Recycled Love was started in 2004 by a small, dedicated group of volunteers with an undying commitment to make a difference in the lives of Baltimore’s animals. This four member team was instrumental in raising awareness of incorporating life saving measures in Baltimore’s animal Shelter and Humane Society. It was there we saw the faces of those animals who would become Recycled Love.
Since our inception as a 501c (3) non profit animal rescue group, we have saved close to 1000 animals from a life of abuse, neglect,abandonment, physical and emotional trauma and death. We are stronger than ever and have an amazing group of volunteers who tirelessly give of their time and energy to continue to save lives.
Our Board of Directors
Jennifer Viglucci is the President of Recycled Love Rescue. Her work in rescue began as a young girl. Jennifer’s abundance of compassion and love brought stray animals to her, and her home became their haven. It was also at this very young age she recognized the dependency animals have on humans. Her mission then, which continues today, would always be protecting and safeguarding their destiny.
She was invited to join the Board when the qualities she developed as a young girl became evident to the team. Six days after Jennifer had lost her dog of thirteen years, another dog found her. After being hit by a car, he made his way to her home. She and her husband immediately took him to the pet ER. They recommended euthanization; but that was not an option for them. They wanted to know how he could be saved. They said they could operate but it would cost $5000.00. Although they were not ready for another dog,they knew he had to be saved. So she called all the rescues to offer to pay for his medical care while fostering him, once again Recycled Love responded. She knew then she had found the team that shared her values in animal welfare and Henry (their foster dog)had found his home with Jennifer and Tony.
In addition to her endless hours of rescue work, Jennifer is a Principal at Brown Advisory Securities, LLC. It is not uncommon to read her emails at 2:00am, as she manages her full time work in addition to being a devoted mother to Megan, a devoted wife to Tony; and of course, a devoted guardian to Henry and Stella.
is Vice President of Recycled Love Rescue. Since the inception of Recycled Love, she has volunteered her services as a Board Member in the Vice President’s capacity. Following an article she read in Baltimore City Paper’s in 2004, regarding the horrific conditions animals experienced at Baltimore Animal Control, she was driven to identify the problems and become part of the solution. She found Sally Jennings, author of the book Recycled Love and the sole rescuer of the shelters’ dogs. They partnered and became part of a small board of four committed individuals who became the voices of the voiceless.
In her professional career, Karen is the Executive Director of the Man Alive, the first medication assisted treatment program in Maryland and the Lane Treatment, Center, an outpatient mental health program. Her passion in life, has, and continues to be, challenging herself to change the status quo to make the world a better place for all living creatures.
Karen lives in Baltimore City with her husband Artist Clark Calhoun and furry friends of Recycled Love. She has one son, Shawn, who resides in San Diego, California with his wife Pam and her two grandchildren, Bo Reese and Elle Angelina …her beacons of joy and hope.
Randee Askin is an original board member of Recycled Love. She was instrumental in bringing Nathan Winograd, of No-kill Solutions to Baltimore, to provide expert guidance to the Baltimore City animal shelter and countless rescue groups on proven ways to increase adoptions and decrease euthanasia of our homeless, surrendered, neglected, animal population.
She brought the cat rescue division of Recycled Love to life with the rescues, rehoming and spaying/neutering of hundreds of cats and kittens in 2008 and 2009. Randee's passion lies with wide reaching spay, low cost and free spay and neuter for the caretakers of Baltimore's domestic cats and feral colonies.
Randee donates a percentage of her real estate commissions to the care and adoption of Baltimore's homeless animals.
Don Ritchie - Board Member as of March 2011
The reason why Don wanted to get into doing rescue work:
In early 2010 I received an email from a current Board Member, Karen Reese, about a beautiful female Rottweiler that was at BARCS and needed to be rescued. I said I would go and meet the little girl to see how she responded to me. As soon as they brought her into the room, I knew she was coming home with me. She jumped into my lap and was just such a lover. From that point, I knew I needed to do something to help the homeless and abandoned animals out there. It still breaks my heart that poor Bella’s outcome may have been different if not for that day we met. She is now a wonderful and loving member of our family.
In my professional career, I am Director of Technical Services with Metro Data, Inc., an IT company in Hunt Valley, MD. We are one of the largest providers of MD Medicaid billing software. We mostly deal with small to medium sized businesses, providing IT assistance, total help desk support, total managed service contracts, Web site design and hosting as well as email hosting. I am also a Realtor for Coldwell Banker, licensed in MD and PA.
I live in Harford County with my Fiancé, Mary and our 2 four legged children, Simba and Bella. I have 2 children, Brandon, who lives in York County, PA with his Fiancé and Lauren, who lives in Towson and will be a 2011 graduate of Towson University.