CAMBRIDGE, MA (August 11, 2021) – Paralyzed and surrendered by his owner in Iran, Teddy’s survival odds were low. PAWS New England rushed in to help the young Maltese puppy. In the midst of their rescue planning, the CDC announced a new ban effective July 15th would limit their ability to save international rescue dogs and bring them to the US. The PAWS New England rescue team rushed into action, they knew that they needed to act quickly to save Teddy and bring him to Boston before time ran out.
With the dedication of the PAWS New England team, Teddy is one of the last international rescue dogs to make it into the US before the ban went into effect. Once Teddy reach Boston, the rescue was able to uncover the true nature of his medical needs. Quickly learning that Teddy had been abused during his time living in Iran. He had suffered a spinal injury that caused him to lose the use of his back legs. He was nervous and anxious upon arrival due to his lack of a stable and safe home. When Walkin’ Pets, a pet mobility company based out of NH, saw Teddy’s story, they began to follow along and reached out to offer any help that they could provide. Foster mom, Leila, said that Teddy’s transformation into a happy pup began the day he got his wheelchair, “When he got his wheels, he was happier. Teddy doesn’t realize there’s anything different about him, he acts just like any other dog! He deserves to have the same opportunities.”
Teddy’s foster mom Leila and canine foster brother Preston have helped Teddy to adjust to his new life. His medical needs have been addressed, and he has begun to see a neurologist as well as a canine rehabilitation specialist at Boston Animal Hospital PT. With the support of his new Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair, Teddy has become a happy and energetic puppy. Teddy’s foster mom says that Teddy loves being active, and he wanted to run! His wheels allow him to move around independently and have fun in the park like any other dog would do. The best news of all is that with hard work and dedication, Teddy’s neurologist and physical therapist think that this sweet boy will likely be able to walk on his own again soon!
Though Teddy has been comfortable and happy in his foster home, he is on the hunt for his forever home and his forever family who will help him reach his ultimate goals—overcoming his anxiety, and relearning to walk. If you are unable to provide a home for Teddy, but would like to donate to his medical needs, you can contribute to PAWS New England directly. Teddy would be thrilled to find an active family who will support and love him. To learn more about Teddy or to submit an application, visit his adoption page.
To follow along on Teddy’s journey, check out @pawsnewengland and @marshallfitzroyhtx.
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