Ever since Quentin survived, my life has gone to the dogs. And the cats.
Quentin — in case you have been living on a planet without television or newspapers — is the miracle dog who emerged more or less unfazed from the City’s animal gas chamber to become the cannily publicized spokesmutt for IDA and Stray Rescue. Inspired by Quentin’s tale and, even more urgently, worried about the real dangers to children posed by the region’s growing population of feral animals, Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury and I have been working together for months with dozens of compassionate and dedicated volunteers to replace the outdated/outgrown City Shelter up on Gasconade.
This worthwhile project is being spearheaded by citizen Ed Throop, who is spending most of his waking hours raising the nearly $4 million it will cost to construct a safe, humane Animal House — with more room for kennels, community meeting rooms, modern vet facilities, and an adoption center.
We have picked a great site at Finney Avenue and Vandeventer — a few blocks from Grand Center and convenient to every part of the City. We are ready to begin the design and build phase of the project. And Ed has made great progress in organizing the fundraising.
Late last week, Jim, Ed, Elayne Boosler, and I participated in a gala dinner and auction at City Hall that raised tens of thousands of dollars toward our goal — and which, once again, reminded our friends how great the need is to do this project.
You can read about how to become involved in this project on the St. Louis Animal House website.
PS Both of my own dogs are adopted. They almost got a sibling last Friday. That’s me in the picture above, holding Dog Number Six.