A Letter From Our Founder about Animal Orthotics and Prosthetics
Dear Fellow Animal Advocate,
I am writing to introduce myself and my company. My name is Angela Boncz I am the founder and CEO of Specialized Pet Solutions, a small company offering custom orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) for animals. I have been an animal lover all my life and often toyed with the idea of becoming a veterinarian. In the end I went a different route in college and studied O&P. I worked in the human O&P industry for a short time until a puppy I adopted needed an expensive surgery for a cranial cruciate ligament repair. Since this is similar to an ACL tear in humans I wondered if I could heal her with orthotics. So I made her a dog knee brace and she healed completely without surgery. This was my light bulb moment. I knew I could do this for other animals, and I started dabbling in dog braces at home all while continuing my employment with the human O&P company I was working for. A couple of years later I adopted a 3-legged mini pony named Prince. He was using a whiffle ball bat as a prosthetic, so I made him a new prosthetic leg and pretty soon he was running and bucking like a normal mini pony. At this time I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I have been doing O&P for 20 years and animal O&P for 15 of those. I was located on the East coast for all those years however I have recently moved back to Eastern Washington to be near family and my home town. While most of my business is dog braces I have also created devices for horses, cows, a camel, pigs, goats and sheep. No animal is too large or small, I even created a device for a lemur!
I am so excited to take this company to the next level and help even more animals and the people who love them. I have a small farm south of Spokane Washington where I have adopted several special needs animals and help them live their best lives. In 2019, I acquired a miniature donkey born with extreme hyperextension and valgum at her carpus. Because of the deformity, the little donkey had a rough start in life. When I adopted her I did not have a trailer for transporting animals at the time, but she was so small I simply put her in the front seat of my pickup and headed home on an 8 hour drive with a baby donkey riding shotgun! Over time, I was able to correct her front legs to about 95% normal using custom carpal braces. If I had been able to treat her at an earlier age, I am confident that she would be 100% corrected now. Rest assured her deformity has not slowed her down in the least, she is as spunky and sassy as any other donkey, maybe even more because she is so spoiled. She is living her best life with her brother Prince the 3-legged pony and the other animals on our farm.
Every piece is custom made to fit each animal precisely. We are able to accommodate people all over the nation with casting kits and a set of instructions as well as “how to” video’s on our website and YouTube channel. I am also available to speak with veterinarians and help guide them on where to make amputations in order to create a more optimal placement for a potential future prosthetic. We do a 5% discount for animal shelters and sanctuaries. We also have a preferred provider program and will give a 5% discount to your clients if you sign up with us.
I look forward to hearing from you and/or your clients if my services seem like a good fit. I am always open to phone calls to discuss collaboration on any furry friends.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Angela Boncz CTPO
Specialized Pet Solutions, LLC
3038 E. Trent Spokane, WA 99202