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.
Zoom: in a Victoria foster & looking for a home
A pregnant dog was found in the middle of the highway. She had a family, but once she was pregnant they decided they no longer wanted her. Their solution, put her on the road and let what will be, be. Seriously, you don’t take responsibility for your pet, you don’t get her spayed, and then you blame her when she gets pregnant – UGH! It’s a story we hear too often, but it still makes us angry….and that part will never change. We are grateful that someone came along, scooped her up and got her into care. A week or so later, she went into labor and 8 puppies were born. 2 of them died that same day, but the other 6 had a doting mother and a kind foster home where they could grow up to be strong, healthy, happy pups. The mom and one of the puppies have already found homes, and we were asked to help with the remaining puppies. Zoom is about 8 months old and weighs 4 kg. He is a medium energy puppy that loves to play, but can also relax quietly. Zoom isn’t the leader of the group, he is more of a follower (never the first to bark, but will join the others). His foster family describes him as “a very sweet and independent dog, the smartest”. Zoom is a very good listener that loves to cuddle but doesn’t demand attention. This sweet guy loves to play with other dogs, loves to chase flies and he snores, loudly. Zoom is still a puppy and will need training to help him learn how to be a great dog. He is ready to find his family……are you ready for a little Zoom in your 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.
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.
Lulu: in a Port Moody foster & looking for a family
We’ve heard the story before…..a family gets a puppy, the puppy starts to grow, after a bit of time the new “toy” isn’t as fun anymore. The pup is left alone, the pup isn’t cared for, the pup is yesterday’s news, and then the pup is on her way out. Thankfully Ted and Brischa found out the dog was to be discarded, so rather than ending up on the street Lulu arrived into a much better life that included care, love and attention. This small shepherd mix is just over 1 year old and weighs in at 15 kilos. Lulu is very loving and cuddly with people and other dogs. She is an active pup that can play forever and ever……which at times can be a bit too much for some of the other (older) dogs in her foster home. Lulu really wants to be friends and play with cats also….they are not as interested but she remains hopeful. This very social girl loves going out on adventures and seeing all the world has to offer. We think she would do great in an active home that is willing to continue with her training – as at just over a year old, she is still a bit puppy and needs guidance to become a really wonderful adult dog. Lulu’s foster family describes her as “a very happy outgoing energetic dog”. If she sounds like a match for you, go to www.mexpup.com and get that application completed as Lulu is ready for adoption and would love to meet her new family soon.
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 19 months old and weighing 58 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 the ones he knows) and cats (he likes to chase them as he wants to play….they aren’t so interested in playing with him). Finn has a fear of new people and dogs and takes some time to trust. Going slow with this guy is key. Finn has some behavioral challenges that his foster mom is working with him on. We know that Finn will be a great addition to one fun, active, loving family…will it be yours?
Gaston: in a PV foster & looking for a forever home
Gretchen is an animal advocate and a board member of Peace Animals, the wonderful group that running the free mobile spay/neuter clinics in and around the Puerto Vallarta area. She is always trying to help animals in need, so when she saw a small dog scavenging for food in her neighborhood, it wasn’t a surprise that she tried to help. He was skinny, but too nervous and scared to let her close. Not one to give up, she continued her efforts and after a few weeks, she was finally able to catch him. His first stop was to the vets where he tested negative for all the really scary issues. From there, he went with Ted & Brischa’s to begin the healing process. Gaston is about 2 years old and weighs about 9 kilos. This sweet boy loves dogs (big and small) and all laps (adult or child). Gaston is a cuddly guy who believes that belly rubs should be given freely and regularly. This guy is gentle, kind and loving. According to his foster home “he is a great house dog with a real sweet disposition and manner about him”. Gaston is ready for adoption, so please help us by sharing his album and letting everyone know he is looking for a family to join.
Exxon: in care in PV & looking for a foster 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. This senior girl deserves a nice, easy, comfortable life and we are committed to making sure she gets just that!
Decker: in a PV foster & looking for a family
Carmen & Claudia got an urgent phone call from their friend Pini. Some children in Nogalito had told her about a critical situation and they were looking for help. A stray female dog had recently given birth to 9 puppies and they were living along the river. It was rainy season and one morning the kids realized that 4 of the puppies had been swept away by the current. They were just kids and couldn’t take the dogs in, but they knew enough and cared enough to try and find help. It isn’t easy taking in a momma dog and her 5 remaining puppies, but Carmen & Claudia knew they were the only chance these little ones had. They had never fostered a momma & her litter and weren’t sure how their 2 dogs would adjust or where they would put them…….but they knew they needed help, so they found a way to make it work and took River and her puppies out of harms way. That’s what we love about animal rescuers – they put themselves out there, they make sacrifices, they save lives. Decker is one of two males in the litter. They were born in late August and at about 2.5 months old, Decker weighed just under 6 kilos. He is a very sweet pup that loves to run, chew on the ears of his siblings and dig in the gravel area of the yard where they spend their outdoor time. Decker has already learned how to sit and is very trainable. He is the calmest of the litter and he loves to cuddle. This loveable guy has a very thick, fluffy coat, so we’re not really sure what he will look like when he grows up. We expect he will be a medium to large adult dog, and we’re very excited that he will soon be ready to join his family. Decker is happy, healthy, playful, funny, affection and looking for a home. Do you know anyone looking to adopt? Please share his album so can so go home.
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?