Canine Action Project reached out to us on Sept 7th about a young male dog that needed to be cared. The hair loss and crusty skin on his face and neck indicated that he had mange. A kind foster home opened her doors for him and he came in that evening. He is now known as Bender and our partner clinic, Furry Friends, was able to get him in for an exam today. A skin scrape showed that he is suffering from demodex mange. Demodex mange happens when a dog’s immune system is compromised or immature and the mites that live on virtually all dogs skin are able to multiply rapidly.

At his appointment it was determined that Bender is 6mths old and weighs 8.1kg, he is small and skinny. Being in foster care he will be fed and cared for allowing for him to rest, heal, and gain the weight that he needs. Once he has put on some weight and his mange has cleared up he will go for his neuter and be ready to be adopted.

Update: Bender has been found to have renal dysplasia – his kidneys did not form properly. The prognosis for renal dysplasia is not good and Bender will not be looking for a forever home. Instead he will continue to live a great life with his foster home where he will hospice.

Update: We had to say goodbye to Bender as he started to show signs of pain that was beyond control. He lived a wonderful life with his foster home and we can not thank them enough for sharing their home, time, and love with Bender. For being his advocate and ensuring he was not going to be living in pain. They were with him right through to his last moment and we are eternally grateful that they chose to be his people.

Please consider making a donation to our Guardians of Hope program where your donations continue to help dogs like Bender. 100 percent of all donations towards this fund goes directly to the animal’s medical expenses for major medical care.


  • Date September 8, 2023
  • Tags Alumni