Animal advocate receives High 5

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- She runs after a toddler at home, works two jobs, goes to school and on top of all that -- runs her own animal rescue program.

This Thanksgiving, her husband wanted to express his gratitude for her hard work and acknowledge the difference she is making in the lives of dozens of animals, so we honored her with a High 5.

It started like any other day at work for Stacie Ward. That is, until we showed up.

Stacie works at the West Valley Animal Shelter and it's clear she has a soft spot for animals. About two years ago, inspired to foster homeless pets herself, she decided to do more and started her own nonprofit rescue shelter.

Matt Ward, Stacie's husband says, "The only reward is just getting the dogs home, but there's not a lot -- no paycheck or nothing so I just wanted to make sure she got some recognition,"

Stacie says the reward is something much more meaningful.

"Just getting these animals the second chance that they deserve. I mean, they're great animals, they're in a position where they didn't get the love or attention they needed. I mean, they deserve a chance," she says.

Over the years, Stacie has helped save more than 70 homeless dogs and cats and has inspired dozens of people along the way.

Friend Lina Thomas says, "Touching. Who does this? Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week she's on call for any animal, anybody. It's just amazing."

Stacie says it's worth the time and effort.

"Trust me, they definitely look at you and they just have so much appreciation. Just look in their eyes and you can tell that when you take them from this facility, I mean, this facility is great, but it gives them a chance to actually evolve," she says. "When they have that type of environment and they can tell that people love them, I mean, they're just amazing. They truly are."

A special woman, giving some precious animals a chance at a happy life.

Stacie received tickets to the upcoming Pioneer Theater production of "A Christmas Story" playing through Dec. 19.

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