The 4 Paws Kiddo Rescue Team
Virginia Roccofort – President & Founder
Ed Alexander – CEO & Founder
Virginie and Ed started 4 Paws Kiddo Rescue in 2018 after decades of separately working in several different aspects of Animal Rescue as transporters, caretakers, volunteers and whatever other ways that they found to contribute to the needs of animals as they saw them. Realizing that they shared a vision of how best they could involve themselves in the rescue needs of animals they choose to try and implement that vision together.
Among the primary purposes of 4 Paws Kiddo Rescue is to help dogs in need of socialization and medical care find these things, and then help them to find healthy permanent homes. Secondarily it’s to find dogs in need of homes and match them up with people looking for specific types of dogs. While their main focus is on small to medium sized dogs, they’ve also been able to place large dogs with appropriate new owners as well. At times they’ve even been able to find homes for cats.
A lot of their energy is focused on injured and at risk dogs who need some extra physical or psychological care. They regularly take in dogs with severe physical injuries, lingering illnesses and age related diseases. They also spend a lot of time helping dogs with socialization issues learn how to trust people, other dogs and unfamiliar living situations.
The work can be taxing and financially difficult, and it requires an extensive amount of time and occasionally staggering amounts of money, so all of Virginie and Ed’s time is volunteered and a great deal of fund raising is always a high priority need. Nonetheless they believe that all the work, time and money is exceedingly rewarding as they’ve managed to place large numbers of animals into good homes and saved many many dogs that were otherwise faced with sad and unhappy endings.
While the goal of the Rescue is to place all the animals into good homes, if a dog they rescue can’t find a placement they’re never given up for lost. Both of them host a large number of animals in their homes and will do so for the rest of the animals’ lives if necessary. For Virginie and Ed it’s not only a moral imperative but a great source of joy. They’ll both continue to provide these services for years and years to come.