Hope Rescues is a state licensed, not-for-profit, no kill animal rescue located near Alton IL. This organization sprang from two compassionate friends who offered help to animals in need back in 2005. Jackie Spiker and Kim Lee took in 17 dogs from hurricane Katrina and found them loving homes. They funded everything out of their own pockets. They then went on as co-founders to build what is now known as Hope Rescues.
“We came up with the name because at that time we were ‘hoping’ to rescue some dogs from the hurricane. The one thing that stands out about the dogs we rescue is that they all desire love and companionship much like humans do. They yearn for affection and welcome it immediately as soon as we walk them out of animal control.”
That walk out of animal control is usually a walk that pulls these dogs back from the very brink of death. Hope Rescues physically goes to animal control and pulls these animals on their last day of life before they are euthanized. They are then placed into foster homes where they receive all the care and love an animal needs to return it to a healthy, happy and adoptable pet.
Hope Rescues has an army of volunteers that loves animals as much as Jackie and Kim do and they all go the extra mile to try to save as many animals as possible from death row and other harmful situations. According to their website, the group has rescued 2160 pets since 2005 and 2019 of them have been rehomed. 141 pets are available for adoption at this time.
Hope Rescues is very particular about the homes their pets go to and the adoption application is very lengthy. They ask many questions and will meet with a potential adopter before any decision is made. Trial visits are arranged before an adoption is finalized also so that the pet and adopter can spend some time together. They also ask to see the interaction between any pets the adopter may already have.
Their intent is to insure that a Hope Rescues dog gets the best home possible and that the dog will always be cared for. They keep in contact with adopters to check on how the animal is doing and there is a clause in the application that states that any dog adopted from Hope Rescues is to be returned to them if the family can no longer keep the dog.
As an all-volunteer organization Hope Rescues is funded by donations and a lot of fundraising activities. The Hope Rescues website lists several things people can do to help out even if they aren’t able to adopt, foster or volunteer. The Hope Rescues Facebook page keeps everyone updated on any fundraiser activities that the group has going on as well.
If you would like to meet some of the great Hope Rescues dogs and the wonderful volunteers that take care of them you can attend one of their adoption events. These events are held every Saturday from 11: p.m. to 4: p.m. at PETCO, 6631 Edwardsville Crossing Drive, Edwardsville, IL. Stop by and say hello! Who knows, you may find a great pet waiting there just for you.
This St. Louis Pet Examiner will soon be sharing individual stories about the dogs that are available at Hope Rescues and about events they may be hosting in the area. Subscribe above to keep up to date. Thank you to Hope Rescues for allowing this writer to tell their story and to share their pets with my readers.