Whether you’ve ever had or met a Tripawd, you’ve surely seen inspirational photos and videos of amputee dogs living life to the fullest. A little bit of Tripawd awareness, however, can help make life easier on three legs for dogs – and the people who care for them. Dogs may be born with three legs and a spare, but there are some important basics to understand about canine amputation recovery and care. The following tips can help prevent injury to the remaining limbs. When a three-legged dog catches your eye in the shelter, here are the top three important things you need to know before adopting a Tripawd Rescue.
These Tripawd Awareness tips are especially important to know for anyone considering bringing home a Tripawd rescue. The shortlist is a small sampling of ten things to know about adopting a three-legged dog.
Story Time of an NYC Tripawd Rescue Named Nora
New York City Tripawd rescue Nora is known by her people as the “Persian Princess”. As a young Spitz mix in 2015, she was found roaming the streets in northern Iran with the lower portion of her right front right leg missing. She was brought to the U.S. with help from the Beagle Freedom Project. At New York’s Animal Medical Center, she was scheduled for free treatment through their “AMC to the Rescue” program. More than six years later, Nora continues thriving in her Brooklyn pet palace.
“She loves going to the park, but it’s a bit of a walk for her to get there – so with the stroller, she can conserve her energy until we get to the park, and then hop out and walk as much or as little as she wants.” – Nora’s Mom
Tripawd Rehab exercises aren’t just for new amputees. Nora proves that even long-term Tripawds can benefit from rehabilitation, water therapy, and other helpful amputee dog exercises. The Tripawds Foundation is so passionate about this that we created the Tripawds Rehab Fund. This program will reimburse anyone who takes their three-legged dog for a rehab consultation with a certified therapist.
Celebrate Tripawd Awareness on 3/3!
Our mission at Tripawds is to help amputee pets everywhere. And the best way to do that is by spreading Tripawd Awareness and helping pet parents understand important recovery and care tips. For instance, new members often don’t know how to put a harness on a dog, which can help provide assistance on stairs and in vehicles. During recovery, they may ask how to give a dog a pill. Our online community is the best place to turn for helpful resources and support from others who understand.
For years, we have celebrated “Triday” throughout our community on March 3rd (3/3). This year we’ve launched the official Tripawd Awareness Day website to help spread the word.
With or without Tripawds, we’re encouraging all pet parents to get involved. Check the Tripawds forums or Facebook page for a #triday gathering near you. Or share the #mytri meme to get featured on the website. Together, we’ll celebrate our three-legged friends and honor all those who care for them.