When you think of bikers, the first thing that comes to mind is probably burly men with tattoos and beards. You would be right about their outward appearance, but don’t judge them based on what they look like!
Rescue Ink was a biker gang that operated from 2008 to 2014. The Rescue Ink gang was well-known for being effective in cases of cruelty to animals. They would intervene when law enforcement could not.
If a dog had a “proper” shelter, law enforcement couldn’t seize it. But either way, bikers would convince the owner to surrender the dog, or even better build or buy this kind of doghouse for that particular dog.
The men were a valuable resource that rescued animals in some pretty heinous cases. They would keep the animals until they could be placed into long-term foster care or be adopted.
For example, They have investigated dog fighting rings, puppy mills in which people are mass-producing purebred puppies for drug money, and a person who attempted to poison a colony of cats. The team also discovered that there was an individual serial cat killer.
The group consisted of bikers, ex-bodybuilders, power-lifting champions, former military personnel. These individuals had an intimidation factor and knowledge over the law to try to save as many abused and neglected animals as possible.
They weren’t all physically strong, but they did have great hearts. These people are great examples of how to stay within the law and cooperate with the police when handling 1,000 emails and 250 phone calls per day!
They have rescued and taken in everything from dogs to horses. One member went as far as taking a kitten wherever he went because he had to bottle-feed it every few hours. Their spokesperson once said “Some people like to consider us heroes. The truth is, we are super animal lovers (and protectors).” They remain strong through the years, enduring many caseloads, obstacles, and downright challenges but still keep their mission alive.
Rescue Ink is just one example of how people can “go against type” by being something they weren’t expected to be based on what they look like. Be sure not judge others before getting to know them better – there’s always more than meets the eye!