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Animal Aid looking for special family for special dog

posted July 14th, 2019 by
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When Gabriel arrived in the care of Animal Aid of Tulsa in September 2018, his rescuers knew immediately that he was a special dog.

Photos provided by Victorious Salsman

Photos provided by Victorious Salsman

Found by a local fire department, the Tulsa Police Department contacted the group to take the dog who was believed to have been hit by a car. He was seen for a couple of days near Apache and Harvard dragging his back legs behind him before he could be caught and brought to a rescue.

Kelly Brown, Animal Aid animal care and adoption coordinator, said right off the bat Gabriel showed them his will to live was high.

“From the get go he has shown us that he is not different,” Brown said. “Once he is comfortable with you he is so playful, funny and full of personality. There is nothing different about him but the way he walks.”

Brown says the care for a dog in a wheelchair is not much greater than any other dog.

“It is not any more time consuming to express his bladder and help him into his wheelchair than to take any other dog for a walk,” Brown said.

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Gabriel with Salsman’s cat Kiki.

Coincidentally, Gabriel is named after Gabby Moore, a former vet tech at Animal Acupuncture. She and her foster dog Hildi, who also did not have use of her back legs, were featured in a previous issue of Tulsa Pets Magazine.

Gabby said to Kelly one night, “Just believe, give him a little bit of time but just believe,” about another dog that had given up. When Animal Aid took in Gabriel, which means to trust and put belief in, Brown told Moore she was naming the dog after her.

Veterinarians initially believed Gabriel would never be able to use his back legs. However, after water therapy with Animal Acupuncture, he is beginning to have more use of his back legs.

“Dr. Owen has believed in him from day one,” Victorious Salsman, his foster mom, said. “Thank God for her.”

He has reflexes but he doesn’t have feeling in his legs, like if you step on his foot, Salsman explained. “If he gets really excited about something, it’s like he forgets he can’t walk, he will stand up and walk. And it’s like ‘Oh if he only knew that he can!’”

On days he has water therapy in the pool or at Animal Acupuncture, for the rest of the day he will stand and he will plant his feet, Salsman said.

After his arrival at Animal Aid, he was in boarding, had a temporary foster and then came to Salsman’s home in early December. He is now in boarding again and in the process of transitioning to a new foster home.

“When he first came to me, I had no idea how to care for a disabled dog. The first two weeks were rough,” Salsman acknowledged. “It’s a learning process.”

Salsman says he is great with other dogs and cats but is slower to trust men than women, which may stem from past abuse.

“Once that trust is established you have his whole heart,” Salsman said. “Gabriel has zero care in the world that he can’t use his back legs. He is so happy, so loving, so full of life. He deserves a family that will give him that total commitment.”

You can fill out an application at: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/iQ10YVPFd8SL9cwl1

You can also contact Animal Aid of Tulsa for more information at [email protected] or call Kelly Brown at 918-951-6138.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Abused Great Pyrenees ready for forever home

posted March 20th, 2016 by
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Link came to the Great Pyrenees Rescue of Oklahoma as an owner surrender last May. Abused and neglected, nobody is quite sure what he experienced in his early life or how he was injured.

A lower back injury caused a partial paralysis, his left rear leg was broken in two places and his right rear leg was mangled. Surgery repaired the left leg, the right leg was amputated.

To say both Link, who will be a year old this month, and his rescuers are determined is an understatement. After weekly therapy and receiving a new set of wheels to get around, Link is finally link new wheels 2ready to find his forever family.

Link is a typical happy go lucky adolescent pup that loves to play with other dogs, loves toys, enjoys playing outdoors and lounging in the yard,” said Deanne McNabb, Link’s foster and president of GPRO via email. “It’s hard to go out to the front yard without gathering a crowd for neighbor kids and even parents. His doctors and therapist routinely remark of his sweet temperament and trust of people through everything he’s been through.”

Deanne describes him as a character, always looking to play and wrestle.

“Given his limited mobility he has come up with his own games, one his favorites is fetch, but you’re doing the fetching,” she said.

Some of the special needs a potential adopting family will need to consider are a living space with no or few stairs and rugs on slick surfaces, extra supplies such as an orthopedic dog bed, potty pads and diapers. He will be sent to his forever home with all of his current supplies including his new wheelchair which adjusts in height and width to two additional sizes.

He will also need an adopter who is physically able to support him standing and walking with his rear harness and helping him in and out of his wheelchair.

Link is currently being fostered in the Tulsa area. His adoption application can be downloaded from at www.wix.com/gprofok/gpr or from the group’s Facebook page Great Pyrenees Rescue of Oklahoma. You can watch a video about him here.

Meet and greet visits are welcomed at the foster home once the application is approved. Link’s Tulsa therapy vet is happy to provide a consultation visit to go over his exercises, the proper ways to physically assist him, wheelchair use and more.

To learn more or donate to GPRO, visit http://gprofok.wix.com/.

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]