R.O.A.R. Squad: Melissa and David and their dog, Nina

Welcome to Melissa and David and their gorgeous rescue Nina to the R.O.A.R. Squad!

Melissa and David run the apparel company Jus Animalium Culture Apparel (JACA)- they have a really cool tshirt designs and a really cool mission (source):

Jus Animalium Culture Apparel was created to help
the American animal shelter in educating Americans in pet care, pet responsibility and respect for companion animals as well as caring for those millions of unwanted and homeless pets that enter their doors every year. Over 90% of Americans own more than one T-shirt and so we consider it to be the number one marketing tool in America and is why we decided to spread the knowledge of the American pet struggle through it.

JACA is donating $5 from every sale of their American Pitbull tees to Midwest Rescue (they provide forever homes to pitbulls in Chicago) until February 28 so you should TOTALLY BUY ONE. I did! I will model it when it arrives!

Check out some of their tshirt designs (including the American Pitbull design) and read more about Nina after the jump!

If you would like to be profiled in the R.O.A.R. Squad (Rescue Owners Are Rockin!) all the info you need to do so is HERE. A special shout out to fabulous folks in South Dakota, Wyoming and the Yukon– we need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Melissa Salinas & David Esquibel

Gorgeous Pup: Nina, 7 year old bull terrier

About Melissa and David: Animal Lovers! We work a lot but we play just as much! Please see my following links for where most of our time is well spent! Jus Animalium, Jus Animalium blog and the Jus Animalium facebook page.

Meant to Be: We have a friend that came across her and could not keep her due to the fact that she had too many pets so we took her in!

Master Manipulator: She makes funny noises to let us know she finished using the bathroom and is ready to come in. She’s a manipulator – she knows how to get her way!

Where: New Mexico

Want to meet some more great rescue owners from New Mexico? Check out Susan and Stephen and their dogs!

That is the American Pitbull design on the left. Stylish, yeah?

Join the R.O.A.R. Squad

Do you want to join the R.O.A.R. Squad? Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around. Ya game? Perfect! We’d love to have you! 

Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Recruiting Members

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of finding at least one rescue owner from every state in the U.S. and at least one rescue owner from every province and territory in Canada by April 2011. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We’re looking for rescue dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots… donkeys… snakes… we’re not biased around here. We just want rescues who have found fabulous homes! Check out all the R.O.A.R. Squad members HERE.

Recruiting for:


  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon- need asap!


  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota- need asap!
  • Wyoming- need asap!

Everywhere Else:

  • From somewhere else? Lemme know!

If your state/province/territory isn’t on this list, THAT’S OKAY! We still need you to join! Just keep your eyes and ears out for rescue owners from these places for me, k? Thanks!

I look forward to hearing from you!

11 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Melissa and David and their dog, Nina”

  1. Kari says:

    Love the frog dog bull terrier pic 🙂


  2. pamela pinta says:

    Love this story, very similar to our mission at AnnieWear. AnnieWear was inspired by our rescue golden Annie all animal-themed childrens items and part of proceeds are donated to animal rescues. Nina looks like a very lucky girl! Good luck with the T’s they are great

  3. Heather says:

    I’ll definitely look into those shirts – very stylish! Welcome to the squad!

  4. Maggie says:

    Oh my gosh. Nina is gorgeous!! And I love the t-shirts!

  5. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing this story – I couldn’t help myself and just ordered one of those pit bull shirts for myself.

  6. @Kari- I know, that made me smile too 🙂

    @Pamela- I checked out your site- you should join the ROAR Squad too! I hope to hear from you!

    @Heather- They are, aren’t they? I really love the pitbull design.

    @Maggie- Me too!

    @Sarah- Aha! We’ll match! Make sure you send a pic! 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post Shauna! You said it perfect! Nina is our baby girl who is so full of personality and easily makes friends with just about anything and anyone. We are more than happy to be on board!
    And thank you all for the support and purchases ! I’m heading over to check out AnnieWear next. =)

  8. Kristine says:

    Okay, I need one of thopse shirts now. The more dog apparel I have in my closet, the better. I am so glad they have joined! Yay for Nina!

  9. @Melissa- We are so happy to have you! Everyone used to think Kayloo was a bull terrier when she was a puppy- I definitely have a soft spot for them 🙂 We’re all going to have to have an American Pitbull tshirt party 😉

    @Kristine- It is really funky, isn’t it? Love it!

  10. I love that American Pitbull shirt! And of course anything that helps Chicago. That frog-dog photo is priceless!

  11. Kim says:

    Love the t-shirts as well. Nina is beautiful – something about bull terriers that make me want to just stare at them. So glad she has a wonderful home!