Dog ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏɴᴇ ʟᴇɢ Gets ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛᴇᴅ By Woman Who sᴀᴠᴇᴅ Her From ʙʀɪɴᴋ ᴏF ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ
A one-ʟᴇɢɢᴇᴅ ᴅɪsᴀʙʟᴇᴅ dog has been ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛᴇᴅ by the woman who sᴀᴠᴇᴅ her ʟɪꜰᴇ. Tiny puppy Giselle was spotted on a traffic camera six days after being ʜɪᴛ ʙʏ ᴀ ʟᴏʀʀʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs ʟᴇFᴛ with only one leg, but Natalia George at Flori’s Friends Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ in Kent couldn’t let her ᴅɪᴇ.
Natalia George, founder of Flori’s Friends Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ in Kent, ᴅɪᴇ an 11-month-old puppy from the side of a road after a ʜɪᴛ-ᴀɴᴅ-ʀᴜɴ, and made the incredible decision to keep her. The German shepherd cross named Giselle was spotted by a traffic camera on the ʙʀɪɴᴋ ᴏF ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, and had to have two legs and one ᴘᴀᴡ ᴀᴍᴘᴜᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ. After an ɪɴᴛᴇɴsᴇ and ɢʀᴜᴇʟʟɪɴɢ 10 months, Natalia “just couldn’t give her away” – partly due to Giselle’s complex needs and the “incredible bond” they both made. “The amount of ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ, sᴡᴇᴀᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴇᴀʀs we went through meant everything,” Natalia said.
When Natalia first sᴀᴠᴇᴅ Giselle from the side of the road last February, her sᴘɪɴᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ Fᴜsᴇᴅ together.
Flori’s Friends Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ “couldn’t sᴀᴠᴇ her mobility” and called her “the charity’s hardest challenge to date”. Despite a difficult and long road ahead, there was no doubt in Natalia’s mind that she would do everything she could to help the puppy live.
“I have a duty of care. My job is to keep ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ animals safe. Rᴇʜᴀʙ was so ɪɴᴛᴇɴsᴇ and such hard work. The journey we went on together was just incredible.” she said.
At first, Flori’s Friends Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ planned on finding Giselle a home, but her needs became so high, “it wasn’t safe to rehome her”.
“We care for a lot of ᴘᴀʀᴀʟʏsᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅɪsᴀʙʟᴇᴅ dogs, but Giselle is on another sᴄᴀʟᴇ,” Natalia said.
Knowing Giselle would sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇ to find a family that would Fɪɢʜᴛ for her, Natalia made the decision to ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛ Giselle herself. Now, Giselle lives with Natalia at home and is the ᴍᴀsᴄᴏᴛ of Flori’s Friends Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ.
“Even if she had ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ differently, I couldn’t give her away,” Natalia said.
Giselle now has a custom-made, four-wheel cart from America to help her run around, and a ᴘʀᴏsᴛʜᴇᴛɪᴄ ʟᴇɢ from a specialist ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ in Oxꜰᴏʀᴅ. She also has ᴀʀᴛʜʀɪᴛɪs ᴀɴᴅ ɪɴᴄᴏɴᴛɪɴᴇɴᴄᴇ – but “none of that stops Giselle from enjoying ʟɪꜰᴇ to the ᴀʙsᴏʟᴜᴛᴇ Fᴜʟʟᴇst”.
Her favourite ᴀᴄᴛɪᴠɪᴛʏ ɪs ᴄʜᴀsɪɴɢ sǫᴜɪʀʀᴇʟs, and she spends two hours a day walking with her wheels.
“Giselle had the will to live – there was no other way she’d have sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ,” Natalia said.
In total, Giselle’s ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ bills have exceeded £15,000 in just one year – which is such a huge amount for a small charity. Natalia has set up a sponsor page for any supporters to donate what they can. Flori’s Friends Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ have many ᴅɪsᴀʙʟᴇᴅ dogs like Giselle that need a forever home – and Natalia simply cannot home them all herself. If you would like to give another dog a home, please visit their ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛion page.