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Double amputee dog running marathon to raise funds for dog rescue

Sherry's back legs and tail were removed after she was shot and paralysed. Credit: Dogs For Rescue

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.

Sherry was taken in by Dogs For Rescue Credit: Dogs For Rescue

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.”

Dogs4Rescue has pioneered kennel-free rescue in the UK saving dogs on death row in pounds over here and abused dogs from around the world including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Romania, Oman and the meat trade in China. It has rehomed over 1,200 dogs in the Greater Manchester area and hope to significantly increase that number by creating the new visitor area.

“The rescue is located at our home and we only have our kitchen for visitors, so currently we can only welcome those looking to adopt and a few regular volunteers. So many supporters want to come and see our free-running rescue in action, and we are hoping it will encourage more to consider adopting a rescue dog. The new visitor area will be transformative for us and out-of-hours can provide another area for our specialist enrichment volunteers to work with the more frightened dogs. We also hope to be able to welcome community groups, such as lonely pensioners, who would benefit from an afternoon with our dogs.”

– Emma Billington, founder of Dogs4Rescue

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.