These Dog Lovers Want to Give Disabled Pups Canine Wheelchairs

John and Noel Lizotte are the ultimate dog rescuers, trying to give disabled pups another lease on life with custom mobility carts through their nonprofit group Rescued Rollers.

Too often, disabled dogs are seen as “hard to adopt” and are the first to face euthanasia before ever finding a forever home.

The Lizottes’ mission is to help these disabled dogs regain mobility and hopefully become more adoptable.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the dogs John and Noel help are often “destined for death.” A dog with limited mobility can be difficult to care for, making it more complicated to find an adoption match. So the Lizottes work with local shelters to help as many dogs as possible escape this fate and regain their ability to move.

“These dogs are different, not less,” John told the Dispatch. “If my son was paralyzed and used a wheelchair, I wouldn’t just give up on him. These dogs deserve the same respect as humans.”

It’s not easy work. Because the Lizottes give the mobility carts for free, they rely on donations of old carts and raise roughly $7,000 a year to pay their expenses. They then refurbish old carts for new dogs.

Disabled dogs are very near and dear to both John and Noel. In March, an animal shelter called them to outfit a cart for a dog named Rex.

Rex had already been through a harrowing ordeal. Found lying in a field barely alive, he was rushed to a local veterinarian. Rex didn’t have any use of his back legs, likely from an old injury, and his body was bloody and infected because he had been dragging himself around for a long time.

“We didn’t even bring him inside,” Dog Warden Sherri Rarey said. “We loaded him in our van and went right to the vet. We didn’t know if he could be saved or not.”

But when the Lizottes set Rex up with his cart, he was a natural. And when Noel opened their truck’s tailgate to grab a bottle of water during Rex’s cart fitting, Rex tried to scamper in.

“We looked at Sherri said, ‘I guess that’s it. Rex is going home with us,’” John told the Dispatch.

John estimated that Rescued Rollers has helped more than 300 dogs, and the work continues to move onward. There are 10 dogs on the waiting list today, and I hope every single one of them gets the opportunity to be loved in a forever home.

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96 comments

Jennifer H
Jennifer H7 days ago

Wonderful program by people with big hearts.

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Richard B
Richard B15 days ago

thanks for posting

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Rosemary Rannes
Rosemary R17 days ago

Jacob i can't thank you enough except to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for caring to share John this story These Dog Lovers Want to Give Disabled Pups Canine Wheelchairs
I'm smiling from ear to ear after reading how awesome John and Noel Lizotte are because they took their absolute commitment for caring for disabled dogs to the next level. Their hearts steadfast by never giving up on a disabled dog has in turn given these precious pups a new lease on life, the opportunity to be loved by their forever family. """" tears """" of joy from me with so much gratitude and appreciation!
"Noel Lizotte are the ultimate dog rescuers, trying to give disabled pups another lease on life with custom mobility carts through their nonprofit group Rescued Rollers."
" John estimated that Rescued Rollers has helped more than 300 dogs, and the work continues to move onward. There are 10 dogs on the waiting list today, and I hope every single one of them gets the opportunity to be loved in a forever home."

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Olivia H
Olivia H19 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Janis K
Janis K24 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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heather g
heather g25 days ago

Wonderfully caring and dedicated people

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Terri S
Terri S26 days ago

Thank you, John and Noel!!! You are true angels!!

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry K27 days ago

Many thanks to you !

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Ellie L
Emma L27 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Vincent T
William T27 days ago

very good

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