At first glance, Justin, the dog, looks like your typical pup. He’s playful, gives big, sloppy kisses, and is always up for a good belly rub. It’s only when you look closely that you realize that Justin happens to not have two back feet. The little guy, who has had this deformity since birth, has a bit of trouble walking around and as seen in the video, is carried around in a baby stroller by his caretakers at Best Friends Animal Society.
Until now, that is! After a thorough checkup, Justin has been fitted with new booties! By the way he skids around, it looks like they’ll take some getting used to, but at least now he can walk around on a leash and play in the grass like any other dog. Shortly after getting his new booties, and essentially a new life, Justin reached another major milestone: getting adopted!
Due to people’s obsession with “perfect” or “new” dogs, dogs like Justin have some difficulty finding a forever home. Despite the tens of millions of dogs available for adoption in shelters only about three to four million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year. We can all help lower this statistic by opting to adopt and not shop, urging our government officials to put measures in place that would offer shelter adoption over pet purchase, and by demanding on a national level that irresponsible pet guardians and pet breeders be held accountable. This is a huge problem but we can each play a part in making sure more dogs end up in homes than on the streets and in shelters!
To learn more about how you can help, visit Best Friends Animal Society’s website.