Freya was raised at the Freshfields Animal Shelter in Merseyside, UK. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has epilepsy and no one was willing to adopt her. Over the course of Freya’s 6-year stay at the shelter, about 18,000 people looking to adopt a dog have walked away from her.
More then 50 other dogs were adopted from the shelter before Freya. The poor dog even became known as “the world’s loneliest dog,” after a Facebook post about her went viral.
Enter Michael Bay
Freya was soon discovered by the acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker Michael Bay. But Bay didn’t just give her a home. He had Freya flown out to Hollywood and cast to star in the fifth ‘Transformers’ movie. That’s right.
The director/produsor Tweeted “We gave the Loneliest Dog, a role in Transformers. Freya, who has epilepsy, has been in shelter all her 6-years of life. Well we’re also going to find her a good home.”
If you’re wondering why Bay didn’t adopt Frea himself, he says it’s because he already has two terriers. To be fair, he later added that if the ‘world’s loneliest dog’ doesn’t find a home, “she will stay at my house. Welcome to the cast Freya!”
Behind the Scenes
What Michael Bay did was amazingly generous. But let’s not forget who the real heroes are. It was the amazing people at Freshfields Animal Shelter, who raised the star-to-be doggy. They took care of her for six years, despite her illness. (Not to mention getting her a role in an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster.)
The Telegraph reached out to Debbie Hughes, the shelter employee who wrote the “world’s loneliest dog” Facebook post. Even during the interview, Hughes kept trying to get the word out. She described Freya as “a beautiful dog with an even more beautiful personality. Surely that will shine through to the right person.”
As you can probably guess, nowadays, quite a few people want to adopt Frea. A Freshfields spokesperson suggested that they’ll have to choose from hundreds of families to find the best fit for her.
“We have had a fantastic response to our appeal for a new home for Freya, with lots of interest shown from around the world as well as closer to home in the UK. We are thrilled at the opportunity of a movie deal for Freya and at such interest and support from a major film director who is also a dedicated animal advocate”