This week our guest is Robert Misseri. He is the President and founder of the non-profit group called Guardians of Rescue, an organization based in New York, whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals by providing aid to animals in distress. His compassion and life long commitment to helping these animals in need provided the basis in creating People Helping Animals and Animals Helping People by facilitating fostering programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to both military and civilian families in need due to economic factors, deployment or other issues.
Robert grew up in Brooklyn, New York where boys were not angles and were more interested in hurting animals than saving them, but he was cut from another cloth when it came to his love of animals. He started out by rescuing alley cats and hiding the animals from local gangs so they wouldn’t be hurt, often putting his own life in danger while protecting the life of an innocent animal. As an adult, he moved to Long Island, New York, and discovered that there was an even greater need. He knew that there were more women in the field of rescue than men and he wanted to make it his mission to change that and bring more men into the world of animal protection and welfare.
In 2007, he created the organization called Rescue Ink, which was an all male rescue group comprised of tattoo clad animal lovers which led to a National Geographic expose and an explosion of various animal organizations across the country led by men who wanted to make a difference. Rescue Ink (National Geographic) is one of several reality rescue television shows that are either currently running such or scheduled to air.
In 2009, He created the Urban Animal Alliance (UAA), which is an animal welfare organization comprised of hip-hop artists who bring the message of animal welfare to the inner cities and streets where animal abuse is all too commonplace.
In 2010, the seeds of Guardians of Rescue were planted and took root as a national animal welfare organization comprised of seasoned men and women who’s mission is to help animals and people during national disasters and economic struggles, which includes helping to reunite people with lost pets. These men and women come from a multitude of backgrounds, but all share the love for animals and appreciate the special role they play in our lives.
Guardians of Rescue have worked with Best Friends, American Humane and Petsmart Charities, as well as orchestrating relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. The mission of this volunteer organization is to help every animal from the feral cats that roam the streets to the animals that are displaced and need foster homes from Hurricane Sandy. In fact, they have helped over 900 animals that were victims of the storm, and continue to find others in need. Guardians of Rescue’s programs are designed to provide assistance in a broad range of scenarios, to educate and motivate, and to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Their efforts to bring home dogs from war torn Afghanistan, and be reunited with soldiers who cared for them during their tours of duty, is a major cooperative accomplishment Guardians of Rescue is proud of doing. Guardians of Rescue is currently implementing a program to help soldiers who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, by matching them up with dogs who have also suffered hardships. They continue to be huge proponents of TNR and giving people the tools they need to help the cats or dogs in their own communities.
Currently, Guardians of Rescue is working in Camden, New Jersey, one of the most dangerous cities in America to create a better world for the animals that struggle to live there.
Mr. Robert Misseri’s other “full time career” is operating a family owned corporate catering business in Manhattan but states that “my animal welfare work is and always will be my life’s passion.”