Puppy With Crushed Paws Gets a Second Chance at Life

When a Malaysian rescue organization got a call on July 9th reporting a puppy on the side of the road with crushed front paws, they jumped into action. The situation didn’t look good: workers at a nearby shop reported that the puppy had been injured at least a week and hadn’t moved from the spot for two days.

Patch being checked out at the vet

The volunteer-run group, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better, is known throughout Kuala Lumpur and surrounding cities for rescuing sick and injured strays and helping them find loving forever homes. The puppy, nicknamed “Patch,” was rushed to a local vet, who advised that there was no way to save the legs and recommended putting the dog to sleep immediately. Luckily, Patch’s rescuers demanded a second opinion.

A second vet also declined to treat the dog. In the meantime, Patch was starting to show off his personality and strong will to live, scarfing down food and water and absolutely charming his rescuers. The third clinic Patch visited to turned out to be the answer — the vet on duty found that Patch’s stumps were badly infected and decided to start treatment immediately. The doctor warned that amputation might be necessary and the puppy might have to use an expensive imported prothesis or puppy-wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Patch stayed at the vet clinic for two days, but when his rescuers came to visit, his spirits seemed to be sagging. Thinking he might do better with some company, MDDB asked a family that was already fostering a disabled dog to take him in. Patch joined his new roommate, Valentino, who also suffers with mobility issues, in mid-July.

Since then, Patch’s wounds have healed beautifully — in fact, his vet has even said there will be no need for an amputation. In the month he’s spent in his foster home, Patch has started to really come out of his shell. He’s as active as any other puppy and has an outspoken personality! He’s even able to walk around the house on his stumps (as you can see from this utterly adorable video). Once he’s grown closer to his full size, he’ll be measured for prosthetic paws to help improve his mobility.

Malaysian Animals Rarely Get the Care They Need

MDDB had Patch put into foster care because he seemed depressed

Sadly, Patch’s story is a rarity in Malaysia today. Malaysia has a huge problem with stray animals and shelters like the local SPCA are overflowing with animals waiting to be adopted. It’s hard to go even one day without encountering a stray dog or cat roaming the streets, and local animal lovers often already have their hands full with one or more rescues they’ve taken in.

Adding to the difficulty of finding homes for these animals is the prejudiced attitude many Malay Muslims hold against dogs, considering them to be haram, or forbidden by Islam. (Please note: this is not universally agreed-upon in the Muslim world, and some of my Malay friends are devoted dog lovers.)

Sick and injured animals are in an even more difficult situation as rescue organizations can rarely afford to get them the medical care they need. There are even reports of viruses taking out entire animal populations in some of the more crowded local shelters. Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better is one of the few organizations in Malaysia that is willing take in dogs like Patch and nurse them back to health.

How You Can Help Malaysian Dogs Like Patch Get A Second Chance

Unfortunately, quality veterinary care in Malaysia is expensive and difficult to come by, and MDDB relies entirely on donations from supporters. If you’d like to give one of MDDB’s dogs a loving home, they’re happy to sponsor international adoptions — send them an email or send a message to their Facebook Page for more details on how you can help.

Patch poses with his new friends Valentino (left) and Priyatip Changlun (middle)

Photo Credits: Joshua Paul and Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better


Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo4 years ago

I am so glad they did not give up and non Patch is will, wish all stories could end like this

Karen Arias
Karen Arias4 years ago

I'm so happy and grateful his rescuers didn't give up on him.

Karen E.
Karen E4 years ago

great story

Wendy G.
Past Member 4 years ago

So glad the rescuers didn't give up on Patch, and found a vet willing to help him.

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone4 years ago

God Bless MDDB and everyone who works there, you are awesome. Patch is a very lucky pup.

Lyn B.
Lyn B4 years ago

May the Goddess bless all involved in helping save this little guy and that he finds a wonderful furever home.

Tania S.
Tania S4 years ago

Thanks for saving, truly wonderful.

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago