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Location Maryville, MO, United States
Introduction When I retired back to my Missouri hometown after 25 years of working for the federal government in Washington, DC and overseas as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I wanted to be involved in the community where I'd grown up. Since it was established in 1985, the shelter in Maryville had been forced to euthanize far too many healthy animals in order to control overpopulation in this rural area and make a go of it financially. In 2006, our rescue efforts began to take shape, and we hit the ground running. An amazing transport coordinator offered to help set up transports for our shelter animals (cats and dogs alike) to top-notch rescue organizations around the country where they were more adoptable. Since that time -- over three years ago -- close to 400 shelter animals have gotten OUT of shelter cages and are living in permanent, adoptive homes. Coming back to Maryville, MO after having lived in cities for nearly 30 years was quite a change for me. However, there is seldom a dull moment. Saving just one animal truly does make a difference -- not just to that one animal, but to all of us who are involved in rescue.