Category: “Adopt”

This Little Dog Was Found On The Streets Of LA Right Before She Gave Birth

Bridgette, a little Chihuahua, was homeless, covered in fleas, wandering the streets of Los Angeles in the 100-degree heat — and she was enormously pregnant.

“It was very obvious to anyone that saw her that she was VERY pregnant,” Linzi Glass, executive director of The Forgotten Dog Foundation, told The Dodo. “She had a huge abdomen. She was only a few days away from giving birth when we got her.”

Almost as soon as Bridgette got situated in a safe, cool room at her foster family’s house, she gave birth to four tiny puppies.

And this happy ending very nearly didn’t happen at all.

Apparently, a concerned resident had taken Bridgette in for a few days before The Forgotten Dog Foundation heard about her. Not only did Bridgette end up homeless again after the landlord of the building found out about the dog in the apartment, Bridgette had also been given the wrong kind of flea bath and so when rescuers found her, she stank of chemicals from a soap meant to treat lice in human hair.

“Our vet office immediately bathed her multiple times and treated her for fleas with a product that is safe for pregnant moms,” Glass said. “Fortunately no harm was done to the puppies from this, nor did it harm Bridgette.”

Sadly, Bridgette is not the only homeless Chihuahua struggling to survive on the streets; California has a problem with Chihuahua overpopulation. It has been estimated that Chihuahuas represent up to 50 percent of the homeless dog population in California shelters. And many stray Chihuahuas still struggle on the streets.

“Chihuahuas originated from the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, and made their way across the border,” Glass explained. “There are so many in California because many of them do not get spayed/neutered, like Bridgette.”

Fortunately, Bridgette was found just in time. And now she and her puppies will have a chance to know what a real home feels like, once they are ready to be adopted — probably in at least 12 weeks.

For now, Bridgette is nursing her babies in a comfortable bed and is eating many meals herself, to gain strength. “We are feeding her four times a day, a combination of wet high-calorie puppy food, chicken and rice and puppy kibble,” Glass said.

For the complete story, visit The Dodo here.

The Miraculous Rescue and Transformation of Lizzy

After astounding medical treatment, Lizzy the Schnauzer is ready for her forever home!

Lizzy - Before and AfterA brave, stray Schnauzer mix named Lizzy had her jaw shattered after being brutally kicked as she was defending a puppy on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico. Unable to eat or drink for weeks, word of Lizzy’s desperate situation reached the rescue community in Los Angeles. Lizzy was rescued, and rushed across the border by The Forgotten Dog Foundation, along with the puppy she was defending. With time of the essence, Lizzy was taken immediately to a veterinary hospital in Los Angeles, where, after a week of being on a feeding tube, her jaw was put back together, saving her life. Thanks to skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Olds, who performed a five-hour surgery on her broken jaw, Lizzy was able to eat and drink again within 48 hours post surgery.

And then her journey of healing began…

“Lizzy reminds us all in rescue that everything is possible when a pack of people work together to save just one dog. Miracles can happen. Lizzy is one of those special, spirited dogs that keep us all going, even in the darkest hours of being in the trenches of animal rescue.” Linzi Glass, Executive Director of The Forgotten Dog Foundation shared.

Watch the amazing video of Lizzy’s rehabilitation and miraculous transformation, and witness how, after all she had been through, Lizzy found happiness and love.

To view Lizzy’s video click here:

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Lizzy – Before

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Lizzy – After