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

An animal control job isnít 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.

ďIíve had dogs now for over two years because theyíre not placeable, theyíve got behavior issues, but Iím not going to put them to sleep,Ē Rosario explains. ďItís not their fault, itís us. The humans owe it to them. Someone should be able to help them and take care of their issues. Itís hard for me to see an animal in the street and not be able to help them.Ē

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 NYCís 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 Dogís shelter, please visit†

by Amanda Just, from Ecorazzi

Photo credit:†NYCís Top Dog /


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Christine Jones
Christine J.about a year ago

Very brave to do this; bravery and kindness is a winning combination. I wish him every success.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

Pedro Rosario has a wonderful heart. Good luck to him and his fur babies!

P M.
Pho M.2 years ago

Live long & prosper, kind sir


He is an Angel, Blessings for him and all the dogs!!!!!!!!

Susanne P.
Susanne P.2 years ago

What a great guy!

Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants2 years ago


Margaret B.
Margaret B.2 years ago

Bless you Pedro Rosario, for your kind heart and for putting your money where their mouths are.

Monica D.
M D.2 years ago

That is very nice.

Carla van der Meer

A true hero.

Ant m.
Ant m.2 years ago

Noted ...