There are many stray dogs and cats that face the danger of being hit by cars or walking into paw traps, in Tainan city in Taiwan. This happens particularly in remote mountain areas, where farmers put up traps to prevent animals from devouring their crops.
A person named Pan Chieh got an idea of making wheelchairs for animals after one of his friends rescued an injured stray dog. He was charged by the animal hospital for the wheelchair costs after it became clear that the dog would not be able to walk on its own. Instead of paying for the expensive commercial dog wheelchair, Pan decided to make one himself. Here are some photos that show how these canines are using wheelchairs.
1. A disabled dog in a homemade wheelchair is seen at a shelter in Tainan, Taiwan.
Disabled dogs at an animal shelter in Taiwan’s southern city of Tainan can now walk and run again, thanks to wheelchairs designed for them by a pet enthusiast.
2. Volunteers carry disabled dogs at a shelter in Tainan.
3. Pan Chieh, a 40-year-old machine operator, uses water pipes to make animal wheelchairs.
“The first dog recovered completely after using the wheelchair, which gave me a lot of confidence,” Pan said, adding that he has been making wheelchairs for dogs and cats ever since, starting with heavy wooden models and finally arriving at the current cost-effective water pipe design.
4. A disabled dog walks with a homemade wheelchair at a shelter in Tainan.
The current model uses readily available plastic water pipes that are cut to size and connected by joints, enabling him to customise wheelchairs to the specific needs of each animal. The material costs for one wheelchair come in at around 1,000 TWD (USD $30), less than one-third of the price of commercially available models, according to Pan.
5. A dog with a congenital forelimb deformity is seen at a shelter in Tainan.
Pan, a 40-year-old machine operator, visits different shelters and homes of pet owners throughout Taiwan on weekends together with his girlfriend, building wheelchairs for animals in need. The couple charge a minimum of 5,000 TWD (USD $150) to cover travel and material costs but often offer to work for free in cases where animal patients have no one to sponsor them.
6. Disabled dogs walk with homemade wheelchairs at a shelter in Tainan.
Taiwan’s many stray dogs and cats face the danger of being hit by cars or walking into paw traps, especially in the island’s remote mountain areas where farmers put up traps to prevent animals from devouring their crops.
7. A disabled dog walks with a homemade wheelchair at a shelter in Tainan.
8. Disabled dogs are seen at a shelter in Tainan.
9. Stray dogs are seen at a shelter in Tainan.
10. A disabled dog in a homemade wheelchair is seen with stray dogs at a shelter in Tainan.
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