Victory: Chihuahua is living up to her name
A Chihuahua mix born with deformed front legs — causing her to scoot across the floor like a baby kangaroo — is about to get a leg up, thanks to the Dearborn Animal Shelter and lots of kindly donors.
Found slip-sliding her way around the streets of the Michigan city a few weeks ago, she was named Victory.
“We thought that she needed some name that really described how she looked at life and the fact that she survived when many animals with deformities don’t,” Elaine Greene, executive director of Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, told Today.com.
When no one came forward to claim the one-year-old dog at the shelter, staff began to consider equipping her with an orthopedic device that would help her get around — all of which cost $2,000 or more.
When the shelter mentioned Victory in its newsletter, the Detroit Free Press picked up on the story.
Within a week, $7,000 in donations had come in.
The money will be used to purchase a protective vest for Victory, a sled like device allowing her to move around on carpet, and a set of wheels.
While she’s out of the shelter — Greene took her home to stay temporarily — she’s still up for adoption.
“We’re all very attached to her, and she to us, so we’re looking for a very special situation,” she said.
“I would really like her to get a job working with people with disabilities,” she said. “If I could find a way to add that into her new life, that would be great.”
(Photo: Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter)
Posted by jwoestendiek March 1st, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
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