August 26, 2014 5:08 pm

Crowdfunding helps local dog get essential surgery

Bear, 1, enjoyed a carrot from his foster parent on Tuesday. She will get the leg surgery she needs thanks to online crowdfunding.

Taryn Snell / Global News

REGINA – A one-year-old dog at the Regina Humane Society is going to get the leg surgery she needs thanks to hundreds of online donors.

“I guess that’s the beauty of crowdfunding. It’s something we’ve never done before, and it’s basically getting the story out very quickly, and it appeals to anyone, anywhere,” said executive director Lisa Koch.

The dog, named Bear, was put into the society’s care with a previously broken leg that didn’t heal properly; she now walks with a significant limp.

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The veterinarian team at the society was unable to fix her leg, so they used GoFundMe to raise $3,500 needed to send Bear for treatment at a veterinary college in Saskatoon.

Koch and her team posted the plea on Friday “and, within an hour, we had achieved our goal.”

“It struck a chord with people and there were a lot of tears here at the shelter on Friday on the outcome,” said Koch.

The extra $3,000 raised, a number continuing to grow, will help with Bear’s rehabilitation and/or be put into the society’s depleted Faith Fund, which helps animals get medical treatment.

Bear is currently staying with a foster family as she awaits her surgery date.

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