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Every day at the SPCA of Texas, we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome victims of animal cruelty. Our lives are filled with stories that range from the heartbreaking to the happy, but sometimes we get to witness transformations that truly lift our spirits and remind us why we do what we do.
Ace came to us one year ago this week; a phrase many of us here at the SPCA of Texas didn’t think we’d get to utter. He came to us a tiny, malnourished puppy with neurological issues. This is a tragic, though not uncommon, result of backyard breeding and inbreeding.
Despite the myriad obstacles to recovery, we knew that we could give Ace a chance at life through medical care and lots of patience and love. Our incredible veterinarians did everything in their power to treat his medical conditions and hoped for the best, staying at the ready to be there whenever he needed medical care. Although he continued improving with treatment, with his neurological issues, Ace would never be a normal puppy. Due to this, Ace needed a permanent foster home where his condition could be closely monitored, otherwise known as fospice. Thankfully, everyone knew the best team for the job.
No one was sure how long Ace had to live. Things were touch and go at the start. One problem would appear to get better, then another would pop up.
While the veterinarians and everyone who had grown to love Ace were concerned about his condition, Ace Man, as he was eventually known, kept improving and immediately became a source of light to all who met him.
This tiny, frail little puppy was undoubtedly a fighter and an absolute angel.
That’s when Rick and Iris decided to track his story with a special mantra.
“When we gave him the tag #AceManCan, there was always a hope against hope that he could recover from his terrible and frail beginnings and have a life worth living. It is still playing out, but this guy is a testament to a dog’s will to live, professional care by SPCA of Texas staff and a little bit of broiled chicken.” – Rick Warner
When Ace first came to us, he couldn’t even walk. But it was obvious from the beginning that there was no stopping this puppy from trying. It wasn’t pretty at first, but Ace was determined to keep up with his new siblings. If these old dogs could do it, then by golly, he could too! Through trial and error, Ace learned to walk, play and even climb up onto the couch.
Some days are better than others, but the good days are so worth it. Ace will always have limitations due to his neurological issues and deformities, but, in addition to gaining four pounds this year, Ace’s latest bloodwork results came back almost normal! From where Ace was one year ago, almost normal feels like a million bucks.
One year after the SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigators rescued Ace, we still don’t know exactly what the future holds, but there is one thing we know to be certain:
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