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.”