how we began
ResPet was dreamt up in 2017 by animal welfare advocate and therapist Amanda Lomena. ResPet was born when she worked on the Colorado Crisis Line and Lifeline, a suicide prevention line. During this time she noticed that for many individuals who called in, the only thing keeping them from the completion of a suicide was a beloved pet. Their pets gave them a reason to live despite the hopelessness they lived with every day. Further, because of this immense devotion to their pets, many would not seek the mental health assistance, drug treatment, or domestic violence services they desperately needed for fear of their pet being alone, their pet being hurt or killed by their abuser, not having anyone to help, and bringing their pet to a shelter was not an option. ResPet aims to remedy this challenge by addressing the needs of the animal as well as the owner.
Thank you to the wonderful fosters who have opened their homes and laps to pets whose parents were in crisis! Because of you, we have placed several pups, (and a few cats), who would have faced a chaotic, dangerous and/or uncertain future. Unfortunately, we have a small waiting list of people needing help with their pets as the demand has grown larger than our supply. We are always looking for more fosters!