Logan, a young Boxer/Shepherd mix, stood little chance of finding a home when he was housed at an animal shelter. Though the dog was both young, and adorable, he had a glaring flaw in the eyes of the many people that came to the shelter looking for a new companion.
Logan was born with a deformity – he possessed a fifth leg. Though most individuals entering an animal shelter say that they want to save a dog, many truly want to save a perfect dog, rather than one with a known and glaring “defect”.
Thankfully for Logan, he was taken in by a rescue. Hopeful Hearts Rescue, an organization that specifically tries to help the senior and special needs dogs, heard about the 5-legged dog and decided that he definitely fit the special needs type of dog that they strive to help.
After approximately one month if foster care, Logan went on a journey to the Ontario Veterinary College, where a team of dedicated veterinarians evaluated Logan’s leg situation and came to the decision that he would be best served by having the double leg removed. Logan would be going from 5 legs, to only 3.
The rescue care-providers, wrapped up in love and concern for the unique dog, anxiously waited through Logan’s long surgery. Doctors Brisson and Appel headed up the major limb altering surgery, and happily, it was a success. The affectionate, shy rescue dog was one his way towards a new life.
Logan remained a trooper throughout his ordeal – showing courage and grace to those that consider themselves blessed to have been a part of his extreme makeover.
The Hopeful Hearts Rescue team of volunteers truly rose to the occasion for this special dog. Pulling him from a shelter where he stood little chance of adoption, placing him in a loving foster home where he was showered with attention, holding fundraisers for his veterinary expenses, and finally, diligently choosing the best possible forever home for him.
Just three short months after Logan’s major leg-removal surgery, the special dog found an equally special family to call his own. The rescue searched long and hard to find that special family – one that they were fully comfortable releasing their precious charge to.
Logan’s story is a shining example of rescue work at its finest. A group of dog-loving, rescue minded individuals working together for those less fortunate. Rescue can be highly demanding, yet immensely gratifying. If you aren’t involved already, consider finding a way to take part. Rescue organizations ae always in need of volunteers to foster, transport, or assist with fundraising or application processing.
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