You’ve probably heard the phrase: It takes a village,” well that certainly applies in this story.
Noah, a 1-year-old Beagle / Dachshund mix, was set to be euthanized about a month ago. But now, thanks to a Lilburn woman, Alcovy Pet Rescue, and about 50 cub scouts, Noah has a new lease on life.
Vandie Enloe saw Noah’s story posted on Facebook by a local rescue group. He was at Animal Control, with just hours to live. “There was a plea for a rescue group to rescue him. I’m not a rescue group, but I was willing to foster.”
Noah’s story, is a sad one. Animal Control thinks he may have been run over. He is paralyzed and can’t use his back legs. He drags them behind him to move around. The constant dragging would create wounds on his skin.
Vandie went to pick him up from Animal Control. “He was very nervous, he was very jumpy,” she said. But that all changed when Cub Scout Pack 513 got wind of Noah’s predicament. They vowed to build Noah a set of wheels. The boys used PVC pipe and other basic materials. They measured Noah and spent hours trying to make the contraption just right. It took the Cub Scouts three tries before they had a version that worked.
“I just wanted to get this thing finished as fast as I could, as good as I could so this dog can have a great life,” said 11-year-old Talon Lewis. And now, even they have a hard time keeping up with him. “He’s a very fast dog!” said Talon’s 9-year-old brother Nathan. Their dad and Cub Scout leader Garry Lewis is proud of the boys. “We had close to 50 boys that tried to get their hands in there so they could all have a little hand in at least one of the revisions of Noah’s wheels. Several of them would start to cut the pipes and measure Noah and then some of the others would put together some of the wheels,” explained Garry.
The boys learned a valuable lesson not only in engineering and workmanship, but also in community service. “That makes me feel proud of what I did and happy that Noah gets to run around and have fun,” said Talon.
And now, thanks to Noah’s new set of wheels, he’s ready for his new lease on life. Vandie can’t keep Noah and is just fostering him until the right home becomes available. The Cub Scouts who helped build the wheels love him and have a new friend, but they can’t adopt him either. The boys just hope that whoever gives Noah a forever home lives close by, so they can visit.
For information on adopting Noah: www.alcovypet.com.
(This story was created by WAGA in Atlanta. It was posted by FOX 35 News Orlando. The Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content.)