Bueller the puppy was dropped off at an SPCA in Sacramento by a breeder because of a congenital defect made him unable to walk. Despite the inevitable challenges Bueller faced, his compassionate caretakers had hope for his future and decided against euthanasia.

Gaining the strength to walk required lots of time and dedication. Water therapy was especially helpful because it allowed the pup to move his legs in a natural motion without having to support his weight. Bueller’s first major milestone came when he was able to stand without assistance. Eventually, a tearful team of staff members looked on as Bueller walked on his own for the first time.

When the time came for Bueller to be adopted, he caught the attention of a couple whose dog had recently passed away. The couple was on the fence about adopting another dog, but couldn’t bear the deafening silence in their home after the loss of their beloved canine companion. When they learned about Bueller, they immediately knew they wanted be part of his journey.

Bueller still had trouble walking when he was adopted, but made major progress during his first few months at his forever home. Going to the beach, swimming, and playing with his ball helped him strengthen his legs. He’s been with his owners for two years now. Bueller has lots of energy, loves going places, and acts as a ‘big brother’ for the couple’s other dog, Kobe, who is deaf.

Despite his progress, Bueller needed surgery on one of his legs. The procedure was successful and he remains on the path toward a long, happy life!

Bueller’s will to live has inspired the team at the SPCA to continue trying to save animals they would’ve previously given up on. Thank you to the heroes who give animals like Bueller a second chance at life and the opportunity to thrive!