If you are thinking about adopting a pet, I know a paralyzed dog who would love a new family for Christmas. Tiger is a 7-year-old Corgi/Chihuahua mix recovering from spinal surgery. He was abandoned by his owners when they learned he might be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Here is Tiger’s story
Tiger was brought to a veterinary hospital in Santa Monica, CA by his owners. He suffered a slipped disc that required immediate surgery. The surgeon explained that Tiger would need months to recover. He informed them that even with surgery, the dog could remain paralyzed and incontinent. The family agreed for Tiger to have an extensive procedure called a Hemilaminectomy.
The surgery went as planned and Tiger was no longer in pain, but nine days later his family abandoned him. Sensations in the dog’s hind legs were not improving. His owners wanted him euthanized. They had a newborn baby on the way and had “no time to deal with a handicapped dog.”
That’s when Tiger’s veterinarian took matters into his own hands.
The next chapter
The veterinarian reached out to The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (TFPF) for help. The nonprofit animal group rescues, rehabs and rehomes abandoned pets. Tiger came to the group with a temporary DIY dog wheelchair made by his veterinarian.
TFPF says Tiger is a happy dog who is healthy other than the paralysis in his hind legs and mild incontinence. The verdict is still out on whether or not he will walk again. In the meantime, TFPF is raising funds for Tiger’s care. He is receiving physical therapy and electro-acupuncture.
Earlier this week, Tiger was outfitted with a custom wheelchair. TFPF founder, Sheila Choi, says he is now ready for adoption. The rescue group is asking the public to help find the perfect home. The paralyzed dog would love a new family for Christmas.
“It may take us a while to find a forever home for a special-needs dog like Tiger,” says Sheila Choi, Founder and CEO of The Fuzzy Pet Foundation. “He may or may not ever walk again, but he appears so comfortable and happy in his new wheelchair. We aren’t giving up on him.”
You can read more about Tiger on the GoFundMe page The Fuzzy Pet Foundation has set up for him. Or log onto the TFPF website for details about how you can give Tiger a new family for Christmas. Please share this story so as many people as possible can learn where and how they can adopt this special little dog.
If you want to learn more about dog wheelchairs, check out the Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog annual Dog Wheelchair Review.