We are happy to announce that Phoenix was adopted on March 22, 2022 by Posie’s family ❤️ His foster flew him and his new wheels from LA to Salt Lake City! Then his new mom drove him down to Idaho to join their herd. He is doing wonderfully adjusting to his new wheels. He started electro-acupuncture on March 23, and the doctors believe he will eventually be able to use one of his legs! We will continue to cover any and all medical bills related to his injuries, the original reason he was unlikely to make it out of the shelter. You can read his entire story below.
Phoenix arrived at the shelter as a stray with a paralyzed rear end, unable to use his back legs. Because he uses his front legs to drag himself around, he’s developed abrasions along his body and calluses on his paws and tail. Phoenix lived a difficult life before making it to the shelter, and he seemed so sad when our partners at Deity went to visit him. He may potentially need major surgery, and we think a mobility cart will not only help to prevent further injury to his rear paws but make him so much happier as well.
We got our first Phoenix smile during his car ride! And an impressively large yawn for such a small dog.
During his initial vet visit, Phoenix received so much love from the staff and his sweet, energetic personality started to shine through. X-rays showed he has severe spinal damage paralyzing him from mid-back to tail, and the vet confirmed he has no feeling in his hind legs. The vet suspects Phoenix was hit by a car while living as a stray. Fortunately, he has a very strong upper body making him an excellent candidate for a set of rear wheels. He may need major surgery and further care in the future such as physical therapy or laser treatment, but we won’t know until later. We’ll keep everyone pupdated.