Melissa's love for animals began at a young age. Whether she was outside singing to the birds or snuggling up with her cats, her connection to the animal kingdom was undeniable.
She began volunteering at local shelters: walking dogs, working with kittens, and fundraising. This continued in each city she has lived.
Music has been a huge part of Melissa's life, as she has worked as a singer for many years. Her musical journey led her to create an acoustic trio, appropriately named The Melissa Sgambelluri Trio, that performs around upstate New York. As the band began to book shows, Melissa had an idea! She would use all the band's tips to buy food, beds, blankets, pay vet bills, and any other necessities for rescues and farm sanctuaries.... and so began Melissa's Pennies for Paws. The response was heart-warming!
Along with helping animals, Melissa has answered her call to continue to help all beings. She is a Life & Healing Coach, as well as a Connection and Movement Teacher (designed to connect you deeper into the body and open your heart using breath-work, dance, visualization, and and more.) She is devoted to guiding others find true happiness within their lives.
She also has a great podcast called The Heart On; designed to share all her wisdom, life lessons, and much more.
At each drop off day, Melissa not only brings the donated items, but she spends time with the animals, learning each of their stories and taking photos to help spread the word.
She is proud to have grown this non-profit and is looking forward to all the sweet animals that will now have a second chance at life.
"We are all one, and we are all deserving of love."