Animals Gone Viral: Better Paws For Brutus


Brutus, a spunky Rottweiler, is capturing the collective hope and heart of the internet (because it does have one). His breeder left him outside in freezing temps when he was a puppy, resulting in severe frostbite on all four paws. Instead of seeking veterinary care, they attempted an at-home amputation, leaving Brutus unable to walk properly and in constant pain.

A Colorado foster mom, Laura Aquilina, made it her mission to help him. She started a page on GoFundMe, “Better Paws for Brutus,” and raised $12,500 to cover the cost of additional surgery, prosthetics, and physical therapy.

Brutus, now two years old, became the second dog ever to walk on four prosthetic limbs after a successful procedure done at James L. Voss Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University.

On Thursday, April 2, Aquilina announced their adoption plans on Instagram (@betterpawsforbrutus): “We have officially decided to adopt Brutus! After spending the past 8 months right by his side, and learning about Brutus’ medical as well as behavioral and financial needs, we realized he is a perfect fit for us. We look forward to giving him the best life possible, and many years of happiness and adventures together.”

BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post started sharing the story earlier this month and Brutus has since gained quite a few loyal supporters of his inspirational journey.


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