A story broke Thursday from the Moose Jaw Humane Society about a two-year-old Rottweiler named Bentley who was in need of some TLC.
Bentley, who is paralysed in his back end, was brought to the shelter after being found last week in a ditch Southwest of Moose Jaw.
Needing immediate medical care, Bentley was taken to the Moose Jaw Animal Clinic and is currently doing well, said promotions and fundraising coordinator for the shelter, Karla Pratt.
In an effort to raise funds to help send Bentley go to a facility that will be able to help him with his disability, the Treehab Educational Rehabilitation Services, located in Toronto, the MJHS put the dog’s story on its Facebook page.
Pratt said the response has blown her away.
“The initial target amount we wanted to raise was $600 to cover his flight, kennel, crate and with, perhaps a little bit extra to help get him started in the rehab facility. But we have exceeded that at this point, which is great.”
Pratt said the shelter had intended to send out a press release in regards to Bentley’s story, however after it was placed on Facebook, Pratt said the response was so over-whelming and it wasn’t long before the money needed, was donated.
“Social media has been a huge tool in this. I think the initial post has been shared 160 times and it hasn’t even been 24 hours yet.”
Because of some of the circumstances surrounding Bentley’s condition and the state he was found in, the shelter has been trying to clarify the dogs back story.
Pratt said the family who initially adopted Bentley had re-homed him hoping he would have a better life because their situation was changing and no longer felt they could give him the care he needed and deserved.
As for the family who took on the disabled dog, they have yet to be reached by the humane society.
For more on this story, see Saturday's paper