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Vintage Racers for Rescues

Blanch, NC
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Vintage Racers for Rescues, a peculiar name for a rescue some might say. What in the world does vintage car racing have to do with rescuing dogs and cats? A lot! For 5 years the founders of this rescue, Dave and Robyn Handy worked hard to raise funds via silent auctions and other fundraisers at the race tracks they attend for work. 100 percent of the proceeds raised were donated to several rescues for whom they fostered. Then in August 2019, Robyn and Dave decided to use funds raised at these car racing events to start their own rescue. Since that date, 1074 dogs and cats have been rescued from high kill shelters that have up to 75% euthanasia rates in their rural area of North Carolina and Virginia. They also take in dogs and cats from high risk situations like hoarding, or strays nobody has claimed. These animals are then fully vetted at one of their 6 vet partners stretching from Durham, NC to Chatham, VA. They are then fostered in one of a handful of foster homes. Many times the dogs and cats need to be socialized and need critical medical care. VRR also takes in hundreds of orphan kittens who need to be syringe fed then bottle fed from just days old. The shelters call this rescue with almost all the “medical cases” as they always say yes if they can physically and financially take them. Vintage Racers for Rescues also has a spay and neuter program where they help those who cannot otherwise afford to fix their pets. In this process, they also educate owners of the importance of spay/neuter as well as preventive vet care. If this group was to receive a grant, funds would be used wisely to save as any animals as possible.

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