The Cumberland Co Animal Control Shelter in NC picked up a paralyzed dog recently who was suffering from numerous drag sores. Many facilities might have put him on the kill list for “medical” reasons but Cumberland Co didn’t do that. They treated his wounds and reached out to an online vendor of canine wheelchairs for assistance. The group donated a set of wheels for the dog, named Scooter, and he learned to use them.
Now, Cumberland Co hopes to adopt Scooter out as a therapy dog to help the disabled. The staff feels he has a good temperament for work as a therapy dog but if that doesn’t turn out to be the case, they will adopt him out as a pet. His donated wheelchair will go with him, wherever he goes. Here is the shelter’s press release promoting Scooter for adoption.
The bottom line: Cumberland Co wanted this dog to live a long and happy life from the moment they got him. And they found ways to make that happen. Good on them. Isn’t this what every shelter should be doing for the pets in their care?