Last year, when we added Lily—a pit bull— to our family, I had that same feeling that the simple act of adopting a dog would prove to change my life and the lives of others in unforeseen and powerful ways. Lily was surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) by her breeder who found her litter’s markings undesirable. Ironically, I am pretty sure that Lily’s markings were the last thing on that little boy’s mind as he reached for her in the hallway that day.
In addition to visiting a variety of facilities through our therapy dog work, Lily and I partner with local organizations to collect donations for MCAS. Russ Angell, Director of Tennis at the Woodlands Country Club Tennis Pro Shop, has generously donated several hundred tennis balls to benefit MCAS and the pit bulls seized from the Spindletop sanctuary. Lily also participated as one of the “Dogs of Character” in Healing Species of Texas’ assemblies at River Oaks Elementary and James Berry Elementary. Students heard Lily’s story and learned how making assumptions based on physical appearances can be harmful to us all.
Fortunately, for the people Lily has positively impacted, MCAS recognizes that, just like people, dogs are individuals and that any breed or type of dog has the potential to do great things when given the opportunity. Even the rejected and misunderstood can overcome adversity and show true beauty in helping others and make a positive impact on another’s life.
Lily is a registered Pet Partners therapy dog, a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog through Intermountain Therapy Animals, and works locally through Montgomery County Pet Partners. Follow Lily’s journey on facebook: Lily. PitBull Ambassador.