Most people choose to spend their free time doing hobbies, watching television or simply relaxing, but not Pan Chieh. Whenever 40-year-old Chieh has time off from his job as a machine operator, he dedicated those slots to aiding injured dogs in the most creative way.
Walking past numerous crippled homeless dogs on an everyday basis, Chieh has had quite enough the fact no one is lending out a helping hand for the poor creatures, so he thought of a spectacular way to use his skills in the best possible way: he builds the canines wheelchairs out of water pipes.
Living in Taiwan, where dogs are not exactly high up on the government’s priority list, Chieh took matters into his own hands and helped dozens of wandering dogs move around more easily. The design might not be extremely costly (around $30 per wheelchair), but considering much of his time is spent giving to helpless animals makes this cause even nobler.
When asked how he thought of the brilliant invention, Chieh replied it all came to him after meeting with one of his close friends. His friend was a dog owner and expressed how financially difficult it was to take care of his disabled dog who was in a wheelchair. It took one quick peek at the costly veterinary bill for Chieh to understand there was a lot he could do to help.
Additionally, to spending time on his philanthropic project on the weekdays, Chieh also spends his weekends traveling with his girlfriend, but instead of hitting fun attractions or fancy restaurants, Chieh visits animal shelters and rescue organizations. While he occasionally asks for a donation to assist him financially with those travels, Chieh often gives his wheelchairs away for free.
As for his future plans, Chieh hopes to continue making those wheelchairs for disabled dogs, but also expand his recipients to cats.