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Susan Fulcher has been grooming dogs for 40 years. During that time she found herself becoming more involved in animal rescue and fostering hard to place dogs and cats. At the suggestion of a customer she turned her love for pets into a haven for special animals. Dharma Rescue turns death row disabled pups into therapy dogs.
Dharma Rescue saves disabled dogs from high-risk shelters and transforms their lives.
“With paralyzed dogs, they don’t get adopted, but I believe that every animal should live to its fullest. They live a longer life with us,” Susan told PEOPLE PETS.
The program started with Joey, a paralyzed dog who was about to be euthanized. Susan put Joey into an obedience class where he graduated at the top of his class. Then she got him certified as a therapy dog. Joey’s life blossomed. Today he and an entire squad of canines in wheelchairs comfort patients in hospitals, school kids and tired travelers.
Susan believes disabled pets are just as capable and worthy of love as able-bodied animals.
More about Dharma Rescue
Dharma Rescue is based in Torrance, CA. It is dedicated to saving abused, critically ill, disabled and senior dogs and cats. The ultimate goal is to find forever homes for every pet. The rescue also provides a safe haven for animals who are not adoptable along with any medical care they need. Visit Dharma Rescue online to see the dogs and cats who are waiting for a loving home. Learn how to sponsor a senior or disabled pet. Read about their DAWS (Disabled Animals Who Generously Serve) program. In 2013 Dharma Rescue embarked on a mission to train handi-capable pups to become therapy dogs so they can serve the human community and bring encouragement to people.