A homeless dog trapped yesterday by rescuers has such severe mange that she hardly has any hair at all. Some have joked that she may have been the subject of last week’s alleged chupacabra sighting in Houston reported by Local 2 news here.
In all seriousness she is in terrible shape and has been homeless her entire life living with her parents and sibling. A rescue volunteer has been feeding the family for more than a month. Employees at a local business have been feeding the family and report that the parents have been out there for three to four years. This pup and her sibling are approximately one year old and both are suffering from terrible mange and open sores. Both pups will be going to a medical foster at St. Francis’ Angels for four weeks then will need permanent fosters or adopters. The parents will also need fosters or adopters as soon as they can be caught, hopefully this week.
Forgotten Dogs of The Fifth Ward Project has offered to take the family into their program even though they are from a different area of town. Anyone interesting in fostering can contact the group through their website at www.forgottendogs.org or their Facebook page here. Donations for medical care can be made here for the Ella family.
The volunteer, Christi, states, “We are overwhelmed with dogs currently in the program and ones still on the streets of the 5th ward. I am thankful to the group for helping me on this. This is a family I have watched for the past 6 weeks and they are so bonded. They love each other, care for each other, clean each other and protect each other in different ways. It has been a beautiful thing for me to witness the way they love and care for each other. It will be bittersweet to get them to safety, as they will be separated and will probably miss each other. But they will be on to a better life with new loved ones to care for them.
Donations are needed as always. I think mom has a bum rear leg and most likely mom and dad are heavy HW+. The pups are completely skinned from Demodex and possibly infection. We will also still need to pay for their medical fostering, but thank you to Anne Graber, we are getting a really good rate on that, considering.
If you are able to donate or are interested in possibly fostering one of them, please go to our website at http://www.forgottendogs.org/donate.html. Thank you. You may specify "Ella Family."
Once they are captured, we will have more information on their personalities, but so far, they are all very sweet! “
Please see the slideshow for pictures of this family or visit Facebook album here.
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