This heart-touching story comes to us all the way from Minnesota.
Last year, a young girl from Champlin was honored for her volunteer work building wheelchairs for disabled animals in her spare time.
A Minnesota high school student with a penchant for disabled animals has made it her mission to provide them with movement. Shaine Kilyun, 16, started constructing hand-crafted pet wheelchairs for animals in need two years ago after going through some YouTube tutorials and going through a process of trial and error.
Kilyun’s mobility gadgets, which she creates in her own time, are transforming furry lives for the better and even saving creatures who would otherwise be euthanized.
Kilyun has only charged for the cost of her materials since starting Wheelies Dog and Cat Wheelchairs, which offers “custom, handmade, and low-priced wheelchairs for specially-abled dogs, cats, and pets.”
The cost savings are often significant—one of her innovations costs $300 vs $1,000 for similar equipment for large-breed dogs from more traditional manufacturers.
To date, the diligent teen has designed mobility devices for anything from a little Chihuahua in Ohio to a Great Dane in Oregon and has put together close to a dozen front-support, full-support, and back-support models, depending on the animal’s specific demands.
She’s created a one-of-a-kind mobility assistance for a hedgehog in addition to dogs and cats. What’s next on her to-do list? A duck-mobile designed specifically for transporting ducks.
Kilyun has broadened her outreach to include shelter pets, as she had hoped from the start. Scooter, a paraplegic puppy that arrived at the United States from Saudi Arabia via the Home For Life Animal Sanctuary, an organization that gives creatures who might be considered unadoptable a second shot at life.
Kilyun is motivated to keep up the good work, and despite the fact that times are tough, she says she is grateful for the generous people who are still willing to provide her with financial support.
Donations can be made via Zelle to Wheeliesdogwheelchairs@gmail.com to help give a dog, cat (or duck) a fresh “leash on life.”
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