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  • Having Fun in the Snow
    Snow Dog


          Who says Shelter Dogs don’t have Fun? 

      Click here:   Snow Angels and watch our Dirks Dogs playing in the snow!  

    (Turn on your speakers).

  • The Golden Post

    Dirks LogoClick Here for the Dirk’s Fund MARCH, 2015 News Letter!  Sign up to automatically Receive our News Letter each month by filling out your name and email address on the right Side bar.

    Our news letter features upcoming events, topic of the month, Shelter Dog of the month, Former Dirks Dogs – “Where they are now”, Social Media links, Recent adoptions, and much more!

  • Dirks Fund Annual Trivia Night – Benefiting Dirks Medical Fund

    Trivia Flier

    Dirks Fund is Hosting our Annual – No Frills – Gotta Pay Our Vet Bills – Trivia Night!

    Please Join Us for this Fun Night Out!

    All Proceeds Benefit Dirk’s Medical Fund.

    Date:  Saturday, March 28th, 2015
    Place:  American Legion Post 162
    9305 South Broadway
    Lemay, MO  63125
    Ticket Cost:  $160 for Tables of Eight
    Includes: Draft Beer, Soda, and Water
    Mulligans, 50/50 Drawing, and Silent Auction 
    Purchase a Table by Contacting:
    Arlene  314-623-0412 or email kulade5@yahoo.com
    To Pay by Credit Card go to www.dirksfund.com and Click on “Make a Donation”
    To Purchase using PayPal Click the Buy Now Button Below
    Trivia Night – Table

    Click Here for more information.




    Dirks Fund was contacted by the police after a drug bust about a Golden that had been left in a crack house. He was only 45 lbs and they needed someone to take him or he was to be put to sleep.

    When we got him, he was emaciated, full of worms and could hardly stand. He tested positive for heartworms and after x-rays was graded the highest level that we have ever seen. 

    After treating him, we could not let him go and he became the constant companion of my wife. He was a gentle and loving creature that deserved much better than he was given. We made sure that he got it.  A portrait of him hangs in our house as a reminder of why we rescue.

    We created the Rooster Fund to raise money for the critters in special need of medical care and deserve a better life. Almost all of them are heartworm positive. Treating just one heartworm positive dog will cost us over $1,000. The medicine is very expensive.


    We currently have Zeek, Journey and her puppies, Lady and Nannie that have all experienced serious medical issues including heartworms. We do not turn them away. We treat them.

    Dirks Fund recently rescued Zeek from South East Missouri.  He was dumped and abandoned by a heartless owner. He has finally “broken out of the hospital” and is living at our Shelter in Pacific.

    Zeek has many health issues and Dirks Fund is treating him.  He had some masses that were removed, cracked teeth that we also took care of, as well as Heart worms, Ear infections, and nutrition issues.  He was so filthy that we weren’t even sure what breed he was.  (He turned out to be full Golden Retriever).

    All said, Zeek smiles all through his treatments, grooming, and to everyone that helps him.  Zeek is such a happy boy!  He loves all human people and other dogs.  He loves to chase balls and bring them back to you.  He also loves “couch potato” time.  Here are some Pictures of Handsome Zeek Recovering and Happy. 

    Zeek 4
    Zeek after Surgery
    Zeek 3
    Happy Zeek!

    That is why we rely on your donations to Rooster’s Fund to help us cover the costs of medical bills.  Not only for Zeek, but many of our other critters as well!

    You can help with a donation to replenish the Rooster Fund so that we can continue to treat these guys and girls like Zeek. Click on the link, and please help them and us.

    Rooster Before

    Rooster Before

    Rooster After
    Rooster After


    Mail a check to Dirks Fund at 11321 Cragwold Road  St. Louis, Mo.  63122



OUR STORY begins in the 1980s, when Bob and his wife, started rescuing dogs.  Through the popularity of their two Goldens, Sadie and Hannah, they were constantly contacted to rescue Goldens from shelters or re-home those who were no longer wanted.  They rescued, rehabilitated and found loving homes for 11 dogs that first year.  Bob and Ona used their own home, resources and personal time to make sure each and every dog’s life had a happy ending.
Ironically, Dirk was not a Golden Retriever but a Great Pyrenees.  When they saw Dirk, he was unable to use his back legs.  Bob and Ona wanted to give Dirk a new lease on life so they paid for the double knee surgery and found him a new “forever” home.  There was nothing more satisfying than seeing Dirk run for the first time. 
As you might imagine, each year the numbers grew.  So, too, grew the need for funds in order to pay for the expensive treatments and procedures necessary to help many dogs see their way to a better life.  Through the generous donations of friends, strangers, and the veterinary community, proper care was attained and provided more affordably, and dogs were made whole again.   Many of the dogs received by our rescue have been discarded by breeders because they have outlived their “usefulness.”  Some of these dogs at three or four years old have never experienced what grass feels like under their paws or enjoyed the ability to move about in an area larger than 4’ x 4’.  Something as simple as physical contact with humans stroking their coat or kissing their head is, for these dogs, unfamiliar and often frightening.  Some, on the other hand, are simply puppies that just don’t “make the grade.”  Many are heartworm positive or require surgery on a hip or leg.  These procedures cost hundreds and thousands of dollars.
All of the dogs that enter our rescue are given a comprehensive physical examination and veterinary assessment and all the necessary shots.  They are spayed/neutered, tested/treated for heartworms, microchipped and groomed.  We conduct home visits of potential “forever” families to attempt to make the perfect match.  We require that all of our “forever” families sign an adoption agreement.  The agreement states that in the event their circumstances change and proper care for the dog is no longer possible, or the dog was not a proper fit for their family, they return the dog to us.  We will work to find a new home for the dog and a new dog for their family, if need be, no questions asked.
Since Dirk’s Fund began over 30 years ago, we have rehabilitated and rescued thousands of dogs.  There is no better rescue than Dirk’s Fund.  No one does more with a buck than we do.  We have NO PAID STAFF MEMBERS.  A group of very committed volunteers makes it all happen every hour of every day, every day of every year.

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