Who We Are
Balanced Buddies Res-Q was formed in 2014 to help reduce the overwhelming population of pit bull and bully breed dogs from high kill shelters, however we will help any animal in need. We are a network of foster homes dedicated to unleashing the best potential of every pet in our care. With proper training, excellent nutrition and love,our goal is to prepare every pet for life as a Balanced Buddy. Following adoption, we are committed to providing advice and support to our extended family in order to ensure that our beloved Buddies remain in their adoptive homes. While we are based out of Southern New Jersey, we will be helping those in New York and surrounding areas when possible.
Sundae (now Shugga) in her adoptive home enjoying game time with one of her forever family members.
Melissa and Elisa became friends and rescue partners through their mutual love of volunteer work in helping homeless animals. Together they are committed to saving one dog at a time and always supporting their fosters and adopters.
Melissa's life simply revolves around dogs. Owns and operates Unmistakable Dog which is a dog training and pack walking company, fosters dogs, and owns a Staffie mix. Melissa is also a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. "Nothing beats being in the woods with a pack of panting dogs and the leaves crackling under every step." Melissa is a true Jersey Girl, growing up on 65 acres of peach orchards in Richwood, NJ. She has volunteered and fostered with various shelters and rescue organizations since 2010, and is dedicated to to helping every homeless pet become a well balanced forever loved buddy.
Elisa became involved with rescue when she started volunteering at the Brooklyn Animal Care & Control of NYC in 2011. Realizing the amount of animals in need, Elisa does what she can to help these unfortunate homeless dogs get a second chance. While she works in the legal field, her passion lies in helping those who can't help themselves, whether that be animals or people.
Krista Cipollone - Public Relations Director
Animal-lover and South Jersey native, Krista Cipollone is the Director of Public Relations at Balanced Buddies Res-Q. She helps with event planning, fundraising and social media management. Krista is an Associate Producer for Stage 3 Productions and a Philadelphia Flyers Ice Girl. In her free time, Krista loves to spend time with her dog, Sully, play tennis, figure skate and visit local breweries. She believes that animals are incredibly loving and healing creatures that thrive in caring environments. While Krista wishes she could adopt every homeless pet in the world, she understands that’s just not possible. Instead, she pitches in by encouraging others to adopt and support their local animal rescues.