had heard correctly, but he repeated the statement and she knew this was the moment. Mona & Brian have rescued many dogs, but they had never bought a dog (from a creep no less), but this girl had clearly been abused and wanted help. She asked how much, gave him the $200 pesos (about $17 dollars) and got out of there before he changed his mind. The next step was to take off the twine and put on a leash (borrowed from the SPCA booth at the market - thanks guys!). Chula is about a year old and weighs about 19 kilos. She is an active, strong, energetic pup that loves to have a good time. She loves to play, she loves to meet people and she is learning more and more about regular life. Chula has been gaining trust and confidence during her time in foster. She is still a puppy, so needs some work on her manners but she is a very smart girl that is thriving in care. Chula would love to join an active family. She is happy, healthy and ready for adoption……now we just need to find someone that will offer her a home where she can continue to grow into the great adult dog that we know she will be. Please share Chula’s album and help her to find her forever home.
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.
Emi: application received, please check back
A woman arrived at the vet clinic with her 5 1/2 year old chihuahua and asked Dr. Pena to put the dog to sleep. He asked what was wrong the dog and the woman explained that she would be traveling a lot with her new job and wouldn't be able to care for her. He asked about finding the dog a new home and the woman told him that the she loved her very much and she wouldn't be happy in another home. Really! Talk about having an ego. Dr. Pena explained that he wouldn't put Emi down and asked the woman permission to care for her and see if she could in fact be ok in another home. Thankfully, the woman agreed. Dr. Pena took her into care and began fostering her with his own family. He quickly learned that Emi was just fine. She is a happy girl that is social, friendly, does well with kids, cats, other dogs and she did great in her new environment. Emi definitely was a candidate for adoption despite the opinion of her previous owner. This sweet girl weighs about 3 kilos and is just as cute as a button. Emi is a great dog that deserves a great home. One that will be there for her and love her as a member of the family. Emi is in a Vancouver foster home and is ready for adoption. Please share her album so she can find her a home.
Rocko: application received, please check back
Ana Maria and Tere were driving when they saw a dog lying down by a garbage pile. It was noon, the sun was directly on him and it seemed as if he was dead. They stopped to check on the poor animal and thankfully he was alive. He was severely dehydrated and they were very lucky Dr. Manuel was only a block away. They raced to the vets to get him the medical care he desperately needed. They went back to the location asking everyone in the neighborhood if they knew anything about the dog or if he had an owner. They were told that the dog had been hanging around the area and the garbage pile for days. It seems he was on his own……no more. Rocko is almost 2 years old and he weighs 12.5 kilos. He had a severe infection on his back which has completely healed, but left a large scar. The skin in the area is fine, but it may never be able to grow hair. Rocko is normally a quiet dog that love to sleep and relax, but if there is another dog around, he loves to play with them. He isn’t totally sure about large dogs, so he needs time to know them and trust them before he will play with them. Rocko’s favorite things….eating, playing and sleeping. According to his PV foster family, he is obedient and very smart. Rocko is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share his album so that his forever family can be found.
Exxon: application received, please check back
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.
Random: application received, please check back
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 is great with other dogs, older kids and shows no interest in cats when he sees them on walks. 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?
Bear: application received, please check back
Joan & Leslie had seen a dog around their condo complex for a few weeks. He was lying under parked cars and crossing back and forth from the resort to the bus stop across the highway to visit with guests of Costa Sur as they waited for the bus. He was being fed & watered by guests and employees of the resort. One of the employees even applied flea and tick preventative. Joan & Leslie were very concerned that he would be hit by a car on that busy section of road. Once their previous fosters were on their way to their new homes, they rescued him. Bear is about 2.5 years old and weighs 16.5 kilos. He is a sweet and gentle dog that does very well with everyone he meets. Bear is very affectionate and he adores belly & shoulder rubs (he almost falls into a trance). He is quite the snuggler. According to his foster family “He is an amazing dog. Bear is the easiest dog this foster family has ever cared for.” – what a complement! Bear is not a high energy dog, but he does like to play. He is undemanding and a perfect gentleman in the house. Bear is healthy, happy and ready for adoption. If you’re ready for a little Bear to join your family, this could be the guy for you.