Male, Age 13, Neutered
Vaccinated, Registered with microchip
Feyzullah is eleven years old. For many years, he was the “big man on campus”, popular with students, including some who say his warm personality helped them overcome their fear of dogs. He was a leader among canines until tragedy struck at the end of December 2015, when he was accidentally hit by a car and his spinal cord snapped. What stands out about Feyzo is the blessings that surround his misfortune. The owner of the car that hit him is a compassionate, responsible person, who cared to help. Feyzo received emergency medical treatment and underwent surgery which was successful, but ineffective. He could move the front half of his body, but his hind legs were paralysed and without regular exercise, muscle atrophy was inevitable. He lost control of his bladder. A special wheelchair was ordered from the United States, but he was never able to adjust to it. His MRI and other test results led to a grim prognosis: No one believed that Feyzo would ever walk again -- except for Defne, who never gives up on a dog.A special enclosure was altered for Feyzo's recovery that protects him from the weather, as well as other dogs, but allows him to lie out in the fresh air and be part of what goes on at the sanctuary. First-time visitors might look at him and think he is poor and sad, but when you get to know him and the staff, it is clear that this is a very thoughtful arrangement for his well-being. Defne obtained a glucosamine-chondroitin supplement that caused visible improvement. Then she noticed that when his paws were massaged, he began to display reflex responses in his hind legs. When Defne showed this to veterinarian Mehmet Gürol Arslan, he agreed to take Feyzo into his physical therapy program.
Foster Family: Deneme Aile