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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Abandoned, neglected boxers.
Some of the dogs are in terrible physical and emotional condition. But most are nursed back to health and adopted out to loving families by Kacee Crawford, the adoption coordinator of the Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma.
While working with these animals, Kacee sees the tragic side of abandonment: boxers that are in dire need of basic medical needs... some that have to have a limb amputated in order to save their lives from deadly infection... some are almost starved to death.
These are kinds of challenges Kacee helps these dogs overcome.
Unfortunately, a few of the abandoned boxers can be too far gone to be saved by the time they are found. But Kacee makes sure their last days are as comfortable as possible.
That’s why her friend, Kelly Bayouth, nominated her for Pay It 4Ward.
“She gives them hope and gets them to trust humans again,” says Kelli. “It’s a wonderful thing. She's like a guardian for the boxers of Oklahoma."
When Kelli presented Kacee with the $400 Pay It 4Ward award provided by First Fidelity Bank, Kacee was moved to tears.
“Oh, I'm so surprised,” Kacee said. “I do it because I love these dogs. I just want them to find good homes. And this is not necessary, but it's very much appreciated and thank you so much! "
Kacee's line of work is not cheap. She and her family sometimes use their own money to get the boxers the medical they need at a local vet, and it’s a lot of work. But it’s a labor love for Kacee Crawford, and the wagging tails are proof of how she pays it forward to our four-legged friends.