Dogfighting, tornadoes and historical flooding. Louisiana reaches out to Stray Rescue
St. Louis, Missouri (February 24, 2017) – Stray Rescue of St. Louis is no stranger to Louisiana. The organization was a first responder to Hurricane Katrina and Gustav, rescuing and bringing back over 150 dogs to St. Louis for care and safety. Last year Stray Rescue assisted with rescuing victims of a dogfighting ring in St. Landry Parish, saving seven pit bulls. Stray Rescue will be leaving for Louisiana on Wednesday March 1st at 7am from its main shelter location on Pine Street in downtown St. Louis. They will be taking an RV and van with a team of 4 including founder, Randy Grim.
Stacy Allerman of The St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue, a rural shelter in Opelousas, Louisiana reached out to Stray Rescue’s founder with a real sense of urgency. Their plight had made recent national headlines as they still try to recover from what most people in animal rescue would call a triple threat. Increased dogfighting, tornadoes and historical flooding. “Rescue groups mainly take the cutesy wootsy fluffy dogs and leave the big dogs behind, especially pit bull and mixes,” Allerman said. She continued that “the Louisiana residents who fled the flooding (30,000 people) left their chained dogs to die. Now they might after being saved,” meaning that they are at immediate risk of being euthanized.
“After talking with Stacy, how could we turn our backs? I couldn’t hang up knowing I just killed 40 dogs for she said this was their last hope…..us!” said Randy Grim, Founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
"Now what you have is animals coming out of hiding," according to Robert Misseri, founder of Guardians of Rescue. "Animals wandering lost, hurt, starving. This is what you're dealing with on an everyday basis."
Tia Torres, star of Animal Planet’s Pitbulls and Parolees, said to the media on Sunday, “The one thing everyone needs to take into consideration is....HEARTWORMS; you must be able to handle these potential medical expenses.”
Stray Rescue is banking on the St. Louis community to rally by supporting what we do best, saving lives! Donate now, it will be matched and will have an direct impact on saving these abused souls.
Urgently need temporary foster homes and adoptive homes, contact Stray Rescue ASAP