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Disabled 'Kangaroo' Dog to Walk Again – with the Help of $7,000 in Donations

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What’s in a name? A whole lot when it comes to 1-year-old Chihuahua Victory, who always puts her best paw forward – even when she physically can’t.

The disabled dog was born with deformed front legs, which cause her to totter around, almost like a kangaroo. Now, she’s getting a chance to take the next step toward a normal life.

Victory is due to receive a protective vest, a set of wheels and a sled-like apparatus to improve her mobility, thanks to people around the world who heard her story and wanted to help, reports Today.

It’s been just a few weeks since Victory was found on the streets of Dearborn, Mich., where she was taken in by the local Dearborn Animal Shelter and given her ever-appropriate name. No one came to the rescue to claim her.

Though there was no surgery available to help Victory, shelter staff found a solution through a combination of three orthopedic devices. The only problem? The price tag: $2,000.

But that was quickly solved after a newsletter telling Victory’s story garnered global buzz. Within a week, the shelter staff met their goal – and then some – to the tune of $7,000.

Victory won’t commit to a forever home until she’s acclimated to her new devices, says Elaine Greene, executive director of Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a nonprofit that runs the organization. “We’re all very attached to her, and she to us,” Greene tells Today. “So we’re looking for a very special situation.”

Until then, Victory is enjoying life in the winners’ circle.

“We thought that she needed a name that really described how she looked at life and the fact that she survived when many animals with deformities don’t,” Greene says. “She has such a wonderful personality and spirit that we felt she’s been victorious over what could be barriers that stand in the way.”


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