Since 1998, the mission of Stray Rescue of St. Louis is to lead the way toward 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, abused, or neglected. 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. Stray Rescue of St. Louis is the largest no-kill organization in the city of St. Louis and surrounding area.
Virtually all of the pets we save have been abused and neglected. They've been dumped on highways or remote country roads. Abandoned in public parks, empty houses and dark alleys. Rescued from the torment of being bait dogs or prize fighters in dog fighting rings. We even save dogs left chained behind buildings and locked in houses after their owners had moved away.
“Pets from Stray Rescue seem to understand that they have a second lease on life. In return for a little affection and attention, these remarkable animals reward their new owners with a love and loyalty unmatched anywhere.” ~ Randy Grim, Founder.
At Stray Rescue of St. Louis, we believe that every animal is an individual and should be treated as such. Any animal who has the courage to survive the horrors and dangers of street life deserves a chance at health, comfort, love and happiness. We go to great lengths to restore each rescued animal to health – both mentally and physically – before helping them find their loving forever home.
Randy Grim officially founded Stray Rescue of St. Louis out of necessity in 1998 after years of rescuing homeless and abused dogs off the streets and realizing there were no other resources available to help them. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization opened its first shelter in Lafayette Square. Randy believed so strongly in his vision to end the suffering and to save the unwanted animals of St. Louis that he purchased the 18th Street shelter with his life savings.
For nearly two decades, Randy’s unwavering commitment to saving the dogs that other shelters turned away has resulted in thousands of lives being saved from the horrors of street life before being adopted by their loving families. Over the years, Stray Rescue has grown to include two shelters within the city of St. Louis, over 60 staff members, 1,000 volunteers and 300 foster families.
Awards & Media
Stray Rescue and Randy Grim have been very fortunate to receive a great deal of positive publicity from local and national newspapers, television, radio stations and magazines. Randy’s tireless efforts to make St. Louis and the world a better and safer place for animals and those who love them have not gone unrecognized.
Awards received by Stray Rescue and Randy Grim:
- Homeless Animal Day 1998 presented by Operation Spot
- Best Animal Lover presented by PAWS 1998
- E-Achievement Award 1999 presented by "E" television
- Resolution from State Legislators commending my work 1999
- Best Volunteer Organization 2000 presented by Riverfront Times
- Hardee's Hometown Hero 2000
- Best of St. Louis 2001 from St. Louis Magazine
- Thanksgiving Editor's choice from St. Louis Post Dispatch 2001
- Red Cross Lifesaver Award 2002
- St. Louis FOCUS award for "innovative solutions." 2003
- In Defense of Animals Guardian Award 2003
- Rockwood School District Award 2004
- 2006 Animal Kingdom Kindred Spirit Award from the Doris Day Animal Foundation
- 2006 Nomination for The American Humane Association's Best Practice initiative for our Adoption Program.
- 2006 IPPY Award for Miracle Dog book
- 2006 Animal Writers Association 1st Runner Up for Miracle Dog
- 2007 Doris Day's Animal Angel Award
- 2008 Chrissie Award from Best Friends Society
- 2008 Clayton Chamber of Commerce Award
- 2008 Nominated for St. Louis Area Person of the Year
- 2008 Zootoo $1 Million Shelter Makeover Contest Winner
- 2009 Alive Magazine's Most Buzzed About People
Television Programs where Randy has been featured:
- NBC's Today Show
- Animal Planet
- The John Walsh Show
- PAX's It's A Miracle
- CBS News
- CBS Early Morning Show
- Access Hollywood
- Weather Channel
- Entertainment Tonight
- Local St. Louis television stations
National magazines where Randy has been featured:
- The Advocate
- National Geographic
- Entertainment Today
- Barc Magazine
- Numerous dog and animal magazines