love of dogs and an
appreciation for
people who make
things happen

Love

Nick Henke

Co-Founder

Wonder Dog Rescuary grew out of a love of dogs and an appreciation for people who make things happen.

My love of dogs started with two family dogs when I was growing up in Missouri, a Dalmatian named Mac and a rescue greyhound named Sir John, and with my first dog, a black lab named Midnight. I met Lisa and Mark Tipton, two people with a deep and abiding love for dogs, as well as the real ability to make a difference, when I adopted my current pup, a little red dog named Buddy. Soon it became clear that I could make a difference by applying some of my real estate and broader business skills to provide them and others with the facilities and support they needed to do that which they do so well. Next thing you know, I was helping coordinate the purchase of the property where they run their rescue and exploring ways to improve and expand that facility. I'm excited by the prospects and enjoy seeing the difference it makes.

Dogs

Wonder Dog Rescuary and I have the joy and privilege of working with Deaf Dog Rescue of America, a not-for-profit organization that takes in deaf dogs from all over North America.

In addition to getting the deaf dogs any needed veterinary help, providing clean and comfortable housing, good food, daily treats, regular play time and basic training, Deaf Dog Rescue of America carefully trains each deaf dog in a wide range of hand signals thereby making these otherwise often unadoptable dogs easily adoptable. It also carefully screens all people wishing to adopt a deaf dog, helps them register the microchip identification provided for each dog, and provides one-on-one in-home dog training with each adoption. In addition to its work with deaf dogs, Deaf Dog Rescue of America rescues shelter dogs which are able to hear, as well as trains and microchips them and provides training to the people who adopt them. While primarily a deaf dog rescue, Deaf Dog Rescue of North America does not exclude hearing dogs. Deaf Dog Rescue of America is an amazing organization, one which has time and again helped deaf dogs become wonderful companion animals, enriching the lives of dogs and people alike. Wonder Dog Rescuary is helping Deaf Dog Rescue of America to expand the number of dogs it can rescue and train. You can help be a part of this, too!

Rehabilitation

The people Wonder Dog Rescuary provides facilities and support to work to team dogs with prisoners in nearby prisons, something which makes those dogs more adoptable while also giving unconditional love and real skills to prisoners to better enable them to actually work their way out of the cycle of crime.

  • Prisoners are paired with shelter dogs
  • Prisoners are taught how to teach “their” dog
  • Each prisoner lives with and trains a dog for 90 days
  • The prisoners receive the unconditional love of the dog
  • The dogs become more readily adoptable
  • The prisoners have a sense of achievement
  • The dogs leave the program to be adopted
  • New shelter dogs come in and the process repeats
  • Prisoner self-esteem grows

Boarding

Those assisted by Wonder Dog Rescuary also offer boarding accommodations in addition to their other services.

This is offered to the public, offering a wonderful home away from home while owners are on vacation. Also, special training for special needs dogs from other rescues is offered. Both provide an added source of income for the rescue, something which helps us further our mission.

Fundraising

Fundraising stages and goals

This is offered to the public, offering a wonderful home away from home while owners are on vacation. We also offer special training for special needs dogs from other rescues. Both provide an added source of income for the rescuary, which helps us further our mission.

$50k

Buy adjacent land

$50k

Build extra play yards and sanctuary area

$100k

Buy second on-site trailer ... adding on-site staff

$100k

Build extra kennel barn, helping make the operations self-sufficient

$125k

Pay off the current loans, enabling $1/year long-term lease

Benefits to donors

When you contribute to the Wonder Dog Rescuary, you will be helping to save the lives of countless dogs! You will also be recognized so others know that you helped save a life.