At a mere 5 years of age, Oso, a stunning German shepherd, found himself in dire straits.
The dog was dumped at a California animal control facility by his owners – owners who had left him in a backyard…owners who had ignored his medical problems.
Oso was left unable to walk. A spinal condition had rendered him immobile.
But Oso was discovered and rescued from that facility – he has been receiving amazing care ever since.
Now, the love and attention, including ongoing therapy sessions, is paying off.
Oso has regained some mobility in his legs – 2 ½ months of intense rehab has allowed him to start to move his limbs – and he is working on regaining strength that was lost during his time with his neglectful owners.
In light of Oso’s improvement, his current care providers are hopeful that he can find a foster home.
From Oso’s current guardian angel on the perfect foster home for Oso:
He may never look graceful or perfect in his gait, but basic mobility seems achievable. He knows when he needs to do his business and can hold it (even when is stool is loose). We all really feel he is now ready for a foster home.
What we are looking for – the wish list:
A couple living in a single level house that understands German Shepherds. I am still committed to taking him to rehab several times a week and could even provide a small stipend for the family willing to work with him. He does need help getting up but I am able to navigate him for a short distance to get him to patches of grass. The rest is just making sure to help him with his stretching exercises and making him stand several times a day. He would probably be ok in a house with another dog as long as the other dog is a calm dog and preferably a female.
It’s a lot to ask of a foster home, but someone out there may be able to offer up the perfect home for Oso to recuperate in.
Ideally, the home should be in Southern California – the hope is that Oso can continue on with his therapy sessions so that one day, he can walk again.
Anyone who is interested in helping Oso as he continues his journey back to good health is asked to contact Darcie Olson at Darcie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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