A wheelchair-bound Labrador is inspiring kids with limited mobility at the Wheeled Wonders camp.
The summer camp in Missoula aims to teach disabled children that their disability does not prevent them overcoming challenge! There is always room for growth!
These brave kids are moving beyond their boundaries, just like their special guest.
Tom Turkey, a curious, friendly black Labrador, is their special guest!
The eight year-old Lab walks with the help of a cart – or dog wheelchair.
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The disabled, but otherwise happy and lively Labrador, has a neurological condition, but he gets around just fine.
“Even animals use chairs,” said the Child Development Center’s Jamie Wolf. “It’s not a limiting factor. It’s a great tool to help them access more of their community, have fun and do what other kids do.”
Child Development Center partnered with the Humane Society of Western Montana to bring Tom to Wheeled Wonders.
Last Thanksgiving, Tom and his two Labrador siblings arrived at the Humane Society. All three dogs have the same medical condition – all three are in wheelchairs.
The staff at the humane society calls Tom a “Very Determined Puppy.”
“He serves as some inspiration for kids and for this community,” said the Humane Society of Western Montana’s Emily Adamson, “that despite any limitations you might have, you can lead a happy and normal life. We’re really proud of that.”
She calls Tom the shelter’s ambassador.
The kids in wheelchairs find connection with the special needs dog.
Mina Airhart is one of the parents who brought her child to meet Tom. She thinks her daughter, Unique, and Tom “are like two peas in a pod.”
“Their disabilities are very similar,” said Airhart.
Tom Turkey is now looking for a home with a family who can give him the time and space to accommodate his special needs.
If you think you’re the lucky family this pup is looking for, please contact the Humane Society of Western Montana for more information.