Meet Quasimodo, The Dog With A Rare Short Spine Syndrome

Quasimodo was a stray down in the south with Short Spine Syndrome. That was all that was known about his past when he ended up in a shelter. The genetic condition is so rare, it meant that Quasimodo was only one of 13 dogs in the entire world known to have the affliction.

Photo credit: Secondhand Hounds

When Quasimodo was rescued by the Secondhand Hounds of Minnesota, he was believed to be about 5-years-old. The rescue group immediately took a shine to him, describing the special needs dog as a “friendly, wonderful, sweet boy.”

Photo credit: Secondhand Hounds

Given how well Quasimodo had ingratiated himself with the rescue, there was no doubt they were going to do everything they could to find him a home. Quasimodo’s condition caused a twist in his spine, meaning that later in his life there could be health problems developing with his internal organs. His spinal condition was most likely a result of backyard breeding. All hope for Quasimodo finding a home wasn’t lost, since two other dogs with the same spinal problem, Pig and Cuda, were able to find forever homes despite their special needs.

Photo credit: Secondhand Hounds

On his second day with the rescue, Quasimodo went for a vet assessment.

Photo credit: Secondhand Hounds

Afterward, he was able to stay with a foster family. Given his special needs, and the fact that the rescue just loved him so much, Secondhand Hounds ended up being his forever home. With a permanent home, Quasimodo embarked on a new life as an ambassador for both the rescue and for special needs dogs.

Photo credit: Secondhand Hounds

Watch the video below of Quasimodo enjoying his new life:

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