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Meet Corrie Bravo, Michelle Rangel, Katie Rongen, Robin Jackson and Leah Patterson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Corrie Bravo, Michelle Rangel, Katie Rongen, Robin Jackson and Leah Patterson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Corrie, Michelle, Katie, Robin and Leah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2008, I was laid off from my job after 12 years. It was difficult finding employment. I started to get restless and decided to volunteer. I found a local rescue and worked with them for a while. I learned a lot and found friends with the same passion. We decided to leave that particular rescue group and start our own. We wanted to make a difference in helping dogs in shelters, owner surrenders, strays and abandoned dogs and puppies. Our first rescue was a German Shepherd that was tied to a fence along the freeway. I fostered him and fell in love. We considered keeping him. Though, felt that would be selfish since so many others need help. He was adopted to a wonderful man. Since then, we have rescued close to 3,000 dogs. Many have had medical issues that have required extensive surgeries. We are a nonprofit and all volunteers. We raise funds to help these poor dogs.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
That’s a tough question. We have been through ups and downs. I thought rescue would be fun. But it is hard. We smile and cry all the time. Rescue is constant; it never ends. One day will be quiet and the next is beyond insane. We may get an alert at any time that there is a box of puppies dumped on the side of the road or a dog was hit by a car and needs a 3,000 surgery. If we do not have the funds; we raise money to help. We rescue all types of dogs.

It is always a struggle to keep up financially. But we always find a way.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
We are so very proud to say that we rescue old, young, sick, healthy and all breeds. We are volunteers and we are so grateful for the time and energy that everyone puts into helping. We do not have a facility. All our dogs are in loving foster homes. This way, we can see how they do with children, cats, birds, etc. Then we place them appropriately. We require an application. If we feel it is a good fit, then we proceed to a home visit. If the home check goes well, then we move on to a meet and greet. We want to ensure that our rescue dog will be happy and well cared for. Our adoption includes vaccines, spay/neuter and any other medical we have done.

Our Mission
I.C.A.R.E. (Into Canine Adoption, Rehabilitation, and Education) Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-breed, no-kill dog rescue organization. We rescue dogs from shelters at risk of being euthanized as well as abandoned, abused, and stray dogs. We also rescue many dogs from owners who are forced to surrender their dogs due to financial or personal issues. I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue is dedicated to reducing the number of dogs that are euthanized in our shelters each and every day. Our primary goal is to rescue and rehabilitate these dogs in loving foster homes until they are adopted into their permanent homes.

We also focus on educating the public by providing information on rescue procedures, the canine species, and specific breeds. I.C.A.R.E Dog Rescue is a 100% nonprofit volunteer organization that would not survive without the loving dedication and support of volunteers, foster families, and benefactors. Our sincerest thank you to each of our generous and dedicated supporters.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
We have had wonderful luck in finding our volunteers and fosters. We are all like-minded and consider ourselves a dog family!


  • Our adoption fees range from $350 to $250

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Katie Rongen, Corrie Bravo, Michelle Rangel, Robin Jackson

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