Energetic pup adapts to life on wheels

Posted March 27, 2013

— A dog at the SPCA of Wake County got his freedom Wednesday, but not quite in the way shelter workers hope. 

Scooter, an 8-month-old Labrador puppy, has buckshot lodged in his body. No one knows exactly when, where or how he was shot, but he's dragged his paralyzed hind legs around ever since. He was in a rural shelter when the Wake County organization identified his spark.

"The fact that someone would outright shoot a dog? That's just ridiculous," said SPCA spokeswoman Daci Vandersilk. "We knew that this dog had the resilience, and he deserved a chance."

They found two donors who fronted the $600 for Scooter's wheels.

Scooter the dog Scooter ready to run

He quickly adapted to the doggie version of a wheelchair. "Giving him a second chance, giving him these wheels, and showing him the love and respect he deserves, that's what all animals deserve," Vandersilk said. 

Now he's waiting for a forever family. "He deserves to know what it's like be loved. He deserves to know the feeling of a caring family," she said.

Scooter will be the lead dog in the injured and senior dog group April 20 at the SPCA's annual K9-3K fundraiser in Raleigh's Moore Square.


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  • Whatev333 Mar 28, 2013

    That is the cutest thing on earth!!!

  • lisa4 Mar 28, 2013

    GOOD FOR SCOOTER!!!!!! Praying he gets a good and loving family:)

  • Pepe Silvia Mar 28, 2013

    Go Scooter go!

  • please-stand-by Mar 28, 2013

    Such a happy dog. I hope the heartless person who shot him sees this story/video, and someday realizes what he did.

    Affirmativediversity, please do contact them! They will love hearing from you!

  • 426X3 Mar 28, 2013

    Great story.

  • Scubagirl Mar 28, 2013

    Great story and please give them a call-you and your home would be perfect!

    Would like it if they were able to catch the shooter but I know that's a pipe dream.

  • jscott13 Mar 28, 2013

    Not surprising that 2 donors stepped up to buy his wheels. There are so many more good people in this world, than bad. This pup met a bad one, but now he knows that there are lots of good guys out there, too. call. having a wheelchair accessible home is perfect!!

  • Terkel Mar 27, 2013

    Aff div, that's GREAT!! CALL THEM!!!

  • mfarmer1 Mar 27, 2013

    crying for him, I hope he finds a home, and someone to love him.

  • affirmativediversity Mar 27, 2013

    How do I adopt house is already wheelchair accessible?