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Speranza Animal Rescue


The Speranza Story

Janine Guido is a Carlisle High School graduate who has always had a passion for helping animals in need. At the age of 27, she realized that this was more than a hobby to her; this was her purpose in life. In the spring of 2012 Speranza Animal Rescue was officially established. Speranza means “hope” in Italian.

Converting spare stalls in the horse barn on her parents’ farm in Monroe Township into kennels and using every penny to her name, Janine started rescuing as many dogs as possible from high kill shelters and other unfortunate circumstances.

Janine is committed to saving the dogs that no one else will; the abused, neglected, and ones in need of much veterinary care. She works with several local veterinarians, and not-so-local specialists, to ensure that her animals not only get the love and affection that they deserve, but also all of the medical attention that they need.

Speranza has taken in dogs with dislocated shoulders, broken bones, many cases of severe skin infection, a few heart worm infected dogs, several dogs requiring eye surgeries, several cases of starvation and a variety of other issues. Resources and space and the only things that limit the animals saved.

The reality of the situation is that if Speranza is going to be committed to saving the dogs in the most need of medical attention, then Speranza is also going to have to be committed to continual fundraising to support the mission. Speranza Animal Rescue received its 501c3 Tax-Deductible Non-Profit status from the IRS in early 2014, making all donations tax deductible.

Speranza is committed to saving as many animals as possible and finding them their forever homes. The hours required and dollars needed to save and rehabilitate these animals in need will not deter Janine from pursuing the mission of Speranza Animal Rescue. 

Rescue Rehab and Haven

Speranza Animal Rescue has saved dogs from a variety of grim situations. Janine has spent hours in the rain to catch a stray, entered numerous abandoned dwellings not knowing what she would find, saved many dogs from euthanasia in shelters, stepped up to take in countless injured dogs and has driven hours to help with hoarding situations… just to name a few. Speranza is an all breed, all species rescue. However, our mission has brought more Pit Bull Terriers and other bully breeds through the rescue than any other breed. Janine has saved small dogs and large dogs, Labs and Hounds, but Speranza takes much pride in supporting the Pit Bull Breed.

Janine has made a commitment to save the true under dogs; regardless of how much time or money it will take to make the animal healthy, happy and carefree. She has a special gift that allows her to take a terrified, neglected dog and, with time and affection, turn it into a loving, friendly dog. Speranza has not shied away from an ailment or injury yet. Several of our dogs have had life saving surgeries and several others have had surgeries to improve overall quality of life. Speranza is fortunate to have tremendous support from local veterinarians, wonderful volunteers and it is located on a beautiful green countryside farm. We have found this combination to work wonders on these animals.

Speranza Animal Rescue is not only a rescue, but it is also a haven for the dogs that are not adoptable, due to medical or behavioral issues. There is no time limit for dogs at Speranza. Every animal that comes to Speranza is guaranteed a lifetime of love, green pastures and happiness; until they find their perfect home or for the rest of their natural life. 

AUGUST 5 2015

Those that know me , know I struggle with depression and bi polar disorder. The last week I have been going through a medication change... 

It has hit me hard. I feel helpless. I feel anger. I feel hopeless. I feel ashamed.

I sit here and cry as I type this. I don't know if I should be posting this.. but I'm hoping others can relate. ...

My mind races. Bad thoughts going through my head. I'm doing everything in my power to stay out of the hospital. I look at the pictures of my dogs and they keep me strong.

I have flash backs to when I was growing up. I lived by the saying - fake it til you make it...​

However there comes a time when you can no longer put on that smile. You can no longer keep it a secret. You can no longer do it on your own.

At age 19 that was my breaking point. That was the end of the line.

I was in and out of psych wards. Countless med changes. Suicide attempts - one nearly ending my life. I would cut my arms -as the pain would in a strange way release my feelings of hurt.

Bulimia. I struggled with that for over 15 years. As my weight was the only thing I feel like I could control in life.

What some people don't understand is that it's an ongoing battle. It's not my choice to be this way - but it's the cards I was dealt.

I have the best support system- family , friends , my volunteers.

I just wanted to share my story . In hopes it would help others.

For those that struggle with mental illness - it's not your fault. There are others out there that struggle as well - more than you know.

These dogs are my life line - they keep me from acting on those 'bad thoughts' that run through my head.

Never be silent. For those that love you will stand by your side and help you fight the fight . And most importantly - you are not alone