Gillian Daghistani wants to show that taking care of a special needs dog is not so different from taking care of a healthy one, and that they can give us lots of love.

Dogs with disabilities often have difficulty being adopted. They are sometimes even condemned to euthanasia. However, for Gillian Daghinasti, it only takes a few simple adjustments to give these canines an almost normal life. She wants to give disabled dogs a second chance at life and help them find a welcoming and loving home.


After rescuing 500 dogs, Gillian thinks even bigger

It all started when Gillian was taking care of a canine with a degenerative disease. She was with this pooch until his last breath. Then she realized that helping disabled dogs was her vocation.


That's when she founded a charity Wolfie's Legacy in Wales, UK. Its mission is to take in disabled dogs, rehabilitate them and then put them up for adoption. Since it opened, the shelter has saved no less than 500 dogs. But today, Gillian wants to go even further.


Gillian is planning to create a specialized center for the animals in need

Gillian is raising funds to create a rehabilitation and adoption center. First of all, she wants more space to accommodate more canines. But she also wants to have an on-site veterinary clinic with a hydrotherapy center.


"We really need our own veterinary clinic, because that's where most of our money goes – hydrotherapy," she told the BBC.

Gillian wants to show how happy a dog, even a disabled one, can be in a home

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The Welshwoman wants to show that disability doesn't make much difference when it comes to caring for a dog. Of course, it is necessary to equip such a dog with a wheelchair before a walk, or to foresee some adaptations, but it is only a habit to form.

"The difficulty will be with the extra little bit of care like strapping him into his wheelchair before taking him for a walk, but then it becomes second nature and it's so quick it literally takes seconds," she explained.


Louise and Ali Emslie-Wigglesworth, who have adopted two dogs from Gillian's charity, agree: "They are no different from any other healthy dog. The love and pleasure they give you is the same. They are sure to melt your heart just like any other dog," said Louise.


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