Animal Rescue – $100,000 Matching Donation
A major donor has stepped forward and vowed to match up to $100,000 in funds donated towards Stray Rescue of St. Louis’ dedicated emergency medical reserve referred to as The Stracks Fund, which now costs approximately $150,000 every month due to severely abused and neglected dogs. This donation challenge comes at a pivotal moment for Stray Rescue, a group that has spent well over a million dollars in leading St. Louis City’s animal control duties for over a year, free of charge and requiring no taxpayer money.
“Our hope is that individuals, foundations, and corporations will join us in saving companion animals from a life of suffering on the urban streets,” said a representative from the anonymous donor, who is driving the matching funds challenge.
Stray Rescue has always survived solely on support from private donors, which can be difficult given the current economic climate where people are understandably more cautious and giving is more scarce. Contrary to what some believe to be true, Stray Rescue has never received any money from the city for the work they have accomplished, and they have never stopped responding to city calls. During the last year, Stray Rescue has taken in over 50% more dogs than the city’s animal control department ever did, increased adoption rates by 90%, and decreased euthanasia rates by 97%.
“We see so much terrible abuse these days, from gun-shot wounds to amputated limbs to severe burns,” said Randy Grim, Founder of Stray Rescue. “The reality of the situation is without steady funding we can’t provide uninterrupted care for the many suffering companion animals we see on a daily basis. We are forever grateful for this incredibly generous donor and anyone who answers their challenge.”
The donor has agreed to match up to $100,000; however, donations must be received by Friday, December 30 in order to be eligible. “This will be an encouraging way to begin a new, hopeful year; with the assurance that they have enough funding to get through the harshest of winter months,” said the donor’s representative.
This major donation and matching funds challenge follows the highly successful Stracks Fund Challenge, an April 2011 campaign in which people from all over the country raised $100,000 for emergency medical costs.