Helping Hondo

For: Hondo the dog
Milwaukee, WI
Organizer: Tony DeStefanis - Canine Cupids
Helping Hondo (Hondo the dog)
$3,120
of $3,500 goal
89% Complete
Raised by 60 donors

The Story

Meet Hondo, a dog who is very deserving of a second chance. We believe Hondo is about 2 years old and was recently surrendered to Waukegan Animal Control when his owner no longer wanted to care for him. Hondo appears to be a happy dog, but very quickly you notice a big problem - his back legs are paralyzed and not functional. According to his past owner, Hondo was born like this but we really don't know what the full story is. Hondo is coming to Wisconsin the first week of January 2018 to join the Canine Cupids family. Hondo will eventually be up for adoption but our first focus is to get him the care he desperately needs. Please check back often for updates on Hondo, as well as, new pictures and videos to track his progress.

What will donations be used for? Great question. We are anxious to get Hondo to a vet as soon as possible to learn more about him and are hopeful about the possibility of improving his overall condition and quality of life. We would like to get Hondo into therapy to try to strengthen his back half. Hondo will need several aides in order to properly care for him; including a cart or some type of buggy, a bag for paralyzed pets, a sling to help him walk, and whatever else will make him more comfortable and safe. We will update this page often as we learn more and create our plan.

Canine Cupids is a registered 501(c)3 charity recognized by the federal government as a not-for-profit organization publicly funded by donations and fundraising events. All donations are tax deductible and relied upon for us to continue to help animals in need. Your generosity is very much appreciated. You can view our website here, www.caninecupids.org 

Hondo and all the volunteers of Canine Cupids thank you for your support.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 1, 2018

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Posted on February 1, 2018

What a week for Hondo! This week we have witnessed the power of love and now we can't wait to share it with you. Earlier this week Hondo got his wheel chair thanks to the kind folks from Gunnar's Wheels. Check them out on facebook at - https://www.facebook.com/Gunnars-wheels-1155089164561706/ , they do some amazing work. As if that wasn't enough - today at his vet appointment Hondo actually WALKED for a very short period of time. I will post video of this so please check it out! We still have lots of therapy, appointments, and hard work ahead of us but now we know what Hondo is capable of! We are so excited for Hondo and can't wait to see his progress moving forward! Maybe not like a 100% healthy dog, but this boy will walk again and he has his wheels for when he needs them. There is no stopping him now. Stay tuned!

Posted on January 18, 2018

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Posted on January 18, 2018

Hondo has come so very far since his last update. He has gained 8 lbs! His white blood cell count fell dramatically (almost in half from where it was) which is very good! His tummy issues are still prevalent but starting to show some small signs of improvement. This is a key aspect to his recovery as using his new wheelchair, a drag bag, and general mobility is easier once things get a bit less messy. As far as the wheelchair goes, the donation from Gunnar’s wheels arrived and tomorrow he will be going back to the vet for his fitting. He also has started to see a chiropractor who had initial good news that she could not tell anything from the x-ray or physical exam, but that means an MRI will need to be done to tell us more. Foster mom has been working hard with Hondo on standing – just propping him up and standing. So far he is doing great with it and has even tried to stand up on his own a few times. Not a lot of success yet, but trying is good. I am posting another bill from the vet and soon will share some of all the various expenses such as diapers, puppy pads, toys, drag bags, special food for his tummy, and all of the other little things. Once again we thank all of his supporters for their love and donations. Keep Hondo in your thoughts. I will also post some more video’s of Hondo, you can see just how much love is coming his way from his foster mom and biggest fans. Enjoy!  


Posted on January 10, 2018

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Posted on January 10, 2018

Thank you again to all of Hondo's supporters. Without all of you we could not get him the help he needs - and deserves. We believe in full transparency so I am posting his first bill here so that you can see first hand where your donations are being used. Hondo saw the vet on the 8th as you can see by the invoice. We found out Hondo is anemic, severely emaciated, protein levels are low, and an initial fecal showed nothing but we will schedule a recheck for next week. His white cell count is also high so hopefully blood tests will tell us more. Tonight Hondo is being visited by a chiropractor to help align his front half and review x-rays of the damage in his spine. We will be sure to let you know what is found. More updates to come soon.  

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