GOOD VIBES - Teen Builds Wheelchairs For Disabled Animals

The dog is disabled. The dog is in a wheelchair.

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A teen in Minnesota is helping to make life easier for disabled animals and their owners. For the last year, Shaine Kilyun has been building wheelchairs for disabled pets. "I just love animals,” she says. “And I wanted to make a difference somehow." Through trial and error and a lot of hard work, the 16-year-old is improving lives with her custom designs. "I’ve made about 10,” she says. “And I’m actually going to be making one for a duck."

Currently, she’s working on a chair for a dog from Saudi Arabia named Scooter whose back legs are paralyzed. Without the use of his back legs, the two-year-old dog drags his legs behind him, getting sores and lesions on them, which can lead to infections.

Lisa Leverdiere, with Home For Life Animal Sanctuary, says it can be difficult to raise enough money for wheelchairs like these. "It’s very hard to raise money in these times,” says Leverdiere. “So for her to make not one cart but two carts for us probably saved us close to $1-thousand." Shaine collects donations for her supplies and donates her time, but the end results are priceless.

Anyone who wants to support Shaine’s work can donate on Zelle to

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