Stray Rescue’s $10 Dog Adoption A Big Hit

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - On this weekend of big shopping deals, it`s the biggest, best, deal you can find:  $10 for a new dog with shots, microchip, spay or neuter, and a bag of food, included.

The Memorial Day Weekend door buster had the Stray Rescue shelter downtown looking like Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

Every shopper got in on the deal. About 500 shoppers and Stray Rescue would actually run out of dogs for the first time ever.

"Wouldn't that be cool if we could finally go out of business?" grinned Stray Rescue Founder, Randy Grim.

The goal was to adopt 20-30 dogs on day 1.  They passed that mark by noon.

"I was shocked. I was really shocked at the turnout of the people and they still are coming," said Antionette Nichols, who was adopting a dog.

'It's crazy.  But it's a good thing to see.  If you were doing an event like this and nobody was here, that would be sad, incredibly sad," said Troy Powell, also adopting Saturday.

It hardly takes a super-shopper to know $10 is an absolute steal.

"This doesn't cover the cost, but we're so full, that we're going to have periodically do something like this so we can rescue more dogs off the street," said Grim.

Grim started the organization known for rescuing stray dogs from across the St. Louis area, including victims from cases of animal abuse that are among the worst the world has ever seen.

"I could have been doing a lot of other things (today), you know playing golf or something like that. But my wife and I decided let's go down and help Stray Rescue, get a dog and bring one back," Powell said.

The bag of food St. Louis Police Officer, Reggie Jones, got with the dog he adopted was worth at least twice as much as his $10 fee. Even the regular $75 fee would be a bargain. Jones knew firsthand of the drastic action needed to combat what he saw every day on the job.

"Great thing they're doing. The dogs running the streets...they're hungry and no place to live," Jones said.

This weekend that can change for about the same price as a 12-back of beer for that Memorial Day barbecue.

The $10 adoption sale continues Sunday and Monday from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Stray Rescue Headquarters at 2320 Pine Street in Downtown St. Louis.

If you can't get there, you can fill out an application at this weekend to qualify for the $10 deal and pick out a dog at a later date.

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