Wonka the Beagle Was Run Over; Becoming a Terrier Saved Her

A terrier rescue group gave Wonka "honorary" breed status. Now she's getting the princess treatment she deserves.

Liz Acosta  |  Apr 29th 2013

Wonka is a 7-year-old Beagle mix with a lot of spunk who’s going to one day make her forever home extremely happy. But she’s still got a long road ahead of her before she gets to snuggle up safely with some loving humans.

Wonka was hit by a car in a remote community in Canada with no access to veterinary care. Unable to care for Wonka, her human family surrendered her to Norway House Animal Rescue Network. Look, we’re not going to judge them for it — what would you do if you found yourself miles away from veterinary care and unable to afford treatment for such a severe injury?

Meanwhile, Wonka suffered through five days of agony with a shattered pelvis and severely broken leg before Earthdog Terrier Rescue stumbled across her story on Facebook. You’re all like, “Earthdog Terrier Rescue? But she’s a Beagle mix!” And you would be correct! But the organization made Wonka an honorary terrier — because, well, why not? The rescue network flew Wonka down to Winnipeg, where she was seen by Earthdog’s vet, Best Friends Animal Hospital.

Amputation would have been the quickest — although the most traumatic — treatment for Wonka, but according to Tracy McWhirter of Earthdog, Wonka is a “dignified lady” deserving of all four legs. We love it!

After being seen by Dr. Trevor Bebchuck, Wonka was outfitted with a device to help keep her leg stationary while it heals, and she will probably make a full recovery. In the meantime, Wonka gets to ride in a chariot — just like the princess she is.

Once she’s all healed up, Wonka will be up for adoption — and whoever gets her is going to be one lucky human.

Check out the Earthdog Terrier Rescue Facebook page for updates on Wonka’s progress, and if you’re feeling particularly generous, make a donation to the organization here.

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