This dog is defying the odds after losing back legs in brutal street attack
A double amputee dog is showing the world that nothing can hold her back by running a marathon to raise funds for an animal rescue centre.
Published on the 20/08/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:24
Sherry lives with the sanctuary staff at Dogs4Rescue in Irlam, Manchester. She'll run a mile a day for 26 days in a row, putting her newly fitted doggy wheelchair through its paces.
A mile a day for 26 days
The canine challenge is part of a broader initiative to raise money for a visitor centre at the shelter. The plans include building a kennel free living space for rescue dogs, with the rest of the funds earmarked for training and rehoming the pooches.
Twitchy Noses rescue service found Sherry five years ago. The street dog had been shot in the back legs and was completely paralysed. They made sure Sherry got all the emergency treatment she needed before finding her a more permanent home at the Manchester-based centre.
Given the amount of the special care she requires, animal rescue officers struggled to find a suitable forever family for Sherry. However, this very special pup quickly charmed everyone at Dogs4Rescue. In fact, the place wouldn't be the same without her.
Emma Billington is the founder of Dogs4Rescue. She said:
"She is a joyous, happy girl who loves life and her special matriarch role here. We rehome hundreds of dogs and Sherry is a special friend to everyone and the first to take newbies under her wing."
An inspirational pooch
Sherry even helps raise awareness for the centre and other rescue services for disabled dogs.
"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," said Emma.
Sherry began the first stage of her marathon this week, and you can follow her adventures via Dogs4Rescue social media accounts.
You can also show your support by sponsoring Sherry. Visit her JustGiving page for more info.