Louie and His Guardian Angel

With less than 24 hours to live at a shelter in Los Angeles and very serious, expensive medical needs, 4-year-old Louie needed a guardian angel. Luckily, his mom stumbled across his pictures on Instagram and dropped everything to go all the way from Maryland to LA to save him. Now she is helping him in his battle against squamous cell carcinoma with financial support from FETCH a Cure’s Companions in Crisis program.

Read more about Louie’s incredible story from his mom:

I stumbled upon Louie while on Instagram. He looks very similar to a female dog that my boyfriend owns, and we are very close. He is the male version of her and gorgeous. Louie’s previous owner neglected him so bad and made him an ‘outdoor only’ dog. I flew to LA to save him from euthanasia. But Louie’s doctor here in Maryland says that he has skin cancer due to being in the California sun his entire life. The oncologist says the best course of action is to completely remove Louie’s penis and any cancer surrounding that area. He is very lovable and sweet. He is so loyal and still a bit confused at my love and kindness to him. He was clearly never cared for, the vet says that he barely has any teeth because he was neglected outside and chewed on rocks and sticks out of boredom, hunger and neglect. I wanted to save Louie and show him that all humans are not bad. I am attaching two Instagram links that really tell Louie’s story.


The doctor who diagnosed Louie’s skin cancer had this to share about Louie’s Story: “He is a sweet boy who was surrendered to a shelter in LA in February because of a large tumor along his prepuce that was due to sunning himself. His owner drove from MD to LA to rescue him and then the pandemic hit and her business was significantly affected. Louie is a wonderful dog and the owner is trying to give him a fair chance.”
Louie is scheduled to have amputative and reconstructive surgery tomorrow to remove the affected area. With financial support from FETCH a Cure and the care of his amazing family, we’re hoping this sweetheart will start feeling better soon. Every pup deserves a second chance, and we’re so grateful we can be part of Louie’s journey to a healthier, happier life.

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