Meet Jim Wenger, co-founder of DFW Rescue Me, an organization dedicated to saving abandon cats and dogs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Wenger started the non-profit after seeing the tragedy of thousands of animals euthanized in shelters each year. He juggles his all volunteer group, along with working full-time as a commerical truck driver. It is the goal of DFW Rescue Me to curb the pet over-population problem through education. Group members teach adults and children the importance of spaying and neutering.
We wanted to know more about Wenger and DFW Rescue Me and he was kind enough to answer a few questions:
Dawn Tongish: Please begin by telling us about DFW Rescue Me.
Jim Wenger: We are an all volunteer, non-profit animal rescue at DFW Rescue Me. We save dogs from death row, the streets and many different types of messed up situations. We mend their hearts and whatever ails them and then we find them forever homes. We also have a program called 'Voices for Justice', where we teach kids how to treat pets like they are part of the family.
DT: What are your duties at DFW Rescue Me?
JW: I drive the trailer for adoption events and and it's my job to provide volunteers with the tools they need to do their jobs.
DT: How did you become involved with DFW Rescue Me, and why are you so passionate about the work being done at the organization?
JW: I am one of the co-founders. I feel compelled to help those that can't help themselves and to be their voice.
DT: Why do you work in the non-profit sector?
JW: I volunteer. You can't pay me to do this. You have to want to do this. I do it to make dogs lives better. My wife and I volunteer together and we want to make a difference in abused dogs lives.
DT: It can be difficult for any non-profit to pay the bills. How do you stay afloat?
JW: We work our butts off and have to be creative. We do quite a few innovative things for an all volunteer group. It gets everyone excited about the work we are doing and the difference we make. There is a large fundraiser coming up in August. Check out our website for details about how you can help.
DT: How can the people of DFW and beyond help meet your needs for 2014? What are your biggest needs?
JW: It is simple, money. The more money we have, the more we can help. Our medical costs are the biggest expense. The second need is for foster care. If you can, foster for an animal rescue. It will change your life.
DT: What is the most memorable moment in your experiences at DFW Rescue Me?
JW: It is hard to rank one as the most memorable experience. Having Justice, a severely burned 10 month old puppy, give me a kiss ranks up there pretty high. He had no reason to trust people after what was done to him, but he still did. It was his nature.
DT: What is the first thing you do when you walk into work each day?
JW: I never walk out of my volunteering position. It is 24/7 365.
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