For the Stray Rescue of St. Louis shelter, admitting an abandoned dog was nothing new. But when a pup named Shell arrived on the center’s doorstep in the fall of 2018, it was accompanied by a moving note from the dog’s owner, Crystal Chrisp. Then, the shelter’s staff found out what had really happened to the woman who left her pet behind.
The Stray Rescue of St. Louis has had a simple mission since its foundation in 1998. It wants to help create “a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health comfort and affection,” according to shelter’s website.
The shelter also envisions St. Louis as a place where “no stray is euthanized merely because he or she has been abandoned, abused or neglected.” Instead, the Stray Rescue team hits the streets to locate abandoned pets and bring them into the center.