HAMPTON—A devastating fire completely destroyed the facilities of Pit Road K9 Rescue and Sanctuary on Tuesday, April 20, taking with it everything in the building, including as many as 17 personal pets, rescues, and sanctuary dogs. An official investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, but the results have not been released yet.
Diane Crockett, co-founder and Vice President of the rescue, is well known and respected in the local community, and support for her loss has been overwhelming. Animal rescue groups are very tight knit, and Kelly and Brock Endebrock from sister rescue, 4 Paws Animal Rescue, were on-hand before the fire was even out. Several local businesses and other rescues have also jumped in to help, starting fundraising efforts to provide additional aid during this very emotional and heartbreaking chapter for Pit Road.
Capstan Bar Brewing Company in Hampton was one of the first to get fundraising efforts going. “Capstan Bar Brewing Company enjoys turning anyone who comes through our door into family,” said Morgan Mehalko, Taproom Manager. “That was no different when Diane [and her daughter] Carla started coming to Capstan to raise money and awareness for their rescue. Every Tuesday you can see a friendly face from Pit Road in our building, and the fur-babies they bring to help them find homes. When we heard the news this past Tuesday, there was an immediate feeling of needing to jump into action. We want to watch our community thrive, especially these two wonderful women who are doing something amazing! We hope to continue having them at our building and we want to keep helping them find fosters for fur-ever homes.”
Another local shelter, Animal Aid Society in Hampton, also started a fundraiser. “When we heard the devastating news of the fire at Pit Road K9 Rescue & Sanctuary, and the tremendous loss that Diane has endured, we knew we had to step up and help,” said Kelly Loer, Vice President, Board of Directors, Social Media Manager/Marketing and PR Manager. “Since Pit Road does not currently have donations enabled on Facebook, Animal Aid Society created a Facebook Fundraiser on our page benefitting Pit Road, and we will present Diane with a check. Facebook donations do not incur any fees for the donor and give 100% of the donations to the charity. Animal Aid Society will also be making a donation to Pit Road to help cover the medical costs of the two dogs currently receiving medical treatment. While we may be separate organizations, we are all fighting the same fight. As Helen Keller said, ‘Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.’”
Anyone interested in donating to fundraising efforts can do so through Capstan’s GoFundMe page, Animal Aid Society’s Facebook fundraiser, or directly to the rescue via PayPal using firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient.