Sasco Sports, Vintage Car Racing Prep Shop and Tire Dealer owners Robyn and Dave Handy have been involved in vintage racing for over 40 years. Their hearts, however, go far beyond the race track. They share a unified love for animals and belief that all four-legged friends deserve a forever home. The area where the Handy couple resides has the third highest euthanasia rate in the nation. The shelters are having to end precious lives of cats and dogs daily, all ages and breeds, due to lack of space, little to no funding, the resistance that residents in rural communities have to spaying/neutering their pets, and so many unreached adopters. Often these shelters take in 20-30 animals daily. The euthanasia rates hover around a staggering 75%.
In 2013, the Handy’s began to foster hundreds of dogs each year for several outstanding rescue groups. In 2016, after seeing the urgent need for funding, Robyn and Dave Handy decided to form Vintage Racers for Rescues as a fundraising entity for various rescue organizations. The three board members in addition to Robyn and Dave are all part of our vintage racing family. What began as a small dream has grown into so much more!
In the Summer of 2019, Vintage Racers for Rescues became a a 501c3 nonprofit organization which enabled the Handy’s to not only foster for other groups, but to rescue animals from shelters as their own rescue group. They felt they could save even more lives by having their own network of foster homes. It was an enormous undertaking but the goal was achieved and surpassed.
At any given time there are up to 100 foster cats and dogs in the care of “Handy Country” and 10+ other foster homes who are all volunteers for the rescue. Puppies, adult dogs, cats and kittens are lovingly cared for in homes as part of a family until they find their furever home. Each rescue is fully vetted, vaccinated, checked for diseases such as heart worm for dogs and FIV/FELV for cats, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and re-homed with only the best applicants after a complete screening and vet reference check. Since August 2019 over 1000 dogs and cats have been saved and are living happily ever after.