Welcome to EvieAlo! This is a site dedicated to the many wonderful individuals who devote their lives to helping the needy animals of our world. This is a site dedicated to the many small rescues and shelters who struggle every day to make a difference for this great cause. This is a site dedicated to you. Why the name you ask? Well, Evie is the name of my newest rescue and companion, and it means "New Life." Alo means cherish, sustain, support and keep....and I thought that the two together would have a special meaning. After all, meaning is why we are all here, right!
After many years in the jewelry industry as a designer and stone setter, Romy began working in the veterinary field and shortly thereafter fell in love with the world of animal welfare. She knew immediately that her heart belonged to the many needy animals and that she wanted to make a difference. Since that time she has been wholeheartedly devoted to the cause.
It all began in 1997 with a stray cat and her helpless three day old kittens living under a pile of trash. And then the real obsession began...
She began assisting clients of the veterinary hospitals she worked for in finding homes for their pets during the days, and then stopping to feed and trap the strays in the neighborhoods on her way home. (There are many on the streets of Philadelphia as in your city) Soon after that her interests led her to community education and volunteering to foster kittens for local rescues and shelters. She even made a room of her home dedicated to these many animals and called it the "happy room," although much of the time it should have been called the "crazy room." She found herself driving down each street staring at the side of the road for any possible movement (not good driving technique..I know) and finding sudden interest in strangers' conversations about animals and an urge to teach them when the speaker was obviously uninformed. But, alas she had good training and has always kept her opinions to herself unless asked...which can be oh, so hard! And, in between she began finding other ways to help her local shelters, helping the local animals as needed, and taking advantage of her veterinary and welfare knowledge and contacts to help in as many ways as possible.
In 2006 she wrapped up a three year journey and published a book about the animal welfare world. Not so much about the animals, but about the people who "live the life." She wanted society to know what it is really like to sacrifice yourself and your life to this cause and perhaps teach in a broader way. You can find the book called "Animal Lovers" on this site if interested.
Since that time Romy has continued to do what she can to make that difference for this mostly unknown cause. This new site is just one more step, and hopefully with your support, it will be a successful adventure for all of us, and especially the animals who count on those of us who care. She firmly believes that the people behind the cause are what matter and that working together really IS the only way to save lives.
judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
A special thank you to Barbara Maimon, Steve Maimon, Bob Meetin, Kurt Opprecht, and others who made this site possible in different ways.And, thank you to Holly Reed for taking the time to re-edit "Animal Lovers" last year on her own time. Much appreciated!
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