February 4, 2023

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Getting to Know You: Emily Dyson, Founder of Waldo’s Rescue Pen

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Rescuing animals has been a lifelong passion of Emily Dyson, brought about by an event during her formative years which influenced her greatly.

At seven years old, a bird flew into one of the windows of her childhood home, injuring its wing. Upon finding the stricken creature, Emily did everything she could to nurse it back to health until she was able to take the bird, accompanied by her parents, to a local veterinarian for medical treatment. After this incident, Emily Dyson began to surround herself with animals of all sorts, taking a keen interest in their welfare.

Later in life, after earning a degree from California State University at Long Beach, Emily was accepted by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, graduating in 2010. From there, she made the move to New York City, the undisputed capital of American fashion, to begin her career. Here, Emily aimed to prove herself in the heart of her chosen industry. She worked in financial analysis and inventory planning with multiple internationally recognized design companies, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, and GAP Inc. until 2020.

While in the midst of a planned move to Tokyo to study Japanese fashion and further her career, the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm, all but dashing her plans. Always one to see the glass as half full, Emily Dyson viewed this unfortunate global development as an opportunity to pursue her other great passion in life: animal rescue. Armed with her background in financial planning, Emily summoned all of her research skills and business acumen in order to found Waldo’s Rescue Pen, a nonprofit organization that coordinates with shelters from the Southern States and Puerto Rico, matching dogs with foster homes and adopters in New York, as well as other parts of the Northeast. Since its creation, Waldo’s Rescue Pen has saved more than 1400 dogs from poor conditions and potential euthanization, successfully finding adoptive homes for…

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