Update 8/22/2019: Lady Cherie's family has recently learned that her missing front paw is a result of trauma and not a birth defect. She needs urgent surgery to remove the bones in her leg that are causing her pain. If you want to help save Lady Cherie's leg, you can make a donation here.
Tyrella Frank and her best friend Renee Bourne had intended to adopt a black dog at a local adoption event in San Antonio, Texas. Instead their eyes fell on Lady Cherie — a white Lab mix with a missing paw, and a sign on her kennel that said, "Experienced handlers only."
"We kind of just fell in love," Frank told The Dodo.