“She's absolutely changing lives as these clients have changed her life.”
Lacy knows what it means to be given a second—and even a third—chance, and now, back from death’s door, the sweet Texas pup is paying it forward.
The petite pit bull mix was living in a Houston-area animal shelter when Hurricane Harvey rolled through last year. As the monster storm approached, Lacy, a stray, was kicked out to the shelter to make room for other animals that had owners.
That’s where San Antonio Pets Alive stepped in. The non-profit was able to save 90 animals, including Lacy. Maureen O'Nell, SAPA executive director, recalled to KHOU how even in the mayhem, Lacy made a point to be noticed, jumping on her lap and licking her face.
Even though she was in good spirits, Lacy was a mess.
"She had numerous scars all over her body. She had probably been in some fights, trying to get resources, trying to get food," O'Nell told KHOU. "She was very, very thin. She had infections from her nose to her tail. She was in rough shape.”
“What we do at San Antonio Pets Alive, is we save the lives of animals that have already been deemed too many,” she continued. “There's nobody showing up for them. There's nobody looking out for them. There's nobody that's saying, 'we're going to save those animals.'"
After nursing her back to health, O'Nell posted a picture of Lacy on social media.
Trish Frye, the director of operations at San Antonio Recovery Center, just so happened to be looking for a support animal for the addition center when she spotted the photo. She knew that Lacy was the perfect match.
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"She's brought a whole new spirit to the San Antonio Recovery Center. She brings them purpose. Clients take on feeding her, giving her a bath, sometimes they even argue over who gets that job," Frye told KHLOU. "It's so neat to watch them understand that while she has a history, she has a past, and has been treated horribly in her past, that she can turn around and pour out love and pour out understanding and forgive. And they can do the same thing."
Frye said Lacy has even convinced people to come to treatment.
"When they meet the dog, they go 'okay,'” explained Frye. “She's the convincing factor like this feels like home. She's absolutely changing lives as these clients have changed her life."