Raphaele Brilliant, Founder
I was always passionate about animals. Dogs, cats, turtles, I wanted them all. For my 5th birthday, my parents asked me what I wanted and I answered "a Boxer." So started my long and tortuous relationship with the breed.
Over the years I have had multiple animals of all walks of life and every species and breed. While heavily involved in volunteering for different animal shelters and rescues, I slowly realized that my attraction to all these very deserving orphans was more oriented towards the "special needs" ones. I knew that the young and pretty would find their way into a home or at the very least a rescue. However, the medical, older and most importantly, the ones who had "issues" were always left behind. Their fate was sealed the moment they showed any type of fear, aggression or behavior that did not conform to the norm.
Now I don't know about you but if I were to find myself in a strange world, surrounded by bars or locked up in a cell or cage for hours and days on end, never comforted by a gentle hand or voice, I may very well withdraw, curl up into a ball and never let the world in again. This was my experience volunteering at different rescues and watching very deserving dogs become "unadoptable" due to circumstances beyond their power. Kennelization, as I like to call it, is as powerful a psychological tool as any kind of abuse a dog can experience.
This is what brought me to create Sachi Animal Rescue, named after Sachi the Magnificent, who was the boxer who showed me, and countless others, the path to rehabilitation and success.
There should be no forgotten dogs. Some are misunderstood but with the right guidance and understanding, they all can live a fulfilling, productive and interesting life. More importantly, these dogs have the ability to teach you things about yourself no one else can. Their reactions to their traumatic experiences is a true test of their incredible intelligence.
Sachi was my teacher, my confidante, truly, the love of my life. Losing him could have been the end but it was then that I realized I would honor him by dedicating my life to saving animals. His legacy should and will live on.