Adopting Special Needs Pets

By  | 

A Riverton nurse uses her medical skills to care for handicapped pets.
We spoke with the nurse about her experience with animals and their special needs.

Most of us turn away from adopting a pet with special needs, but Amy Stockton sees it differently, “When you adopt or have a dog who has special needs you're going to have to do a little bit more of the work that they normally would for them.”

That would be tasks like helping them down the stairs to go outside, because they can’t on their own.

“You’re going to spend a little more time either feeding their special diet or giving them their special medications.”

But for dog owner Carol Rowlette, it's no problem.

Rowlette was a nurse for 35 years and decided to use her skills to care and rehab abandoned special needs dogs.

“I decided that it will be a nice idea to use my nursing experience to start taking care of handicap dogs, dogs that people just don't really care to take care of or don't understand how to take care of.”

Rowlette has 11 dogs under her care; one deaf, another blind and some in wheelchairs.

Rowlette said they are not different from dogs without health issues.

"Being able to help them the dogs, the dogs love you I mean they just absolutely are so appreciative of what you do for them they'll go to mouth for you I mean they'll protect you they try and be real nice to you and your friends."

“They can be just as bright just as energetic just as happy as a dog who had doesn't have injuries or issues if you take good care of them in the right way."

For those who have special needs pets, Rowlette said there are a lot of resources available before you abandon them.

Rowlette advises you visit with local vets on resources for your special needs pets.