October 1, 2023

(ABC 6 News) – A person’s really like and determination to their pet is an unbreakable bond.

But, for some men and women, it is not always simple to preserve up with an animals requires, and a person team of volunteers in Olmsted County is lending a aiding hand.

Sawyer, an 8-yr-outdated- Australian cattle canine mix, is partly paralyzed and incontinent.

His operator, Lisa Teske, was bodily not able to provide the support he required, and she feared having to put him down. That’s when Pet Companions stepped in.

Teske experienced just undergone unexpected emergency medical procedures in Oct 2022, when Sawyer woke up, shedding all emotion in his again legs.

“It turns out he has a degenerative disc disorder, there was no trauma, he just woke up and couldn’t wander,” explains Teske. “It turned out, he experienced blown 5 discs in his back, just totally blown.”

Sawyer underwent an fast spinal operation, the vet explained he experienced an 80% probability of strolling.

Teske, getting just been through her personal surgery, was unable to elevate him, and unable to aid him in working day-to-day tasks.

Which is when her vet connected her with Sue Stanek, an Olmsted County social employee, and founder of Pet Companions, a volunteer team aimed to enable pet moms and dads in require.

“We never have rehab aid below in city that can phase in and give a person this aid, so then the solution may perhaps be that you have to put your pet down due to the fact you don’t have any individual that might be in a position to help you. We never want that, ” states Stanek.

Stanek clarifies people assistance in quite a few means, from serving to discover foster residences to furnishing economic support.

Volunteer Janill Gallon presently fosters Sawyer, supporting him reside everyday living in a wheel chair. She has worked with Pet Partners for in excess of a ten years.

“Quite a several yrs back I grew to become aware of the reality that threes an e-mail list of folks to aid with donations in regard to pet care. So I joined that checklist, and from there bought linked with Sue, and just been reading through the e-mail in regards to the demands and the wants and fill in exactly where I can,” claims Gallon.

“I adore my canine to parts, I will do just about anything at all for him, but I simply cannot care for him in that way,” says Teske. “[Gallon is] giving the working day to day treatment for him ideal now although I simply cannot and it’s just been a great gift. I couldn’t do it, I simply cannot do what she does.”

Sawyer attends physical therapy each 7 days, comprehensive of everyday living and electrical power.

“He is the accurate that means of resilience, he’s not distressed, his daily life is much from meaningless, he’s just a happy boy,” says Stanek.

Following a few months of rehab and lots of tricky perform, Sawyer is regaining sensation in one particular of his legs.

Teske has developed a GoFundMe to in his honor to aid Pet Companions.