Respect, Integrity, Love, Trust, Accountability, and Liability.

NEPA Pet Fund & Rescue is a foster-based 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue that has saved over 1,700 animals since our inception in 2013! We not only save animals in Northeast PA, we also transfer animals from southern states, such as Louisianan and Mississippi. We also make sure we give the best care to each and every animal that we come across by making sure they are up-to-date on all shots, bordetella, spay/neuter, micro-chip, and provide all vet visits to get them happy and healthy before we adopt them to their forever homes! We also provide permanent sanctuary to animals who are deemed “un-adoptable” due to their age, medical prognosis, or even the severity of trauma they have suffered. We also assist members of the community on a case-by-case basis with spaying/neutering of their own pets if they need financial help.

Below are some statistics people may not be aware of regarding the U.S. Animal Shelters:

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.  We estimate that the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011.  The biggest decline was in dogs (from 3.9 million to 3.3 million).

Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).  The number of dogs and cats euthanized in U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011.  This decline can be partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.

According to the ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey, pet problems are the most common reason that owners rehome their pet, accounting for 47% of rehomed dogs and 42% of rehomed cats.  Pet problems were defined as problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, grew larger than expected, or health problems owner couldn’t handle. For more information please go to: ASPCA Pet Statistics



NEPA Pet Fund & Rescue's primary mission is to reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs in Northeast PA and our southern states.



Everything we do here at NEPA Pet Fund & Rescue is based on our shared core values. Respect, integrity, love, trust, accountability and liability. Without these core values we could not what we do every day without each other. We trust each other explicitly and rely on each other to get the every day operations done correctly and safely.



Since our inception in August of 2013 we have rescued over 1,500 dogs and over 200 cats. Our goal is to keep that number rising. We never want to see an animal without a home to call its own.


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We have a number of individuals that have made our rescue what it is today. This includes our board members, foster parents, volunteers and so many more.

Team Member

Shannon Ceccoli

Board - President/Director - Foster Parent

Shannon Ceccoli is the director of Northeast PA Pet Fund & Rescue. She is also the owner of Shannon's Pet Grooming in Scranton. Shannon has been an animal lover ever since kindergarten when she got to bring home the class guinea pig for the summer. She then moved on to stealing the loose neighborhood dogs and her mother would have to figure out who they belonged to. Shannon is a school
certified groomer and has a business degree. She attends multiple animal sheltering conferences annually and utilizes best policies and procedures regarding the dogs and cats that come through the rescue. Shannon resides in Scranton with various dogs, cats (occassionally a pig) and the never ending possums that pop out at her in the evening on the deck and occasionally the front porch.

Personal note from the board: Shannon started NEPA Pet Fund & Rescue in August of 2013. Because of her love for animals we all get to do what we love. SAVE ANIMALS! She works very hard at her job all day and then goes home to her one million fosters (plus her own) and answers a thousand e-mails and texts, pulls more dogs that are from shelters, owner surrenders and tries to find money from somewhere for our rescue to survive on. She is an asbolutely amazing woman and we are so grateful we get to work with her on a daily basis. Besides- if you know her at all- she makes you laugh every day! We love you Shannon. Thank you for all you do!

Team Member

Isabella Ceccoli

Assistant to the Director

Isabella (aka Bella) started volunteering for the rescue in August 2013 at its inception. She is the niece of the director Shannon Ceccoli -- did anyone see this going any other way? Seeing her Aunt Shannon's compassion for animals made Bella want to strive to help as many dogs and cats as she could. She adopted her cat Naomi in Dec of 2013. Then she adopted another cat Grace in Jan of 2015. Bella is instrumental to the rescue. We could not be more grateful to have her with us.

Team Member

Elaine Carroll

Board - Treasurer - Foster Parent

Elaine joined our rescue in 2015. She started off by adopting a brother and sister that were displaced when their owners moved into an assisted living facility. She decided he wanted to give back to the rescue community by becoming a foster mom. She has since not only fostered many dogs for us but she preferably takes in our senior dogs. In 2018 Elaine became our board treasurer.

Team Member

Karen Vasicak

Board - Secretary - Foster Parent

Karen has been with the rescue since its inception. She has always been a ``dog person`` and had several dogs in her family as she grew up. After she moved into her own home with her daughter, she adopted two dogs and then realized the need to rescue a dog so she adopted her first rescue dog. Her family just took off from there when she was online “just browsing” adoptable dogs one day and came across two senior Chihuahuas who need a home, but she was afraid she wouldn’t be enough for them as she was away from home several hours working and then had activities with her daughter. After two weeks of soul searching and crying every time she thought of those two sweet seniors who needed her, she drove to New Jersey with her other dogs and brought them home. Karen never looked back from that point and currently has 15 dogs in her home (7 Chihuahua, 7 Chihuahua Mixes and 1 Chinese Crested), the majority of which are seniors (and she has been loved by several others that have passed away). And she needs each of them, just as much as they need her. It is well-known that when a senior Chihuahua enters Karen’s home even for foster, he or she will NEVER leave. Karen does foster for the Rescue, but her successful fosters have all been young dogs. Karen would love to have a senior sanctuary and allow all of the discarded displaced seniors a place to live out the remainder of their lives surrounded by love.

Team Member

Denise Grigas

Puppy Foster Coordinator

Denise has been a dedicated foster since 2015 and is proficient in caring for puppies. She is known for posing puppies in costumes and making them irresistable to potential adopters. Her patience with animals is limitless and it is not uncommon for her home to have at least 15-20 puppies in it at any given time. Denise works nights as a respiratory therapist and resides in Mountaintop with her husband, three children and five dogs.

Team Member

Brooke Spatz

Foster Parent

Brooke joined the rescue in 2016. That was when she adopted her first rescue, Paislee. Paislee was found as a stray and brought to a shelter. She was living on a cold shelter floor at the tender age of 6 months. It was after that that Brooke felt the need to help others like her. She started by volunteering at adoption events and quickly became a foster parent after that. In addition to Paislee she has also adopted three more dogs and two cats. As a foster mom her mission will be to continue to find every animal their pefect forever family.

Team Member

Jan & Alicia Pulings

Foster Parents

Jan & Alicia Pulings started volunteering with the rescue in 2014 after adopting their amazing pup, Marco. Adopting Marco into their family has brought them immeasurable happiness. Knowing that it wouldn't have been possible if Marco's foster parents didn't step up to offer him a temporary home, they decided to help others by opening their home to foster dogs in need. There are now three dogs and one cat in the Pulings' home but there is always room to welcome a foster. Jan is quite gifted at training and preparing fosters for adoption. Dogs adore him! You will find Alicia working at the adoption events with available dogs and doing whatever the rescue needs. Anyone who is interested in becoming a foster should ask Jan & Alicia how it has changed their lives.

Team Member

Ginny Brady

LA Coordinator

Ginny has been rescuing stray animals since kindergarten, but took a more active role in rescue at the start of 2015. It wasn’t until August of 2017 that she was introduced to Shannon and became the LA Coordinator for NEPA Pet Fund & Rescue. Ginny not only pulls dogs from high-kill shelters across LA but also rescues unwanted puppies that are dumped in boxes down back roads or in the shelters. She coordinates their local fosters until they’re healthy enough for transport and then coordinates their transports from LA to PA for adoption. She also fosters when her own rescues (3 dogs - 1 cat) and her husband, Scott, will let her. Ginny stays busy, working full-time as a judicial research assistant and running her health and wellness business, in addition to being a rescue volunteer.

Team Member

Dawn Karzenoski

I.T. Wizard/Web Site & Social Media

Dawn joined our rescue in August of 2018. She started out by helping at adoption events and soon realized she wanted to do more. Since she has a background in Information Technology she put her education to use and completely took control of the main website - constantly adding new features that would help our adopters navigate easier. She also accesses the social media pages and constantly updates them to make sure all questions can be answered as accurately as possible. Dawn originally lived at home with just one dog named Caesar - but now she has adopted another dog through the rescue. Caesar now has a little sister named Echo.

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1500 DOGS
200 CATS

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We would like to show appreciation to our veterinary partners that work with us on a daily basis. In the Lackawanna county area we use Dr. Paws and VCA Dunmore Animal Hospital. They take care of our rescues every day needs as well as spay and neuters. They make appointments for us immediately and our rescues receive excellent care. If you are looking for a veterinarian we highly recommend them.

If you are looking for a low cost spay and neuter for your dog or cat and/or to be up to date on vaccines please consider using EPAA. We use them also. They get us right in on their schedule and are always so accommodating. We receive the best of care using their services. We are so grateful to have them provide service to us and our rescues.

A BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors!