Thursday, June 11, 2009

Disabled, Not Disposable.

Repeat after me: Special needs pets are disabled, not disposable.

Now, memorize it and repeat as often as necessary to well-meaning friends and family members, neighbors and co-workers, who think you're nuts to spend so much time, money and energy on helping your "almost perfect" pet have a better quality of life.

Lisa Stahr
But don't take it from me: take it from Lisa Stahr, someone who's spent a LOT of time thinking -- and now writing -- about this very issue.

Lisa is the co-founder, owner and operator of Scout's House, a rehab center for animals. No, not THAT kind of rehab, though it is located in Menlo Park, California.

No, Scout's House is a place where disabled pets can go for physical therapy delivered by trained veterinary professionals. It's also a place where these pets can stay while their human parents take some time off for much-needed R&R. (Anyone who cares for a special needs pet knows the value of a real vacation.)

Lisa started Scout's House as a tribute to her own dear dog, who suffered mightily from the lingering effects of puppyhood distemper...that is, until Lisa got hold of her. But I'll let her tell you that story -- she's a more-than-capable writer, given her background in marketing and PR.

All you really need to know is that Scout's House rocks as a great resource for special needs pets and their families, and that if you ever need to find this great place, the link will always be here or in our blogroll.


Scout 'n Freyja said...

As someone who once had a blind dog that could maneuver through the house like a porpoise with radar, to me, there are NO handicapped pets...just handicapped thoughts in the heads of humans.

Old pets, too, are often discarded. What a great teaching tool for kids...something gets old and throw it away. Wonder what the parents of those kids will do when they get old and the kids want to get rid of them?

I'm passionate about your cause and about rescue, in general, especially older pets that have been abandoned in a shelter.

Carl said...

Thank you for helping to raise awareness about disabled dogs.

We have a new website dedicated to raising awareness about Disabled Dogs featuring our pack of 3 disabled dogs and 1 able bodied dog. Please take a look and add your input. Thank you :)