Adopt A Mutt Rescue

Specializing in Medical Rescue.

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Gizmo and Pip                    Not Currently Adoptable

Updates posted at bottom!

Vetting was completed March 13 and March 16th
Gizmo: $1200 (dental plus neuter/hernia)
Pip: $1800 (dental plus neuter)
Diagnostics/Vaccines: $800
Total: $3800

Amount Raised to Date: $1870

In February 2020, a horrific hoarding scenario was discovered in Thunder Bay after someone passed away. 47 dogs were removed from the property of which most went to Southern Ontario rescues where urgent vet care is more accessible.

As this is an active investigation, no other specifics can be provided at this time.

Gizmo and Pip came to Adopt A Mutt. They had over a pound of matted fur shaved off leaving them skinny and naked.  Their ages are not known and may never be truly known beyond an estimate due to malnutrition and poor living conditions. At this time, they are learning to be dogs in independent foster homes. They are getting used to regular meals, other animals, human contact and potty training.

There is no estimated adoption availability for these boys.  They will be adoptable when they are both physically and mentally healthy. Current adoptable dogs are located Here.

Update Feb 20:

Pip and Gizmo saw Dr. Sanzo at Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital and were vaccinated. They weigh 5.22lbs and 6.24lbs respectively. They should both weigh between 7 and 8 pounds but likely no more than 8 pounds. Both dogs need to be neutered and have teeth pulled along with a cleaning. Based on their eyes, all we can say for age is under 8 as teeth are not a reliable indicator given malnutrition, living conditions and breed. However, their eyes have no sclerosis which typically begins around 8 years old. Pip has a grade 3 heart murmur but a quick xray showed he doesn't have any advanced cardiovascular disease and is not a high risk for surgery.

Update March 16:

Both dogs have now had their surgeries. They both had perfect bloodwork. They are recovering in their foster homes and continue to learn to live outside of 1x1 pens.

Donations towards their care can be made via emt to 

Hoarding is a mental illness. If you have concerns about a friend or family member, please CONTACT for guidance.
If you have concerns of any animal(s) in distress, it can be reported to the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625).