Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog would like to share the tale of Cupid, a 3-month-old disabled puppy who was abandoned in the snow this winter. The little hound mix was born with a birth defect in his two front paws. He was turned over to Ruff Start Rescue in Minneapolis, MN.
The rescue group took him to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center for an evaluation. The prospects to straighten Cupid’s front legs looked good, but the cost of surgery was $6,000. Ruff Start turned to the community and an outpouring of support from people who believed that Cupid deserved a second chance, raised $8,000.
Skilled veterinarians performed the surgical procedure and it was an overwhelming success. Cupid went to live with a foster family while he recovered.
Soon Cupid will be ready to find his forever home. More than 75 people have applied to be his new adopted family. The unused portion of the money raised for Cupid’s surgery will go to save the lives of other homeless pets. Moral of the story: Disabled pets have the right to a full life.
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