Robert Wimer, 46, has worked at the Green Hills Animal Shelter as kennel supervisor for almost four years. Recently, he has found a way to use his passion and talent for singing to raise money for the homeless dogs he loves and works with everyday. Though he plays an active role in helping shelter dogs daily, he still felt like there was more he could do. While working in the shelter this summer, Wimer was sad as he looked around at all the dogs that hadn't found their forever homes yet. Wimer said he sent up a prayer to God and asked Him, "How can I help these dogs?" God answered Wimer's prayer a few months later as he was walking beneath the highway 65 bridge at Highway 6 in Trenton while on his way to work. While he was walking under this overpass, he coughed. As he coughed, he said he heard the great echo and reverberation from his cough, which inspired him to start singing under the overpass for fun. Later, he began recording his singing and posting it on Facebook which he said his friends really liked. That cough beneath the overpass, mixed with some inspiration from a creative friend, inspired him to turn his singing under the overpass into a year-long project that would benefit the shelter. Wimer started his project of singing one song per day under the overpass to raise money and awareness for the shelter on August 17. He sings songs of a wide variety and posts his songs on his blog (http://robertwimer.blogspot.com/) daily for people to view. From his blog site, one can fund Wimer's project to benefit the shelter by clicking on the Go Fund Me link on his homepage. The time in which Wimer sings varies from day to day. "I sing whenever schedule and family permits," Wimer said. Wimer has sung at 6 a.m. before and he also has sung at midnight before as well. Wimer said finding time to sing can sometimes be difficult between working full-time for the shelter and being a full-time father and husband. Wimer is married to Sonja and is a stepfather to his three children: Laramy, 20; Lana, 16; and Riley, 13. Becoming a husband and father is what led him to begin working at the shelter to begin with. He knew he needed a job that would provide him with a steady income to support his family. "I have always been an animal lover, but when I started at the shelter, I wasn't convinced I'd stay long, but the place won me over. I love being there; it's no longer 'just a job' to me," Wimer said. Wimer's love for the shelter and the animals inside it are obvious as he has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty by doing this fundraiser in his free time. Wimer describes singing as "a part of who he is." While attending Trenton High School Wimer received All-State and All-Conference honors in choir and he also studied music and vocal performance at Missouri Western State University. He said singing brings joy to not only himself, but to others as well which is why he loves it so much. Support for his year-long project has been tremendous, according to Wimer. He said oftentimes, as he's singing, people who drive by will honk, wave or even give him a thumbs up. As of last week, $935 had been raised for the shelter, which is great but it's a long way away from his goal of $500,000. Wimer said he knows his goal is huge but he still has confidence the goal will be met because he has seen his community and other communities come through in a time of need before and he believes in people. In addition to raising almost $1,000 already for the shelter, people have also shown support in the form of song requests for Wimer. He currently has about 169 song requests from his blog site. Wimer said the best part of this fundraiser is the publicity he's been able to give the shelter. "I'm not singing for myself, I'm singing for them (the dogs)," Wimer said. This isn't Wimer's first attempt to raise awareness for shelter animals. In the summer of 2013, he spent an entire weekend in a shelter kennel in attempt to better understand the life of a shelter dog so he could more accurately write his children's book about pet adoption called, "Super-ginormous-dog-a-mundo-saurus." His book is now available for purchase on Amazon or at the Green Hills Animal Shelter. Being in a dog kennel all weekend is "hard to describe," Wimer said. He was only able to leave the kennel for bathroom breaks and for walks by volunteers or staff (which he only got two in three days). "I got bored obviously, but I also got sad and lonely," Wimer said. "When I was able to get out of the kennel, I didn't want to go back in, which is what dogs feel like," Wimer said. The hardest part for Wimer was seeing how the dogs acted after hours. Some of the older dogs acted like they wanted to give up, while the new ones stayed up all night scared and crying. "Seeing that really bothered me, but it also made me see that my job at the shelter is very important and it inspired me to become more of an activist," Wimer said. A lot of the dogs left in the shelter aren't the "cutesie" dogs, according Wimer. "The ones that get looked past are the bigger dogs, overweight or underweight dogs and the black dogs get looked past a lot too," Wimer said. In fact, in Wimer's children's book, the main character learns that even the not so "bright and shiny" dogs can be loved just the same and it depicts to readers how love comes in all shapes and sizes. One can support Wimer's project by donating at the shelter, through Go Fund Me or by adopting one’s next four-legged family member from a local shelter.