We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Regen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, what do you want your legacy to be?
“To know even one life has breathed easier because I lived…. this will be Success for me.” To kinda quote Emerson. I want my legacy to be that I worked tirelessly to make sure other beings were alright. As a creator, a writer, an actor, a mother and a wife – my mission has always been to create stories others are afraid to share and work as a team until we are brave enough together to share them with the world. As a rescue worker we fight to save the lives of the voiceless no matter what. I want to be remembered for my tenacity and my conviction – and my passion.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am the proud CEO of CONCERNED CITIZENS ANIMAL RESCUE INC. which was established on January 13 2020. I run a full 501(c)(3) NonProfit Charity for homeless dogs and cats in Los Angeles. I work with other volunteers who I adore and we get it done daily. We work to give choice to the voiceless. I found myself motivated to start my own rescue because I was actually fired by a city animal shelter while volunteering. They terminated me because I voiced my own views on animal euthanasia. They told me I wasn’t a good fit and that I could go “volunteer”for a “no kill ”rescue- I took it in stride. Clearly there must be something to hide if we can’t open up a conversation about why animals are still being killed in a city as large as Los Angeles for reasons like “space needed”. I just said “I don’t want to volunteer for anyone else – I’ll start my own rescue” and I did!!” It’s been incredible I love it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well because of Covid it’s been hard but I always love driving through the canyons to get to PCH and then spending the day at Paradise Cove and sitting on the beach and sharing lunch at the beach cafe! We also love climbing the rocks at El Matador beach with the dogs. It’s beautiful. We enjoy climbing Runyon Canyon on a Sat morning with our chocolate lab Koda and just sitting at the top and looking out over the city – that’s super inspiring. Then we’d get some some Pinkberry and or Sushi and call it a day!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes of course and it always comes back to my father. My father was the person in My family who loved animals as much as I do. And he nurtured my inclinations towards them. He allowed me to have two dogs in an apt in NYC. And he was such a great example. He walked our dogs consistently. In rain and snow. Through heatwaves and blizzards. He groomed them. He trained them. My dad loved animals. He bought them quality dog food that was delivered to our house. He was ahead of his time. But my father was a champion at everything he did – and as I said “To know even one life has breathed easier because I lived…” – we have all breathed easier because he lived – and he instilled this moral value in us. I hope to pass this way of life on to my children.
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