Adorable Dog In A Wheelchair Has Been Adopted And Returned Four Times


Bandit has had an interesting life since he was first taken to Georgia’s Gwinnett County Animal Shelter after being found a stray. He had heartworms when he was found. While this is usually cleared up relatively easy for most dogs, Bandit lost the usage of his back legs. The condition was thought to be temporary initially but it only worsened.



Source: Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

As a result of the heartworms, Bandit was left paralyzed. The dog’s handlers were happy to take care of him at first but they would soon need help. Enter The Society of Humane Friends of Georgia. They were more than happy to hold a fundraiser so that the dog would have a wheelchair to get around. This definitely made life easier for his handlers.


Source: Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

He has spent the last four years with the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program. Bandit was adopted by several families during this time but none of the connections ever seemed to stick. He’s been taken home four times and returned each time. His adopters had the best of intentions but caring for a disabled dog is not always as easy as it may seem.


Source: Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

Bandit spends his days with inmates, waiting for a family that is willing to take him in. Animal professionals and licensed trainers are also involved in the program. They give inmates the tools they need to care for the dogs. Animal welfare practices are taught to the inmates as well. Cats are now included in the program and they are given to female inmates.


Source: Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

Bandit thrives in the program. He is a happy dog and everyone who meets him comes away raving about how much of a sweetheart he is. Bandit is often described as “happy go lucky” and for good reason. Even though he has been through so much and is wheelchair bound now, he still finds a way to smile. Special needs dogs still need a lot of help, though.


Source: Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

Our pal Bandit is not about to let these common issues get him down. He’s been waiting for a home for a long time and he is not going to let his circumstances change his temperament. Whoever ends up adopting Bandit is going to get a special dog who knows how to make everyone else happy. Those who would like to help out Bandit and his pals can make a donation to the good folks with the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program.

H/T TheDodo



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