But Pirelli, a Golden Retriever and Labrador mix, was born missing a paw and now he needs shoes of his own to help him get around.
Pirelli who now training to be the spokesdog for Canine Assistants, his boot-style prosthetic helps him visit schools to teach children about disabilities. Since he’s just a pup, Pirelli will outgrow the prosthetic and will need new ones as he reaches adulthood.
Canine Assistants has launched a grassroots campaign, asking for your help in Funding Prosthetic Paw for Pirelli the Puppy. Through a limited-time offer on Groupon, animal lovers can donate $10 toward Pirelli’s next prosthetic. The offer expires Tuesday, Aug. 14.
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then Canine Assistants can fund a prosthetic boot for Pirelli the puppy. Donations up to $600 dollars will be matched by Mickey’s Kids Charitable Foundation. Additionally, an anonymous donor will match donations up to $25,000. With the new foot, Pirelli can visit local schools and serve as a spokesdog to teach children about disabilities. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding new prosthetics as Pirelli grows up and wears out them out.
Pirelli is on a waiting list so that when he is 1 year old, a veterinarian at North Carolina State University can implant a permanent prosthesis onto his leg bone (not covered by this campaign). Successful surgery will allow the bone to integrate with the implant and move with him when he walks.