Most people probably feel a little bit intimidated when they see biker gangs: men (and sometimes women) with big muscles, lots of tattoos, and a fleet of motorcycles. But this biker gang is, well, a little different.
Rescue Ink is a non-profit animal rescue organization. It’s made up of bikers, weightlifters, veterans, former police officers, and even lawyers. With their giant biceps and no shortage of tattoos, they might look pretty intimidating but their goal is keeping animals of all kinds safe from abuse.
Rescue Ink doesn’t just take care of animals that you’ll usually find in a home, like dogs and cats.
They also serve horses, pigs, fish, chickens, and even a boa constrictor. In a way, you could call them undercover animal police. They investigate cases of animal abuse and report violent pet owners, often stepping beyond the jurisdiction of the police. If they find evidence that an animal is being hurt or neglected, the members of Rescue Ink take it, care for it, and eventually, find it a forever home.
“Some people like to think of us as superheroes,” says a statement on the group’s website. “The truth is, we are super animal lovers (and protectors). Through the years, and through many caseloads, obstacles, and downright challenges, we remain strong and dedicated to our mission.”
The result of their work?
Rescue Ink is extremely effective at getting animals out of scary situations, even when the police are at a loss for how to help. These muscled nonprofit members love animals and are always willing to go the extra mile for them.
They’ve found animals in a lot of different situations. Some of their accomplishments include breaking up illegal dog-fighting and dog breeding rings, stopping people from killing stray cats, and changing the lives of neglected pets.
When an animal owner engages in criminal activity, you can bet that Rescue Ink contacts the police.
“Rescue Ink does whatever necessary within the means of the law — that’s what our lawyers tell us to say — to fight abuse and neglect of all kinds,” reads the mission on the Rescue Ink website.
Sometimes taking care of animals means going above and beyond on a personal level.
Individual members of Rescue Ink have climbed into sewage-filled ponds to rescue ducklings and carried fragile kittens around with them to feed them frequently.
They also host talks and presentations about the dangers of animal abuse.
Why is it so important to the members of Rescue Ink to target animal abusers? They believe that people who abuse animals have problems that could lead them to abuse people, too. But they’re also concerned about providing safe, happy places for animals in danger.
Rescue Ink says the group gets about 250 calls every single day from locations all over the world.
When it comes to animals in need, they do whatever it takes to help.
It’s a lesson in not judging a book by its cover: these biker gang members might look intimidating, but the only people who should be afraid are those who hurt animals.
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