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Quasimodo, el perro que cautivó en redes aún busca un hogar

Un can fue abandonado en la calle cuando era cachorro por padecer el síndrome de columna corta, luego de cinco años una asociación de Minnesota, Estados Unidos, y un hogar temporal le han brindado ayuda mientras encuentran a una familia adoptiva.

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Quasimodo el perro que fue rechazado por su apariencia. (Foto Prensa Libre: Facebook)
Quasimodo el perro que fue rechazado por su apariencia. (Foto Prensa Libre: Facebook)

El refugio para animales Seconhand Hounds de Minnesota, Estados Unidos, acogió en sus instalaciones a Quasimodo, un can de cinco años que sufre el síndrome de columna corta. El perro fue abandonado cuando era cachorro, y mendigó en las calles de la ciudad, esto debido al aspecto provocado por su enfermedad. 

La historia cambió para el perro, ya que luego que el refugio publicara hace un mes en redes sociales que este buscaba una familia, un hogar temporal le abrió sus puertas. Asimismo, la reacción de los usuarios fue inmediata, ya que recibieron más de 1 mil 200 solicitudes de adopción por medio de Facebook.

El can, quien cuenta con una página en la red social antes mencionada, muestra el progreso que ha tenido con el hogar que le abrió las puertas mientras consiguen una familia que quiera adoptarlo. Ahora, Quasimodo ha recibido comida, cuidados y sobre todo amor, por parte de la familia temporal.

I wanted to wait until our page grew a bit before thanking the most important people on my journey: Shelter Director Kay Turpin where I was brought in as a stray, her wonderful, compassionate staff, and Terri Simpson for contacting Secondhand Hounds to see if they could accept me into their program. Without these true angels, I might not be here today at all. Their job is often thankless and heartbreaking, so today let's say THANK YOU in the biggest way!Here is a bit of my backstory from Terri, as well as the video Sara received the day she said yes to me:Back in December, a very odd, thin, smelly and "crunched up" German Shepherd dog ended up at a rural south central Kentucky animal shelter. He had been running for 5 days before animal control caught him and brought him in. Our first thought was that he had been kept in a crate that was too small and ended up developmentally hindered due to the small quarters. I know a Collie that had a curved spine due to the same scenario, and we had never heard of short spine syndrome, so that made sense to us.When his stray hold was over, the Director of that shelter asked for my assistance in securing rescue for the odd but very lovable dog. I sent out a couple of pleas to rescues that have an excellent reputation for helping animals in need of specialized medical attention, one of which was Secondhand Hounds and my friend Sara. One rescue declined, but Sara said yes and also explained to us what his rare medical condition was. In the meantime we also made another gruesome discovery - Quasi had an open wound caused by an embedded collar, and it went all the way around his neck. His transport had to be changed due to the inability to follow normal transport protocols which require that all dogs wear a collar (or harness) and leash, and also a sliplead for safety purposes when transferring from vehicle to vehicle on Mobile Mutts Rescue transport. Basic vetting was done and Quasi came home with me for a short time before transport. He, along with a few fosters and my personal crew, were great company during the 3 days we were completely snowed in last week. On Wednesday January 27 I got up at 4AM to get Quasi ready and drive to Lexington to meet the first leg of his transport. He overnighted in IL and arrived safe and sound at Secondhand Hounds in MN on Thursday. Media outlets and social networks like Facebook have covered his story from IL to MN, but that wasn't where it started. The first chapter of Quasi's story started the day he was born, and the next chapter began the day he was picked up by animal control and brought to the shelter. Had it not been for the love and compassion of Director Kay Turpin and her amazing staff, Quasi may have never made it out. But because she cares for each and every animal there, she reached out to get Quasi the help he needed. With a full shelter and not enough rescue assistance, we are always working our tails off to keep the animals alive and moving through the system, either by adoptions or asking for help from rescues. Quasi was loved from the moment he arrived scared and shy at the shelter. It is because of that love that he is where he is today.Rescue doesn't start at transport, or at final destination. Rescue starts the moment a frightened and nervous dog or cat arrives at a shelter and a staff member wraps his or her arms around them and whispers words of comfort and love; it continues through advocating to get that animal where it needs to be. If you are a proud owner of a rescue animal, whisper a word of thanks not only to the rescue you adopted from, but also to those people at the beginning of the story - shelter workers, rescue coordinators, fosters and volunteers who give both time and money to provide temporary shelter in their homes or boarding, food, collars, leashes, toys, gas for transport, and most importantly love to the animals in their care while they wait for the day they finally start their journey home. I am proud of what we did for Quasi, but I'm just as proud of what we do for ALL of them. Rescue on, until there are none. ❤

Posted by Quasi The Great on Saturday, 30 January 2016

"La condición de Quasimodo no le impide ser un perro normal, ya que tiene muy pocas limitaciones", dijo Rachel Mairose, directora del refugio a Daily Mail.

Cuando el can llegó al refugio los médicos tuvieron que remover una cinta que tenia en su cuerpo. Los veterinarios le realizaron pruebas y determinaron con  rayos x que le hacen falta algunas vertebras por la presión que ejerció la cinta.

Los cambios que ha tenido Quasimodo pueden verse en su página de Facebook titulada Quasi the great (El genial Quasi).