Stray Rescue Survives Distemper and Reopens with Sponsored Adoption Fees.

October 30th was one of the most tragic days in the history of Stray Rescue. We were forced to close our doors due to a heartbreaking distemper outbreak. We are thrilled to announce that we are reopening the shelter and are ready to welcome back the dogs living on our city streets into the love and safety of our progressive no-kill shelter.

Thursday 1/19/2017 marked the Grand Re-Opening of Stray Rescue at 2320 Pine St. in St. Louis. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast to celebrate as well as remember the 43 dogs that lost their lives to the disease. 

We have also revised our adoption process to make it easier for the community to adopt, and we will no longer charge an adoption fee.  *Puppies and kittens under 6 months old not included.

Instead, the fee will be sponsored by community businesses. For more information on sponsoring adoption fees, click here.

The reason for this change is to open communication and education with the potential adopter throughout the process. “I want to engage the community so they feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves,” says Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue. Additionally, major renovations will be ongoing as our newest partner, University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Sandra Newberry, guides our team with the latest and best practices in sheltering called “fast-tracking.”

As its name implies, the premise around fast-tracking is to reduce the length of time an animal is in the shelter before being adopted by a loving family. The longer an animal stays in a shelter, the greater the chance he or she will contract a transmittable disease and suffer from stress, and stress often brings on deterioration of behavior, reducing the chance for adoption. Not only that, but as the length of stay increases, it takes a toll on the shelter and its other animals, tying up cage space, staff time, and money to fund food, housing and other needs. Nobody benefits when an animal spends even one unnecessary day in the shelter. It’s a problem that Dr. Sandra Newbury has studied closely.

“In other words, the goal for all animals, from a population management perspective, is to figure out how to move them through the system as efficiently as possible, toward whatever is their appropriate outcome. Fast-tracking … is identifying the easiest ones first, and getting them moving as efficiently as they can toward where they need to go,” Newbury explains.

Dr. Newberry and her staff plan on using Stray Rescue as a teaching shelter for other shelters across the country.

Stray Rescue appeals to the public for their continued financial support in order to raise the $150,000 necessary to replace the current housing in the largest dog care area in the shelter known as “Phase 2.”  With the community’s support, Stray Rescue will continue to be one of the premier animal rescue and shelter organizations in the country. 

“I am excited for our community and our shelter. Our hearts emotionally have been through the ringer, and I can’t express my gratitude enough for such the amazing love and support from our compassionate donors,” says Randy Grim. “I can’t wait to rescue and do my first freedom ride of the year.”

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We are available from 10am - 7pm to take your donation over the phone! Give us a call at 314-771-6121. 

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