Meet our Director
We are proud to introduce our
Executive Director of The American Eskimo Rescue and Sanctuary of Iowa and the driving force of our
rescue, Perry Mancini.
Perry was born in Barrington
,on March 26, 1960. His family raised St. Bernards, and even at a very young
age Perry became known for taking in stray cats. He found hiding places for
them, sneaking them food until his
parents would catch him. He has always had a love for animals, and he has worked
with dogs in need throughout his life.
Only a couple of years after his mother's death in 1972, when he was only 14 years old, he found himself homeless, without a place to go ...in the same situation as many of the animals he has cared for. Perry spent most of his teenage years working part-time jobs to provide for his own needs, going to school and living most of the time in communal settings. He jokes to this day that he was raised by a "pack of wild hippies."
Perry is very serious
about acknowledging the present need for all beings to "lift each other up from whatever ashes they may be in."
About 20 years ago,
Perry met his first American Eskimo dog when a stray Eskie ran up to him while
he was sitting outside. Although he
found the dog's owners and returned him, Perry fell in love with the breed
in that brief time. A short time later, when a 2-year-old male Eskie was being
dropped at the pound because he was
considered un-trainable (and because he got hair on his owners' clothes), Perry
came to the rescue. This is how Perry met Codie Coyote.
Perry met Stacie in
1990. They married in 1994 and moved to
Stacie and Perry lived in
sees all beings as equals. He has an especially great love for this breed, and
he treats the dogs like his children.
To him, they ARE his children! Perry has a special knack for special needs dogs,
seniors and the medically challenged.
Most importantly, he has helped and saved the lives of thousands of animals in his life time, He is dedicated to the task of saving many more.
We thank Perry for his hard work and for his dedication to the animal welfare community.