Even with the usual markings of a purebred German Shepherd, Quasimodo (sometimes called Quasi the Great; named after the Hunchback of Notre Dame) is very different from other dogs of the breed because he has a much shorter spine. In fact, he looks like a hunchback version of a German Shepherd.
The reason for this unique appearance is that Quasi’s spine did not fully develop in the womb. Still, the condition does not appear to cause him pain; although when he was found, there were deep wounds on his neck from a tight neck collar. That could have made him run away!
While there are people asking whether he should be euthanized, the center has determined that this was not necessary.
This one-of-a-kind German Shepherd currently resides at Secondhand Hounds, a non-profit animal rescue organization based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota while waiting for someone to adopt him. After his story went viral on social media, thousands of inquiries poured in but the center wants to make sure he only gets to the best home and that he is in excellent health before he moves to his forever home.
For now, his handlers created a Facebook page for adoring fans to follow his progress. To date, the page has over 70,000 likers, with people asking whether Quasi’s new owners would also provide regular updates once he gets adopted.
So, this condition will be added to the contract between the rescue center and Quasi’s new owners! You can follow Quasimodo’s adventures at FB page, Quasi the Great.