Mojo the golden retriever barely escaped a house fire with his life last weekend. Now, he’s looking for another home with a new family.
Firefighters responding to a house fire in the Pocket neighborhood last Saturday night found the 9-year-old dog lying in a closet,“barely breathing, gasping and not really conscious,” said Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey. They evacuated the 74-pound dog through a window and used a pet-specific oxygen mask on him before transporting him to Vista Veterinary Specialists in a fire vehicle.
Mojo’s family has relocated to a smaller space where they cannot accommodate a large dog, said Amy Predmore, sister-in-law of Mojo’s owner. After recovering from smoke inhalation, Mojo was taken to the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary in Elverta, where he is now rehabilitating before placement at a new home.
Homeward Bound has a list of about 75 waiting families who are looking for a golden retriever, said Homeward Bound president and founder Jody Jones. The organization will vet those families to try to find a permanent home for Mojo once he’s fully recovered, probably in a few weeks.
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On Friday, Mojo ran along the fence of the Homeward Bound campus, occasionally pressing his nose up against it with a longing look. He tucked his tail in and shied away when strangers approached. Once in a while, he gave out a hoarse cough.
“At this point he’s still looking for his family,” Jones said. “Everybody was safe, but he doesn’t get to be with them. They lost him and he lost them. … They just don’t have a home that they can have him in at this point. But he doesn’t understand what happened. He doesn’t understand that it changed the rest of his life.”
Mojo has a gold coat with a hint of orange, and soft, white rings around his eyes. He has a sturdy build and long legs, one of which is partially shaved where veterinarians placed his IV tube the night of the fire.
“His smile will come back, his tail will wag again. Then he’ll know he’s safe, and he’s home,” Jones said. “He’s going to have a good life with a new family. That’s the next step for him.”