Rescue the Rescue - Diana's Grove

$9,010 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 147 people in 14 months
JF
Jessica Flora
on behalf of Patricia Storm
 BALLWIN, MO
Here is an update on our current situation:

Thank you for all the incredible support we have received in the past 48 hours.  Not only have we received very generous donations, but we have also received increased adoptions, foster families, transfer assistance, and rescues willing to take on dogs.  Most importantly, we have received support from the St. Louis community. 

Through all of this, we have also received some negative comments and unfortunately, there are rumors spreading.  We are not perfect and have never claimed to be.  However, we are trying the best we can to save as many dogs as possible.  If you hear a rumor or have a specific question, please reach out to a Diana’s Grove representative directly to receive accurate information.

Going forward, we have a plan.  We want to continue to save dogs, but we absolutely can’t do it alone.  So, we will continue to look to the St. Louis community to support us.  One of these ways is through the GoFundMe Page we have created.  We must have funds to continue operations and savings dogs.  Here is a little about our financial situation:

1.       We run solely on adoption fees and donations.  We currently do not have government grants or corporate sponsorships, therefore look to adoption fees and donations as our main revenue. 

2.       Yes, we have paid staff.  It is only a few, but they are paid.  What large rescue who saves over 2,000 dogs a year doesn’t?  There must be individuals who have adequate training to help run our shelter.  Even though there are paid staff, most of our help is volunteer based.  We have been working around the clock to find the best solution for this tough situation.

3.       The dogs need medicine and vet care.  A lot of the dogs taken in come from undesirable homes and need treatment.  That treatment is unfortunately not free. 

4.       A large majority of our dogs also come to us unaltered.  So, we must not only help them through any illnesses they have, but we also must spay and neuter them. 

Again, we want to continue saving dogs and we want to provide the best care to them.  Please help us do that!
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For Immediate Release:
ST. LOUIS, MO – Diana’s Grove Dog Shelter will open the Take a Friend Home adoption center at the Chesterfield Mall on January 21. Take a Friend Home will offer approximately 85 dogs and puppies for adoption each Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Diana’s Grove has signed a two-year agreement for the 6,600-square-foot location on the lower level of the mall near Dillard’s.
“We’re excited to have Diana’s Grove Dog Shelter become a part of Chesterfield Mall,” said Brian Voyles, general manager of the Chesterfield Mall. “Their mission to help dogs find a safe and loving home is something very near and dear to our hearts. We’re privileged to have a small part in helping them fulfill their mission.”
Over the past eleven years, Diana’s Grove has helped more than 10,000 dogs find homes through events primarily in the Chesterfield area. Adoptable dogs can be previewed each week at facebook.com/dgdogrescue. Dogs are also available for pre-adoption. The application is available at http://www.takeafriendhome.org/application.html. For more information about adoption, volunteering and fostering, email Dogs@TakeAFriendHome.org.
“Our new adoption center at the Chesterfield Mall is an ideal location from which to move forward within the heart of our Chesterfield community. It will allow us to offer the largest selection of adoptable dogs, in one place, in the St. Louis area,” said Amanda Sheffield, board president for Diana’s Grove. “We are so grateful to the Chesterfield Mall for their hospitality.”
Diana’s Grove is funded entirely on adoption fees and donations from supporters. Donations of dog or puppy food, dog igloos or crates, newspapers, dog beds, leashes, collars, and grooming supplies can be dropped off at the new Chesterfield Mall location. Monetary donations to help care for the animals at Diana’s Grove shelter in Cabool, Missouri, can be made at www.takeafriendhome.org through PayPal, via GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/rescue-the-rescue-dianas-grove and through Amazon Wishlist at https://www.amazon.com/…/23BU63GEJ…/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1.
ABOUT CHESTERFIELD MALL
Chesterfield Mall is a super-regional enclosed mall featuring retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings designed to serve as a gathering place for Chesterfield residents and visitors. Currently, Chesterfield Mall offers more than 100 shops, restaurants, specialty stores and a 14-screen AMC theater. Chesterfield Mall is located in the Southwest suburbs of St. Louis, MO. For more information call 636-532-0777 or visit www.chesterfield-mall.com.
ABOUT DIANA’S GROVE
Diana’s Grove Dog Shelter, the largest no-kill shelter in Missouri, has rescued dogs in rural southern Missouri since 1994. Diana’s Grove is one of very few shelters serving the high-need, low-income southern Missouri region. In 2016, the organization facilitated adoptions for 2,199 dogs and puppies, and performed nearly 1,900 alterations preventing 11,000 puppies. Diana’s Grove Dog Shelter is located in Cabool, Missouri. Their Take a Friend Home adoption center is open weekends at the Chesterfield Mall. For more about adoption, fostering, volunteering or donating to Diana’s Grove, visit www.takeafriendhome.org, facebook.com/dgdogrescue, call 417-259-1834or email Dogs@TakeAFriendHome.org.
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From our founder, Cynthea Jones:
Thank you to so many who have reached out in support of our Shelter during this transition. Our mission is and has been to offer shelter, spay neuter and on-going care to homeless and needy dogs in South Central Missouri. Taking in 150 dogs a month for the last six years, is more than any one unfunded rescue can do. With the help of PetSmart and Petco, every weekend, we took 70 + dogs to Chesterfield and found homes for about 40. We are thankful to those organizations. With their help, we became the largest no-kill Shelter in MO.
We are/were the only high volume shelter. Almost 50% of our dogs came to us after their families were told that other area shelters were full. Another 25% came from high kill facilities with little ability to place dogs. We took on more than any one group can handle. Since 2011, an average of 2,000 of our dogs a year have found homes in the Chesterfield/ St. Louis area. As the director of this organization, re-homing those dogs was my mission. And…
To successfully run a Shelter for a community with such great needs requires so much – the ability to fund raise, to explain our work and our needs our adopting community; it requires a team, financial support and the ability to transfer dogs to other shelters. We are very thankful to the Humane Society of Missouri who offered us immediate and ongoing support… such a blessing for our dogs.
We are currently reorganizing and I will be stepping back to do what I do best – get those dog photos and stories on our Facebook page and bringing dogs to adoption events. I fully support this transition and am very thankful to those who are helping to assure that there will be hope and help for dogs in our area.
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For Immediate Release
Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue Coordinates Transfer of 156 Dogs
to Humane Society of Missouri

ST. LOUIS, MO – Today, Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue worked with the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) to transfer 156 dogs from their shelter in Cabool, Missouri, to St. Louis for adoption at HSMO shelters.
“Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue is the only option for thousands of dogs in southern Missouri. Right now, we are experiencing an unexpected, short-term financial crisis that left us temporarily unable to care for all of the dogs at our facility,” said Amanda Sheffield, board of directors president for Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue. “To protect the interests of our dogs and allow us to focus on necessary organizational changes, we’ve asked the Humane Society of Missouri to make some of our dogs available for adoption through their facilities. We greatly appreciate their support as we work towards a new and financially sustainable chapter for Diana’s Grove.”

All of the dogs being transferred were examined by the State of Missouri’s chief vet and Department of Agriculture on Friday, December 16, and deemed healthy and fit for adoption. Per HSMO protocol, they will also be examined by veterinarians upon arrival at HSMO before being released for adoption in the next several weeks.

“Often, the Humane Society of Missouri is a safety net for homeless animals in Missouri. We are glad Diana’s Grove reached out for help to give their dogs the best opportunity for forever homes. We support Diana’s Grove’s efforts to improve their situation so they can continue to help animals in their community,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.

Diana’s Grove is the only dog shelter serving the high-need, low-income southern Missouri region. The dogs remaining at Diana’s Grove are available for adoption at www.takeafriendhome.com.

Monetary donations to help care for the animals at Diana’s Grove may be made at https://www.gofundme.com/rescue-the-rescue-dianas-grove or at www.takeafriendhome.org through PayPal. To arrange a pickup or drop off of donations of dog/puppy food, dog igloos, newspapers, dog beds, leashes, collars, and grooming supplies, email amanda@dianasgrove.com. A fundraising trivia night is planned for January 14th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://dgdrtrivianight.yapsody.com.

ABOUT DIANA’S GROVE
Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue, a no-kill shelter, has rescued dogs in rural southern Missouri since 1994. Diana’s Grove is the only dog shelter serving the high-need, low-income southern Missouri region. So far in 2016, the organization has facilitate
d adoptions for more than 2,200 dogs and puppies, and facilitated nearly 2,000 alterations preventing 11,000 puppies.

For more about adoption, fostering, volunteering or donating to Diana’s Grove, visit http://www.takeafriendhome.org, facebook.com/dgdogrescue or email Dogs@TakeAFriendHome.org.
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314.210.4419
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Here is an update on our current situation:
Thank you for all the incredible support we have received in the past 48 hours. Not only have we received very generous donations, but we have also received increased adoptions, foster families, transfer assistance, and rescues willing to take on dogs. Most importantly, we have received support from the St. Louis community.
Through all of this, we have also received some negative comments and unfortunately, there are rumors spreading. We are not perfect and have never claimed to be. However, we are trying the best we can to save as many dogs as possible. If you hear a rumor or have a specific question, please reach out to a Diana’s Grove representative directly to receive accurate information.
Going forward, we have a plan. We want to continue to save dogs, but we absolutely can’t do it alone. So, we will continue to look to the St. Louis community to support us. One of these ways is through the GoFundMe Page we have created. We must have funds to continue operations and savings dogs. Here is a little about our financial situation:
1. We run solely on adoption fees and donations. We currently do not have government grants or corporate sponsorships, therefore look to adoption fees and donations as our main revenue.

2. Yes, we have paid staff. It is only a few, but they are paid. What large rescue who saves over 2,000 dogs a year doesn’t? There must be individuals who have adequate training to help run our shelter. Even though there are paid staff, most of our help is volunteer based. We have been working around the clock to find the best solution for this tough situation.

3. The dogs need medicine and vet care. A lot of the dogs taken in come from undesirable homes and need treatment. That treatment is unfortunately not free.

4. A large majority of our dogs also come to us unaltered. So, we must not only help them through any illnesses they have, but we also must spay and neuter them.

Again, we want to continue saving dogs and we want to provide the best care to them. Please help us do that!
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Rhonda Loughridge
14 months ago

Lauren Marie it sounds like you have a personal issue with the people at the shelter not worrying about the dogs themselves. Why don't you go out there and shovel crap, walk the dogs, feed them and maybe even get bit because they are scared and sick because someone just dropped it off there and it has no idea what is going on. Are you willing to do that for any dog shelter. If not you should shut up.

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Donna Hughes
14 months ago

Tara Baietto, Karen Duncan Busch and Lauren Marie - please do enlighten us on what rescue you all volunteer for? Newsflash - animals get sick - Animals just like humans have varied illnesses that have varied incubation periods - for example - the standard incubation period forParvo is 3-10 days from exposure .... However it can present up to 14 days... There are so many illnesses that have similar symptoms that tests are performed to determine what specifically - if anything- is going on. The puppy in question had been transferred into Dianas Grove from another rescue and had an upper respiratory infection. DGDR treated the pup for the URI and after a month had passed - and the pup was better it was placed for adoption. In the course of my almost 6 year association with DGDR , they have adopted out almost 8000 dogs .... The majority of which have been in the greater St Louis area. I have personally witnesssed the phenominal care and compassion that DGDR gives every animal that crosses its threshold. The struggles they have faced with making sure the dogs get the best care possible - even to the point of sacrificing their own health and Social Security. The rescue is not funded by nor supported by anything other than donations and adoption Fees. Period. It relies heavily on volunteers. I dont recall any of the three of you signing up to volunteer yet you seem to "know" us.

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Jennifer Good
14 months ago
9
9

I am a 5 year volunteer. Almost all the people affiliated are volunteers. I work full time as a Manager and am A single mom. I wouldn't consistently give of my limited free time for a rescue that was it in for money nor would the other volunteers. There is no funding..no profit...this is two ladies mission to save as many dogs as possible in the puppy mill and backyard breeding capital of the United States. We don't let the few yet persistent women who have no actual direct experience with our rescue deter is from our mission of saving and loving as many dogs as we can..and I hope you won't let them deter your amazing and appreciated support either.

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Bridget Huck
14 months ago
9
9

When reading a couple of these comments trying to convince people not to donate, I am almost speechless. WHY would people do this? We need these rescues...we need them in cities, in suburbs, in rural towns, the dogs need their help and love and care. The big rescues can't do it all; that is evident from the news stories; and most rescues focus on areas close to home so why try to beat down a rescue filling a gap in rural Missouri? Most of the rescue videos online make like every story ends happy but reality is that this is just not always the case. It is not the people who tried to save the dogs fault but the people who abused and neglected the dogs in the first place so why take it out on Diana's Grove and the wonderful people that pour their heart and souls into saving every dog they can? It makes no sense to me.

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Monica McGill
14 months ago
9
9

To reiterate, this organization is a 501(c)3 organization - not-for-profit. Many rescue organizations have folks on payroll to help run the organization and care for the animals, which is typically coupled with volunteers. Many rescue organizations bring their animals to PetCo, PetSmart, Walmart, and other businesses. PetCo and PetSmart have dedicated weekends to such events. You can google this to check out the facts.

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Season Heather
14 months ago
6
6

I'm so very sorry to hear this is there any way to appeal or other facilities you can work with for adoption events? How can people adopt if they are still interested?

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Karen Duncan Busch
14 months ago
5
5

In their own words the first thing listed for the use of the money is "payroll". Shouldnt the first and foremost focus be on the dogs and their care? Be careful who you are donating to. Do your homework. Really check out this rescue.

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Kara Smith
14 months ago
2
2

Just to be clear we've all done lots of rescue work, but never with a no kill rescue that surrenders their dogs to the HSMO, plenty of other valid rescues to support. I think this latest move speaks volumes. Why would anyone give to this rescue? Many rescues set up at places such as Petco to adopt dogs out, however good rescues do home visits. Note* good rescues, good no kill rescues.

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Amanda Sheffield
14 months ago
2
2

Stacy, I agree. As the new president of the board of directors, my main goal is to diversify the way in which we fund the rescue. Running on adoption fees alone is simply not going to work. If you'd like to discuss further, please send me an email at amanda "@" dianasgrove.com. Thank you.

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Stacy Stafford
14 months ago
2
2

Help me understand here.....if you are a 501c3 then when do you not apply for grants? You stated above...." We run solely on adoption fees and donations. We currently do not have government grants or corporate sponsorships, therefore look to adoption fees and donations as our main revenue." I spend a large part of my every day looking up and writing grants for my licensed rescue. It's one of the reasons being a 501c3 is important to us....it allows us to file for grants.

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Susan Sievers Browne
14 months ago
1
1

We adopted our dog Rosie(was Roxie) 18 months ago. She was dumped along with her puppies and they would have starved to death or been shot if it wasn't for Diana's Grove. Their first and foremost concern is the dogs! Even though some people think it isn't because of the fact they dared list payroll first!

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Tim and Brenda Creedon
14 months ago
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We adopted our Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepard mixes from DG 2.5 years ago. Thor and Bear are sweet boys. We met them at Petsmart in Chesterfield during one of the adoption events. We drove to Cabool a week later and picked them up, which was a 3 hr drive and worth every mile. :-) The hard work that DG is doing saves the lives of so many dogs and enriches the lives of the families that open their homes to them. Thank you for rescuing Thor and Bear, so they could be part of our family.

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Jennifer Mertens
14 months ago
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Thanks to Diana's Grove for the amazing dogs they have brought into our lives!!

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Cindy Schmidt
14 months ago
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I was able to get Libby (formerly Asia) from Diana's Grove. I feel very blessed as this baby came to me right after we lost our other full bred dog. I will do it us to support this group as long as I am possible. Prayers to all of you and you WILL get through this.

Rhonda Loughridge
14 months ago

Lauren Marie it sounds like you have a personal issue with the people at the shelter not worrying about the dogs themselves. Why don't you go out there and shovel crap, walk the dogs, feed them and maybe even get bit because they are scared and sick because someone just dropped it off there and it has no idea what is going on. Are you willing to do that for any dog shelter. If not you should shut up.

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Donna Hughes
14 months ago

Tara Baietto, Karen Duncan Busch and Lauren Marie - please do enlighten us on what rescue you all volunteer for? Newsflash - animals get sick - Animals just like humans have varied illnesses that have varied incubation periods - for example - the standard incubation period forParvo is 3-10 days from exposure .... However it can present up to 14 days... There are so many illnesses that have similar symptoms that tests are performed to determine what specifically - if anything- is going on. The puppy in question had been transferred into Dianas Grove from another rescue and had an upper respiratory infection. DGDR treated the pup for the URI and after a month had passed - and the pup was better it was placed for adoption. In the course of my almost 6 year association with DGDR , they have adopted out almost 8000 dogs .... The majority of which have been in the greater St Louis area. I have personally witnesssed the phenominal care and compassion that DGDR gives every animal that crosses its threshold. The struggles they have faced with making sure the dogs get the best care possible - even to the point of sacrificing their own health and Social Security. The rescue is not funded by nor supported by anything other than donations and adoption Fees. Period. It relies heavily on volunteers. I dont recall any of the three of you signing up to volunteer yet you seem to "know" us.

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Jennifer Good
14 months ago
9
9

I am a 5 year volunteer. Almost all the people affiliated are volunteers. I work full time as a Manager and am A single mom. I wouldn't consistently give of my limited free time for a rescue that was it in for money nor would the other volunteers. There is no funding..no profit...this is two ladies mission to save as many dogs as possible in the puppy mill and backyard breeding capital of the United States. We don't let the few yet persistent women who have no actual direct experience with our rescue deter is from our mission of saving and loving as many dogs as we can..and I hope you won't let them deter your amazing and appreciated support either.

+ Read More
Bridget Huck
14 months ago
9
9

When reading a couple of these comments trying to convince people not to donate, I am almost speechless. WHY would people do this? We need these rescues...we need them in cities, in suburbs, in rural towns, the dogs need their help and love and care. The big rescues can't do it all; that is evident from the news stories; and most rescues focus on areas close to home so why try to beat down a rescue filling a gap in rural Missouri? Most of the rescue videos online make like every story ends happy but reality is that this is just not always the case. It is not the people who tried to save the dogs fault but the people who abused and neglected the dogs in the first place so why take it out on Diana's Grove and the wonderful people that pour their heart and souls into saving every dog they can? It makes no sense to me.

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Monica McGill
14 months ago
9
9

To reiterate, this organization is a 501(c)3 organization - not-for-profit. Many rescue organizations have folks on payroll to help run the organization and care for the animals, which is typically coupled with volunteers. Many rescue organizations bring their animals to PetCo, PetSmart, Walmart, and other businesses. PetCo and PetSmart have dedicated weekends to such events. You can google this to check out the facts.

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Season Heather
14 months ago
6
6

I'm so very sorry to hear this is there any way to appeal or other facilities you can work with for adoption events? How can people adopt if they are still interested?

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Karen Duncan Busch
14 months ago
5
5

In their own words the first thing listed for the use of the money is "payroll". Shouldnt the first and foremost focus be on the dogs and their care? Be careful who you are donating to. Do your homework. Really check out this rescue.

+ Read More
Kara Smith
14 months ago
2
2

Just to be clear we've all done lots of rescue work, but never with a no kill rescue that surrenders their dogs to the HSMO, plenty of other valid rescues to support. I think this latest move speaks volumes. Why would anyone give to this rescue? Many rescues set up at places such as Petco to adopt dogs out, however good rescues do home visits. Note* good rescues, good no kill rescues.

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Amanda Sheffield
14 months ago
2
2

Stacy, I agree. As the new president of the board of directors, my main goal is to diversify the way in which we fund the rescue. Running on adoption fees alone is simply not going to work. If you'd like to discuss further, please send me an email at amanda "@" dianasgrove.com. Thank you.

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Stacy Stafford
14 months ago
2
2

Help me understand here.....if you are a 501c3 then when do you not apply for grants? You stated above...." We run solely on adoption fees and donations. We currently do not have government grants or corporate sponsorships, therefore look to adoption fees and donations as our main revenue." I spend a large part of my every day looking up and writing grants for my licensed rescue. It's one of the reasons being a 501c3 is important to us....it allows us to file for grants.

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Susan Sievers Browne
14 months ago
1
1

We adopted our dog Rosie(was Roxie) 18 months ago. She was dumped along with her puppies and they would have starved to death or been shot if it wasn't for Diana's Grove. Their first and foremost concern is the dogs! Even though some people think it isn't because of the fact they dared list payroll first!

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