Updated: Monday, 28 Dec 2009, 4:06 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 24 Dec 2009, 3:29 PM CST
MOBILE, Ala. - A paraplegic dog that has lived on her own since she was a puppy now has a warm place to lay her head.
Eight years ago, Noel was run over. Since then, she hasn't been able to use her back legs.
"Bones start to heal on their own, and so that's what her legs did after she was hit by a car. They healed, they just didn't heal properly and so that's why she's dragging them around. So she is a paraplegic," said Lindsey Carter.
A volunteer from the Animal Rescue Foundation in Mobile rescued Noel three weeks ago.
"She has sores all over her legs from where she's been dragging them around for eight years. She's had a rough life and at ARF we don't like our dogs to suffer any more than they have to," said Carter.
So volunteers found a wheelchair company that donated a wheelchair to Noel.
"Now she gets around quite well as you can see and she's learning quickly. She's a very smart girl," Carter added.
Noel may not be able to get around quite as good as other dogs, but just like every other dog, she loves her treats.
"She's a normal, happy, loving dog. Nothing other than the wheelchair separates her from any other dog," said Carter.
The sores on Noel's legs are starting to heal, but her eyes tell the story of a dog that until now, has felt nothing but pain all of her life.
"She's a trooper, she's made it this far. Any dog that's not in any pain does not deserve to be euthahanized or to die," Carter said.
Now she needs a forever home with someone who can give her the little extra TLC that she deserves.
If you would like to adopt Noel, you can contact the Animal Rescue Foundation at 251-478-9743.