Age doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the homeless animal population. For an older dog, especially with typical senior ailments, finding food and shelter is even more difficult. Injuries are common but when a senior dog is hurt, it is even more heartbreaking. Especially when they are so helpless and rely on our kindness to get through it.

One sweet dog, later named Buster, was found by a neighbor when he was lying nearby, unable to walk. The kind neighbor dressed him to keep him warm, gave him some food, and covered him with a blanket. She then called Animal Aid knowing he needed medical assistance that she was too poor to provide.

When Animal Aid came, they tried to lift Buster to see if he could stand or even sit down. But he could not bear any weight on his back legs. Now it was time to figure out why!

Buster is brought to the Animal Aid sanctuary. Even though he’s surrounded by strangers, he is so calm and sweet. Despite being in obvious pain, he puts his trust in his new caretakers. As they undress him, his body goes stiff. This is a sign of distress. It’s heartbreaking to know he’s holding in all this pain.

The vet assessed Buster and diagnosed him with a spinal injury. He does have sensation in his back legs which is an excellent sign. It is possible he will recover. Now, they must get Buster to eat. He needs his energy! Buster needed some reassurance and some hugs, but he finally ate.

Buster was put on a strict schedule of physical therapy. But even after 3 weeks, he still could not stand. But that doesn’t mean anyone was going to give up. The team kept working out his muscles and joints. He always remained calm and accepting no matter what the volunteers tried. What a good boy!

Then, with diligence and patience, Buster began to walk. He wags his tail happily too, at every human he sees! It took six weeks but Buster has made quite the recovery.

The best part, he gets to go home to the neighbor who had cared for him! Just look at all those smiling faces! Yay, Buster!

Buster is welcomed with smiles and open arms! Look at how happy he is! We couldn’t ask for a more perfect ending to his story. To see Buster’s rescue and recovery, scroll down and press play. We love Animal Aid!