Though it’s been just one week since Quasi the Great’s Facebook page was created, the German Shepherd dog living with short spine syndrome has over 70,000 followers. The 4-year-old stray was originally found in Kentucky, and has since made his way into the hearts of a nonprofit rescue organization in Minnesota called Secondhand Hounds.
“He’s a great dog,” Rachel Mairose said. The founder and executive director of Secondhand Hounds added, “He’ll have a lot of trials and tribulations, but he’s a lover and he’s going to find a home, I’m sure.”
Named after the well-known hunchback protagonist Quasimodo, Secondhand Hounds explained the name choice.
“[Quasi] is our hero because he is the definition of the qualities we all admire in our dogs. Born different but never knowing any other way, he seeks to please the people who have shown him kind hands and warm hearts,” the Facebook page announced.
Quasi does not seem to be in pain from his condition but is still undergoing tests. X-rays have shown Quasi has a crooked spine, missing vertebrae, a shrunken stomach and a corkscrew tail. Although he’s unable to turn his head, his day to day activities are otherwise unaffected.
“We think [it’s] a genetic defect — not sure if it’s inbreeding,” Dr. Susan Miller said. “I have never seen anything like this. It’s very rare.”
Quasi is the 13th recorded canine case of short spine syndrome. He’ll soon have surgery to ensure he’s comfortable, neutered, and ready for his furrr-ever home. There has already been a lot of interest in his adoption, but Secondhand Hounds is focusing on Quasi’s health first.
In the meantime, Sara Anderson, the large breed foster coordinator for the shelter, is fostering Quasi.
“He gets around just fine and knows exactly how to snuggle to fit into a lap,” Anderson said.
Donations can be made to Secondhand Hounds through their website.
The 501(c)(3) said on Facebook, “We love that Quasi’s story has generated so much media love and are hoping that this attention will showcase shelter and rescue animals as well as bringing awareness to special needs animals. … Please consider adopting one of these animals that want nothing more than love, and a second chance.”