Crown Point resident Amanda Arceo is one of 40 volunteers working to find homes for animals as a part of rescue group All Breed Rescue Angels Inc.
The group pulls dogs and cats from shelters throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area and uses foster families to care for them until permanent homes can be found.
“At any given time there are between 50-60 animals in foster care,” Arceo said.
In addition to serving as a foster, Arceo writes grants for the group and organizes foster family information and volunteer schedules.
“ABRA helps the animals that need it the most, not necessarily those that are the easiest to deal with or the most adoptable. We don’t avoid the expensive or difficult situations.”
“ABRA also has one of the most dedicated groups of volunteers I’ve ever known. The collaboration that I’ve witnessed in my time working with ABRA is extraordinary and I truly enjoy the atmosphere,” she added.
Arceo is a 1999 graduate of Andrean High School in Merrillville and studied sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She then earned master’s degrees at the University of Toledo and Chaminade University in Hawaii.
Now employed as head of school at Avicenna Academy in Crown Point, she hopes to graduate this year with an education administration degree from Purdue University Calumet.
“I spent the first three decades of my life doing what I thought I should do in terms of obtaining an education. Now that I’ve established myself in my career, I’ve spent the last few years focusing on what makes me happy,” she said.
“I’ve always felt it easier to bond with dogs and other non-human animals than with people, so it made sense that I should seek opportunities to spend time helping those animals.”
“And, since adopting and becoming a parent, I realize the importance of cultivating compassion in children. When I volunteer, mine see that I am a part of something bigger than myself,” she added.
Arceo is a mother of three and recently created a website, threeethiopiansandafatmexican.com, that is dedicated to sharing vegan recipes and reviewing local restaurant meal options.
More information on All Breed Rescue Angels Inc. can be found at abraAngels.com.