Today is National Specially-abled Pets Day! And you guessed it, today we are celebrating and honoring those dogs that have a disability or face certain physical challenges. These dogs who brave life with paralysis, missing limbs, blindness, and deafness. Whether due to disease, birth flaws or injuries, these dogs’ disabilities do not make them any less capable of showing love and living a fulfilling life.
This day is a reminder that disabled dogs are very able. They are able to love, able to feel, and able to enjoy a good and healthy life. It is a day to educate the public about caring for these dogs, and encouraging people to adopt them from shelters or foster care. Unfortunately, specially-abled pets are often overlooked at shelters because people feel that it is too much work to care for them. But these animals have a heart full of love that they are willing to share with their forever family.
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There is often a perception that these animals don’t want to be active, or are limited to what they can do. While that can be the case sometimes, more often than not they will be up for anything. Do blind dogs want to go on walks? Absolutely! Do dogs in wheel chairs still want to play with toys and snuggle? For sure! These dogs are not thinking about how limited they are by their disability. To them, this is just their everyday life.
With modern technology, caring for these dogs is becoming even easier. 3d printing has allowed for us to create prosthetic limbs and customized wheel chairs for the pups who need some help getting around. Blind and deaf dogs can easily be trained to understand voice and hand signals to communicate. There is endless opportunity for these amazing companions, if we only give them a chance to show their greatness.
If you are looking to adopt a dog, consider one of these special dogs who are so unfairly overlooked. As true with any other adoption process, the key is to make sure the dog’s temperament and lifestyle needs match yours. Interested in adopting a specially abled dog? Check out Pets With Disabilities listing to find a specially-abled pet in your area.
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