Puppy with Prosthetic Leg Gets Help from Groupon Deal
updated 08/23/2012 AT 09:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/22/2012 AT 03:00 PM EDT
Pirelli, a 7-month-old golden retriever/Labrador mix, was born without his back left paw and has had to wear prosthetic boots that help him walk.
As a growing dog, Pirelli will continue needing new boots, so the adorable pup, who trains with non-profit organization Canine Assistants, got a little help thanks to Groupon and the site's Grassroots campaign.
Last week, the site offered a deal in which users could donate $10 to Pirelli and Canine Assistants. The donations would be matched up to $25,000.
Over 340 "deals" were purchased, leading to a total donation of over $3,500 for Pirelli's prosthetic.
The eventual goal is to give Pirelli a surgically-implanted prosthesis. He is a candidate for the procedure, but he will continue to need care for the rest of his life.
Pirelli is currently training to be the spokesdog for Canine Assistants, which trains and provides service dogs for people with disabilities or other special needs. As the spokesdog for the organization, he will visit schools and help teach children about disabilities.
Click here to find out more about Canine Assistants.