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Calling all super humans to adopt bionic dog

For over 40 years, HWAC has come through in miraculous ways for orphaned pets!
For over 40 years, HWAC has come through in miraculous ways for orphaned pets!
Helen Woodward Animal Center

Every once in a while an incredible story of spirit, determination and positive attitude comes along – even with rescued pets. When one does come along, it is not too far-fetched to draw a line connecting the animal) to the Helen Woodward Animal Center from Rancho Santa Fe, California. They have an incredible veterinary team that administers loving care to all of the special orphaned pets that cross their threshold.

This time the outstanding care was delivered to “Wiggles,” an orphaned Chihuahua that received state-of-the-art surgery for her crippled back. In return, the crippled dog rebounded and soared like a superhero!

Helen Woodward Animal Center HWAC) offers 12 incredible programs combining the healing power of people and animals. They have seen their fair share of amazing creatures – from sloths, to puppies to blue-tongued skinks! The Center’s latest resident, however, is unlike any the staff has ever seen… a spirited little Chihuahua, named Wiggles, whose reconstructed spine and knees verge on supernatural. Once considered a potential invalid, Wiggles the RoboDog is flying high with her bionic bits and is ready to find her “super human” forever family!

In May of 2013, at only four months of age, Wiggles landed at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) from an L.A. area rescue facility where there was very little background information about the tiny, loving canine that wiggled when she walked (hence the name Wiggles). It was obvious to the professionals that her wiggle stemmed from some crippling in her back legs.

The veterinary staff administered a full medical exam and revealed a serious spinal deformity that was causing numbness and lameness to Wiggles’ back legs, hips and knees. If she did not receive proper medical care, the young dog would eventually lose her ability to walk altogether.

It took several months to obtain (10 to be exact), but the special little Chihuahua never wavered from her spirit and enthusiasm for life. She is a hero for her own cause!

Not only were the past few months a challenge for Wiggles, but HWAC is monetarily challenged as the state-of-the-art medical care cost the Center over $7,000. Wiggles had e-rays, an MRI, surgery performed by a surgical specialist realigning and fusing her back and conducting reconstructive knee surgery to remedy medical patellar luxation (a condition where the knee cap slips out of the groove).

Through it all, Wiggles never ever lost her tail-wagging affection! She arrived to therapy each day with renewed energy and excitement to try out the impressive abilities of her reconstructed body.

“We have all fallen in love with her,” stated Animal Care Supervisor Amy Barnes. “Every now and then you meet a dog that has qualities you wished you possessed yourself. That’s Wiggles. She’s beyond human. Beyond dog. She lives life with such gusto. She’s our little RoboDog with the heart and bravery of a superhero.”

To check out more about this happy, healed, year-old dog, go to, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 1, or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. To view B-roll footage of Wiggles relearning how to walk, go to:

Doesn’t this bionic superhero deserve a super family?

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