Paraplegic Dog Receives Wheelchair Donation

The Marvin Fund donates pet wheelchair to a paraplegic Boxer named Nico.

Posted: August 22, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

The Marvin Fund has donated a wheelchair to a Boxer with stroke-induced paraplegia in his rear legs. It was the seventh donation of one of its pet wheelchairs, according to Deborah Winters, co-owner of the company.

The Marvin Fund is named for the 8-year-old handicapped black Lab of Ernest Finocchio, DVM, president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Its pending cart donation was publicized on, and more than 150 requests for the donation were received, according to Winters. “We were shocked,” she says.

Twelve-year-old Boxer Nico’s physical therapist Ann Beth Chinchillo, PT, CCRP, from Mass., was chosen, and the dog took his first steps with the cart on Aug. 9, 2007.

The Marvin Fund, which offers financial aid for the care of animals whose owners are elderly, disabled or otherwise unable to afford veterinary bills, has donated two other HandicappedPets’ carts, Finocchio says.

A fourth grade teacher from Ohio was the impetus for the first donation, Winters says. The teacher and her classroom raise money for a wheelchair donation, or two, each year as part of a curriculum about caring for pets.

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Dianne   Sumter, SC

3/28/2012 7:32:25 PM

My name is Dianne Bolin from Sumter, SC. I have a 3.5 year old Lhaso Apso that has just been diagnosed with a ruptured disk, and is paralyzed in her hind legs. She is a very healthy dog other than that. I am on disability, and cannot afford a wheelchair for her. She is the love of my life, and when the Vet mentioned uthenization, my heart fellt like I would die. That would not happen, if there was any way that I could keep her happy and healthy. I tried to build a cart from PVC pipe, but it didn't work, or fit her. If there is anyone out there that can donate one to her, I would be so gratefull, and God will bless you!!

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Roger   Lapu Lapu City, Cebu PI, AP

6/14/2009 1:28:02 AM

Can you give a drawing / diagram of the cart. I am in Philippines, I can build most anything, but need a starting point for the balance point for the hind leg wheel pivot I see on most carts pictures, not clear enough to make out the assembly. Thanks for your help

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wanda   zamboanga, YT

2/3/2009 4:41:49 AM

hi! i am wanda from the philippines. i am an owner of 10 dogs; 2 adults, 4 2-years olds and 4 7-month pups. i am in need of your help in finding a dog kart or wheelchair donor for my pet, Koton. At a very young age, she got pregnant and after giving birht to four pups, she had eclampsia which caused her hind legs to be imobile. it really breaks my heart to see her crawl with only her front legs and i'm in search for a kind-hearted donor since i am not able to afford to avail one and there are no pet wheelchairs available here in the

please do contact me at +639054734860 or e-mail me at or

i am hoping to hear from you. thank you very much and God bless!

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