Dog rescued from crumbling house finds forever home: ‘Happy Ending’

A rescue center recently shared the feel-good story of a dog who’s lived his best life in a new home for the past year.

But Lily Monet the dog didn’t have the easiest of starts — in fact, she was rescued from a rather unusual predicament that shocked viewers and led to widespread praise for her rescuers.

Stay Rescue of St. Louis was founded in 1998 and has been rescuing strays from the city streets ever since.

Narrated by Natalie Thomson from Stray Rescue of St. Louis news week: “We give the dogs we rescue the time they need to recover, be it emotionally, physically or both. Not only do we not kill, but we are sparing no expense treating the seriously injured and need a second chance.”

Lily Monet, the dog rescued in St. Louis
A picture of rescued dog Lily Monet as she was found trapped in the abandoned house, left, and a picture of Lily Monet celebrating her adoption day in her new home, right.
Stray rescue from St.Louis

The rescue center, which rescues about 3,000 dogs and cats each year, keeps over 100 animals in its shelter and has over 500 active foster families, enabling them to help even more animals.

Three-year-old puppy Lily Monet was rescued from a horrific situation a year ago – trapped on the top floor of an abandoned and crumbling house.

Thomson explained, “We can’t say exactly what happened or how Lily Monet found her way to the roof of this abandoned house. The basement was flooded due to a burst pipe and the first floor was very dangerous with lots of holes in the floor.

“Several steps were missing from the stairs to the top floor and there was a gaping hole in the basement. Lily had somehow gotten to the top of this house and couldn’t come down. It’s entirely possible that the stairs collapsed as she climbed them. There are many abandoned houses in St. Louis and stray dogs take shelter and hide in them.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) estimates that there are around 70 million homeless dogs and cats struggling to survive in the United States every day.

A concerned neighbor had spotted the trapped pup sticking her head out the window and called Stray Rescue. Soon the team was on their way to help Lily Monet.

Dog rescued from abandoned house
A picture of Lily Monet the dog when she was found on the top floor of the abandoned house in St.Louis. She was rescued by Stray Rescue of St. Louis a year ago and has been loving life in her new home ever since.
Stray rescue from St.Louis

“The entire rescue probably took about an hour,” Thomson explained. “The longest part was finding a way to climb the stairs safely.”

A video shared by the team documents the horrific conditions in which the dog was found and the hair-raising rescue for all to see.

Thankfully, Lily’s story has a happy ending and the beloved pup has been safe in her forever home for the past year.

“Lily Monet is doing great,” Thomson said. “She trusted us and was heartbroken from the moment we loaded her into the rescue jeep. We helped her gain weight safely and slowly, and then she was ready for her forever home.

“Her parents met her and knew right away that she was for them. Since adopting her, they have moved into a house with a large garden and are spoiling her. They gave her a life of love and respect and they adore her.”

Lily Monet, the rescued dog, celebrates
Pictures of Lily Monet in her new home celebrating with her owners. After being rescued from an abandoned building, the 3-year-old dog is now living her best life.
Stray rescue from St.Louis

With thousands of likes and hundreds of comments, Stray Rescue of St. Louis followers shared their joy at Lily Monet’s happy ending on Facebook.

“What a wonderful happy ending story,” said one commenter, while another wrote, “So happy for this sweet sweet baby! She never needs to experience hunger or neglect again.”

“The poor soul must have been horrified,” wrote another commenter. “Thank God you found her.”

“Such a happy ending and a beautiful skin and bones transformation into a healthy, happy girl,” another commented on the Facebook post.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis continues to help animals like Lily Monet every day, operating without government funding thanks to the generous hearts of community members.

“We’re always looking for foster families to help us save more lives and for donations to make our work possible,” Thomson said.

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Rick Schindler

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