Shelter Builds Wheels For Paralyzed Dog Who Was Found Abandoned In Desert

A paralyzed dog, who was found abandoned in the desert, is getting around quite well these days thanks to compassionate (and innovative!) staff at the Arizona Humane Society.

Prior to being rescued, Angel, a two-year-old German shepherd mix, had struggled to get around with rear legs that didn’t work. The animal shelter described how Angel was found in a press release on Tuesday:

(he was) found abandoned out by Canyon Lake, dragging his back legs across the rough desert terrain. When he arrived here, the wonderful medical team at AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital treated his wounds and determined that Angel was paralyzed from the waist down.

Thanks to Animal Care Team employees, Faye Daniel and McCall Kotsur, this energetic young dog can now maneuver through life with greater ease in his homemade set of wheels created out of PVC pipe and harnesses. Judging by the enormous smile on his face, he is appreciative of their low-budget creation.

Angel’s adoption fee has been waived in exchange for a new home with a compassionate owner who will keep him comfortable. He’s looking forward to a future filled with long walks and lots of love. For more information about Angel, please call the shelter’s Alternative Placement team at 602.997.7585 extension 2156.

Find the Arizona Humane Society on Facebook here.

(Photo via Arizona Humane Society)

Watch the heartwarming video of Angel and his new wheels below:

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.