Acts of love and compassion have the power to rescue not only humans but also animals, particularly those that have been abandoned or injured. These creatures also seek assistance from people when they require it. Their courage to approach individuals for help often results in a positive outcome for them. One such heartwarming story involves a pup that was paralyzed and crawled for miles to seek aid. The tale is sure to touch your soul, so let’s read on!
Located in Southern Africa, Botswana is a country that becomes a flourishing animal haven during seasonal floods. Despite the harsh living conditions most animals face, some abandoned and injured dogs still roam the land. Many people have been moved by the story of a paralyzed dog in Botswana who had to drag herself for miles with a broken spine in search of assistance.
A group of volunteers, led by Susanne Vogel, were working on a project in the Northern Okavango region to minimize conflicts between elephants and humans. During their stay, they were surprised to find a little puppy slowly making its way towards their remote camp. The puppy seemed to have spotted the team and didn’t waste any time approaching them for help. Thanks to the volunteers’ efforts, the puppy was saved from danger.
Poppy, a helpless pup, was in need of assistance when she made her way to the research camp. Susanne noted that the dog was crawling since its back legs were completely paralyzed, but it was still full of affection and was looking for aid.
Upon seeing Poppy, the team promptly evaluated her condition. It was evident that the young canine had suffered from an accident, which caused paralysis and a broken spine. They provided the pup with food and a proper cleaning before rushing her to the veterinarian for further assistance. Unfortunately, the results were not in their favor. It was discovered that Poppy was only seven months old and while surgery might aid her, her chances of survival were quite bleak.
Despite the challenges, the researchers remained optimistic about Poppy’s condition, recognizing her unique qualities. Though surgery was not an option, Poppy began undergoing therapy and rehabilitation exercises to improve her leg strength. Meanwhile, volunteers worked tirelessly to secure funds for Poppy’s ongoing care and medical expenses. With the help of compassionate animal lovers everywhere, they appealed for support to give Poppy a chance at life.
After numerous sessions of physical therapy, the courageous dog has made progress and can now stand on all four legs. Despite not being fit for surgery yet, Poppy seems to be comfortable and free of any discomfort.
Poppy received a new set of wheels to zoom around on and was thrilled about it! This lively and adorable pup was also recently adopted into her forever home by MaryBeth Hastings from Washington, D.C. Poppy’s new parents flew her back to the United States where she is now enjoying many happy days with her loving family.