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MBJungle Foundation is a non-profit – 501c3 organization. Please consider making a donation to help pets live the life they wholeheartedly deserve.


The mission of the MBJungle Foundation is to bring awareness and education about pet birth defects and pet mental health challenges. MBJungle has received 501c3 status and will be assisting pet owners with pet birth defect care and treatment in the near future.

Please consider making a donation to MBJungle Foundation so that we may assist in helping pets live a normal life that they wholeheartedly deserve.

Celebrating the Life of My Precious Chihuahua Millie

My little girl Millie crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 8, 2021. Millie was a tiny, precious Applehead Chihuahua who was a gift to me by my spouse Paul in June of 2006. She entered our lives with an abundance of energy, unconditional love and cuteness that kept us in stitches and on our toes. Once, she did a waterless ski adventure by holding onto our German Shepherd Netter’s tail and skiing down the hallway. This was a sight to see, and I sometimes erupt into laughter recalling the event.

Along with the laughter and cuteness, however, came some trauma. One day while we were away, Sheba, our blind Labradoodle, managed to get into our stash of chocolates, which resulted in a struggle between Sheba and tiny Millie. We returned home to find Millie with one eye hanging from her socket, and we rushed to get her to the veterinarian. After a quick surgery and a night of sleepless waiting, we were told that she would have only partial sight in that eye. Later on, we would become a bit grateful for the damaged eye, which was actually somewhat resistant to a common eye defect in Chihuahuas that would eventually result in the loss of sight in the other eye.

Some time later other birth defects began to manifest in Millie. This prompted us to take her to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The Cornell veterinary team, with much gentleness and love, diagnosed Millie with a grade six heart murmur, the most severe. Following that diagnosis, we found out that she was suffering from patellar luxation, which means that the kneecap that normally sits on the groove of the femur was out of alignment. Despite the eye problems and other disabilities, Millie proved to be a trooper and did not slow down until her final years as she attempted to adjust to the difficulties she faced. There is something though that never slowed and that was the abundance of love and joy she brought to others.

Millie’s heart murmur diagnosis and a news report about another Chihuahuas named Mia led my spouse and I to visit a loving, compassionate organization called The Mia Foundation in December of 2013. This visit, along with her diagnosis, ignited my passion to create MBJungle Foundation in 2014. Millie was set on her path to stardom by appearing in Dogster magazine in a beautiful and heartwarming article by Heather Marcoux about MBJungle’s efforts to bring awareness of and education about the interactive role that humans play in the physical and mental health of our pets.

Millie was also headlined on the Famous Chihuahuas webpage three times. In 2016, after having endured several brutal winters in Rochester, NY, I promised Millie to take her south to a warmer climate where she lived out her final years with my spouse and I, along with her bigger sister Beatrice (Bea), as Netter had crossed the Rainbow Bridge some years earlier. Millie was tiny, yet she was a gigantic ray of sunshine that lifted me up and enables me to continue my work with MBJungle Foundation. She will be celebrated every day by me but especially on September 13, which is Pet Birth Defects Awareness Day. “Millie, I love you so very much. You will forever be remembered and missed.” – D. Rogers

Small breed dogs such as Chihuahuas are susceptible to a leg problem called patellar luxation. It is a hereditary problem in which the leg bones are malformed. This results in the kneecap being repeatedly pulled out of position.

This defect is what forced me to make the decision for Millie to cross Rainbow Bridge.

Pet Birth Defect Awareness DAY!


September 13th is Pet Birth Defect Awareness which was established in 2014 by David Rogers as part of MBJungle Foundation’s effort to bring awareness to the interactive role humans play in our pets’ physical birth defects as well as their mental health. Although both abnormalities can be present at birth, the mental health of our pets can be affected by improper care or abuse. Therefore, we have established two separate ribbons for our cause, orange representing mental health and green for physical defects. For our cause, these two ribbons will always be presented intertwined due to the biological as well as the human involvement in both abnormalities. These two colors signify the power and influence we have over reducing the interactive role humans have on our pets’ physical and mental health.

As educators and advocates for animals, we realized the topic of pet birth defects and mental illness needs more attention proactively and urgently. There are so many resources being used in a reactive manner as is needed, but we felt the best way we could help lessen that burden to society is through education. Our mission is to educate the public concerning the inception of these two intertwined illnesses and how we can use our voices and energies to greatly reduce the human interactive role.

Although we do strive to bring awareness to the needs of special needs pets, our main focus is on prevention. We are committed to understanding the factors that lead to pet birth defects and mental illness and are working to identify strategies to reduce and also to prevent secondary disabilities. We would like to encourage professionals to develop a pet birth defect registry with standards that would establish core requirements for effective surveillance efforts and promote uniformity across state and regional registries. We would also like to target and support the pets and families affected by pet birth defects and mental illness.

Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day increases awareness that birth defects are common, costly and critical, and our hope is that steps will be taken by professionals, community groups, and the public to prevent pet birth defects and mental illness. We do not know how many pets are affected or the mortality rate. Pets that survive are at an increased risk for developing many lifelong physical, cognitive, and social challenges. Veterinary care services may only scrape the surface when it comes to providing information on the financial and emotional impact of living with a birth defect. Our efforts offer hope, our efforts offer support, and our efforts offer action in reducing the number of pet birth defects and mental illness in the future.

Scheduled Events




Due to recent Covid19 outbreaks MBJungle Foundation will not be holding an in person event for this year. Please consider finding a way to bring attention and awareness to the interactive role humans play in our pet physical as well as mental health challenges. I look forward to having an in person event for September 13th 2022.

Who we are.

The idea for the MBJungle Foundation is that of David Rogers, a resident of southwest Florida. While living with his partner Paul Baker in Rochester, NY in 2013, he saw a newscast about The Mia Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that is based there. After visiting and learning about the work of The Mia Foundation, David realized that he also had a passion to work with pets with birth defects. Thus, the idea for MBJungle was created with the name coming from two characters in The Jungle Book, Mowgli and Baloo. David wishes to dedicate the work of the foundation to the memory of his mother, who passed away on September 13, 1997, by recognizing that date each year as Pet Birth Defects Awareness Day.


MB Jungle Foundation would like to help educate owners of pets with physical disabilities or mental challenges on how to create a positive environment for their pets. This also includes those who are looking to adopt pets and are willing to take care of a pet with disabilities. The foundation takes adoption very seriously because these animals require special care and attention due to their disabilities. The foundation would like to lessen the apprehension that may accompany adopting a pet with birth defects by providing the resources and advice needed so that the best care possible can be rendered.


It is understood at MBJungle that it can be heartbreaking when a pet has birth defects or mental challenges that require veterinary services. Eventually, the foundation would like to help by providing financial assistance for veterinary services and care for disabled pets.

MBJungle Foundation is a non-profit – 501c3 organization. Please consider making a donation to help pets live the life they wholeheartedly deserve.


Part of MBJungle Foundation’s founding vision was first and foremost to educate and bring awareness to the interactive role humans play in the physical and mental well-being of their pets. As MBJungle Foundation begins to grow, the plan is to partner with smaller animal welfare groups both domestically and worldwide to increase its impact. Since 2007, SPCA International has assisted over 350 animal shelters and rescue groups in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world and MBJungle would like to be a part of that endeavor. Other organizations involved in the improvement of the welfare of domestic pets are welcomed to reach out to David in order that partnerships might be formed.


Irresponsible breeding can leave a pet with deformities apparent at birth such as a cleft pallet. Other defects, such as those that afflict the heart tissue, may not become apparent until later in a pet’s life. In most shelters, animals with special needs might be labeled “unadoptable” and euthanized. MBJungle Foundation wishes to spread awareness and knowledge so that many disabled pets may not simply get discarded. They may just need special care and attention from a caring owner.


David needs those who are so moved to volunteer their time and talent to the further development of MBJungle Foundation to contact him. Some possible ways to volunteer might include serving on a board to oversee the work of the foundation. He may also need help with action items such as fund-raising or once the foundation achieves 501c3 status, help with ways to get assistance to pet owners.

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If you found an animal that is in desperate need. Please report this to us. We would be glad to help, even if the pet is yours and you are having troubles with handling your pet’s disability. We would be glad to help you and your pet. You will be surprised by how many people look for assistance and advice about how they can better take care of their pet especially when they have disabilities.


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