UGA Heritage:

UGA Alumnus Helps Give Future Service Puppy New Prosthetic Foot

A member of a three-generation UGA Alumni family, William (Billy) Fletcher III ’03, was recently featured on WXIA Channel 11 in Atlanta as part of a team that treated a puppy born without a foot.

Earlier this year, Fletcher’s employer, Hanger, Inc., offered to create a new prosthetic foot for Pirelli, a future service puppy belonging to Canine Assistants, at no cost to the nonprofit organization. Pirelli, who is now Channel 11’s morning show mascot, will be a part of Canine Assistants’ educational team that teaches children about acceptance.

Fletcher graduated from UGA in 2003 and lives in Columbus, Ga., where he works for Hanger, Inc., He will soon be transferred to the company’s Athens/Gwinnett office.

Fletcher is no stranger to working with animals; he was involved in the creation of a new tail for Winter, the dolphin that inspired the movie Dolphin Tail. He was also part of the team that replaced a donkey leg at Auburn University.

The Fletcher family legacy began with the late Catherine Harrington Fletcher ’43, who graduated from UGA with a degree in home economics. Her two brothers also graduated from the university. Of the next Fletcher generation, seven of nine first cousins attended Georgia. In the third generation, seven of 18 attended UGA.

Learn about Pirelli’s need for assistance here.

Watch the steps to create Pirelli’s leg here.

Watch Pirelli test out his new leg here.

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