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The woman saving the lives of disabled dogs

Gill Daghistani with 3 rescue dogs
Gill Daghistani with 3 rescue dogs Image credit: mirror.co.uk

An amazing woman who rescued a pooch from Hungary is saving the lives of hundreds of neglected dogs with missing limbs.

Gill Daghistani, 47, has travelled across the globe with her handful of volunteers giving to offer disabled pooches a second chance in life.

The first dog Gill took under her wing was Wolfie who was about to be put to sleep after it was wounded in Hungary and no suitable owner was found.

Since then the animal lover has continued to save dogs from being put down by launching her own charity in Holywell, Flintshire, which has now saved the lives of over 500 hounds.

One of the dogs calling the rescue centre their new temporary home is Nahar, a Saudi Arabian Baladi which had his rear legs amputated after being in a road accident.

The future is now looking bright for Nahar after the charity arranged for the dog to have a new set of wheels.

Another dog owing its life to the centre is Hannah who lost a leg after being hit by a car in Bosnia, the same country former soldier and her new owner, Simon Johnson carried out three tours in the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment

Simon, 53, told The Mirror: “On one tour we had a stray we adopted we called Major, a massive sheepdog who became our mascot and guard dog. So I felt an instant bond with Hannah and, ever since, she’s made every day special for us.

"She’s faster than our fully-able labrador Dexter and you couldn’t meet a more loving, devoted dog. Our two dogs are best friends. It’s madness that if Wolfie’s didn’t exist, Hannah would be dead.”

As you can tell, Wolfie made quite an impression on Gill during the two years under her care.

“I fell head-over-heels in love with Wolfie, refusing to believe he had to be put down. I realised that while many people were willing to rehome able-bodied dogs, nobody was doing the same for dogs with special needs,” she said.

“They were rejected at ‘rescues’, or put to sleep because they were perceived unlikely to enjoy a ‘normal life’.

“With Wolfie, I proved this wasn’t the case and decided I had to do something for all the other dogs out there like him.”

And what is the name of Gill’s charity? Well quite fittingly she called the organisation Wolfie’s Legacy when it was launched in 2017.

Thanks to the fantastic cause digs like Cooper was saved from an uncertain future.

As a puppy Cooper had to undergo amputation to remove of his damaged legs after he was found in northern Macedonia.

Hopefully Cooper will find a new owner similar to Jenny Miller who took in five dogs from the rescue centre despite being a mum to two daughters – Katie, 26 and Charley, 18 – with additional needs.

Jenny, 73, from Exminster, Devon, said: “The ­children associate with the dogs as they’ve got problems too, but we don’t dwell on their disabilities unless someone asks.”

Gill vows here charity “will never turn a dog away for being too disabled” if they are not in pain or suffering being alive.

She said: “Despite their suffering, Wolfie’s rescues have an indomitable spirit and a will strong enough to overcome the greatest odds.”

And if you disagree with the incredible work Gill is carrying out you are barking up the wrong tree!

For more information visit the Wolfie’s Legacy website.