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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nikki Rosales

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Rosales.

Nikki, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My mother passed away when I was 17. It crushed me and I spent much of my life drowning in grief and identifying as the girl whose mom died. About ten years ago, I saw a video about dog rescue on social media and that was it. I became the girl whose soul was fueled by rescue. I spent several years volunteering with a few different rescues and then finally decided to start my own. I’ve been running Our Underdog Rescue Squad for over a year now. In that year, we have successfully placed just under 100 dogs.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been anything but a smooth road. The need for rescue is never ending. Donations are at an all-time low. Costs are at an all-time high. Dogs are being euthanized at an alarming rate. Finding a team who will basically work for free has been difficult. We all work full time and put in at least another 40 hours a week in rescue.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My full-time job is as an analyst in local government. It is a satisfying job in that I get to see projects that I have worked hard on come to fruition. As an example, I recently worked on securing a grant for playground equipment replacement. The new equipment is now installed and it feels great to see children enjoying it. My job is also great in that it is secure and allows me the stability to work hard in dog rescue. I think that both in my professional life and in rescue, I am known as someone who can juggle many things at once. Currently, I work full time and also have over 40 dogs in my rescue. It is a challenge to keep everything organized and make sure things are getting the right amount of my attention – but I am able to do it and do it well. I have a great amount of passion for what I do in rescue so it doesn’t feel like work. It pulls on your soul sometimes but it isn’t because it is work.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I am called pragmatic by some, which I think ordinarily would mean that I’m not a risk taker but when the stakes are high, I am a risk taker. Rescue in general is a constant risk. Starting my own rescue was a huge risk. I wondered if I would be successful and able to place dogs in homes. I wondered if I would be able to sustain the rescue financially. I am able to take the risks because I know I will do everything in my power to be successful.

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