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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: St. Louis Pet Rescue strives to end pet overpopulation and dumping of unwanted pets through education about spaying/neutering at schools and charitable events, and we strive to save pets from local animal control facilities and neglect situations by finding them loving adoptive homes.

Results: Each year we adopt out nearly 500 rescue animals; these are 500 animals that were unlikely to have made it out of animal control facilities otherwise, and we are able to accomplish this because of our awesome group of foster volunteers! All of the pets STLPR rescues are cared for in loving foster homes. Foster homes help to socialize the pets with other animals and with people, and foster families provide all the love, medical care and training the foster animals need while in our homes. We screen adoption applicants most importantly to review vet records of existing pets in the household and often visit an applicant's home to make sure it is a loving environment for our fosters to live.

Target demographics: homeless animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 rescue animals!

Geographic areas served: the St. Louis area

Programs: fostering homeless animals until they are ready for adoption.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Leigh M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an amazing experience with St Louis Pet Rescue! Everyone was very knowledgeable and you can tell the foster babies are in the best hands. Their fosters come to you healthy, happy, and well socialized. Our adopted kitties are the sweetest and funniest little creatures. We feel so lucky to have gotten to work with STLPR!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

St Louis Pet Rescue is a fantastic organization. The volunteers really care about animals and go out of their way to provide the best care for their animals. They carefully screen people who are seeking to adopt to ensure the animal is a good fit for the home and it will be the pet's new furever home. We were looking to adopt a pair of kittens for my son and we stumbled across the cutest pair (a black male and his sister a beautiful tortie) . My son loves his kitties so much, but I have always been partial to orange tabbies. With encouragement from my husband, we contacted the foster family and let them know we were interested in an orange tabby kitten, preferably a male. Coincidentally, she had three that were not quite ready for adoption, but would be soon. Long story short, we now have four kitties, all within a couple months of each other and our home is full of joy, scampering paws and tinkering bells. Please consider donating to STLPR or adopting an animal from this organization.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter is a responsible, kind, empathetic ten-year-old only child. She has been begging for a cat since our beloved Maine Coon passed away in 2013. We finally agreed in March of 2016 and went to an adoption event with St. Louis Pet Rescue. That's where she fell in love with Winston. Winston was an approximately six month old tuxedo cat that had been past by repeatedly by other children, presumably because he was accompanied by younger kittens and he was a bit older. We asked her to please look around and make certain that was the one she wanted, as there were plenty of other younger kittens. She humored us but came right back to Winston, who also came right up to her. She wanted to take him home that day, but as Debbie at St. Louis Pet Rescue explained, they had to check and verify our veterinary records and do an in-home inspection to make sure Winston was going to a loving environment. She was devastated but she understood. I think all of us grownups were thinking, "she's going to change her mind in the next few days while we wait and decide she wants a younger kitten". She did not. Debbie and her daughter did all necessary preparation and research. But they went a step further. They, knowing how much Charleigh already loved and wanted to care for Winston, brought him to us at our home! Debbie and I keep in regular contact, as she loves hearing Winston stories as much as I love telling them. He is Charleigh's best friend and she is his. You can usually find them curled up with a good book, or learning new tricks (Charleigh has taught him several tricks-including "jump", "high five", and "fist bump"!). She is greeted after school every single day with kisses and head-butts that practically knock her over and purrs so loud I can hear them from the next room. I highly recommend St. Louis Pet Rescue as it so evident in everything they do that they truly care for their animals and offer endless support for their adoptive parents. We can't imagine our lives without Winston and can't say enough wonderful things about this exceptional organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sully came into my life when I really needed him. My mom had just passed away and shortly after, I lost my beloved Izzy. The year was filled with deep, deep sadness. I knew that I needed to adopt another fur baby to bring a little joy back into my life but wasn't sure if I was ready. I decided that it wouldn't hurt to look. I found St. Louis Pets Rescue on line and made an appointment to visit some cats in their foster home. Sully immediately climbed into my lap and nestled under my chin. His purrs were deafening. Still not convinced I was ready, I kept putting him down. He just kept following me around and crawling into my lap. It was very evident that he was meant to be mine. The volunteers at St. Louis Pet Rescue are amazing. It was very clear to me that their animals are well cared for and loved. They pour their hearts and souls into making sure that each and every rescue finds a loving, forever home. I think it is so important to adopt a reascued animal and I love the mission of this rescue group. I would highly recommend them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

September 29th 2016 we lost our 16 year old Siamese it was one of the worst days of our lives but we had peace in knowing he was no longer suffering. We decided we wanted to find a new furball to have in our home and start new memories with. We decided to find a rescue Siamese so we found one with St. Louis Pet Rescue and went for our visit we knew we wanted him the first time we saw him but he had a brother who he was pretty attached with so we went home talked about it and decided to take them both great decision. There is a little more chaos in our house now and they definitely keep things interesting but they are both sweet cats who we hope will be with us for a very long time. St. Louis Pet Rescue is a great organization and was awesome to deal with the whole time, we still speak with the foster family often and they even helped me with some strays I found at a rental home. I don't know how these people do it as it's a lot of challenging situations and thankless work much of the time they all are saints.

1 Kristina Jezierski M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been volunteering with this wonderful group of people for a year and a half now. It warms our hearts to help these sweet fur babies. Flash was adopted from our rescue 4 years ago and returned last year. She has the sweetest personality. We adopted her ourselves this month!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, I lost a cat, Solomon, to cancer, he was 16 years old and we had been together since he was a kitten and through most of my adult life. He was my best friend and my rock. He was always my constant. When he passed in November, I was beyond devastated. I felt empty without him. My vet suggested fostering for St. Louis Pet Rescue. I thought maybe that would help being able to focus on cats that needed help and to be able to find their forever homes where someone could love them like I did my Solomon. I have fostered multiple cats and helped them find wonderful homes and it did indeed help start to heal my heart. I see how many animals are in need every single day and to be able to have a part in being someone that can change even one animals life, it is something that I am very grateful for. Those cats that I have fostered, I have changed their lives and saved them, but they have saved me just as much. Thank you to St. Louis Pet Rescue for all that you do. Having fostered, volunteered and also adopted from this rescue, I have seen first hand the difference that St. Louis Pet Rescue makes in so many animals lives. There are many wonderful, caring fosters and volunteers that contribute their lives and hearts to so many animals in need that might otherwise have no other option.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joey was advertised as a free kitten on Facebook. As a foster family, we always cringe when we see free kittens advertised because you never know what the crazy people out there will do with them. Joey was only about five weeks old when he was brought into St. Louis Pet Rescue and we started fostering him.
During his first week with us while he was in quarantine, he climbed his cage like a little monkey wanting to get out. After his quarantine was up, he was all over the house wrestling with our big cats and pouncing on them. Having been neutered and completing his series of FVRCP shots, Joey became available for adoption.
I'll never forget that dreadful day when we took him to Petco to be seen by prospective adopters. I bawled my eyes out the whole time, and my mon said, "Well I guess Joey will be another foster fail"!
Today I can't imagine my life without my Joey-bug. He's such a big ball of fluff. He loves to chase the laser light for exercise and then relax while laying on his back, and he has become quite good at the game of hide and seek as he races through the house to find me when I call his name. He wakes me up most mornings by licking my face telling me it's time to get up, and he is so good with all our new foster babies. I love my Joey so much! Thank you St. Louis Pet Rescue!! --Sarah

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

St. Louis Pet Rescue is a wonderful organization! I just adopted two kittens from them but have known of this fine rescue group for many years. Would highly recommend them if you are looking for a new cat or dog.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A CAT NAMED PRECIOUS…
THE PURRRFECT NAME by Barb V., foster

Precious is just that… a precious kitty boy with lots of love to give whose face was deformed at birth. He loves life and gives back all of the love he receives.

I found him at a sanctuary in Iowa where I had driven to take two felv/fiv positive cats to live out their life. I stayed overnight to drive back the next morning. During the early evening, I went downstairs to interact with the cats in this large room. Precious caught my eye. He followed me around and wanted me to pick him up. When I did he immediately gave me hugs and rubbed my face with his. He also had a huge snot ball hanging in his nose and a slight Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) that needed to be treated. At that moment I decided I couldn’t leave him there. I knew he deserved a home and loving family to live out his life.

Precious came home to be my foster kitty. He loves other cats and follows me around when he wants attention. When I scoop litter boxes in my foster cat room, he jumps into my lap at every opportunity when I kneel. I love this kitty boy with all of my heart.

I was looking for the perfect home for him, and I found it. I received several calls from people who wanted to adopt him. One of the inquiries was from a woman who already had a special needs cat with cerebellar hypoplasia (trouble with fine motor skills and coordination). After making all appropriate checks on her application and meeting her, I knew it was the absolute best place for Precious. An extremely happy ending for
a very special kitty!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having just lost my best furry friend in September of 2014, I was not looking for another cat quite yet. Walking into Petco late November with my mom, we stopped to take a look at the pets available for adoption. Immediately, my eyes fell on this little gray tabby. His foster mommy was opening his cage and getting ready to go home for the day. I politely asked to hold the scared little guy, and she replied with a huge smile but warned me he was petrified. I instantly fell in love! This little cat was a gray tabby with beautiful white markings. He had high white boots along his back legs with a white collar of fur. After holding him for a bit, I told my mom that he was the one. Vanna, the foster mommy, explained his story to me. He was rescued from Animal Control. His four paws had been burned, and he was extremely dehydrated when they found him in the middle of a grocery parking lot shivering from the cold. The little guy was 20 minutes away from being euthanized when Vanna was lucky enough to get there in time to save him.
She told us that all he does is hide under furniture at her house and doesn't show signs of play. She said, "he may never play". This broke my heart, and I was determined to give this little guy the best life possible.
After filling out the adoption paper work and waiting patiently, Vanna finally called to say he was ready for adoption! My family and I drove over to her house that night to bring him home and decided to name the little guy Jack (based off of Jack from the TV show, 24). Jack was a fighter in the TV show, and we were determined this little guy would be a fighter and overcome his past. With a lot of tender love and care, it took Jack all of three days to show little signs of play. Within two weeks, Jack was chasing string around the house.
We are approaching Jack's 1 year "got-me-day" anniversary, and I could list millions of reasons why I love this cat. He sleeps curled up next to my side every night, and every morning he wakes me up wanting out of my room at 6am. He howls in the middle of the night wanting to play and scratches at my blinds. He pounces at pipe-cleaner bugs I throw on my bed, and he loves to eat chicken! This little guy has brought a tremendous amount of joy to my life, and he was the best Christmas gift I ever received. I am so thankful Vanna and St. Louis Pet Rescue took a chance on this little guy and so thankful he has come to trust people again. There is no way Jack could even come close to replacing my furry friend I lost last year, but he sure is my best friend now!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Justin Smiles
by Foster Debbie Brame, November 9, 2016
This past summer I received a call from a young lady named Kalene inquiring about our foster kitten named Bear. Disheartened by previous inquires on several kittens whom had already been adopted, I had to add to Kalene’s disappointment by telling her that Bear along with his sister Cami already had an approved adopter; so I proceeded to ask my normal screening questions to see if she would be a potential good adopter for one of our future fosters. Satisfied with her responses, we chatted more about the type of kitten she was looking for, and it was then that Kalene commented,
“I’m looking for a kitten to bring joy into my boyfriend Justin’s life. Justin just turned twenty-six on June 27th, and this is the first birthday in two years he has celebrated outside of a hospital.”
Intrigued by her statement, I listened as Kalene shared Justin’s story over the phone with me. On the night of June 24, 2014, Justin was involved in a motorcycle accident in which he was pronounced dead at the scene. After police and paramedics called off the medical helicopter due to lack of finding a pulse, his friends who lived down the street pushed their way past the officers to get to Justin. Fighting to find any sign of life, they were able to detect a faint pulse in Justin’s foot, and paramedics quickly ordered the helicopter to turn back. Later at the hospital Justin’s diagnosis was incomplete quadriplegic at the C3, C5 and C7 level, meaning he did not completely destroy his spine at any level, which is why he has limited movement in his arms today. Justin was in the hospital from June 2014 till September 2015, and he has been hospitalized three additional times since.
It was Justin’s love for kittens and Kalene’s love for Justin that prompted her to search for “the kitten of our dreams”. I learned it had to be a male kitten, and Justin had a particular fondness for gray ones. Determined, I later shared Kalene and Justin’s story with my daughter Kaitlyn who fosters with me and told her we are going to find them a kitten. That evening we received a notice on facebook about a kitten needing rescue who was living in a woodpile behind a business on Loughborough Avenue. The business owners were planning on moving the wood the next day, and the kitten in the fuzzy picture looked gray! Dare we hope that it was a male? We quickly drove to the address at 9:00pm that night, walked to the back of the building, and sat out a can of food. Before we even had a chance to set a trap, this little ball of matted, gray fur came out from hiding to eat, and Kaitlyn just reached down and scooped him/her up. An hour later after bathing twice with blue Dawn dishsoap and removing numerous sticky gum balls from the fur, close examination confirmed that the kitten was indeed a male!
Excitedly, the next morning I texted a picture of the little guy whom we named Sid, and I immediately received a response from Kalene saying they were in love. Kalene called that afternoon and said she had just put Justin in his chair for the rest of the day and asked if they could please drive out to our house to meet Sid. Eightteen hours after being rescued from living a life under a woodpile, Sid sat contentedly in Justin’s lap in the middle of our driveway for thirty minutes purring the whole time and instantly stole both their hearts.
Do you believe in fate? I do. I truly believe it was fate that led Kalene to call me that summer day, and it was fate that brought the little woodpile kitten named Sid (now renamed Fabri) into our lives. Rescue saved Fabri from living a hard life outside, and in turn Fabri gave Justin a reason to smile again.
A final thought from Kalene:
“Fabri really did save us. He’s the best friend we could have ever asked for. He’s rotten, but he makes every second of every day brighter. He makes both of us laugh and smile every day. Seeing Justin smile is a beautiful thing. Thank you guys!!!”

Board Member

Rating: 5

"Deacon & Enid"
Deacon and Enid and their family were rescued from a “buy, sell, trade” Facebook page
stating that the owner needed help with “twisted leg kittens”. On the night of their
arrival in St. Louis from Cape Girardeau, all kittens received medical exams which
showed all to have upper respiratory infections, all were deemed underweight as was the momma cat Mollee, and two kittens were missing radial bones and joints in their forearms causing them to “army crawl”. The worst of these two we named Deacon, and the other we named Enid. The medical term for their condition is called Radial Agenesis. There is no therapy or treatment, however, the missing bones do not cause any pain. Deacon and Enid would just need to adapt and do things a little differently. For example, while sitting upright, both sit on their hind legs almost as if in a bunny stance. While in rescue, Deacon and Enid were not loved in spite of their physical disability but rather because of it, and this little family quickly became known as Mollee’s Miracle Babies.

Not all stories in rescue have happy endings, but Deacon and Enid’s story does. With extra
tender loving care and proper nutrition, all five kittens grew healthy enough for spay/neuter, and all five were adopted along with their mother Mollee. One kitten was paired with another kitten in rescue, and the remaining four siblings were adopted in pairs because our rescue strives to keep siblings together. Deacon and Enid, the two kittens with the missing radial bones/joints, were adopted together. Their adoptive family loves them to pieces, and are now thinking of taking on another special needs kitten whom I am sure both will welcome to the family albeit in their little unique kangaroo style.

I am so proud to be part of an organization that frequently takes in special needs kittens like Deacon and Enid and then takes the time needed to find them the perfect adoptive family!