There are people out there who keep dogs for the sole purpose of breeding or being a leashed guard at home. When these dogs can’t do their tasks anymore, their owners would stop caring for them and leave them to fend for themselves. This heartbreaking scene is true for this one pooch that was found by its rescuers on the street.
When this dog lost its ability to walk, his guardians mercilessly abandoned him.
This is Pumba, he is a sweet, brown pooch who was left unattended somewhere on the street in India. He was just staying on the same spot even until the people from Animal Aid Unlimited got a call about him.
As the rescuers checked on the dog, they realized that Pumba could not walk anymore due to his weak muscles. Pumba showed no aggression towards humans; in fact, he loved being petted.
The rescuers had to find some way to lead him to their carrier.
To raise Pumba on his feet, the AAU fetched a supportive band to pull his lower back up and gently coaxed him to their vehicle. It was heartbreaking to see the dog struggling so much on keeping himself up.
Pumba’s previous owners did not take him out for walks or any physical activities and instead let him be an unloved breed dog at their home. Luckily, now he is in the hands of the kind people from AAU.
Three weeks later, AAU started giving him his most needed therapy.
AAU refused to leave Pumba idle on the ground and they tried to think of a way to help him get his legs moving again.
Three weeks before his rescue, AAU engaged Pumba in hydrotherapy – the use of water (usually pool water) for physical therapy. With this method, they could stimulate Pumba’s sleeping muscles and strengthen it thus, making him walk again. The exercise went great for him, he even enjoyed his little swims while AAU was behind his back supervising and encouraging him.
After the swim, Pumba would get all of the attention from his human supporters and it is clear that he is loving every bit of it.
Pumba’s muscles healed overtime until he could finally walk like any pooch.
As the pooch strictly followed his therapy routines, Pumba’s muscles gradually regained their strength and AAU had documented the dog’s improvements over time. In just six weeks, with only a little help to get him up on the ground, Pumba could walk much better than before.
The pooch probably was not able to experience fun at his previous home and AAU made sure he gets tons of it while he is recovering.
Pumba had developed a friendship with other dogs at AAU’s headquarters and he seemed like he always wanted to play with them.
When his leg strength got better, AAU finally let Pumba play with the other dogs. He was not as fast and nimble as the other dogs, but he sure had fun while chasing his friends around. He loves digging and sniffing around, but what gets him happy is the shower of love and attention that he gets from his rescuers.
The lovely pooch not only regained his strength but also the trust in humans that he once lost.
Thanks to AAU’s efforts, Pumba had a chance to live a better life. Pumba is now available for adoption at AAU and you could see it on their website.
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