Double amputee dog is running marathon to raise funds for Manchester rescue centre


A double amputee dog is running a marathon to raise funds for the rescue centre she now calls home.

Sherry, a Sanctuary Dog at Dogs4Rescue in Irlam Manchester, will run one mile per day for 26 days on her new wheels.

The funds she raises will help create a new visitor area at the rescue centre, as they aim to fully complete their first site and become a ‘centre of excellence’ for kennel-free living for rescue dogs.


Sherry was rescued and brought to the UK after being shot and paralysed in her home country of Bulgaria, and Dogs4Rescue took her in five years ago, paying 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 rehome hundreds of dogs and Sherry is a 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.

With the aid of her new custom-made wheels from DogsWheels, Sherry is taking on her marathon - and you, the people of Manchester, can help sponsor her to reach the target of £15,000.

Dogs4Rescue is at the forefront of kennel-free rescue in the UK, saving dogs on death row in pounds over here, as well as abused dogs from around the world in places like Bulgaria, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Romania, Oman and those caught up in the barbaric meat trade in China.

They have rehomed over 1,200 dogs in the Greater Manchester area and hope to significantly increase that number by creating the new visitor area.

Emma said:

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.

Sherry started her marathon yesterday, Monday August 19th, and she’ll be posting a daily marathon update on the Dogs4Rescue social media accounts so go get behind her.

You can sponsor Sherry on her JustGiving page here - go on, dig deep.

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