Rico is an elderly, blind Chihuahua. After being hit by a car, Rico's family did not provide him with any medical attention. An animal control officer noted that Rico's right rear leg was contorted and he was not bearing any weight on it. Because he was in pain, Rico kept his leg tucked close to his body. Rico's nails were overgrown, he was infested with fleas and he was suffering from dermatitis on his hind end. The officer confiscated Rico, removing him from the home where he received very little care.
Later at the animal shelter, the veterinarian discovered that Rico has a grade 4-5 heart murmur.
CAPE brought Rico into our Assisted Living Program where he is now living with a loving foster family. He will be in their care for the rest of his life. Please sponsor Rico to help cover his medical care as he enters his golden years.
Sweet Chico was surrendered to the shelter because his person could no longer care for him. He was very frightened at first and did not want anyone to touch him.
The volunteers and staff at the shelter were patient ,and little by little this brave boy started to trust again. Chico was found to have a significant heart murmur and a serious Luxating Patella which makes his back end fairly wobbly.
Being an older Chihuahua with health issues made the hopes of adoption very slim. The shelter decided to contact CAPE and now this darling is safe in a CAPE Assisted Living foster home.
Chico's future will never be in doubt again!
Estee is an adorable, 8 year old, pint sized, housetrained, Chihuahua. It is CAPE's plan to keep Estee available for adoption, but with her medical problems, there is a chance she would become an Assisted Living dog. This means she would stay in her foster home for the remainder of her life with CAPE being financially responsible for her care. Thankfully, her health concerns are not life threatening.
We can only guess by her appearance that little Pauline was fending for herself for quite sometime. We were told that she would wander into the yard of a woman on occasion and steal some dog food, but the woman did not want Pauline so eventually called animal control to pick her up.
Once at the shelter she underwent a detailed exam. Poor Pauline was suffering from many ailments. She has a deformed jaw and barely any teeth, all that are left are severely diseased. Cataracts and mammary tumors were also found along with a severe heart murmur. The shelter vet deemed it too dangerous to anesthetize her to spay and address the rotten teeth because her heart murmur was so bad.
Thanks to Linda Lord, who opened up her heart and home, Pauline will live the rest of her life surrounded by love.
"Hi - My name is Lily. I like my peace and quiet. I'm a little shy and reserved but in the comforting care of my Assisted Living home, I feel safe and happy."
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer