BENEFITING: STRAY RESCUE OF ST LOUIS
ORGANIZER: STRAY RESCUE OF ST LOUIS
EVENT: 2013 GO! For A Cause
EVENT DATE: Apr 06, 2013
Once again, I will be running the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon with the Stray Rescue Running Buddies team. I have set a fundraising goal of $500, and all donations go directly to the dogs! My Running Buddy, Rhett, has recently been adopted!! I am so happy that he has found his forever home! There are still a lot of dogs at Stray Rescue searching for a loving family, though. You can meet the dogs available for adoption and read their stories here: http://strayrescue.org/adopt .
For those of you who don't know me, I volunteer at Stray Rescue with my two wonderful roommates. Seeing the dogs at the shelter breaks my heart and I wish I could bring them all home with me. Unfortunately, that is not an option. The dogs are definitely in a better place than they were, though, and your donations can help keep this amazing organization going. Every dollar counts!
PLEASE help me reach my fundraising goal and donate to a very good cause. Like I said before, ALL donations go directly to the dogs! They deserve a second chance at life!
Why Donate to Stray Rescue?
Stray Rescue is special in many ways. Listed below are some of the reasons why Stray Rescue is unique and you can be assured that your donations to Stray Rescue will be put to good use:
♦ Stray Rescue believes that any animal, which can endure the horrors of living on the mean city streets, deserves to medically rehabilitated and found a loving home regardless of cost.
♦ We operate two no-kill shelters and save approximately 800-1000 dogs annually.
♦ 100% of our adoptable animals will go to their forever home regardless of how long it takes to find it.
♦ Stray Rescue pays for behavioral training when necessary to ensure every dog finds a good home.
♦ Over 200 volunteers donate time to Stray Rescue so that funds received can be used directly for the dogs. Volunteers do the following: walk the dogs 4 times daily, feed, medicate and play with the dogs, foster them in their home, take them to adoption events or home for the weekend, clean the shelters, donate supplies, pay for veterinarian bills for their foster dogs, manage the website, takes dogs to the vet, manage the adoption and local fundraising events and more!!!
♦ Randy and his team of rescue assistants frequently go into abandoned or burned out buildings, junkyards, very dangerous neighborhoods and the woods to save a dog or a litter of puppies.
♦ We try to rescue as many pregnant females and puppies as possible to help end the overpopulation problem.
♦ Stray Rescue has cleared out entire dog packs in many St. Louis and East St. Louis neighborhoods.
♦ The street dogs are fed daily to help them survive until they are rescued.
♦ Whenever possible, shelter from the winter cold is created using bales of hay.
♦ Volunteers spend hours working with the feral dogs to help socialize them so they can find their forever home.
♦ Randy Grim has worked tireless with the Mayor of St. Louis to change the city ordinances to reflect the verbiage animal guardian instead of animal owner. Consequently, Mayor Slay declared St. Louis a Guardian City and December 3 has been declared Guardian Day in St. Louis.
♦ Stray Rescue donated the funding to the St. Louis city pound so that lethal injection would be used for euthanasia instead of the barbaric gas chamber.
♦ Randy donates much of his time to help the St. Louis city pound doing committee work and to raise the funds for the new city pound that will be built with private donations.
♦ Stray Rescue works collaboratively with other animal welfare organizations as well.
♦ Randy Grim and Quentin, the Miracle Dog who survived the St. Louis City gas chamber, travel around the country speaking at animal events promoting the concept of animal guardianship, the need for no kill shelters, adopting from shelters, etc.
♦ Randy and Stray Rescue have received numerous awards and national
♦ recognition. See our awards page for a partial list of achievements.
On behalf of the dogs, THANK YOU for supporting Stray Rescue!
STRAY RESCUE OF ST LOUIS wrote -
We at Stray Rescue have always known that one of the keys to finding more warm and loving homes for dogs starts immediately after they are rescued from the harsh streets. Once a dog is brought into the shelter and cared for medically, the behavioral rehabilitation process really begins. One of our top priorities is a strong enrichment program, and the Running Buddies program is one of our finest.
The goal of the Running Buddies Enrichment Program is to build awareness of Stray Rescue’s mission by collaborating with our community’s running enthusiasts, the companies they work for, and the fitness organizations to which they belong. The program seeks to enrich the lives of shelter dogs while making them more adoptable through exercise and exposure to environments outside of the shelter, as well as highlight and strengthen the human/dog bond. We also seek to promote health and wellness for program participants and provide those who cannot own a dog with the opportunity to experience the joy of spending time with them.
This program is a fun, unique, and meaningful way to stay in shape while enriching the lives of shelter dogs as they await their loving forever homes. All participants have to do is visit Stray Rescue’s Pine Street shelter and “check out” their buddy… then they’re off and running!
For the second year in a row, members of Team Running Buddies are representing Stray Rescue’s homeless companion animals in the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend. This compassionate, dynamic community is working hard to raise awareness of the importance of shelter pet enrichment while raising much-needed funding for shelter training and enrichment programs. Please consider joining our cause, and go Team Running Buddies!
About Stray Rescue of St. Louis
Stray Rescue’s mission is to lead the way towards making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection, and no stray is euthanized merely because he or she has been abandoned or neglected. As part of our mission, Stray Rescue is out on the streets daily taking a progressive, proactive approach to establishing a permanent resolution to the stray companion animal problem through dedicated rescue efforts, sheltering, community outreach programs, education, collaborations, and the encouragement of responsible pet guardianship.