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 that struggle every day to make a difference for this great cause. This site is dedicated to responsible pet owners and true animal lovers. This is a site dedicated to you...
Why the web address name you ask? Well, Evie is the name of my rescue and companion. A badly abused dog that also spent much too long in a cage and who knows where else before that. She won my heart at a time when I needed that gift, and she has since shared my home with a few of my personally rescued cats...and other visiting rescues. Evie 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 one of the only female jewelry designers and metalsmiths in her area, 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. Although if you ask her mother she would tell you that she began rescuing when she was just a child!
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 strong 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. She realized through her first radio interview about the book that there is no such thing as a small way of making a difference...because one small step is better than no step at all. You can find information about book called "Animal Lovers" on this site if interested.
Since that time Romy has continued to do what she can to make a difference for this mostly unknown cause, and it has been a great and amazing adventure due to her diverse experience with all levels of the rescue world. This site is just one more small 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.
And please take a moment to visit her other site which is a blog dedicated to chronic illness and those who live the life such as she does. But You Look Fine
A special thank you to B. Maimon, S. 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" on her own time. Much appreciated!
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