I am a longtime fan of Scout’s House rehabilitation center for disabled animals in Menlo Park, California. Their mission is to bring visibility to dogs and cats who often become expendable simply because their bodies aren’t perfect. Their highly regarded rehab center works miracles on pets who have lost the ability to walk due to illness, an injury or birth defect.
In addition, Scout’s House offers online programs to educate pet parents about how they can give their handicapped fur kid a quality life. Their programs include: educational podcasts, videos and a large online health library.
Scout’s House even has a fund to assist pet parents who can’t afford rehab treatment for their paralyzed dog or cat.
Who was Scout?
Scout was a seven week-old puppy who was abandoned in an unlocked car in the parking lot of a big box pet supply store. Her legs were wobbly and she would fall after every couple of steps. It was discovered the dog was suffering from the effects of having distemper when she was very young.
Scout went to live with Lisa Stahr who eventually became the founder of Scout’s House. Lisa vowed to do all she could for Scout so the pair traveled many miles every week to two different cities so the dog could get physical therapy and swim therapy.
Eventually Scout got stronger and her gait improved until one day she stopped falling down completely. Scout lived to be three years-old when she died suddenly of a congenital kidney defect.
Scout’s House 2015 Christmas Video
When I received the Scout’s House Christmas video, I knew I had to share it. This sweet, loving video shows the wide variety of four-legged patients the rehab center assists and the range of rehab treatments they offer.
I hope you enjoy this Christmas video as much as I did.