When special needs children walk on to the Safe in Austin Rescue Ranch in Texas they see others that are just like them.
That’s because the animals that live on the farm also have special needs or are survivors of abuse and neglect.
So, when a child like Harper Wulms who has a congenital hand abnormality visits the farms and meets a rescued turkey like Priscilla who has a “lucky claw,” it can create a healing effect.
“There is something absolutely magical about watching a child with differences come out here and say, ‘They’re just like me,’ ” the sanctuary’s founder Jaime Wallace-Griner told The Washington Post. “When you see Harper holding Priscilla’s lucky hand with her own lucky hand, it just does so much for her heart.”
Animals that would have otherwise been euthanized or neglected.
“We have animals that are blind or deaf, have diabetes, cerebral palsy, deformities, missing limbs, broken spines … they all become part of our family,” Wallace-Griner said.
Halo was abandoned in a box by a breeder after the breeder decided she couldn’t be used.
But according to Wallace-Griner, she never seemed to be aware that she was different than the other dogs.
Her reaction to trying out her new legs for the first time was the sweetest thing!
“I have no words. I can’t believe it,” Wallace-Griner wrote on Facebook.
She didn’t plan on having her walk with them on.
But once she got her legs on, Halo wanted to stand with them.
When Wallace-Griner brought out a carpet, Halo immediately took a step onto it with her brand new legs.
And Wallace-Griner was in tears of joy!
“With a big giant pride-filled smile, while I wept (The blubbering starts 5:15),” Wallace-Griner wrote on Facebook.
“It’s been an insane rollercoaster of challenges and emotions over the last year. From the moment I brought this little wounded, 4-week-old, one-legged fluff ball home, I knew she was something special! Look what we did guys. Just look at our Halo go!”
More than 15,000 people commented on the video on Facebook, cheering Halo on. Watch Halo run on his new legs in the video below.
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I have no words. I can’t believe it. The plan was just to introduce her to them today. It was never to even attempt walking. She had different plans. She didn’t just walk….. she ran!!!! With a big giant pride filled smile, while I wept. (The blubbering starts 5:15) It’s been an insane rollercoaster of challenages and emotions over the last year. From the moment I brought this little wounded, four week old, one legged, fluff ball home; I knew she was something special! Look what we did guys. Just look at our Halo go!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️THANK YOU OrthoPets: Orthotics and Prosthetics for Animals!!!!!!
Posted by Safe in Austin on Monday, October 5, 2020