Local pet named runner up in People Magazine contest

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) — JoLynn Burden’s dog Rex is not just a local hero…now, he’s a national hero.

Rex was selected as runner up in People Magazine’s Cutest Rescue Dog contest. His incredible story was hand-selected from over 10,000 submissions.

Born with a disorder that doesn’t allow him use of his front limbs, Rex, his mom, and brother were dropped off at a kill shelter in Texas just weeks after he was born.

“His outlook at just a few weeks old was very dim,” Burden said. “There is no doubt in my mind, I mean, he was at high kill shelter.”

A local animal rescue agency heard about the dogs and took them to the rescue facility nearby. Burden says if it had not been for them, Rex and his family likely would have been euthanized.

“Luckily the good folks at Lola’s Day found the family, pulled them out of the shelter and took them into their rescue,” Burden said.

Rex was later brought to Wisconsin by Paddy’s Paws where Burden volunteers. She and her family took him in as a foster pet before adopting him just six months later.

“Having teenagers in the house and other dogs in the house, it really made for the right fit and really being able to be that family that could provide him his forever home.”

Now, Rex mostly uses a wheel cart donated by Gunner’s Wheels Foundation to help him get around, but Burden says Rex behaves just like any other puppy.

“He’s a happy dog and doesn’t know that he’s any different than any of his friends.”

Burden and Rex make regular visits to local schools, talking with students about the power of determination and overcoming obstacles. She hopes Rex’s feature in People magazine will inspire others to adopt pets with disabilities.

“His story brings inspiration to all those who read about it, who meet him and we’re just happy to be able to share him with the world.”

Rex has his very own Facebook page which Burden uses to raise awareness about adopting disabled rescue dogs. If you’d like more information on how to help dogs like Rex, you can visit the Facebook page here.

McKenna Collins

McKenna Collins

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