Here's How Britain's Loneliest Dog Became A Movie Star

Freya, a sweet-faced and affectionate AmStaff mix, had spent nearly her entire life in a shelter. Freshfields Animal Rescue in Liverpool took her in as a stray when she was only a few months old, and although the shelter received more than 18,000 visitors over the following six years, none of them wanted to give Freya a home.

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In addition to being an adult dog of an unpopular breed (both major hurdles in terms of adoptability, unfortunately) Freya also has epilepsy.

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Though the condition is highly manageable, many potential forever families may have been unnerved by the challenge of caring for a large, energetic dog with a permanent seizure disorder. Freshfields loved Freya and wanted her to find a home where she would be embraced both for her strengths and her struggles.

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The Mirror picked up her story and dubbed her “Britain’s loneliest dog.” The headline caught the eye of director Michael Bay, who decided to give Freya’s chances a boost by giving her a role in his upcoming movie – Transformers 5, right alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins!

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Freya did beautifully during filming, proving that despite her (literally) sheltered life, she was completely up for new challenges. She got the chance to celebrate her success when during the course of filming, a family which had been interested in her prior to her film deal decided they were ready to take the plunge and welcome a new member of the family.

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“The Loneliest Dog” now has a loving home, with humans Jackie and Ray and dog-friends Joanie and Teddy. Her people report that she is doing well settling in and learning to be part of a family. Photos on her Facebook page, which is managed by Freshfields Shelter, show a joyful dog basking in love and new experiences. It’s a classic Hollywood ending to her story - and who knows, with a blockbuster-to-be already under her belt, maybe she’ll be starring in a film of her ownone day.

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