Christmas came just one day late for little Pipito, a male Chihuahua mix, who was found by a Good Samaritan in Southern California on December 26, 2017. Pipito, as he was later named, was in bad shape when Jairo found him on the side of the road. He had an injury to his back leg, likely due to having been hit by a car, and was so terrified he was shaking. Jairo took him home and decided to get Pipito the help he needed as well as give him a forever home.
Very friendly and sweet, Pipito could not stand up and was in obvious pain. After providing a warm place for him to rest and some food, Jairo contacted a vet to see what could be done to save this little guy who had already stolen her heart. When visiting with the first vet, she was told Pipito would probably need surgery because he appeared to have a broken leg. Unfortunately, the vet could give her neither a definitive diagnosis nor an estimate for treatment because they did not have a working x-ray machine. Armed with a list of area vets, Jairo and Pipito set off to find another vet. Finally, after an x-ray showed his leg was indeed broken, it was determined Pipito would definitely need surgery, but Jairo did not have the resources to pay for it.
She wrote to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation asking for a grant and was awarded enough money to pay for the surgery at a low-cost clinic she discovered in Tijuana, Mexico. The surgery was a success and Pipito recuperated and healed in the safety of his crate within a few short weeks. After making a full recovery, Pipito is now a happy little guy, running and playing with full mobility and use of his leg. He will still need some physical therapy to continue the healing process, but he is well on his way.
Jairo’s golden retriever had passed away a few weeks before finding Pipito so being able to help him and give him a home eased some of that grief for her. She reports that she will always be grateful to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation for helping her save this little dog and give him the happy life he deserves.
Written by Shandra Locken
Edited by Bob Stone
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