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This adorable puppy is up for adoption, but he’s got a heartbreaking story that potential adopters should know about before applying to give him his forever home.

This two-and-a-half-months old Maltese cross puppy was born with a deformity, according to Voices for Animals (VFA). The dog shelter’s latest Facebook post comes with information of the dog's medical condition, which is key in finding suitable adopters who are ready and prepared to give the pup all the love and care he needs. After all, getting a dog is for life.

The pup has neurological issues and is paralysed. As such, he requires to have someone taking care of him all the time, from feeding to assisting him with drinking. He needs to be hand fed as well, due to his condition, and is on a special diet and supplements. He is unable to pee and poop on his own, and will need help to be stimulated to do so. The pup will also require regular cleaning as he dirties himself when he pees. He currently requires physiotherapy and acupuncture treatments.

It’s likely that he will require a fair bit of medical attention in the future, or even a major surgery. According to VFA, several puppies and dogs that they’ve rescued in the past with similar conditions had required surgery, and medical bills had come up to as high as $16,000.

Think you have the means to give this pup a loving home? Interested adopters will need to be screened by VFA first — go to their Facebook page to read more about the pup, and fill up an extensive questionnaire before VFA contacts you for further updates. VFA also charges an adoption fee to help with the costs of running the shelter.

Here’s hoping this adorable fur-iend finds his forever home soon.

Photos: Voices for Animals

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