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Kind-Hearted New Yorker Cashes in 401k to Rescue Dogs

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An animal control job isn’t necessarily known for causing warm fuzzies. But after working in animal control, Pedro Rosario was inspired and determined to do more to help animals. He cashed in his 401k and started NYC Top Dogs & New Beginnings, a no-kill dog and cat rescue.

Rosario, from the Bronx, NYC, cashed in his $73,000 retirement fund, which he accrued after working 16 years in animal control. Seeing far too many animals euthanized, Rosario was determined to give dogs and cats a better life, no matter what.

“I’ve had dogs now for over two years because they’re not placeable, they’ve got behavior issues, but I’m not going to put them to sleep,” Rosario explains. “It’s not their fault, it’s us. The humans owe it to them. Someone should be able to help them and take care of their issues. It’s hard for me to see an animal in the street and not be able to help them.”

In addition to giving these sweet animals a new lease on life, Rosario also welcomes students from nearby schools to visit the shelter and learn about animal care. Once a week, he invites special needs children to visit the animals, too.

Rosario says the cost of running NYC’s Top Dog is between $7,500 and $10,000 a month. Donations help tremendously, and after a local news story ran about his mission, he received $16,000 in donations. He says that no financial hardship could keep him from helping these animals.

To support Rosario and his NYC Top Dog’s shelter, please visit NYCTopDogInc.com.

Photo credit: NYC’s Top Dog / Facebook.com

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  • ed

    Be very careful when donating to “no kill” rescues. “No kill” is not necessarily a better fate than death. Here’s why…some no kill shelters use donations to pay for indefinite boarding in kennels. There are dogs and cats that spend their entire lives locked in a tiny crate with zero quality of life. They go mad from confinement, boredom, and lack of exercise. This qualifies as “no kill” but it is actually just a cruel “slow kill”. This type of warehousing of animals is cruel and should not be celebrated. Support rescues that rely on fosters and not kennels. Support shelters that don’t take in more than they can humanely handle, and have a high adoption rate. Shelters that take in but don’t move animals out to homes are nothing more than hoarders with a non-profit status.

  • A wonderful and inspiring story but I agree with the comment below … do your due diligence before donating to animal rescues and shelters. There was a woman arrested in Tennessee recently for animal cruelty … her “rescue” was a hoarding situation.

  • Sasha

    False ed I volunteer at a no kill shelter. No one is crammed in a crate daily. The only time is when they are acclimating to a room. Do your research before generalizing. I think what the man did in the article is brave and highly needed. We need more people like him who actually DO something for the countless animals that are pointlessly put to sleep!

  • karretop

    Ed – each shelter is different. I suggest that when you want to donate to a shleter or rescue. visit a small local one and if you like what they do, donate to them. They will use your donation for food, medical and dental care. Not all rescues or shelters crate dogs. I have a rescue and we never use crates except for transport. They all live with me in my home until they are adopted

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