Pickering Animal Services providing prosthetic leg to dog in need


Pickering, ON, September 29, 2021 – City of Pickering Animal Services staff are giving a local stray dog, named Bear, hope for the future as they are providing him with a new prosthetic leg.

Bear was picked up by Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville officers and brought to the Pickering Animal Shelter for safe keeping, following a stray dog call for the area of Woodbine Avenue and Vivian Road.

Bear had a severe skin and eye infection, a tight collar that was causing him to lose hair, and was missing his left back leg.

Staff worked with Applied Biomechanics Orthotics and Bracing to size Bear for his new prosthetic leg, which will give the large-breed dog a better quality of life.

“Bear was amazing at his first appointment. He was calm and patient; as if he knew and appreciated what we were doing for him,” said Lindsey Narraway, Supervisor, Pickering Animal Services. “We are worried about the long-term effect on his hips and other leg. Once completed, his prosthetic will take the pressure off his other legs, allowing him to go for longer walks and to live a longer and happy life.”

Bear is scheduled for his next leg fitting in October, and will be available for adoption shortly after. Bear will require a home with limited stairs, no small animals, no small children, and a large fenced yard. Stay tuned at pickering.ca/petadoption to view Bear when available.

Pickering Animal Services always welcomes donations to help animals in need. Donations help to fund special needs, such as the costs of Bear’s prosthetic, and a new Animal Shelter. Donations can be made online, mailed in, or dropped off at the shelter.

Visit pickering.ca/donate to learn more. 


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Lindsey Narraway
Supervisor, Animal Services l Animal Services
905.420.4660 ext. 3501

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