Ken and Donna Hebb | Como Magazine
Ken and Donna Hebb share their love of rescuing animals, an achievement they are most proud of and something most people might not know about what they are doing.
What is your professional background?
We both have full time jobs but when it comes to trapping we design and manufacture specialized traps and deploy them to safely retrieve large breed or hard to catch stray dogs, lost property dogs. and lost rescue dogs.
Why are you passionate about your business?
Big Paw Rescue Trapping isn’t really a business, it’s a volunteer organization. We strive to be the best in the field of domestic dog recovery, and we are constantly adapting and improving our equipment and methods. We often get the toughest, long-term cases because we deal with them often. When it comes to thinking outside the box, this is where we do our best.
Why are you passionate about your job?
Rescue is hard work. Collecting dogs from the side of the road, in the woods and in the fields is difficult. But nothing compares to the reward of having them safe, warm and fed. Many times they see us as the aggressor for a little while after capture. Usually within a few hours they seem so grateful. It’s a reward you can’t duplicate anywhere else.
What is your greatest strength?
Tenacity. We never give up.
what is your biggest weakness?
Time. There is never enough time to do it all, and our family lives suffer from this passion.
What do people need to know about your profession?
You never know when you’ll need Big Paw Rescue Trapping. Better know that we exist before your whole life runs out on the streets and comes to you.
Who makes up your family?
We have a son in the Air Force who is currently deployed to South Korea while his wife and 18 month old son are back in the United States.
What is your favorite place in Colombia?
We live in the countryside and are far from great places to eat, so we have a weakness for restaurants.
How do you want to impact the Columbia community?
We want to be available to the Columbia community. Whenever we are there, we find people who just weren’t aware of the existence of a free service like Big Paw Rescue Trapping, and they are sometimes wary of our intentions. We want to help the dogs get home. Everything is voluntary, and it all revolves around the emotional reward of helping the voiceless.
What’s your next professional goal?
To successfully retrieve the next dog. It’s a goal that we set for ourselves every day.
What achievement are you most proud of?
We have built a recovery service which we believe is really helping the animals. Although we are not a rescue, we work with very many rescues and are becoming a well-known entity within the local rescue community. The animals we help are difficult cases where the average person cannot help them. We are proud to be able to extend the scope of the rescue to these frightened, uncertain and inaccessible puppies.
What don’t most people know about you?
We do it for free. We often get people asking us what we charge to get their pet back. They often seemed stunned when we replied, “There is no charge! We accept donations, but we don’t charge!