Letters For Lucy began in September 2012, when Lucy, a Certified Therapy Dog and Canine Good Citizen was banned from a local school because she is a pit bull. After a successful visit to the school, the Superintendent stated that he read articles about pit bulls and Lucy would not be allowed back in to their therapy program, solely based on the way she looked. Lucy’s Mom was disheartened to have to tell her daughter that Lucy had a great visit at her school but she couldn’t return because of the way she looked. When she told her 7-year-old this story, she asked “Mommy, why are they bullying our dog?” This was such a powerful statement that Lucy’s Mom knew she had to do something about this. She couldn’t walk away while the educators of this school taught fear and ignorance. Letters for Lucy was launched to gather letters of support from local parents and present these to the school. We did just that, however, in the process, Lucy’s story struck such a cord with people throughoug the country as well as across the globe. Not only were people outraged by the discrimination Lucy faced but also because of the message that was being sent to the children of this school.
Lucy’s mission quickly evolved. Upon completion of addressing the school board by Lucy supporters at the November 2012 meeting, The Lucy Girls had a decision to make. Do they continue to fight the fight and educate for this breed or pack it in? They made the decision to continue on and start a 501(c), non-profit organization. Our mission is to participate in local school dog therapy programs, promotion of positive awareness of pit bulls, participate in the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs, and educate the public on the discrimination from Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).