ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – He’s almost half a world away, but a former St. Louis University soccer standout is stepping up for stray animals in our area.
Tim Ream recently visited Stray Rescue headquarters with his wife Kristen, and before they left they vowed to match up to $10,000 in donations made to the Stracks Fund.
“The Stracks Fund was born to pay for emergency medical care for our animals,” explained Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim, “and it’s always in the red.”
He says that’s because they have to spend an estimated $2 million annually to provide emergency medical care for the dogs and cats that come into their facility.
Ream currently plays with the English soccer club Bolton Wanderers.
“The rescue of our first dog, Rosco, really opened our eyes to the world of rescue and how fulfilling it is to change an animal’s life,” Ream told Stray Rescue officials. “We like to think that all of our dogs have impacted our lives in such a positive way and that led us to wanting to help more dogs.”
Ream is especially challenging St. Louis pro athletes currently playing with the Cardinals, Rams and Blues to step up and help Stray Rescue.
But founder Randy Grim said anybody can help, especially in light of this large matching donation.
“Now’s the time to donate,” he pointed out. “Five dollars is really ten dollars, ten dollars is really twenty dollars. And then I want those sports stars out there who care about the animals to go ahead and match the $10,000. Let’s keep this going.”
He said the best way to start is by logging onto http://www.strayrescue.org.
Grim estimated that after it’s formation late last year, the “increasingly vital” Mayor Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force has been responsible for the arrests of more than 25 alleged animal abusers, with several more outstanding warrants waiting to be served, as well as 120+ separate investigations.