Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) is looking for the owner of a small dog found with a homemade wheelchair. He was picked up by a resident when he was spotted on the streets of that city. He was turned over to MDAS, and given the name "Buffy". The little stray dog was rolling down road, his paralyzed rear legs held up by the wheelchair. The shelter believes he has an owner somewhere, because when found, he was in very good condition, recently bathed and groomed. They estimate his age to be about four-years-old.
He is very well behaved, but MDAS has a very high euthanasia rate, receiving close to 20,000 animals each year, and because of his physical challenges, his chances of getting adopted were between slim and none.
Luckily for him, Regina Vlasek, with Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation (SSARF), located in Miami Shores, Florida, saw the photo of Buffy on the MDAS adoptables web page. She has experience with physically challenged dogs and immediately pulled him from the shelter. In fact, SSARF is named for a dog who had been a victim of a terrible hit and run. The dog, a female pitbull who appeared to have been used as a bait dog, was nursed back to health by Regina and Karina Goldenberg, and members of their community, who called her "Sage".