A Short History

Leonberger Rescue, Inc.

A Brief History

In 1998, with the approval of the LCA Board, Martha Kalina and Linda Mullins Spirio founded the Leonberger Club of America Rescue program. Martha and Linda felt that the time had come to formally organize volunteers into a national group capable of helping homeless Leonbergers. Its mission statement read:

The Leonberger Club of America Rescue was formed to assist in the placement of Leonbergers that are in need of a new home, and to educate and support animal shelters in the identification of Leonbergers in their custody.

The rescue was founded to help purebred Leonbergers and remains so to this day. Linda and Martha ran the program from 1998 to 2002 at which time the program became an independent corporation Leonberger Rescue, Inc. For their efforts Linda and Martha were given the Heinrich Essig award in 2003. In 2004 the corporation gained its 501c3 not for profit status.

The organization is national in scope and organized by regions covering a number of states. Representatives cover a region and are responsible for foster homes and volunteers at large whose duties range from transport to identification to evaluation and more. LeoRescue has some remarkable foster homes that have repeatedly shown their ability to deal with a range of issues with their foster Leos. Foster homes have access to professional help should they need it, they have rehabilitated dogs deemed “aggressive” when turned over to us. Dogs coming from the wrong homes, untrained, used to dominating the household, dogs with territorial issues, problems with one gender or the other, with other dogs.… It should be clear however that some dogs have real aggression problems, those cannot be placed safely. We make every effort to identify and notify a Leo’s breeder, either before or immediately after the dog comes into rescue. Our policy is to respect the privacy of anyone dealing with us for one reason or the other, therefore relinquishing owners are asked for permission to have us contact their breeder if the information is available. To reassure breeders only one person has asked us to not contact the breeder in a 10 year period.

Our mission statement is similar to the original one, just worded a bit differently.

Leonberger Rescue, Inc., is a 501c3 nonprofit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of Leonbergers that are losing their home, been abandoned, or abused.

There would be no Leonberger Rescue without the participation of its invaluable volunteers who are always ready to help and of those who make donations.

Thank you to all for your continued support!