Imagine you’re on your way to work or a meeting on a chilly, rainy day and about to walk across a busy city intersection. All of a sudden, you spot a soggy cardboard box on the sidewalk and people glancing inside. You walk over and see a sad, wet puppy inside.
But instead of helping the puppy out, people just walk away. All because of what they see … or don’t see. As you get close, you realize the dog doesn’t have its front legs.
Sweet Daffodil was abandoned on Market Street. Because of a birth defect, she has no front legs. Instead of giving up on…
This was the sad story of Daffodil, a tiny Chihuahua with a birth defect that left her with stubs instead of fully grown front legs. This adorable pup had been abandoned on Mission Street in one of the busiest parts of San Francisco. But Daffodil had a guardian angel that day, a young man named Jene. As he walked by, he couldn’t believe the callous indifference of people to the dog’s suffering.
“I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” the outraged dog lover told the San Francisco SPCA. “Why would anyone do that? Pick up the puppy, and then put her right back in the box?” The horrible reason was that many people just didn’t want a “deformed” dog.
Jene stepped in compassionately, “gently lifted her out of the dirty box, wrapped her into his T-Shirt, and took her home to offer her food,” as the San Francisco SPCA explained. However, he realized that Daffodil needed some professional help if she was ever going to be able to move around and took her to the SPCA shelter.
“I just couldn't believe what I was seeing—why would anyone do that? Pick up the puppy, and then put her right back in…
The shelter wasn’t going to let this little gem go without a chance at a good life. “She had already learned to get around well enough, but couldn’t channel her puppy energy into playful romping, or chasing toys, or running in circles like the other dogs.” They decided to get radical and find a special mobility solution for the pup: her very own set of wheels!
The SPCA went to OrthoPets, a fabulous company that makes prosthetics for pets with disabilities, and managed to get a very special cast and wheels made for the pup. After a very involved process of getting her measurements and putting on a cast, the company was able to deliver Daffodil’s wheels in two weeks.
As the entire SPCA team anxiously watched, Daffodil took her first go, running at full speed across the floor. She did a faceplant or two, just like any toddler learning to get around on their own, but most importantly, she always got up. After some modifications, Daffodil was soon jetting around the room just like any other puppy.
But who was going to give this incredible fighter her forever home?
— San Francisco SPCA (@sfspca) May 18, 2016
OrthoPets staff were so thrilled to see their inventions helping this sweet dog, and a case manager at the company, Olivia Kong, “fell madly in love” with Daffodil, according to the SF SPCA. Kong was convinced that there would be a line out the door to adopt this inspiring little girl, but it turned out no one had put their name forward.
Kong didn’t have to hesitate, and Daffodil was soon headed for her first real home. Kong is incredibly impressed and proud of her canine friend. “We see a lot of patients where it takes a fair amount of time to learn how to negotiate the world. She’s a spitfire and takes off running,” Kong told SF Gate.
For Kong, “disabled” just doesn’t do justice to the little Chihuahua that could, as she told SF Gate. “She’s an absolute joy. She really uplifts not only myself but also other people. People are always happy to see her. I have a wonderful life and she has really enriched it further.”
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Kong and the SPCA hope that Daffodil’s wonderful story inspires others to adopt “differently abled” pets. Every pet deserves a chance at life!
Remember Daffodil, the abandoned puppy born without front legs? Look how happy she is today! Check off one of your resolutions early and help rescue animals by making a donation today: sfspca.org/stories/videos/daffodil
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