Frieda, a four-year-old bulldog mix, has become the star of the AuSable Valley animal shelter.
Frieda was rescued in Crawford County just six months ago, but right away shelter workers could tell something was wrong.
“When she came in, obviously looking at her hips, we knew there was something wrong, her back legs and the way she walked and we found out she was deaf,” volunteer Chris Wright said.
Frieda needs two knee replacements, a major operation for her. Last month, the shelter launched a Go Fund Me page and is already halfway to its goal of raising the $10,000 needed for its operation.
They say they’ve seen an incredible response from people everywhere.
“We’ve taken her to some businesses and some people and it’s been pretty cool because people have come up to us and said, ‘Hey, is that Frieda? says Wright.
Shelter trainer Tracy Barber says the people of Cheboygan know Frieda.
“We took her the other day to a dealership [in Cheboygan] and everyone came out of their offices, they wanted to know who she was, they wanted to meet her, pet her, play with her — she has this way of her, she just greets people,” Barber said.
They hope Frieda’s story will also help raise awareness of the struggle other small shelters face when trying to give their animals the expensive care they need.
“The problem is really getting the word out,” Wright said. “You see, there are a lot of shelters and a lot of animals that are in the same situation as Frieda.”
Frieda’s surgery is scheduled for June 1 and they are still asking for as much help as possible until then.
“Even if she’s not feeling her best, she’s still ready to love you and make you happy,” Barber said. “I hope people continue to follow his story through his rehabilitation and his comeback, because it’s going to be quite a grand story.”
To donate to AuSable Valley Animal Shelter, you can visit their Facebook page.