Chewy, Pup Abandoned At Airport With Heartbreaking Note, Gets New Home

A few months ago, brought you Chewy’s heartbreaking story.  This two-pound Chihuahua puppy was abandoned in a Las Vegas airport with a note from his owner, who was escaping from a life of domestic violence.

The note read: “My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford to get me on the flight.” The note added that Chewy had been kicked in the head by the abuser.

Foster parent Patricia Montano, who has been caring for Chewy since he was found, stated

“he had a pretty good bump on the side of his head.  He also had some really bad pain in his jaw…. he yawned and there was just this gut-wrenching scream.”

The brave pup’s story went viral, with thousands of homes being offered for the little guy.

After three months under the loving care of Ms. Montano and, with gratitude to Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue (CMDR), we know you’ll be happy to learn that Chewy has fully recuperated and is about to be adopted by a local family in that area!

Though the identity of his new family is currently under wraps, Chewy’s foster mom wants people to know that there are resources available for battered women with children or pets, such as Noah’s Animal House.

Chewy, waiting for his grand entrance, courtesy CMDR

Noah’s, located in Las Vegas,  is a veterinary & boarding sanctuary on the grounds of a domestic violence & crisis shelter, The Shade Tree Shelter, which is the largest women and children’s shelter in Nevada.  Noah’s is expanding their service with an additional facility in Reno, Nevada, expected to open in October, 2017.

As for Chewy’s original human, Ms. Montano says “she never came forward.  She was really in a horrible situation, but I think she’s seen that he’s okay and he’s a happy boy.”  She believes that Chewy’s viral story ‘set the stage for people to talk about domestic violence.’

A local Nevada band is holding a fundraiser for CMDR at the end of this month, with profits going to support the rescue; Chewy will be the guest of honor at the dog-loving event!  Click here for information, and check out more of CMDR’s adorable adoptables here!

Thanks for following, and check out this episode starring MUTTS comic strip creator Patrick McDonnell, featuring a dog who finds a new life after being given up at a shelter.

Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the family!


  1. Karenemi sugihara says:

    Hey roomie! I’m so glad to be in touch with you and the wonderful work you do! On behalf of ms daisy cat, birdies slider & sunshine and 3 large fishies–we thank you for all you do!

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      Hugs, Sugi!

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