Get to know us!

Cindy A. McManus, LVT  President/Founder

I have been involved with rescue for as far back as I can remember.  I am a licensed Vet Tech and a certified Dog Trainer, saving animals has been my life since I was a little girl. I have been involved with rescuing animals for well over 30 years, my mission  is rescuing animals in need of medical care, the animals that no one wants, the “broken” and “forgotten”… this is my passion, and I will continue to fight for those with no voice, the broken, discarded, because I feel they are the ones that deserve it most… Rescuing is my life, it is who I am..


Brian Okarski Treasurer/Design Director

I have always been an animal lover, throughout the years I have helped my family foster many dogs. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design, and I have owned a Jack Russell Terrier for the past 13 years “Bandit” was rescued by me after being hit by a van.  I also own a Min Pin “Dobby” with my girlfriend Amelia.


Jill Verbeck  Director Of Adoptions

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved animals,  I absolutely love being the Director of Adoptions for Imagine, I am the person who is integral in seeing  these beautiful dogs go to their forever homes, even on my “worst” day at my day job, the joy I see in peoples’ faces when they adopt their forever dog makes it all worthwhile. I love being a part of this rescue, it truly has given me a purpose.


Marisa Mongelli  Director of Social Media and Public Relations

There is nothing in this world that I love more than animals. My family was accepting enough to take in our first “temporary” foster dog when I was six years old. Teddi was a two year old Bichon Frise found tied to a tree in rural Virginia. She wasn’t so temporary, sixteen years later, our little old Teddi crossed over the rainbow bridge. She affected us all more than we could have imagined and in the same spirit that we had in fostering, then eventually adopting, Teddi we took in Dylan, our first IMAGINE foster. Needless to say, we foster failed once again. Dylan was the missing piece to my family’s puzzle. He is my inspiration every day, as he was saved with minutes left on the euthanasia list from the Brooklyn ACC.

I graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus on social media and public relations. Here at Imagine Pet Rescue, it is my mission to successfully uphold Imagine Pet Rescue’s brand, public social media presence, as well as to plan, facilitate, and execute fundraising events.

Couldn’t you IMAGINE a world where every pet has a furever home?