“She’s had it pretty rough. Not the life that she deserves,” said Mattie Gallier.
The dog's name is Misty. She didn’t have a traditional home but knows what it’s like to be loved.
“She belonged to a homeless man who really loved her, wanted to do the right thing, so he ended up surrendering her to us,” Gallier said.
Misty is partially paralyzed after getting hit by a car.
“We don’t know exactly when. Some of the vets had said it had been awhile,” said Gallier.
One vet told Gallier the injury is too old for surgery to work. Another says stem cell research might do the trick. Any operation will cost thousands.
“Hopefully we can raise enough money and we can try the surgery and see if it works,” said Gallier.
Gallier said she had to do something, so she decided she would make Misty a doggie wheelchair.
She googled "dog wheelchair" and "D-I-Y".
“I basically went off a picture and copied the picture and just did it with her measurements,” Gallier said.
Gallier made the do-it-yourself dog wheelchair for only $55.
“It was so simple. You would just need the materials and the tools,” Gallier said. “I used a little handsaw to cut the pipe. I think anyone could make it.”
While Gallier is only fostering Misty until she’s ready to be adopted, she says she just knew she had to do something to help the injured pup.
“They all deserve a chance and sometimes they get placed in your life for a reason,” she said.
Dog rescue groups like Cypress Lucky Mutt Rescue are always in need of fosters.
“It is very rewarding. It’s sad when they finally leave and they find their forever homes. It’s sad. I cry every time, but it’s worth it," Gallier said.