This is Marley!
our daily star
Meet sweet Marley: DOGTV’S daily star!
Marley: (cleft palate Boxer) was abandoned by her breeder in California and left to die in an empty apartment, A neighbor found her and bottle fed her for 6 weeks, they surrendered her to a rescue who in turn contacted The Mia Foundation, We flew a volunteer to L.A. to pick her up and bring her to us in New York. We started tube-feeding her, which is a must for all cleft palate babies and as she grew a G-tube was surgically placed in preparation of her surgery and we fed her through the G-tube, until one day when Marley was 6 months old, she started to eat on her own, so we decided to give her some time before her surgery and at 8 months we had the G-tube removed and opted not to have the surgery since she was eating fine and never acquired an infection from her cleft palate. Marley just turned 1 year old in April and has recently gone to her forever home and she is a happy, healthy, beautiful girl. If she needs surgery in the future, The Mia Foundation will cover all costs involved. Marley is a perfect example of why “not” to euthanize a cleft palate animal.
About The Mia Foundation:
The Mia Foundation was developed to give animals born with birth defects a fighting chance. So many animals that are born with birth defects such as, cleft palates, cleft lips, missing limbs, etc. are euthanized at birth. With a little work and a lot of love these animals give back so much more than anyone could possible imagine. All they need is a chance!! My tiny Chihuahua Mia was the inspiration behind The Mia Foundation. She was born with a cleft palate and it was suggested at birth that she be euthanized, Mia was given a chance and in turn gave so much love, hope and inspiration to thousands of people from all around the world. Sadly, Mia passed away two months shy of her 2nd birthday on April 11th, 2012, The Mia Foundation was created in her honor and we have saved hundreds of animals lives and have also helped to educate thousands of people from all walks of life on special needs animals. Our motto is: “If they are born, they deserve a chance to live”..