GREENVILLE CO, SC (WSPA) – Friday, in Simpsonville is where the only animal rehabilitation clinic in the Upstate is giving rescue dogs with disabilities a new lease on life.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA, more than than three million dogs are put into shelters across the United States each year.
Although, all the Upstate shelters don’t have collective data on how many dogs are in the shelters, it’s safe to assume the numbers aren’t small. The number of dogs with disabilities that are adopted, versus euthanized is very small.
That’s one of the main reason why Animal Rehabilitation & Conditioning Center (ARCC) Veterinarian, Doctor Dicki Kennedy, has been working with Carolina Loving Hound Rescue to give dogs with disabilities a second chance.
ARCC and Carolina Loving Hound Rescue have worked together for the several years to save dogs with disabilities, local shelters would otherwise euthanize, from 72 hour kill shelters.
These dogs could have anything from paralysis,to disfigured limbs, or no limbs at all get medical attention, tools like wheel chairs, and are found loving homes.
Dr. Kennedy explained her idea that every pet should get help because they’re all living beings.
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Therapies like the underwater treadmill and
She added that caring for a pet with disabilities can be a physically, emotionally, and financially difficult. Thus not everyone is eligible or considered to adopt a special needs dog.