Chasing down the jeep is a group of dogs who have eluded rescue for years, knowing the sound of its hum and knowing they will be fed. They are happy to know its drone. How many freedom rides have the strays and abused taken in the jeep? Thousands. The jeep symbolizes freedom from the pain and suffering, a new beginning. It is the lifeline between life and death. It is a stray's best friend.
For nearly two decades, there has been a certain level of comfort in St. Louis knowing that Randy Grim and his jeep would be there to save the next stray dog or cat in need. Over the years, Stray Rescue has saved a countless number of lives and has become so ingrained in the fabric of the city that it’s hard to imagine St. Louis before there was the community of Stray Rescue. The community of Stray Rescue includes all of us – rescuers, staff members, volunteers, foster parents, adoptive families and donors. Stray Rescue “works” because of every component of this community - like the jeep picking up its next waiting stray.
But, what if one of those components were no longer there? Take away even one of these elements of the Stray Rescue community, and there will be a cog in the wheel. In this case, “a cog in the wheel” means that scared, injured animals waiting to be rescued will never see the jeep pull up to take them to safety. It means they will never receive the medical attention they so desperately need and deserve. It means they will go day after day hungry and searching for food, water and sufficient shelter. It means they will have yet another sleepless night with one eye open, constantly on guard against the dangers of street life. It means these animals will die slowly and alone, never knowing the warmth, comfort and love of a family of their own.
What if the Jeep never showed up? No more freedom rides.
But, it never has to be this way. Because you care and give to Stray Rescue, you are the reason the jeep stays on the road. You are the reason these animals have hope. You are the reason they heal. You are the reason they live, thrive and find loving forever families. What if the jeep never showed up? Because of you, luckily we hope we will never know!
*Donations are currently being matched up to $70.000