We would like to introduce a pug with a story that warms our hearts, but is yet unfinished.
In February 2012, Pug Rescue of Sacramento (PROS) was contacted about a pug/pug mix, believed to be around 3 years old, left in a remote shelter. This pug had been diagnosed with heart worm and queued for euthanasia. PROS took the long drive to the shelter, and against the odds decided to help this sweet boy face a difficult fight. He was named after a great fighter, Muhammad Ali, in hopes he would come out victorious.
When PROS began the expensive treatment, it was discovered that he was infected with both adult and baby worms. Ali was going to have to undergo several months of treatment. There were no guarantees this treatment would save him and it was very costly. Many of PROS members and supporters donated directly to his treatment.
The risk and struggle he faced, as all dogs do that receive heart worm treatment, is drug reaction which can include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, kidney failure, and even death. As long as Ali reacted well to the treatment and these reactions could be limited to an acceptable amount, he could survive.
Ali, as it turned out, was a perfect name for him. It was rough, but he fought hard over the past months and is now heart worm free! He kept a sweet disposition through out and is a healthy, energetic pup. He is currently being fostered in a home with a German Shepherd who has become a play buddy.
With the help of knowledgable Vets, PROS never gave up on him and most importantly he didn’t give up on himself. He is finally ready for adoption and is looking for a forever home to shower him with the love he deserves.
To see his adoption profile, please go to: Ali on PugPros.org
Thank you to PROS for providing the photo.