Moving to Rescue
Organized by: Rob Hinrichs
Hello friends, family, and fellow animal advocates. Many of you know me personally, or have known my wife, and myself for a long time now online. For those who don’t know us, my name is Rob, my wife’s name is Roxann and we have an incredible toddler named James. As a couple my wife and I have rescued animals from high kill shelters, neglectful, or abusive homes, and taken in strays for the last going on 10 years now. I, as well as my wife have always loved animals, and both grew up with them. When we came together I had fallen ill, and was no longer able to work a typical 9 to 5, I fell into a depression for awhile, and wasn’t doing much of anything. We lived near to some teenage party animals at the time, and they were neglecting a couple pregnant cats, the cats were eating cigarette butts, and one got stuck in the couch and ended up with a stump for a paw, when it got string wrapped around it’s paw for a few days without anyone noticing; Point being, we took the cats from them with no protesting. They had their babies since they were about to pop, so suddenly we had a bunch of kittens. We adopted a couple of them, and found loving homes for the rest. We moved, and when we were in the mall they had visiting shelter dogs and we adopted our first rescue dog together, who we still have (she is the pack leader around here) Not working I spent a lot of my time networking for the animals in need online, which is when I came across the first pit I would take in. I thought he was smaller, and when his former family opened the car door for me to greet him, I saw he was about 100 pounds, my first time with the breed mind you.... he proved to be a gentle giant though that would introduce me to, and make me fall in love with the breed and their temperaments. Since Jaden, our first Pit all those years ago, we have rescued somewhere in the ballpark of 60 dogs, most of which were Bully Breeds, only because they are so misunderstood and persecuted but we have never said no to any breed, as long as we have could accommodate. I was working on a 501c3 to start my own Rescue, since I could take care of dogs on my own schedule despite being ill. I got halfway through that process and we had to move due to issues with the landlord and our dogs, they are our family and if they are not welcome, we move on. When we got here, I found out, that despite moving here to rescue and utilize the huge pole barn on the property, it doesn’t meet requirements to house animals, and would cost a lot to make it acceptable for them to sign off on me running the rescue from my home. That and the severity of the winters here, has forced us to house our 11 dogs and 5 cats in the house with us, two adults and a toddler in a very small three bedroom house, but neither of us will house them in a way that isn’t secure, safe, and free from the elements, so that is how we have been living. I now have an opportunity to go work at an amazing rescue/sanctuary one of the few places I can pick up and take all our dogs to. I will be able to once again do rescue work, and on a much larger scale. My friend who runs the rescue, is in need of dependable help, and we are in need of getting out of here, and getting settled in with our dogs there. Some of you have so graciously helped us in the past with animal related expenses, and been incredibly supportive of the work we have done. I thank you all again for helping us then, and if you are able once more, ANY and ALL help is GREATLY appreciated. To those who are new friends here, if you feel you want to donate to our cause, we appreciate any amount at all, and the money will go to the safe transport of our rescues, and the cost to get to our new temporary home at the rescue/sanctuary. Once there, I will be able to get back to work for the animals.