About Our Founder
TLocated in Northern Virginia, ANIMAL ANGEL AID was founded by Debbie Henry, a life-long animal advocate, rescue volunteer, and adopter/failed foster multiple times over. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting animal rescues/organizations throughout the U.S. in their efforts to save abandoned and abused animals.
Our founder, Debbie Henry, always a rescue mom. A business owner & entrepreneur all her life, she is now utilizing her years of business savvy marketing, networking, motivational speaking & online social presence to help animal rescues/homeless animals in need.
She was proud parent of Michael the wonder cat, blind from birth due to detached retinas (deaf at 15 y.o), she adopted Mr “Wonder Whiskers” at 10 months old when he was given up for “missing the litter box” — his family did not even know he was blind. He crossed rainbow bridge last summer but we love knowing he finally has sight and is watching over us with his other siblings. Current space is shared with Sam, FIV+ cat – who Debbie rescued from death in Tampa Florida, and is the happiest/most social fun-loving feline in her house. Along with a handful of other playful rescue felines, affectionately known on social media as the “CRAZY GOOD CAT CREW”.
She was also patient and loving mom to Tux, who was shot in Debbie’s own barn by a neighbor’s child. Tux had to have his front leg amputated after the bullet lodged into his chest and shattered his shoulder and elbow. He lived another 5 fabulous years as a “TRIPOD” sprinting and dashing all over the house like all the rest of his 4-legged companions. The loving vets who cared for Tux, said animals are resilient and fighters when something about their physical form changes….it’s the humans who have the emotion blocks about their so-called disabilities. Tux’s brother, MOE, became diabetic as an adult, and Debbie’s needle phobia quickly changed when she realized how patient and purring Moe always was with his daily double dose of insulin. Happily his diabetes corrected itself over time.
Debbie’s first-hand experience as a repeated SPECIAL ANGELS’ mom, was a “hospice foster” for her local no-kill animal rescue, and rescue volunteer who actively championed for adoption of the SPECIAL ANGELS, is the driving force behind this facet of SPECIAL ANGELS community education of Animal Angel Aid. Zippy, was the canine love of her life, who Zippy’s Fund was affectionately created in honor of.
Her household has always consisted of horses, dogs, cats, fish, orphaned bunnies, a few snakes insistent on living in her barn, and several others animals that crossed her path in need of TLC & a place to call home.
From her childhood years, she truly believed they can all be saved. Now she is continuing to empower an army of rescue angels to make that belief reality.
-Rachel Amos Co-Founder of the Bathe to Save National Tour
Happy to help!
I’m happy to be a part of this!
Kelsey Hobar - Volunteer
Amazing vision and support! St. Francis Animal Rescue is excited to be a Rescue Angel partner.
-Jen Tate Adoption Coordinator, St. Francis Animal Rescue, Tampe FL
Mary - Community Cat Colony Caretaker - Manassas, VA
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