Anyone who has suffered a serious injury knows how debilitating and heartbreaking it can be. But what if that injury left you paralyzed? Suddenly you're unable to do all the things you used to — walk, run or play. That’s what happened to JJ, a one-and-a-half-year-old pit bull mix from New York.
JJ was brought in to Shirley Veterinary Hospital in Shirley, New York, by his owners, who said he became paralyzed while playing outside one day. It turns out JJ suffered a spinal cord stroke known as FCE or fibrocartilaginous embolism. Unfortunately, JJ’s owners were unable to afford the medical care necessary and requested that JJ be euthanized. The veterinarians took one look in JJ’s eyes and couldn’t do it.
Dogs who are diagnosed with FCE are known to make recoveries with therapy and rehab, but JJ would need an MRI to confirm whether he could ever walk again. While at the hospital, JJ received physical therapy by his veterinarian, Dr. Archer. He was also given a wheelchair to help him get around easier.
Because JJ was full of life, had an exuberant personality, and got along with everyone he met — dogs and cats included, the vets desperately wanted to find him a loving home. So they shared his story on the Desperate Dogs of Long Island Facebook page.
Then one day, everything changed for JJ. Someone was interested in adopting him! Krystle Kincaid, a volunteer at SNARR Animal Rescue, contacted Desperate Dogs of Long Island regarding JJ. It was a match made in heaven. Kincaid has dedicated her life to helping dogs with special needs and immediately knew JJ would fit in perfectly with her family.
Now, JJ spends his days with Kincaid and the rest of pack. He does weekly water therapy and is already making progress — he has gained more 20 pounds and looks like a brand new dog. Kincaid hopes JJ will learn to walk again someday, but even if he doesn’t, she'll still love him just as much.
Although JJ suffered a terrible injury that left him paralyzed, he always remained a hopeful, cheerful pup. And the best part? He found someone who loves him regardless of how he looks. Now, he’ll spend the rest of his days filled with nothing but love, happiness, and lots of kisses!
Also, be sure to follow JJ's progress on his Facebook page!