Here at What's Up Dog! LA, we are not afraid to take dogs that are overlooked and left behind by adopters and rescuers alike. These dogs are often shy, scared, shutdown, stuck in isolation with a medical mark, have a yellow behavioral strike (fearful a.k.a "go slow"), and often include the less "desireable" mixes such as bully breeds and chihuahua types.
However, these so-called flawed creatures are just as lovely as the next. Perhaps I am a huge sucker for the dogs with little quirks – or perhaps it's just that I can relate to them. If I were a dog, I would definitely be labeled as medical with my bursitis, sensitive skin, TMJ, and IBS, and no doubt I would have (several) behavioral marks as I eagerly voice my often methodically snarky opinions. Just because a dog has the misfortune of being hit by a car and having his pelvis crushed, or stuck in a backyard with zero human socialization for the first year of her life, or forced to have a diet of table scraps and has tick infestations does not make that dog less adoptable; it simply makes them dogs who had an unfortunate start to life.
Here are some dogs that had an unfortunate start. These are some of our amazing foster pups in need of not only Forever Families, but also some major vet care and training. The sooner we can raise funds to help support our expenses, the sooner these guys and gals can find Forever Homes – and the sooner we can head back to the shelters and save more pups. It might sound like a never-ending cycle, but we are putting a dent in it.
I know we cannot save them all, but I promise to keep trying.
Arthur is a super sweet and cuddly (and crazy soft!) 2 year young small 12 lbs-er. He was brought to the Harbor Animal Shelter after being hit by a car and then left on the side of the road. Arthur suffered multiple pelvis fractures resulting in zero use of his hind legs, and he also endured some type of inner ear trauma. He sat at the shelter for a couple months with no vet treatment before Wudla rescued him. X-rays confirm that Arthur's fractures are healing well. However, he will require additional x-rays throughout the healing process. Additionally, we would like to raise funds so Arthur can have an MRI to ensure there is no head/inner ear trauma causing his head tilt. We estimate $1,800 – $2,000 is needed for the MRI. Make a donation to help Arthur HERE.
Teddy is a 1 year young spaniel mix. Teddy was left at the East Valley Animal Shelter with a traumatic injury to his right front leg. He suffers severe nerve damage in this leg and has no feeling and use of it. This leg simply drags on the ground and inhibits his movement and comfort. However, Teddy does not know he is "damaged." In fact, he is happy and full of love to give! He also loves playing fetch asyou can see in the video below. The estimate for Teddy's amputation is anywhere from $500 – $1,500. Make a donation to help Teddy HERE.
WATCH HERE: Adopt Teddy!
Betty is a dainty and soft featured 3 year young Staffordshire Terrier mix. Betty came to us as a staff plea from the Pasadena Human Society & SPCA. She was their longest shelter resident and a staff favorite: everyone desperately wanted to see her safe and sound outside the shelter walls. She has a beautiful dappled blue coat, but she unfortunately suffers from skin allergies and ailments. After seeing the vet several times, she has shown little improvement. Now it's time to seek the advice and treatment from an animal demotology clinic. The first consultation at this clinic typically runs at $750 (based on previous visits). Make a donation to help Betty HERE.
At only one year young, Abigail was the most shutdown and terrifed dog I had ever met at the shelter. Her eyes were glued wide open, frantically darting everywhere. As soon as the volunteers brought her into the play yard, she crawled and hid behind some ivy, clinging to the ground for dear life. My stomach just sunk. I knew she had zero chance of getting out of the shelter, especially just 5 days before the 4th of July, the highest intake weekend of the year for the shelters. I had to take her home. I knew she would take some time and training, but there was something about her that told me that she is special.
Now that Abigail has been living in a well-structured and experienced foster home for about a month, she has made great progress. She loves her canine foster siblings and absolutely adores her foster mama. She is crate trained, becoming more comfortable with her everyday routine and she even spoons on the couch some evenings. However, Abigail still has a long way to go before she is adoption ready and we would love to get her further professional training to ensure Abigail continues to make progress and increase her chances of a successful adoption. A training program for Abigail will cost approximately $2000. Make a donation to help Abigail HERE.
When we first saw Sprout at the East Valley Animal Shelter, we couldn't believe she had been there for weeks. She was super cute, smiley, and a real charmer in the play yard: she climbed right into our laps and gave kisses. It was evident Sprout had been used as a Yorkie breeding machine. At only 2-3 years young, she most likely got pregnant in her first heat and remained continually pregnant until she ended up at the shelter. Her puppies were likely sold off and she was tossed aside and neglected until the next litter popped out. Ending up at the shelter was probably Sprout's saving grace because it gave her the opportunity to get scooped up by us. We think she's pretty amazing.
While Sprout is the cutest thing since sliced bread, she suffers from separation anxiety. For those of you who have experienced separation anxiety, it is painful for both humans and canines, and it requires careful management. We would love to work with a trainer to get Sprout adoption-ready and have the training continue as she moves into her adoptive home since separation anxiety can flare up when a dog changes environments. Our goal is to create as smooth a transition as possible from foster home to adoptive family. A training program for Sprout will cost approximately $1400. Make a donation to help Sprout HERE.
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