South Floridians open hearts, homes to animals with disabilities
Chris Wheeler gave Pogo a second chance: she adopted the 2½-year-old dog despite it having two broken front limbs.
"I was just drawn to him," said the Weston resident, who adopted Pogo from the Humane Society of Broward County in March.
In the United States, approximately 6 million to 8 million dogs and cats come into shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States. About 50 percent are euthanized annually.
And if they have a disability, the outlook is even more bleak.
"It is more difficult to place cats and dogs with disabilities," said Amanda Chussler, volunteer coordinator at the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton.