The vet’s report on Petunia after her April 3rd exam included the following: “The vertebrae in her spine are broken in three places. It is not likely that she will regain function to the rear of her body. The injuries are likely from some form of severe force trauma. She could be a candidate for a wheelchair in the right home. She is a good dog.” Because of her immobility and her inability to empty her bladder herself, she stayed at the vet clinic, where the staff could care for her properly.
ALIVE was faced with tough choices for Petunia. Going to the shelter was out of the question since it would mean an immediate death. With Petunia happy, alert and loving, the best option would be a difficult one: find a rescue or adopter who understands dealing with a dog with disabilities and is willing to make a long-term commitment. Kathy Tabor with ALIVE, shared Petunia’s story on Facebook. We shared her story on our Facebook page as well, which got the attention of Destiny Shell with the Virginia chapter of the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue. She contacted RADAR to let us know she saw Petunia’s post and that “I just don’t see too many people stepping up for her with her needs, even though her needs won’t really be all that difficult to handle…and abused to the point someone put her in that condition…my heart just broke for her.” Destiny asked if RADAR could help pay for a wheelchair for Petunia. We said “yes!” and Petunia had a rescue to give her a much needed second chance!
Petunia was transported to Destiny on May 2nd, and her wheelchair arrived on May 15th. “Don’t tell this little Petunia that she can’t do something!” Destiny told us. “We like to think of her as limited capabilities! She is just the happiest little thing! And she loves to pal around with Ruffles, one of my personal dogs.” Click here to view more photos of Petunia.
RADAR paid all of the $289 cost for Petunia’s wheelchair.
UPDATE! All funds for Petunia have been raised! Thank you!
If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Petunia:
If you are interested in adopting Petunia, please contact Destiny with the Virginia chapter of the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue.
Added on May 16, 2015.