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Man Cashed In 401K To Save Shelter Dogs

Pedro Rosario used to work at an animal control center, but after seeing that way too many animals were being put down, he decided to do something about it. So, Rosario left the control center, cashed in his retirement funds, and opened his very own shelter, which is not only no-kill, it will never turn down an animal in need. Abandoned dogs and cats can stay for as long as it takes to find them homes. Rosario, from Bronx, cashed in all $73,000 worth of his retirement savings and opened NYC’s Top DogHis shelter is completely no-kill, and if an animal never finds their happy home, then that’s just the way it is. Their home will be the shelter, where they are provided for, have a roof over their heads, and food in their bellies. NYC’s Top Dog told local news anchors, “We are a nonprofit animal rescue based in the Bronx. Our organization takes in unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempts to find suitable homes for each of them.” The Rescue group is created and ran by volunteers. The volunteers take the animals home to foster them, take care of them, and be their support. According to the shelter, the volunteers don’t just provide homes, but they also take care of training, playing, handling medical issues, and solving behavior issues that the dogs may have. The volunteers keep the dogs for as long as it takes for them to find the perfect permanent forever home. The dogs and cats that are not taken home by volunteers remain at the shelter until they find homes. Rosario worked at animal control for 16 years, but he really felt that he could make a bigger, more meaningful impact doing things his way. Rosario says he has had dogs for over two years because of behavior issues, but that he will not euthanize them, as it is not the fault of the dog, but of the humans who have impacted that dog’s life. “It’s not their fault,” says Rosario, “it’s us. The humans owe it to them.” Running the shelter is extremely expensive. It takes anywhere from $7,500 to $10,000 each month. Rosario is now struggling to keep it open. Recent news coverage did bring in $16,000 from donations, but those funds won’t last long. If you would like to donate to the shelter, please click here  

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