Location: South Kingstown, RI
Job: Elderly Home Care Agency Owner
Fondest memory: Taking my daughter to Disney for the first time to celebrate her 8th birthday
Wildest dream: To live in a world where there’s more love and compassion toward one another especially toward the elderly, children and animals
Proudest moment: Watching my daughter sing at the Cathedral with the Prout High School Chorus
Biggest Challenge: To empty the shelters
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: I had my first experience with LGAR over 3 years ago when my daughter and I were looking to temporarily foster a dog. I thought it would be a great experience for her and a good way to spend our summer. I contacted a few other rescue organizations but their process was somewhat complex and it never materialized. That’s when I replied to a LGAR post on Instagram and was immediately contacted by Danielle. My application was approved promptly and I was offered to foster Geraldine, a little white chihuahua mix that was unable to walk and was on the urgent list at the NYCACC. She didn’t have much time left and without hesitation I said yes. Jody herself drove from CT to meet us in RI and handed her to my daughter and I. Jody didn’t spare a dime in providing all the treatment available in the attempt to make her better and possibly walk again. She invested in a wheelchair, braces, acupuncture and hydrotherapy. We drove her to appointments all summer long. Unfortunately, we were not able to help her walk again but she got healthier and is able to enjoy her little life despite the fact she’s not ambulatory. She goes on rides on her wheelchair, she plays with toys, she eats healthy and she feels safe and loved. LGAR is an organization that I can trust and now in this new role I’m able to help placing rescued dogs into loving families and at the same time bring so much joy into these caring families lives. It’s encouraging and heartwarming meeting all the compassionate individuals that are out there so willing to welcome a rescue dog into their homes and hearts.
Location: Morris Plains, NJ
Fondest memory: Times with my Grandmother, especially watching her cook on Christmas Eve
Wildest dream: To open a senior cat sanctuary for cats 15 years and older
Proudest moment: Anytime I have gotten back up after being knocked down
Biggest Challenge: Going to work each day while I’d rather be snuggling with my senior cats
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: I found Looking Glass Animal Rescue (LGAR) accidentally after losing an almost 22 year old cat that I had adopted when she was 18 years old. With a shattered heart, I saw a Facebook post about a handsome cat on “the list” and LGAR was looking for a foster so that they could pull him to safety. I took a significant leap of faith late that night and completed the paperwork to be a foster for him. The volunteers at LGAR contacted me immediately the next morning and Memo was saved in the nick of time. He was a mess and not in good health, but LGAR supported me and Memo through every step and within a couple of months I fessed up that he would never leave my home because I needed to adopt him. The compassion and friendship I was shown by the folks at LGAR was what I had always felt was missing from my life – like minded animal lovers who will stop at nothing to save and protect the most vulnerable…the most neglected…knowing their true worth despite the horrific physical state they may be in at first sight. Knowing that love and proper care can transform the physical and emotional state of an animal is the true passion of Looking Glass Animal Rescue, and I am honored to now be a part of their team and helping others to find an animal that will complete (and dare I say “transform”) their life, just as Memo completed and transformed mine.
Location: Shelton, Ct
Job: Naugatuck Valley Health District-Environmental Health Administrative Assistant
Fondest memory: Way too many to name one.
Wildest dream: Winning the lottery so I can have my own animal shelter.
Proudest moment: Having my children
Biggest challenge: Accepting I can’t save every animal.
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: There is a list. Looking Glass Animal Rescue saved our pup Rosie. When Rosie was rescued by Looking Glass she had major medical problems but that didn’t stop them from making her part of the LGAR pack. The best treatment was provided for our little Rose. She had thousands of dollars spent on her. I am happy to say Rosie is thriving and she is officially part of our family now. Joining the team… I wanted to help save animals and say thank you for saving our Rose. It turned into so much more! I am part of an amazing rescue. Looking Glass is the real deal! With every dog they keep one more promise. There is no other rescue like LGAR! Looking Glass is the best!
Location: Ridgefield, CT
Job: Sales and Marketing
Fondest memory: Motorcycling through Europe with my husband
Wildest dream: Saving enough money to open a sanctuary
Proudest moment: The birth of my two sons (I guess that is 2 moments!)
Biggest challenge: Trying to fit “it all” in to 24 hours
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: If there has been once constant in my life it has been my passion for saving animals. I was the child who always had one eye on what I was doing and the other on the lookout for an animal in need. There was no animal too big or too small and as long as I had air in my lungs, I would find a way to make life better for an animal who found themselves in a desperate situation. I was every parents’ nightmare…you never knew “what” I was coming home with after returning from a day out of the house! Having previously been a managing partner of IMAGINE pet rescue, I was able to channel that sense of purpose by participating in the rescue of many animals in need. Today, I am privileged to take that purpose even farther as the co-founder of Looking Glass Animal Rescue; building a rescue that is authentic, transparent, accountable and self-aware. I will be their voice, their strength, their courage and their comfort; I will never turn my back. I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend and an animal rescuer and I would not have it any other way.
Location: Ridgefield, CT
Job: Real Estate Salesperson
Fondest memory: Last trip to Disney World with all my children.
Proudest moment: Watching my girls graduate high school/college.
Biggest Challenge: I am just not technologically savvy. I love talking to people “in person.”
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: I’ve always been a dog person but rescue began for me when Ridgefield, CT built an animal shelter in 2005. As one of the earliest volunteers, I spent several years working at that local no kill shelter. It is where I found my passion and purpose. Unfortunately, I had to go back to work to help to pay for the impending college tuitions and my passion and dreams were put on hold. Advocating for animals, especially those in the NYC, is where I found myself everyday on the computer for the past couple of years. Tremendous feelings of loss, along with tears of sadness, were shed daily as the lists of the “Gone” grew larger. They were the innocent and voiceless who’s only crime was that they were homeless. Amidst the frustration born from sadness, I felt like I needed more, I could do more or that I HAD to do more. Jody and I were brought together when my advocating turned into a tribute to the death of a beautiful shelter dog named Hayes, whose life was cut short and he succumbed tragically to pneumonia. Fate intervened when the vast outreach of the internet travels only 1 mile down the road to bring advocate and rescuer together to implement change. The idea of a local, foster based rescue was conceived in a quick meeting that was only to be an hour. By the end of the 4th hour, we had a plan that would help our local Animal Control, who had limited exposure and resources. From there it grew to saving dogs languishing in smaller shelters across CT and the tri-state area. Destiny (along with my beautiful NYCACC death row survivor Kyra) brought us together to save lives. Saving lives is what we are going to do–4 paws at a time!