Taking the Challenge – Adopt a Disabled Dog

Most people will shy away from adopting a disabled animal due to the time and costs involved in taking on this extra challenge but it is guaranteed that what an animal may lack in physical ability, they will make up for in personality, determination and a capacity to bond with an owner.

Speak with anyone who has given a disabled animal a new opportunity in life, possibly saving him from being euthanized or living in difficult conditions at a shelter, and they will tell you how rewarding the decision has been and just how easily their animal has adjusted into the family way of life.

Aanifeira has had many disabled cats and dogs and some have had the good fortune to get adopted whilst others are sitting waiting to be adopted.  One particular dog we have at the shelter is our ‘gentle giant’ dog called TAQ.  We call him our ‘gentle giant’ because of his soft and gentle nature and thick set long body.  Very sadly TAQ was born at Aanifeira about 8 years ago in the days when spaying and neutering were not practiced and he spends his days lazing around in his box with two other companions.

He was born with a deformed right front paw which doesn’t reach the ground and hangs in front of his chest and he gets around on three legs.   Due to TAQ’s quiet and complacent life-style we have noticed an increase in his weight which doesn’t help him in moving around.

Our greatest desire is that someone one day will walk into the shelter and want to adopt him into their family.  Due to his gentleness, he would make a wonderful family pet with children.   The images tell all below.  For anyone interested in finding our more information on adopting TAQ please contact international@aanifeira.pt

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About Aanifeira

Aanifeira – Associação dos Amigos dos Animais de Santa Maria da Feira is a non-profit/ no-kill organization with around 400 abandoned dogs and a small amount of cats in its care.
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2 Responses to Taking the Challenge – Adopt a Disabled Dog

  1. When I was small, we had a dog with a front leg which he carried. It didn’t stop him running about and playing and behaving like any 4-legged dog. His paw used to clip the ground so, to prevent it opening and bleeding, we used to make him little boots. Of course this drew attention to him and he had a lovely fan club who always wanted to fuss him when he was out for a walk. fingers crossed that maybe one day Taq will know a family home.

    • Aanifeira says:

      Thank you Beryl and yes you’re right they certainly remain completely mobile! We remain really hopeful that one day someone will adopt our TAQ.

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