Not all heroes wear capes.
One man devoted his life to saving animals through his veterinary practice. Although he would go on to help disabled animals even more when he started K-9 Carts.
Dr. Lincoln Parkes, a 90-year-old retired veterinarian has not stopped helping animals in need. He wakes every morning and heads to work to create custom-built wheelchairs for disabled animals. He works 8 to 10 hours a day building wheelchairs, so animals can walk again. This adventure started 50 years ago and continues to improve every year.
K-9 Carts are designed by Parkes, a retired veterinary orthopedic surgeon, to ensure the proper fit. The lightweight carts allow the pet to move freely and even use the bathroom while in the cart. He has helped thousands of animals walk and run again thanks to his patented wheelchair design.
The design has come a long way since the first one in 1960. When Parkes first started to design custom carts he started with a design for Dachshunds. Dachshunds and Corgis are just two breeds that often suffer from Degenerative Myelopathy, which is a progressive disease of the spinal cord. He still builds a lot of carts for Dachshunds but now accommodates any breed or size of dog.
Parkes helps animals with disabilities ranging from disk disease, birth defects and other orthopedic injuries. Dogs and cats are not the only disabled animals Parkes has helped. He has built custom wheelchairs for rabbits and pigs too. Aside from the wheelchairs, Parkes also offers slings and boots to help pets.
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He told NowThis Morning, “When I saw a dog smile, and when it took off after being carried around, I was convinced I was doing something good.”
He doesn’t do it for the money, but for the smile on the animal’s face when they can move freely once again. “Animals, they like their freedom, just like people.”
One of the dogs Parkes helped was a pug named “Big Pug”. His mother wrote, “Just letting you know I received the cart for Big Pug yesterday and he loves it. Had him zooming all over the place with it. Thank you for doing such a great job. Here is a picture of him smiling with his new wheels. Thanks again.”
He has helped over 50,000 pets and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “I enjoy doing it.”
Watch how this incredible man has changed the lives of disabled pets in the video below.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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