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When you think of a puppy, you probably imagine their bright eyes and clumsy footing. What likely never occurs to you is a puppy suffering from a broken jaw. Sadly, for Banana, a 7-week-old Labrador Retriever, that’s exactly the predicament he was found in.

Banana was born to a breeder and unfortunately, the little dog’s father over-corrected him and bit Banana too hard, breaking the puppy’s jaw. Seeing the imperfect pup as a lost profit, the breeder surrendered Banana and asked that he be euthanized. Thankfully, many kind people realized Banana’s broken jaw could be fixed and he was saved from being euthanized.

Now, Banana is in the hands of Umbrella of Hope, an organization dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating animals from shelters, as an emergency placement from San Jose Animal Care Center via San Jose Animal Advocates and Tails of a Shelter Vet.

Banana’s jaw is broken in two places, that’s why it appears as if he is smiling. 

He has undergone the first of several surgeries to correct the fractures. 

His jaw has been wired and he is now recovering in one of the Umbrella of Hope’s foster homes. 

Because of the delicate healing process, Umbrella of Hope makes note that Banana will not be moved from his foster home for any reason and he is not currently available for adoption. Rest up, little one! 


Banana’s medical bills have already climbed into the thousands. If you are able to donate, you can make a tax-deductible contribution via Umbrella of Hope’s PayPal account. You can also donate items from Banana’s Amazon Wish List.

Even though Banana is not currently up for adoption, there are still plenty of other deserving dogs waiting for their second chance at shelters across the U.S. Each year in the U.S., six to eight million dogs and cats find themselves in animal shelters, with only about three million making it out alive. Of the dogs, approximately 35 percent of them are purebreds, indicating that, although many purebred dogs are purchased as puppies, lots of them will still end up meeting the same sad fate as the rest.

For little more than the cost to drive to your closest shelter, you could go home with the puppy of your dreams and save a life. The bottom line is that when you buy, others die. So please always adopt and never shop!

For more information about Umbrella of Hope and to stay up to date on Banana’s progress, follow them on Facebook. Wishing you all the best, Banana!

Image source: Umbrella of Hope/Facebook

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