Rescue Rewind Of A Tough Rescue: Making A Difference Takes A Toll

On a dreary day, Randy and the Stray Rescue team sprung into action after noticing quite a few strays were coming to and from a couple of houses on Lee Avenue. When we arrived, we found more than a few... in fact, the house was like a clown car with seemingly never-ending stream of dogs exiting the house. This is a story on the reality of the homeless dog overpopulation problem in St. Louis, the toll it takes on Stray Rescue as we relentlessly work to make a lasting impact, and how we as people have a responsibility to safeguard our closest of four-legged companions.

This was truly a huge pack, and every dog looked worse than the next. As we approached the first house, dogs were darting everywhere to take cover and seek protection. An uneasy feeling was in the air, as multiple drug busts were happening on that very same street.

With the decrepit house falling down and the severe conditions of some of the dogs, it was very clear something had to be done immediately or these dogs would continue reproducing in that house, compounding the problem. 

Randy immediately went to the roof, where a mom, now named Marquessa of Landsdowne, was precariously perched. It took some patience, but we were finally able to get her safely on the ground. At the same time, another rescuer set her sites on a puppy, now named Lord Frederick Stanley, who was fighting for his life. We are heartbroken to report that these sweet little pup did not make it despite our best efforts.

As we rescued the next two, lab mix pups named Laurel and Hardy, it had become painfully apparent that these dogs had once been in homes. They showed all the signs of once having a "guardian" - and we use the term loosely. The vast majority of the dogs we rescue have been abandoned, discarded to the harsh streets - either on purpose or through negligence, by someone who neither understood or honored the fact that we are stewards over these loving animals.

The next two we were able to get was Porter (who was also in very rough shape) and LeeAnn, and the last to be rescued on this day was Miss Spot, a sweet little Rat Terrier mix. It was a successful rescue day, but we'll be back. There are many more lives to save. We are in serious need of foster homes as the shelter fills up fast during these high intake days. If you are able to foster, please contact cassady@strayrescue.org. For more information on our foster program, please CLICK HERE.

Finally, rescuing so many critical cases, day in and day out, takes its toll. Funds are limited, but sometimes it seems like the supply of street dogs needing our help is limitless. If you are able to help during these challenging times and would like to make an immediate impact, please consider donating to The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, by clicking the icon below. Thank you for your continued support! You are the reason we have been able to make such a positive impact.

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