Stray Rescue of St. Louis is a non-profit organization with a goal to, “rescue stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health, and place them in loving adoptive homes.” The organization was founded in 1998 by Randy Grimm, who has long been an advocate for abandoned and feral animals, having rescued thousands of street dogs throughout the years. Now, Stray Dogs of St. Louis has over 300 foster parents, more than 1,000 volunteers, and on average saves and adopts out 3,000 companion animals a year.

Having lengthy experience with saving animals from unexpected and difficult places, when Stray Rescue of St. Louis found out one recent afternoon about a senior dog stuck in a sewer, they knew exactly what to do.

As you can see in the video, Grimm works his rescue magic. He climbs down into the sewer and spends time petting and comforting the dog. Grimm and his team safely get the dog out of the sewer, where the dog wags his tail and gives a good shake!

After the rescue, the Stray Dogs of St. Louis took to Facebook to find the dog’s guardian because no microchip was found on the dog. As would luck would have it, the dog’s dad saw him on a Fox2Now story and came to pick up the dog from the shelter! Look at this happy reunion!


The dog’s dad said he had been crying and was so worried about his beloved dog. We are so happy to know that not only was Stray Dogs of St. Louis quick to rescue this senior from the sewer but now the dog and his guardian have been reunited!

There’s nothing more terrifying than losing a beloved animal under our very nose and despite our best efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for our animals, these events can sometimes happen. Please always make sure your cat or dog has proper identification so that, in the case that he or she does go missing, there is a greater chance that they will find their way back to you. Along with a proper ID with name and your address, ask your veterinarian for a microchip procedure. Similar to a shot, a microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and serves as a permanent ID. For more tips, click here.

To learn more about the amazing work Stray Dogs of St. Louis does on behalf of our four-legged friends, visit their website.

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