The dogs rescued at Adăpostul Speranța, a Romanian animal hospital, are provided shelter and care for the rest of their lives. According to hospital president Florina Tomescu, the dogs will never have to go back onto the streets of Bucharest again. “All dogs have a story behind them.” Tomescu told The Dodo. “Most of the time, it’s sad.”
Despite the sorrow that comes when an injured dog arrives at its doors, the animal hospital ensures that all dogs are cared for upon entry and will be restored to live the life they deserve. Adăpostul Speranța wrote their mission in a Facebook post: “At Speranța, we insist not to leave any dog behind. [W]e absolutely refuse to end a life that, with proper care, can be a happy one.” All dogs who have lost their legs due to injury, disease, or birth defects receive specially built carts that enable them to do everything that dogs with healthy legs can do. “They run … they enjoy the sun and the grass, sometimes they even race, with their funny wheels.”
From the looks of the pups roaming playfully with their friends around the hospital’s grounds, you’d never know such sadness ever existed. It brings joy to the hospital’s staff to see the dogs living a better life, beyond the limits of their disability. “The happiness of our paraplegic dogs is our reward.”
All images via Adăpostul Speranța.