October 5, 2018 4:54 pm
Updated: October 5, 2018 9:20 pm

Vancouver vegans host fundraising dinner to buy Gertie the turkey a prosthetic leg

WATCH: Many of us will be counting our blessings this Thanksgiving. That will also include a turkey on Vancouver Island, and it's not just because "gertie" was saved from being part of the holiday meal. John Hua reports.

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Gertie was supposed to be someone’s main course this Thanksgiving weekend. Instead, the turkey has become the shared cause of an entire community.

“She does have a lifelong disability but it did save her life in the end,” Michelle Singleton of A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary said.

Gertie was brought to the sanctuary in Duncan, B.C. after suffering a brutal leg injury about three weeks ago.

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“She jumped up on a hayrack and fell but her leg got caught. So she hung there for the whole evening,” Said Singleton. “The leg died and had to be amputated by a veterinarian.”

Shortly after, Zoe Peled of the Vancouver Vegan Resource Centre got to meet Gertie in person and decided she needed to help.

“This is a way we can have turkey involved with Thanksgiving but keep them alive and even more so support them,” Peled said.

A dinner is being held in Vancouver Friday with part of the proceeds going to help buy Gertie a prosthetic leg.

“A Very Vegan Thanksgiving” is a collaboration including The Juice Truck, Meet, and Blue Heron Creamery. The event sold out in two days.

“There is a fellow in Victoria who makes prosthetics for humans and dogs,” Singleton explained. “Now he wants to take on the challenge of creating one for a turkey.”

So Gertie will be focusing on recovering this Thanksgiving. Thankfully, she’s proven to be much too tough to become a tasty meal.

WATCH: Vegan Thanksgiving meal fundraises for turkey’s new leg

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