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Paraguayan artisan makes wheelchairs for disabled dogs and cats

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – A Parguayan artisan is giving animals the power to walk again by turning discarded materials into handmade wheelchairs for disabled dogs and cats.

Jazmin Alvarez decided to use her penchant for rustic design to save abandoned animals from enforced euthanasia.

Her small non-governmental organization, "Rescaes" (Rescued with Special Needs), runs a shelter for abandoned dogs in Itapuami Luque, on the very outskirts of capital Asuncion.

What most would see as a worthless pipe or a scrap skateboard, the 45-year-old transforms into a new lease of life for dogs like Dante and Paris, two poodles that are some of the 16 canines living permanently in the refuge.

On Wednesday, she put the finishing touches on the poodles' wheelchairs, individually adjusting them with care.

Alvarez's foundation is supported by donations.

She has already made over 100 animal wheelchairs for dogs, cats and was once even requested to make one for a pet pig.

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