2013 Pet Hero Award Winner -  Guardians of Rescue

Outstanding Volunteers


Guardians of Rescue define the words “volunteer rescue group.”  What makes them give up their weekends, their evenings after work and bundle up to head out in the cold to save an animal? What spurs them on to go into areas where they may be in danger or answer a call in the middle of the night for an animal in an emergency situation?  It’s simple. They care.


Guardians of Rescue was created through the efforts of Robert Misseri. His vision was to work to protect the wellbeing of all animals and come to the aid of those in distress. His team is all about People Helping Animals and Animals Helping People.


They worked tirelessly after Hurricane Sandy by going door to door searching for abandoned animals and people as well. It was an extremely difficult time but they knew they could save countless animals that had been suddenly abandoned and left to fend on their own. Their efforts included hours of onsite searching, extending veterinary care, bringing in truckloads of cat and dog food, building housing for feral cat colonies and even shoveling the snow so the cats could get back to their houses and food! They are true trailblazers in every sense of the word.


Disaster response is only one of their efforts.  They support our military by assisting our soldiers to bring adoptive dogs back from war zones. Most recently, Guardians of Rescue has implemented a new program uniting pets that previously belonged to soldiers who can no longer care for them with other soldiers in need of companion animals for healing their wounds both physical and emotional. Education and awareness are a very high priority of this dedicated team.


The Pet Philanthropy Circle applauds the work of this all volunteer group and is extremely honored to present them with
the Pet Hero Outstanding Volunteers Award.




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