Django: The Abandoned High Park Dog

Meet Django. 
He currently weighs 6kgs and is thought to be about 7 years old.

This little guy was found by Paddy & Rejean early in the morning on Thursday, December 14th in High Park. For context, it was -14 degrees that morning. With no tags/ID, his face was immediately spread across social media in a desperate attempt to find his owners.

He was clearly extremely malnourished when we found him and he had a large ulcer on his abdomen. When we took him to the vet, we were told that his condition was critical and he required immediate emergency treatment. We were also told he was not microchipped, which would make it even more difficult to find his owners. At this point it was becoming more and more apparent that he had been neglected and abandoned for quite some time. He still hadn't eaten at this point.

We then rushed him to the emergency clinic where we had to leave him for the day to undergo a series of testing & treatments including bloodwork, flea removal, chest x-rays, abdominal ultrasounds, etc. The big fear was, and still is that the ulcer is cancerous. At the time that I'm writing this, we still haven't heard back about his cytology tests. 

Based on what we learned about Django, we stopped the search for his owners. He has since been discharged from the clinic into our custody and we are doing everything we can to care for him. He is currently on several different antibiotics, pain meds, deworming meds, antacids, etc. 

If you ever get the chance to meet Django, and we really hope you do, you'll quickly realize that he's the sweetest little man. He has a pleasant and curious demeanor and loves every person and other dog he meets. He immediately found a place in our home and hearts.

We're raising money to help cover the emergency vet bills and costs incurred to get Django on the mend, which currently stands at about $1600 (we anticipate that this may increase if something comes up in his cytology test and he requires further treatment).

We are pledging a minimum of $500 for Django even if we reach our funding goal. Any additional money raised beyond the goal will be donated to Save Our Scruff , a local non-profit dog rescue organization. SOS is an amazing organization and they have been extremely helpful throughout this process helping us understand our options when rescuing a dog, and helping us negotiate rates with the vet.

We would be extremely grateful if you considered donating towards Django's recovery, and hopefully we can raise enough to make a donation to Save Our Scruff as well, so that other pups who are found in similar situations can get the treatment and homes they deserve.

Thank you for reading.

Lots of love this holiday season,

Odette, Justin, Django, and Lupe
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