Founded in 1998 by Randy Grim, Stray Rescue has been saving the underdog for over twenty years. Randy rescued homeless and abused dogs off the streets and realized there were no other resources available to help them. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization opened its first shelter in Lafayette Square on 18th Street. Randy purchased the building 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. In July 2010, Stray Rescue of St. Louis moved into a much larger facility in downtown St. Louis. With the new space, the organization added a trauma center and vet clinic, offices for administration, and over one hundred large, clean dog kennels. Fast-forward to 2020 – Stray Rescue of St. Louis has grown to be the home of over 60 committed and loving staff members, over 1,000 volunteers who generously donate their time, and more than 400 foster families who open their home and ultimately are the reason we can save so many today. Stray Rescue always sticks up for the underdog, whether that be a skinny, malnourished animals living on the streets, a dog with neurological issues living in a high-kill shelter, victims of hurricanes or flooding whose families left them behind, and more. There are no limits to what we can do. With your help and support, the sky is the limit. What sets Stray Rescue of St. Louis apart in the animal welfare community near and far? We seek out and take in those who no other organization will help or would simply euthanize because they are too expensive to heal. We take the abandoned, beaten, bred, fought, injured, terrified, defeated and betrayed. We see beyond their brokenness and are here to pick up the pieces to make these special animals whole again. We see the individual and know that there’s no “one size fits all” treatment plan. The minute they enter our doors, we look in their eyes and promise them ALL the second chance they deserve for health, home, commitment and love. Because these animals come in with a story that would give us all nightmares, it takes them longer to open up, trust and believe in humankind again. But with patience and time – always on their unique schedule – we see the light shine in their eyes again. Animals have an amazing ability to forgive, which never ceases to amaze us.