Special Needs Dog Inspires Donations

Grace Higgins | June 8th, 2019

For a dog named Bunny, life has not been easy. But you wouldn’t know that by observing the sweet eight year old black lab mix who is as playful and energetic as any other dog. She has a deformed, curved body that makes walking difficult, but she never lets it get her down. She was rescued from a nearly deserted rural shelter located in Alabama and these days she is inspiring people to give much needed funds to support a medical fund for a Chicago area shelter. Bunny was rescued just a month ago by the Chicago shelter known as Felines & Canines that treats and adopts out hundreds of cats and dogs to loving homes in the area.

It all started when the shelter staff shared Bunny’s story on Facebook last month. The shelter, located in the Edgewater area of Chicago, requested donations to start up a medical fund for the animals they treat. So many people were inspired by Bunny’s story that they hit their $10,000 fundraising goal in just six hours. The staff of the shelter is so grateful for the donations, which has helped them cover the cost of three amputation surgeries and four heartworm treatments. The staff was amazed by the donations, which they are working to put to good use.

Best of all, the attention means that there has been a huge influx in adoptions—so much so, they didn’t have any large dogs left to adopt at one point this month. Bunny has good news too: she has a new owner! She was adopted by a woman named Michelle Hill, who saw photos of her online and knew she was perfect for her family. Bunny has four deformed legs, a curved spine, crossed eyes, and a head bob—but she doesn’t let any of that slow her down. Her new owner says Bunny loves to sit on the front porch of her new home and greet her friends as the walk by—everyone in town says she is the “mayor” of their area.

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