Special Needs Dogs
The Special Needs designation includes a range of physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or behavioral issues that require ongoing vigilance or special care to manage. The classification can apply to animals with obvious physical differences such as missing, deformed, or paralyzed limbs. It can also apply to those with functional limitations, such as animals who are blind or deaf. Dogs with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, persistent allergies, or cancer are often considered Special Needs as well. Still others may have social or behavioral limitations, including severe separation anxiety or extreme situational fears. Previously abused animals may fall into this category.
Current Special Needs Dogs
Bonnie and Billy
Seven-year-old littermates Billy and Bonnie both suffer from a genetic condition that affects their vision. While nothing can be done to cure Bonnie’s blindness, we are hopeful that Billy’s impaired vision will improve with some much needed cataract surgery.
At first glance, the photo you see here of this young, handsome Springer pup paints a picture very different from what he has actually had to endure. The life-saving measures that ESRA has had to take to save him tell a completely different story.
Clayton's touch-and-go medical troubles captivated the hearts of thousands of ESRA friends worldwide. He has become a celebrated ambassador across the country for ESRA's Special Needs Springers. He is thriving now, thanks to this program and supporters.