JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Karen and Terry Hodge looked into his eyes and the fell in love.
“He’s a sweet boy, beautiful personality,” said Karen.
“It was just something about him,” said Terry.
They call him Mr. Gibbs, an adorable 6-month-old puppy. But he’s different than your typical dog. He’s paralyzed from the waist down, so he can’t move his back legs.
“It was heartbreaking. He was such a happy dog,” said Kris Spencer, Shelter Manager at the Humane Society of Jefferson County in Tennessee. “He was so happy. Is there going to be the right home?”
At just five months old, someone found him on the side of the road. He couldn’t walk, so they brought him to the Jefferson County Humane Society.
“He was paralyzed. He would always be paralyzed,” said Spencer. “There was nothing that could be done.”
The Humane Society was not about to accept that answer from the doctor. They wanted to find him a home and buy him a wheel chair, but they didn’t have the money to do that. So they got some help from the community.
Within just two days, the community raised over $500, making it possible to get Gibbs a custom wheelchair.
“This gives him so much more mobility and takes the pressure off his legs,” said Spencer. “Just really gives him a chance.”
“There’s no slowing this baby down!” said Karen.
With his wheelchair, he ran around and played just like every other dog.
They have to change his diaper about eight times a day, but the Hodges said he is worth the extra work.
“He deserves a chance,” said Karen. “He is extra work, but the longer we have him, the easier it gets.”
The Hodges said they can’t imagine a day without him.
“God created this little creature, you know, and of course we’ve got to take care of him,” said Karen. “That’s our job. It’s our passion.”
The Jefferson County Humane Society can’t afford these types of medical costs on their own. It took the community to help them give Mr. Gibbs a new life. If you would like to donate to help other animals like this, call them at (865) 475-8930 or visit their website at Donate to Jefferson County Humane Society