June 17th – June 30th
Special Pawz Rescue and Rehabilitation is a special needs non-profit organization for dogs with neurological issues, spinal injuries, paralysis, and mobility issues. We rescue dogs from euthanasia in shelters, have them evaluated by a specialists, then provide necessary diagnostics (MRI, Spinal Taps, X-Rays, etc.), start them on a rehabilitation schedule of hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy, then provide them with wheelchairs. Based on the severity of the dogs impairment, we then adopt them out. Some of the dogs that have neurological issues and spinal injuries are incontinent, and they need extra care to prevent urine scalding on the skin, and special care for their hind legs to prevent sores due to dragging. Even though these dogs have a rough start, they live happy, healthy, productive lives with our love and support.
Artist - "Rottie"
Griffin has a passion for classical music and retro video games. He also loves playing the piano, swimming, and making art. Because of his Aspergers diagnose, he views the world in a unique and amazing way. He has difficulty with the concept of death and he loves animals, so he came up with the phrase “Pick two flowers with one hand” to replace “Kill two birds with one stone.” He hopes to one day be a video game designer and composer. There is no doubt he will accomplish anything he puts his mind to! Griffin’s mom, Missy, started a Facebook page What Will This Day Bring? that is dedicated to her blog about life with Griffin.
Artist - "Tri-Pod"
At just 7 years old Abri was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. After 2 years of treatments and trials Abri is cancer free and thriving. Although due to the severity of her treatments and cancer Abri underwent an amputation below the knee. Now, 9 years old she has a passion for using her voice and experience to speak out and help kids just like her.
Artist - "Nico the German Shepard"
Gunter was diagnosed at age 4 with Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition related to Autism. Although quirky, Gunter is loved by many due to his caring heart. In elementary school, Gunter helped found an anti-bullying club to help encourage his peers to embrace their differences. His love for helping others also led him to create a lemonade stand over the past summer with over half of his proceeds being set aside for charity, a concept that has been adopted by his younger brother now as well. Gunter and his brothers also love to provide meals to the homeless when possible and that is why Gunter has elected to attempt to raise money for Cloud Covered Streets. Helping another human off of the streets is Gunter’s goal for 2017.
Artist - "Clyde the Husky"
Axel is a nine year old bundle of energy from Gallatin, Tennessee. He, along with his older brother, were diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He shares his home and love with two older brothers and one older sister. He is a math whiz, loves to learn new things, cooking, and creating art. He has been home schooled since Kindergarten with his siblings. Although shy at first, he loves meeting new people that let him take his time opening up to them. His REAL passion is animals though. His family rescues and adopts out orphaned and stray animals. There is no way the rescue would be successful without his diligent work. He has a particular way with every new animal he meets and has learned so much about restoring their health and trust in humans. He is a giving boy that understands the importance of finding just the right home for each animal, and when it’s time he says goodbye with bravery and a sense of pride in his work. Like most kids his age, he loves video games and YouTube. He wants to be a “famous Youtuber” when he grows up. He has chosen Gallatin Miracle Park to receive his donations. It will be the first all inclusive park in his city, and he can’t wait to meet new friends there one day, knowing that he helped build it.
Artist - "Clyde (Red Bandana)"
Justin is 38 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona. Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related. He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing. Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks. Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!