Sunday, May 6, 2012

Meet The Rescuers! Part Two, w/Lori Carpino of Heavenly Angels!

Welcome to our second edition of our smash hit series, Meet The Rescuers, where I talk to some of NYC's (and beyond!) movers and shakers in the animal rescue world (Who cares about the other world?). Today's Q and A is with Lori Carpino, who runs Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue!

How many years have you been rescuing animals and why did you start?

Its been about 6 yrs I've been doing rescue, I started out as a volunteer at ACQ , then became manager.

I've always loved animals, a lot more then I've ever liked people. I've been through a lot in my life and almost lost it twice. I believe strongly in second chances , rescuing to me is like breathing, I have a very strong connection with animals and have been able to rehab dogs that looked like they would never be able to find homes. In the 6 yrs I've been rescuing I've placed about 2000 dogs/cats in homes. 

Dunno if you wanna answer but what happened at ACQ and why did you move it to Heavenly Angels?

I took over ACQ because my previous boss got tired and I had not been working full time the year prior to me taking it on. It became too much for him and I needed to just do my own thing.

How many employees do you have? Volunteers? Do you also have fosters?

We have 2 employees, about 10 full time volunteers and about 20 more volunteers that help when they can, as well as fosters. In addition, we have many high school students who do internships with us as well. 

Cats and dogs? Anything else?

We have guinea pigs and an occasional rabbit as well as dogs/cats.

How many pets do you have? What kind?

I have 11 of my own dogs. 2 pitbulls, 6 chihuahuas, a dachshund , a shih tzu, and a JRT/Doxie mix.

How do you choose which animals to pull?

So many people ask me how I choose, really I don't know, I guess depends on the space we have first. I'll take any little dog , old or young, mean or nice. I love Pits and Chihuahuas , which is mostly what we have at our place.

What do you do when you're not rescuing animals?

Running an actual facility is full time for me , I work 7 days a week . There really is never a time I'm not rescuing LOL.

What's your favorite TV show?

I hardly ever watch TV.

Favorite books?

Desperation by Stephen King.

Favorite movies?

I am a horror movie lover, prefer zombies over vampires.

Fast moving zombies or slow... And most importantly, do you consider 28 Days Later (and it's sequel) a zombie movie or not?

Yes I would consider both zombie movies. Either speed is ok , but fast movers give me chills, they're super skin crawling scary.

How would you spend all the free time you'd have if you never got into rescue?

I honestly don't know what I would do if I wasn't rescuing, probably catch up on sleep. :) 

Where are you originally from?

I was raised in Tribeca NY, but now live in Brooklyn.

Tell us something about you that most people don't know...

Most people don't know that I majored in Forensic Psychology and have an affinity for Serial Killers and their behaviors. 

Do you have favorite serial killers?

Charles Manson and Richard "The Night Stalker" Ramirez.

I love that you bothered to write his nickname're obviously a big fan. And I'm now officially a little scared of you. Thanks for your time!

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Harris Bloom

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