Emotional support dog needs three prosthetics to walk 


Roo, a one-year-old Basenji mix, has one goal for 2019 – to run and play like other dogs. Born with congenital deformities in three of her legs, Roo cannot walk normally. The once-abandoned puppy was rescued from the Lewisville Animal Shelter and is now an emotional support dog in a counseling program for traumatized children and adults at Ranch Hands Rescue in Argyle, Texas.  

“We pair our animals with people who suffer from severe trauma, PTSD, and sexual abuse,” says Ranch Hands Rescue president and CEO Bob Williams. “It’s important that we get Roo what she needs because she has the potential to help a lot of people who are desperately in need of hope.” 

Roo’s only normal leg is her right hind leg. Her right forelimb is missing from just below the elbow down; her left forelimb is missing from her wrist down, and her left hind limb is missing half of her foot.  

“The challenge is to get not one, but three prosthetics to fit correctly,” explains Dr. Cara Blake, board certified small animal surgeon, assigned to Roo’s case at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “We will have to teach her how to walk in the prosthetics and how to use her legs in a more normal way.” 

The cost of each prosthetic is approximately $2,000 and the cost of rehabilitation is about $200 a day. Blake estimates that it will take about two months to adjust the prosthetics and train Roo to walk. So far, Roo’s medical expenses have cost more than $10,000. 

“We want to do right by Roo and show the world that the worst case animals can instill faith, hope, and love in people who have given up,” Williams says. “We hope her story will inspire people around the world and send the message that all life should be honored, and that even the seemingly worst obstacles can be overcome. We know Roo will be back to helping people and making a difference soon.” If you’d like to learn more about Roo and share her story or contribute toward her care, please contact Ranch Hands Rescue at 940-240-0500 or visit


About Ranch Hands Rescue 

Ranch Hands Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit with two facilities in Argyle and Denton, Texas specializing in the treatment of severe traumas that don’t respond to traditional therapies. Through its Animal Sanctuary, the nonprofit rescue animals that have experienced the worst abuses and neglect that no one will take and most thought should be euthanized. We rebuild the human bond, and then give them a purpose through the Ranch Hands Rescue counseling program. Through animal assisted therapy severely traumatized children, battered women, vets, and victims who suffer from many other mental health issues heal where other therapies failed. For additional information, contact Bob Williams at 940-464-0985 or 817-907-5626 or visit  


About OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences 

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma and one of 30 veterinary colleges in the United States. The center’s Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. The Hospital offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information, visit or call 405-7447000. For more information regarding Oklahoma State University, contact Derinda Blakeney, APR, OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at 405-744-6740 or  

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