When Posh Pets Rescue saw a little white pup listed as “free” on Craigslist, they knew they had to act quickly.

This dog, who would later be named Lexi, was born with a rare disease that meant her front legs didn’t grow in normally. Her inability to walk made her vulnerable, and being listed as “free” meant that someone was simply looking to get rid of her — no matter who took her or how they would treat her.

dog with no front legs

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Luckily, Posh Pets got to her in time — or, rather, a dedicated volunteer named Mary Fayet did. Mary, with Lexi in her arms, turned out to be more than simply a “transport” for the rescue. Instead, she decided that she and Lexi would become family.