Chip the Dachshund, after six months in RSPCA NSW care where he received critical veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and a very tiny wheelchair fitting, is now looking for his perfect forever home.
Chip is one of almost 30,000 animals who turn to RSPCA NSW for help each year.
Last November, Chip was found living in a garage with paralysed legs and no aid to help him walk. His back limbs were ulcerated from getting dragged along the floor.
RSPCA NSW later located Chip’s owner who was homeless and struggling at the time. RSPCA NSW’s Community Programs worked closely with her to try and help her give Chip the life he needed. In the end, she made the decision to surrender him to the organisation.
Chip’s foster carer Katie Jarvis provided him round-the-clock care for three months. She helped him eat, helped him get around, changed his nappies, kept him warm and stayed with him so he would not become anxious.
“I loved Chip at first sight. Such a small boy with a big personality, I wanted to take him into my home and help heal him immediately,” she said.
His next owner will need to tick the following boxes to adopt him:
- Must have experience with a special needs animal
- Must have breed experience
- Must be only animal
Due to Chip’s disability and separation anxiety, he cannot be left alone for extended periods of time. His new owner will need to be around for most of the day in order to toilet him, help him get around and offer the unconditional support he requires.