Heather is a foster mom for special needs pets for the Midwest Animal Rescue in Minneapolis, MN. She wrote to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog to see if our readers could help an adorable disabled dog named Kilo find his forever home.
Kilo is a sweet 7 year-old Dachshund who has been paralyzed in his back legs since he was three. Heather describes him as an “awesome little man.” He’s been a longtime resident of the rescue group, but no potential adopters have shown any interest in him. He desperately needs a family of his own.
Little Kilo currently stays at Heather’s home when he is not at the shelter. He lives with another handicapped Dachshund plus a Chihuahua with a broken back and two disabled Bulldogs. He gets along perfectly with the other dogs AND he likes cats.
All Kilo wants is a home where he can sit on your lap and burrow under a blanket at night.
Since Kilo has been paralyzed half his life, he has learned to move around by pushing his back legs. He has been in physical therapy and he’s gotten a bit of his mobility back.
As a special needs pup, Kilo does require some extra attention and care. He is incontinent so his new owner will have to express his bladder about every five hours and the little guy is used to wearing diapers at night in case of an accident. Kilo is crate trained and is O.K. being left alone for several hours at a time.
Kilo can be a little shy around new dogs. He was badly bitten by another dog and had to have emergency surgery on his trachea, although he has fully recovered from the injuries. Now he likes to be at the center of whatever action is going on at his foster home.
Heather said that Midwest Animal Rescue makes adoptions available to animal lovers who live out-of-state, but they require people to travel to their organization to pick up an animal.
“Kilo has a lot of love to give. I hope he finds a family of his own, very soon,” said Heather. Please contact Midwest Animal Rescue if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please SHARE Kilo’s story.
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