Location: Trumbull, CT
Job: Tradeshow Coordinator
Fondest memory: I had purchased VIP passes in addition to tickets to meet and see my fav band, Eve6, in New Haven, CT back in 2009 with a cousin and some friends. As luck would have it, I had just started a new job in White Plains, NY and I felt it was too soon to request skipping out early. With that, I would miss the band’s meet and greet- whomp. On my commute home, my cousin called. I picked up and it wasn’t her- it was Max, the lead singer. Max was my fav- crushed on him hard as a teenager. Really though, aside from his good looks, I enjoyed his writing style and creativity with words. So I was just beside myself that day- complete awe-struck and just so incredibly happy that my cousin flawlessly made that happen and he was down to do it. Couldn’t tell ya what we talked about now though haha.
Wildest dream: To have the means and resources to open and maintain a retirement home for senior dogs…and to chase a tornado
Proudest moment: Probably every time I refuse a donut
Biggest Challenge: Myself. I am admittedly extremely critical and hard on myself
Why Looking Glass Animal Rescue: Simply put, LGAR’s mission, vision and values were very much aligned with my own. After submitting my application to foster, I jumped on a call with Jody and felt like I was talking to my soul sister. Our thoughts and views around animal welfare and rescue were very much alike. I felt her passion and compassion, and that of all others affiliated with LGAR on that one call. I just knew this is where I needed to be. And it’s been a blessing- I am a part of a zealous group of advocates, have made new friends, and best of all, have been given the freedom to be impactive where I can.
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: 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!