Stray Rescue Named One of America's "Most Amazing" Stray Dog Shelters

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Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim, center, shares updates on St. Louis' problems with cruelty to animals next to Mayor Francis Slay.
One of St. Louis' most beloved and passionate non-profit organizations got a national shoutout last week for being amazing.

One Green Planet, a site dedicated to protecting animals and the environment, named Stray Rescue of St. Louis as one of the five most amazing rescues working in the U.S.

"This tireless rescue group saves stray dogs left on county roads or city streets, abandoned in empty houses or public parks, chained to fences or behind buildings," writes Hannah Sentenac. "They've saved puppies living in decrepit houses, dogs with gunshot wounds, victims of fighting rings and so many more."

Stray Rescue was highlighted along with four rescues in Los Angeles, Dallas, Memphis and Detroit.

See also: Stray Rescue: 22 Dogs Rescued from North, East, South St. Louis This Weekend

The day before they were named one of the "most amazing" rescues, Stray Rescue workers rescued an abandoned, severely-underweight terrier puppy, now named Little Kimmy, from a dumpster. The dog, which is probably ten-months-old, is now ready for fostering or adoption.

"The rescued pups get medical attention, loving homes, and a new lease on life, thanks to their efforts," Sentenac writes about Stray Rescue for One Green Planet.

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Morgan and Stanley, two black-and-white puppies with severe skin conditions, were rescued by Stray Rescue.
For years, Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim has combed the city with chunks of hot dog in his pockets to lure sick, stray or abused dogs to safety. But his work goes further than that; Grim says Stray Rescue has helped the successful prosecution of 40 to 50 animal abuses cases since 2012, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Grim spent a lot of time outside during last year's harsh winter finding dogs with frostbitten paws or whose water and food sources had frozen over. In a particularly moving video, Grim rushes a severely dehydrated, malnourished and hypothermic Shepherd mix named Francis to the veterinarian staff.

Sadly, Francis died a few hours after surgery.

"At least he didn't die alone on the streets," Grim wrote on Facebook.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Kathleen Chiles
Kathleen Chiles

Poor Francis. Thanks for giving him some love at the end Randy.

Anne Rhodes
Anne Rhodes

Well said! I have so much love and adoration for that guy! Love you Randy Grim!

Janet Hill
Janet Hill

If we could only clone Randy Grim!

Marlin Rogers
Marlin Rogers

Great job Randy, I have a rescue boxer. My wife didn't want a dog. Now they are best best friends. She loves choppers

Julie Bohannan
Julie Bohannan

Way to go Randy Grim and Stray Rescue of St. Louis...Congratulations!

Sharon Hadley
Sharon Hadley

Randy you are a true blessing to our community, such a caring selfless person, and your team as well.

Lisa Crowell Almany
Lisa Crowell Almany

Well deserved recognition to this compassionate man and fellow rescuers! God bless and much success in future rescues!

Nancy Hayes
Nancy Hayes

Proud to volunteer for such an amazing organization. Randy and his wonderful staff and volunteers work together to make this a happy place for dogs waiting for their forever families.

Elaine Thornton Rhoads
Elaine Thornton Rhoads

Thank you for caring so much for all the animals who without you and your foundation may not of ever survived! God bless you all

Jessica Beek
Jessica Beek

By the way your videos are so amazing and touching and aggressive and loving and kind. Proud proud proud to live here.

Jessica Beek
Jessica Beek

In the coast to coast animal rescue I have been involved with, I have never ever, ever seen anything like St Louis. You are truly a lifesaver and the maker beautiful families and your staff and volunteers are too. Thank you for all you all do.

Linda Withrow Seely
Linda Withrow Seely

Congratulations to the Stray Rescue Group. You are to be commented and admired for having such a beloved and passionate shelter for dogs. Hopefully others animals organizations can learn from you wonderful and dedicated animal lovers how to run a wonderful shelter for the dogs and cats. God Bless You.

Linda Roos Schafer
Linda Roos Schafer

you and your amazing team have worked hard, and, due to your success you have finally gotten the local politicians on board. You have made it "cool" to rescue the dogs. Congratulations!!!

Benita Vaughn
Benita Vaughn

Amazing. You need to go to California and teach them how not to euthanize beautiful dogs!!

Linda L. Hoyt
Linda L. Hoyt

Another big YES for Randy, all his teams and volunteers, all his dogs, and to Stray Rescue of St. Louis!!!

Benedetta Angela D'Amico Gouker
Benedetta Angela D'Amico Gouker

Stray Rescue of St. Louis & Especially Randy Grim totally deserve this praise ! They do incredible rescue work ,The animals in need are so lucky to have them

Christy Witschie
Christy Witschie

So happy all your hard work has been recognized and validated. Congrats to you, your staff and volunteers. And a big thank you from ALL the dogs you've saved.

Mea Baker
Mea Baker

So Proud of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, very well deserved. What would our Furry Friends do without you? Thank you all for your extreme dedication. God Bless all of you at Stray Rescue of St. Louis-does include the Furry Friends too.

Kim Regan
Kim Regan

Deserved. Randy you da man and the universe to us furry lovers.

Kim Licklider
Kim Licklider

He is a true GUARDIAN ANGEL!!! Well deserved!! CONGRATULATIONS Randy :)

Elizabeth Berman
Elizabeth Berman

Randy Grim, if you could only teach what you know to other shelters. If all the others followed your model....just think what a better world it would be for these precious, worthy four-leggers.

Bonnie Dalton
Bonnie Dalton

We are very Proud of everyone at Stray Rescue and we thank you All

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