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My name is Tamana - Paralyzed!

Spitz (Unknown Type, Small) Mix Dog for adoption in Mansfield, Ohio - Tamana - Paralyzed
Photo 1 - Spitz (Unknown Type, Small) Mix Dog for adoption in Mansfield, Ohio - Tamana - Paralyzed
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Photo 4 - Spitz (Unknown Type, Small) Mix Dog for adoption in Mansfield, Ohio - Tamana - Paralyzed
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Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League

Facts about Tamana - Paralyzed

  • Breed: Spitz (Unknown Type, Small) Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
Tamana was originally found abandoned in Iran - yes, Iran! - with a broken back and bullet in her abdomen in the Fall of 2015. She was taken in by the good folks at MRT rescue in Tehran. We learned about Tamana in January of this year and knew we had to help her. Animals in general have a difficult time being adopted in Iran, especially special needs animals like Tamana. Through much coordination, we were able to bring her to Cleveland in March & on the road to a better life.

Estimated to be around 4 years old, Tamana has seen the specialists at Ohio State University and has undergone many tests and evaluations. They have determined that her paralysis is permanent and that she is suitable for a cart. Tamana does have feeling in her hips and has benefited immensely from weekly water therapy & massage sessions, which have helped build muscle and stability on her 23 pound frame. Tamana (aka Tami) also walks with the assistance of a rear harness & leg braces. She typically walks 2-3x/day at about 1 mile each time. As you can see from the pics, she also enjoys the beach! She does great with car rides & loves being outdoors.

In addition to her consults at Ohio State, Tami also had a dental cleaning and surgery to remove some benign mammary lumps. Her overall blood work is excellent.

Tamana is very curious and becomes braver with every new person and activity. She is generally welcoming to other people and dogs, but sometimes she gets nervous, so we’ve learned that slow introductions are best until she is acclimated. She has also settled in nicely with her three cat siblings! Ideally, her adopter is someone who is retired or works from home and enjoys activity.

Like most dogs with paralysis, Tami is prone to UTIs and needs her bladder expressed about 3 times per day. Her adopter should plan on having urine tests done every few months to ensure there is no infection. She does not have any issues with her bowels emptying - though she cannot voluntarily control them. Tami will also benefit from her new home continuing to work on flexibility & stretching with daily 5-10 minute exercises.

We are looking to ideally place Tamana with a family in the Northeast Ohio region so that they can visit multiple times & ease the transition period. Her braces, cart & harness will all go with her to her new home. We are hopeful someone will fall for Tamana as much as we have.

Please email us with questions. We are happy to answer them! midohioawl@yahoo.

MAWL's dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, dewormed, heartworm-lyme-ehrlichia tested if old enough and up to date on vaccines prior to going to their new homes. We select our adopters through an application process. We require vet and personal references as well as a home visit. We prefer to adopt our pets to Ohio residents. An adoption donation of $175 helps to cover the costs involved.

About Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League

About Our Rescue Group...

Created in 2005, we are a non-profit volunteer-operated animal advocacy organization originally based in Mansfield, OH. Our director lives in the Cleveland-area. When able, we foster companions in our home. We believe all animals should be treated with compassion & respect. We advocate a vegan lifestyle.

Our mission is to protect and promote value and respect for all animals. We act as a voice for the voiceless creatures through advocacy and community education. Our main purpose is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to our community with the assistance of Rascal Unit neutermobile.

When able, we accept animals into our foster home-based rescue. Animals that enter our rescue are kept for as long as it takes to find forever homes - which can be a matter of a week to many months. We primarily pull from high-kill pounds/shelters. MAWL is an advocate of feral and stray cats and offers TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) services to Richland County as able.

As a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations are tax-deductible. We operate solely on donations, so please consider supporting our efforts.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We do not have a shelter. In order to meet any of our adoptable cats & dogs, we must have a completed adoption application before a "Meet & Greet" can be arranged. On occasion, we hold adoption events. It is best to view our Facebook page or contact us directly to see if any events are scheduled.

Please note in the biography where the foster is located. It is the responsibility of the potential adopter to travel to meet the companion - we unfortunately do not have the funds to travel outside of our hometowns for meet & greets.

Our Adoption Process...

We require an adoption application before we can consider a family for adoption. Our cat adoption fee is $75, which helps offset the vet care - sterilization, vaccines, deworming, FIV/Leukemia-testing & microchip. Our dog adoption fee is $175 and covers the sterilization, vaccines, deworming heartworm test (if age appropriate), and microchip.

A home visit and references will be performed. We are volunteers, so it could take 24 hours to return any email inquiry.