An Abused Dachshund Finds a Forever Home & a Whole Bunch of Fans
When Michelle Mullé took in a rescued Dachshund with three legs, she didn’t realize he would change her life, inspiring a mission. But when Michelle saw a Facebook photo of Dobby—completely bald, suffering from demodex mange, his right leg cut off—she “fell in love.” Dobby had been put in a garbage bag and dropped at an Athens, Georgia animal control center. Circle Of Friends Animal Society stepped in and rescued him, posting his photo on Facebook. It was this photo Michelle saw. She “shared and fought hard to raise the money to help the rescue cover Dobby's bills,” she recollects, ultimately filling out an adoption application. Finally, Whole Lotta Love Rescue & Transport brought him all the way from Georgia to Michelle in New Jersey.
Smitten, Michelle decided to create a Facebook page for her new dog so she could inspire others to take on a rescue dog with a disability. “I want Dobby to be an ambassador for disabled animals,” she says. “I want everyone to see that these animals aren't suffering; they don't want to be put down. If you can't handle the needs of a disabled pet please considering finding a rescue to take them—don't send them over the Rainbow Bridge.”
Dobby is a perfect example. At first he couldn’t walk—Dobby’s rescuers had to teach him how. Now Dobby hops around and he's extremely fast—just check out his Facebook videos!
But though Dobby can run in Michelle’s turf-covered backyard, other surfaces are difficult for him, so Michelle is hoping to get him a prosthetic leg. “Dobby needs a custom leg built—possibly 3D-printed—which we are desperately hoping someone will help us with,” she shares hopefully. “A disability in an animal shouldn't be a death sentence. Thank you everyone who voted for Dobby. Humans hurt Dobby and I want everyone to know what happened to him, his story. But love prevails—Dobby has won. He is a survivor.”