Robert plays a central role in Mister Gato's Arrival Story -- he's the Good Samaritan who placed the Irascible One in our home.
Robert Shapiro says he began the animal rescue because he wanted to do more than just his business of selling t-shirts.Robert, you're a mensch. This recognition is well-deserved. Mister Gato and thousands of other lovely animals are alive and well today because of you and the volunteers who work with you.
"I got this really large space that I never use because my business is mostly wholesale, so I started rescuing animals,” he says. “We started doing exotics, and then every time I came back from the shelter I went past the dog and cat rooms that were on line to be euthanized and I started helping them. And they were very happy to give me animals, because they don't want to have to put them down. There's always a home for them. We keep them until they get adopted."
NY1: New Yorker of the Week, Robert Shapiro