A stray dog with a rare condition is gaining fans online after finding home at a canine rescue shelter. Quasimodo – a 3-year-old purebred German shepherd – has virtually no neck, and he is the product of an extremely rare condition called short spine syndrome, which reportedly only affects 13 known dogs in the world.
The pup was found in Kentucky earlier this month, and was taken in by Secondhand Hounds, an animal shelter in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on January 28. However, thanks to his fast-growing fan-base, Quasimodo – named after the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” character – could find a permanent home much sooner than expected.
Until that happens, Sara Anderson – the large breed foster coordinator for Secondhand Hounds – and the shelter staff are taking good care of the adorable dog. Quasimodo is unable to turn his head, but his condition does not appear to affect his daily life.
Secondhand Hounds set up a Facebook page for the pup, in order to document his life at the shelter, and the adoption journey. Within a few days, the social media page garnered more than 30,000 likes, and many people offered to take in Quasimodo.
However, potential adopters will have to wait a little longer. On Saturday, the shelter wrote: “Lots of people are asking about adopting Mr. Quasi but at this point, adoption is the furthest thing on our minds. Our plan right now is to get Quasi completely healthy and then we will revisit adoption.”
Good luck, Quasimodo!