Lisa Bruning has had a lifelong love for animals. When she moved to the United States in 2003, she began working with an animal rescue. The work inspired her to start the Min Pins and Mutts K-9 Rescue.

CRESTVIEW —Lisa Bruning’s love for animals started at an early age.

As a little girl, Bruning would constantly bring home animals she found on the street. Today, that love has turned into an animal rescue.

Bruning, who used to live in the United Kingdom, came to the United States with her husband in 2003 and was shocked at the amount of dogs she would see tied up in a yard or roaming the streets.

“I worked in a shelter when I was in my twenties,” Bruning said. “I have always been about animal welfare so when I saw the need I knew I had to do something.”

Bruning began working with the Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Inc. (IMPS) However, since they only took in miniature pinschers and pure breeds under 5 years old she decided to start her own rescue.

About six years ago, Bruning started the Min Pins and Mutts K-9 Rescue.

“I figured we could take a dog here and there,” Bruning said. “I had no idea it would be as big as it is in terms of the need.”

With the help of volunteers and foster families, Bruning’s rescue currently has 20-30 dogs in its care. Even with the help she has, Bruning said she could always use more.

“We have some wonderful people on board that are pure gold and I am grateful for them,” Bruning said. “I would hope that more people would consider fostering these animals. We need people to help by opening their hearts and homes.”

While the rescue mainly focuses on miniature pinschers and mutts, she will sometimes take in other animals. She has taken in some cats and once took in a ferret.

“If I can’t take it, I will find someone who will,” Bruning said.

Bruning will often pull dogs from other shelters and rescues if she has the room. The rescue does many adoption events to try to find homes for the dogs.

To Bruning, seeing a dog go to its forever home is the greatest reward.

“I love getting feedback from people who have adopted a dog or seeing photos that are sent to us,” Bruning said. “It does my heart good.”

The work can sometimes be challenging, but Bruning is always up for the task.

“The rewards far outweigh any of the downside,” Bruning said. “We are just a small rescue trying to make a difference.”

For more information on the rescue, visit http://lisabruning.wix.com/minpinsandmuttrescue.