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Mexpup Canada Animal Rescue Society: Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Boarding and training three dogs who required extra support and balancing in order to prepare them for successful adoptions.

As much as our group tries to ensure that dogs are healthy and balanced prior to flying to their new life in Canada, things come up from time to time. Chata (second photo) is a wonderful, sweet girl who did really well in Mexico, but she became reactive and aggressive to dogs that she did not know. We assessed Chata and then hired Last Chance Training to board and train her. Meet Chata:

Etta (third photo) was a dog who had been adopted a few years back through our group; things in her family changed and she was returned to Mexpup. Etta was fearful of so many things and was not a happy, well-balanced girl. Last Chance worked with her and her new adoptive family to ensure that she will continue to grow and be a happy, well-balance girl.

Freud (first photo) has been in care the longest; no one seemed to want this sweet boy. Freud, although lovely, was a challenge to walk on leash and too much for his foster mom to manage. We again hired Last Chance for training walks for Freud as well as his foster mom. They are now both learning to go for much more pleasant walks together.

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Three amazing Mexpups

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Freud (first photo) was found in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, injured and unable to walk. He was taken to the vet and his new beginning in life. It was determined that his hip had an old injury that would require surgery, so once he was strong enough, we had a local orthopedic surgeon attempt to repair his hip. He was given months of rehabilitation in Mexico prior to flying to Canada. Sadly, once he was here, we did not see much more improvement with his mobility and range of motion. We began water therapy and massage; still no major improvement, and his hind leg just seemed to be in his way.

The decision was made to consult an orthopedic surgeon in British Columbia in hopes that there was more we could do to save his leg. Sadly, we had done all we could could and now we had to face the awful choice to remove his back leg. In September 2014, we had the leg removed, and after some recovery time, Freud was like a new dog: happy, comfortable and ready to play.

He has been in Canada for almost two years now and we continue to look for his forever family. He is a wonderful and goofy boy but I think because he has been in care for so long, people just assume that there must be something very wrong with him. Everyone who meets Freud loves him. We all just wish he had a family of his own. Meet Freud: