It doesn’t matter how much he’s spent, how much he’s lost, or what the future might entail, Pedro Rosario will never stop saving animals.

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Four years ago, the 39-year-old from the Bronx, NY left his job at an animal control center, where he felt too many animals were being put to sleep, and decided to cash in his retirement savings – around $73,000 – so he could open up his own shelter.

NYC's Top Dog & New Beginnings was established, a local no-kill shelter where abandoned dogs and cats can stay as long as necessary, even if that means forever.

“We stay with them, we take care of them,” Rosario tells Ellen’s Good News. “We get animals from animal control, from people in the Bronx that find them roaming the street. I help people that lost their apartments, who have dogs and cats and now they’re in the city shelter themselves. I’m helping them keep their animals here so they don’t have to give up their dogs.”

Rosario, a father of three, grew up on a farm in the Dominican Republic, and says his duty and commitment to animals stems from his childhood. As soon as he turned 18, he began working for the ASPCA, and later found a job at animal control, where he was employed for 16 years.

When he realized he could be making a bigger difference on his own, he left his job, cashed in his savings, and opened up his own place. It’s small, but Rosario does all he can afford and then some. The average cost to run NYC's Top Dog is $7,500 to $10,000 a month, and a lot of it comes from donations.

“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.”

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In addition to taking care of his rescues, Rosario is also involved with local schools, regularly bringing in students to teach them how to care for and groom animals, and he hosts disabled kids once a week.

Though Rosario is struggling to keep his doors opened, he lives in the moment, and recently received nearly $16,000 in donations after his story received local news coverage. He says that even during financial hardship, he cannot turn down an animal in need, and points to an emaciated dog named Samantha that was brought to his door only yesterday.

“When this person showed up in front of the shop – everything stopped. Everything stopped for this dog,” Rosario says. "We may be struggling, but when you see this animal, everything goes to the back burner. You don’t think about tomorrow, you think I have to help this dog now.”

You can help support Rosario and his mission via his website: http://www.nycstopdoginc.com/donate.html

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Victoria
48 days ago


Dear Ellen,

You are an animal lover and this is why WE NEED YOUR HELP, PLEASE HELP! This story is about the incredible heart that Pedro Rosario has. Pedro is the founder of NEW BEGINNING ANIMAL RESCUE, the only NO KILL shelter in the Bronx, NY.
Is there any way that you can invite him on your show and let him speak for a few minutes with you. We will raise the money for airplane tickets and hotel. He and his animals are desperate for an Angel like you to help him and his no kill shelter.

When we first met Pedro over the telephone one year ago, his spirit, energy and kindness came across to our end like a rainbow of hope. Just like one makes a wish when we see rainbows, he became our reality.

My husband and I spoke with him many, many times before we met him. Each time we phoned, no matter what time it was, you could hear doggies in the background. He is always working, day and night tirelessly because he is committed to these, beautiful, little animals who at no fault of their own have been abandoned by people who were supposed to protect them.

Instead, many of these animals are left chained at the gates of his shelter overnight. Without any notes, without care, without any concern for what will happen to them, they are abandoned. Those people know that Pedro, the Angel of animals in the Bronx will protect them. Pedro and his incredible volunteers become their hope, their light and their hero.
These beautiful animals, big and small are loved and given compassion at NEW BEGINNING ANIMAL SHELTER. This is where Pedro and his team bring them back to life. Many of them arrive malnourished, almost at the end of their lives, not by their choice or because they are older but because they arrive this way because they have been abused, neglected, and ignored by people.

My husband and I know firsthand what incredible work Pedro is doing. When we met him, he brought to us a world of positive energy which clearly he shares with everyone he ever meets. He has touched our lives and he has shown to us what an exemplary man he is. His compassion and that of his team of volunteers incredible speaks volumes about his character and commitment. This is a non profit organization.

We have taken the time to write this because he needs help. His shelter is in danger of closing and we know that this story needs to be told. His message needs to get out there and we know that there are millions of people who will wish to help.

FOR THOSE READING THIS AND YOU WISH TO MAKE DONATIONS, NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL OR TOO BIG. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX FREE AND YOU WILL GET A RECEIPT BACK IN YOUR E-MAIL! PEDRO, HIS VOLUNTEERS AND ALL OF THE ANIMALS THANK YOU. PLEASE SHARE THIS.

Please copy and paste the address below on your browser.

PLEASE GO TO: http://www.gofundme.com/9vgj10

PLEASE HELP!!! PEDRO ROSARIO OF NEW BEGINNG ANIMAL SHELTER.
We desperately need to keep the doors of this great shelter open.

PHONE: 1 347 691 3282

E-Mail: newbeginninganimalrescue@gmail.com

2515 NEWBOLD AVENUE BRONX, NY 10462

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Colleen
48 days ago

God bless you Mr. Rosario! You are true saint!

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AMY Forgette
48 days ago

I just wanted to say that I think it is so wonderful what you are doing and if I could afford to and had the space I would also open a no kill shelter. God Bless you and everyone that helps you for taking care of those sweet animals. As soon as im able to I will be sending you a donation. Keep up the heartfelt work and again God Bless you!!!!!!

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Bonnie Spencer
48 days ago

What a serious human being! That is so kind, there are no words to say everything that I would like to say-God Bless You, Bonnie Spencer

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Bonnie Spencer
48 days ago

What a serious human being! That is so kind, there are no words to say everything that I would like to say-God Bless You, Bonnie Spencer

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Sassie Carnes
49 days ago

OMG !! I saw your story and it touched my heart ! This is what I want to do ... I have 10 dogs and 8 of them are rescues because people just drop them off and just don't care doing it ! I love dogs and these dogs are my babies ... I wish there were stricter laws for these dogs. We are their voice and we need to speak LOUDER for them ... I so appreciate what you are doing for them. If I lived closer I would come and help you out, asking for nothing to work. Its just a joy for me to be around dogs !! PLEASE keep going ... your an inspiration to me !!!

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BARBARA COLE
49 days ago

GOD BLESS YOU FOR HELPING THE ANIMALS, WE HAVE TO BE THEIR VOICE!


THANK YOU.......

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