December 1, 2020

Hillary Rosen is the Paw-Some Founder of A Purposeful Rescue!

Hillary Rosen is the Paw-Some Founder of A Purposeful Rescue!

Hillary Rosen, founder of A Purposeful Rescue, strikes a pose with a pup.

We’re being fur real when we say Hillary Rosen, the founder of A Purposeful Rescue, is oh-so paw-some! The 501C3 non-profit she founded is dedicated to saving paww-dorable dogs from high-kill Los Angeles area shelters. The grrr-eat organization specializes in the protection of Magical Unicorns, aka amazing dogs who may have been overlooked at crowded shelters. If you keep scrolling, you can see that they’re paw-fect just the way they are and are looking for a fur-ever home! Read on to learn about Hillary Rosen’s fur-bulous work and how you can lend your support.

We love everything about A Purposeful Rescue! Can you tell us about how this wonderful organization came to be? 

Thank you! Everything happened organically! I had never been in a shelter until June of 2012 and my entire life was changed the moment I stepped foot in the door of the old South LA shelter. Within 6 months, I started the non-profit and we were off and running!

Can you explain to our audience what a “Magical Unicorn” is?

Magical Unicorns are amazing dogs who, for one reason or another, have simply been overlooked at crowded shelters.

They are dogs who may not run to the front of their kennel to greet visitors, so they’re less frequently seen. Maybe they’re shy, or they just don’t do well in the stressful shelter environment. Perhaps they have a treatable medical condition and just need someone to give them a little extra care. Whatever the reason, these dogs find themselves running out of time at the shelter. Previously overlooked, once you get these Magical Unicorns out of the shelter and into a loving foster or forever home, they reach their full potential as happy, loving companions!

As someone who works to save dogs from high-kill shelters, what do you wish more people knew about protecting these at-risk canines? 

I wish people understood that dogs who end up in shelters are not there because they did something wrong. They are not damaged or broken. Most of the dogs that find themselves in a shelter were once loved. They end up there for so many reasons, mostly due to low income housing issues and lack of funds for medical care.

What is a typical day for you like at A Purposeful Rescue?

Feeding dogs. Emails. Texts. More emails. Medicating dogs. More texts. More medicating. Driving dogs to vet appointments. Repeat! 

It’s nonstop. Rescue does not sleep. Some nights I am up until 3AM with anxiety and that just comes with the territory of running a non-profit like this. There is so much urgency and there is never a shortage of animals needing help. My phone is constantly blowing up with messages from staff and volunteers at shelters. Some days are really overwhelming. But we, as a group, try to stay focused. It’s important to know your limits and when to say “no” because if we take on too much that’s when stuff gets sloppy and we don’t like to do anything sloppy around here.

How can the general public lend their support to A Purposeful Rescue?

By advocating, donating, or volunteering! There are so many different ways to help us. Many folks think that fostering and adopting is the only way to help but that’s not the case at all. We always need help raising funds, administrative work, driving dogs from shelters to vets, writing grants, event coordination, and outreach are always valued and needed! 

About Erica S

A proud plant mom, Erica can be spotted in between trips to the nursery at her local hiking trail, or on the hunt for her next favorite ramen spot. A lifelong lover of live music, you can usually find her singing or humming a tune – most likely a late ’90s pop hit.

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