Umbrella of Hope 'Be Our Pet'
Although we expect that Gumbo will eventually be adoptable, he has some health issues (described below) where we feel he is best in foster care for a month or two. If you disagree, then please make a case for yourself and we will consider. We want people to see his story to make them aware of how dogs are thrown away and to solicit donations to help us with his recovery.
And it all started because of a pug...an elderly broken pug. Meet Gumbo.
Everyone in rescue has their form of 'kryptonite'... a breed that makes you snap your head around like a Golden Retriever who has seen a squirrel... for Umbrella of Hope volunteer, Elea and her family, that breed is a pug. They own two that they have rescued and have made sure that I know they will foster **ANY** pug who needs them. As one of our best medical fosters, this certainly came in handy for this one.
We are lucky to have some awesome pug rescues in this area that ensure the safety of every pug they come across, so while we have taken a few of them there isn't really a need for us to take them often. But, while driving our dog Joker down to the Central Valley last week for his Wings of Rescuetransport to his new family in Rhode Island, we got word of an older pug who could not walk at the Shafter Critters shelter (video in comments).
Elea and her family made the two hour detour (on top of their 10 hour drive) to go get him and picked up an unexpected four more dogs to send to our transfer partners. Dropped off one... came home with five.
The pug who we have named Gumbo is around 8 years old and a morbidly obese 28 lbs. He should be no more than 20 lbs and probably closer to 17-18 lbs. He could not walk at all. X-rays revealed a broken pelvis that has long since been like this. He likely was hit by a car, did not receive proper (or any) medical care, and then became obese because he had trouble moving around which made moving much at all impossible.
Unlike Dr House, I don't like to call people 'liars'... but whomever turned this dog into the Shafter Shelter as a stray dog that they found, likely found him in their living room. I have a really hard time believing that this dog moved much of anywhere. Our vet concurs. So to whomever had this sweet old man and let him go without veterinary care and then dumped him as a stray, we'd love to insult you further but are afraid we will not do as well as nature already did ***drops mic***
Gumbo is probably between 8-10 years old. He will be adoptable at some point. There is not much to do for his pelvis except for give him some relief with heavy pain medication until we can get his weight down. Our vet expects that with weight loss and daily pain meds, he will be able to walk as much as any elderly pug to go outside and do his business or meander around the yard to sniff dandelions. He is already walking a little after only one day on proper pain management. Once he has lost some weight he will get his teeth cleaned. He is already (surprisingly) neutered and his senior labwork looked great. He does have dry eye and will require eye drops twice daily to keep him comfortable.
He will most certainly be looking for a compassionate adoption by someone who knows they can give him better than what he had before. He is a NICE dog as all pugs are and is very grateful and loving that he is clean, dry and getting his medical needs managed.
He is a social boy and he has requested a wagon to help him get around places while he is recuperating. We have added it and a few other things to our Amazon Wish List for him. If you are able to purchase it for him (or Amazon gift cards for us to use towards the purchase) we would certainly appreciate it.
Tax-deductible donations towards his ongoing care (expected to run around $1,000) can be made at www.paypal.me/UOH or email us at email@example.com for a physical address to send a check.
Housebroken?: Yes, we think so
Crate Trained?: Yes
Leash Trained?: Can't really walk right now....
Rides Well in Car?: Yes
Good with cats?: Yes
Good with dogs?: Yes
Qualifies for Seniors for Seniors?: yes
Umbrella of Hope does not have any strict rules on ages of children because all children are different, but our best approximation is that this animal would do best with children over the age of 5
Umbrella of Hope is a non-profit animal rescue based out of Pittsburg, CA that rescues animals off death row from local shelters. We offer rebates of adoption fees after completion of obedience classes and CGC titles.
Also, ask us about our seniors for seniors program, where we adopt animals 5 years or older to qualified homes with a $5 donation as an adoption fee. All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and given any additional treatments (dental work, bloodwork etc) as recommended by our vet. Some of our senior animals have sponsorships for their food/vet care/medicine for the rest of their life at our vet in Pittsburg, CA (94565)
Adoptions to veterans of the US Armed Services are ALWAYS free to thank you for your service. Other retired public servants, please let us know what career you retired from and we can let you know if we offer any discounts for your adoption
Please send an email to the Umbrella Of Hope Animal Director with any inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed emails will be answered first.
We thank Maddie's Fund for their sponsorship, Well Pet Vet Clinic for providing most of our veterinary services, Lovely Grooming for our grooming needs, and Delta Dog Camp for training. We thank Memoirs of a Dog and Share the Joy Photography for the beautiful portraits of many of our animals and a special thanks to volunteer photographers Barbara, Kristy, Christine and Natalie. Please support these businesses for supporting rescue!
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