Thanks to the Internet, This Paralyzed Dog Is Rescued from the Streets


The idea of connecting people through the internet is finally paying off for dogs as well. Everyone can witness and participate with the rescue mission from organizations like Hope For Paws.

Just a single donation from a group of kind people can save a dog’s life.

Canadian Meagan Penman is responsible for rescuing a paralyzed dog with the help of internet. She was traveling in Thailand when she saw a paralyzed dog dragging his legs along the sand. The poor pup had wounds on his legs, and it was covered in ticks.

“The weird thing was that when I found him on the beach despite all the neglect he was so desperate for human contact,” Penman told The Huffington Post. “He was still so sweet and begging for me to pet him.”

She immediately decided to take action and help the poor dog. Megan took the dog to veterinary care in Thailand, but she also needed a rescue group to take the dog she named Leo.

She set up a fundraising page at, and a Facebook page “Help Save Leo” to raise awareness.

“I wasn’t too surprised when I saw Leo’s X-rays,” the FB read. “His back is broken and is completely paralyzed in his back two legs and feels no pain whatsoever in the lower half of his body. He will never walk again but then again I think we all knew that. He is still COVERED in ticks. Like thousands…but they should die off within the next week.”

People all around the world were willing to donate, and the $2,000 fundraising goal was reached.

Leo’s new life

Leo’s new home is in Canada now. Jamie Smith of Sarnia, Ontario is his current foster owner. He will take care of Leo until he recovers. Leo also received a wheelchair from K9 Carts, and he no longer has difficulties with walking.

Meagan Penman
Meagan Penman

“Leo is doing very well, other than some bladder stones being dealt with he is in good health,” Penman told HuffPost. “He still has some weight to put on as well but he is doing great. Now that he has a wheelchair he is able to go on walks and release some energy, he even chased a squirrel for the first time the other day.”

In a time where selfies and Snapchat stories are almost all we see, Megan found a way to use the power of internet to save Leo’s life.

“His personality now that he is home is almost the same,” Penman said: “Now that he is home and cleaned up he gets as many hugs as he can possibly handle. The biggest difference I’ve noticed is that he has a lot more energy and his eyes are much brighter. He is the sweetest dog, he loves everyone and everything.”