Therapy dog helps shelter win Petco Award

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MINOT, N.D. - Souris Valley Animal Shelter alum Scooter is a playful pup who, thanks to his donated wheelchair, doesn't have to scoot around anymore.

He has been adopted and is living a happy life as a service dog to disabled veterans. Now Scooter is still giving back to the shelter that gave him his legs.

A story written by Scooter's owner, Julie Marriot, won the shelter an award from Petco's Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign. The grant money, ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000, will be used for the shelter's capital campaign to expand and renovate.

The shelter is also nominated for the people's choice award for the Petco Foundation, which would help the shelter win an addition $25,000. Staff members say to have this kind of support from the community is very much appreciated.

“The fact that she not only adopted scooter and she's helping out wounded veterans with scooter's story, took the time out of her busy day to write a story about Scooter and submit us for that is just outstanding. It impresses me that we have that kind of loving community. In my eyes, Scooter is the most generous dog we've had there in quite some time,” said Randy McDonald, Souris Valley Animal Shelter director.

If you'd like to vote for the shelter, follow the provided link and vote for the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.