Woman launches fundraiser to build centre for disabled dogs

Victoria Bryceson in the forest with three of her dogs
Some of the dogs that Victoria has saved (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
When lockdown struck, Victoria Bryceson was in the process of pulling together funds to build an animal centre for disabled dogs and casts. The founder of the animal welfare charity, Miracle’s Mission, had planned a series of vegan festivals in the UK, with the aim to use the profits to launch her latest project.

Unfortunately, as the pandemic has put a halt to all events, the charity is quickly running out of money – and all plans for the centre have been put on hold.

This means that canines across the country are currently at risk of dying from disease, abandonment or due to vets being forced to put them down.

Scroll down for photos of some of the dogs that Victoria has already saved.

‘Ninety per cent of disabled dogs that are seen by vets are euthanised unnecessarily so there must be literally thousands of dogs killed like this in the UK,’ Victoria said.

To save their lives, the charity founder is now turning to the public with a campaign to raise £20,000 – the equivalent of the centre’s property deposit.

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Prince the dog
Many of the dogs have horrible injuries and will not survive without help (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Miracle’s Mission already has a waiting list of dogs in urgent need of help, such as those with missing limbs or who are paralysed.

Once open, the centre will provide care for the vulnerable dogs and cats, offering veterinary assessments, MRIs, surgeries, the fitting of prosthetics and doggy wheels.

Each pup will also be given a personalised rehabilitation plan with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, as well as daily massages and TENS machine stimulation.

Additionally, they will be able to play with each other in a sensory garden and given educational toys for mental and physical stimulation.

Victoria said: ‘At the moment amputation of one leg is common practice with UK vets, as dogs can live very well and still be very active with three legs, especially if it is a back leg, as most of the weight is on the front legs.

‘However when it comes to a double amputation, leaving the dog with two legs, the general vets that I have seen in the UK have said it’s definitely not possible to do this as the dogs won’t be left with a good quality of life.

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Ella the dog cuddling her friend
The pooches have had a hard life (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)

‘The specialist hospitals seem more open to it as they have more experience in the area, but even they have problems where most of their dogs in these conditions are euthanised, not because they need to be but because in their words it is the owners of the dogs who can’t cope with the thought of a two legged-dog.

‘So there is a huge need for education in this area, amongst the public, dog owners and vets.

‘The animals coming into our care will initially all be stray dogs with nowhere else to go and no one else to help them.

‘They will either have been born with some sort of condition, such as a bent leg that they can’t walk on or they will have been in an accident – for example hit by a car or they will have been abused.’

Once the dogs (and cats) have recovered, Miracle’s Mission will then find them a forever home – but to be able to do this, people’s attitudes towards disabled animals need to change, explained Victoria.

Ella with her wheelchair on the beach
Dogs can still live a full life on three legs (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)

She said: ‘We will offer a full rehabilitation programme right through from assessment to surgery to rehabilitation, recovery and re-homing.

‘This is again why education is so important, so that people become open to adopting disabled dogs.

‘If we don’t re-home the dogs, the centre will be full on day one and then we won’t be able to help any more so it is really desperately needed that the dogs be re-homed.’

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So far, the campaign has raised £4,550. Once she reaches her goal, Victoria can build the centre in Yorkshire, which she hopes to open in 2020.

Curious about what your money will do for the disabled animals?

Just take a look below to see the amazing transformation of seven dogs that Victoria has already saved.


Disabled dog lying on a pink mattress with her back leg in a cast.
Ella has lost one of her legs (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Disabled dog on the beach with her wheelchair
She loves a nice beach walk (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Disabled dog standing in water tank
The centre will offer hydrotherapy (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Disabled dog Ella snuggling her toy
What a gorgeous face (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)


Victoria Bryson holding a puppy
Miracle, who inspired the charity’s name (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Miracle the puppy
An adorable pet (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Miracle the puppy lying in the grass
Miracle as a pup (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)


Nacho the dog
Many disabled dogs are euthanised – thankfully Nacho was saved (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Nacho the dog
A furry beauty (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)


Victoria holding her dog Prince
Prince was badly malnourished when Victoria first met him (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Prince the dog
Look at that happy face (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)

Tess & Tillie

Tess and Tillie as puppies
Two inseparable peas in a pod, quite literally (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
The dogs Tess and Tillie
Tess and Tillie now (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)


Willow the dog
Willow had injured her legs (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
Willow the dog
Willow now has a wheelchair so she can be more independent on her walks (Picture: Victoria Bryceson)
If you want to donate to the cause, you can do so on the Miracle’s Mission GoFundMe page.

Alternatively, if you want to host a fundraising event of your own, Victoria for more information.

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