Every animal lover knows that when you take in a pet, you’re supposed to be that animal’s whole world for as long as they live. Pets are not toys made for our amusement, but members of our families that most of us love and cherish so much. Sadly, so many pet owners are more like fair-weather friends, leaving their dogs and cats to die when the going gets tough.
That is especially true for animals that get injured or have disabilities. Vets and rescuers see it all the time — an animal gets hurt or sick and their owners decide it’d be better and more convenient to put them to sleep than to nurture them through the hard times. That’s how one team of rescuers found themselves with Tiger, a chihuahua mix with one heck of a story.
Tiger had a slipped disc in his spine, and he underwent a difficult and expensive surgery called a hemilaminectomy while under the care of his previous owners. The doctor warned them that Tiger would need some time to recover, but they soon abandoned Tiger.
After just nine days, the owners wanted Tiger to be euthanized because he still couldn’t walk and needed to be assisted when urinating and defecating. The surgeon insisted that he just needed more recovery time and created a temporary wheelchair out of PVC pipe, but the owners insisted that he be put to sleep. They had a newborn on the way and didn’t have the resources to deal with a handicapped dog.
The veterinary hospital contacted The Fuzzy Pet Foundation, begging them to help, and they were able to get the owners to sign over Tiger to the rescue group. Tiger was going to be safe and cared for!
The Fuzzy Pet Foundation has been raising money on GoFundMe for Tiger’s permanent wheelchair. His prognosis is good. He’s no longer in pain, and he’s living a happy and healthy life. He may even walk on his own again, but only time will tell.
Just look at that happy little face! Can you believe that someone would be so cruel as to euthanize Tiger in his time of need? We’re so, so happy that vets and rescuers stopped at nothing to take Tiger away from his cruel family and get him the help he needed. To learn more about how you can help pets with disabilities (and about how you can bring one of these cuties into your life) be sure to visit the Pets With Disabilities website here.