UPDATE: Esmerelda has been adopted into a wonderful forever home and is very happy!
Esmerelda arrived at Yolo County Animal Services missing part of her left back limb. After being checked out by the shelter's vet, it was determined at that her leg was damaged by some form of trauma (previous injury) rather than a congenital defect. She is a very brave girl, and her will to live is obviously very strong. She still has just enough of her leg that she tries to walk on it, which is not ideal for her balance and could possibly result in further damage to her leg. The current ideal solution is to amputate this leg when she is a older and 'plumped up.' We hope to be able to do the surgery at the same time that she is spayed to minimize the number of times she must go through recovery and anesthesia. For the time being she is relaxing in her foster home of the Yolo County SPCA purring, playing with the other foster kittens, eating well and growing. If you would like to help with her surgery all donations are appreciated. Esmerelda thanks you!
To see more of Joey's back-story, click HERE
We want to take this opportunity to thank the local community, and the animal rescue community as a whole. The response and support offered to Joey has been amazing and inspiring. When we first heard about the little Chihuahua puppy that was born with only 2 legs we knew that rescuing her and providing her with what she needed would take a lot of resources. The amazing response from the community has been inspiring. Within days we heard from wonderful people willing to donate to help Joey, willing to provide Joey with a forever home, and willing to provide whatever support they could. Joey's story travelled across the country.
It was this support that brought an amazing opportunity to Joey today. We received a call offering Joey the chance of a life time. A group that has worked with dogs with the exact same deformity has offered to take Joey in, fit her for her new wheels and teach her how to use them, and then find her a new forever home. Ortho pets is based in Denver Colorado, and has done amazing things for the animals they have helped. We are confident Joey will blossom in their care. The numerous kind donations that we have received for Joey will provide transportation costs for Joey to travel to Denver, and her cart to get around more comfortably.
Because of the economy and other factors, there are many small dogs and Chihuahua mixes in shelters everywhere in California in danger of being euthanized (the statistics show that there are just has many Chihuahua mixes as pitbull mixes in shelters everywhere). Please consider rescuing one of those dogs. We have many wonderful small dogs in our foster homes right now including three darling Chihuahua mix puppies: Cho, Luna and Annabelle!!!
Update: Cutie has been adopted and is doing great!
Even though Joey is on her way to Denver The Yolo County SPCA always has animals with special needs who will benefit from donations to the angel fund. Currently Cutie a sweet 7 month old Cockapoo is being cared for after a vertebral fracture to her spinal column, and Fievel an adorable puppy who had to have a chicken bone removed from his throat are just two of the many animals that have special medical needs that will benefit from donations made to the Angel Pet Fund.