Abandoned black lab in wheelchair gets adopted and will bring joy by visiting children with special needs

Abandoned black lab in wheelchair gets adopted and will bring joy by visiting children with special needs

Maggie, a black Labrador Retriever, has found her forever home with a California family who owns a nonprofit serving people with special needs.
Maggie, a black Labrador Retriever, has found her forever home with a California family who owns a nonprofit serving people with special needs. Source: GMA – Credit: Penny Yearsley

It’s true that most people go straight for the young and lively puppies when they’re on the hunt to adopt a furry companion. But would you adopt a dog in a wheelchair? Well one family did just that and they have big plans for her too – bringing happiness, joy and courage to children who also have special needs.

A dog with a heart of gold has found her forever home with a family that owns a nonprofit serving people with special needs.

Maggie, a black Labrador Retriever, was adopted this month by the Yearsley family of Moreno Valley, California. The 5-year-old pup was abandoned at a local vet clinic after a back injury left her immobile.

“Maggie, she doesn’t know she has a disability, that’s the amazing part of it,” said Tim Stoaks, president of Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter, which financially supports the shelter where Maggie was cared for. “Our local animal shelter took very good care of her and the volunteers were really enthusiastic about her.”

Maggie, a black Labrador Retriever, was adopted this month by the Yearsley family of Moreno Valley, California.
Maggie, a black Labrador Retriever, was adopted this month by the Yearsley family of Moreno Valley, California. Source: GMA – Credit: Penny Yearsley

Stoaks said Maggie has used a wheelchair since March. She was later transported to Newport Beach Animal Shelter where she was placed for adoption.

Maggie’s new human companion, Penny Yearsley, told “GMA” she saw Maggie’s photo on the news.

Maggie, a 5-year-old pup, was abandoned at a local vet clinic after a back injury left her immobile.
Maggie, a 5-year-old pup, was abandoned at a local vet clinic after a back injury left her immobile. Source: GMA – Credit: Penny Yearsley

“I said she needs a new home — a loving home, a special home and that’s what we have,” Yearsley said. “I said if it’s meant to be, it’s going to happen.”

Yearsley officially brought Maggie home on June 9.

Despite obstacles, Maggie is a loving dog who likes going on walks and playing with her yellow ball.

Maggie was adopted by Penny Yearsley on June 9, 2019. Yearsley and her family own a nonprofit called Bill's Special Kids, where they invite 130 children with special needs and their families to do fun activities.
Maggie was adopted by Penny Yearsley on June 9, 2019. Yearsley and her family own a nonprofit called Bill’s Special Kids, where they invite 130 children with special needs and their families to do fun activities. Source: GMA – Credit: Penny Yearsley

Yearsley hopes Maggie can eventually serve as a mascot to kids with special needs. Yearsley and her family own a nonprofit called Bill’s Special Kids, where 130 children with special needs and their families are invited each year to do fun activities like movie nights, baseball, bowling, swimming, dance and more.

Despite obstacles, Maggie is a lovable dog who likes going on walks and playing with her yellow ball.
Despite obstacles, Maggie is a lovable dog who likes going on walks and playing with her yellow ball. Source: GMA – Credit: Penny Yearsley

On Saturday, Maggie will visit the kids at a local bowling ally.

“They can say, ‘Here’s a dog with special needs. If she can do it, I can do it too,'” Yearsley said.

Yearsley said she has a nephew with Down syndrome and a nephew with autism and both have bonded with Maggie.

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