Have you ever had that feeling that money and material possessions are not really that important? Perhaps you are feeling that there is more to life than just getting rich and acquiring properties? Remember that when we leave this world, even if we have all the money in the world, it’s not going to matter. Then you ask yourself – did I live a full and meaning life?
This article is about a woman who asked herself and changed her life entirely so that when she asks herself again, she will answer “yes.” Nicole Green, a Pennsylvania native, is a former executive at PepsiCo. One day she found herself liking and following a story on Facebook that was shared by a friend of hers.
The story was about two American expatriates – Jan and Carlos – who are now living in Brazil to run their non-profit organization Dogs in Brazil, whose primary mission is to rescue street dogs – as street dogs are rampant in Brazil due to poverty of the masses. Nicole Green and her husband Curt Weber has found themselves touched by the stories of the dogs and the organization. Not long after, the couple had been constant benefactors of the organization as they wanted to do more than just like and share their stories on Facebook.
Later on, they decided to visit Jan and Carlos in Brazil to see the miracle happening first hand. They spent a weekend with the organization to volunteer for the good cause and soon decided that they wanted to do more for the organization by taking it a notch higher – being part of the organization.
When Nicole and Curt went back home to the US, they started Dogs in Brazil – USA. Dedicated to raise funds, promote and find state-side forever homes for the rescued dogs from the original chapter. There were many challenges faced due to legalities of bringing animals over from another country, limitations of dogs per flight and long hours of work.
After trying to juggle corporate life and charity work, Nicole decided that this is her calling. She quit her job at PepsiCo where she worked for 11 years to work full-time for Dogs in Brazil USA. Nicole and Curt purchased an old horse rescue farm to have enough space for the rescued street dogs being brought over from Brazil. It was challenging for a city girl like Nicole but it was the best decision of her life.