A dog who was born without front legs has received the ultimate gift — a custom wheelchair.
Libby was less than a year old when she was abandoned at a park in Sacramento, California, in the US.
Luckily she was rescued by Elk Grove Animal Shelter and fostered by Doreen Coberly, an administrative assistant at the organisation.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Doreen told CBS in a recent interview.
“There’s nothing wrong with her. In my eyes, there’s nothing wrong with her.”
Resourceful Libby has learned to move around independently, but it’s a struggle because of her missing limbs.
“She kind of hops like a little rabbit or a little frog,” Doreen said.
“I wouldn’t say that she has a disability because she doesn’t know she has a disability, she does everything my dogs do.”
The organisation’s non-profit partner Friends of Elk Grove Animal Shelter wanted to chip in, and in July they asked online animal lovers to help fundraise to get Libby her very own wheelchair.
“Of course the minute we heard about Libby, it was like, ‘okay, we have to help her,'” said June Lavine, CEO of Friends of Elk Grove Animal Shelter.
Now they’ve raised enough to buy the chair that they hope will help Libby with her mobility — but it will take some getting used to, and training wheels are the next item on the list.
“When she sits down it’s too hard for her to lift because her back’s not used to getting up that way, so that’s where the training wheels will come in,” Doreen explained.
Friends of Elk Grove Animal Shelter is now taking donations to buy the wheels, but they’re also looking for a forever home for Libby.
From today, dog lovers have 48 hours to fill out an adoption application for the plucky puppy — the online form can be found here.
“Libby is showing us and anyone with a disability that it’s not a disability,” June said.
“She’s showing that love, determination, and patience will conquer anything.”