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Helping Paralyzed Dogs in Need

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This Frankie Wheelchair Fund helps paralyzed dogs who are in need of a wheelchair to help them regain their mobility and go on to live a full, happy, quality life. Funding is granted to families in financial stress and disabled dogs in rescue to improve their chances of getting a forever home.
Founded in August 2012 by author and advocate for dogs with Intervertabral Disc Disease (IVDD) and dogs in wheelchairs, Barbara Techel created this fund in memory of her beloved Dachshund, Frankie, who was in a wheelchair. Frankie cracked Barbara's heart wide open to understanding the many blessings of a dog with special needs.
Barbara witnessed first hand from Frankie who became paralyzed after a fall and diagnoses of IVDD, that dogs in wheelchairs can live happy, long, quality lives if given a chance. We should not take pity on pets who lose their mobility but instead celebrate and embrace their perseverance and adversity.
Along with this special fund to help paralyzed dogs, Barbara also founded National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day.  This day carries on Frankie's legacy in bringing  positive awareness to all dogs in wheelchairs around the world. You can find us on Facebook also where we share stories and photos of inspiring dogs in wheelchairs each week!
To date the fund has granted 40 wheelchairs to disabled dogs in need!

Depending on the size and the needs of a disabled dog, wheelchairs cost between $350-$1,500.

We want to help so many more dogs because we feel they deserve a chance to enjoy life to the fullest!


Barbara Techel
Elkhart Lake, WI

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