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Local man's big heart and hobby gives animals new quality of life

Doug Welch started “Welch's Wheels" - making carts to help disabled dogs' lives just a little bit easier.

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A local man's hobby is helping change the lives of furry friends here and across our nation.

Doug Welch started “Welch's Wheels" - making carts to help disabled dogs' lives just a little bit easier. He even made one for a local dog who almost was euthanized because of a problem he has.

“It's just a weakening of the back end. They lose control of their legs," said Sara Ellman of Mikey’s Chance.

The animal shelter took Humphrey in as a stray, but had a hard time adopting him out.

"He is a loving, sweet, happy dog. They [ the animal shelter ] reached out to Mikey’s Chance and that's where I come in. I said I’ll take him," said Ellman.

"Seeing the dog from being depressed not being able to get around and the happy look on the dog's face- it brings tears to your eyes," said Doug Welch.

Sara said the cart has made all the difference.

"It’s just a thrill because he loves to go for walks. I mean he just absolutely dies to go for a walk,” said Ellman.

Making wheelchairs for animals also hits close to home for Doug.

“I understand what depression is like not being able to get up and go and do the things you used to do- the same thing probably that these dogs feel. From being in a wheelchair myself, I understand the perspective of what these dogs go through," said Welch.

But Humphrey is just one of many. In the three years Welch has been doing this, he's given carts to 70 animals across the world.

“You get paid nothing for this but the reward is great. It's a pay it forward type of situation," said Welch.

Humphrey is still up for adoption and if you’re interested, contact Mikey’s Chance.

To donate to Welch’s Wheels, click here.

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