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Heaven is Real, ‘Miracle’ for the Disabled Dogs and Cats

Oscar Fernando Ruiz Bonilla, 44 years old, and his wife, Anh Thu (living in Vietnam), self-discovered and made wheelchairs for dogs and cats with polio that can move easily.

With a love for animals, Mr. Oscar Fernando Ruiz Bonilla (44 years old, Colombian nationality) and his wife – Anh Thu tinkered and built wheelchairs for paralyzed dogs and cats so they could walk. been easy for the past 3 years.

Currently, Mr. Oscar and his wife founded the Forever Wheelchair Center, which makes wheelchairs and prostheses and calls for funding to save abused, abandoned and disabled pets.

Mr. Oscar has lived in Vietnam for more than 6 years, previously he opened a restaurant to cook Colombian dishes in Ho Chi Minh City. In 2019, he met Anh Thu, a general practitioner who loves animals, so the two fall in love and moved into the same house to take care of their pets.

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A Vietnamese-Western couple is raising 7 dogs and cats, of which more than half are paralyzed and are assisted with wheelchairs. “The first dog I named Motor, at that time I also just learned to make a wheelchair, so it took a lot of time, but when I saw that Motor could walk with the help of a wheelchair, I was very happy,” said the owner said.

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The couple built wheelchairs for hundreds of disabled cats and dogs

In order for the wheelchairs to be perfect and convenient for the pet’s movement, Mr. Oscar had to self-study through online materials on assembly techniques and 3D printing technology. In addition, the 44-year-old man also had to learn more about animal anatomy to design the best chassis for each animal.

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The dog named Fish is one of the dogs attached to Oscar and his wife for a long time. Two years ago, this dog was cut off its front legs and thrown on the street, so the couple decided to take care of and raise it. When they first met, this dog was quite aggressive but liked eating fish, so they chose him this current name.

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In addition to dogs, Anh Thu and her husband also have 4 more cats, 2 of which are paralyzed and have their own wheelchairs.

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The wheelchair designed by Mr. Oscar has a fork, which helps animals move easily without friction with the body, the parts on the car are quite light so they can lift the car up when there is an obstacle in front of them without worrying about being thrown backward or forwards.

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Every morning, the couple often takes their dog for a walk near the house. Currently, they set up the Happy Sell – Happy Share fund, whereby with a wheelchair sold, a certain amount of profit will be transferred to rescue stations in Saigon.

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The dogs and cats of Mr. Oscar and his wife always attract the curiosity and interest of many people because of their cuteness and fancy cars.

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Over the years, the couple has rescued about 300 cats and dogs. However, because the house does not have much space and lacks caregivers, they have to find a new owner for the pet. “When you give your pets enough love, you will know how to take care of them and not hurt them,” Mr. Oscar shared.

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In addition to making wheelchairs for his pets, Mr. Oscar and his friends opened a workshop to manufacture items for domestic sale and export to the US and Canada…

Owners of pets with disabilities just need to send a video of their disability, height, width, weight… for Mr. Oscar to make a suitable car. Each unit usually takes about 3 days to a week to design and assemble.

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