“I can’t go to the grocery store these days without being recognized,” laments Mr. Grim, who claims to have little or no gift for small talk.
Like it or not, however, Grim has become a local icon.
In 1998, Grim formed a nonprofit group called Stray Rescue. The group’s goal: to save as many of St. Louis’s stray dogs as possible. Wounded, dangerous, half-starved: Grim doesn’t care. He’s a passionate dog lover whose goal is to alleviate the suffering of these animals â€“ often lost or discarded pets â€“ whose lives on the street tend to be desperate. Grim’s hope is to heal and rehabilitate as many as possible and see them placed in loving homes.
He has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. And along the way, he has helped to reshape his city.
Grim began as a team of one. The former flight attendant opened a dog-grooming business in the early 1990s, hoping to satisfy his love for dogs by working with them all day long. But he found it wasn’t enough.
He brought home his first stray dog when he was only 5 years old. The fear that he saw in the eyes of that first dog â€“ eventually replaced by gratitude and love â€“ moved Grim so deeply that even at that young age he knew he had found his life’s work.