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Disabled animals are living their best life with prosthetics and wheels

Animal activist says ‘Vets are too quick to euthanise’

While society may be working towards accepting a more diverse world for humans, sometimes the animals get left behind.

Yet one man is determined to give them a voice.

Meet Paul Christian, devoted to helping high-risk animals so that diversity exists in wildlife too.

Speaking exclusively to InspoDaily, Paul opened up about his inspiring Protect All Wildlife project and why his work is only just beginning.

[Credit: Protect All Wildlife]

Paul said: “I became involved in animal rights in 2013 when I saw a video of a lion being shot by trophy hunters. I researched what trophy hunting was and was abhorred by the thought of some person with a gun taking the life of a lion, rhino or elephant for the fun of it.

“That is when I started Protect All Wildlife, to fundraise for animal charities. So far, I have raised in the region of £50,000.”

And Paul doesn’t do things by halves.

He has run around Manchester’s Heaton Park in the rain while dressed as an elephant (for The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust), jumped out of a plane to skydive (for LionAid) and abseiled down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park (for the Thula Thula Wildlife Sanctuary).

During the recent Australian wildfires, Paul also raised over £1k for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in Oz.

[Credit: Protect All Wildlife]

While Paul helps organisations across the globe, his heart lies with Miracle’s Mission – a charity in the UK dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and disabled animals.

Here, he works as a proud patron to raise awareness of their rehab programme, from recovery to re-homing, as well as educating people about adopting pets with special needs.

Paul said: “I absolutely adore dogs and find it shocking that vets are far too quick to euthanise disabled animals, with the right treatment and equipment animals using wheels and prosthetics can live as good a life as a fully able-bodied animal.”

The non-profit’s founder, Victoria Bryceson, is currently fundraising to build the first ever centre for disabled animals, where she will rehabilitate our most vulnerable animals.

[Credit: Protect All Wildlife]

Talking about her mission, Victoria said: “90% of disabled dogs that are seen by vets are euthanised unnecessarily, there must be literally thousands of dogs killed like this in the UK.

“Many people may not be aware that dogs who have wheels and prosthetics can live as good a life as a fully able-bodied dog and mistakenly think euthanasia is the only option.”

Currently, amputation of one leg is common practice with UK vets, as dogs can live well and still be very active with three legs, especially if it is a back leg as most of the weight is on the front legs.

However, when it comes to double amputation leaving the dog with two legs, vets often refuse as they say pets won’t have a good quality of life – something Paul and Victoria are trying to change.

[Credit: Protect All Wildlife]

Victoria continued: “The specialist hospitals seem more open to it as they have more experience but even they have problems where most of their dogs in these conditions are euthanised, not because they need to be but because in their words it is the owners who can’t cope with the thought of a two-legged dog. There is a huge need for education amongst the public and vets.”

As well as spreading the word for Victoria’s plight, Paul promotes the #AdoptDontShop campaign, which encourages people to adopt abandoned pets to gift them a forever home.

Similarly, he is a huge advocate of the #LucysLaw initiative, where the public are called upon to get a new puppy or kitten from a breeder or rescue centre to wipe out puppy farming, where puppies are treated as a commodity and bred with no respect for their health and welfare.

To support Paul and his mission, click here: Protect All Wildlife.

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