AZ pup born without back paws gets booties

Posted at 7:22 AM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 12:43:22-04

These booties are made for walking!

The Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, provided adorable red booties to one special pup.

Justin the puppywas born without back paws, but managed to get along "fairly well" by putting most of his weight on his front legs.

The puppy arrived at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in early March after a good Samaritan rescued Justin and his siblings from under a house in Arizona. 

Dogtown Operations Manager Christine Vergallito told ABC News that although Justin was a relatively happy puppy, the sanctuary staff could tell that Justin did experience some discomfort whenever he tried to run and play.

In order to help with his mobility, the sanctuary gave Justin a pair of red winter booties to improve his balance.

Vergallito revealed that the staff chose the red snow booties for Justin because the Velcro made it more difficult for the playful pup to take off.

Although the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary staff expected Justin to stay in the sanctuary until he was an adult, the cute puppy was adopted in just over a month of arriving at the sanctuary.

Justin's new owner Giovanna Piazza told ABC News that the puppy is doing "great" and is settling into his new home in Orange County, California. She and her family are working to make sure that Justin -- now Jax -- is comfortable and mobile in his new home.

"He has a magnetic personality and everyone is attracted to him," Piazza said.

Piazza explained that Jax now goes to a veterinary rehab specialist every week where he learns to strengthen his core, and straighten and elongate his spine. Piazza's hope is for Jax to become a therapy dog for the local children's hospital.

"In the next few weeks we’ll add a wheelchair (cart with back wheels) and in a year or so prosthetics, once he’s grown to full height and size," Piazza said. "We’ve got a lot of work ahead but everyone on Jax’s Team is very hopeful for his increased mobility over time."