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