A double amputee dog is running a marathon to raise funds for the rescue centre she calls her forever home.
Sherry, a sanctuary dog at Dogs4Rescue in Irlam, Manchester, will run one mile a day for 26 days on her new wheels which have recently been fitted to replace her back legs.
The challenge is in a bid to raise funds to create a new £15,000 visitor area at the dogs’ home which is aiming to become a ‘centre of excellence’ for kennel-free living for rescue dogs.
Shot and paralysed in her home country of Bulgaria and rescued there by charity Twitchy Noses, Sherry was brought to the UK by a kindhearted family who later found her injuries too much to manage.
Dogs4Rescue took her in five years ago and paid for both legs and her tail to be amputated to give her a better quality of life.
Emma Billington, founder of Dogs4Rescue, said:
We weren’t prepared to give up on Sherry and she wasn’t ready to give up on life. Every day she proves wrong those who advocated putting her to sleep. She is a joyous, happy girl who loves life and her special matriarch role here. We re-home hundreds of dogs and Sherry is special friend to everyone and the first to take newbies under her wing. She is also an ambassadog for our rescue and disabled dogs everywhere, meeting people at shows and events including the recent Human School at Manchester International Festival.”
Sherry will be starting her marathon on today [August 19], posting a daily marathon update on the Dogs4Rescue social media accounts and is hoping the people of Manchester will get behind her in her greatest challenge to date.
You can sponsor Sherry here.