Steven schillinger of Reno, NV, has worked as a consultant in the collision repair industry in various capacities for over 40 years, as a compliance expert focusing on permits, license protection and the maintenance of files.
As a member of the Board of Directors of Government Regulatory Compliance (GRC), Schillinger has attempted to retire several times over the years, but has failed miserably. He thought fishing and golf would be his pursuits after retirement, but found both to be “boring,” he said. Losing her dog also created a void in her life.
During the COVID pandemic, Schillinger lost his beloved friend and canine mascot, George, at the age of 14, and it hit him hard. As a result, he started looking for a way for body shops and other auto repair companies to help displaced pets.
Many people abandoned their pets during the pandemic by throwing them into the Nevada desert. When Schillinger kept seeing reports about it, he decided to take action, and that’s when he founded the Pet-Rescue-AutoShop.com campaign to help and promote animal rescue and shelter groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Pet-Rescue-AutoShop.com is an exclusive automotive aftermarket program in support of Adopt-a-Pet.com to help pets and individuals in local communities across North America, and with auto repair facilities — including body shops — playing a vital role.
About 7.6 million pets are returned to a shelter each year in the United States alone. This includes 4.2 million abandoned dogs — 1.4 million of them are euthanized each year.
“Animals have no voice of their own, no social safety net and very few rights under the law,” Schillinger said. “They are vulnerable and, unfortunately, abused more often than most of us can even imagine. The Pet Rescue campaign is focused on owners of auto repair and service shops in North America who have gained recognition with …