Jamie was at a complete loss for words after watching Halo take off.
At the Safe in Austin Rescue Ranch in Texas everyone can feel loved and accepted.
That’s because the animals that live on the farm also have special needs or are survivors of abuse and neglect.
So, when a child like Harper Wulms who has a congenital hand abnormality visits the farms and meets a rescued turkey like Priscilla who has a “lucky claw,” it can create a healing effect.
“There is something absolutely magical about watching a child with differences come out here and say, ‘They’re just like me,’ ” the sanctuary’s founder Jaime Wallace-Griner told The Washington Post. “When you see Harper holding Priscilla’s lucky hand with her own lucky hand, it just does so much for her heart.”
There are more than 150 animals on Wallace-Griner’s farm.
A safe haven for special need animals
Animals that would have otherwise been euthanized or neglected.
“We have animals that are blind or deaf, have diabetes, cerebral palsy, deformities, missing limbs, broken spines … they all become part of our family,” Wallace-Griner said.
One of the animals you may meet at the sanctuary is a Great Pyrenees puppy named Halo.
Halo was abandoned in a box by a breeder after the breeder decided she couldn’t be used.
Just like everyone else
But according to Wallace-Griner, she never seemed to be aware that she was different than the other dogs.
She’s always been a sweet girl with a happy demeanor.
In the past Halo has gotten around by hopping, but she recently received a pair of prosthetic legs OrthoPets.
Her reaction to trying out her new legs for the first time was the sweetest thing!
“I have no words. I can’t believe it,” Wallace-Griner wrote on Facebook.
Wallace-Griner said she had just planned to let Halo try them on today.
She didn’t plan on having her walk with them on.
Let alone start running with them!
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Wallace-Griner gently placed them on Halo so that she would feel safe.
But once she got her legs on, Halo wanted to stand with them.
Halo sat with them for a bit and got comfortable.
A quick learner
Then she stood up nice and tall all on her own.
When Wallace-Griner brought out a carpet, Halo immediately took a step onto it with her brand new legs.
And Wallace-Griner was in tears of joy!
“With a big giant pride-filled smile, while I wept (The blubbering starts 5:15),” Wallace-Griner wrote on Facebook.
“It’s been an insane rollercoaster of challenges and emotions over the last year. From the moment I brought this little wounded, 4-week-old, one-legged fluff ball home, I knew she was something special! Look what we did guys. Just look at our Halo go!”
Tons of people cheered and celebrated Halo’s accomplishment. You can watch her for yourself in the video below.
Source:Safe in Austin