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special needs pets

Just like people, every pet is different. And, just like people, just because a pet has special needs doesn’t mean they can’t live a happy, fulfilling life and bring joy to their friends and family. This series is dedicated to celebrating  pets with disabilities and the people who love and care for them.

There was a time when any minor defect would usually mean a dog or cat was immediately put down. But today, there are treatments and devices – even prosthetics – that allow many pets to live well with almost any kind of disability.

If you have or know of someone who has a special needs pet and would like to be featured, please use our contact page and send us a message.

Meanwhile, enjoy these inspiring stories. Please share them with your family and friends. Spread the word that pets with special needs are “Something Special” indeed.

special needs bulldog
Beth & Her Special Needs Bulldogs Beth Edwards has always had a big heart. During her years as a behavioral therapist in NY, she worked with special needs children, among other[...]
The Pet Matchmaker hopes you’ve seen our writeup on animal rescuer Sarah Kidd our Pet Rescue RockStars series here.  In fact Sarah stays busier helping needy cats and dogs than any[...]
blind and deaf dog
If you think a blind and deaf dog can’t live a fulfilled life: meet Gus! “He runs at the park, plays with other dogs, and loves to be carried around like a baby,”[...]
Oreo disabled bunny
Oreo disabled bunny can’t hop, but soon he should be able to roll. For the past two months, the 4-year-old rabbit has been to death’s door and back battling a bacterial infection, [...]
  In this installment, we take a look at Duncan Lou, the amazing two-legged Boxer. If you’re one of the millions of people who watched Duncan Lou’s first trip to the beach, you kno[...]
Turbo Roo
Born with just two back legs, little Chihuahua Turbo Roo was given up to Downtown Veterinarian in Indianapolis at just four weeks old. Vet tech Ashley Looper took him home to care [...]
It takes a special person to adopt a special needs pet. So you can imagine how special Selina and Sandi Kenitzer are to have three healthy English Bulldogs plus FIVE with spina bif[...]
Just because a dog can no longer walk by herself, doesn’t mean that the party is over. Today, many pets have rich and joyful lives with the aid of a wheelcart. “The biggest t[...]
Lentil the French Bulldog was born with a cleft palate. Unable to eat or drink normally, he would have died. Thankfully, at just two days old, he was rescued by French Bulldog Resc[...]
  In our first installment, Nikki Carvey talks to Len Lucero – guardian of the inimitable, piggredible – Chris P Bacon. Len Lucero: I’m a vet and work at an animal hosp[...]