Memorial for Bill Gross
Pets In Need lost a remarkable animal friend /shelter contributer on October 25, 2009. He rescued lost/abandoned cats and dogs with skilled expertise. He never even left a deceased wild or domestic animal on the roads he traveled - that was how much he respected animals. He and his late wife, Annie, adopted many homeless cats and dogs. They volunteered at various no-kill shelters, including us. Bill was known for his quick wit, humor and gentleness. Despite having many pets at home, Bill adopted an older blind and deaf dog when his friend passed away. Despite his friend being a seasoned no-kill volunteer, there was not part in the Last Will regarding taking care of the dog. That was the angel our friend Bill always was. Together, Bill and Rudy are watching over Pets In Need.
Adopter Memories of Rudy
"I remember coming to PIN and Rudy was in the front room in his chair. What I did not know was that he had a kitten tucked inside his shirt - keeping it warm. It was only a few days old. I will always remember how passionate he was about the animals."
"Rudy was the most kind and gentle man. He truly loved each and every animal Pets In Need rescued."
Rudy Klimo, CoFounder of Pets In Need Midwest
Pat Klimo's husband, best friend, and partner passed away on June 17th, 2009 in their Ringwood home surrounded by friends and family.
Rudy was born December 24, 1934, in Chicago, to Rudolph and Amelia (Sichman) Klimo. On Feb. 6, 1965, he married Patricia Swanson in Des Plaines. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during the Korean War. He was a carpenter by trade and he built Pets In Need no-kill animal shelter on his property.
The animals that Rudy cared for and loved who passed before him met him at the Rainbow Bridge. Together they crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Rudy's spirit will not be forgotten and continues to spur us on to help as many animals as we can.