BBS's Spotlight on a Rescue: S.N.A.R.R. St. Martinville, LA
On Monday, February 27th, Best Bully Sticks ran a 1-Day Animal Rescue Contest. As always, we had an overwhelming response with close races between several different shelters. This time around we had the honor to donate to S.N.A.R.R., short for Special Needs Animal Rescue Rehabilitation, in St. Martinville, Louisiana. We wanted to know more about this rescue so we researched their amazing rescue work and immediately wanted to share it with our readers.
Although this rescue was started in Louisiana, S.N.A.R.R. has a nation-wide reach with their main mission being to save those dogs, which in any other environment, might be past saving.
“S.N.A.R.R. saves the toughest dogs to place; those with serious medical conditions, deaf and blind dogs, severely emaciated dogs, aggressive dogs— the animals that nobody else wants; the dogs that would otherwise be euthanized,” said Robin Menard, President, Founder and Trainer at S.N.A.R.R.
This passion for rescuing helpless and abused dogs isn’t a recent upswing in goodwill on Robin’s part; it’s a life-long love affair. She grew up in a neighborhood where Pit Bull fighting was very active, but she took things into her own hands.
"I used to wait for all of the degenerates to fall asleep after a night of partying and fighting dogs, and then I would sneak into their backyards and steal the injured and petrified bait dogs to drop off at my Momma’s house."
“I am a small rescue, and do my best to make each dog feel as though they are my pet. I do not believe in pulling a dog from a shelter, only to put it in another shelter environment.”
S.N.A.R.R. is much more than a shelter and doubles as a rehabilitation and training facility and provides socialization, medical, psychological and provides for the dogs in every way they need. To expand her mission and reach, she partners with Courtney Bellows in New York and they both work to find homes for needy dogs all over the county.
“It doesn’t matter where a dog is located. If we can help, we figure out transport … and it’s a done deal. Although, we pull dogs from all over the US that are not always special needs, our focus is the dogs considered least adoptable due to medical or behavioral issues who are in the urgent hour and due to be pets.
Recently, Robin purchased 9 acres in Crowley, Louisiana to build a training center that includes a puppy room and indoor medical facility for sick and injured dogs. It will also be open to the public to assist them in training their dogs rather than turn them into a shelter.
Robin described the great benefits of the rescue’s efforts:
“It’s very rewarding to see a dog come in with a look of fear and distrust and even anger in their eyes knowing their chances of being adopted were slim to none. Then, over time, I see them become happy, healthy, loving pets. Each one has their own story and past, most filled with neglect and abuse. However, they each leave with a very similar future—consisting of just being someone’s companion and living a life they should have from the beginning, like soaking up belly rubs.”
SNARR won 30 cases of Plato Thinker’s Treats and Robin was good enough to share some great photos of her wonderful pups with us! We are so grateful to Robin, Courtney and all the volunteers and helpers at SNARR for their great work! You can find out more about this rescue here.