Paralyzed Rescue Dog Pays It Forward

Photo: Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Photo: Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Everything about this story is sure to leave you feeling just a little bit better about the world. 7-year-old dachshund Willie was found paralyzed and abandoned at a dumpster in Tampa. An employee at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay discovered Willie in a box by the trash bin, and took him back to the shelter.

It wasn't long before Sandy Lewers paid a visit to the Tampa shelter and immediately melted when she heard Willie's bark. A lifelong Dachshund owner, it was love at first bark--literally! When the shelter workers told her that Willie would need a "special home", she knew it was meant to be. As a mother of two autistic children, and the owner of another dog that uses a special wheelchair to get around, Sandy knew she could provide Willie with the perfect environment to live a happy, healthy life.

Willie is paying it forward by helping Sandy's children overcome sensory issues and thrive in their home. He gets along incredibly well in his wheelchair and is a true testament to dog's ability to overcome even the most terrible and trying adversities.


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