Shelter Spotlight: Danny & Ron’s Rescue

by Elysian Magazine

Who we are:

Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta started their rescue mission in Camden, South Carolina, in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina left scores of dogs homeless.

Since then, the two-man team has become Danny & Ron’s Rescue, and their outreach has grown to heights they never imagined. Today they rescue puppy mill dogs, bait dogs used in dogfighting, junkyard dogs and hundreds of dogs from shelters — often moments away from euthanasia. 

Danny and Ron have freed animals chained to trees, confined to small cages, and abandoned to live on the streets. On top of all this, they deliver pet food and supplies to more than 48 elderly people living in poverty — and pay for their dogs’ medical bills, too. 

Danny & Ron’s Rescue is unlike any other rescue organization. Because an abused or neglected dog can only recover and learn to trust again when it is in a loving home, Danny and Ron have turned their own house into the ultimate safe haven. There, they personally care for injured and abused animals until they are ready for adoption. 

Each dog receives a wellness check from the rescue veterinarian and is then spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, groomed, and loved. But most importantly, each dog is treated like part of the family, fed organic dog food from its own bowl, and even allowed to sleep in the bed. 

The opportunity to live with humans and other dogs in a real home environment is the best way to prepare a dog for adoption and a life with a loving family. Danny & Ron’s Rescue is also proud to be one of the very few organizations that does not charge a set adoption fee and instead relies on an affordable donation from the adopter. 

Learn more here, or follow Danny & Ron on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


What we need most right now:

By the time a dog reaches the doors of Danny & Ron’s Rescue, they most often need critical veterinary care. Considering the need for our services has increased to unexpected numbers, providing veterinary care remains our primary need. 


Our favorite rescue story:

Huckleberry the hound puppy was found inside a cardboard box left beside a garbage can outside of Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty (CVETS) in Columbia, South Carolina. 

It was more than 100 degrees outside! A clinic receptionist was out on her break and saw what she thought was a taped-up box of trash. She opened it to find a puppy suffering in the heat and struggling to breathe from lack of oxygen. 

A medical emergency was called and the team at CVETS jumped into action. 

The puppy’s leg had obviously been broken at least a week prior, then wrapped exceedingly tight with duct tape, cutting off circulation for days. If there had been any chance to save the leg, this puppy would have needed to see a vet right away; now, his only option was amputation. 

CVETS contacted Danny & Ron’s Rescue immediately, and we happily said we could cover the medical costs and find him a loving home. We named this Redbone Hound mix “Huckleberry” and kept him until he was adopted by a loving family. 

The family named its new tripod puppy “Finn,” and his best friend became their three-legged cat. He became so popular with our fans that he now has a children’s book coming out in February 2023 called “Finn and the Feline Frenemy” published by Simon & Schuster.

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