In this world full of sad news and tragic events, it’s always nice to hear about something happy and inspiring – this is absolutely one of those stories.
In mid-April of 2019, a Reddit user posted a message that was really kind and generous to begin with. But, he didn’t expect to get a lot of attention from people all over the world.
“I made a wheelchair for my friend’s disabled dog. Some of the parts were 3D printed and the rest cost under $20 on Amazon. The dog’s reaction was priceless. If anyone has a disabled dog I will provide the 3D printed parts for free and give you directions on how to assemble the rest,” offered the Reddit user.
A few days later the poster received hundreds of requests asking for 3-D printed wheelchair parts for an immobile animal that they knew. The original poster (OP) included the cutest video of the happy dog who with the help of his wheelchair was finally able to run all day long.
“I’m blown away how successful this became and how quickly. I have had roughly 40 requests for parts so far and I will begin printing the items for the smaller animals first. I think I can have all requests so far shipped out by the end of next week. I have to juggle these a bit with work related prints, but these parts are fairly small and will print quickly,” they updated.
The OP goes on to explain how they grew up always admiring people like Steve Irwin, Jack Hannah, and David Attenborough.
It’s clear that they love animals and they would do anything for them. The poster explains that they have a Fortus 900 FDM printer that allows them to mass produce parts with ease. And they were surprised when they found out how many animals needed their help.
Because of this post’s attention, the Reddit user has also started to reach out to other people to help fulfill all of the requests that have been flooding in. It is absolutely amazing that there are lots of other Good Samaritans who want to help this incredible cause.
“This got way more attention than I anticipated and I have hundreds of requests. I have reached out to several industrial 3D printing services to see if they can volunteer some machine time and material and I will be reaching out to people that volunteered to crowdsource their machines to help production as well.”
“I am currently separating all the requests from help offers and may take a little bit since I have about 3000 messages. I am redoing some of the parts to make them print with less model and support material. I also reached out to the original creator, Erica Charbonneau to see if she would like to team up for this and she has offered to help as well,” was one of the latest updates on the thread.
Soon, hundreds of cats, dogs and other animals will get the wheelchair they’ve been waiting for, thanks to this Reddit post.
Check out the entire thread below and see how happy this dog is to finally be able to walk and run around. If you know an animal that needs this kind of help, reach out to this Reddit user by sending them a direct message.