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Teacher Makes a Difference in Lives of Animals

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Mrs. Kern is teaching Cinch a new trick so he can practice and earn treat. Mrs. Kern and Cinch have been training for many years. Cinch can do many different agility obstacles, and is a licensed therapy dog.

A total of 7.5 million animals enter pounds and shelters every year. Almost three million are euthanized each year. It’s heartbreaking to think every animal doesn’t get a chance at a good life. Which is why Kimbra Kern is trying to solve this problem. Kimbra Kern, a special ED teacher, has been rescuing animals for 15 years now. Her passion for rescuing started in Washington, but began blossoming when she moved to Missouri.

“You know, it’s funny. I’ve been living in Missouri for about 15 years, and I kind of helped out rescuing a little bit before that in Washington. I really started rescuing dogs when I moved to Missouri. In Missouri there is such a great need for rescuing that I never saw in Washington,” Kern stated.

Kern has rescued many animals throughout her years. She currently has five dogs, one of which is a therapy dog. Cinch is an Australian shepherd mix, and is almost 11 years old. Kern rescued him when he was only six months old. Although Cinch had not been abused, he wasn’t allowed indoors, and had been repeatedly tied up to a trailer. He kept chewing through the rope and was getting loose. The owners were fed up with him and called Kern. She immediately came to his rescue.

“I have an outdoor kennel that Cinch was put in while I was at work. Cinch broke out of the kennel, but he stayed at my house and didn’t run off.  At that time I had seven other dogs, and he got along great with all of them. I knew within two days that I wanted to keep him, to train him to be my next therapy dog.”

Even though Kern has an undeniable love for dogs, it’s not the only animal she rescues.  

“I have also rescued cats, of course. There were two potbellied pigs dumped in our neighborhood. I rescued them and found them good homes. And donkeys, I’ve rescued some donkeys,”

She has on occasion, tried to help animals that were in an abusive household, and was heartbroken when she couldn’t do anything about it.

“I was trying to rescue two horses, from a woman who was starving them to death. I couldn’t do anything legally to rescue the horses, because the law states that if there is any food on the property nothing can be done. The food this woman had, I had bought for her. The horses wouldn’t have had food if I wouldn’t have not given it to her. When the authorities went to check it out, they saw the food, and didn’t care that it was from me. They couldn’t do anything about it legally because she had food. It’s hard knowing that the woman was going to starve the two horses to death, and that I couldn’t do anything about it,” Kern said.

On a happier note, Kern has had more successful rescues than failed. Kern partnered with the Killuminati Foundation, and the Paws for Pilots for one of her favorite rescues. Those foundations helped her with one of her more exciting rescues.

   “When I got a call about Kirby, he’s a beagle, I knew I had to help him in anyway I could. When I got to Kirby, he had a broken leg and I knew right then it would be very expensive to help him. I had no clue what I was going to do. I made a few phone calls, and eventually ended up getting him to a rescue in Colorado that would take him and pay for the vet bills. The Killuminati Foundation helped out with the bills, too. We got Paws for Pilots to fly him out and now he lives in a home where he’s got a big yard, that he can run and play in.”

On many occasions, Kern has not only saved the lives of the animals she has rescued, but also impacted the people who gain a new companion. She has rescued many dogs who have gone from near-death, to now being an emotional support dog to a great owner.

“I think it’s the satisfaction you get when they finally get into their new homes. And every dog that I rescue, it’s not also saving their life, but then you’re bringing about happiness and joy and blessings to the people that adopt the dogs. They get the joy from a new companion.”

Dogs and cats are the main stray animals in Missouri. People dump and leave their unwanted pets on the streets all the time. The number one thing people can do that will help prevent this situation is to spay and neuter their pets. This will not only help keep the dog and cat population under control, but help keep the number of animals in shelters under control, too. Pet vaccinations will also contribute to decreasing the stray population throughout Missouri.

“There are lots of good clinics that offer low prices on spaying and neutering,” Kern said,

“If we don’t act now, the problem might never be solved. Do something about it.”

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Teacher Makes a Difference in Lives of Animals